Fragile Brilliance

Fragile Brilliance

A Ronan McCullough Novel

Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough is pushed to the limit when a deadly drug ring threatens the very core of the city.


When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed by the assailants. As he struggles with the physical and emotional damage and doggedly pursues the perpetrators, his personal and professional relationships are strained to the limit; and what he uncovers in his investigation takes him to heart of a deadly drug ring threatening the very core of the city.


The story begins when Ronan breaks up a fight between two thugs and a college kid outside a sports bar; it evolves into a tense tale of a highly addictive, extraordinarily damaging and illicitly produced form of desomorphine — and the drug cartel that supplies it. Along the way, Ronan, who’s gay, must deal with a threat to his partner, ER nurse Ty Andino, and with the unexpected arrival of his 18-year-old nephew, Nick, the son of Ronan’s estranged sister, Melissa. As the plots converge, the Mountain State seems not almost heaven but a hellish pit plagued by pharmaceutical abuse. Parker lives in Chesapeake, Ohio, and teaches writing and literature at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, W.Va., just over the Ohio River. As a man who lives and works in Appalachia, he’s well-acquainted with the scourge that painkillers have wrought on the region. And he puts that knowledge and his storytelling skills to work in this cracking good yarn, one that will whet the reader’s appetite for a second installment. ~ Jay Strafford,

Eliot Parker creates interesting characters and wraps them around an enthralling story. ~ Kirkus Reviews

Eliot Parker
Eliot Parker Eliot Parker is the author of two previously published novels: "Breakdown at Clear River" which was published in 2012 by Mid-Atlantic Highla...
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