Tony McFadden


Since Tony McFadden left Canada two decades ago he and his wife and two children have lived in the US Virgin Islands, various American cities (LA, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Fairfax), Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and now, finally (and for good), Australia.

All of those places and people have provided a wealth of characters and settings for his books, all filled with thrills, suspense and adventure. More about him can be found at

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up?

My father was in the Canadian Air Force, so I spent much of the first ten years of my life moving around Canada. I still have a bit of wanderlust in me, and it's all his fault. When I was (roughly) 10 he stopped in Saskatchewan, the middle of Canada, where weathermen were fond of saying the phrases "a beautiful day" and "highs of thirty below" in the same sentence. I started plotting my escape at an early age. I didn't have enough hair on my body for that kind of climate then, and I certainly don't now.

I can't say that this directly influenced my writing, but it made me a reader. Books are easier to make friends with, and with six schools in five years, I stuck with easy. Indirectly my bookworm habits drive my writing habits today.
When did you first start writing?
I puttered around with my first "book" eighteen years ago. It took me over ten years to "finish" it, and it was "crap".

But I enjoyed the process. That "book" got tossed in the electronic "bin", fortunately, and I started for real about six years ago. Four years ago I finally discovered what I was doing wrong (yes, Virginia, there really is a structure to stories) and it's been hell-bent since then.
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Where to find Tony McFadden online


The Murder of Jeremy Brookes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,590. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Nothing could prepare Dan McGinnis for the depths he would plumb when a wealthy Sydney surgeon visits his office and ask him to investigate the murder of her husband, legal counsel for the owner of a right-wing media empire. The police say he was killed during a mugging gone bad. She thinks it was a targeted attack. Welcome to the darker side of politics, money and corruption in Australia.
Hunter / Prey
Series: Mac D Mysteries. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 46,350. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Mac Durridge ekes out a living as a Private Investigator on NSW’s Central Coast, an idyllic region of coastal Australia. When the wife of a prominent politician is kidnapped and suspected to be hidden somewhere on the Central Coast, Mac is recruited to the team tasked to find her. Until the sh!t hits the fan and he ends up in the middle of a war he didn't expect, and doesn't think he can win.
A Step Too Far
Series: Mac D Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,030. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Four months after Mac sorted out the biggest bank job in his small Australian coastal town’s history, things start to unravel. An unexpected meeting on a hot summer’s day triggers a series of events that force Mac to choose between saving his own skin, or risking it for an innocent caught in the crossfire.
Mac D: Private Investigator
Series: Mac D Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,670. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Adventure » Action
You'd think being a Private Investigator in a small, coastal Australian town would be pretty easy. Stolen cars, infidelity, small stuff, basically. That's what Mac Durridge thought it would be. And until he was framed for murder and a whopping huge bank heist, that's what it was. Now he's running from the police force that he used to work for, trying to get his ass out of the fire.
Killing Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,090. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Detective Collins finished her career on a high, bringing in a pedophile before he killed his 13th victim. Meanwhile, a task force investigates a serial case, felons released on a technicality have been showing up dead for 30 years. Collins learns that the pedophile has been released and is shot dead behind a pool hall. Now the serial cases is personal and she’s involved.
Target: Australia
Series: Matt Daly's Adventures, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,180. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Matt and George, and their respective partners, decided Australia would be a nice place to relax after the hell that was North Korea. Unfortunately, Australia wasn't so accommodating. A chance opportunity to pick up a couple of bucks draws Matt and George, and Catherine, into a web of terror that stretches from Sydney to Darwin. Now they have to fight for their lives.
Have Wormhole, Will Travel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,190. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
She thinks he's a hot vampire. *He* thinks she's a cute Earthling. And unfortunately his planet wants to destroy ours. Will he help them wipe us out? Or will he follow his heart, and protect Earth for the woman he loves?
Unprotected Sax
Series: Eamonn Shute's Miami, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,530. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Playing sax in his friend's jazz band was supposed to be relaxing. Then his friend disappeared. Johnny Delacourte (aka Johnny D The Sax Machine) left the Army Rangers and the battlefields of Afghanistan six months ago. Then the friend disappears, the cops don't seem to care and the Russian mob is all over his ass.
Daly Battles: The Fall of Pyongyang
Series: Matt Daly's Adventures, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,170. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
It's all fun and games until you piss off the Supreme Commander. Matt Daly and his friend and business partner George Sahin are in Pyongyang, hired by its young leader, Kim Jong-un, to modernise and expand the local mobile phone network. Then a Twitter-fed revolution and a military uprising have them racing against time to prevent a hell Asia hasn't seen in seventy years.
Series: The Ellie Bourke Stories, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,650. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Australian actress Ellie Bourke's latest movie promises to be a blockbuster and the Hollywood A-list are clamoring for her services. Then an old enemy is found dead, evidence strongly implicates her in his death and she’s on the run from the killer who tells her she’s next. Ellie's life is turned upside down and she needs to depend on the odds and ends of Venice Beach to evade the killer.
October Moon - An Eamonn Shute Short Story
Series: Eamonn Shute's Miami, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Let's go back in time, to the first time Nicky called on Eamonn for help. Her cousin, only living relative in the USA, is dead and she doesn't believe the coroner's finding of heart attack.
The Whack Job - An Eamonn Shute Short Story
Series: Eamonn Shute's Miami, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 7,940. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Eamonn Shute and his girlfriend Nicky Muniz find their relaxing day torpedoed when they come across the dead body of one of Eamonn's friends. Eamonn, being the person he is, just has to stick his nose in.
Family Matters
Series: Eamonn Shute's Miami, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,030. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Detective Dan MacCready, Homicide Detective for Miami PD, has two seemingly unrelated cases thrown his way in the space of 12 hours. Mobsters, slacker partners and a brother who just won't move off his sofa all combine to make this the hottest November in South Florida history.
G'Day L.A.
Series: The Ellie Bourke Stories, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,490. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(3.75 from 4 reviews)
Can Ellie convince the police that her best friend’s death wasn’t suicide? Or accidental? Can she stay alive herself, now that the killer knows what Ellie knows? And can she find a career in a city that cares more for what’s on the outside than on the inside? Ellie Bourke came to LA a year ago to further her acting career. She had no idea she'd have to solve a murder to find that success.
Book 'Em - An Eamonn Shute Mystery
Series: Eamonn Shute's Miami, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,770. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
Mayhem, murder, and a $4,000,000 book. In Miami. Eamonn Shute is smart, capable and larger than life. There is nothing he can't handle. Until Nicky, the love of his life, is framed by her ex-husband. Eamonn needs to hark back to his rough and tumble youth in Donegal, taking on some of the most dangerous people in Miami to clear Nicky's name.
Matt's War
Series: Matt Daly's Adventures, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 84,830. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
All Matt wanted to do was build his telecommunications consulting business in Asia-Pacific - until he interrupted a highjacking on a flight from Singapore. Other people have plans for him now, and his life will never be the same. Hundreds of lives depend on Matt's actions in this international thriller spanning Malaysia to Australia, and north to Taiwan.

Smashwords book reviews by Tony McFadden

  • Sudden Death on March 12, 2011

    They say 'write what you know' and Balkind certainly knows golf. This story draws you into the competition and the pressures on and off the course as his protagonist, Reid Clark reaches the top of his game, where 'sudden death' is a bit more than just a sports metaphor. An enjoyable read. Looking forward to more from the author
  • Hungry For You on March 20, 2011

    Straight up, not a book I thought I'd like. Boy was I wrong. Fantastic world she's created. Now I need to go find more to read.
  • Blood Picnic and other stories on May 04, 2011

    Well, Tony has served up a meal of little bits of excellence. I loved reading the short, short shorts, but was (very) frequently frustrated that it was over too quickly. Paranormal, horror, fantasy, and a melding of all three genres should keep you awake at night. Maybe because you can't stop reading. But maybe because you can't get the image of "[f]rom behind the head of it, two long yellow fangs flashed out, then arced forward convulsively to bury themselves in her wrist" out of your head A novel from Tony is needed, with bigger bites and more of the above. Heartily recommended.
  • Let Me Read Your Mind on May 12, 2011

    A great start. I know, it's a short story. And as a short story I liked it. A bit too front heavy, but I liked the concept and the humor. I look forward to more from this author.
  • Loop Vacation on Feb. 29, 2012

    It’s not that far in the future and time travel is a commercial enterprise. Marine Major Mark Multon and his wife, Beth, decide to exploit this new capability and double up on his six-week furlough. Just before it’s time to re-deploy they head back six weeks, meet themselves for dinner and drinks, then start a vacation covering half the continents of the globe on ‘borrowed’ time. But the un-time travelled version of Mark and Beth discover something about their future trip. Or think they do. Or maybe they don’t. The reality of what you think you know and how it can impact what you are have already done six weeks hence is laid out is a twisted tale that never lets up. It is, quite simply, one of the best examples of ‘what if’ I’ve ever run across. His description of the science of time travel is believable, and actually pretty easy to understand. And his “Truths of Time Travel” rival Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.
  • Bloodtrail on Oct. 24, 2013

    This review is long overdue. I would not normally go out of my way to read a vampire novel, but the blurb grabbed me. The story itself is very engaging. Casey, the world-weary "Nosferati" no longer craving blood, under Moira Flynn's microscope. She's a researcher who has noticed peculiarities in Casey's patients. The AIDS victims he administers to, while locked up in prison, have a much higher survival rate than the average. From this point Mr. Lewis launches a gripping story that not only is a well written thriller, it also proposes a truly probable origin story for vampires. I literally couldn't put it down. And months after reading it, I can't get it out of my mind. For a book to get 5 stars from me, it needs to grab me as a reader and make me forget I'm reading. I was in Casey's world. And I want to be in it again. Read this. You won't regret it. A SOLID 5 stars.