Books by John Monaghan

Jimmy Gallagher series, book #1


Head On NYPD Dies Hard

NYPD Captain Jimmy Gallagher only knows one way to face a situation, and that’s head on.  His instincts are never wrong –ever, but they tend to land him in hot water.  When Arab terrorist connect with the Russian mafia in Brighton Beach, Jimmy goes on a rogue mission to find out why –but the FBI steps in and calls him off –and he’s suspended. 

As thousands of well-wishers crowd onto Manhattan’s Pier 92 to see the historic passing of the torch from the Queen Elizabeth 2 to the Queen Mary 2, a rocket is fired into the Queen Mary. In the ensuing chaos, Ghazi Abu Khalil and his men slip onboard and take command of the evacuated ship. The British government, believing the evacuation is complete –each passenger has been personally accounted for –orders the QM 2 to be sunk before it can ram and destroy the fully occupied QE 2. An F-16 fighter jet is called in. As they are about to destroy the purportedly empty ship, Jimmy Gallagher realizes the connection; the Russian’s had supplied the Arabs with a thousand ‘Caucasian’ Chechen rebels pretending to be evacuees –and there are a thousand hostages hidden on the Queen Mary. Khalil kicks back and awaits his death as ‘the oppressive arrogance of the West will soon be displayed…’ But nobody believes Jimmy and he’s left to crash onto the ship alone. And now HEAD ON becomes “Die Hard on the Queen Mary in New York Harbor.” The fireworks over the Statue of Liberty are alone worth the read.

Jimmy Gallagher series, book #2


The Guns of Antwerp NYPD Takes Boston

Rogue NYPD Captain Jimmy Gallagher chases Zafir, American Khalifa of jihad, from New York to Boston and back. With help from the historically intertwined Boston Irish Mafia and Boston PD, along with remnants of the IRA and the Jesuit Priests at Boston College, the ultimate solution to terrorism is on the table. But when Zafir finally gets his hands on a suitcase nuke, he launches Jihad’s long-awaited attack on the greatest of all landmarks in America for such a strike… “And now the sins of The Great Satan will come full circle.”

Professional Reviews for Head On


... a steady pace throughout, including frequent dialogue exchanges, while Jimmy turns into the kind of protagonist who can easily carry his own series.

    Dynamic characters -good and bad guys alike -beef up this action-laden tale.

-Kirkus Reviews


... a literary thriller that romps through the streets of New York City... replete with fast-paced action and nonstop confrontations, Head On represents the kind of thriller that makes readers stop and think about choices, consequences, and the intersection between political purpose, special interests, and the greater good. It is highly recommended for readers of suspense novels about international terrorism and crime.

 -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review


Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5 engaging thriller ...packed with pulse-pounding action.
...set firmly in the contemporary world and dealing with weighty geopolitical forces, the novel breezes along thanks to gifted storytelling. While it is plot driven, the book excels at characterization. ...a rip-roaring and engaging read, a novel that could establish its leadwithin a series.
A book so captivating it could be consumed in a single sitting.
Joseph S. Pete, Foreword Clarion Reviews

About John

 John Monaghan received a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master’s from Harvard University. Having been decorated twenty-eight times over his twenty-year career with the NYPD, John retired as a Captain in 2004. He has since testified before the US Congress and in State and Federal Court as an expert in police procedure.  

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