graham macdermott

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Graham MacDermott was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1950 and spent the first 16 years of his life in the tiny lumber town of Plaster Rock.  In 1969, MacDermott joined the Canadian Armed Forces where he met his wife, Bonnie.  Following his military service he worked as a newspaper reporter, a radio news director and music host.  He left the exciting, hip, world of radio to work at a paper mill where he operated heavy equipment; unloaded logging trucks as a sling-man and did regular shifts in the wet and dry end. During this period, he and Bonnie lived the “back to the land” life on a dilapidated old farmstead in Nova Scotia where they raised sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.

One night, while sitting on a bulldozer waiting for the green light that would tell him to push more wood chips in the giant hopper that fed the mill; he decided it was time to head back to university.  In addition to picking up a private pilot’s license, MacDermott had also started an undergraduate degree while still in the air force.  The couple, now with a young son, Angus, sold the farm and over the next few years MacDermott completed his undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s in Halifax and a graduate diploma in education from McGill University in Montreal.

The young family, expanded now by the addition of daughter, Caitlin, took a teaching assignment in the Quebec Arctic, in the remote Inuit village of Sugluk.  MacDermott taught grades 5, 6 and 7 while Bonnie operated the village library in their home.  There were many adventures and great experiences over the next couple of years.

In 1982 MacDermott made one of the best moves of his life when he took a position teaching in the Radio and Television Arts program at Kingstec Community College in Kentville, NS.  He went back to university part-time and completed a Masters degree and spent the remainder of his academic career with the Nova Scotia Community College retiring as Principal of the Ackerley Campus and the Aviation Institute in Dartmouth, NS, where he and Bonnie now reside.

Revenge River is my first full length crime novel.  It took me about two years to write, basically because I'm incredibly lazy and sometimes golfing or just loafing around seem more attractive than writing.  

Developing the character of Kyle was particularly interesting as he is considerably older than most protagonists who appear in crime novels.  He's still more than capable but he's well aware that age is catching up. Kyle is reminded of this each time he's with his First Nations pal, Peter  Paul.  He sees a lot of himself in the former US Army Ranger.  When he meets and falls​ for RCMP officer Marie Arsenault, he wonders for a time that he may be too old for her to have any interest in him.  Most of his fears about age disappear when he finally has to face off with serial killer, Marcel Latour.  

My second novel is well underway.  To whet your appetite for the next Kyle McKinley adventure I will be sharing a few scenes over the coming winter months.  Here's a hint of what Kyle will be facing.  The body of a young Asian woman is found in a beaver pond.  Kyle McKinley's old friend Arnie Cousins is missing under mysterious circumstances and Erich Giesel, the wealthy owner of Eagles Nest Lodge keeps flying in a strange  assortment of guests and they're not just there to fish.  Meanwhile, RCMP Staff Sergeant Marie Arsenault has  arrived  to spend a couple of weeks with Kyle at his cabin on the river.  Their relationship blossoms and both find themsel embroiled in another adventure.


Couldn't put it down!


5 out of 5 stars.

Chapters customer Meddie 

September 19, 2016 

What a page-turner! I couldn't put it down. This crime novel had me captivated from the first page to the last. Loved that it was in a Canadian setting with lots of Canadiana woven into the storyline. Looking forward to the next Kyle McKinley novel.

A Great Read



5 out of 5 stars

Shelley Meldrum 

July 22, 2106


Excellent novel! Terrific character development; a great read.
If you are a fan of the work of Lee Childs and/or Michael Connolly- you will love this book! And- you will be a fan of Graham McDermott! So happy to hear another novel featuring character Kyle is underway!

Great story; well written and easy to read


​5 out of 5 stars

Indigo customer (HamOnRye)

 November 9, 2016

This was an gripping story with well written characters and a line or two that made me laugh out loud! I hope Graham MacDermott continues to write Kyle McKinley tales and I hope more readers of crime stories pick up on this new Canadian talent! I'm a fan!​

More McKinley



​5.0 out of 5 stars

Amazon Customer

August 12, 2016

Revenge River is an exciting nail-biter that leaves you wanting more from author Graham MacDermott. Well developed characters play out a detailed story complete with romance, wit and of course revenge. MacDermott’s protagonist, Kyle McKinley, is the kind of guy you want to know in real life and his background leaves room for many more thrilling McKinley adventures. The chapters are the perfect length to pick up the book for a few minutes when you absolutely have to know what happens next. However, you’ll not to to put the book down once you crack it open! This well written tale from MacDermott is a must read.

What are you waiting for? Read this book.


5 out of 5 stars

By Scott Robinson  

June 29, 2016

I really enjoyed this novel! Having recently been on a Sandra Brown kick and would liken the spirit of this novel to Mean Streak. I was just as pleased with MacDermott's first effort in this genre. I liked the Canadiana of the novel and how the characters developed in a way that made me think I might know them...or have crossed paths with them at some point. This novel was written in a way that didn't need the gory details but used a certain quality of subtle reference to allow me as a reader to conjure my imagination of what the scenes were like (any good novel should in my opinion). The characters and the plot left me wondering what would Kyle McKinley do next? This is a great read that is entertaining, suspenseful with well developed characters that really draw the reader in. This is a bargain read and a definite recommendation for anyone who likes crime novels or simply being entertained.

What's not to like? Revenge River is an impressive first novel.


5 out of 5 stars

Amazon customer: old man harlem  August 17, 2016

The central character, Kyle McKinley, is far from the familiar flawed anti-hero extant in much contemporary crime drama and that makes him appealing. Likewise Marcel Latour, McKinley’s somewhat unpredictable would-be killer for whose intent the book is titled, keeps us guessing about his capacity to complete his mission. As to the setting, if you appreciate Barry Maitland’s architectural sensibilities that conjure intriguing urban settings for his protagonists, you’ll enjoy MacDermott’s gift for rich description that takes the reader deep into rural Canada. For Canadian readers, such attention to detail will ring bells and make connections that are both entertaining and rewarding. For the ‘offshore’ reader, the opportunity is to discover and become immersed in an environment where criminal intent leads to some enthralling moments.

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