I was first introduced to Desmond by an American lawyer, Andrew Beato, in 2013, when I sought some legal advice on a private matter and had no idea at that time he was trying his hand at writing. What struck me most about Des is his strong sense of justice coupled with a profound depth of understanding of the human pysche - characteristics which feature strongly in his debut novel, Valberg. I finally interviewed Des late in 2013 at Bangor University Law School, after he kindly agreed to do a Q&A and book signing session for the students. It was admirable and testimony to Des's impeccable reputation and diverse career that so many students packed the hall that morning, listening eagerly in fixated silence as Des spoke before waiting patiently to ask Des questions and get their copies of Valberg signed. My sincere thanks to Des for his valuable time and if you haven't already read Valberg, you are missing a gem. Gritty, compelling and with a plot and characters that are believable, you won't want to put it down. Cannot wait to read Part 2.