Crime thrillers are my thing. I work in that area (for the good guys!) and so it was natural that I wrote in that genre too. I created my first crime thriller in 1998 or thereabouts, and it's still alive and kicking. A Long Time Dead has seen some changes in the intervening years; not least the lead character. He was originally called Jon Benedict, but after a re-work last year, I changed him to Roger Conniston. Alongside Jon, also ejected were some plotlines, including the one about the death threat I received in my first year of doing this job. It frighted the hell out of me, but I thought it would be a great subject for the 'new' book. It turned out that it wasn't really, so it hit the bin. I'm very proud to say that Dead reached number 2 on Amazon in the summer and is still going strong.
Hot on the heels of Dead, Stealing Elgar was born. This was a very ambitious project. It involved elements of terrorist organisations; and it has its roots in some of the things that were happening in West Yorkshire around 2000. It depends upon your disposition, but you might find parts of Elgar bloody or gory, but not gratuitously so. The book is packed with action, but ultimately it's there to illustrate the depth of feeling and emotion that good and even bad people can experience. It's my favourite book (so far), and it's the one most people think should be turned into a film.
Elgar was rich with characters and it seemed fitting to give them even more crises to deal with. I did this in No More Tears. Tears comes with an even bigger emotional punch. I suspect most people will look at these books and think they're just another set of crime stories, but I really like to dig down deep into what drives people to their actions, and of course, what re-actions they cause. Tears looks at two main problems facing the protagonists: that old chestnut, the One Last Job, and that most troubling of deliberations: Retribution.