Graham once again was Peter's advisor on his twelfth novel in the award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace crime series.
An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect …
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind… and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.
Graham worked with William to achieve the gritty realism that this book has throughout in a complex and exciting hunt for a murderer by a murderer
Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation.
He is a murderer himself.
But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it.
But soon - too soon - they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser,
a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William - because he knew him as a boy. If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood.
Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.
Graham guided Rob on all the policing elements of this gripping novel. He helped achieve characters who are faithful to those who, in real life, are charged with tracking down murderous stalkers.
If The Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.
Morecambe and Vice Crime Festival - Winter Gardens Theatre Morecambe 30th September 2018
Set in the auspicious surroundings of the Winter Gardens (most recently seen in BBC One’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution) Morecambe and Vice Crime Festival (with its tag line ‘Bring Me Some Crime!’) is a weekend of eclectic panels and talks & trials and debates involving authors and guests from around the globe who gather to converse, consider and confabulate over crime in all its many facets.
Graham Bartlett, Kate Bendelow and Neil White will discuss with David Mark their various expertise investigating and prosecuting murder and other heinous crimes. They will chat about how they approach their own writing and how they advise some of the planet’s most accomplished crime writes so they can get their procedure spot on.
Book here from 1st March 2018 - http://morecambecrimefest.co.uk/tickets/4593936319