Bad for good - How far would you go?

Book cover, Bad for Good by Graham Bartlett

The murder of a promising footballer and, crucially, the son of the Brighton’s highest-ranking police officer, means Detective Superintendent Jo Howe has a complicated and sensitive case on her hands. The situation becomes yet more desperate following devastating blackmail threats.

Howe can trust no one as she tracks the brutal killer in a city balanced on a knife edge of vigilante action and a police force riven with corruption.

Babes in the wood - the real-life case that rocked the nation

Book cover, Babes in the Wood by Graham Bartlett

On 9 October 1986, nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway went out to play on their Brighton estate. They would never return home; their bodies discovered the next day concealed in a local park. This devastating crime rocked the country.

With unique access to the officers charged with catching the killer, Peter James and I tell the compelling inside story of the investigation as the net tightens around local man Russell Bishop. The trial that follows is one of the most infamous in the history of Brighton policing – a shock result sees Bishop walk free.

Three years later, I am working in Brighton CID when a seven-year-old girl is abducted and left to die. She survives . . . and Bishop’s name comes up as a suspect. Is history repeating itself? Can the police put him away this time, and will he ever be made to answer for his past horrendous crimes? Both gripping police procedural and an insight into the motivations of a truly evil man, Babes in the Wood  is a fascinating account of what became a thirty-two year fight for justice.

Death Comes knocking
Policing Roy Grace's Brighton

Death Comes Knocking Book Cover

Fans of Peter James and his bestselling Roy Grace series of crime novels know that his books draw on in-depth research into the lives of Brighton and Hove police and are set in a world every bit as gritty as the real thing.

With Peter, in Sunday Times Top Ten Best Seller Death Comes Knocking, I have written a gripping account of the city’s most challenging cases, taking the reader from crime scenes and incident rooms to the morgue, and introducing some of the real-life detectives who inspired Peter James’s characters.

Whether it’s the murder of a dodgy nightclub owner and his family in Sussex’s worst non-terrorist mass murder, tracking down the antique trade’s most notorious ‘knocker boys,’ nailing an audacious ring of forgers, hunting for a cold- blooded killer who executed a surfer or catching a pair who kidnapped a businessman, leaving him severely beaten, to die on a hillside, we evoke the dangerous inside story of policing, the personal toll it takes and the dedication of those who risk their lives to keep the public safe.

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