Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most exciting thriller writers. Pick up a Kernick and you can expect a tense, action-packed, impeccably research crime novel. Simon talks both on and off the record to members of the Met’s Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime. Read an extract of Ultimatum below. Feeling inspired? You can find out more about this book and others in our Dead Good Recommends promotion here.
Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen is also a physician, and she brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. Read an extract from The Killing Place below. Feeling inspired? You can find out more about this book and others in our Dead Good Recommends promotion here.
Kathy Reichs is vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, a member of the RCMP National Police Services Advisory Council, forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec and a professor of forensic anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. You don’t get more qualified than Reichs in the arena of forensic crime. In Cross Bones, Dr Temperence Brennan investigates an apparent suicide from a gunshot wound but factors have led to the impossibility of determining the trajectory of the bullet. Read an extract of Cross Bones below. Feeling inspired? You can find out more about this book and others in our Dead Good Recommends promotion here.
James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. In Don’t Blink reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a celebrity recluse in a renowned New York restaurant. But the interview is cut short by a horrific murder that takes place just yards from their table. The assassin escapes as quickly as he entered, leaving behind him a chaotic scene and a bloody corpse. Read an extract below of this gripping murder mystery. Feeling inspired? You can find out more about this book and others in our Dead Good Recommends promotion here.
Fred Vargas is a historian and archaeologist by profession, as well as a best-selling novelist. Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand is a brilliant example of Fred’s elegant plotting and quirky characterisation. Read an extract here of this brilliant crime thriller by Fred Vargas.
Not read Falling by Emma Kavanagh yet? You really should. A former police psychologist herself, Emma has specialist expertise when it comes to how people react in extreme situations having spent seven years providing training and consultation for police forces and NATO military personnel. It’s no surprise then that her writing demonstrates a clear understanding of the human psyche, creating detailed characters and intricate relationships which pull you right into the middle of the story.