After too long in limbo, at last there is much to report:

DEAD FIX, the 2nd in the Det. Insp. Todd “Ratso” Holtom series will shortly be published in paperback and as an e-book – see details below


HARD PLACE, the first in the Det. Insp. Todd “Ratso” Holtom series will soon be published as a 2nd edition in paperback and as an e-book.


DEADLINE VEGAS, a stand-alone thriller is also close to publication in paperback and as an e-book.



Endeavour Press of London will publish a selection of my previous books, full details of which will be announced before long.


Ratso’s Police Joke of the Week

A police officer stops an elderly female for speeding while driving her husband near Liverpool docks. The officer approaches the ageing Toyota and politely explains that she was doing 41 mph in a 30mph area. She looks at her husband and asks, “What did he say?” Voice raised the husband replies, “He said you were […]

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Hard Place and Mob Hits

In Hard Place, Detective Inspector Todd “Ratso” Holtom is fighting to bring down a European drug baron rather than a crime boss in the USA. Even so, having the chance to launch Hard Place here in New York City seems very appropriate given its long history of violent Mob action. Besides therefore the chance to […]

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Q&A with Humphrey Hawksley I was very fortunate to have a Q & A session with Humphrey Hawksley. Humphrey is a journalist and foreign correspondent for the BBC and a best-selling author of international political thrillers with emphasis on the Far East. Links for him appear below. Humphrey: Hard Place runs with the international drugs trade from Afghanistan […]

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#DetectiveRatso’s Police Joke

Now that Det.Inspector Todd “Ratso” Holtom has appeared in Hard Place, my latest mystery thriller just released, he is going to publish a police joke each week to celebrate. You can pick up Hard Place via my website or from Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble etc and currently there is a special offer on Amazon […]

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