He has many strings to his bow, writing several series in a variety of styles as well as children's fiction. He won the CWA John Creasey Award for his debut novel Caroline Miniscule, which introduced the unprincipled adventurer William Dougal. Notable for their charmingly light touch with black humour and the outrageousness of his adventures, the Dougal novels were one of the liveliest series of the 1980s. Now he is concentrating on the Lydmouth novels, set claustrophobically in a small town in the repressed world of the 1950s, which feature Detective Inspector Richared Thornhill and journalist Jill Francis; single psychological thrillers like the gripping The Barred Window; and the Roth trilogy which begins with The Four Last Things. Stylish prose and careful plotting.
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