New Year's Resolution?

In many ways, writing a book is rather like conceiving a child. The birth may feel difficult but is often the easy part! What follows are the sleepless nights and the tears when the book isn't doing what it's supposed to do.

Read More

THE TOP FIVE EXCUSES FOR NOT WRITING THAT BOOK... AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM

The comedian and author, Ben Elton, once said the key to writing a book is writing so much and so fast that you get to the point where even if you hate it, you’re loathe to tear it up and start all over again because you have so much material that it would make you weep...

Read More

WHAT IF?

Police officers often have to make decisions which they live to regret; upon which they have to reflect all the time.

'What if?' is the question that can haunt them for the rest of their lives.  

I know, because I have a ‘What If?’ question constantly in my head.

Read More

After Nice: Can We Protect Ourselves?

The assailant didn't use a firearm to kill and maim, and he didn't use explosives - he turned something that most of see and walk past every day, into a terrifyingly effective weapon.

Read More

IT'S UP TO YOU

It is a great shame that we are no longer part of the EU. I mourn the parting of this relationship. But it wasn't racism or xenophobia that caused us to leave. It was the complete lack of recognition, by UK politicians and those in Brussels, as to the affects that our membership has on the lowest paid in our society.

Read More

CCTV: CAN WE AFFORD NOT TO HAVE IT?

Nowadays, there is simply no criminal investigation that does not have an element of CCTV involved. In my opinion, investigations into all sorts of incidents are damaged and curtailed if these cameras don't exist. The police can, retrospectively, track a suspect from one point to another in London using the CCTV that is available.

Read More

CRIME FICTION VERSUS CRIME FACT

As a former detective, I want my fiction to be as true to life as it can be.  But I also want to be entertained, because in real life, investigating crime is rarely very glamorous at all. 

Read More

NEVER TAKE ADVICE FROM A MURDERER

Ken Livingstone's idea that the lead 7/7 bomber, Mohammed Siddique Khan, was so upset by government policy that he felt the need to murder people is absurd.

We are talking about a mass murderer akin to Fred West, Dennis Nilsen and Charles Manson - a psychopathic lunatic. Does anyone talk about what political decisions might have motivated those people to kill and murder scores of victims?

Read More