Thursday, 16 September 2021

Darkness Falls - UK publication day


Darkness Falls is published today, the second standalone thriller under my Alex Knight pseudonym. Unfortunately, just like last year, Alex won't be getting a book launch, thanks to the pandemic, so this book will have to make its way out in the world unlaunched. 

I hope it finds its way to people who will enjoy it, and I am getting to do at least one event, at Bloody Scotland this Friday. 

If you want a taste of the book, you can read chapter one on the Alex Knight website, and here's the blurb...

Twenty years ago, her brother was murdered.

Tonight, she’s found his killer.

Thessaly Hanlon is four hours into a long drive home through the night when she pulls into a 24-hour roadside diner to take a break. She’s exhausted, but when she hears a chillingly familiar voice from the next booth, she wonders if she’ll ever sleep again.

The voice is unmistakable. It belongs to Casper Sturgis, the man who murdered Thessaly’s brother two decades before, and then disappeared without a trace.

Thessaly makes the decision to follow the killer. As she begins to unravel the second life of Casper Sturgis, she finds that digging into the past can have deadly consequences…

Trade Paperback



Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Hunted - US publication day

Hunted, my first standalone book under the Alex Knight pseudonym is out today from all good bookstores in the USA.

I had a lot of fun writing it, particularly as the research took me to one of the cities I love most, San Francisco, and beyond to explore northern California. So far, people seem to like it. 

You can read chapter one on the Alex Knight website, and if you like it, you can get the book from these places:

You can also order Hunted wherever you are with free worldwide postage from Book Depository.


You’re woken early by banging on the door. It’s a young girl, the daughter of the love of your life. She’s scared, covered in blood, she says her mother is hurt.

You let her in, try to calm her down, tell her you’re going to get help. You reach for your phone, but it lights up with a notification before you touch it.

It’s an Amber alert, sent to all four million phones in the Bay Area – a child has been abducted by a dangerous suspect.

The child is the girl standing in front of you.

The suspect?


Friday, 20 August 2021

Nur Eine Chance - Hunted German edition


Hunted is going to be published in Germany by Lübbe, and I LOVE this cover. One of the best I've had.

Here's the blurb in German, with Google translation below...

Für den Polizisten Jake Ellis ist es ein Tag wie jeder andere. Bis Molly, die Tochter seiner Freundin, blutüberströmt vor seiner Tür steht. Im selben Moment gibt es einen Alarm: Ein Mann hat einen Überfall begangen, bei dem eine Frau schwer verletzt, ein Passant getötet und ein Kind entführt wurde. Der Name des Täters: Jake Ellis. Jake ahnt, was auf ihn zukommt – und dass jemand versucht, ihm etwas anzuhängen. Daher packt er Molly und flieht. Er weiß: Seine Unschuld zu beweisen ist seine einzige Chance ...

It's a day like any other for policeman Jake Ellis. Until Molly, his girlfriend's daughter, stands in front of his door covered in blood. At the same moment there is an alarm: a man has committed a robbery in which a woman was seriously injured, a passerby was killed and a child was kidnapped. The name of the perpetrator: Jake Ellis. Jake suspects what is in store for him - and that someone is trying to pin something on him. So he grabs Molly and flees. He knows: to prove his innocence is his only chance ...

Published on January 28- find out more here 

Sunday, 8 August 2021

Darkness Falls

 The new Alex Knight book is published on September 16 in the UK. It's called Darkness Falls. This is another standalone, following on from Hunted, and I think you'll like it.

It starts out on a quiet highway at 2am. 

Thessaly Hanlon is driving back from a funeral through the driving rain when she pulls into an all-night diner for a break. When she hears the voice of the man in the next booth, a chill runs down her spine that's nothing to do with the weather. She last heard that voice two decades ago, but she'll never forget it. 

The voice belongs to a man named Casper Sturgis, the cold-blooded killer who murdered her brother and then vanished.

If you want to know more, you can read chapter one at the Alex Knight website.

If you're in the UK, you can pre-order from all the usual places.

If you're from elsewhere on the planet, you can order the UK edition with free worldwide delivery at The Book Despository.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Hunted - paperback


Hunted, my first standalone thriller under the name Alex Knight is out in UK paperback today.

I'd love to tell you it's available from all good bookshops, but as we know, all good bookshops are closed right now.

You can get it online of course, from the usual places. I know a lot of independent bookshops have really upped their game on online sales this year, so if you're buying the book, I'd love it if you support one of your local shops by ordering direct from them.

It's available in all the other online places too, of course, and if you don't happen to have a local bookshop, it just so happens that Hive is offering the lowest price as of time of writing, so that's a great way way to support the little guys.

I think it's one of the best books I've written so far. I hope you love it...



Kobo Audio

You're woken early by the doorbell. It's a young girl, the daughter of the love of your life. She's scared, covered in blood, she says her mother is hurt.

You let her in, try to calm her down, tell her you're going to get help. You reach for your phone, but it lights up with a notification before you touch it.

It's an Amber alert - a child has been abducted by a dangerous suspect.

The child is the girl standing in front of you.

The suspect? You.

“I loved it. This has an astonishing opening and just gets better and better. A stunning thriller. ” – Steve Cavanagh

“Brilliant. Opens at a breakneck speed and does not let up.” – Lara Dearman

“Jolts and shocks like a claustrophobic rollercoaster. Knight could be the Hitchcock of the 21st Century. Hide-behind-the-sofa compelling” – Denzil Meyrick

“A smart, tense, edge-of-your-seat thriller with characters you’re desperately rooting for.” – SJI Holliday

“They don’t come better than this. One of those thrillers that really and truly thrills! A masterclass from Alex Knight.” – Tony Kent

“Amazing opening, and just got better and better.” – Jenny Blackhurst

“A well-crafted, tightly-plotted thriller that races from the streets of San Francisco to the coast without pausing for breath.” – CJ Carver

Hunted is also available in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Click to check if it’s available where you are in paperback or Kindle.

Friday, 1 January 2021

A 2021 project

Happy New Year! 

I hope you all had a safe and relatively enjoyable one. Fingers crossed the vaccines are rolled out quickly enough for us all to leave the house a little more this year.

I had a reasonably productive 2020, despite everything, and there will be news about my 2021 book soon. It's not out until the autumn, but the Hunted paperback will be out in early March

As always, I'll be writing another novel, but this year I'm going to try something new. Inspired by a technique Jenny Blackhurst told me about, I've made a chart of all 365 days in 2021, and I'm going to try to keep an unbroken chain by crossing off a day every time I write at least 100 words on a side project.

What's the side project? I'll tell you on New Year's Eve.

I tried this for a few months last year and it worked pretty well until I got hopelessly stuck, so I think the secret is to plan ahead a little more. It showed me that even small amounts of writing can build up to a lot of words pretty quickly. A bit like a micro-version of my 500 words technique.

Maybe this will be all on one project, maybe it'll be on more than one. The only rule is, I have to do 100 extra words on something that isn't the main book every day, all year.

If you'd like to do this yourself, feel free to download my chart.

All you need to remember is what Fleetwood Mac (and indeed Adrian McKinty) said: 

Never break the chain.

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Carter Blake on Audible Plus

 If you're in the USA and a member of Audible Plus (kind of like the Audible version of Netflix), you can currently stream the first four Carter Blake audiobooks for free.

Go here to see them in the Audible Plus catalog.

Eric Meyers did a really great job narrating these books, and I'm reminded that the American audio covers are all pretty good. Audiobook jackets can be a total mess for rights reasons, but I think these all hold up well and bear some relation to the plot of each book.

Happy listening.