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Down the years, it has been a privilege to work with writers, actors, producers and directors; in theatre, television and cinema. Every project a collaboration.

‘Closing the Distance’ was the first lonely thing I had done. I learned that the process was creative yes, exciting certainly, but ultimately a question of determination and stamina.

My interest in crime writing was sparked by my parents’ collection of John Creasey and Edgar Wallace novels on the bookshelves at home. I discovered Eric Ambler when I was a student. Then Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald and Elmore Leonard. And Sue Grafton and Robert B Parker. Another one of my heroes, Stephen J Cannell, said about writing crime stories… ‘All the way through, keep asking yourself – what is the bad guy doing?’ I appreciate the debt I owe them all.

Closing the Distance unearthed a new creative resolve. The second Jack Shepherd novel, Changing the Odds, is to be followed by the third in the series, provisionally titled Beating the Bounce; alongside another thriller titled One Fight at a Time, set in the years following the Second World War.

So please read on…

From the Blog

Published December 2015 in paperback and on Kindle

Praise from readers

“Closing the Distance” is a terrific read. The action is tough and the story moves at pace.

— Sarah Herring