I’ve been writing for television all my life, everything from Z Cars through Juliet Bravo, Boon, Lovejoy, The Bill, Poirot and many others - right up to Midsomer Murders, which I helped to establish.

Nathan Hawk is my answer to the question ‘where have all the male, Engish private detectives have gone?’ I’m not saying he’ll push aside Rebus, Charles Paris, Joe Sixsmith, or any other of my favourites ... but he’ll have a damn good try. He’s an ex-copper who pokes his nose into other people’s business, especially if it’s dirty. He’s witty, fiery and beleaguered by four grown up children.

Strange, that, because so am I...

Try a sample of Haggard Hawk, Easy Prey and Scattered Remains, see if you take to Nathan Hawk. I’ve nearly finished a fourth book, Evil Turn, due out later this year. A fifth is pushing it from behind.

Kind regards,

Douglas on the Box & Boards