Russ Thomas

Agent: Sarah Hornsley

Russ Thomas is a graduate of the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University and an events manager and expert bookseller for Waterstones Sheffield. He also teaches creative writing classes and runs a monthly book club. His debut series beautifully walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller.

Six years ago, Gerald Cartwright vanished from his home in a village on the edge of the Peak District, the blurb for the “dark, twisty-turny” thriller reads. Did Gerald go on the run to escape his creditors, following a period of insider trading and embezzlement – or was there a more sinister explanation for his disappearance?

Detective Sargent Adam Tyler, a cold case specialist, is called back to Cartwright’s house as a body has just been discovered, bricked up behind a wall in the cellar six years after the disappearance. Tyler knows this case could make his career but the main suspect happens to be the missing man’s son – the same person Tyler slept with the night before.

FIREWATCHING marks the start of an unmissable new series and is being published by Simon & Schuster in the UK, and by Putnam PRH in the US, early 2020.

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