Neil Lancaster - Author

About the Author

Neil Lancaster is the No.1 digital bestselling author of the Tom Novak series. His latest novel,  Dead Man’s Grave, was longlisted for the 2021 William McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime  Book of the Year. He served as a military policeman in the RAF and worked as a detective for  the Metropolitan Police, investigating serious crimes in the capital and beyond. As a covert  policing specialist, he used a variety of tactics to obtain evidence against murderers, human  traffickers, drug dealers and fraudsters. 

He now lives in the Scottish Highlands, writes crime and thriller novels and works as a  broadcaster and commentator on true crime documentaries. He is a key expert on two Sky Crime  TV series, Meet, Marry, Murder and Made for Murder.

Featured books by Neil Lancaster

The Blood Tide

The Blood Tide

Author: Neil Lancaster Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2022

Neil Lancaster has written a twisty, high-octane police procedural that thrilled and intrigued me from beginning to end. Starting with several dramatic scenes, this book drew me in straightaway, following DS Max Craigie and colleagues as they investigate two seemingly linked deaths. I've not read the first book in this series - Dead Man's Grave - but this didn't matter at all, as The Blood Tide works well as a standalone, with enough back story to fill in any gaps. The writing is beautifully descriptive, bringing the diverse characters, stunning Scottish countryside and fast-paced action scenes to life (it seemed as though everything was springing out of the page in front of me), and the humorous banter between the team brought some light relief to break up the darkness of the plot. The author's own police background provides realism, authenticity and insights to a gripping and gritty read. Highly recommended Scottish Noir - I'll be picking up the first book in this series soon, and look forward to the third.  

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Neil Lancaster

The Night Watch

The Night Watch

Author: Neil Lancaster Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2022

Don't miss the next gripping thriller in the DS Max Craigie series... Pre-order now! He'll watch you. A lawyer is found dead at sunrise on a lonely clifftop at Dunnet Head on the northernmost tip of Scotland. It was supposed to be his honeymoon, but now his wife will never see him again. He'll hunt you. The case is linked to several mysterious deaths, including the murder of the lawyer's last client - Scotland's most notorious criminal... who had just walked free. DS Max Craigie knows this can only mean one thing: they have a vigilante serial killer on their hands. He'll leave you to die. But this time the killer isn't on the run; he's on the investigation team. And the rules are different when the murderer is this close to home. He knows their weaknesses, knows how to stay hidden, and he thinks he's above the law... Max, Janie and Ross return in the third gripping novel in this explosive Scottish crime series. Pre-order now! Readers LOVE Neil Lancaster! 'Wow!! A must for any avid crime/thriller fan! You feel like you are right there in the moment with the characters! Every chapter just left you wanting more!' Reader review 'With each page I turned there was more suspense and intrigue. Add the inevitable twists and turns and you've got a must read book!' Reader review 'This was amazing. Fast paced and believable, with a great cast of characters. If you liked Line of Duty this is for you.' Reader review 'This book was really good! It had suspense, intrigue some really bad guys and great police work! There were plenty of heart pounding moments and lots of twists and turns!' Reader review 'Phew! What a ride! A great read and highly recommended.' Reader review 'A fast paced, engaging and heart in the mouth book. Loved it, couldn't put it down.' Reader review 'It had me up until the wee hours, but I just didn't want it to end it was that exciting.' Reader review

The Blood Tide

The Blood Tide

Author: Neil Lancaster Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/2022

'Think Jack Reacher fronting Line of Duty' Ian Rankin You get away with murder. In a remote sea loch on the west coast of Scotland, a fisherman vanishes without trace. His remains are never found. You make people disappear. A young man jumps from a bridge in Glasgow and falls to his death in the water below. DS Max Craigie uncovers evidence that links both victims. But if he can't find out what cost them their lives, it won't be long before more bodies turn up at the morgue... You come back for revenge. Soon cracks start to appear in the investigation, and Max's past hurtles back to haunt him. When his loved ones are threatened, he faces a terrifying choice: let the only man he ever feared walk free, or watch his closest friend die... Max, Janie and Ross return in the second gripping novel in this explosive Scottish crime series. Readers LOVE The Blood Tide 'Line of Duty on steroids... It just never lets up!' John Barlow 'The Blood Tide grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. Be warned: don't sit down planning to read only a few pages!' Kate London 'Tightly plotted, tense and thrilling. Neil Lancaster just gets better and better' Marion Todd 'You can't beat the voice of experience... A rugged tale from a writer who's done this chilling stuff for real' Paul Finch 'A rattlingly good read. The pages practically turn themselves...' John Sutherland 'An absolutely thrilling read from a brand-new star of Tartan Noir. Superb.' Caroline Green 'Authentic to a tee. A story to die for. Characters that leap of all the page-turny pages.' Imran Mahmood 'What a gripping page-turner - it kept me guessing until the very end' Michelle Davies 'I've been hooked on this for a few days. It has it all: action, humour, tightly plotted with the most satisfying of endings!' Chris McDonald

Dead Man's Grave

Dead Man's Grave

Author: Neil Lancaster Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2022

'The best police procedural I've read in years' Jane Casey 'Grabbed me from the first page' Ian Rankin This grave can never be opened. The head of Scotland's most powerful crime family is brutally murdered, his body dumped inside an ancient grave in a remote cemetery. This murder can never be forgotten. Detectives Max Craigie and Janie Calder arrive at the scene, a small town where everyone has secrets to hide. They soon realise this murder is part of a blood feud between two Scottish families that stretches back to the 1800s. One thing's for certain: it might be the latest killing, but it won't be the last... This killer can never be caught. As the body count rises, the investigation uncovers large-scale corruption at the heart of the Scottish Police Service. Now Max and Janie must turn against their closest colleagues - to solve a case that could cost them far more than just their lives... LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 McILVANNEY PRIZE FOR SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR 'The best police procedural I've read in years - fast-paced, compelling and deeply authentic. DS Max Craigie is a brilliant hero and I can't wait for the next in the series' Jane Casey 'Genuinely gripping, a total page-turner and one of my favourite reads of the year' Matt Nixon, Daily Express 'A stone cold classic of the genre; the strongest start to a series I've seen in years' Tony Kent 'Absolutely blown away by how good this is' Marion Todd 'A thriller writer set to blow up the bestseller lists' C. L. Taylor 'The most authentic voice in thriller writing' Tony Parsons 'A genuinely thrilling adventure' Scottish Sun 'A page turner you won't want to miss' Denzil Meyrick Don't miss the first stunning thriller in the new DS Max Craigie Scottish Crime series!

Going Back

Going Back

Author: Neil Lancaster Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2020

Going Back by Neil Lancaster

Going Rogue

Going Rogue

Author: Neil Lancaster Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2019

Going Rogue by Neil Lancaster

Going Dark

Going Dark

Author: Neil Lancaster Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2019

Going Dark by Neil Lancaster