James McGee - Author

About the Author

James McGee was born into an army family. He was educated in Gibraltar, Germany and Belfast, giving him a love of travel, which is evident in his meticulous, vivid portraits of diverse people and places. His career has encompassed banking, bookselling and thirteen years in the airline business. He has also presented book reviews for BBC local radio and several independent stations. In addition to the successful Hawkwood series, he has also written several thrillers. He lives in Somerset.

Featured books by James McGee

The Blooding

The Blooding

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Hawkwood's in America for this gripping, action-packed follow up to the bestselling Ratcatcher - for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Igulden and Patrick O'Brian 1812: Matthew Hawkwood, soldier turned spy, is stranded behind enemy lines, in America, a country at war with Britain. Heading for the safety of the Canadian border, Hawkwood's route takes him to Albany where the chance sighting of a former comrade-in-arms - Major Douglas Lawrence - within a consignment of British prisoners puts paid to his plans. For as the two men make their escape they uncover an American plot to invade Canada. If it is successful, the entire continent will be lost. The British authorities must be warned. Pursued by a relentless enemy, Hawkwood and Lawrence set off across the snow-bound Adirondack Mountains; the land the Iroquois call 'The Hunting Grounds'. But they are not alone. Buried deep in Hawkwood's past is an old alliance - one that could save both their lives and help turn the tide of war...

Other books by James McGee

The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/08/2018

One killer with everything to lose. One man with nothing to fear. The 6th historical thriller featuring Matthew Hawkwood, Bow Street Runner and Spy, now hunting a killer on the loose in Regency London. London, 1813: Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is summoned to a burial ground and finds the corpse of a young woman, murdered and cast into an open grave. At first the death is deemed to be of little consequence. But when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Office to abandon the case, Hawkwood's interest is piqued. His hunt for the killer will lead him from London's backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at all costs. Only Hawkwood's contacts within the criminal underworld can now help. As the truth behind the girl's murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty - and that the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined...

Reckoning

Reckoning

Author: James McGee Format: eBook Release Date: 24/08/2017

The 6th historical thriller featuring Matthew Hawkwood, Bow Street Runner and Spy, now hunting a killer on the loose in Regency London.Home from the war in America, Matthew Hawkwood's return to Bow Street is marked by a summons to a burying ground and the corpse of a young woman, murdered and cast into an open grave.At first the death is deemed to be of little consequence but when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Office to abandon the case, Hawkwood's interest is piqued.When Hawkwood's hunt for the killer leads him from London's squalid backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at all costs, his one recourse is to turn to his contacts within the criminal underworld for help.As the truth behind the girl's murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty and that this time the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined...

The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Author: James McGee Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2017

One killer with everything to lose. One man with nothing to fear. The 6th historical thriller featuring Matthew Hawkwood, Bow Street Runner and Spy, now hunting a killer on the loose in Regency London. London, 1813: Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is summoned to a burial ground and finds the corpse of a young woman, murdered and cast into an open grave. At first the death is deemed to be of little consequence. But when Chief Magistrate James Read receives a direct order from the Home Office to abandon the case, Hawkwood's interest is piqued. His hunt for the killer will lead him from London's backstreets into the heart of a government determined to protect its secrets at all costs. Only Hawkwood's contacts within the criminal underworld can now help. As the truth behind the girl's murder emerges, setting in motion a deadly chain of events, Hawkwood learns the true meaning of loyalty - and that the enemy is much closer to home than he ever imagined...

The Blooding A Novel

The Blooding A Novel

Author: James McGee Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/07/2015

The Blooding

The Blooding

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Hawkwood's in America for this gripping, action-packed follow up to the bestselling Ratcatcher - for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Igulden and Patrick O'Brian 1812: Matthew Hawkwood, soldier turned spy, is stranded behind enemy lines, in America, a country at war with Britain. Heading for the safety of the Canadian border, Hawkwood's route takes him to Albany where the chance sighting of a former comrade-in-arms - Major Douglas Lawrence - within a consignment of British prisoners puts paid to his plans. For as the two men make their escape they uncover an American plot to invade Canada. If it is successful, the entire continent will be lost. The British authorities must be warned. Pursued by a relentless enemy, Hawkwood and Lawrence set off across the snow-bound Adirondack Mountains; the land the Iroquois call 'The Hunting Grounds'. But they are not alone. Buried deep in Hawkwood's past is an old alliance - one that could save both their lives and help turn the tide of war...

Resurrectionist A Regency Crime Thriller

Resurrectionist A Regency Crime Thriller

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2014

Rebellion A Thriller in Napoleon's Paris

Rebellion A Thriller in Napoleon's Paris

Author: James McGee Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2014

Matthew Hawkwood Thriller Series Books 1-3

Matthew Hawkwood Thriller Series Books 1-3

Author: James McGee Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2013

The Sunday Times bestselling historical thrillers. Meet Matthew Hawkwood: soldier, spy, lover. A man as dangerous as the murderers, spies and traitors he hunts on the crime-ridden streets of London at the height of the Napoleonic wars.Book 1, RATCATCHER: The backstreets of London are harbouring turncoats, French spies and a rogue inventor with a dangerous idea that could tip the balance of war. You don't send a gentleman to catch vermin. You send Hawkwood.Book 2, RESURRECTIONIST: In London, the death trade is booming. But there's a fine line between body snatching and murder. Hawkwood investigates, and his trail leads him to an obsessive surgeon - who has escaped from Bedlam - with a terrible point to prove...Book 3, RAPSCALLION: Britain's infamous prison ships are the only fate worse than the gallows for French prisoners of war. But rumour tells of a sinister smuggling operation aboard, and when two Royal Navy officers mysteriously disappear, it's time to send in Hawkwood...

Rebellion

Rebellion

Author: James McGee Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2013

Rebellion is brewing in Napoleonic Paris, in the new action-packed novel from the author of the bestselling RatcatcherOctober 1812: Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed, so far...Meanwhile in London, Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood has been seconded to the foreign arm of the Secret Service. There, he meets the urbane Henry Brooke, who tells him he's to join a colleague in Paris on a special mission.Brooke's agent has come up with a daring plan and he needs Hawkwood's help to put it into action. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine...

Resurrectionist

Resurrectionist

Author: James McGee Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2012

Hawkwood is back, in the second adventure in the rollicking historical series featuring the enigmatic Bow Street Runner.Death can be a lucrative business. But it's the corpses thebody-snatchers leave behind, horribly mutilated and nailedto a tree, which sets Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwoodon their trail.A new term at London's anatomy schools stokes demandfor fresh corpses, and the city's ';resurrection men' vie forcontrol of the market. Their rivalry takes an ugly turn when agrave robber is brutally murdered and his body displayed asa warning to other gangs. To hunt down those responsible,Hawkwood must venture into London's murkiest corners,where even more gruesome discoveries await him.Nowhere, however, is as grim as Bedlam, notorious asylumfor the insane and scene of another bizarre killing. Sent toinvestigate, Hawkwood finds himself pitted against his mostformidable adversary yet, an obsessive genius hell-bent onadvancing the cause of science at all costs.

Hawkwood

Hawkwood

Author: James McGee Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2012

The year is 1811, and Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood is ordered by Chief Magistrate James Read to investigate the double murder of a coachman and a naval courier on the Kent Road.Hawkwood is initially puzzled as to why Read is so concerned by this relatively mundane case, but as his investigation unfolds, another body is discovered, and a higher agenda begins to emergean attempt by the Emperor Napoleon to bring about a crushing military and psychological blow to Britain, the means of which would bring terror to the seas for years to come . . .

Rebellion

Rebellion

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2011

Rebellion is brewing in Napoleonic Paris, in the new action-packed novel from the author of the bestselling Ratcatcher October 1812: Britain and France are still at war. France is engaged on two battle fronts - Spain and Russia - and her civilians are growing weary of the fight. Rebellion is brewing. Since Napoleon Bonaparte appointed himself as First Consul, there have been several attempts to either kill or overthrow him. All have failed, so far... Meanwhile in London, Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood has been seconded to the foreign arm of the Secret Service. There, he meets the urbane Henry Brooke, who tells him he's to join a colleague in Paris on a special mission. Brooke's agent has come up with a daring plan and he needs Hawkwood's help to put it into action. If the plan is successful it could lead to a negotiated peace treaty between France and the allies. Failure would mean prison, torture and a meeting with the guillotine...

Rapscallion

Rapscallion

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2009

Matthew Hawkwood, ex-soldier turned Bow Street Runner, goes undercover to hunt down smugglers and traitors at the height of the Napoleonic Wars in this thrilling follow-up to Ratcatcher. For a French prisoner of war, there is only one fate worse than the gallows: the hulks. Former man-o'-wars, now converted to prison ships, their fearsome reputation guarantees a sentence served in the most dreadful conditions. Few survive. Escape, it's said, is impossible. Yet reports persist of a sinister smuggling operation within this brutal world - and the Royal Navy is worried enough to send two of its officers to investigate. But when they disappear without trace, the Navy turns in desperation to Bow Street for help. It's time to send in a man as dangerous as the prey. It's time to send in Hawkwood...

A 20th Century Life

A 20th Century Life

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2008

A 20th Century Life Travels Through the Years

A 20th Century Life Travels Through the Years

Author: James McGee Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2008

A Branch of a Tree

A Branch of a Tree

Author: James McGee Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2007

A Branch of a Tree

A Branch of a Tree

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2007

A Voice of the Old West

A Voice of the Old West

Author: James McGee Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2005

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