Adrian Magson - Author

About the Author

Hailed by the Daily Mail as ‘a classic crime star in the making’, Adrian Magson is the author of 21 books, the latest of which is ‘The Bid’ (Midnight Ink), published on 8th January 2017.

This the second in a new series featuring investigators Ruth Gonzales and Andy Vaslik, after ‘The Locker’ - Jan 2016 – "Magson takes the suburban thriller overseas and gives it a good twist. Readers ……will happily get lost in the nightmare presented here." (Booklist Reviews)

Adrian also writes the Marc Portman spy thriller series (Severn House), prompting one reviewer to comment: ”the most explosive opening chapters I have read in a long time. Give this man a Bond film script to play with!" The next title is this series is ‘Dark Asset’, published on 30th January 2017.

Other series are built around Harry Tate, ex-soldier and MI5 officer: ‘fast-paced, with more twists and turns than a high-octane roller coaster’. (New York Journal of Books); Inspector Lucas Rocco (set in 1960s’ Picardie in France): ‘Deserves to be ranked with the best.’ - (Daily Mail); ‘captures perfectly the rural atmosphere of France…. a brilliant debut…’ (Books Monthly): & Gavin & Palmer (investigative reporter Riley Gavin & ex- Military Policeman Frank Palmer) ‘Gritty and fast-paced detecting of the traditional kind, with a welcome injection of realism.’ (The Guardian).

Adrian also has countless short stories and articles in national and international magazines to his name, plus a writers’ help book: ‘Write On – the Writer’s Help Book’ (Accent Press).

Books by Adrian Magson

Smart Moves

Smart Moves

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2018

International troubleshooter Jake Foreman loses his job, house and wife all in one day. And when an impulsive move lands him in even deeper water - the kind that could lose him his life - he decides it's time to make some smart decisions. The trouble is, knowing the right moves and making them is a whole different game. And Jake, who has been happily rubbing along things he always suspected were just a shade away from being dodgy, finds it all too easy to go with the flow. Now he's got to start learning new tricks. If he doesn't, he could end up dead.

Dark Asset

Dark Asset

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2018

Dark Asset

Dark Asset

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2017

Rocco And The Nightingale

Rocco And The Nightingale

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2017

When a minor Paris criminal is found stabbed in the neck on a country lane in Picardie it looks like another case for Inspector Lucas Rocco. But instead he is called off to watch over a Gabonese government minister, hiding out in France following a coup. Meanwhile, Rocco discovers that there is a contract on his head taken out by an Algerian gang leader with a personal grudge against him.

Rocco And The Nightingale

Rocco And The Nightingale

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

When a minor Paris criminal is found stabbed in the neck on a country lane in Picardie it looks like another case for Inspector Lucas Rocco. But instead he is called off to watch over a Gabonese government minister, hiding out in France following a coup. Meanwhile, Rocco discovers that there is a contract on his head taken out by an Algerian gang leader with a personal grudge against him.

The Bid A Cruxys Solutions Investigation

The Bid A Cruxys Solutions Investigation

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2017

Dark Asset A Marc Portman Espionage Thriller

Dark Asset A Marc Portman Espionage Thriller

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2017

Hard Cover

Hard Cover

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2016

Hard Cover

Hard Cover

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/11/2016

Hard Cover

Hard Cover

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/02/2016

Locker A Novel of Suspense

Locker A Novel of Suspense

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/02/2016

Retribution

Retribution

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2015

The Watchman

The Watchman

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2015

Death at the Clos Du Lac

Death at the Clos Du Lac

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2014

France, 1964. At the exclusive Clos du Lac sanitarium, a man is discovered standing in the therapy pool: someone has chained him to the bottom, and left him there to slowly die. Inspector Lucas Rocco believes it to be an elaborate method of execution, but finds that the inhabitants of the Clos du Lac are unwilling to talk. Meanwhile, ministry officials sent from Paris to 'assist' in the investigation attempt to impede Rocco's efforts to find answers. It soon becomes clear that the Clos du Lac holds secrets the authorities feel are better left hidden. And with a high-level kidnapping mounted in an attempt to derail France's new trade agreements with China, Rocco faces threats from more than one quarter ...one of them a rogue government assassin.

The Watchman

The Watchman

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Death at the Clos Du Lac

Death at the Clos Du Lac

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2013

The man was standing on the bottom of the therapy pool in the Clos du Lac sanitarium, his white cotton shirt billowing out like gossamer in the clear, blue water. France, 1964. At the exclusive Clos du Lac sanitarium, a man is discovered standing in the therapy pool. But he's not there for his health; someone has chained him to the bottom, and left him there to slowly die. Inspector Lucas Rocco believes it's an unusual and elaborate method of execution, but finds that the inhabitants of the Clos du Lac are unwilling to talk. Nobody seems to have heard or seen anything, and the staff are resolutely unhelpful - or dead. Meanwhile, ministry officials sent from Paris to 'assist' in the investigation attempt to impede Rocco's efforts to find answers. It soon becomes clear the Clos du Lac is no ordinary sanitarium, and holds secrets the authorities feel are better left hidden. And with a high-level kidnapping mounted in an attempt to derail France's new trade agreements with China, Rocco faces threats from more than one quarter ...one of them a rogue government assassin.

Execution

Execution

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2013

Death on the Pont Noir

Death on the Pont Noir

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2013

Nothing else mattered. He'd been cut loose by his bosses and his twisted vision of what had happened saw only one ending: revenge. And that revenge was centred solely on Rocco. France, 1963. A farmer reports a truck ramming into a car near Amiens, Picardie, followed by gunfire. A group of Englishmen are brought in after a bar fight. A tramp's body is discovered in a burnt-out truck. All this occurring after multiple attempts on the President's life. Inspector Lucas Rocco knows there's a connection somewhere. Yet despite all clues pointing to the Pont Noir for the next attack on the President, his superiors reject his suspicions. Finding himself suspended, the victim of a set-up, with no badge and no authority, and facing the lethal response of English gangsters, Rocco has to go it alone ...

Retribution

Retribution

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2012

Death on the Pont Noir

Death on the Pont Noir

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2012

Nothing else mattered. He'd been cut loose by his bosses and his twisted vision of what had happened saw only one ending: revenge. And that revenge was centred solely on Rocco. 1963, France. A farmer reports a truck ramming into a car near Picardie, followed by gunfire. A group of Englishmen are brought in after a bar fight. A tramp's body is discovered in a burnt out truck. All this occurring after multiple attempts on the President's life. Inspector Lucas Rocco knows there's a connection somewhere, and is recruited by Colonel Saint-Cloud to assist with the President's Security. Yet despite all clues pointing to the Pont Noir for the next attempt, both Massin and Saint-Cloud reject his suspicions. Left with no other option, Rocco decides to investigate the situation alone, risking censure by his superiors. And he must also contend with the lethal response of English gangsters if he should go too far. When the group of Englishmen return to France Rocco finds himself the victim of a set-up, leading to his suspension and investigation for bribery. With no badge, no authority and unsupported, Rocco is still determined to continue his investigation ...

Death on the Rive Nord

Death on the Rive Nord

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2012

Picardie, 1963. In the dead of night a truck drops a group of illegal workers by a deserted stretch of canal - days later, one of them is found stabbed to death and Inspector Lucas Rocco has a new case to solve. Trawling the Algerian community for information is a sensitive issue, one that terrifies his bosses who force Rocco to tread carefully. Too carefully for Rocco's liking. To add to his problems, amongst the illegal immigrants is a young woman on the run from her brutal gangster husband, Samir Farek - a man with a big agenda: to take over as gang lord in Paris, and willing to dispose of anyone who gets in his way...

Write On The Writer's Help Book

Write On The Writer's Help Book

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2011

Have you got a book in you? Write On! will help get the words out of the wood and down on paper, from hesitant beginnings right through to THE END. Adrian reveals the tricks of the trade for fiction writing which can also be applied to non-fiction. There's even advice on editing and submitting your work for publication. Edited from his collection of articles from the `Beginners' pages of Writing Magazine, with top tips for quick reference, Adrian covers every part of the writing process, tackles writer's block, solves problems and kick-starts your mojo. His personal, friendly tone will inspire, encourage and fire up the reader-writer.

Death on the Marais

Death on the Marais

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

She was going to die. She could feel it, her life ebbing away as surely as fine sand through fingers. The thought caused her more sadness than fear; less a sense of foreboding than a cause to wonder what lay ahead. France, 1963. It's a time of great change in France, not least for Inspector Lucas Rocco. As part of a nationwide 'initiative' to broaden police operations, he finds himself moved from the Paris metropolis to a small village. His new patch might be rural, but it's certainly not uneventful: on his first day, he finds a murdered woman wearing a Gestapo uniform lying in a British military cemetery. When the body is removed by order of a magistrate from the police mortuary before Rocco can finish his investigation, he realises he's up against a formidable enemy. An enemy who will go to any lengths - even murder - to stop his investigation.

Death on the Marais

Death on the Marais

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2010

She was going to die. She could feel it, her life ebbing away as surely as fine sand through fingers. The thought caused her more sadness than fear; less a sense of foreboding than a cause to wonder what lay ahead. France, 1963. It's a time of great change in France, not least for Inspector Lucas Rocco. Taken out of his home base of Clichy, Paris, as part of a nationwide 'initiative' to broaden police operations, he finds himself in the village of Poissons-Les-Marais, Picardie - and answerable to his former army CO now police Commissaire Francois Massin, last seen by Rocco cowering in a foxhole in Indochina. His new patch might be rural, but it's certainly not uneventful. To begin with, he finds that hitting unexploded wartime ordnance with a hammer to harvest the metal for resale is something of a cottage industry. And when, on his first day, he finds a murdered woman wearing a Gestapo uniform lying in a British military cemetery, he knows life will be far from boring. When the body is removed by order of a magistrate from the police mortuary before Rocco can finish his investigation, he traces the paperwork to the dead woman's father, war hero and big-time industrialist Philippe Bayer-Berbier. Yet Berbier denies that his daughter is dead. Following an attempt on one villager's life and the disappearance of another, Rocco uncovers a series of connections with Berbier and his activities in the SOE and the wartime Resistance. In spite of an official wall of bureaucracy and a strained relationship with Massin, he sets out to uncover what has led to the woman's death - and why Berbier will go to any lengths - even murder - to stop his investigation.

Red Station

Red Station

Author: Adrian Magson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2010

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