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Paul Finch - Author

About the Author

Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children's animation. He is also well known for his work in the thriller and horror fields. To date, he's had 15 books and nearly 300 stories published, and is a two-times winner of the British Fantasy Award and a one-time winner of the International Horror Guild Award. Paul has also written scripts for several movies. The most recent, The Devil's Rock, was released to the cinemas last July. Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife Catherine and his children, Eleanor and Harry.

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Featured books by Paul Finch

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

The fourth unputdownable book in the DS Mark Heckenburg series. A spine-tingling, suspenseful read for fans of Stuart MacBride and Luther, from the #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch. Beware the stranger in the night...Consigned to a remote valley in the Lake District, DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is getting used to a quieter life - a far cry from the bloodbath of his former division, the Serial Crimes Unit. But wherever Heck goes, trouble is never far behind. Unknown to Heck, 'The Stranger' has returned. Last seen on Dartmoor ten years earlier, this prolific serial killer has found a new home. As a dense, frozen mist descends on the Lakes, The Stranger returns to his old ways, starting with two young women lost high on the hills. Only one girl is ever found - barely alive - but able to confirm Heck's worst fears. As The Stranger lays siege to the remote community, Heck helplessly watches as the killer plays his cruel game, letting off his trademark call before viciously picking off his victims. And with no way to get word out of the valley, Heck has no choice but to play ball...Lock your doors and bar your windows. This is a thrilling, spine-chilling, nail-shredding book that will leave you scared to turn the lights out. Because when the mist descends, you never know who's watching you...

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The Killing Club

The Killing Club

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

Get hooked on Heck: the maverick detective who knows no boundaries. The perfect read for fans of Stuart Macbride and Luther. DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is used to bloodbaths. But nothing can prepare him for this. Heck's most dangerous case to date is open again. Two years ago, he put the ringleader of The Nice Guys Club - a vicious rape and murder gang - behind bars. But Heck knows that this depraved organisation stretches far beyond UK shores. When brutal murders start happening across the country, it's clear that the Nice Guys are at work again. Their victims are killed in cold blood, in broad daylight, and by any means necessary. And Heck knows it won't be long before they come for him. Brace yourself as you turn the pages of a living nightmare. Welcome to The Killing Club.

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Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2013

Innocent people are dying. Who will be next? Find out in the second Detective Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg from #1 ebook bestseller Paul Finch. A vicious serial killer is holding the country to ransom, publicly - and gruesomely - murdering his victims. When a man is burnt alive on a bonfire, it seems like a tragic Guy Fawkes Night accident. But with the discovery of a young couple on Valentine's Day - each with an arrow through the heart - something more sinister becomes clear. A 'calendar killer' is on the loose. Detective Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is up against it.

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Other books by Paul Finch

Terror Tales of Northwest England

Terror Tales of Northwest England

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2019

Season Of Mist A Novella

Season Of Mist A Novella

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Stolen

Stolen

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2019

'A fast-paced, terrifying journey.' RACHEL ABBOTT 'A born storyteller.' PETER JAMES The Sunday Times bestseller returns with his latest nail-shredding thriller - a must for all fans of Happy Valley and M.J. Arlidge. How do you find the missing when there's no trail to follow? DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West's toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life. Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they're going about their every day lives. But no bodies are appearing - it's almost as if the victims never existed. Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody... The Sunday Times bestseller returns with his latest nail-shredding thriller - a must for all fans of Happy Valley and M.J. Arlidge.

Kiss of Death

Kiss of Death

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Could this be the end for Heck? The Sunday Times bestseller returns with an unforgettable crime thriller. Fans of MJ Arlidge and Stuart MacBride won't be able to put this down. Don't let them catch you... A Deadly Hunt DS `Heck' Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK's most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning. A Dangerous Game Heck realises that there's another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they've not just caught the prize: they've made sure no one else ever does. A Man Who Plays With Fire How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK's most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?

Shadows

Shadows

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

`A fast-paced, terrifying journey.' RACHEL ABBOTT `A born storyteller.' PETER JAMES 'Intense action and an enthralling female lead.' L.A. LARKIN The SUNDAY TIMES bestseller returns with the second book in the PC Lucy Clayburn series - a must for all fans of Happy Valley and M.J. Arlidge. As a female cop walking the mean streets of Manchester, life can be tough for PC Lucy Clayburn. But when one of the North West's toughest gangsters is your father, things can be particularly difficult. When Lucy's patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester's criminal underworld, attitudes change. Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life - and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water...

Shadows: The gripping new crime thriller from the #1 bestseller

Shadows: The gripping new crime thriller from the #1 bestseller

Author: Paul Finch Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2017

'A fast-paced, terrifying journey.' RACHEL ABBOTT'A born storyteller.' PETER JAMES'Intense action and an enthralling female lead.' L.A. LARKINThe SUNDAY TIMES bestseller returns with the second book in the PC Lucy Clayburn series - a must for all fans of Happy Valley and M.J. Arlidge.As a female cop walking the mean streets of Manchester, life can be tough for PC Lucy Clayburn. But when one of the North West's toughest gangsters is your father, things can be particularly difficult.When Lucy's patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester's criminal underworld, attitudes change.Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life - and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water...

Feuerlaufer

Feuerlaufer

Author: Paul Finch Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Ein perfider Killer macht England unsicher, und Mark Heckenburg ist ihm dicht auf den Fersen. Die Ermittlungen fuhren den Detective in seine Heimat, die heruntergekommene Industriestadt Bradburn. Doch hier versteckt sich nicht nur der Morder, ein Brandstifter fackelt Hauser und Menschen ab. Bald findet Heck heraus, dass zwischen den Bossen der Bradburner Unterwelt Krieg herrscht. Und er muss es nicht nur mit gleich zwei Killern aufnehmen, sondern auch mit seiner eigenen Vergangenheit ...

Terror Tales of Cornwall

Terror Tales of Cornwall

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2017

Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

Author: Paul Finch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The Sunday Times bestseller returns with his next unforgettable crime thriller. Fans of MJ Arlidge and Stuart MacBride won't be able to put this down. John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he's there. But then, that's why he's so dangerous. A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised - and mutilated - countless victims. And now he's on the move. DS Mark `Heck' Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn - a place he never thought he'd set foot in again. But Sagan isn't the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death. And with the victims chosen at random, no-one knows who will be next. Least of all Heck...

Ashes to Ashes: An unputdownable thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller (Detective Mark Heckenburg, Book 6)

Ashes to Ashes: An unputdownable thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller (Detective Mark Heckenburg, Book 6)

Author: Paul Finch Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2017

The Sunday Times bestseller returns with his next unforgettable crime thriller. Fans of MJ Arlidge and Stuart MacBride won't be able to put this down.John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he's there. But then, that's why he's so dangerous.A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised - and mutilated - countless victims. And now he's on the move. DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn - a place he never thought he'd set foot in again.But Sagan isn't the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death. And with the victims chosen at random, no-one knows who will be next. Least of all Heck...

Schwarze Witwen

Schwarze Witwen

Author: Paul Finch Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2017

Eine junge Frau steht am Straenrand, ein Mann halt an und nimmt sie ein Stuck mit. Kurz darauf wird der Fahrer tot und grausam verstummelt im Wald gefunden - das erste von vielen Opfern. "e;Jill the Ripper"e;, wie die Killerin von der Presse bald getauft wird, versetzt ganz England in Angst und Schrecken. Die junge, ambitionierte Polizistin Lucy Clayburn schwort sich, diesen Morden ein Ende zu setzen. Verdeckt ermittelt sie in der Unterwelt Manchesters - und ahnt nicht, dass der Chef des brutalen Syndikats "e;The Crew"e; ihr dicht auf den Fersen ist ...

Das Gespenst von Killingly Hall

Das Gespenst von Killingly Hall

Author: Paul Finch Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2016

Weihnachten - die besinnlichste und friedvollste Zeit des Jahres. Doch was, wenn auf einmal ein Gespenst an Ihrer Festtagstafel sitzt? Wenn die Weihnachtsdekoration plotzlich zum Leben erwacht? Eine Hexe den Gluhwein vergiftet? Oder eine Horde toter Schwertkampfer an Ihrem Christbaum vorbeimarschiert? Dann wundern Sie sich nicht! Denn dieses Jahr wunscht Ihnen Paul Finch mit funf festlichen Gruselgeschichten: Creepy Christmas!

Strangers: The unforgettable crime thriller from the #1 bestseller

Strangers: The unforgettable crime thriller from the #1 bestseller

Author: Paul Finch Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2016

'A fast-paced, terrifying journey.' RACHEL ABBOTT'A born storyteller.' PETER JAMESA stranger is just a killer you haven't met yet... The SUNDAY TIMES bestseller returns with the next big thing to hit the shelves. If you haven't discovered Paul Finch yet, this book will have you hooked.Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life: as PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is.But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option - and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire - a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.And, unknown to Lucy, she's already treading it...Dark, gritty and ALWAYS edge-of-your-seat. Paul Finch will leave fans of Rachel Abbott and MJ Arlidge gasping for more.What readers are saying about Strangers:'A book that every crime fan needs to read.' Book Addict Shaun'OMFG what a cracker of a story! Would I recommend this book? WTAF, are you serious? HELL YEAH I would!' Crime Book Junkie'Crime fiction of the highest calibre.' Grab This Book'Completely brilliant...the market is saturated with crime thrillers but I really believe that Strangers is one of the best books in the genre and Paul Finch one of the most talented writers.' Linda's Book Bag'Strangers is one hell of a read, full of adrenaline...there isn't a single page that doesn't make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.' Chick Library Cat'A fast-paced and thrilling read...there is so much to keep the reader guessing.' The Quiet Knitter'Life will not resume until you've solved the mystery...captivating, strong and bloody good.' Gin, Books and Blankets'I seriously hope that this is the first book in a series because Lucy Clayburn is one hell of a woman.' Bookaholic Swede

Totenspieler

Totenspieler

Author: Paul Finch Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2016

Eine Serie todlicher Unfalle im Suden Englands macht Detective Mark Heckenburg misstrauisch: Kann es sich bei einer Reihe derart skurriler Unglucke noch um einen tragischen Zufall handeln? Oder hat Heck es tatsachlich mit einem Morder zu tun, der Schicksal spielt? Sein Verdacht, die vermeintlichen Unfalle seien makabere Inszenierungen, bekraftigt sich mehr und mehr. Doch mit jedem Schritt, dem er sich dem Killer nahert, droht er selbst sein Opfer zu werden ...

Besessen

Besessen

Author: Paul Finch Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2016

Manchester 2003. Die junge Karrierefrau Dorothy ruft bei Detective Mark Heckenburg an: Seit Tagen beobachte ein fremder Mann ihr Haus. Als die Polizisten bei Dorothy ankommen, ist der Mann verschwunden. Keiner der Nachbarn hat etwas gesehen. Bildet sich Dorothy den Stalker nur ein - oder ist tatsachlich ein Mann hinter ihr her? Dann findet Heck heraus, dass vor funf Jahren, in demselben Haus, in dem Dorothy jetzt wohnt, eine junge Frau umgebracht wurde. Ist der Killer zuruckgekehrt?Der junge Heck ermittelt - ein Kurzthriller des SPIEGEL-Bestseller-Autors