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Easy Prey by Douglas Watkinson

Easy Prey

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2nd in the highly readable Nathan Hawk series. The retired police officer and reluctant private investigator Nathan Hawk is asked to find a girl who has been missing for three months. After turning down the case, as he is sure the girl is dead, his own daughter goes missing which gives him a new perspective; but his investigations open a can of worms and lots of reasons for revenge.

With his grown-up children and relatively happy home life Nathan Hawk is a refreshing change from the moody, emotionally dysfunctional characters that have sprung up of late. Well worth a read.

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Easy Prey by Douglas Watkinson

When the lovely and talented young Teresa Stillman suddenly disappears, her distraught father, convinced she is still alive even after three months, turns to ex-detective Nathan Hawk to find her. Yet Hawk's well-honed instincts are telling him Teresa is dead, so he declines the task - that is until his own daughter vanishes and he suddenly realises the importance of keeping hope alive. But how long can he keep hoping as he begins to unearth an ugly netherworld of secrets, lies and violent revenge?


'Easy Prey is the answer to all who long for an English Jack Reacher or perhaps worry that John Rebus has nailed his last case. Nathan Hawk is certainly a man we’d all like to have on our side: angered by injustice and more than happy to break a few rules, he’ll tackle the cases the police have pushed aside. He does so with an acerbic wit, a great deal of style and four grown up children always on his mind. I can’t wait for the third story in the Hawk series Scattered Remains ... and then a fourth, fifth, sixth, please?' Actor and Writer, Colin Baker (Dr. Who)

'The twists and turns come thick and fast in Easy Prey. Hawk is a great character! ... I loved the relationships between Hawk and his children - any parent will recognise those confrontations. Absolutely spot on!' Caroline Graham, author of the Chief Inspector Barnaby novels, which grew into Midsomer Murders

About the Author

Douglas Watkinson

Douglas Watkinson has written literally hundreds of televisions scripts, everything from Z Cars to Midsomer Murders, which he helped to establish. The latter, under the title Inspector Barnaby, has been seen by a billion people. All he’s asking is that one percent of them read Haggard Hawk and Easy Prey...

Douglas was born into an army family and educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s. From there, though indirectly, he went to East 15 Acting School where his first plays were performed. On graduating he bombarded television companies with plays and eventually one was produced by Scottish Television. It was a thirty minute two-hander called Click.

You can find more about his television work on his website ( including when and where to see repeats of it, at least in the UK.

His novels are a recent addition to his CV, and he first wrote Haggard Hawk under the pen name of Marcus Barr, an old family name. He says, “The problem is, I never really came to terms with being Marcus ... so I went back to using my real name. Indepenpress were kind enough to republish Haggard Hawk to take account of it.”

His novels feature the hard-bitten, soft-centred ex copper Nathan Hawk who was ‘requested to retire’, as the British so delicately put it. It was the result of his over-active mouth and fiery temper leading him to strike a fellow officer. That aside, there remain four things which bother him and, in a case of art reflecting life, they are his grown up children, dispersed all over the world.

The next Hawk novel is called Scattered Remains and will be available in October. The fourth book, Evil Turn, will be finished by Christmas.

Douglas lives in a thatched house in the Buckinghamshire countryside with his wife and two German Shepherds. He works in a shed in the garden. It’s a little more comfortable than the one he started out with ... but it’s still a shed.

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10th June 2013


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