Neil Cross (b. 1969) is a British novelist and screenwriter best known as the creator of the multiple-award-winning international hit BBC crime series Luther, starring Idris Elba, and the international hit horror movie Mama. His highly acclaimed memoir, Heartland, was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize in 2006. Cross has also written several thrillers, including Captured, Holloway Falls, and Always the Sun, which was longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. Cross continues to write for TV and film in the United Kingdom and the United States. He lives with his wife and two sons in Wellington, New Zealand.
"Neil Cross applies a sharp satirical gaze to inarticulate male
working-class culture. . . . Cross's portrayal of male friendship,
the rituals of working-class life and the shock of bereavement is
superbly done." --The Observer
"The precision of thought, psychological scope and massive inner crises [Jon Bennet] goes through as his friend is dragged deeper down justifies the hype around this first novel." --Esquire
"A tightly written thriller that starts out dirty-realist and violent and then modulates into something rather different and thought-provoking, philosophical . . . Bleak, dark, with a distinctly modern-gothic imagination, and certainly readable." --The Literary Review
"Cross's first novel displays a subtle mind grappling with a thrilling tale of perverse redemption." --The Independent on Sunday