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Former CID Detective with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary turned crime fiction writer, James D Mortain brings compelling action and gritty authenticity to his writing through years of police experience. He began writing in 2012, following a chance encounter in a Bath bar with SAS veteran, TV personality and author, Chris Ryan. James wanted to create a main protagonist in Detective 'Deano' Deans whose strengths and vulnerabilities were in equal measure, but frequently at odds. Using his own real-life experience within a busy CID department, James has created an atmospheric, powerful, gripping and often emotional story of life, love, loss, and a touch of the miraculous. James grew up and worked in the Bath area of Somerset until he moved to North Devon in 2012, where he still lives with his family and a crazy dog. He is a life-long Bath Rugby supporter and longs for the glory days to return.


"I started it and just had to finish it almost in one. It starts off like a lot of cops and robbers stories but what you don't realise is that it's sucking you in. Then BANG, we get the first of several really clever twists and you're hooked!" Richard Dee - Author "Disney wouldn't make a film of this, but Tarantino might" TheVoiceFM "It's a crime thriller with a twist, and I feel it really adds something extra that many in this genre lack. One of my favourite authors is Michael Connelly and I can see DC Deans becoming as popular as Harry Bosch" S G LAWTON - Goodreads "Definitely the sort of book you cannot put down once you've started. I read it in 1 day!" Anne-Marie Johnson - Goodreads "Mortain knows his stuff, keeps it interesting and it moves the story along at a brilliant pace, culminating in a stunning ending." Ruth - Goodreads

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