FROM #1 BEST-SELLING AUTHOR IN AMAZON CRIME ACTION & ADVENTURE.
Pray that God’s on your side.
A serial killer stalks the streets of London, murdering atheists in the most horrific ways. So far, it’s only the loud, outspoken ones who’ve been targeted. Specifically, a controversial group of intellectuals called The Four Pillars of Atheism. Attacking religion and angering believers, they’ve amassed enough hate mail and death threats to keep the police busy until hell freezes over.
DCI Roberts and her team have too many suspects and are drowning in leads. The pressure is on her to catch the killer before another horrific murder is committed. Not helped by the fact that London is in the grip of a sweltering heat wave. Desperate times call for desperate measures. DCI Roberts reaches out to John Savage and Tannaz to help her find the killer. Trouble is, Savage has his own personal demon to battle. Can he defeat one and catch the other?
After studying to be an architect, Pete realised he wasn’t very good at it. He liked designing buildings he just couldn’t make them stand up, which is a bit of a handicap in an industry that likes to keep things upright. So he switched to advertising, writing ads for everything from cruise lines to zombie video games.
After becoming disillusioned with working in ad agencies, he switched to writing novels (or was it because he just wanted to work at home in his pyjamas?). He soon realised there’s no magic formula. You just have to put one word in front of the other (and keep doing that for about a year). It also helps if you can resist the lure of surfing, playing Nintendo Switch with his son, watching America’s Next Top Model with his daughter and drinking beer in a garden chair.
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If you could write another genre of book what would it be and why?
Probably horror. I think it’s closely related to crime fiction but with the brakes off. You can really go to extremes with the nasty stuff and get really creative.
If you could co-write with any author who would it be and why?
Probably Ken Follet. The guy is a master thriller writer, but he also writes some huge epic novels. For me, the Pillars of the Earth is on a par with A Song of Ice and Fire, just without the fantasy element.
Which hero was your favourite to write about?
That’s easy, John Savage. I based him on my dad who had a very tough childhood. He was evacuated during the war which caused him terrible trauma throughout his life, but he would cover it up with humour. A massive tea drinker, he always had a cup in his hand and a joke on his lips, but there was always a dark sadness inside of him. A constant battle with his demons. He passed away ten years ago, and I think about him every day, so it was nice to bring his personality back to life as John Savage.
Which Villain was your favourite to write about?
Gosh, there are so many in this book. My default villain is Minchie. He’s appeared in all four John Savage books and he’s as nasty as he is stupid, which makes him very easy to write.
What inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always made up stories. Throughout all the long, boring and monotonous jobs I’ve had, I used to make them up to pass the time when I was filing or stacking shelves. I never thought I’d ever be good enough to be a writer. Lack of confidence has and still is a big problem for me.
What is your favourite novel that you have written?
The Girl By The Thames, and I also wrote a teen sci-fi series called The Spiral Arm, which nobody’s read. Not because it’s no good, it just never got promoted properly. It’s about a massive ship that sends young teenagers to another planet to fight, training them to be soldiers along the way. By the time they reach the planet years later, they’re battle-ready adults.
What is your favourite novel you have read?
All the Light We Cannot See by Antony Doerr. The most beautifully written, amazing novel ever. It’s about a blind girl in World War 2. Just stunning. A masterpiece.
If you could write a fan-fiction on anyone else’s work what would it be?
Probably Lee Child. He kicked started the whole lone-wolf action hero series.
If you could choose one actor to play the role of one of your characters who would it be and why?
I’d love it if Liam Cunningham played John Savage (Sir Davos from Game of Thrones). He’s the right age and exactly how I imagine Savage would look – tough but compassionate, and he’s got those I-can-see-through-your-bullshit eyes.
If you could choose one person to read on an audible book who would it be and why?
Same as above, Liam Cunningham.