Paul Finch’s new thriller ASHES TO ASHES published today by Avon!

ASHES TO ASHES, the sixth novel in Paul Finch’s crime thriller series featuring Detective Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg, is published today by Avon.

Readers first met ‘Heck’ in Finch’s debut crime novel STALKERS (2013), which was a number 1 eBook bestseller – the second novel in the series was the most pre-ordered title in HarperCollins history. In 2016, ‘Heck’ took a break and the debut DC Lucy Clayburn novel, STRANGERS, became a Sunday Times Bestseller. The sequel to STRANGERS will be published September 2017.


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…


Paul recently participated in a ‘live podcast’ with fellow novelist C. L. Taylor, in which they discussed their tips for writing thrilling fiction.

He is also embarking on a blog tour, the first guest spot being posted today on the book blog For Winter Nights, where Paul answers the question: ‘What seven things should you know if you want to write crime fiction?’

Paul’s short story THE BELFRIES is currently being adapted in Hollywood, and his movie script WAR WOLF is under development by Amber Entertainment.


Praise for Paul Finch and his novels:

 ‘Finch is a born storyteller and writes with the authentic voice of the ex-copper he is.’ – Peter James

‘An ingenious and original plot. Compulsive reading.’ – Rachel Abbott

‘A deliciously twisted and fiendish set of murders and a great pairing of detectives.’ – Stav Sherez

‘Avon’s big star…part edge-of-the-seat, part hide-behind-the-sofa! An excellent series.’ – The Bookseller

‘An explosive thriller that will leave you completely hooked on Heck.’ – We Love This Book

‘Edge-of-the-seat reading…Heck is formidable – a British Alex Cross.’ – The Sun