Paul Finch

Agent: Julian Friedmann (Film and TV) and Tom Witcomb (Books)

Biography: A former cop and journalist, Paul was a writer for British TV crime drama, The Bill.

His next stand-alone thriller, ONE EYE OPEN will be published by Orion in 2020.

Paul wrote two series for Avon (HarperCollins). The ‘Heck’ series has so far reached combined sales of nearly half a million, and the Lucy Clayburn series shot him into the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Winner of the British Fantasy Award 2002 & 2007, and the International Horror Guild Award 2007, he has also written four Doctor Who audio dramas and his Doctor Who novel, HUNTER'S MOON, was published by Woodland Books in 2011.


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STOLEN (Lucy Clayburn #3)  Thriller, 480 pages Avon, May 2019   How do you find the missing when there’s no trail to follow?   DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life.  Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their every day lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed.  Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody…

STOLEN (Lucy Clayburn #3)

Thriller, 480 pages
Avon, May 2019

How do you find the missing when there’s no trail to follow?

DC Lucy Clayburn is having a tough time of it. Not only is her estranged father one of the North West’s toughest gangsters, but she is in the midst of one of the biggest police operations of her life.

Members of the public have started to disappear, taken from the streets as they’re going about their every day lives. But no bodies are appearing – it’s almost as if the victims never existed.

Lucy must chase a trail of dead ends and false starts as the disappearances mount up. But when her father gets caught in the crossfire, the investigation suddenly becomes a whole lot more bloody…

KISS OF DEATH (Heck #7)  Thriller, 466 pages Avon, August 2018  Could this be the end for Heck?  DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK’s most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning.  Heck realises that there’s another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they’ve not just caught the prize: they’ve made sure no one else ever does.  How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK’s most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?

KISS OF DEATH (Heck #7)

Thriller, 466 pages
Avon, August 2018

Could this be the end for Heck?

DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK’s most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning.

Heck realises that there’s another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they’ve not just caught the prize: they’ve made sure no one else ever does.

How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK’s most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?

SHADOWS (Lucy Clayburn #2)  Thriller, 464 pages Avon, Oct 2017  When Lucy's patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester’s criminal underworld, attitudes change.  Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life – and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water…

SHADOWS (Lucy Clayburn #2)

Thriller, 464 pages
Avon, Oct 2017

When Lucy's patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester’s criminal underworld, attitudes change.

Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life – and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water…

STRANGERS (Lucy Clayburn #1)  Thriller, 416 pages Avon, Sept 2016  Dark, gritty and always edge-of-your-seat: the NO.1 BESTSELLER is back with a standout new heroine…  As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line. And, unknown to Lucy, she's already treading it…

STRANGERS (Lucy Clayburn #1)

Thriller, 416 pages
Avon, Sept 2016

Dark, gritty and always edge-of-your-seat: the NO.1 BESTSELLER is back with a standout new heroine…

As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line. And, unknown to Lucy, she's already treading it…