Having retired as a Chief Superintendent with Sussex Police and the police commander for Brighton and Hove for the last four years of my service, I have been a principle procedural advisor to the internationally best selling crime author Peter James. I advise him on plots and provide detailed guidance and feedback during the drafting of his novels, the last eleven of which are number one best sellers. Prior to that, while still in the police, I supported him and assisted in his extensive research.
I have also advised other authors such as Susan Wilkins (The Killer), William Shaw (The Birdwatcher), Robert Bryndza (The Night Stalker and The Missing Girl) and P D Viner (Summer of Ghosts.) Additionally I have helped the actor Gray O’Brien in his depiction of Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in the stage play ‘Dead Simple,’ using my experience as an officer of that rank, to help him play the part in a true-to-life way.
I have a reputation for not only providing procedural advice and guidance but also helping authors with suggestions on their narrative to keep it faithful to the ‘real world’ yet still sustaining its pace and direction. I know, from bitter experience, that some parts of policing can be dull and authors and screen writers can’t be bogged down with that. They need to be able to keep the reader or viewer engaged without scoring own goals around authenticity, and I keep this principle central to my advice.
I have a vast and wide experience in all aspects of policing from being a beat bobby through to being a detective, a murder senior investigator, a public order and firearms commander and running the policing in a large, diverse and challenging city. Uniquely I am the only officer, in the last 40 years, to have served at every rank from PC to Chief Superintendent at Brighton and Hove. Also, unlike many existing police advisors, I have great experience with some top authors helping them hone their genre.
Graham once again was Peter's advisor on his twelfth novel in the award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace crime series.
An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect …
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind… and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.
Graham guided Rob on all the policing elements of this gripping novel. He helped achieve characters who are faithful to those who, in real life, are charged with tracking down murderous stalkers.
The Night Stalker: A chilling serial killer thriller (Detective Erika Foster crime thriller novel Book 2)
If The Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.
Graham worked with William to achieve the gritty realism that this book has throughout in a complex and exciting hunt for a murderer by a murderer
Police Sergeant William South has a reason for not wanting to be on the murder investigation.
He is a murderer himself.
But the victim was his only friend; like him, a passionate birdwatcher. South is warily partnered with the strong-willed Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi, newly recruited to the Kent coast from London. Together they find the body, violently beaten, forced inside a wooden chest. Only rage could kill a man like this. South knows it.
But soon - too soon - they find a suspect: Donnie Fraser,
a drifter from Northern Ireland. His presence in Kent disturbs William - because he knew him as a boy. If the past is catching up with him, South wants to meet it head on. For even as he desperately investigates the connections, he knows there is no crime, however duplicitous or cruel, that can compare to the great lie of his childhood.
Moving from the storm-lashed, bird-wheeling skies of the Kent Coast to the wordless war of the Troubles, The Birdwatcher is a crime novel of suspense, intelligence and powerful humanity about fathers and sons, grief and guilt and facing the darkness within.
Graham has been involved with this wonderful play. He advised and guided Gray O’Brien who played Det/ Supt Roy Grace including introducing him to a number of Brighton’s homicide detectives.
Following the nationwide critically acclaimed hit stage production of Peter James’ The Perfect Murder in 2014, the best-selling work of the No.1 novelist has returned to the stage with the adaptation of his most famous 2 million selling book and the first book that featured James’ now famous character of Detective Roy Grace – Dead Simple. And it’s getting a thrilling response from audiences around the country.
Michael Harrison thinks he has it all; great career, good friends and a beautiful fiancée. But when his stag night prank goes horribly wrong, Michael finds himself alone and staring death in the face. As time runs out and the terror grows, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace tries to solve his mysterious disappearance, but begins to fear that Michael will never be found in time.
Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot directs an all-star cast including Tina Hobley for the last 12 years has played ward sister Chrissie Williams in the BBC 1’s Holby City, Jamie Lomas who has starred for the last year in EastEnders as the murderous Jake Stone. Rik Makarem, best known for starring for four years in Emmerdale. Michael McKell who starred for three years in Doctors as well as Emmerdale, MIT and on stage in Blood Brothers, Tonight’s the Night and the Olivier winning Crazy for You. And finally, Gray O’Brien, award-winning star of Coronation Street, Peak Practice and Casualty as well as Sleuth in the West End, who will play the famous Detective Roy Grace in this gripping, chilling, thriller that has all the classic suspense, twists and turns of a best-selling Peter James novel.
Graham advised Phil on the very early stages of this dark thriller allowing him to keep his unique and mysterious characters but ensuring that the world they operated in reflected reality.
The Beautiful skin murders, that was what the officers of Operation Ares called them back in 2006-2007. Three dead girls, but there was no link between them, the case went unsolved and forgotten. Until…
A father calls his daughter, but whoever answers is not Pia but his daughter’s killer. He must listen, horrified, to the sounds of his only child being murdered, powerless to intervene as the killer utters two chilling words, Beautiful Skin.
Many men’s thoughts would turn to vengeance and Pia’s father is far more resourceful than mot. He is not the reserved businessman his daughter always believed him to be, but Franco, a notorious London drug lord who will call in all his debts to find his daughter’s killer. Including the one owed to him by The Sad Man
Franco will drag Tom Bevans back into hell and with him, Dani Lancing’s parents Patty an Jim. They both have unfinished business with Franco and Tom and Patty has a burning need to avenge these dead young women. She needs to make good on the promises she made to Dani, she needs revenge for all the Lost Souls.