Hi. I'm Russ. Welcome to my website. My debut novel Firewatching is the first in a new police procedural series set in Sheffield and features DS Adam Tyler on his hunt to track down a serial arsonist at the end of a very hot Sheffield summer. It is published by Simon & Schuster in the UK and by G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Random House) in the US.
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I was born in Essex, raised in Berkshire and now live in Sheffield. I grew up in the 80s reading anything I could get my hands on at the library, writing stories, watching large amounts of television, playing videogames, and largely avoiding the great outdoors. I spent five years trying to master playing the electronic organ and another five trying to learn Spanish. It didn’t take me too long to realise that I'd be better off sticking to the writing.
After a few “proper” jobs (among them: pot-washer, optician’s receptionist, supermarket warehouse operative, call-centre telephonist and storage salesman) I discovered the joys of book-selling, where I could talk to people about books all day.
Firewatching is the first book in a new series of crime thrillers set in Sheffield. Here are some nice things people have said about it:
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