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About Colin Ward
Colin has been writing for over twenty years in wide range of forms and styles, releasing his debut novel "To Die For" in 2017. This was followed by two poetry collections and the publication of his play "No Smoke", which gained high praise from BAFTA winner Geoff Thompson. The second novel in his Detective Mike Stone trilogy, "Innocent Lies" is out now.
Greatly inspired by the likes of Simon Kernick, Mark Billingham, Michael Robotham, to name but a few, he got a taste for writing novels and jumped into the deep end. Lisa Ballantyne's debut "The Guilty One" proved to be a inspiration, and more recently, Stuart Macbride opened up a fantastic new world of Scottish Crime Fiction. The royalty of Val McDermid soon followed, and the wonderful world of Peter May still keeps him going.
Independent writing is still where Colin does all his work, and with his increasing range of books and experience he now supports other authors with the formatting, design and publication passion.
The holy trinity of tragedy
A girl balances on the edge of a high bridge over a canal with her newborn in her arms. A homeless teenage boy is discovered on an industrial estate, the victim of a brutal beating. The detective who found him is shot and left for dead.
A girl with no future. A boy with no past. An investigation with no leads.
When a combination of old and new evidence links the girl on the bridge and the boy found badly beaten, DI Mike Stone is forced to ask disturbing questions regarding coincidences he can’t ignore. The personal relationship linking pathologist Dr Reg Walters to the boy threatens to complicate the case.
Organised crime and Police corruption. A deadly combination.
DI Stone and his team face an emotionally charged case where the line between victim and suspect becomes blurred. Will the pursuit of truth and justice be burnt by the flames of revenge? Or will the loss of innocence and the sacrifice of hope turn the world darker than it’s ever been before?
Are shadows of a past fuelled by hate becoming the dark echoes of his future?
HOW FAR WILL YOU HAVE TO GO? Everything about the scene says it is only the brutal beginning of a killer’s dark story about to stampede its way through the centre of Birmingham.
WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO SEE? When a woman’s body is discovered posed in a grotesque tableau, DI Mike Stone knows he is not looking at a textbook crime of passion or circumstance.
WHAT IS WAITING FOR YOU AT THE END? DI Stone soon finds himself at the centre of an investigation spiralling out of control, threatening to spill blood in his personal life.
but our compass is now moral-rotten.
How dare we proclaim each year just the same
when each war says we’ve all long forgotten?
Silhouette in the Sunset has been created in tribute to the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War One. It is an unashamed pacifist voice throughout, written from a philosophical, social, political, and personal perspective.
I hope to have captured a range of expression through rhythm, form, language and imagery, raising more questions than ever attempting to offer answers or solutions. Perhaps one major theme is how it seems increasingly difficult in this morally fractured world to truly differentiate between friend and foe.
James McGregor went missing without a trace weeks ago and DS Greg Randle still has no leads.
When a sex worker disappears under suspicious circumstances, Randle only hears via his unofficial connections.
Digging a little deeper with partner DS Martin Shaw, a worrying link comes to the surface.
Something doesn't smell right and it becomes a race against time to sniff out an ugly truth before it gets buried forever.
Includes extracts from DI Mike Stone series:
To Die For (Book 1)
Innocent Lies (Book 2, Coming soon in 2021)
Detective Sergeant Ellen Cross is forced to revisit a child abuse investigation which failed to result in a conviction years ago. Is the same suspect on the hunt again?
As another local boy appears to become his new prey, the connections to the previous case begin to point towards some darker secrets lurking in the shadows.
Investigating the case off-duty, and against all advice, DS Cross must avoid triggering vigilante action from the boy’s emotionally fragile father as she tries to find justice for a family torn apart by tragedy.
“Brave, brave theatre; strong writing; this is theatre at its most challenging; this is what theatre is all about.”
Geoff Thompson, BAFTA Award winner
“History counts for nothing if it betrays a future,
even with the beauty and miracle of life.”
This collection brings together poems written in a range of styles and forms, including free verse, haiku, and a number of experimental rhythmic and rhyming structures.