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About Ian Patrick
After working as an actor, director and teacher in theatre, film and television, followed by a long academic career, Ian is now a full-time writer. His background plays a modest part in his writing, he says. 'My fiction is based to the best of my ability on research and field work. I have to believe the words my fictive characters speak, and the actions they undertake.' Which explains why he has accompanied detectives to the front line, interviewed victims of crime and forensics investigators, taken courses on forensics, crime scene management, and DNA analysis, and spent many hours scouring actual locations for his crime scenes: many of them based on actual events. 'I endeavour to make my fiction plausible and authentic. I can only hope that readers will also enjoy the journey of discovering my characters and their foibles, their actions and their experiences. I hope, too, that they will inform me about and forgive me for any lapses in my work or any errors of detail.'
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The Ryder Quartet: 4 Police procedural mysteries Apr 1, 2017
Four hot crime thrillers in a single boxset. Each volume is also separately available in paperback, on Kindle or as an audiobook. Although they are independent stories, together they form an overall cohesive narrative. Detective Jeremy Ryder and his colleagues pursue heinous criminals into the depths of the criminal underworld. Hundreds of five-star reviews of the individual volumes testify to their reputation as action-packed thrillers steeped in authenticity and plausibility, reflecting the real world of police encounters with the dark world of crime.
Tough cops dealing with out-of-control crime. A sinister criminal. Police corruption. A shattering police procedural in one of the murder capitals of the world.
Midnight on a moonlit beach. Six cops execute four thugs after a heinous crime. They are unaware that there is a witness to the executions… Thrilling page-turning action as ‘plain dealing’ cops face scrutiny in an emotional journey through choices made in the day-to-day confrontation with evil.
It was a sound that echoed down the ages. The horror of mothers from any species. A parent trying to deal with the impossible: the death of her young ones. It was a sound to chill the blood… Detectives at war with heinous criminals in the final book of The Ryder Quartet.
The Mashego File Oct 1, 2016
Heinous crime. Brutal and barbaric perpetrators. Overworked police and forensics investigators. Vigilante justice replaces the institutions of law and order. As things fall apart, Detective 'Nights' Mashego investigates. But he carries his own dark burden...
Behind the Lines: An anthology of short stories May 1, 2017
A young man coming of age as he undergoes basic military training. Stories drawn from real-world experience, with the anti-hero transforming from awkward teenager to young adult as he tries to outwit those in authority. These eight short stories are hilarious, serious, whimsical, and entertaining, providing insights into a young man's search for identity and independence within a military system designed for conformity and control.