Bestselling Scottish crime writer, famous for the DI Fenchurch novels, set in gritty East London, and the two interconnected police procedural series featuring Edinburgh detectives Scott Cullen and Craig Hunter.
Ed James writes crime-fiction novels. His Scott Cullen series features a young Edinburgh Detective investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he’s desperate to climb. Set four hundred miles south on the gritty streets of East London, his DI Fenchurch series features a detective with little to lose. His next series takes place thousands of miles west, with FBI Special Agent Max Carter investigating child abductions in Seattle and the US Pacific Northwest.
Formerly an IT project manager, Ed began writing on planes, trains and automobiles to fill his weekly commute to London. He now writes full-time and lives in the Scottish Borders, with his girlfriend and a menagerie of rescued animals.
City of the Dead
The first Cullen and Bain novella, “City of the Dead”, where two cops at each other’s throats investigate a dead body on strange turf — Glasgow.
It’s available to preorder now in ebook.
A new novel, a new location.
THREE MISSING PEOPLE… ONE TWISTED PREDATOR.
‘Chilling, highly original, and highly recommended.’ Caz Frear, SWEET LITTLE LIES
‘Just when your heart rate is getting back to normal, SENSELESS smacks you in the face with another twist’ JENNY BLACKHURST, No.1 bestselling author
It’s available to preorder now in ebook and audiobook.
The Black Isle
In 2020, Bookouture will publish three of Ed’s thrillers set in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, starring FBI Special Agent Max Carter. Book 1 (Title TBA) will be published on 21st January 2020.
Series. Standalones. All bestsellers.
Gearing up to send off “Ghost in the Machine” to literary agents and publishers. I’ve got about a third of my three chapter sample honed and edited, pretty pleased with it – not too much different from the previous draft, but I shaved 800 words off the first chapter which is much better. And I’ve done a draft of the synopsis, four pages of what I don’t like doing. Actually, I loathed it for the last manuscript (should that be autoscript, given I typed into a PC?), but I found a really helpful site which has a method cadged from Robert McKee, which seems to have worked for me. I actually enjoyed it and ironed out a few creases here and there.
I’ve not finished my latest draft, but I’m going to play a game of brinkmanship and send it off now, giving me focus to getting the rest of it edited. I’m into the editing stage again, past the new writing, so there’s only about a week of stuff to do there, plus another week or two of solid editing, and that’s it.
I just wish I wasn’t stupidly busy at work just now. : (
Well, I’ve decided that Honey Trap will now be called Ghost in the Machine. I know i said in my last post that it was a poor name, but it really has grown in me – it’s a quotation from from Gilbert Ryle, a refutation of the Cartesian assertion of the mind in the vat. And the name of an album by The Police, and I’m not sure it’s from their decent period, either. It matches with the title for book two – Devil in the Detail – and makes me think that book three will be called Beast in the Shadow. I know what the fourth one is called and it’s not an “in the” derivative. If nothing else, it means I’ve demonstrably planned Scott Cullen’s progression over a series of novels. I’ve hit the new writing portion of Ghost in the Machine, which is going better than I thought. Also, can access this on my mobile, so more frequent updates will be forthcoming.