Richard Allen

THEN CAME CRIME . . .


I began jotting notes for a crime novel way back in 1994. The underlying theme of my novels is the essential soundness of the British police service, whilst often operating in a world of double-standards and duplicity; deceit and dishonesty; political machinations and self-interest, destructive egos and envy; unbridled ambition and human frailties, where a detective is wise to suspect everyone and trust no one.

The main character in all my novels is Superintendent Mark Faraday. He is competent and successful; handsome and charming. He is at ease with women who find him attractive; he is very tolerant and protective of less able colleagues, but utterly intolerant of those who are dishonest, idle or absorbed by self-interest. Consequently, he attracts loyalty and admiration as well as intense envy and resentment.

All the novels in The Superintendent Mark Faraday Collection are based, primarily, in the maritime city of Bristol, with its iconic Suspension Bridge, cathedral and Georgian crescents.

The first novel, DIRTY Business, (set in 2008) was published in 2005 with Faraday, together with Helen Cave of MI5, race against time as they uncover a plot involving a dissident Irish terrorist group, brutal murder and nuclear devastation. It was published by Babash-Ryan of Lincolnshire. Eighteen months later the company was declared bankrupt! I am assured that I had nothing to do with their demise.

I re-published through Lulu in 2007, together with the second in the series, DIE Back, (set in 2009) in which Mark Faraday is haunted by the death of one colleague and mesmerised by the beauty of another as he encounters the international drug trade and murder, cynical self-interest and the intelligence services. The third, Darker than DEATH, (set in 2010) was published in 2008. The story begins with the execution of a young British soldier during November, 1914. Faraday, together with DCI Kay Yin, follow the lengthy stain of dishonesty and betrayal which spreads across the years, congealing into present day murder and inevitable corruption.
Due to an on-going guerrilla war I am having with Myeloma (a bone marrow cancer) In the DARKEST of Shadows, (set in 2013) was not released until 2016, a tale that finds Faraday and DCI Yin at the mortuary with a body with two identities; a double murder and international intrigue, espionage and treason.
As 2018 draws to a close, a chance remark made by a drunk driver results in Chief Superintendent Mark Faraday and Detective Superintendent Kay Yin leading Operation Black Water to investigate a brutal 'cold case' murder. Hampered by a web of corruption and against a background of betrayal and disloyalty, the heinous excesses of the German SS and mafia, the officers' enquiries take them from Jersey during the German occupation in 1943; across the Great Karoo to the gold fields of South Africa; the Battle of Beda Fomm and the island of Malta; the perils of war-time Atlantic convoys and the grim coalfields of Yorkshire; the glittering festivities of the Georgian city of Bath and the secret world of the SOE Finishing School at Beaulieu. With vicious hoodlums lurking in the shadows of dark streets and in the recesses of cafes, the dedicated team pursue their suspects - even into danger - determined to unravel their psychopathic tendencies and penetrate their criminal minds. But will their tenacious enquiries and apparent casual but surgical questioning of suspects bring them to justice?

I do hope that you will have as much enjoyment in reading the Superintendent Mark Faraday adventures as I have had in researching and writing them.

Best wishes

DEADLY Inheritance, (set in 2015 and published 2017) finds Detective Superintendent Kay Yin at the scene of a brutal stabbing and, together with Chief Superintendent Mark Faraday, they question whether the deceased was the intended victim, their investigation taking the reader to Gibraltar and Madeira, Whitehall and the Brecon Beacons where they encounter the machinations of politicians and the security services; bitterness and rivalry; and corrosive arrogance and destructive egos.