Real-life drama inspires Hastings crime author’s latest novel

Graeme Hampton’s fourth novel in the popular Denning & Fisher crime series is published by Hera Books this month. Run For Cover will be launched locally at The Hastings Bookshop on 12 May at 6-8pm. It has been described as a “twisty, utterly compelling detective novel that fans of Line of Duty will love”.

When a young woman is found brutally murdered in an East London churchyard, DI Matthew Denning and DS Molly Fisher face their most shocking case yet. When they discover a link between this murder and the disappearance of an undercover officer who was investigating a high-level criminal gang, they realise the key to the case may lie in the actions of a rogue officer. 

Hampton didn’t have to look far for inspiration for Run For Cover, after his partner inadvertently became caught up in a real-life police raid. He told HIP: “my partner was helping a friend sort out an IT problem when armed police suddenly surrounded a neighbouring pub to arrest someone who was staying in the upstairs flat. I thought as this wasn’t something that happened every day in Hastings, I’d like to include a similar scene in my next book.” Although the books are set in London, the scene in question takes place a few miles north of Hastings on the A21.  

The Scottish-born author has lived in Hastings since 2016 and a literary agent suggested he turn to crime writing: “I’d written what I thought was a political thriller, but the agent felt it read more like a crime novel.” The first book in the series, Know No Evil, was published in 2019 and was recently released in paperback.

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