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Graham Bartlett

Writer, Crime & Procedure Advisor

Graham Bartlett co-authored, with Peter James, the 2016 Sunday Times Best Seller, ‘Death Comes Knocking – Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton.’ He is a crime and procedure advisor to numerous authors including Peter, Mark Billingham, Elly Griffiths and Dorothy Koomson. He also advises TV drama writers and documentary makers on policing and was recently the special contributor to the Sir Trevor Macdonald ITV documentary, ‘Babes in the Wood.’

Prior to becoming a writer and advisor he was a Sussex police officer for thirty years. After pounding the beat and a stint at Gatwick Airport, in 1989 he was posted to Brighton, soon becoming a detective. Uniquely, he served the city through every rank, achieving his life’s ambition to become its Chief Superintendent and police commander.

During his career he set up Sussex’s first hate crime unit, became a homicide senior investigating officer and commanded countless firearms and public order operations. He pioneered an enduring approach to slashing drugs deaths and reducing crime and he cut disorder at protests by bringing in one of the world’s foremost crowd psychologists.

His second non-fiction book, written with Peter, tells the story of the thirty-two year fight to bring Russell Bishop to justice for the 1986 murder of two nine-year-old girls. ‘Babes in the Wood’ will be published by Pan Macmillan in early 2020.