Owning the book rights of the series I created, the Sweeney, there was an agreement with the tv company that I would not alter the format of the series in writing the three novels. Another writer under a pseudonym wrote a further four. So I penned those novels under certain constraints but despite this they had a stand alone existence published in the USA and other places where the tv programme was not sold. I felt and feel no contraints with the Corrigan novels - the first two in what will be a series are now available on Kindle or hardback on Amazon.
Corrigan is a half-Welsh, half Irish Detective Inspector who has recently resigned moments before the sack after a drunken midnight journey in a "borrowed squad car" culminating in an off road journey through a hedge, into a field, and the death of a Fresian milker. He's now looking for something, anything to produce income to survive even his modest lifestyle in a council flat in Welshpool. The first novel takes him well away from there to violence and murder set against the bordeaux wine industry (my father in law, a Californian part owned Chateau Lascombes, my wife, originally a new yorker, saw her first live chicken there).
With no writing constraints, Corrigan comes up against a world of crime and individuals as mad as the ex-detective trying to make sense of it. 'The Dark Shepherds' has three murdering psychopaths competing with each other. 'Road of Bones' has a young English public school killer hired to bring down a passenger plane. He has a sideline in drowning people and inhaling the bubbles of their last breaths.
'Travel Tips for the Dead' has the dyspeptic and sometimes unpleasant Corrigan heading to the wilds of the Arctic Circle in search of an answer to why a Welsh boy was murdered there. When his Greenland mission becomes known, there are homicidal Americans, unhelpful local cops and others out to likewise silence him. A disused, massive, under the ice Cold War installation holds all the answers. But can Corrigan survive long enough to surface them?