To date he has written: 16 novels, one biography, plus Airshow, and a fly-on-the-wall novel-length piece of reportage. He draws gleefully on home town Portsmouth for the basis of an ongoing crime series featuring DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter. He has also contributed to columns in the Portsmouth News. He is married to Lin and has three grown-up sons (Tom, Jack and Woody), a wayward cat (Rommie), and the best view in the world. His lifetime ambitions are to master: colloquial French, the trickier bits of Word 2000, windsurfing without tears, and the perfect Chicken Bhuna.