‘Heck’ of a time for author Paul

Paul Finch
Paul Finch

A WIGAN author’s crime beat is set to bring him his fourth best-seller in as many years.

Former journalist and policeman Paul Finch welcomed Dead Man Walking on to the supermarket shelves this week.

The latest instalment of tough Det Sgt Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg’s investigations brings him into previously unchartered territory pursuing a psychopath across the hills and fells of The Lakes.

An ex-Wigan local newspaperman, Mr Finch, who lives in Standish with his wife Kath, certainly entered the crime world with a almighty bang.

His debut Heck novel, Stalkers, sold almost 200,000 copies while the follow up, Sacrifice, broke records to become the most pre-ordered ebook in Harper Collins’ history.

Combined sales of all three are now rumoured to be approaching a million, which is a serious milestone with book sales continuing to plunge.

The dad-of-two believes his latest work is the most gripping yet.

Here Heck faces possible his most challenging criminal yet in unfamiliar territory.

Consigned to a remote valley in the Lake District, Det Sgt Heckenburg is getting used to a quieter life – a far cry from the bloodbath of his former division, the Serial Crimes Unit.

But tracking down a psychotic serial killer with the upper hand plainly isn’t the only issue.

Paul, the son of TV script writing Tour De Force the late Brian Finch, first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill and has written extensively in the field of children’s animation.

A long-term Whovian, he has also written three Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish – Leviathan and Sentinels of the New Dawn, Hexagora and a Doctor Who novel for BBC Books, Hunter’s Moon.

Paul, 50, said: “The temptation is to make it bigger and better each time with more shoots outs, more twists and more car chases but then again you don’t want to get into the realm of James Bond.

“It must remain rooted in reality for me. Its set in the Lakes, an area I know well because my wife was raised in Ulverston.”