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Translation, film and television rights, gripping crime novels by Pauline Rowson

  • Drama with real authorship
  • Gripping contemporary crime
  • Compelling story lines, clever story telling, skillfully plotted, multi- layered and intriguing
  • An exciting new voice, a new detective and a new investigator for a crime drama hungry audience
  • Enigmatic characters
  • Visually strong settings, unique, vibrant, diverse
  • Mainstream appeal
  • High end drama

1. A returning detective - the DI Andy Horton crime novels (14)

The Andy Horton marine-set murder mysteries are set against the stunning vibrant backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Horton is a man very much defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future. A flawed and rugged cop who doesn't conform, much to his boss's, (DCI Lorraine Bliss) chagrin.  He rarely wears a suit, unless in court, and never a tie.  He rides a Harley Davidson and lives alone on a small yacht in a marina in Portsmouth.

He's instinctive, tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic with a dry sense of humour. His greatest strength is his ability to put himself in a victim’s shoes, to imagine events from their perspective (even the moments up to their death), making leaps of deduction few would be able to. And he’s most often right.

Horton is tough on bullies, or people who abuse their power or position, as they remind him of the people in the children’s homes in which he’s been raised. When this happens, when his guard slips, he’s like a raw nerve. He fears his emotions will betray him.

He feels a duty of care to the victims of the crimes he investigates and often feels like he’s the only person looking out for them; the only one who can bring the guilty to justice so that the dead can rest. No one cared about him when he was a child; he won’t let that happen to anyone else.

Estranged from his wife, abandoned as a child, Horton not only seeks to solve the complex, multilayered crimes set in a vibrant and diverse coastal area but is determined to get to the truth behind his mother's disappearance thirty years ago.

Fourteen novels published in the Detective Inspector Andy Horton series.  Published in the UK and the USA and translated into several languages.

2. The explosive Art Marvik marine-set mystery thrillers (4)

  • Introducing tough, resilient but physically damaged former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik now turned undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS).
  • Strong storytelling with contemporary crimes that link back to crimes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s of Cold War, double dealings, intrigue, corruption and deceit 
  • Compelling plot lines that expose international marine environmental and political scandals
  • Fast paced, action-led drama, with a strong central character who operates outside the law whilst working undercover for it
  • Visually strong settings, unique, vibrant, diverse

Art Marvik

Tough, highly trained, fearless, intelligent and fit.  Injuries inflicted while in combat have forced Marvik to leave the Marines and seek a new life in Civvy Street. He thought he’d be able to adjust and carve out a new career for himself on the sea, but his first job as a private maritime security operative goes very wrong when the luxury motor cruiser he was travelling on and had been detailed to guard, gets attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean, and Marvik finds himself with a bullet in his shoulder and the boat’s owner dead. He failed on his first mission in civilian life, and Silent Running, the first in the Marvik series, opens with him reeling from it. 

Soon though he is launched on a new and dangerous career working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) headed by Detective Superintendent Philip Crowder. Marvik is aided in his investigations by his former Royal Marine colleague, communications, surveillance and IT expert, amputee, Shaun Strathen.

Marvik is smart and tough. He can operate outside the law and does so because the job demands it. He’s not always right though. He makes mistakes, he misjudges people.  Sometimes the consequences are shocking and disturbing.

Marvik's Missions

Marvik’s task is to go in to investigations comparatively cold with minimal information from Crowder even though Crowder knows more. His role is to ask questions, to stir up trouble, to provoke a killer into the open and to risk his life in doing so. Marvik is no stranger to staring death in the face.  He’s been doing it all his adult life. 

His biggest fear is being injured and incapacitated, being weak and having to rely on others. Fiercely independent and resilient since the age of seventeen when his parents - his mother a renowned marine archaeologist and his father an equally renowned oceanographer- were killed in a underwater explosion in the Straits of Malacca, Marvik’s family became the Marines.   

Marvik knows the sea intimately having spent much of his life on and under it. On board his sturdy and powerful motor cruiser his missions for the National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) take him along the east, south and west coast of England

Critical acclaim for the Art Marvik crime thriller series

The Art Marvik series has been hailed as having all the hallmarks of the Rowson brand - a troubled hero, the setting and atmosphere, the sailing and boats, interesting characters, and the intricate, complex plots. "Action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist

Three published with the fourth written. Published in the UK and the USA.

3. In Cold Daylight - a gripping crime novel packed with twists and turns about one man's quest to discover the truth behind the deaths of fire fighters

  • A reluctant hero forced to face his own dark secrets while on a quest to discover the truth behind fire fighters deaths of cancer 
  • A compelling contemporary story line that goes to the heart of a political cover up
  • Adam Greene, our reluctant hero, is caught in a mysterious and dangerous web of deceit.
  • Exposing a secret that has lain dormant for years

Before fire-fighter Jack Bartholomew can reveal the cause of his own and his colleagues’ cancer he is murdered and silenced forever. But in a cryptic message orchestrated before his untimely death, he has left a trail of clues that will lead his friend, Marine Artist, Adam Greene, into a labyrinth of lies, secrets and government conspiracy.

4. In for the Kill

A compelling thriller of identity theft, fraud, embezzlement and murder

For Alex Albury the nightmare that destroyed his life will only end in death; his or his tormentor’s.

Alex Albury has it all: a successful business, a luxurious house, a family. Then one September morning the police burst into his home and arrest him. Now, three and a half years later, newly released from Prison, Alex is intent on finding the man who stole his identity and framed him for fraud and embezzlement. All he knows is his name: James Andover. But who is he? Where is he?

Living in a boathouse on the Isle of Wight, with a phobia for mobile phones, computers and any electronic computer device, which he avoids, he embarks on his quest to track down Andover.

The trail is cold, he is frustrated at every turn. Worse, he finds himself under suspicion by the police for murder. The pressure is on and Alex has to unearth the answers and quick. But time is running out. For Alex the future looks bleak and soon he is left with the option - to kill or be killed. 

With its twists and turns the reader is sucked into a frightening and totally believable world of deception, betrayal and revenge in a highly topical story that has its roots deep in the past.

"A change of direction at every turn. Keep notes on all the players. If you like Jeffery Deaver, you'll love this story. The best mystery I've ever read by a female author." Amazon 5* Review

"Rowson weaves terrific plots around memorable characters. Her writing is as sharp as a punch in the ribs. Attention-grabbing. Compulsive. Next one please!" Hampshire Life Magazine.     

For television and film rights, translation rights and all other rights please contact us for further details.

Rights sold include ebook, unabridged audio book to the Horton series, translation rights to China and certain titles to Poland, Turkey and Indonesia.

For European translation rights, excluding Italy and Greece, please either contact us or contact the Blackbird Literary Agency.

All material in Pauline Rowson's works is protected under copyright law. If you wish to use content from any of her books please contact us with details of your request. 

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Dead Passage, a DI Andy Horton crime novel by Pauline Rowson

Dead Passage DI Andy Horton no. 14

Lost Voyage an Art Marvik Marine Mystery by Pauline Rowson

Death Surge, a DI Andy Horton audio book