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The heroes who have inspired me

On the wall above my desk are photographs of four men. They look down on me as I write my crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton and the troubled former Royal Marine Commando, turned undercover marine investigator, Art Marvik.

Pauline Rowson with Red Watch, SouthseaHeroes have always fascinated me. It probably stems from reading so many thrillers and spy novels as a child.  Then I married a hero, well he is to me, a former fire-fighter from Red Watch, Portsmouth, UK, who took many risks and saved many lives.  It’s no wonder then that I turned to writing about a hero.

Pauline Rowson - My heroesSo who are the men on the wall, my heroes, who watch me while I write? 

Here they are in no particular order of preference, I'm sure you recognize them!

Humphrey Bogart – think Frank McCloud in Key Largo, Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep, Rick Leland in Across the Pacific;

Cary Grant – think Roger Thornhill in North By Northwest;, Johnnie in Suspicion;

Harrison Ford – think Indiana Jones, Dr Richard Walker in Frantic, Dr Richard Kimble in The Fugitive, John Book in Witness. 

And then there’s Roger Moore, my favourite James Bond and before that the enigmatic Saint (I loved those novels).

None of these men look like DI Andy Horton (not to me anyway) or Art Marvik, but they have all played heroes and as I pen another crime novel they and the characters they have brought to life on screen from the pen of other writers inspire me and spur me on.

Fatal Catch - DI Andy Horton 12 by Pauline Rowson DI Horton is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand. Soon he finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem.

Trust no one, believe nothing….

"Plenty of red herrings and a surprising culprit. Series fans will appreciate additional clues about the unsolved murder of Horton’s mother, Jennifer, more than 30 years earlier." Publishers Weekly

Dangerous Cargo - An Art Marvik Marne Crime Thriller by Pauline RowsonThe second in this fast-paced, action-packed crime series featuring  marine investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik

Art Marvik, has a new and deadly mission to accomplish for the National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) to catch a ruthless killer whose murders span over half a century.

"Marvik's second outing is even more muscular than his debut, (Silent Running 2015) as Rowson edges her detective puzzles ever closer to thriller territory." Kirkus Reviews USA

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