John Matthews

Biography

As any Hollywood executive will tell you, there are three main acts in a film - and I suppose it could be said that my writing career has followed the same path.

The first act was two novels written in my twenties, Basikasingo and Crescents of the Moon. Published by Hutchinson/Arrow Books in London, both did well, selling 100,000 plus. But I became distracted with other publishing ventures and didn't return to writing novels for some while.

That return (Act Two, if you will), was with one of my strongest books to date, Past Imperfect. A crime thriller with a difference - think in terms of John Grisham meets Stephen King, but with an atmospheric 1960s French setting - Past Imperfect went on to sell over 500,000 copies in 8 countries. The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser and Ascension Day followed in similar crime-thriller style. This in turn led to me penning a film treatment for Past Imperfect and also a fresh film script, 'Blind School' (Act Three).

Part of this has also involved a book in a different style, crossing the mythology-political thriller genre, which has been particularly succesful with foreign rights sales, adding Brazil, Turkey, Portugal and Bulgaria to my existing list of teritories. Putting my back-list on Kindle - which has seen the three titles so far listed all in the top-ten legal thrillers list on Amazon (again!). And finally penning a new novel in collaboration with TV producer Richard Belfield (for which we've become J.R. Mattfeld) to kick-start a crime-detective series set in 1890s New York, the first of which involves Jack the Ripper (yes, you heard right!). More on that later...

John Matthews is a leading British author with total sales of 1.2 million books. He is the author of Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Second Amendment, The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser, The Prophet and Letters from a Murderer (with Richard Belfield). Film scripts: Blind School and Of Lesser Angels.

Where to find John Matthews online

Twitter: Scribejohnm

Books

The Last Witness #1
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Price: Free! Words: 88,120. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Elena Waldren has a secret that she's built fences around for the last twenty-nine years and kept from everyone. But then her fears about the plight of a young girl placed with a nearby family finally set her on a quest to uncover the past that she's pushed away for so long...
Letters From a Murderer (special edition)
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Price: Free! Words: 28,700. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
One genius criminal profiler. One ruthless, streetwise cop. Both will need all their wits to capture the most terrifying killer of all time. 'If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was asked to do a re-write of Gangs of New York, then this would be it'
Past Imperfect #1
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Price: Free! Words: 92,870. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Two boys. One Murder. Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime. A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives. Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of an investigation that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.
The Shadow Chaser #1
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Price: Free! Words: 83,320. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Andre Lemoine, one of the world's leading geneticists, is on the verge of the medical breakthrough of the century: a link with rare primates that could unlock a vital key in the search for a cure for AIDS and cancer.
The Prophet #1
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Price: Free! Words: 18,570. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Sam Tynnan is convinced that with his latest novel, The Prophet – a unique interweaving of ancient prophecies with current-day Islamic terrorism – he’s written the thriller of the year. But when he finds himself targeted, he realizes that some people are determined to bury what’s he’s written.
Ascension Day #1
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Price: Free! Words: 70,980. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.00 from 1 review)
Only 47 days left until Larry Durrant's execution, but lawyer Jac McElroy is determined to save his client's life. There are only three small problems: the evidence against Durrant is overwhelming, he's made a full confession, and he wants to die...
The Second Amendment #2
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,060. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
One simple thesis. But it threatens the very roots of the Constitution. There's too much at stake. 20,000 gun deaths a year, schoolyard massacres, and now a wave of militia bombings... America is under siege. An explosive, uncompromising thriller which confronts head-on one of the most fiery issues of the past two decades: gun control.
The Second Amendment #1
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Price: Free! Words: 76,380. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
One simple thesis. But it threatens the very roots of the Constitution. There's too much at stake. 20,000 gun deaths a year, schoolyard massacres, and now a wave of militia bombings... America is under siege. An explosive, uncompromising thriller which confronts head-on one of the most fiery issues of the past two decades: gun control.

John Matthews’s tag cloud

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