Ray Britain


Ray Britain’s second novel ‘Forgotten Lives’ (2021) followed publication of ‘The Last Thread’ (2017). A third book, 'Fear or Favour' in the DCI Stirling series is expected to be published late 2022.
As a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) Ray Britain led many specialist investigations. He was also a Hostage & Crisis Intervention Negotiator, a voluntary role, which saw him involved in hostage situations, many firearms operations and numerous suicide interventions, not all of which ended happily. In those specialist roles he supported national counter-terrorism capabilities, and travelled to the USA, India, Europe, Australia and elsewhere. He received several Commendations for his work.
He also worked with the Serious Fraud Office and the Home Office, London, and the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police.
Ray’s real-world experience gives authenticity to his stories, immersing the reader in the grim realities, uncertainties and frustrations of crime investigation, and of human nature.
If not writing Ray might be found mountain hiking, watching rugby, skiing, reading, sailing or in the gym.
For more information, please visit: http://www.raybritain.com/

Smashwords Interview

Who is Ray Britain?
A fair question. I was a police officer in the United Kingdom, completing my career in a high rank. Although I enjoyed a varied career in both uniform and detective roles, the investigation of crime and the camaraderie amongst detectives was my preference. As a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) I led investigations and for many years I was also a Hostage & Crisis Intervention Negotiator, a voluntary role.
Why the pen name, Ray Britain?
For reasons of personal and family security I use a pen name because, over the years, I locked up many criminals but not all of them accepted it was their actions that led to their imprisonment. And, as my career progressed, I was increasingly involved in discreet, national arrangements. (The Official Secrets Act still applies!)
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Where to find Ray Britain online

Where to buy in print


Forgotten Lives
Price: $6.45 USD. Words: 190,570. Language: British English. Published: January 10, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A man is murdered with quiet efficiency. A strange emblem left behind suggests a gang killing, but when more bodies are found with the same emblem, and one of them a cop, DCI Doug Stirling’s investigation takes a sinister turn. What linked the victims in life, and death? Stirling's investigation leads to a previous, undiscovered series in London many years ago. But were even they the first?
The Last Thread
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 169,200. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
DCI Doug Stirling is accused of pushing a boy to his death. Haunted by the boy’s eyes as he let go of Stirling's hand, he must investigate the savage murder of an unidentified man. With no witnesses, no forensic evidence and more theories than investigators, Stirling has too many loose threads as a complex, interwoven history of deception, betrayal and sadistic relationships is uncovered.