Will Patching


Will Patching writes gritty crime stories that mix murder mystery, psychological suspense and intense thrills while offering unique insights into the darker side of human nature. His ‘pull no punches’ style and sparse but often brutal descriptive passages will not suit all readers, so if you are into cozy mysteries you might want to look elsewhere!

With complex plots and rounded characters, Will’s novels are necessarily longer than average, usually well over 100,000 words, so these are definitely stories designed for readers who like to really get their teeth into a good yarn!

Now considered something of an expert on psychopaths, thanks to his extensive research and personal experience of people with this personality disorder, Will set up a popular website to help lay readers understand these destructive individuals and why their existence is so important to society in general. Please copy and paste into your browser to visit the site:


Will’s writing draws heavily on this expertise but his novels are designed to entertain rather than educate – though many readers appreciate both aspects of his writing. He is currently working on completing two trilogies, though each novel is a self-contained story.

The first novel in each trilogy, Remorseless and The Hack, are already published, with the sequels due in late 2016 and early 2017 respectively. The third and final installments are expected by the end of 2017.

Personal background:

Will Patching was born and raised in ‘Sarf Lunnon’, Engerland, or at least, that’s how he pronounces it! Hence, many scenes from his novels are situated in London, the surrounding suburbs and other parts of southeast England, though they also span as far afield as Thailand and the USA.

His approach to writing is to hit the reader with hard truths about the world we live in, and his mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels are designed to get your pulse pounding. One male reader decided he needed to check his door locks late one night while reading Remorseless and subsequently commented on social media:

‘Seriously scary!’

Will’s eclectic professional experience – from his teenage role as a ‘gardener’ weeding sewage treatment filter beds, through flying a Hawk jet very fast, very low and very dangerously before the RAF realised and booted him out, then attending Harvard on a course for potential CEOs, largely thanks to the Peter Principle of promotion, and more recently, to building his dream, a charter yacht that sank in SE Asian waters – all have led to a rich and varied life, often reflected in his writing.

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Where to find Will Patching online

Where to buy in print


Gaslighting: A British Crime Thriller
Series: The Remorseless Trilogy: Doc Powers and D.I. Carver Investigate, Book 3. Pre-release—available July 1, 2017. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 124,480. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When Doc Powers wakes to find a deadly message left at his country property, he’s sucked into a nightmare investigation into a precocious teenager - Billy Leech, a budding psychopath with violence running through his veins and a sadistic talent for psychological torture. Can Doc stop him achieving his aim of celebrating his 'coming of age' - a spectacular finale involving gasoline and explosives?
Mutilated: A British Crime Thriller
Series: The Remorseless Trilogy: Doc Powers and D.I. Carver Investigate, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 127,920. Language: British English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A serial killer challenges forensic psychiatrist, Doctor Colin Powers, to solve several cold case mutilation murders, while Detective Inspector Jack Carver investigates a newly dismembered victim… Is it a coincidence? Can a criminal psychopath somehow be involved - despite having been incarcerated for two decades? And where is Doc’s lover, Judy Finch, who disappeared many months before..?
The Hack: International Crime Thriller (Hunter/O'Sullivan Adventure #1)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,090. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
A dark, gritty tale of conspiracy and revenge: Reporter Kate O’Sullivan has the scoop of her dreams when her computer genius brother hacks into the CIA’s report on a murder in Thailand - the victim, a wealthy friend of the US President, has a dreadful secret. Kate sells the story to a UK tabloid newspaper, setting in motion a bloody chain of events that destroys many lives, and threatens her own.
Remorseless: A British Crime Thriller
Series: The Remorseless Trilogy: Doc Powers and D.I. Carver Investigate, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 125,100. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Peter Leech is a devious serial killer, brutalized by years in prison. Now he's up for parole and, one way or another, he wants out. Criminal profiler Doc Powers tries to unravel the truth about this violent psychopath while battling demons of his own. A tale of obsession, lust and revenge. Part murder mystery, part crime investigation, this unique British noir thriller is a real page turner.

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  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on April 04, 2012

    This is an excellent handbook for anyone who is either considering or has already self-published an eBook. We are pioneers in this together and Mark is leading the way. This is an exciting time for any writer who has been let down by a publisher or met a roadblock thrown up by agents when trying to get their work into print. The economies of scale and infinite shelf life now mean relatively low sales make publishing well worthwhile, and serving niche audiences that were not viable before is possible and profitable. I had one agent tell me she loved my novel but it 'would only be a mid-market seller' and therefore her firm would not allow her to to represent me. That was six years ago - how the world has changed, partly thanks to Mark. Brilliant insights, great read and an excellent companion to his marketing guide.