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Barry Crowther has made his home in Southern California. Originally from Manchester England, he has several novellas, novels and short stories published. He has been named as one of the most popular indie authors of 2012 and became the final Indie Author Rock Star in 2011. His Matt Spears series has hit bestseller lists in various genres and he is also the author of the Zero Quartet and the Alex Campbell novels 'Killing Flow'.
His only Non-Fiction published is his treatise on improving your Jiu Jitsu game when you are over 40, it is published under the pen name Oliver S Staark and titled Zen Jiu Jitsu.
Crowther continues to work and write in the Southern Californian sun with his three daughters, wife and chocolate lab Coney.
His blog is updated (almost) weekly and covers, thoughts, observations and musings on life and the changing landscape of the publishing industry. You can find it at http://barrycrowther.com
"Missing" by Barry Crowther is a really good fast-paced mystery. This book was a quick read with the action constantly moving. I completely enjoyed the characters, specifically the interaction between the main character, Matt, and his best friend, Nathaniel. The interaction is enjoyable, funny and shows how close they are to each other. I also enjoyed the character building of the "bad guys", along with the twists and turns of the story. I love Matt's "secretary" Trudy and felt like they were the type of people that I would want to know.
The writing style somewhat reminds me a lot of Robert Parker but in an English writing way. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good mystery that has good character interaction.
Although I live in Southern California most of my novels are set in the North West of England, where I'm from - Manchester. I think it's fair to warn potential readers that a lot of British phraseology is used, and this is a gritty crime drama much closer to the work of Quentin Tarantino than Agatha Christie. I don't want people to buy my books and be left feeling disappointed because there wasn't enough foggy moors, country pubs or old jags ... you've been warned.