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Mr Barry Crowther
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Book Description

31 Aug 2012
Alex Campbell was the golden boy. The senior psychological profiler for the force, that was until a failed suicide attempt landed him in a high security mental hospital. What drove him to want to take his own life?

His arrest rate for apprehending the most notorious murderers was unusually high, and upon his release from Stoneybrook Mental Hospital, his talents did not go unnoticed by the new police task force or the underworld they are trying to penetrate. When the daughter of a politician and the nephew of a crime boss are abducted by the same man they both take desperate measures to make sure Alex and his team are on the case.

The kidnapper slowly reveals details of his reasons for the abductions that affect high society as well as the lower criminal elements. As the past reverberates into the future, Alex must confront the kidnapper who warns he is the only one with the ability to stop the Killing Flow.

Fans of Dexter, Lisbeth Salander and The Dead Zone will find Alex Campbell a compelling character. Part detective, part psychic. With terrible talent for diving the nature of objects. This is an unrelenting paranormal crime drama, with plenty of twists and turns leading to a dramatic conclusion as the connection between the missing children comes to an unsettling end.


Q&A with Barry Crowther
Q: What made you move to paranormal mystery rather than stay with the straightforward mystery genre?
B: I have been a mystery buff for a long time but always enjoyed the odd horror novel. I wrote a few scenes that were gangsteresque (like my other work) but with some weird twists to the scene. These became Alex Campbell's waking dreams. It was an enjoyable process and I can see how fantasy or horror writers get a kick out of it. That scene led me on to write more and it just grew into a novel.
Q: How is Alex Campbell different than Matt Spears, your other series character?
B: Alex is very much under pressure the whole time, his mind and heart are breaking. Matt is much more self assured and aware of his skills in combat etc. Whereas Alex has a unique gift, one which haunts him. This psychic talent gives him the ability to touch objects which then reveal where they ave been, who they belonged to and what happened to them. The idea came from the concept that everything in the universe is connected, we are all constructed from atoms. If it holds true that 'energy cannot be created nor destroyed' then everything that happens or has happened is still here in some form. He's like a psychic archeologist or historian.
Q: Whats the attraction with gangsters and the underworld? They always seem to play a part in your books.
B: In reality my family is connected to the mafioso in some way. Without naming names I have family members who are in the family and I have family members who are in the police. This makes for great family gatherings. I'm just a working stiff, so both sides are happy to tell me things about what is happening in their worlds. From my experiences with both side, the world of the gangster is far more interesting than the world of the cop. Though that can be exciting too, but the colorful characters are the ones trying to evade the law, trust me.
Q: You have been asked if Missing will ever be made into a movie many times. Do you think the books could be adapted for the screen?
B: Not really, as they are too complex. My writing is very visual and I try to keep the prose active and immediate. I don't describe characters at length, or have wordy descriptions of places. I try to keep this within the imagination of the reader. They can do their own casting and world construction, I'll just lead the story.

Product details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (31 Aug 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1479233862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479233861
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,639,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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


"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.

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About the Author

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'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 1 April 2013
Wow great book from start to end. I could not stop reading this book and had to finish it on the holiday weekend
I highly recommend it if you like twists and turns and lots of characters within the story

I really like this style of writing and great author

Highly recommended

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5.0 out of 5 stars JayneM 14 Oct 2012
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I could not put this book down. Really good with interesting characters & a few twists. A brilliant paranormal story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 19 Sep 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed the book, I have read a couple of Barry Crowthers books and enjoyed them a lot and found them very interesting, with many twists. This book had a different angle to what i have read previously although i did enjoy it. Alex Campbell is the main guy who trying to solve the disappearances of young children, based on his other novel Missing this book has a different approach and story line which i found interesting and a bit on the horror/paranormal side. Definitely worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Flow 19 Sep 2012
Amazing read, suspense and thrilling experiences throughout, written with expertise and precession, highly recommended with some excellent truths and mysteries uncovered!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darn Good 15 Dec 2012
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I do judge a book by the cover. I feel if the author took the time to create a cover that touched on the character's personality, then the author truly invested themselves in the story. There werent guns in this story much.

I bought it anyway. It was worth it.

Loved this story. The main character's back history was provided with just enough detail to understand the motivations driving the character (kicking and screaming) and explains his worldview.

If anyone really cares: I am not a grammer nazi, but there were a few weird grammer errors that I did a double take on.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 2012 26 Sep 2012
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I am a mystery reader. I love a good mystery. Barry Crowther delivers that. This is my second book from him and now I want to read more of his. The setting and the guess who until the end are fantastic. If you like mystery. You must read Barry Crowthers "killing flow"
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