He's every policeman's worst nightmare - the killer who leads an innocuous and apparently blameless family life. His next murder can't be predicted: even he doesn't know when it is going to be. He roams the motorways, attacking breakdown victims who wait alone for help to arrive. Interwoven with his story is that of two people: the young policeman who loses the support of his colleagues during the murder hunt, battling even with his more experienced partner; and the Searcher. In the Searcher, Chris Simms has created a character who ranks alongside the best of Ruth Rendell's classic portrayals of psychological cripples. The author's depiction of the murderer's unravelling mind, the young policeman's self-doubt and the Searcher's strange obsession creates a darkly compelling psychological drama. As the book moves inexorably forward, all three are drawn together in a final meeting.
Chris Simms has worked in airports, nightclubs, post offices and telesales centres. Along with nominations for Crime Writers' Association Daggers and the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year award, Chris was selected by Waterstones as one of their '25 authors for the future'.
The idea for his debut novel, Outside the White Lines, came to him in the early hours of the morning while broken down on the hard shoulder of the M40.
His series of DI Spicer novels - psychological thrillers set very firmly in Manchester - follow the police detective's fortunes as he pursues mad, bad and deadly individuals through the city's ever-changing landscape.
In October 2012, Scratch Deeper was launched - a new series featuring Detective Constable Iona Khan of Manchester Police's Counter Terrorism Unit.
Chris says he is drawn to books that give insights into unusual minds. The twisted desires of Frederick in John Fowles', The Collector; the tormented thoughts of Scobie in Graham Greene's Heart of the Matter; the violent urges of Francie in Patrick McCabe's Butcher Boy are all books Chris states had an influence in shaping him as a writer.