Patrick Easter was born and raised in Cyprus until, aged 13, he was sent to boarding school in England. At 19 he joined the Metropolitan Police first as a Bobby on the beat, initially in Hammersmith and then, on the River Thames. Promotion eventually beckoned and he left the river for shore-based duties in both west and south London. He finally left the police as a senior officer at Scotland Yard in 1994. For a number of years after that, he worked as a journalist covering intelligent transport and communications systems around the globe.
He now lives in East Sussex with his wife - and two dogs.
His first book, The Waterman, was published to wide acclaim in 2011 and was followed by The River of Fire and The Rising Tide in the two following years. His new book, Cuckold Point, is due out on 3rd April 2015. All his books are set in and around the Port of London in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries where River Surveyor Tom Pascoe of the Thames Marine Police rules with a rod of iron.