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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 set 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:
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.
His gritty crime stories 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 currently has two trilogies published, though each novel is a self-contained story:
The Remorseless Trilogy features damaged but brilliant forensic psychiatrist, Doc Powers, who is an expert on psychopaths, and Detective Inspector Jack Carver, a rough diamond with a reputation for closing cases. Doc is reluctantly dragged back into his role as a criminal profiler while struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife - aided by Judy Finch, a parole officer who works with him. They tangle with some genuinely evil psychopaths... If you like psychological thrillers that'll make your heart thump, then this series is for you!
The Hack Trilogy features 'Hunter', an ex-CIA assassin - a borderline psychopath - and a feisty female journalist, Kate O'Sullivan. They come together when Kate is sent to investigate a serial killer in Thailand, unaware that her attraction to Hunter - the perpetrator - is endangering her life. Another action-packed thriller series that'll have you on the edge of your seat!
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Danger and death haunt a damaged ex-CIA assassin and the feisty investigative journalist he claims to love in this rip-roaring conspiracy thriller series.
Featuring deadly former CIA assassin, Doug Hunter, and determined UK journalist, Kate O’Sullivan – a young woman intent on making a name for herself in the cut-throat world of investigative reporting.
Find out why James Jones, professional editor & proofreader at Proof-EdGB, had this to say about The Hangman, the gripping third tale in this trilogy:
“Fantastic book... Now I will be going back to a Jack Reacher novel I'm reading. It has lost some of its appeal after reading The Hangman.”
These three rapid-fire conspiracy thrillers will take you on a roller-coaster ride involving child exploitation, modern day slavery and organ trafficking, through criminal enterprises rife with drugs and money laundering, to unnecessary wars and genocidal conflicts.
This gripping trilogy blends fact and fiction, covering subjects in a way some readers describe as disturbing – yet also fascinating, thrilling and thought-provoking.
NB. Not for the faint hearted.
The Hack – Who is more evil...? The killer or his victims?
UK journalist Kate O'Sullivan puts her life at risk when she exposes an international child-trafficking ring, triggering a CIA hunt for her hacker brother while a renegade agent leaves a bloody trail in his wake…
As the CIA closes in, the body count rises. Will Kate and her brother survive unscathed?
The Hunter – Everything has a price – including living, breathing human flesh…
Kate O’Sullivan investigates the murder of two young Brits on a paradise island – unaware The Hunter, renegade CIA agent turned serial killer, has become obsessed with her.
While working with the local police chief, Kate unwittingly crosses two billionaires – men who make a fortune enslaving women like her…
Can Hunter redeem himself by protecting the woman he professes to love?
The Hangman – Hunter’s back, and this time it could mean war…
An explosive adventure featuring a unique bioweapon, Islamist terrorists, corrupt elites, over-ambitious spooks, and ruthless military contractors. This bloody conspiracy takes us from Downing Street to Langley once more in this fast-paced thriller full of breathtaking action and page-turning suspense.
In this final pulse-pounding adventure discover whether Doug Hunter can foil an evil conspiracy by the Establishment elite – and does Kate O’Sullivan survive a terrorist bioweapon attack in the heart of London?
"Thriller writing at its best. The whole trilogy is highly recommended." - from a 'Top 1000 Reviewer' commenting on The Hangman on Amazon UK.
This three-part action-packed thriller series may appeal to fans of Lee Child, David Baldacci, Dan Brown, James Patterson, Tom Clancy, Craig Thomas, Stephen Leather, Mark Dawson, Chris Carter, Stephen King and other high energy thriller writers whose books are chock full of suspense, plot twists and surprises. If you like hard-boiled mystery thrillers with plenty of suspense and action, and an occasional hint of espionage – or even fully-fledged spy thrillers – this trilogy could well be for you.
One sip could spark a world-wide conflict. One man has the skills to stop an all-out war.
Doug Hunter is tired of his covert life. The ex-CIA assassin dreams of cutting ties with his employer and becoming a father to his unborn child. But when he intercepts a deadly delivery of a highly toxic chemical weapon, reuniting with the woman he loves may mean he’ll have to kill to survive…
Now a full-time investigative reporter, Kate O’Sullivan needs a scoop to prove her worth. Desperate to unlock a personal mystery to expose CIA corruption, she ignores the danger and dives into action. But with the precious life growing inside her, getting too close to the action could put two souls in danger.
As sinister agents close in, Hunter races to find the source of the lethal weapon. But after the attack targets the public and frames an entire nation, the reporter he pines for may find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time…
Can they stay alive long enough to stop a madman from kicking off World War III?
The Hangman is the pulse-pounding third and final book in the Hunter/O’Sullivan Adventure thriller series. If you like complex plots, strong heroes, and high-stakes espionage, you’ll love Will Patching’s gripping novel.
Buy The Hangman to expose treason today!
A vigilante on the hunt. A journalist on a warpath. To expose an international crime ring they might have to pay the ultimate price…
Ex-CIA assassin Doug Hunter wants to forget his lethal past. But when he discovers a well-connected American involved in a grotesque child abuse network, his rage brings him out of retirement. Vowing to take down the entire twisted syndicate, his biggest obstacle will be keeping a beautiful investigative reporter out of the crossfire.
Tabloid journalist Kate Sullivan is hungry for her big break. And after securing classified information on the murder of a child-molesting millionaire, she’s sure she’s found her scoop. But when her stunning exposé makes headlines, her high profile could land her six feet under.
As Kate turns to Hunter for protection, the influential predators close in. But the more the pair learn about the shocking abuses, the clearer it becomes that this evil plot goes all the way to the top…
Can Hunter and Kate blow the lid off the horrifying conspiracy before their enemies silence them forever?
The Hack: International Crime Thriller is the first standalone book in the gripping Hunter/O'Sullivan Adventure series. If you like gritty characters, fast-paced mysteries, and the pursuit of justice, then you’ll love Will Patching’s suspenseful tale.
Buy The Hack to fight for the innocent today!
A brutally murdered husband. An abused wife who wanted him gone for good… Did the wealthy widow arrange his death—and can a disgraced detective discover the truth?
"Your husband is dead."
Lorraine Rowe receives the news from an anonymous killer threatening her too—unless she pays an inflated fee for her estranged partner’s murder. Overwhelmed by fear and indecision, Lorraine struggles to survive as her carefully constructed life of lies begins to unravel.
Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding is fighting for her future after allowing her violent temper to jeopardise her career. Is it karma that dumps a man’s badly tortured corpse on her doorstep—or something more sinister? And will the ensuing investigation enable Fiona to redeem herself?
Both women have lived through traumatic events and have much in common, but when the truth-seeker meets the accomplished dissembler, events spiral inexorably towards a deadly climax.
This hard-hitting, twisted thriller weaves deception, misdirection and psychological torment into a page-turning tale of murder and mayhem that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Not for the faint of heart…
The Widow is the first standalone novel in a loosely linked series inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins.
Deadly Inspirations – Book one ‘GREED’
A British Police Thriller featuring Detective Sergeant Fiona ‘Fifi’ Fielding. If you like complex plots, strong female characters, and high-stakes murder mysteries with plenty of suspense, you’ll love Will Patching’s latest gripping novel.
Order The Widow today to uncover the truth behind a criminal’s veil of lies!
A double murder in paradise. A scandal-ridden syndicate. Will investigating this once-in-a-lifetime story get her killed?
Despite her success, Kate O’Sullivan worries she’s not cut out for hard-nosed reporting. When the pregnant journalist investigates brutal murders on a tropical isle, she suspects dirty money and an ocean worth of danger. After locals offer dire warnings, she fears this story may be the last one she ever writes…
Only one woman makes assassin Doug Hunter want to mend his bloody ways. So when he hears Kate may be carrying his child, he tracks her to the lush island to try to win her back. But after the beautiful reporter disappears, he uses every last one of his ruthless skills to keep the woman he loves alive.
As Kate and Doug become high-value targets for a billion-dollar syndicate, they discover that brutal human traffickers won’t think twice about pulling the trigger…
Can they expose the corruption and save innocent lives before they turn the beach into a burial ground?
The Hunter: International Crime Thriller is the second standalone novel in the riveting Hack Trilogy. If you like heroic reporters, international conspiracies, and pulse-pounding action, then you’ll love Will Patching’s gripping novel.
Buy The Hunter to expose the dark side of paradise today!
He sees inside the minds of killers. Can he face a shocking truth before a vengeful psychopath mutilates more victims?
As a forensic psychiatrist and famous TV personality, Dr. Colin Powers seems unstoppable. Despite his show’s focus on true crime, he yearns for the challenge of solving real cases. But his wish sours when he receives an anonymous letter containing images of horrifically mutilated victims…
Detective Inspector Jack Carver puts closing cases ahead of the rules. Determined to prove himself to his politically obsessed boss, he seeks the expertise of the former profiler on a grisly dismemberment. But when Doc Powers shares his own gruesome photos, Carver suspects the nightmare is only beginning…
Can Doc and Carver piece together the macabre murders, or will they fall victim to the butcher?
Mutilated: A British Crime Thriller is the second standalone book in the chilling Remorseless Trilogy. If you like spine-tingling suspense, graphic details, and gritty heroes, then you’ll love Will Patching’s sinister mystery.
Buy Mutilated to hunt down a surgically ruthless killer today!
Fans of James Patterson, Harlan Coben, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lydia Davis and Stephen King will love this collection of exclusive short stories that will be sure to leave you breathless.
The award-winning and best-selling authors in this collection turn up the heat - it's pedal to the metal break-neck action from start to finish!
The short story is back with a vengeance! Murder, mystery, suspense, chills, thrills and kills this collection has it all!
About the Stories
What Money Can’t Buy – by Paul Casselle Are you a bad person trying to be good or a good person that sometimes does bad? It’s a difficult question to answer, but that doesn’t stop life asking regularly!
The Butcher – by Will Patching Not all of us are ‘normal’. Some of us are stone cold killers…
Collin O’Connor by Ernest Dempsey In a world where terrorist attacks seem to cover the front page of every news outlet, the people of Earth need a new kind of hero. The planet needs someone who isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to bring justice to those who would harm the innocent. We need Collin O’Connor.
A Love Affair by Leah Monroe Have you ever asked yourself, "What am I here for?" Is it wealth? To leave a legacy? Or perhaps you're playing with the cards life deals you. One man comes face-to-face with this age old question and his decision will leave you speechless.
Downside Up by Jane Thornley She climbs roofs at night but how could she know how far she’ll have to fall to find the truth?
The Son-in-Law by Craig Hart Can you go straight by committing murder? One man is about to find out-if he lives long enough.
Linking Arms with the Devil by Michael Maxwell They tell us, “You can’t take it with you”. Maybe you can if you link arms with the devil.
Red Eyes – by Terry Keys A small town middle-school teacher suddenly vanishes and returns six months, six days, and six hours after he disappeared. But now he is hiding a terrible secret, and only the next victim can see the . . . Red Eyes.
The most disturbing crime they ever worked has come back to kill them.
Criminal profiler Doc Powers longs for a peaceful life. Now reunited with his missing girlfriend, his idyllic dreams turn grotesque when someone nails a bloody carcass to his door. With the clues pointing toward a previous case, he fears this is just the start of a dark hunt for revenge…
Detective Inspector Jack Carver looks forward to his long-overdue vacation. But when a powerful explosion tragically cuts the trip short, Carver must battle peers who suspect him of setting a devious trap. Suspended and out of the loop, the shaken detective must go above the law to stop the body count from rising.
As they trace the clues to a psychopath in the making, the duo must gather irrefutable evidence before the young killer cuts down everything they love.
Can Doc and Carver outsmart a brilliant criminal before they fall victim to a pair of grisly murders?
Gaslighting: A British Crime Thriller is the third standalone book in the suspenseful Remorseless Trilogy. If you like nail-biting mysteries, darkly intense action, and heroic characters, then you’ll love Will Patching’s gripping story.
Gaslighting contains graphic content not suitable for ages 18 and under.
Buy Gaslighting to see a killer on the rise today!
Killer Thriller Quick Reads — Three dark, twisted crime tales of just 20-45 minutes each:JUSTICE A convict is tormented by his wife’s memory — and his lack of one…
OLD FLAME A twisted tale of lust, obsession and revenge.
THE BUTCHER Meet Anthony Harding, psychopath. He'll make your skin crawl...
PLUS Bonus introductory notes from the author:
Featuring exclusive insights into how these short-form tales relate to the psychopathic characters in ‘The Remorseless Trilogy’, the author's British Crime Thriller series.
'Stand alone' thrillers:These three novelettes can be read as stand alone stories although readers may enjoy 'The Butcher' more if they are familiar with the main characters in the trilogy - Doctor Colin Powers and Detective Inspector Carver - as this tale fleshes out the backstory of how these two 'heroes' first started working together. The author's comments sections do contain some spoilers though.
Publication history:‘Justice’ has never been published although has, on occasion, been offered exclusively to Will Patching’s Readers Group Members.
‘Old Flame’ was first published in ‘Burning: An Anthology of Thriller Shorts’, edited by Peter Oxley and Simon Finnie and published by Burning Chair Publishing, 2018.
‘The Butcher’ was first published in ‘The Murder Files — Eight Stories of Murder, Lies and Mystery’, edited by Terry Keys and published in 2017.
Ever wondered what goes on inside the head of a stone cold killer?
This dark, disturbing trilogy will thrust you deep into the minds of some of the most evil criminal psychopaths you would never wish to meet...
'Had I read Will Patching’s novels while still a serving officer I'm sure his insights into the workings of their minds would have helped me understand the motives and actions of these people.'
Rick A, a 30-year veteran detective
'One of the best I've read for a while and the psychology was spot on.'
Steve E, a retired police officer
These three gripping killer thrillers follow the fortunes of criminal profiler, Doctor Colin Powers, and his colleague-cum-pal, Detective Inspector Jack Carver of London's Metropolitan Police, as they tackle these devious, vicious and highly manipulative individuals.
But be warned: these chilling, twisted thrillers are written in deep point of view - including that of violent killers - and contain imagery some readers find disturbing. Certain characters use profanity too.
As one reader said:
'Patching goes where other authors fear to tread...'
In this spine-tingling thriller, criminal profiler Doc Powers learns a twisted killer he helped put away is up for parole. Can Doc keep this violent psychopath behind bars — while hanging on to his own sanity?
Remorseless has been awarded the Ebook Skill Mystery & Thriller of the Year, 2017, and has been described as 'British crime writing at its best!'
Doc’s lover's missing, Jack’s hunting a sadistic killer his team call ‘The Surgeon’, and Doc has to deal with another raging psychopath from his past...
Mutilated led Scott M, a serving police detective, to comment that reading the novel was 'just like riding with my crew'. Another avid reader said, 'If you thought Remorseless was dark then just wait till you read this! Gritty and graphic hardly describe this taut thriller, it was quite simply unputdownable...'
Billy Leech - the young lad who suffered in Remorseless - is now a precocious teen. He's also a budding psychopath with revenge in mind, and Doc's life is in danger - again.
Gaslighting received rave reviews on launch including this from the Reading Experience book blog: 'Suspense glueing me to the pages, heart beating faster than normal, empathizing with the characters, fearing for them - I knew there wouldn't be an easy happy ending...'
These killer tales encompass police procedural, psychological suspense, elements of murder mystery, and out-and-out balls-to-the-wall thrills. They are not a quick read but full length novels, averaging over 120,000 words each, containing complex characters and intricate plots.
A killer paroled. A tormented profiler. A blood-soaked quest for revenge.
Doc Powers is one case away from a complete breakdown. Grief-stricken over the death of his wife, his reliance on booze and drugs fills his life with startling hallucinations. As he battles his demons, his efforts to stay coherent fail to keep a cunning psychopath behind bars…
With a bloody trail of death spreading, Doc fears both he and his colleague are next on the killer's hit list. Fighting the visions that threaten to consume him, he must tap into the profiling skills of his past to put an end to the parolee's murderous rampage.
Can Doc overcome his past and match wits with a maniac before he becomes the next victim?
Remorseless: A British Crime Thriller is the first book in the pulse-pounding Remorseless trilogy, which is not for the faint of heart. If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, sadistic killers, and heroes scrambling to stay a step ahead, then you’ll love Will Patching’s spine-chilling novel.
Buy Remorseless to plunge into an unflinching thrill-ride today!
Plagued by mysterious dreams which are quickly becoming a real-life nightmare, where would you turn?
What was the real truth behind the Iraqi invasion and the search for WMDs?
What if the one person you relied on to keep you safe, instead became your jailer?
Forced to confront the mistakes of your past, where would you hide?
14 original stories with one red-hot connection… Burning.
Thrillers to shock. Thrillers to excite. Thrillers to challenge and make you think.
An anthology of 14 original short stories by a collection of outstanding thriller writers.
Craig Hart’s "Loose Ends" thrusts a wise-cracking PI into the center of a deadly—and highly personal—case.
In Fiona Campbell’s "From a Flicker to a Flame", a woman finds herself trapped, a prisoner in a loveless marriage.
In "The Five Votive Candles of Joe Wray" by Simon Bewick, Joe Wray is a husband, a father, a brother and a business owner. They all need his protection. He doesn’t have a prayer.
A mysterious man sparks unexplainable fires in Carla Day’s "Scintillation", where a woman’s dreams may be the clue to saving the world.
The dark and seedy underbelly of the City of London is exposed in Will Patching’s "Old Flame": a tale of lust, greed and a decidedly nasty twist.
The repercussions of the Iraq war and memories of WMDs plague the characters of Dana Lyons’ "Fire and Brimstone", with a weapon which could truly be the end of all things.
In "Ava Edison and the Burning Man", by Marcus Cook, a thief with an unlikely accomplice faces a race against time to get a priceless jewel for a ruthless client.
Tom Goymour’s "Circle of Friends" finds a man and his long-forgotten friends being forced to finally confront the mistakes of their youth.
In Peter Ellis’ "Reprogrammed", a woman wakes in a strange warehouse with terrifying new abilities, but with no knowledge of how she got there.
The hero of Michael Peirce’s "Accidental Operator" unwittingly becomes the key member of a new, highly deadly team of mercenaries.
"Valley of the Shadow" by Pat Moore is a moving exploration of love and loss, where those left behind suffer more than the ones they mourn.
Lori Lacefield’s "The Fire Keeper" follows Frankie Johnson, an FBI Profiler, as she tries to decode a terrifyingly macabre fire ritual, before the killers strike again.
Free will, morality and redemption lie at the heart of Simon Finnie’s "Burning", as a Professor is forced to confront the mistakes of his youth.
And finally, in Peter Oxley’s "Burning Greed", a thief simply has to battle through a burning island to steal the score of his life: what could possibly go wrong?
Burning - bringing destruction or a new beginning? To find out, get Burning: An Anthology of Short Thrillers - now!