Books by Nick Oldham

BAD COPS by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"A routine tale of rotten coppers distinguished by its brutality, its rapid pace, and its unexpectedly chilling final scene."
DS Henry Christie, sent to the Midlands to conduct a pro forma outside review of a pair of murders, swiftly discovers that the problems of the Central Yorkshire Police run a lot deeper. Read full book review >
HEADHUNTER by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Fans of body bags would find this bloodbath perfection if only Oldham didn't keep crosscutting among characters faster than a music video en route to this tranquilly satisfying reflection: 'Usually revenge was a dull sensation, but this wasn't. It was good.'"
Soldier of fortune Steve Flynn continues his one-man, no-holds-barred campaign against the forces of evil that just won't leave him in peace. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD  by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Witnessing a bloodbath of this scope is like trying to develop rapport with individual ants: characters barely have time to show up before they're erased. This one is strictly for readers who want action without any stake in who's onstage."
A former policeman's retirement is thrown off course by a deranged killer's deadly spree. Read full book review >
AMBUSH by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Readers who like their detectives only slightly less deranged than the killers they hunt will be tickled to see Flynn back for an encore. Those who prefer a lower body count may want to steer clear."
An ex-cop gets entangled in a sociopath's plan for revenge. Read full book review >
ONSLAUGHT by Nick Oldham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Flynn's action-packed debut will tempt fans of the rock 'em, sock 'em school even if it disappoints Oldham's more staid followers."
Oldham unleashes a solo Steve Flynn on an unsuspecting world. Read full book review >
EDGE by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2015

"The fat, jaded Christie is far from the eager rookie of Judgement Call (2014). And this time, Oldham (Low Profile, 2014, etc.) seems bent on upping the bloodshed in a grim Keystone Kops gavotte of capture and escape."
Henry Christie returns to face a psychopathic killer and a serious contemplation of retirement. Read full book review >
LOW PROFILE by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"If you don't mind graphic descriptions of grisly killings, Oldham offers a nicely tangled knot to unravel."
A current and a former cop cross swords almost without crossing paths as they chase a gang of crooks who prefer to leave no witnesses. Read full book review >
JUDGEMENT CALL by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Although fans may welcome the coming-of-age chapter in Christie's life, newcomers may wince as he repeatedly trips over his own feet. Like a stern but loving father, however, Oldham (Bad Tidings, 2013, etc.) finally forces the boy-man protagonist of this prequel to get over himself and grow up."
A young police constable learns what kind of cop, and man, he wants to be. Read full book review >
BAD TIDINGS by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Oldham's 14th shows that adding a ton of gunfire does little to improve what would otherwise be a pretty neat procedural."
An investigation into three Christmastime murders opens a Pandora's box of violence for Detective Superintendent Henry Christie (Instinct, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
FIGHTING FOR THE DEAD by Nick Oldham
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Oldham, who surely belongs in the pantheon of noir stylists, throws punches with the best of them. And there's not a woman alive who wouldn't want to romance Flynn now that Christie is off the market."
DS Henry Christie and ex-copper Steve Flynn almost become friends. Read full book review >
INSTINCT by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2012

"Nobody makes coincidences seem as likely or as deadly as Oldham, who tempers all this mayhem with a new romantic entanglement for recent widower Christie, but also staves off his retirement with the adrenaline rush of the chase."
A terrorist hunt collides with a homicidal rapist's spree. Read full book review >
FACING JUSTICE by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Oldham (Seizure, 2010, etc.) carves out a new niche: the noir procedural with cozy trimmings. Bolt the door, warm up the teapot and settle in for a unique read."
Three paths through the snow converge. Read full book review >
HIDDEN WITNESS by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Oldham (Seizure, 2010, etc.) can out-plot and out-grisly most of his hard-boiled brethren, and he proves a dab hand with the intricacies of male sexual proclivities. He could, however, use a brush-up tutorial in American slang."
Why did the head of a Naples Mafia family wind up dead on a Blackpool street? Read full book review >
SEIZURE by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"Oldham (The Nothing Job, 2009, etc.) stands beside Bill James as another tough, undervalued practitioner of police procedurals, none more astounding than this."
Two cases collide for newly promoted Detective Superintendent Henry Christie. Read full book review >
THE NOTHING JOB by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A splendid British procedural, with complex storytelling, much hugger-mugger and some amusing lustful jealousy on Henry's part."
DCI Henry Christie is relegated to the role of bounty hunter. Read full book review >
CRUNCH TIME by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A bit too much emotional drama for fans of really hard-boiled procedurals, and a notch or so below midlevel Bill James. Still, Christie is mellowing and keeping his libido under control, even if his pal, FBI agent Karl Donaldson, maintains his strong-arm proclivities."
Bored with routine paper-pushing, DCI Henry Christie resurrects his undercover persona. Read full book review >
SCREEN OF DECEIT by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Less moral ambiguity than Oldham usually parcels out, and far too little of Christie. But if you're in the mood for dysfunctional Brits, this is your cuppa."
A 14-year-old goes undercover. Read full book review >
BIG CITY JACKS by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Oldham works Bill James's hard-boiled side of the street with almost equal success: torture, double-dealing, gang reprisals and a central character with a wavering moral compass."
Criminal and police misconduct occupy a newly reinstated copper. Read full book review >
SUBSTANTIAL THREAT by Nick Oldham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

Both the personal and professional lives of DCI Henry Christie, now based at the Lancashire police HQ, are about to take roller-coaster turns. Read full book review >