Owning the book rights of the series I created, the Sweeney, there was an agreement with the tv company that I would not alter the format of the series in writing the three novels. Another writer under a pseudonym wrote a further four. So I penned those novels under certain constraints but despite this they had a stand alone existence published in the USA and other places where the tv programme was not sold. I felt and feel no contraints with the Corrigan novels - the first two in what will be a series are now available on Kindle or hardback on Amazon.
Corrigan is a half-Welsh, half Irish Detective Inspector who has recently resigned moments before the sack after a drunken midnight journey in a "borrowed squad car" culminating in an off road journey through a hedge, into a field, and the death of a Fresian milker. He's now looking for something, anything to produce income to survive even his modest lifestyle in a council flat in Welshpool. The first novel takes him well away from there to violence and murder set against the bordeaux wine industry (my father in law, a Californian part owned Chateau Lascombes, my wife, originally a new yorker, saw her first live chicken there).
With no writing constraints, Corrigan comes up against a world of crime and individuals as mad as the ex-detective trying to make sense of it. 'The Dark Shepherd' has three murdering psychopaths competing with each other. 'Road of Bones' has a young English public school killer hired to bring down a passenger plane. He has a sideline in drowning people and inhaling the bubbles of their last breaths. The third Corrigan novel, set in the Arctic, will be ready at the end of 2012.