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Born and read in Nottinghamshire
David Belbin
David Belbin - local crime author turned good!
In literary terms, Nottingham is certainly the 'city of crime'.

From John Harvey's 'Resnick' novels to David Belbin's police series 'The Beat', here's our "World Book Day" guide to just a few of our local authors - complete with handcuffs, of course!
David Belbin
David seemed to develop a passion for crime-writing right from the outset! His big break came along in the early 1990s when his novel 'Shoot the Teacher' was published as the first in the Point Crime series.

It's success enabled David to become a full-time writer - and he's never looked back!

His next novel, 'Avenging Angel', led to The Beat, a series of mysteries about young police officers in Nottingham.

David's writing has nearly always been aimed at young adults and virtually all of his work
has had criminal undertones.

He was born in Sheffield, and lived in Leicester, Merseyside and Lancashire before going to university in Nottingham, where he has remained ever since.
Raymond Flynn

Raymond has the ideal grounding for crime-writing - he's a former Nottinghamshire policeman!

"One meets such a well bred class of criminal,"
Raymond Flynn

He worked in the CID and headed the fraud squad, which he particularly enjoyed.

His grounding in the force gives him loads of inside expertise on police procedure and thus his writing is full of criminal accuracy.

Raymond's writing career started after he retired from the force and joined a university creative writing course.

As a result, he got through to the finals of a short story competition in 1992 before winning a prestigious prize a couple of years later. This led to a contract with publishers Hodder & Stoughton.

He has gone on to make his name with a series of crime novels set in the fictitious seaside town of Eddathorpe, complete with his own super-sleuth hero Robert Graham.

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