Douglas Watkinson

Scattered Remains

Scattered Remains

When a surgical plate turns up in a local field the big question for Hawk is: ‘Where is the body it was once attached to?’

The plate was made for a brilliant young engineer who seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. When Hawk tries to find him, dead or alive, all official records of the man are suddenly wiped clean.

Why do people in high places want the world to believe that he never existed?

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Easy Prey

Easy Prey

An elderly barrister asks Hawk to track down his missing daughter, Teresa. Hawk sets off to find her and soon believes that he’ll find her alive and well, not murdered, as he once feared.

Until, that is, the sinister Richard Crane falls in behind him, keeping his distance. Is he following Hawk or leading him? Either way, does he have a personal interest in Teresa?

Those questions take Hawk on a dangerous journey to the Isle of Lewis where even he, a man who led 35 murder inquiries, is totally unprepared for the truth about the girl he’s looking for...

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Haggard Hawk

Haggard Hawk

Nathan Hawk is a fiery ex-copper with four grown-up children scattered all over the world. He’s gone to live in a typical English village and just as he begins to regret the move, two of his neighbours are brutally murdered.

He’s upset, of course, but ... secretly enlivened. After all, as the head of a Crime Squad, solving murders used to be a way of life, one he secretly regrets having left behind.

So, in spite of being warned off by local police, he decides to lend them an unwelcome hand. Soon he’s back where he belongs ... catching a killer.

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Douglas can be reached via his literary agent Nicky Lund at David Higham Associates.

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Some reviews of the Nathan Hawk mysteries.

  • Haggard Hawk A terrific read and a great story with interesting, memorable characters. In Nathan Hawk, Douglas Watkinson has created a psychologically complex hero to rival Morse and Rebus. There must be more! John Nettles
  • Easy Prey The twists and turns come thick and fast in Easy Prey. Hawk is a great character and I love the relationship between him and his children. Absolutely spot on! Caroline Graham
  • Scattered Remains - A riveting murder story in what’s turning out to be a compelling series. The hero, Nathan Hawk, is for me one of the most original of his kind, standing head and shoulders above the crowd. Colin Baker
  • Before you get too comfortable or too far into this book review, grab something to write with and write on. Now write down, Douglas Watkinson – Nathan Hawk Mysteries. You are not going to want to forget those names. The Dirty Lowdown
  • I think these are going to be two names to remember - Douglas Watkinson, the author, and Nathan Hawk, his detective hero. In interview the writer makes a big thing of Hawk being English - as opposed to Scottish, Irish or American - and why not? The last TV series he wrote for is Midsomer Murders (or Barnaby to some) and is watched by a billion people. What is it about English private eyes? Well this one is certainly a cut above the competition in that you believe every word that comes out of his mouth. Great central character with depth and breadth in the shape of four grown up kids he can't stop worrying about, even when he's chasing down murderers. The story takes Hawk to the Outer Hebrides in his search for the killer of a barrister's daughter. As usual he doesn't really want to get involved to begin with but once he does, that's it! Don't get in his way. And again the sense of humour that was such a treat in Haggard Hawk, the debut novel. We're promised a third and fourth. L. Thompson
  • Easy Prey is the follow on from Haggard Hawk and all I can say is that Hawk's one of the most original characters in the crime genre I've come across. He's not hamstrung by a boss telling him to go easy, by rules and regulations, so he can go places that other detectives can't. And he does. This story takes him to the Outer Hebrides in search of an elderly lawyer's daughter. Without giving away the point of the whole story, what Hawk discovers really does turn his stomach but requires the professional in him to handle things very, very carefully. Everything he does and says is totally credible and that's what I admired about the book. Another great read. Haley Hill
  • Easy Prey What I like about this book is the main character seems real to me. He has a real depth to him and the problems that go with living here, now, not in some other world that Scandinavian or American detectives seem to inhabit. The story works too - you really do follow it right through without wishing the guy would get on with it! He is witty, and he isn't afraid to lose his temper. He does it quite often in the book, sometimes the anger management devices work, sometimes they don’t. Dialogue is brilliant. A. Cotton (Wool)
  • Easy Prey This second Nathan Hawk novel expands on his world, his scattered family of four adult children, and his relationship with the lovely Dr Laura. He becomes involved in the mysterious disappearance of a young woman whose distraught father asks (and pays) Hawk to find her. We are introduced to lots of potential suspects and Hawk has many occasions on which he refers to his imaginary map to control his temper (which is why he's an ex-copper), plus he now uses poetry as a means of diffusing the red mist. Only half way in does the tale become one of a murder and a mistaken identity that means another murder is likely. This in turn leads Hawk to a trip to the western isles of Scotland to solve the mystery and catch the culprit. As a resident of the area in which Hawk lives I enjoyed this second tale and look forward to a third. The only thing that stops me giving it 5 stars is that the author is obviously not a railway enthusiast - he describes a trip to his grandparents' house in Preston on page 196 that after a delay at Crewe (on the west coast route) somehow also stops at Doncaster (on the East coast route) on the way to Preston - quite a diversion! R.W.Barnes