Keith Wright is an award-winning writer from Nottingham, England. A former Detective Sergeant in the Nottinghamshire CID, Keith brings his wealth of real-life experience to bear in the gritty, realistic style of detective fiction that he helped pioneer in the 1990s. After serving for 25 years in the police force, and a further 15 in the private sector, he now writes full time.
The critically-acclaimed Inspector Stark books are a series of 8 novels following Detective Inspector David Stark as he and his team work to find and take down murderers, serial killers, rapists and all other manner of deadly villain. Set against the backdrop the 1980s, before DNA and cameras everywhere, the books draw heavily on Keith's own experience as a detective tackling serious crime in one of the most dangerous counties in the country.
The Inspector Stark books standalone and do not need to be read in order, but they begin with One Oblique One, followed by Trace and Eliminate; Fair Means or Foul; Addressed to Kill; Murder Me Tomorrow; Death by Decree; The Creep Outside; and Three Little Angels.
Coronavirus - 2020 Vision: The Road to Freedom Day is Keith's personal diary and record of the Coronavirus pandemic. Written throughout the crisis, it journals each historic moment as they happened with the fear, uncertainty and humour in tact, and Keith's own personal insights and experiences as a guide through the momentous events.
and other crime short stories.
The successor to ‘Killing Dad
and other crime short stories.’
Twelve crime short stories each
with a sting in the tail. Out Now.
A daughter discovers a family secret which has powerful consequences.
Forget Me Not
A husband’s dream to emigrate is slipping through his hands, as is his wife.
Who Is Mr Whitaker?
A loving father attends his son’s wedding, but he is inexplicably ostracised, and tragedy lurks.
An elderly lady takes her regular route to the park, but she is being watched.
A cop retires and attends a surprise party held in his honour. Will he ever leave alive?
One Last Chance
A corrupt police officer is given one last chance to reform his ways.
A Mother’s Love
A woman observes the deadly tribulations of her son, unable to help.
I Witnessed My Murder
A woman raped and murdered is brought back from the dead.
Death For Hire
A young man arranges for an assassin to kill him.
The Second Coming
A seemingly innocuous burglary has consequences for humanity.
A Christmas For Carol
What the Dickens? The run-up to Christmas for a burglar holds a mirror up to his life. His decision to change his life is for the best. Isn’t it?
Multiple award-winning author Keith Wright is best known for his ‘Inspector Stark’ crime thriller series.
Keith has previously been co-opted into contributing short stories for the Crime Writers Association Anthology, City of Crime Anthology and others, including The Mystery Tribune in New York.
His stories have appeared alongside such luminaries as Sir Ian Rankin, Alan Sillitoe and Peter Robinson.
Now his second short story anthology is about to blow your socks off!
Three Little Angels by Keith Wright
In 1978 witnessing a tragic accident as a child leaves Benny Smith psychologically scarred for many years.
In 1987 he is suddenly and unexpectedly released from the mental health institution that has been his home for nearly a decade.
Haunted by the incident and lacking sufficient support, his disorder creates within him a disturbing and curious fascination which can only be gratified by killing children.
As the CID investigate, Detective Inspector David Stark is struggling with his own demons and discovers that he and the killer have something in common.
Also Out Now: One Oblique One, Trace and Eliminate, Addressed to Kill, Fair Means or Foul, Murder Me Tomorrow, Death by Decree and The Creep Outside, also of the Inspector Stark series, Coronavirus 2020 Vision, and Keith's short story collection - Killing Dad and Other Crime Stories.
The Winner Is...
Murder Me Tomorrow!
We are proud to announce that Murder Me Tomorrow has scooped the prestigious 2021 Independent Press Award for Crime Fiction!
Coronavirus - 2020 Vision
The road to Freedom Day
Keith's stunning diary - written in 3 parts - documents the historic events of the Coronavirus Pandemic, from the first cases reaching Europe to Freedom Day, when restrictions were lifted in the UK. Moving, hopeful and sometimes frightening, but always with a view to documenting the humanity behind the crisis, the diary records Keith's personal and family responses alongside facts and figures, world events and breaking stories.
It is out now, with free samples to peruse here. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.
Reviews for the Inspector Stark Series
'It's a good yarn with a very well-crafted plot.' Jill Iliff, Sunday Express.
'A very interesting cast of well-observed characters, many of them pleasingly quirky, and depicts them with unsentimental compassion. I look forward to reading his next book.' James Melville, Hampstead and Highgate Express.
‘The writing is very reminiscent of Raymond Chandler. Wright pulls no punches. If you love a good mystery, Noir, or a gritty detective novel, then you, like me, should love this.’ - The Book Dragon’ (Awarded 5 flames)
‘ from being mindful that some scenes will feel very real, I can only recommend that you explore this author’s work. The pace is good, the plot is realistically layered, procedure is followed, the motive as we discover later on is very probable, and the characters grow on you as you read. Highly recommended reading!’ - Alice De Sturler. Defrostingcoldcases.com
Winner of the "Distinguished Favorite Award" at the NYC Big Book Awards.
‘The latest of the increasingly impressive series – solidly bedded in the realism of inner-city life.’ -The Scotsman
‘A gripping tale of murder.’ Alwyn Graham Bolton Evening News.
‘Tightly written, with a cracking plot and grittier than a road-digger’s wellies.’ Yorkshire Post
Check out Keith's Podcast, Murder Ink - The Art of Writing Crime, in which he breaks down passages of his own works and offers practical storytelling advice.