Russ Thomas

Russ Thomas

Russ Thomas is a graduate of the Writing MA at Sheffield Hallam University and a former events manager and expert bookseller for Waterstones Sheffield. He teaches creative writing classes and mentors new writers. His debut series beautifully walks the line between police procedural and psychological thriller.


Six years ago, Gerald Cartwright vanished from his home in a village on the edge of the Peak District, the blurb for the “dark, twisty-turny” thriller reads. Did Gerald go on the run to escape his creditors, following a period of insider trading and embezzlement – or was there a more sinister explanation for his disappearance?


Detective Sargent Adam Tyler, a cold case specialist, is called back to Cartwright’s house as a body has just been discovered, bricked up behind a wall in the cellar six years after the disappearance. Tyler knows this case could make his career but the main suspect happens to be the missing man’s son – the same person Tyler slept with the night before.


FIREWATCHING marked the start of an unmissable new series (published by Simon & Schuster in the UK, and by Putnam PRH in the US) and went on to be a #1 Times-bestseller and Waterstones Thriller of the Month in 2020. The follow-up, NIGHTHAWKING is available now and the third book in the series is set to publish in 2022.


Photograph/R. Pycko

Russ Thomas @thevoiceofruss

Only a few days until I interview Russ Thomas and Jack Jordan in Waterstones Harrogate.
Tickets are still available.
Bookish people please come along!
#CrimeFiction #booktwt #BookTwitter

The darkness from his past will finally come to light.

#ColdReckoning, the third thriller from @thevoiceofruss featuring Firewatching’s DS Adam Tyler is out now.

Bookish friends your can hear me interviewing the wonder Russ Thomas and Jack Jordan.
Tickets still available:
#CrimeFiction #BookTwitter #booktwt

We can't wait to bring #ColdReckoning @thevoiceofruss and #DoNoHarm @JackJordanBooks to @WaterstonesNG next Tuesday!


I can’t believe the day is finally here - #DoNoHarm is OUT NOW!!!!

This has been the best experience of my life, and I feel so tremendously lucky. 💖 🧵 1/2

You can order your @Waterstones special edition copy here! 🥹👇🏻

Thanks to @franwritesstuff and all @WaterstoneDerby & @DerbyBookFest for a lovely evening talking about procrastination and spooky lighthouses

We can't wait to bring #ColdReckoning @thevoiceofruss and #DoNoHarm @JackJordanBooks to @WaterstonesNG next Tuesday!

🌟Exciting #Giveaway🌟

We have 4 pairs of tickets to #giveaway for the Crime at Lunchtime event at @YorkExplore on 1st June with @JackJordanBooks & @thevoiceofruss

If you are free to attend the event on 1/6 at 1pm in York, just comment below and RT to enter

If you're quick, there's still time to book tickets to see @thevoiceofruss and @franwritesstuff TONIGHT @WaterstoneDerby. This is a must-attend event for any budding #crime writers #amwriting #writingtwitter #WritingCommunity

You’ll find us in @WaterstoneDerby from 6pm where we’ll be joined by the brilliant @thevoiceofruss and @franwritesstuff to discuss their latest crime novels. We love supporting local authors, which is why we’re particularly excited about this event

Happy publication day to @JackJordanBooks 🎉🎉🎉

#DoNoHarm is a bloody brilliant book and you should all go out and buy it today! Then come and see us next week at @SheffLibraries @YorkLibrariesUK @WaterstonesHarr @WstonesNGEvents

Congratulations, Jack!

The truth always comes at a price. And this time, it could cost DS Adam Tyler everything.

#ColdReckoning, the compulsive new novel from @thevoiceofruss is out now in hardback

This is, quite honestly, ridiculous. A literal steal.

#Firewatching by @thevoiceofruss is FREE.

An unbelievable book, a number one bestseller.... for zero pence.


Bookish friends, this is next week!
If you're in the area I'd love to see you there. 📚☺
#crimefiction #BookTwitter #booktwt #books @thevoiceofruss

If you have an hour to kill on 1 June why not pop down to @YorkExplore for a spot of Crime at Lunchtime with @thevoiceofruss @JackJordanBooks @foxlanebooks @YorkLitFest

The darkness from his past will finally come to light.

Early readers are calling it 'a true triumph!' From the bestselling author of #Firewatching comes the next gripping thriller in the DS Adam Tyler series. #ColdReckoning by @thevoiceofruss is out now!

I’m really looking forward to this! Setting is one of my favourite things to write and I’m looking forward to chatting with Russ about sense of place in our novels!

#Firewatching is currently FREE on @AppleBooks and @AmazonKindle at the min. It’s a cracking start to a series that just gets better and better. Fill your boots! #amreading

Over on the Shots website @thevoiceofruss talks about choosing Sheffield as his killing ground. - @The_CWA @CrimeReaders @simonschusterUK @SimonBooks @katherinecrime

Newsletter going out this week with news of an exciting #Competition If you haven't already, get signed up to my mailing list here: