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

It’s my autumn #giveaway time! Signed copies of my books 📚📚 + chocs! 🍫🍫

To enter, just follow this account, retweet and tell me what colour you think the spine of my next book should be.

Offer closes midnight Friday 23 Sept. UK only. Winners selected at random.

For those that can't/won't make it to us:

Was a great lunchtime literary shot - check out the other @otsfestival events @FestivalMind this week:

Lovely lunchtime chats with ⁦@Holly_bops⁩ ⁦@LettyButler⁩ for ⁦@FestivalMind⁩

Signed books available ⁦@LaBiblioteka⁩ Get ‘em while they last!

1pm. Today. Spiegeltent, Barkers Pool #Sheffield FREE!

VERY much looking forward to chatting with the excellent @thevoiceofruss and @LettyButler as part of @otsfestival's authors showcase at the @FestivalMind - in Sheffield THIS WEDNESDAY! Do come along for a lunchtime listen...

Next Wed (21st) 1pm I’ll be chatting with the supremely talented
in the Spiegeltent! Hope to see a few of you there x #FOTM2022 #OTSfest ⁦⁦





I really feel the need to say this: I know the person “Helenckh” is dehumanising here, and they couldn’t be lovelier or more kind-hearted. I’d probably have enjoyed school a lot more if I had teachers like them to guide me.

To mark 15 years of Ruth @QuercusBooks have produced a beautiful collector’s edition of The Crossing Places, the first in the series. And it comes with a NEW Cathbad short story…

Still a couple of days left to get the first DS Adam Tyler book for just 99p. Treat yourself 🔥🚓☠️

#Firewatching is the taut investigative thriller debut by @thevoiceofruss starring D.S Adam Tyler who finds himself in a tricky situation with last night's one-night stand and today's cold case...

Now just 99p for a limited time!

Have you ever felt like something isn't right, even though everything is seemingly in its place? Like someone might be watching you - learning your life from the inside out? This one's a real ride. Request #AllYouEverWanted by @sewelliot on NetGalley now >

Goodness me, how did this come about? It must be some kinda mistake. Take advantage - IMMEDIATELY! 🔥🔥🔥

In case you missed it earlier, I'm so happy to reveal the cover for my new book, All You Ever Wanted, out in December.

Cover reveal coming soon!! All being well, I'll be revealing the cover for my fifth novel, All You Ever Wanted, at around this time tomorrow. I'd love it if you could drop in for a look and tell me what you think!

In case anyone missed my news yesterday in the #HarrogateCrime melee, I have a new book coming out before the end of the year.

Little Ghost is a PI story set in Denver, Colorado. I can’t wait for you to meet Irving Ash!

Final copies of two cracking books arrived on my desk this morning. From a working word document to a finished copy, there’s nothing more satisfying. Pure magic.@EmilyJHoughton @perthectpolly hitting shelves this summer

It’s too hot, you say? Well here’s something to cool you down. #OneLastGift is looking fabulously festive @EmStoneWrites

What a great cover! Sounds like another good one from @BeashelWrites

A few weeks ago I lost my big sister. Last week, my eldest nephew passed as well. The whole family is heartbroken and reeling. I’m not big on personal sharing but wanted to explain why I’ve been even quieter than usual and haven’t replied to messages etc. Thanks for understanding