Welcome to The Left Room

Welcome to The Left Room, the website of UK crime writer Steve Mosby. I’m the author of seven books: Dark Room (2012); Black Flowers (2011); Still Bleeding (2009); Cry for Help (2008); The 50/50 Killer (2007); The Cutting Crew (2005); and The Third Person (2003). My eighth novel, The Nightmare Place, will be published in June 2014. My work has been widely translated. In 2012, I won the CWA Dagger in the Library. Get more information about my novels via the links to the right, along with reviews, cover art, links to events I’m attending, and a handful of short stories.

There is a randomly-updated blog of sorts here. Alternatively, you can keep track of me in the usual places, listed at the top, or get in touch via my email.

If you’re interested in buying any of my books, here is a great link for finding bookshops in your area. They should also be available as ebooks from the usual places.

Thanks for stopping by.

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the nightmare place (forthcoming, June 2014)

Sometimes, there’s a thin line between love and hate. Or at least that’s one theory for DI Zoe Dolan, tracking the Creeper – a stalker who’s been breaking into women’s homes and attacking them. But the Creeper’s violence is escalating and there’s no pattern, no clue as to how he’s getting in, and no clue as to who’s next.¬†Until Jane Webster gets a call to the helpline where she volunteers. It’s meant to be a confidential service and Jane is torn – it could be a hoaxer, but the soft voice at the end of the line has the ring of truth about it. He says he loves these women – but it’s a love that ends in blood.¬†When Jane tells the police, it should be the lead that Zoe needs – but it only pulls her further into a case that is already taking her dangerously close to the past she’s never fully escaped. For Jane, Zoe and all the other young women of the city, suddenly nowhere is safe. Particularly their own bedroom at the dead of night…

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dark room (2012)

DI Andrew Hicks thinks he knows all about murder. For Hicks, however horrific the act, the reasons behind killing are ultimately all too explicable. So when a woman is found bludgeoned to death, Hicks suspects a crime of passion and focuses on her possessive ex-husband. But when a second body is found, similarly beaten, Hicks is forced to think again about his suspect: the second victim is a homeless man with no links to the other woman. When more murders take place in quick succession, Hicks realises he is dealing with a type of killer he has never faced before, one who fits nowehere within his logic. Hicks must search for patterns and reasons where none appear to exist. Then the letters begin to arrive…As the death toll rises, the threat gets closer to home for Hicks. To survive, Hicks must face not only a killer obsessed with randomness and chaos, but also the secret in his own past. If he is to stop the killings, he must confront the truth about himself and the fact that some murders begin in much darker places than he ever imagined.
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black flowers (2011)

This is not a story about a girl who disappears. This is the story of a little girl who comes back. As if from nowhere, she appears one day on a seaside promenade, with a black flower and a horrifying story about where she’s been. But telling that story will start a chain reaction of dangerous lies and deadly illusions that will claim many more victims in the years to come. Neil Dawson has grown up wanting to be like his father – a writer. When his father commits suicide, he is devastated. But through his grief, Neil knows something isn’t right. Looking through his father’s papers, he finds a copy of an old novel, The Black Flower. Opening it will take Neil into an investigation full of danger, pain and subterfuge. Hannah Price is also mourning her father. She followed his footsteps into the police force, and knows she has a big reputation to live up to. When she gets assigned to Neil’s father’s case, it will lead her on a journey into her own past and to the heart of a shattering secret. [more]
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still bleeding (2009)

Alex Connor is running away from death. After his wife’s suicide, he wanted nothing except oblivion. Only his friend Sarah kept him going. Now, she’s been murdered, and though the police have the killer, they don’t have her body. The gruesome search to find her will drag Alex back into the land of the living – and the dead. Paul Kearney is a policeman. It’s his job to look death in the eye – however sinister a form it takes. But what happens when you look too closely? As he tracks a killer who’s taking women and slowly draining them of blood, Kearney gets drawn into a world of dark desires that people will go to great lengths to hide. Wound together by their search, if they’re to save themselves and the people they love, Alex and Kearney will need to go to a place where normal rules don’t apply. A place where people trade murder memorabilia, and where your life is only the first thing you lose… [more]
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cry for help (2008)

Dave Lewis is a man with a history. Haunted by his brother’s murder when they were children, and scarred by his parents’ grief, he’s built a bitter life denying everything they ever stood for. He spends his time working as a magician, running a cynical magazine that derides his parents’ New Age beliefs, and drowning his sorrows over his lost love, Tori. He’s trying to convince himself the past is the past. A promise he made to Tori has got him into trouble before, and Dave’s determined to move on and not let that happen again. Detective Sam Currie is a man with a past. His failure to prevent his son’s death has ended his marriage and cast a shadow over his life and career. He’s directed his hatred towards the one man he sees as responsible, but he has other priorities right now. A killer is stalking the city, abducting girls and sending texts and emails to their families before he kills them. When Dave Lewis appears to connect both investigations, it’s an opportunity Currie can’t resist… [more]
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the 50/50 killer (2007)

Mark Nelson is a young police officer, newly assigned to the team of John Mercer – a highly-decorated and successful detective, and author of a bestselling true crime book based on his years of experience catching killers. Mercer is a legend in the force and it’s a huge opportunity for Mark, who has dedicated his life to his job ever since the death of his girlfriend years before. When a man is found burned to death in his own home, Mercer’s team is thrown into an investigation that grows darker and more complex at every turn. The evidence points to a man known as the Fifty-Fifty Killer. His targets are young couples, who he stalks and subjects to a single night of torture and manipulation, testing and destroying the love between them. Only one of them ever survives until dawn. And his victims include a former member of Mercer’s team. Soon afterwards, a young man walks into a police station badly tortured and with his memory in tatters. He knows only that his girlfriend is still being held captive in the woods he’s escaped from. But the team know that by fleeing, the man has sealed his girlfriend’s fate. If they can’t piece together his experience by daybreak then she will die in his place. [more]
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the cutting crew (2005)

The small team of policemen never even identified the dead girl and, for the officers involved, her murder came to symbolise everything that was wrong with the city: a haphazard sprawl of commerce and indifference. Four months on, that group is in disarray. Sean has disappeared into the city’s black heart and not returned, and Martin is separated from his job, his wife and his friends. But then a simple note from his ex-partner forces him to re-enter an investigation he’d rather forget. ‘I found her’, it says. The search leads him from one side of the city to the other, in a downward spiral of violence and pain, and drags him into the orbit of the things that are really wrong with the city: the eight brothers rumoured by legend to have control over everything. [more]
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the third person (2003)

‘This isn’t some kind of ‘dear John’ letter. I’m coming back again’. But Amy Sinclair didn’t come back. That note on the kitchen table was the last that her boyfriend, Jason, heard of her. At first, he had let her have her space but as the weeks turned to months the worries had set in… and eventually he went after her. What he found appalled him. It seems that Amy had had a secret life on the internet and had met some people she shouldn’t have. And one of them took her. Now Jason sits at home and cruises the same horrific websites that she once walked through to find her kidnapper. But when he lays a trap for a monster he meets in a chat-room he gets more than he bargained for. He finds that nothing in this story is as it seems, and that the clues lie in the mistakes of his own past… [more]