John Steel Thriller Book 1
No-nonsense NYPD detective Sam McCall is investigating one of the deadliest and most complex cases of her career when the mysterious, yet infuriatingly intriguing, John Steel insinuates himself into the department.
What appears at first to be the work of a serial killer soon encompasses a cast including violent Russian gangsters, creepy psychiatric doctors, the homeless community and ghosts from the past for both McCall and Steel.
Thank you, Stuart Field
About the author
Stuart Field, real name Phil Syron-Jones, was born in Wellington in the UK. He joined the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery at the age of seventeen in 1988 and went on to serve in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Gulf. Phil retired from the army in 2010 and took a security job in Germany, where he still lives and works. Phil decided to try his hand at writing. An idea came to him and he just went with it; Steel and Shadows, his first novel, was born:
“When I left the army in 2010 I joined a security firm in Germany, the German Guard Service, for five years, guarding the bases and I was bored at work one day. This story popped into my head. I wrote it down and showed it to someone and they said it was good and it built up from there.” (Shropshire Star, 2/10/18)
Phil decided to self-publish and met with some success. Under the pen name Stuart Field he later secured a publisher for that first novel, Steel and Shadows (Crime Scene Books, 2018) and is now with Next Chapter publishers As Phil was already publishing his own work, there are already five more Steel stories ready to go. Publishing details are currently being worked out for the next in the series, Hidden Steel. Phil is currently working on a new stand-alone novel.
Despite his time in the army, Phil says that there are “absolutely no similarities” between his life and the life of his main character, John Steel:
“The story is a lot more fun than your usual crime thrillers. Usually they’re very dull and this is a bit more of a cross between James Bond, Castle, Jack Reacher and it’s a lot more fun.”
The knowledge and experience gained through a long military career do go towards the credibility of the novels though.