Chris Blackwater


Emergency Drill

Shortlisted for the 2020 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger award.

When a storm hits the remote Cuillin Alpha oil rig, a lone saboteur, calling himself the Pied Piper, begins reckless a campaign of sabotage. As sabotage turns to murder, offshore medic Danny Verity must track down the culprit before he endangers the survival of the whole crew.

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Dead Crude

The second book in the Danny Verity, PI series is out now!

A security guard at the Mallach oil terminal on a remote Orkney island goes missing. His family ask private investigator Danny Verity for help. Danny takes a job at the terminal and it soon becomes clear that his new colleagues have some secrets they are desperate to keep. He seeks help from his friend Gemma Gauld, who becomes entwined in the conflict between oil workers and islanders. As they get closer to the truth, the terminal becomes an ever more dangerous workplace and even the tranquil island countryside hides some unexpected hazards.

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Head Hunting

Coming soon…

When Danny Verity is offered a job in Borneo, he jumps at the chance to work in warmer climes. But if a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. An unscrupulous landowner has been murdered. His niece needs Danny to fly out to an oil rig in the South China Sea and speak to her uncle’s former army comrade. But what has become of the rest of their platoon? Is this murder related to past war crimes, or current environmental conflict? And how on earth will Danny persuade Gemma to spend her shore-leave staying with the head hunters of the Borneo rainforest?

Anthologies and Magazines

Dark City


Mad Scientist Journal

Writing as Professor Caldwell Mook / Nick Morrish