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LESLEY GRANT-ADAMSON was born in Islington, north London in 1942, and
spent most of her childhood in Trealaw in the Rhondda.
now lives in Debenham, Suffolk, but during the 1980s and 1990s lived
in Islington, the scene of several of her novels. Since 1968 she has
been married to Andrew Grant-Adamson, a communications consultant and
lecturer in journalism at City University and Westminster University.
Together they wrote A Season in Spain (Pavilion), a portrait of the
Alpujarra region of Andalusia where they lived from 1991-3.
She was educated at Dame Alice Owen School and then worked as a journalist
in London and the provinces until the early Seventies when she joined
the London staff of The Guardian. In 1981 she left The Guardian to write
She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Royal Society of Literature,
the Welsh Academy, East Anglia Writers and the Crime Writers Association.
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LESLEY GRANT-ADAMSONs first novel, Patterns in the Dust, established
her reputation worldwide as a writer of detective fiction. Her second,
The Face of Death, made her name as a writer of suspense. She has now
written 15 highly acclaimed novels which reviewers compare with the
best of Patricia Highsmith, Simenon, Elmore Leonard, Ruth Rendell and
Daphne du Maurier. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines,
womens magazines and anthologies.
The range of her work has led critics to call her one of the
classiest thriller writers around (Sunday Times) and the
British writer who has set new standards in crime writing (London
Evening Standard). Cosmopolitan congratulated her on turning
the genre into an art form, and P.D. James praised her for
knowing how to create an atmosphere of unease and incipient
horror. The Times Literary Supplement commented that her
pace never flags. Her novels are constantly diverting; while
the Daily Telegraph has found in her work shades of John Buchan,
even a touch of Dornford Yates. Her stories rattle along.
Unusually, two of her novels draw on personal experiences. In Evil Acts
she uses childhood memories of her grandparents haunted house in Wales.
Her heroine, Grace Denton, unwittingly buys the house of a serial killer
and comes to believe he haunts her. As a friend tells Grace: Evil
makes us all feel a little colder. It forces us to accept how flimsy
our lives and our sanity are. A crazed killer sends out shock waves.
You dont have to be dead or at the graveside to suffer.
The horrors of 25 Cromwell Street cast a shadow over Wish You Were
Here whose heroine deliberately disappears from Gloucester, only to
be picked up on the Welsh borders by a serial killer. Ever since
I was a reporter in Gloucester in the Sixties, when girls began to go
missing, I have been fascinated by missing people and it has crept into
several of my novels. But in Wish You were Here I decided to write a
story from a missing womans viewpoint, and to use a modern Gloucester
background. After I had been writing it for a month, I opened the paper
one morning and discovered the police were digging in Cromwell Street.
Lesley teaches creative writing courses and gives popular talks on the
genre. She was the first writer of crime fiction to be appointed writer
in residence at a British university. Her book for the Teach Yourself
series, Writing Crime and Suspense Fiction, was an immediate success.
Her short stories have been broadcast on Radio 4, as well as appearing
in various magazines and anthologies.
1985: Patterns in the Dust
The Face of Death
1986: Guilty Knowledge
1987: Wild Justice
1988: Threatening Eye
1990: Curse the Darkness
1992: A Life of Adventure
1993 The Dangerous Edge
Hodder and Stoughton
1994 Dangerous Games
1995 Wish You Were Here
1996 Evil Acts
1997 The Girl in the Case
1998 Lipstick and Lies
International Masters Publishing
2001 Music to be Murdered By
Non fiction books:
1995 A Season in Spain (co-author Andrew Grant-Adamson)
Hodder and Stoughton, Teach Yourself imprint:
1996 Writing Crime and Suspense Fiction
Short stories include:
Members of the Jury
A Reasonable Woman
Two Birds, One Stone
Death in the Sun
Cuckoo in the Wood
This Way Nobody gets the Blame
Scene of the Crime