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I give talks on crime writing to organisations ranging from library reading groups and writing groups to men's forums. I deliver creative writing workshops at a venues, including arts centres and libraries. I can be contacted on 01325 463813


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Aside from my arts work, I am a freelance journalist - if you want to find out more, visit (no www)

Started by John Dean Feb 18, 2011.




Blog Posts

The unreliable narrator

I recently taught a course part of which focused on the unreliable narrator, a character who tells a story that the reader cannot take at face value.

The technique has been used for many centuries but only became known as such in the 1960s. Sometimes, the narrator is unreliable by the nature of the character, such terrible people that they cannot tell their stories objectively and resort instead to lies and deceit.

There is another type of…


Posted by John Dean on August 17, 2017 at 13:51

DCI Jack Harris novels are published

Check out my latest crime novels from The Book Folks, all DCI Jack Harris tales set in the North Pennines.

Dead Hill…


Posted by John Dean on June 23, 2017 at 16:00

Open mic nights

The seventh season of Open Mic nights for authors will start on Thursday September 28 after the summer break.

Supported by Darlington for Culture, the nights offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it and run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month.

The nights have given dozens of writers from Darlington and further afield…


Posted by John Dean on May 26, 2017 at 9:00

How to write crime fiction

We run an online crime fiction course (you can email me on deangriss@btinternet to find out more) so I thought it would be useful to look at how to write a good crime story:


* The story should be strong and one that can be told in a short story (most crime stories are novels)

* Create a strong sense of place - the reader must be able to…


Posted by John Dean on February 8, 2017 at 11:00

John Dean's crime writing career

Welcome to my site. I am a crime novelist who was published by Robert Hale between 2004 and 2014 and now by The Book Folks

The titles are:


A Flicker in the Night

No Age to Die

The Vengeance Man

The Latch Man

The Long Dead

Strange Little Girl (all John Blizzard stories)

The Dead Hill (The first Jack Harris mystery)

The Railway Man (John Blizzard)

To Die Alone (Jack Harris)

The Secrets Man (John Blizzard) 

To Honour The Dead (Jack Harris) 

A Breach of Trust (John Blizzard)

The Book Folks

Dead Hill eb pb

The VIxen's Scream eb pb

To Die Alone eb pb




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