Nick Oldham is one of the noteworthy authors of The United Kingdom, who has written many successful novels based on the mystery and thriller genres. He was born in Belthorn, Lancashire, United Kingdom in the year 1956. Before going on to become a full time author, Nick used to work as a police officer. He was just 19 years old when he joined the police force. As a police officer, he was required to spend the majority of the period of his service in the operational roles. After working for almost 30 years in the police force, he finally retired in the year 2005 and went on to explore his hand in novel writing. He is particularly famous for writing down the series of crime novels featuring the main character of Henry Christie as the DCI. After completing his college studies, Nick worked for a bank in Lancashire and had a very depressing experience over there. The next year, he was fortunate to join the Lancashire Constabulary at the young age of 19. Throughout his career as a police officer, he served in a number of operational postings in many parts of the country. By being able to write and publish the successful Henry Christie series of novels, author Nick was able to make a second career for himself, after his retirement from the Lancashire police force. As of today, Nick Oldham lives on the outskirts of the region near Preston, along with his partner named Belinda.
The Henry Christie series of novels written by author Nick Oldham consists of a total of 23 novels published between the years 1996 and 2015. All the novels in the series revolve around the life of the main protagonist Henry Christie, who is described by the author as a DCI. One of the initial novels of the series was published under the title ‘Big City Jacks’. It was released by the Severn House publications in the year 2008. The plot of the novel involves Detective Inspector Henry Christie, who tries to bust a drug gang and make them pay in the court of justice for their murderous crimes. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, the dead body of a drug dealer from Manchester is found in a brutal condition. The murderer had brutally killed the drug dealer and had dumped his body near the Lancashire border. During the initial investigation, the police comes to know that the dead man was actually a CID informant who was working falsely working as a drug dealer. He used to give information of huge drug dealings taking place in Lancashire and near the border, to some of the corrupt detectives in the CID department, for whom he was working.
Later, a high profile case involving a gangster from Manchester turns into disarray as the police force is accused of misconduct by the gangster. In order freshly start the investigation and find important clues related to the murder of the drug dealer, Detective Inspector Henry Christie is appointed as the in-charge. The transfer of authority in the case takes place as the higher officials of the Lancashire police department try to improve the image of the police after the accusations of misconduct on some of the police officers. DCI Henry Christie is also asked to do a background check on the enlisted police officers who were accused of corruption and misconduct. Henry Christie is called back to work as a detective after a certain period of recent suspension. As he is thrust into the investigation of the murder case of the Manchester drug dealer, Henry Christie hopes of a gentle and fruitful reentry into his detective job. However, he seems to be plunged into a complex murder case which seems to have far more serious consequences for the police department than she has ever imagined.
One of the other initial novel among the Henry Christie series of novels was published under the title ‘Bad Tidings’. It was published by the Severn House publications in the year 2013. The plot of the novel once again deals with the activities of Detective Inspector Henry Christie in trying to catch the criminals and book them for their crimes. In the opening sequence of the plot of this novel, Henry Christie is depicted by the author to have promoted to the post of Detective Superintendent. In order to lure Henry Christie away from going on a planned Christmas vacation, his chief constable tries to use the situation of the possibility of capturing a serial killer. He tries to use this situation to lure Henry Christie. By seeing the importance value of the case, Henry Christie could have easily denied going for the task of catching the serial killer. But, his work ethics and attitude do not let him refuse even a single chance that he gets to bring a criminal to justice of book a murderer for cruelty on the victims. Now, the case that comes to him is like the one that Henry Christie has never seen in his 30 years of service at the Lancashire Constabulary.
As the case appeared to be something else in the beginning, he was not able to understand properly. Now that he could not anticipate the things that were about to happen next, Henry Christie gets gets stretched to his extreme limits both professionally and personally. Soon, he unexpectedly steps into the blood soaked turf war that was raging between two of the most powerful criminal families in the Lancashire city. Due to this, Detective Superintendent Henry Christie finds himself trapped in the middle of a dangerous and violent situation with his own life on the line. He is now required to take each step carefully and avoid getting spotted by the criminal groups in their vicinity. The novel became a huge hit just like the previous novels of the series and helped author Nick Oldham to become famous as a crime writer. The unique description of the plot of the novel and the character sketches of the primary characters made the readers to get intrigued till the very end of the plot of the novel. It also helped the novel to fetch numerous readers all over the world. Author Oldham received further motivation to write many more interesting crime novels in his writing career.Book Series In Order » Authors » Nick Oldham