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A J Cross

A J Cross is a Forensic Psychologist and frequent court-appointed expert witness. She obtained her Masters Degree and PhD at the University of Birmingham, the latter relating to children as witnesses within the criminal court system. 

Anne's professional experience has included consultancy work for the Probation Service in her home city. For more information about Anne's fascinating work as a Forensic Psychologist, as well as the world she has created for her lead character Dr. Kate Hanson, please click here.

Anne currently lives in Birmingham with her jazz-musician husband.  

Something Evil Comes

Dr Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are baffled as to motive when the body of a young man is discovered.

When a body is discovered locked inside a church crypt, its throat torn out, the victim's identity is quickly established as 20-year-old Matthew Flynn, son of one of the city's leading entrepreneurs, who disappeared a year earlier. 

For forensic psychologist Kate Hanson, the evidence reveals careful planning but also loss of control. It makes no sense. Nor can she and her team agree as to motive. Is it drugs? Money? Sex? The only thing that's clear is that Matthew Flynn had been keeping secrets from his family and friends.
Then Kate discovers that another young man is missing. And the case takes a disturbing new twist ... 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Severn House

A Little Death

Dr Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are facing their most challenging cold case yet: the year-old murder of a female student.

When, a year after she went missing, the body of 19-year-old student Elizabeth Williams is discovered in a field near her college, Dr Kate Hanson and her colleagues are faced with a seemingly impossible challenge. The badly decomposed remains are offering up few clues, and witnesses are proving either unreliable or reluctant to talk at all.

With little in the way of forensic evidence, Kate realizes that if she is to have any chance of discovering who killed Elizabeth, she must find out what motivated the killer, the reason behind the murder, the why. To do that, she must look beyond what she and her colleagues are being told by those who knew Elizabeth and into the twisted psyche of a dangerous murderer: a killer whom Kate suspects is ready to kill again 

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Severn House

Art of Deception

The New Year brings a gruesome new discovery for forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and Birmingham's Unsolved Crimes Unit. A mummified body is found beneath the floorboards of a deserted lake house in Woodgate Country Park. The dead man was art student Nathan Troy, who disappeared 20 years ago, but evidence at the scene suggests the killer has been keeping an eye on his long-dead victim.

As Kate begins to dig further into Nathan's past, she discovers a series of potentially toxic relationships. Why do his house mates refuse to talk about that time or their friendship with Nathan? And what was his connection to the beautiful and apparently promiscuous daughter of his professor?

When the disappearance of a local teenager confirms that Nathan's killer is back, Kate and the team must work fast to untangle a web of lies and unmask a murderer who has lain dormant for 20 years.

A chilling discovery, a young life in mortal danger, and a series of dark secrets that have been hidden for decades, ART OF DECEPTION is the thrilling new crime novel from professional forensic psychologist A.J. Cross.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Orion
Germany Blanvalet

Gone in Seconds

Molly James had no reason to disappear, but no one has seen her for ten years.

When the remains of a young woman are found, Dr. Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are called in to re-investigate Molly’s disappearance. Hanson begins to unravel the teenager’s life in order to work out her death.

But then a second set of remains is unearthed.

As Hanson digs deeper she realises they are looking for a Repeater: a killer who will adapt, grow and not stop until they are caught. Most worrying of all is that the discovery of Molly has awakened a darkness that Hanson can’t control.

As the killer stalks closer to home, she faces her biggest challenge yet: to protect those important to her and fight to bring Molly’s killer to justice.

A. J. Cross is a forensic psychologist with over twenty years of experience. This expertise brings a thrilling authenticity to her work; as Cornwell brings to Scarpetta, Reichs to Brennan, and Fox to Crichton.

"Kate is a fantastic central character - fascinating, a bit damaged, nurturing and dedicated, plus she has an extremely strong supporting cast. I can't remember the last time I saw a début author do 'cliff-hanger' quite so well. And, of course, her insider knowledge gives a resounding authenticity to the criminal investigation." - KATE MILLS, Publishing Director, Orion.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth Orion
Germany Bianvalet
Italy Giunti Editore
Poland Swiat Ksiazki
The Netherlands De Fontein

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