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The Cyclist
02 Sep 2021 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781801107662

Bristol detective DS George Cross has mounted an investigation that will uncover jealousy, ambition and a family tearing itself apart... An investigation that could cost him his career.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 272 pages
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Also in A DS Cross Thriller series
The Cyclist: The must-read thriller with an unforgettable detective in 2022 – the perfect read for ChristmasA DS Cross Thrillerby Tim Sullivan

'I am insanely in love with George Cross' Stephen Fry

To solve any murder, you must first know your victim . . .


DS George Cross has unique and unmatchable talents. He uses a combination of logic, determination and, often, pedantry to get answers where others have failed for families who have long given up hope.

So when a ravaged body is found in a local demolition site, it's up to Cross to piece together the truth from whatever fragments he can find.


Cross has little to go on, but from the faint tan lines on the ravaged body, and strange scars on his forearms, an identity gradually emerges: a male amateur cyclist; a reliance on performance-enhancing drugs. But what happened that led to this man's death? How did he end up here? And, most importantly, who is he?


In the face of ever-mounting challenges, including budget cuts and unreliable witnesses, Cross must first work out who the man is to have any chance of solving the murder. But in searching for this man's identity, Cross will come up against a lot that he is unfamiliar with – jealousy, ambition and a family tearing itself apart . . .

Perfect for fans of M.W. Craven, Peter James and Joy Ellis, The Cyclist is part of the DS George Cross thriller series, which can be read in any order.

Why readers love George Cross . . .

'The fact that Cross has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder makes him just as intriguing as the murder mystery' The Times
'A British detective for the 21st century who will be hard to forget' Daily Mail
'The plot is meticulously worked out... Can't wait for the next in the series!' Reader review
'I find myself really caring about George and his way of thinking' Reader review
'It's good to believe that somewhere there is a Cross pursuing truth against the odds, and winning' Reader review

Tim Sullivan is a crime writer, screenwriter and director, whose film credits include A Handful of Dust, Jack and Sarah, and Cold Feet. His crime series featuring the socially awkward but brilliantly persistent DS George Cross has topped the book charts and been widely acclaimed. Tim lives in North London with his wife Rachel, the Emmy Award-winning producer of The Barefoot Contessa and Pioneer Woman. To find out more about the author, please visit

The first two books in the series, The Dentist and The Cyclist were successfully self-published, selling 200,000 copies to date.

Author is an acclaimed film and TV writer/director, whose credits include Where Angels Fear to Tread, Jack and Sarah, Maigret, Sherlock and Shrek.

MARKET: Peter James; Mark Billingham; JD Kirk; Joy Ellis.

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