Mike Hollow writes the Blitz Detective series of novels published by Lion Fiction and set in 1940, when the Blitz is starting to wreak destruction on the Victorian terraces and dockland slums of West Ham, on the eastern side of London. The bombs rain down night after night, sleep is scarce and life uncertain, but crime doesn’t stop. For Detective Inspector John Jago of the Metropolitan Police, a murder is still a murder, and justice must be done.
Mike was born in West Ham, raised in Romford, studied languages at Cambridge, worked for the BBC and for the development agency Tearfund, and then went freelance as a copywriter, journalist and editor. He’s also a professional translator of Russian. In recent years all that’s been pushed to one side by his books, which he writes in the cellar of his home in Hampshire. The first Blitz Detective novel, Direct Hit, was published in 2015, the second, Fifth Column, in 2016, and the third, Enemy Action, in 2017. The fourth, Firing Line, will be published in March 2018, and he’s now working on the fifth.
Mike’s married to Margaret, with two grown-up children and two granddaughters.