Roger Bray: One of the Top Ten Crime Thriller Writers You Need To Be Reading

Where my writing will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there.

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed in their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions.

What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.

Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I enrolled in university and gained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in politics and international relations. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

Where my writing will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

Personal fun facts:

Married with three grown children and one granddaughter I live in Queensland with the love of my life, my wife of thirty years and her overly cute cat.

I write literary suspense thrillers and know little about cryptocurrencies or Tinnitus so if you find those books they are not mine.

Roger Bray

The Picture

A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in disheveled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort.

They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew.

A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors.

The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.

But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.

Read The Picture if you are looking for a very different, wild thrilling ride, cleverly written and relevant to today’s society.

Blood Ribbon

This psychopath doesn’t care if you’re dead before you’re buried! Can a twisted killer be stopped or will they strike again?

Brooke Adams has had a troubled past but is now a confident young woman with a close-knit group of friends who have become her family. When a weekend getaway ends with a bloody, savage attack that leaves her near death on the beach, she is determined not to let the traumatic experience define her.

Recovering in hospital she is approached by retired cop turned PI Rod Morgan and Brooke is shocked to learn a striking similarity between her attack and a series of killings stretching back 35 years. Will Brooke piece together the unsolved beach murders and reclaim her future, or will a clever killer put more victims six feet under the dunes?

Blood Ribbon is a tightly-woven standalone thriller. If you like dark mysteries, chilling suspense, and survivors battling incredible odds, then you’ll love this gripping page-turner.


When Hazel disappears, the police are convinced that her husband, Alex, has killed her.

Three years after his conviction for murder, Alex and his sister, Alice, are devastated when their last appeal is rejected by the courts. With nowhere left to turn, Alice must start to put her life back together.

Living in limbo herself, Alice has a chance encounter with Steve, an ex-solider turned PI who offers to look at the case files.

Steve is convinced that the prosecution’s case is shaky at best, but can he find out the truth before it’s too late for Alex?

Read Psychosis if you are looking for a grown-up crime drama, fascinating, exciting and utterly compelling.

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