Fergus Craig writes his first novel | About the 'completely unique' Detective Roger LeCarre

Fergus Craig writes his first novel

About the 'completely unique' Detective Roger LeCarre

Comedian Fergus Craig has written his first novel, revolving around maverick Exeter-based detective Roger LeCarre.

He performs the character on Twitter videos, parodying police procedural crime fiction - and now his first published adventure, Once Upon A Crime, will be published by Sphere this autumn.

Craig previously released an extract from the book on social media:

He said: ‘I’m delighted that Sphere have given me the opportunity to introduce the world to the completely unique and original character Detective Roger LeCarre – a heavy drinking cop whose talent for solving crime gets in the way of his troubled home life.’

Sphere publishing director Ed Wood  added: ‘Crime fiction won’t know what’s hit it with this hilarious, meticulously put-together "thriller". 

‘It’s so spot on that as a crime fan it’s almost painful – but a joyful pain. We all need a lift at the moment and Once Upon a Crime will do that and so much more.’

The publisher say Once Upon A Crime is ‘filled with drama, eroticism and very specific Wikipedia-sourced information on Devon’ and boast, tongue-in-cheek that ‘LeCarre is a character never seen before in modern fiction - a tough but troubled detective with a drink problem and a marriage in trouble’.

In 2014, Craig - whose TV credits include appearances in Stath Lets Flats  and Hoff The Record - published his spoof advice guide Tips For Actors.

Once Upon a Crime will be published on October 19, and is available to order now.

Published: 3 Feb 2021

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