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Chris Merritt graduated with a Double First from Oxford University before joining the Foreign Office, working as a diplomat in Iraq and Jerusalem. He is now a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and divides his time between practice in the NHS and an African mental health research project at King’s College London. He is the author of several academic papers and psychology blogs covering topics such as trauma, technology, and parkour. He lives in South London.

Bookouture and audible signed a three-book deal in 2017 for his debut detective thriller series set in London featuring British-Ghanaian Met detective Zac Boateng and his pursuit of the man responsible for killing his daughter. The first book, The Murder List, was published in March 2018, with two further titles scheduled for 2018-2019.

Audible contracted audio rights to the trilogy and released The Murder List in 2018.

Film/TV rights to the Boateng trilogy have been optioned by Eleventh Hour Films.


The Murder List
What if you made one mistake and it came back to kill you? 

When Met Police Detective Troy McEwen, is found dead in his home. The official verdict is suicide. But his friend and fellow detective, Zac, believes it was murder. And he thinks he might be next on the killer’s list.

If Troy didn’t take his own life, then who did? As he investigates, Zac discovers a link to an incident from decades earlier. Mistakes were made that day. Lives were lost and secrets kept. Until now…

As more people who were there on that fateful day are found dead, Zac knows that the killer is closing in on him…

A tense crime thriller for fans of Lee Child, Mark Billingham and Mark Dawson. Last Witness is a gripping, fast-paced thriller that will have you hooked from the first page.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:Last Witness; Bring Her Back, Audible 2018; Bookouture 2018; The Murder List, Audible 2018, Bookouture, 2018.