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Author of the DS Lasser crime series,

the DS Marnie Hammond crime series and several standalones.

Meet Robin Roughley

Robin Roughley hails from the town of Wigan in the North-West of England

and is the author of the hugely popular DS Lasser crime series.

Prior to writing about Lasser he produced four plays that would fall into the

dark comedy category,  two of which were showcased at theatres in Manchester  and Yorkshire.

Since then he has self-published twenty-three Lasser crime thrillers, number twenty-four is nearly ready for release and he is currently working on number several other projects. As usual Lasser and co. are leading him a merry dance. They are the ones who write the stories, Rob just gets led by the nose and has no choice but to follow. It always comes as a surprise to him that at the end, the stories all work out and the crimes solved. But just as he finishes one book, Lasser is pecking his head with another idea.

There is also Lasser: Beginnings. A short story from way back, but even then, Lasser was showing the characteristics that he has later perfected. Together with the burgeoning conscience that now has set up home in his head.


​In an exciting venture, the popular anti-hero, Plymouth, stormed in on August 15th 2017 with a book of his own, Stormcock. And this time, Plymouth most definitely is in charge, dragging Rob, whimpering in fear, in his wake. He lets slip a few secrets of his past which explain his present-day actions. Now, Plymouth has had his second outing, Shrive, once again more secrets from his past are revealed. But shhh, not a word to Lasser! 

As if Rob is not busy enough, he has now written and released Pinches of Salt.  Pinches of Salt is a fictional story showing what can happen when you let TV cameras into your life.  Full of unexpected twists and turns with a nice pinch of dark humour.

Rob has released the original versions of the DS Marnie Hammond series, now named, Whippersnapper, Rain Of Souls and Day Is Done.  These are all available on Amazon for download. 

And, finally, he has published two standalones, Imprint Of The Past, which crosses genres, leaping effortlessly from light romance to crime to paranormal. Have a read and see what you think. The second standalone is Tunny. Once again a crime novel but don't go thinking it's another Lasser. It is far from being Lasser by another name. It shot straight to number four in the Amazon bestseller chart. Give it a go and who knows, it could become a series! 

When not writing, which amounts to roughly two days a year, he can be found walking the canal towpaths of Wigan, sorting out plot lines and looking for ideas, with an assortment of dogs in tow.

So, next time you see a shaven-headed, middle-aged man wandering about, scratching his head, looking bewildered and taking random pictures it is Rob hoping for divine inspiration.

If you like your crime to be hard hitting and gritty with an assortment of characters that feel like friends then feel free to jump in at the deep end.


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