Ex-Lancaster policeman now makes living out of crime

Barry Lees, former police constable in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth, and author of Kerrigan detective fiction series published on Kindle.

Barry Lees, former police constable in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth, and author of Kerrigan detective fiction series published on Kindle.

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Former police constable Barry Lees is pounding a different beat since leaving the force.

After 30 years patrolling the streets of Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth, the 52-year-old is now a lecturer and author.

Barry retired from Lancashire Constabulary in 2010, and went on to graduate from the University of Cumbria with a BA(Hons) degree in English and Creative Writing .

Still wanting to put his years in the force to good use, he took a job at the University of Cumbria as a lecturer in policing.

Barry’s interest in writing has also spanned both his careers.

He said: “As well as crime fiction, I also write children’s stories. I started when my kids were little to get them interested in reading.”

Barry who lives in Lancaster with fiancée Nicole and has two grown-up children, writes detective thriller novels published on Kindle.

His first offering in his Kerrigan detective fiction series was ‘This City of Lies’ which went online last August while his second book, ‘The Governor’s Man’, is released this month.

Fulwood-born Barry said: “I write all hours of the day and night. If the ideas are flowing. I can forget to eat.

“The style is influenced by the masters of the genre, Chandler, Spillane and Hammett.”

The Kerrigan detective series is set in 1959 San Francisco.

Barry continued: “The US Marine captain turned private eye takes on the dirty work of the wealthy but inevitably gets embroiled in their secrets, greed and murder whilst struggling to come to terms with his war past.”

The third book in the series is due for launch next year.

Barry said: “After that, I have a project novel to finish that follows a young couple in love who take different paths in life – one becomes a cop whilst the other becomes a criminal.”

When he’s not writing or lecturing, Barry enjoys city breaks, wine, cycling and pub quizzes.

“My quiz team, Halton Social Club, won a cup and got promoted recently,” he said.

Looking to the future, Barry says he would love to visit San Francisco, the home of his detective series.

“I have never visited San Francisco, nor have I visited 1959,” he said.

“I intend to visit both when opportunity and technology allow,” he said.

Until that day, Barry’s content to patrol the lecture halls of the University of Cumbria, and to focus on his writing.