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James Carol is a British bestselling author of thriller novels.

Born in Scotland in 1969, James moved to England in the eighties; a place he has called home since.

He has throughout his lifetime worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor.

Broken Dolls (2014), the first installment of the Jefferson Winter thriller series, has sold a third of a million copies, on top of being translated into twelve languages.

The series, which revolves around the life of Jefferson Winter, thus far has three books and three novellas.

James has also authored three standalone thrillers, namely The Killing Game (2016), Kiss Me, Kill Me (2018), and 17 Church Row (2019); with the first getting shortlisted for a CWA Ian Fleming Dagger award.

He has also published some books under the pen name J.S. Carol.

Whenever he isn’t writing, James can be found in his recording studio where he is presently writing and recording the first Dream Nation album.

He resides in Hertfordshire, England with his wife, two children, a dog and a horse.

More about James Carol

Genre: Thriller

Born: 1969

United Kingdom

Pseudonym: J.S. Carol


Non Series

  • The Killing Game (2016)
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me (2018)
  • 17 Church Row (2019)

Jefferson Winter

  1. Presumed Guilty: A Jefferson Winter Novella (2014)
  2. Hush Little Baby: A Jefferson Winter Novella (2014)
  3. Open Your Eyes: A Jefferson Winter Novella (2016)
  4. Broken Dolls (2014)
  5. Watch Me (2014)
  6. Prey (2015)
  7. The Quiet Man (2017)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Killing Game

Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars. And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage.

You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you. He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes.

If he dies. You die.

You have four hours to stay alive.

What would you do?

A heart-stopping thriller with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for fans of Peter Swanson, Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay.

NB: James Caro writing as J.S. Carol (pseudonym).

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1786810328
Publisher: Bookouture
Kiss Me, Kill Me

When Zoe meets Dan, he's everything she is looking for in a man - intelligent, charming, supportive.

It's only after they're married that she realizes that he's controlling, aggressive, paranoid.

And there's no way out.

Or is there?

Zoe knows she has to escape, but Dan's found her once before, and she knows he can find her again.

But Dan has plans of his own. Plans that don't necessarily include Zoe.

Be careful who you trust...

NB: James Caro writing as J.S. Carol (pseudonym).

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1785763946
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
17 Church Row

A thriller that makes us question our relationship with technology and the lengths we would go to, to keep our family safe.

Three years ago, Ethan and Nikki Rhodes suffered a devastating loss. Their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed when she ran from their garden into the path of a car. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, while Nikki quits her job to care for their remaining child, Grace's twin sister, Bella, who hasn't spoken since that night.

Trying to give the family a fresh start, Ethan moves them to a revolutionary house designed by the world famous architect, Catriona Fisher. For the Rhodes', this is a life-changing move because a key feature of the house is the state of the art security system that allows them to be completely safe from the outside world within their own home.

But what if what they fear most is actually inside the house? What if 17 Church Row isn't the safe haven that they think it is?

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1785768408
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing

Jefferson Winter

Presumed Guilty: A Jefferson Winter Novella

Special Agent Yoko Tanaka is one of the best profilers in the FBI. She's observant, smart and professional, but doesn't really play well with others. She's been called in to consult on the case of 'Valentino', a killer who steals his victims' hearts. Literally.

With five women already dead, time is running out for the police to catch the killer before he strikes again. Within twenty-four hours of Yoko's arrival they have a suspect in custody: a precocious nineteen-year-old kid called Jefferson Winter whose IQ is off the charts. He's also a textbook psychopath and the son of one of America's most notorious serial killers.

Not only does he confess to the murders, he knows details of the crimes that only the killer could know. It's an open and shut case, or is it?

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B074TTJLPG
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Hush Little Baby: A Jefferson Winter Novella

FBI profiler Yoko Tanaka is in Tampa, Florida helping the local PD with their 'Sandman' case. Three mothers and their daughters have been found murdered in their homes. The mothers have been brutally stabbed while the little girls' have been smothered in their beds and posed to look like they're sleeping.

Defying FBI protocol, Yoko makes a detour to Sarasota to entice Jefferson Winter to join the case. Winter has now graduated from college and is playing piano in a tourist bar. At first he's reluctant to get involved but that's the thing with Winter, what he says and what he means are usually two different things.

All Yoko knows is that he's the only person who can help her before the Sandman claims another two victims...but what Winter doesn't know is that Yoko might be the only person who can help him come to terms with his past.

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B017OCNNUK
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
Open Your Eyes: A Jefferson Winter Novella

Jefferson Winter is at the beginning of his FBI career. He's young and unpredictable, but he has a gift - he can understand the mind of a murderer like no one else.

Winter is in Las Vegas with Yoko Tanaka, a tough agent with the unenviable task of showing him the ropes. The bodies of three young women have been found and each of them is missing a limb.

If the case is to be solved, Winter must be free to act - yet Tanaka's superiors are watching closely, and it soon becomes clear that this killer doesn't make mistakes.

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B0127T6F32
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Broken Dolls

Jefferson Winter is no ordinary investigator.

The son of one of America's most renowned serial killers, Winter has spent his life trying to distance himself from his father's legacy. Once a rising star at the FBI, he is now a freelance consultant, jetting around the globe helping local law enforcement agencies with difficult cases. He's not got Da Vinci's IQ, but he's pretty close.

When he accepts a particularly disturbing case in London, Winter arrives to find a city in the grip of a cold snap, with a psychopath on the loose who likes abducting and lobotomising young women. Winter must use all his preternatural brain power in order to work out who is behind the attacks, before another young woman becomes a victim.

As Winter knows all too well, however, not everyone who's broken can be fixed.

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0571302734
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Watch Me

A Dead Lawyer

Eagle Creek, Louisiana. Lawyer Sam Galloway is burned alive in an apparently motiveless attack. The local sheriff's department calls in former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter to consult on the case.

A Serial Killer

So far there's just one body, but there are going to be more. A deadline has been set, the clock is ticking, and Winter has just thirteen and a half hours to track down the killer, before he strikes again.

A Dark Secret

Winter knows all about secrets. His father, one of America's most notorious serial killers, had everyone fooled for years. Winter also knows that the problem with secrets is that they have a nasty habit of turning against you when you least expect it.

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0571302765
Publisher: Faber & Faber

Has Jefferson Winter Finally Met His Match?

Six years ago a young married couple were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Upstate New York. Local police arrested a suspect who later committed suicide. But what if the police got it wrong?

Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious female psychopath as she sets him a challenge: find out what really happened six years ago.

The clock is ticking, and as Winter is about to find out, the endgame is everything…

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0571322312
Publisher: Faber & Faber
The Quiet Man

What scares you?

In Vancouver, the wife of a millionaire is dead following an explosion in her own home.

Everyone thinks her husband is responsible, but former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter isn't so sure. The method is too perfect; the lack of mistakes, uncanny. He's seen a series of carefully orchestrated murders - once a year, on exactly the same day, a woman dies in a situation just like this one.

That date is fast approaching and Winter knows another victim has been selected. Can he identify the quiet man before he strikes again?

Author: James Carol
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0571322282
Publisher: Faber & Faber