Crime finally does pay.

Award winning Yorkshire born author Ray Clark's second crime novel, Imperfection, has now been released by UK publisher, Urbane.

A 3'000 word essay on the author Graham Masterton, published by The British Fantasy Society in 1995 kick-started Ray's writing career: A book length adaptation, Manitou Man followed in 1998.

Ray's previous publications include The Priest's Hole (May 2012) and Seven Secrets (Jan 2015) published by Damnation Books. Calix (Nov 2012), and two short story collections, A Devil's Dozen (Dec 2013), and A Detective's Dozen (June 2015), published by Double Dragon books of Canada, and his first full length crime novel, Impurity, published by Caliburn Press in 2016.

Imperfection follows detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly around the city of Leeds as they try to catch a serial killer they can't even see.


"For long weary months I have awaited this hour."

A haunting message scrawled on the dressing room wall of a theatre: the scene of the first murder. It had been written using the blood from the victim, previously drained in a separate location.

At the autopsy, D.I. Gardener and D.S. Reilly are shown a riddle carved into the chest of the corpse, informing them there would be more.

Their efforts to find out why are continually blocked by a wall of contradiction, with little in the way of evidence to support their cause.

Steered back to the scene of the crime and a disused prop room, Gardener and his trusted sergeant find another puzzle.

The murderer – it seems – is playing games.

The second victim is hanging upside down in a busy city centre shop in mock crucifixion, with yet another message. And once again, the killer has used the victim's own blood.

Later, at the autopsy, another conundrum awaits them.

It soon becomes clear to Gardener and Reilly that to find the killer they have to solve the clues, and to do that, they have to tunnel their way into the past, to the beginnings of motion picture production: where the streets were paved with gold, and to a man who had terrified people before either of them had even been born.

Following a startling revelation they realize that their murderer is a master of disguise and the ultimate question facing the two detectives is: how do you catch a killer you can't see?

Imperfection is the second crime novel in the IMP series. Each book has only a one-word title, beginning with the letters IMP.

Two of Ray's stories have previously been nominated for awards, including Purple Rain, by The Writer's Digest for best short story of 2007 and Promises To Keep, short-listed and given an honourable commendation by The Tom Howard Foundation in the U.S. in 2009.

"Working on book one Impurity was such a pleasure, in particular the creation of the characters of D.I. Gardener and D.S. Reilly, that I really wanted to do another. Imperfection gave me the chance to combine my two greatest passions life – films and books. As ever, the research was paramount, not to mention a real pleasure. As well as working with my usual close friends, I also found myself immersed in Hollywood's Golden Era."

Imperfection is available in all E-Book formats including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and E-Reader from leading wholesalers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as a print version from Waterstones and W.H. Smith as well as independent bookshops; also from Amazon, the Urbane Publications website, and links from the author’s own website.


Ray will be talking to BBC Radio Humberside and Leeds in April about Imperfection, and will also be attending Crimefest 2017 in May as a guest author. He is also available for talks and conferences on his writing experiences and expertise.

For more information, photographs, interview opportunities or review copies, contact Ray on 07709 820886, or email on or through his publisher on

Details of all Ray's work and appearances can be found on his website.

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