Who is Sam Alexander?

Carnal Acts by Sam Alexander was published by Arcadia on 15 June 2014.


Here’s the blurb:

“The northern English borderlands play host to crime noir at its darkest and most terrifying.DI Joni Pax, a London homicide detective, wounded in a disastrous raid, has been transferred to the newly formed Police Force of North East England. Her boss, DCI Hector ‘Heck’ Rutherford, is recently back at work after cancer treatment. Between them they are responsible for major crime in rural Northumberland and County Durham. Joni, the daughter of a black American and a white hippy, is a loner struggling to regain her self-confidence. Heck is happily married, but illness has left him fearful.Based in Corham, a town with Roman, medieval and industrial heritage, Pax and Rutherford investigate a murder at a brothel run by the Albanian mafia. In a series of breathtaking plot twists, we are drawn into the corruption that underpins the beautiful northern English countryside – as well as hinting at a mysterious world beyond the horizon. Carnal Acts explores abuse of many kinds – sexual, psychological and economic – taking the police procedural to places it has never been before.Dark, unremitting and terrifyingly relevant, Carnal Acts is a book you may hesitate to pick up and put down.”

Twitter has been talking excitedly about this book for a while because Sam Alexander is not a debut novelist but an acclaimed British crime writer, writing under the pseudonym of Sam Alexander. So the guesses as to the true identity of Sam Alexander have been flooding in, and a long list of names have been generated.

And here’s that list:


Female: Ann Cleeves/ Mari Hannah/ Val McDermid/ Sarah Hilary/ Elizabeth George/

Minette Walters/ JK Rowling (+Robert Galbraith)/ Sophie Hannah/ Belinda Bauer/ Elly

Griffiths/ Helen Fielding/ Denise Mina/ Martina Cole/ MC Beaton/ SJ Bolton/ Laura

Lippman/ Cath Staincliffe/ Margaret Murphy/ Kate Ellis/ Sheila Quigley/ SJ Parris/ Laura

Wilson/ Alison Bruce/ Mo Hayder/ Mel Sharratt/Lin Anderson/ Manda Scott/ Caro Ramsay/

Agatha Christie (!)/ Alex Gray/ Alex Barclay/Jill Paton Walsh/ Anne Zouroudi/ Frances

Fyfield/ Eva Hudson/ Sophie McKenzie/ Jane Isaac/ Rachel Abbott/ Alex Marwood/ Sarah

Pinborough/ Louise Miller/ Eva Dolan/Susan Hill/ Tana French/ Ann Widdecombe/ Alanna

Knight/ Aline Templeton/ Shirley Mackay/ Aly Monro/ Zoe Sharp/ PD James/ Imogen

Robertson/ Julia Crouch/ Sue Grafton/ Susanna Gregory/ Alison Weir/ Fay Weldon/ Anne

Perry/ Jenny Colgan/ Carol Ann Davis/ Gillian Galbraith/ Joyce Holms/ Erin Kelly/ Ruth Dudley Edwards/ Stella Duffy/ Ruth Rendell

Male: Ian Rankin/ Peter Robinson/ Mark Billingham/ James Ellroy/ John Connolly/ Peter

James/ CJ Sansom/ Nick Stone/ Colin Dexter/ Irvine Welsh/ Jeffrey Archer/ RJ Ellory/

Stephen Booth/ Simon Kernick/ Anthony Horowitz/ Martyn Waites/ Ben Aaronovitch/

Rory Clements/ Lee Child/ Adrian Magson/ Neil White/ William Brodrick/ Paul Finch/James

Oswald/ Iain McDowall/ William McIlvanney/ Christopher Brookmyre/ Malcom Mackay/

Quentin Bates/ Martin Edwards/ Craig Robertson/ David Hewson/Terry Pratchett/ Maxim

Jakubowski/ John Lawton/ Julian Barnes/ Gordon Brown/ Steve Cavanagh/ Matthew

Lynn/ Simon Hall/ Colin Campbell/ Seth Lynch/ Roger Smith/ Thomas Mogford/ Ian

Fleming/ William Boyd/ Sebastian Faulks/ Paul Cornell/ James Runcie/ Simon Brett/

Stephen Leather/ David Jackson/ Dan Brown/ Gordon Ferris/Tony Black/ Quintin Jardine/

Allan Guthrie/ Sinclair Macleod/ Liam McIlvanney/ Tony Parson/ Steven Moffat/ Tim

Weaver/ Mark Gatiss/ Damian Boyd/ Phil Rickman/ Mark Sennen/ John le Carre/ Doug

Johnstone/ Ben Cheetham/ Stav Sherez/ Alan Hunter/ David Mark/ Christopher Gordner/ James Forrester/ Andrew Swanston/ Peter Ransley/ Bernard Knight/ Paul Doherty/

Michael Jecks/ Peter Tremayne/ Edward Marston/Stuart Neville/ Mason Cross/ Benjamin

Black / Reginald Hill/ Jo Nesbo/ David Baldacci/ David Wood/ Stephen Puleston/ Douglas Lindsay/ Steven Dunne/ Graham Masterson

Both genders: AD Garrett/MJ McGrath/ JR Rain/ JJ Salkeld/Tanya Carver/ Nicci French/

DS Butler/ RC Bridgestock

So far no one has guessed correctly. If Twitter pools it’s resources may be we can solve the mystery of #WhoisSamAlexander?

So what’s your guess? #WhoisSamAlexander

If you need a clue read Susi Holliday’s interview with Sam here

2 Comments Add yours

  1. My money is on S J Watson.


    1. janetemson says:

      I have no clue at the moment!


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