About the Author...
Steven Packwood was born in the economically declining industrial Midlands of England in 1960 to parents who worked in factories. In 1984 he moved south to London to become an officer of the Metropolitan Police.
He served in many departments and in many capacities until specialising as one of the British Police’s, very few, firearms officers. He was employed for several years on armed response vehicles and motorcycles until selected to undergo further training, to qualify as a Protection Officer. There followed several exciting years safeguarding Prime Ministers, including Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, as well as other senior Government Ministers and visiting Heads of State.
Steve was invited to join the Royalty Protection Group, initially on Prince Charles’s team (now King Charles III) and ultimately with H.M. Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and in Scotland at Balmoral Castle. In 2014 Steve retired from the police relatively sane and reasonably intact after providing “Thirty years of exemplary service.”.
Steve has been very happily married to Sue for ten years and has two daughters from a previous marriage. Amy is twenty seven, a nurse in a central London hospital, whilst Emma is twenty four and has recently followed in her father’s footsteps to join the ranks of the Metropolitan Police.
Steve’s wife encouraged him to start writing when he retired, mainly as a creative outlet after so many years of living a disciplined and regimented life but also, he suspects, to keep him from getting under her feet. He finds the process of writing both enjoyable and cathartic and admits to savouring being told that his stories are “not bad,” or sometimes even “quite good.” Words of high praise in a country steeped in a tradition of understatement.
Steve and Sue are passionate about the theatre and love to travel, having so far ticked off the Far East and the Indian sub-continent as well as most of Europe but take special joy in crossing the pond to visit the USA which they adore. The couple have relatives in Florida and good friends in New York, so these are the most frequent destinations but they plan to explore the rest of the country soon, pandemics permitting.
Steve has an adventurous spirit, as a qualified scuba diver he has a passion for swimming with sharks, misunderstood creatures he adores, he has also sky-dived, para-glided, abseiled and bungee jumped. Sue keeps a substantial life insurance policy in her back pocket. Steve considers himself amongst the luckiest of people and loves his life, often exclaiming with a satisfied sigh to anyone who will listen, “where did it all go so…right!”.
About the Books...
The Detective Sergeant Grant Maddox Books
The Dissection Murders (2023)