Introducing G.S. Marriott...

I was born in Blackburn, England and came to Canada with my parents at a very young age. I graduated from Preston High School and in my younger years, was active in many of the local sports.

After high school, I worked in the automotive sales division of Canadian General Tower in Galt, Ontario. I worked there for three years until such time as my age allowed me to join the Ontario Provincial Police. I worked as a police officer for twenty years, eleven of which were in uniform, while the remaining years involved Detective and Intelligence work. Initially, I worked in Glencoe and Milton while in uniform until I moved into plain clothes work out of Toronto and subsequently Hamilton. I was a member of a specialized unit whose focus was to target and investigate crime at the highest levels. This Joint Forces Unit was comprised of seasoned police officers from four separate police departments.

After nineteen years of public service, I am now in Guelph Detachment and this wonderful chapter of my life appears destined to end. The job had finally taken its toll and my mindset was such, that if I stayed, I would, without any doubt at all, have jeopardized my future due to psychological unrest. I decided, with my twentieth year approaching and psychological difficulties still wreaking havoc, I would not be seeing this to the end. Several discussions with my wife brought us to the conclusion that it was time to walk away.

Initially, I tried my hand at Real Estate and that wasn’t such a good fit for me, so I then moved on to working for Sunoco Oil Company for several years, but ultimately settled on driving an 18-wheeler for Linamar Transportation out of Guelph, Ontario. It was during my time of driving alone over the road for long periods, that writing, for whatever reason, became front and centre on my things to do list. I had always enjoyed reading mysteries and boldly took it upon myself to try and write a novel myself. After kicking various ideas around, it became obvious which direction I should go with this challenge. I would write a crime novel, because that’s what I obviously knew best. The one caveat I insisted on before putting words to paper, was that it would to be written from a police officers’ perspective, (ie; internal police procedures, partnerships, in-house politics, handling pressures from the streets, the justice system and a host of other intangibles officers face on a daily basis. Though fictional, by writing it this way, I was hopefully going to make it as real as it gets for any prospective reader.

‘A Dish Served Cold’, my debut novel, covered subjects such as bullying and manipulation, not only among the public, but also internally within the police department itself. Revenge was also a significant factor in the storyline of this book, along with how partnerships are formed and developed. I attempted to cover every human emotion possible with my writing, such as sadness, anger, humour, violence, fear and compassion, among a multitude of others, to fully illustrate to the reader as much as possible, what police officers truly go through.

The novel was supposed to be a one-off, but was so well received that a sequel was constantly being requested. Enter ‘The Dealmaker’ as the follow-up novel. It’s all about the corrupt and ruthless world of the legal arena and the subsequent murders of some of those jurists who abused their powers with their immoral and unethical behaviour. That was soon followed by the third and latest instalment in the Detective John Cooper series, ‘The Devil’s Portrait’. This last entry delves into the art world with such a sinister and diabolically twisted story, you will eagerly be waiting for the next page to turn. All three novels in the John Cooper series having been wonderfully accepted and appreciated by readers of all ages and that is most satisfying. Thank you all.