The Fanatics

The Fanatics is the first of the books featuring the Commander Allan Dice. A taut, political hostage thriller, which although written and published worldwide in the 1970s still has relevant echoes in today’s troubled world.


With instructions to assassinate the two leaders of the new radical CDP (Christian Democrat Party), a terrorist unit—a man and a girl—bring sudden death and horror to London.

After gunning down one CDP leader in his Westminster flat the pair set off to execute another, the Reverend Paul Carpenter, in Hampstead. The appearance of the police compels the pair to avoid capture by seizing this leader and his secretary, and with their hostages, barricading themselves into Carpenter’s flat.

There follows a crescendo of tension. On the one hand there are the young terrorists, oddly calm and manifestly without scruples; on the other, there is Commander Allan Dice, in charge of the police operation—an aloof, private man with strong principles and a deep misery over his wife’s infidelity. Dice, on whom the whole responsibility rests, is all too aware of the appalling threat to the hostages’ lives and the need to maintain a ruthless pressure of doubt in the terrorists’ minds.

And beyond the immediate siege with its vast deployment of police resources there are frenzied repercussions in the corridors of Whitehall and the Kremlin.

The violent and unforeseen climax tests all of Dice’s and the hostages’ courage and moral strength.


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Peter Hill’s background is steeped in crime. He was a detective in the Metropolitan Police, London, serving in some of the toughest parts of that city for thirteen years. He also worked at New Scotland Yard in the Company Fraud Department and later the internationally recognised C1 department known as ‘The Murder Squad’. He travelled widely in Britain, Europe and South America investigating, surprisingly enough, murders.

He left the force at the age of thirty two, with the rank of Detective Inspector, to become a writer. In the 1970’s he wrote six books in his own name, all published worldwide and in several translations: The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast, The Savages, The Fanatics and The Washermen.

These have now been converted back from hard copies and The Hunters, The Liars, The Enthusiast and The Savages in the ‘Staunton and Wyndsor’ series are now available as eBooks in the Kindle store.
The others, The Fanatics and The Washermen in the ‘Commander Allan Dice’ books are also now available as Kindle ebooks.

Under the pen name of John Eyers he wrote the sequel to Terry Nations ‘Survivors’ novel,
“Genesis of a Hero” which were spin offs from the iconic TV series.
Similarly as John Eyers, he wrote “Special Branch – In at the Kill” from the Special Branch TV series.
These have now also been published as eBooks on Amazon.

Peter worked extensively in television for iconic British drama series such as ‘Callan’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘Z Cars’, ‘Public Eye’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Special Branch’, ‘Crown Court’, ‘New Scotland Yard’, and ‘Armchair Theatre’.
He has been a writer, script editor and producer both in the UK and New Zealand, where he has lived for the last thirty-three years.

‘Evolution’s Path’ is a return to writing novels and is proposed as a series of related near and far future crime stories, of which ‘Killing Tomorrow’ now available as an eBook, is the first. He is working on the sequel, ‘The Ladies Game’.