“Patrick Easter is a find. A first-rate historical thriller, particularly memorable for its evocation of the Georgian underworld and the crime-ridden Thames … it’s fortunate for us that there are more to come.”
Andrew Taylor, Author

Set in 1798 (The Watermen) is a historical thriller brimming with atmosphere and colour and is an exhilerating read … Rarely has a modern novelist evoked the fascinating London of this era with such pungency and vividness as Easter does here  … his strong-willed protagonists … fairly leap off the page. – Daily Express
Patrick Easter’s compelling debut is overflowing with atmosphere. – Daily Mail 

Great on period detail, Easter conjures up a satisfyingly creepy atmosphere of fear and menace in the filthy, overcrowded streets by the docks … The Watermen looks set fair to be the start of an immensely enjoyable series … – The Guardian (Read the whole article at

 Patrick Easter’s The Watermen (is) among (Quercus Publishing) biggest successes. – Extract from report of Quercus chief executive Mark Smith at the publishers AGM in May 2011, published in The, May 2011

 This is a great tale of action and derring-do, shot through with a wonderfully authentic feel … Stirring stuff from a genuinely exciting new talent.  – The Press Association

The sense of place that you get from the book is just wonderful. You can almost smell the river and the decaying houses and the filth in the streets. A truly evocative picture of the time, not at all gloss-coated or prettified … I’d heartily recommend this one for fans of historical fiction. – The Eurocrime Website. June 2011