Welcome to the website of Rob McCarthy, medical student, crime writer, Londoner and professional insomniac.

THE HOLLOW MEN, the first in the Dr Harry Kent series, is available in all good bookstores and online here.

The second Harry Kent book, A HANDFUL OF ASHES, is out in the UK and Ireland on March 9th, 2017

You can find out what I’ve been up to at my blog.

Thanks for visiting.


Praise for THE HOLLOW MEN:

This ferocious debut from a young medical student is one of the finest first crime novels I have encountered this year… Written with admirable verve and lacerating detail, it announces the arrival of a shiny new talent in British crime writing and grips from the start.’ – Daily Mail

‘This is a good story, well told, and very much enriched by an insider’s knowledge of illnesses and their treatment and hospital procedure. My copy of the book came garlanded with praise for this one and promises about McCarthy’s next. I look forward to it.’ – The Literary Review.

‘McCarthy is an original new voice who uses his inside knowledge to great effect in this memorable novel.’ –  Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month.

‘A high-level conspiracy, every page is full of tension.’ – Sunday Mirror

”The author uses his insider knowledge to great effect in a thriller which is gritty, authentic and has enough twists to keep readers guessing until a shocking conclusion. McCarthy is a bright talent. 5 stars.’ – Daily Express

‘Rob McCarthy wrote this book while in his fourth year of medical school and, technically, it is superior to many previous medical thrillers I’ve read. I found myself gripped from page one.’ – The Herald, Scotland

‘Rob McCarthy is, astonishingly, still a medical student and The Hollow Men is his debut novel. He writes with the assurance of an experienced wordsmith.’ – The Times.

‘Just as well this book proof was sent in a medical bag as I need a doctor now. Shortness of breath, a dagger to the heart and a heart stopping story bleeding all over the pages.’ – @thebooktrailer.

‘It most certainly won’t be the last we hear from Rob McCarthy, a hugely talented and original author.’ – For Winter Nights – A Bookish Blog

‘I loved it. Roll on the next Harry Kent novel. Long may he be around.’ – Liz Loves Books

‘The best crime fiction makes readers look at the world in new ways, while also giving them enjoyable distraction from it. McCarthy does both.’ – Book Oxygen