Under the pen name James Henry, James Gurbutt writes crime novels. He has written four Inspector Frost prequels, based on the character created by the late R D Winfield. Currently he is writing a series set in Essex; the third, Whitethroat, is to be published by Quercus in 2020.

James Gurbutt was born in Essex in 1968. He qualified as an accountant whilst employed at Random House, but later moved into Editorial. As Associate Publisher at Harvill Press he worked with such authors as Haruki Murikami, Nicholas Shakespeare, Imre Kertész and Lawrence Osborne. He is the founder and Publisher of Corsair, a literary imprint at Little, Brown.

James Henry’s continuations of the Frost novels of RD Wingfield was one of the most successful ventriloquial acts in crime writing, but hardly prepared us for the more ambitious and astringent DI Nick Lowry novels. Yellowhammer, set in the world of antiques dealers in 1980s Essex, reminds us that Henry is a very individual voice.

Barry Forshaw
Financial Times on Yellowhammer

Not only a gripping mystery, but an exclusive look at Jack Frost's early years 

David Jason
on First Frost