Paul Thomas (born 1951) is a New Zealand novelist, journalist, sports biographer and scriptwriter. He has been described as 'the Godfather of New Zealand crime fiction.'[1]

Life and work Edit

Thomas was born in Harrogate, United Kingdom, and attended the University of Auckland.

Thomas' novels are set primarily in Australia and New Zealand, and often also in France, where he spent several years in Toulouse. He is known for his humorous writing style, especially in the novels featuring Tito Ihaka, a Māori detective in Auckland. The Ihaka novels also draw a panoramic view of the contemporary society in Auckland.

While Thomas' earlier work consists primarily of crime and sports novels, his recent books explore the psychological state-of-mind of middle-aged urban people at the beginning of the new century.

Inside Dope (German title: Transfer) and Dirty Laundry (Schmutzige Wäsche) have been translated and published in German.

Thomas is a sports and current affairs columnist for the New Zealand Listener.

Awards Edit

Bibliography Edit

Tito Ihaka Novels Edit

The Ihaka character was adapted for the 2001 TV Movie Ihaka: Blunt Instrument starring Temuera Morrison.

  • Old School Tie (1994) (aka Dirty Laundry)
  • Inside Dope (1995)
  • Guerilla Season (1996)
  • Death on Demand (2012)
  • Fallout (2014)

Other Novels Edit

  • Star Struck (1999-2000)
  • Final Cut (1999)
  • The Empty Bed (2002)
  • Work in Progress (2006)

Short story collections Edit

  • Sex Crimes (2003)

References Edit

  1. ^ Nine lives : New Zealand writers on notable New Zealanders. Auckland, New Zealand: Upstart Press. 2021. ISBN 978-1-990003-37-0. OCLC 1285355306.