Tom was born and bred in Edinburgh where he spent nearly four decades as a policeman. He left Lothian & Borders Police as Deputy Chief Constable and Director of Operations and was one of Scotland’s most senior and experienced officers.
During his long and varied service, he graduated from Edinburgh University, the FBI Academy at Quantico Virginia and was awarded The Queens Police Medal for Excellence in Policing.
Much of Toms operational career was spent as a Detective and his last role was as Officer in Overall Command of a national investigation into the murders of five young Scottish women in the 1970s, including the deaths of Edinburgh girls Helen Scott and Christine Eadie, the notorious ‘Worlds End Murders’.
Following his police service Tom worked in Alcohol and Drug Policy and was Independent Chair of two adult and child protection committees. Latterly he carried out a number of independent ‘Serious Case’ and ‘Domestic Homicide’ reviews in the North of England.
Tom’s first venture into writing came in 2007 with the publication of ‘The Worlds End Murders – A Thirty Year Quest for Justice’. A joint venture with friend and seasoned journalist David Johnstone the book chronicled a personal account of the 30 year plus investigation into the deaths of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie. In 2013 the book was substantially augmented and republished as ‘The Worlds End Murders - The Final Verdict’ following the conviction of killer Angus Sinclair, thirty-seven years after his crimes.
The next venture was a solo effort. Just before leaving the police Tom had been given a file of old documents, they related to the infamous Dr Ruxton Murders of 1935. The famous case had been extensively recorded but the old papers revealed new previously unknown details of the twists and turns of the original investigation. More importantly the personal papers gave a revealing insight into the incredible work of the ordinary policemen and scientists who solved this landmark case.
‘Ruxton - The First Modern Murder’ was described by Scotland’s Queen of crime writing, Val McDermid as: “A revelatory account .... grips like a thriller”. In May 2020 the publishing rights to ‘Ruxton’ were acquired by Ringwood Publications, an ambitious young Scottish publishing company.
Tom is now working on a new book about the Scottish capital’s sex industry - with the provisional title of ‘A Public Service, Stories and Voices from the Sex Industry’. The book is a ‘warts and all’ examination of the trade which will seek to dispel myths and give a voice to sex workers themselves.
Tom is also a regular columnist with The Scotsman penning the regular ‘Inside Justice ‘column for almost two years.
When not writing Tom is a keen motorcyclist and sailor but most enjoys the challenges presented by his growing brood of grandchildren.