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Rose, Malcolm

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1953-    ) UK chemist and author of Young Adult fiction who may be best known for the Lawless and Tilley series of crime novels (not listed below) which, although the investigators are scientifically literate, is not sf. His first novels, which tend to focus on various Disasters, are of genre interest: The Obtuse Experiment (1993) is a thriller set in the Near Future; Circle of Nightmares (1997) is horror with sf elements; and Plague (2000) traces the course of a virus-based Pandemic after its importation into a small English City. Of strong sf interest is the seven-book Traces sequence – beginning with Traces: Framed! (2005), which is set in a grimly detailed Dystopian Near Future London. Here the series protagonist, young forensic investigator Luke Harding and his Robot assistant, must operate within the strictures of the governing system – which has pretences to Eugenics and benign micro-control of its citizenry – while attempting to counter its threats to individual freedom. A long interval followed the sixth instalment Traces: Blood Brother (2007), but the series was eventually concluded with Traces: Murder Club (2013 ebook). [JC]

Malcolm Rose

born Coventry, England: 31 January 1953




individual titles

  • The Obtuse Experiment (London: Scholastic Children's Books, 1993) [pb/]
  • Circle of Nightmares (London: Scholastic Children's Books, 1997) [pb/Steinar Lund]
  • Plague (London: Scholastic Children's Books, 2000) [pb/]
  • Clone (London: Scholastic Children's Books, 2002) [pb/]
  • The Death Gene (London: Simon and Schuster, 2006) [pb/Getty Images]


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