Crime buffs are in for a treat with the publication of a novel by Karratha-based forensics expert Hadyn Green.

Based on a real WA crime, Four Hundred and Forty Four: The Cartheren Murders tells the story of a retired detective who gets caught up in a gang shooting at a hotel in a small country town.

It is the first book to be published by Green, a former WA police officer specialising in forensics and an adjunct associate professor of forensic anthropology at the University of WA, who has lived in the Pilbara since 2015.

Green said the self-published book had developed out of a case study he wrote for a university course, based on a crime he had worked on in the past.

He said he had drawn on his 39 years of investigating and prosecuting crimes and studying forensics to ground the novel in fact.

“There’s this whole plethora of facts out there that most people will probably never get exposed to because crime novels are often so much the invention of the author’s mind, whereas in this, I’m taking real facts and putting them in — even though there might be half a dozen real crimes all come together in the one book,” he said.

“Maybe they’ll see something of the real world of criminal activity through this.”

You can find a copy of Four Hundred and Forty Four in the Karratha library, on Amazon or by contacting Green via hadyn_green@hotmail.com.

Green is also working on a second crime book based on a 1911 murder in Whim Creek.