Patrick Easter was born and raised in Cyprus. At 19 he joined the Metropolitan Police as a Bobby on the beat, initially in Hammersmith and then on the River Thames. He progressed to become a senior officer at Scotland Yard, leaving in 1994 to work as a journalist covering intelligent transport and communications systems around the globe. He lives in East Sussex.
His first book, The Waterman, was published to wide acclaim in 2011 and was followed by The River of Fire, The Rising Tide and Cuckold Point. His books are set in and around the Port of London in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries where River Surveyor Tom Pascoe of the Thames Marine Police rules with a rod of iron.