Leave Only Footprints

The Story

The year is 1972. Paul Sears is a young provincial reporter who drives around in a Morris Minor listening to pop music on his crackling radio. Looking for a big break, his life revs into high gear when he stumbles across the scene of a brutal murder. Despite the tragic circumstances, his journalistic instincts kick in. He is desperate to get the front page story and prove the people who doubt him – including his nagging mother – wrong.

When he’s embroiled in another fatal incident, he becomes convinced the killings are linked. With police efforts floundering, Paul vows to uncover the perpetrators and make the streets safe again. However, this is a path from which there is no easy escape. Sinking fast and realising that he has not only put himself but his family in danger, Paul must make a choice. When a trusted friend becomes the prime suspect for the police, Paul knows there is no going back. As the gap between him and the killer narrows, a disturbing question forms:



  1. Sarah

    Hi Nick I always enjoy reading books based locally. And looking forward to reading yours. I have written one myself (fiction) that is still tucked away in my computer files. You offer the option of local pick up so I wondered where this would be? I live in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. Thanks Sarah

    • Nick Sands

      Hi Sarah, sorry for the late reply. Thank you very much for your interest in my book. Local pick up would be from Wollaton if that is convenient for you. Kind regards Nick

  2. Michael Lockwood

    Hi Nick, I was pleased to find your book on Kobo and I enjoyed it. I particularly liked the setting in the 70s with reference to music of the time and economic conditions that were prevalent at that time. I’ve left a positive review and trust that you will get the sales that you deserve.

    • Nick Sands

      Thank you so much Michael, glad that my book captured your imagination. Hope you found the 1970s feel authentic. There’s another book on the way – this one is set in Nottingham in the 1980s. Thanks again for your encouragement and support for a first time author! With best wishes.

  3. Carl Jackson

    Impressive first book. Hope you are working on the next one.

    • Nick Sands

      Hi Carl, glad you enjoyed it! The next one will be coming out in 2022. It has the working title of “Don’t tell a Soul” and takes place in 1980s Nottingham.

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