OK... we admit it. There's a lot of swearing in our books, and some readers don’t like it. Criticism of our use of expletives generally goes along one of three lines; 1) it's 'gratuitous and unnecessary'; 2) 'it makes you sound illiterate'; 3) and most frequently, 'other authors can write suspenseful novels without resorting to swear words, why can't the Robson brothers?'
But we’re not alone. Plenty of other authors, many of them far more exalted than ourselves, have used