Graham Hurley, born in Clacton on Sea, is an English crime fiction writer. Formerly based in Portsmouth but now relocated in the West Country, he is best known for creating the character of DI Joe Faraday, following several standalone novels such as Reaper and The Devil's Breath. He contributed a column to The Portsmouth News. He worked as a script-writer with Southern Television before becoming a researcher and later a director. He filmed the seabed wrecks of the Titanic and the Bismarck (with American oceanographer Robert Ballard) and produced ITV's account of Richard Branson's attempt to cross the Atlantic by balloon.