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April 2021 – Dominic Piper

Dominic Piper is an author, film & television writer, journalist and script editor. He lives in London, UK. Because of this, he is often mistaken for an English person, whereas in reality, he is half Welsh and half Scottish, being born in Cardiff, South Wales. However, he does not know Catherine Zeta-Jones and has no personal connection with her whatsoever. If there’s one thing he can’t stand, it’s name-dropping, but he has, as a television script dude, written for both Simon Pegg and Martin Freeman. He is the author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed thrillers Kiss Me When I’m Dead, Death is the New Black, Femme Fatale and Bitter Almonds & Jasmine, all featuring the enigmatic, London-based private investigator Daniel Beckett. All four novels are published by Opium Den Publishing.

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Kiss Me When I’m Dead (Thrillers, Action, Adventure and Mystery)

The stunning debut thriller by bestselling author Dominic Piper, Kiss Me When I’m Dead introduces the enigmatic, London-based private investigator Daniel Beckett.

When Beckett is offered double his usual fee to track down Viola Raleigh, the missing daughter of a billionaire arms dealer, he has no reason to believe the assignment is not as it seems.

But his investigation is hindered as he discovers he’s being stalked by a professional surveillance team. As he learns more about Viola’s life as a drug addict and high-class call girl, he starts to realise that his wealthy client has been economical with the truth.

It isn’t long before Beckett himself is in danger, but his adversaries quickly discover that they are dealing with a formidable opponent with a far more sinister background than they might ever have imagined.

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Death is the New Black (Thrillers, Action, Adventure and Mystery)

Beautiful, ambitious and talented, top fashion designer Sara Holt seems to have the world at her feet.

But recently, her life has been turned upside down. She’s been on the receiving end of a vicious and frightening campaign of harassment.

More sinister still, someone has been breaking into her flat, sometimes when she’s in bed asleep. Perversely, they don’t steal anything. The police are sceptical and can find no evidence of a break-in

No one witnesses the harassment. No one believes her. Is it all in her mind?

Then she hires enigmatic private investigator Daniel Beckett, and gradually the chilling truth begins to unfold.

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Femme Fatale (Thrillers, Action, Adventure and Mystery)

When private investigator Daniel Beckett foils an assault on a young girl in London’s West End, it leads to an offer of work from a sinister and unlikely source in Soho’s Chinatown.

But what starts out as a straightforward missing persons’ case soon takes on a more ominous aspect as he discovers a trail of blackmail, sadistic violence, conspiracy and murder, plus an influential, privileged and poisonous presence that seems to permeate all spheres of society.

The perpetrators, however, are not expecting to encounter someone like Beckett; an intelligent, amoral and fearless individual with a skill-set that points to a covert and violent past.

Acquiring an entrancing and mysterious female associate, his investigation leads him into London’s electrifying burlesque scene where it seems some of the answers may lie.

But no one is as they seem, and the truth is unexpected and disturbing.

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Bitter Almonds & Jasmine (Thrillers, Action, Adventure and Mystery)

It was all going so well.

A cabal of corrupt intelligence officials and convicted criminals organising secret, lavish orgies for important movers and shakers in the world of international business.

All tastes catered for, no matter how extreme, debauched and distasteful.

Discretion assured. Security leaks dealt with quickly, efficiently and mercilessly.

Then they make a mistake.

And they’ve just pissed off the wrong person.

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