David Kessler is a British author of mystery novels and thrillers. The plots of his novels often involve people falsely accused of crimes, legal battles, DNA, computer hacking and police investigations and are characterised by multiple plot twists and last-minute surprises.
Born into a Jewish family in London just before the swinging sixties, he dropped out of school at the age of 15. Shortly thereafter, he wrote a screenplay that he showed to his mother's cousin, movie director Clive Donner. Although never produced, the screenplay made Kessler realize that he wanted to become a writer.
But it wasn't until he was in his late thirties that he secured a publishing contract from Hodder Headline. He had four thrillers published by Hodder in the late nineties, but was then dropped, along with many other mid-list writers, during a slump in publishing. At the same time, he courted controversy by co-writing a book about the murder of Rachel Nickell called Who Really Killed Rachel with Colin Stagg the man who had been falsely accused of the murder. The book (published in 1999 by a small publisher, after the major publishers turned it down) named Robert Napper as one of four credible suspects. Nine years later, Napper pleaded guilty to the crime after new DNA technology and other forensic evidence established his guilt.
He made a comeback in 2009 when he signed a three book deal with the Avon division of HarperCollins UK for a series of books about a San Francisco lawyer, Alex Sedaka. The new series of books, set in the Bay Area of California, centres around a series of recurring characters including the lawyer Alex Sedaka and his paralegal Juanita Cortez. His latest series, published under the pseudonym "Adam Palmer", introduces the character of Daniel Klein, an expert on ancient Semitic languages who gets involved in all manner of adventures.
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A young policeman - going to the aid of a woman who is being attacked by a knifeman - hits a Good Samaritan who was also trying to help the woman putting him in a coma. Suspended from duty and haunted by guilt, he starts unofficially investigating the murder of the woman. But her past life is a complete blank and the Good Samaritan was actually the prime suspect in a similar murder five years ago.
The Other Victim
In London’s West End, gifted teenager Tony Neuman, is stabbed in what appears to be a mugging. On a luxurious country estate, a solicitor is asked to investigate the disappearance of billionaire Fabian Digby. But when Digby’s body turns up floating on the Grand union canal and police frogmen find Tony’s watch on the canal bed, Tony’s brother Phil comes under suspicion. But are the cases linked?
A Fool for a Client
WHEN IT'S A MUSLIM, IT'S A TERRORIST.
WHEN IT'S AN IRISH NATIONALIST, IT'S A FREEDOM FIGHTER!
That was the attitude of the American judge who refused to extradite Sean Murphy to stand trial for planting a bomb in a London shopping mall that killed an Indian doctor and a three-year-old kid. Now Murphy is dead and 23-year-old American medical student Justine Levy is on trial in NY for his murder.
The Boudicca Parchments
A blurred image on his mobile phone, lures language expert Daniel Klein into an ambush. Accused of murder, he is pursued by the police and a ruthless ultra-orthodox Jewish sect. Aided by a beautiful Mossad officer, he follows a trail of clues from London to Rome to Jerusalem, in a quest for the link between two of the Roman empire's most troublesome opponents: the ancient Britons and the Judeans.
Over in a Flash
Over in a Flash is a romantic comedy about an emotionally-repressed aviation engineer who steals an advanced fighter to jet to get back to the woman who dumped him - when her four-year-old goes down with meningitis.
The Wimbledon Common Murder
Here for the first time is the full, up-to-date story of the Green Chain rapes, the murder on Wimbledon Common and the double murder of a mother and child that shocked Britain. It is a story of police blunders, misleading psychobabble that led to an innocent man's 14 year ordeal while the real murderer was free to go on to kill again.
The Luddite Girls
What happens when three girls working as secretaries discover that the company they are working for is planning on launching a product that will make millions of secretaries redundant? They turn into Luddites!
When Mossad officer Dov Shamir executes an al-Quaida terrorist in London, his face is captured on a webcam. Branded a “rogue operative” and abandoned by his own people, Dov teams up with the daughter of his old Palestinian professor in a desperate effort to stop other members of the terrorist cell blowing up the sunken wreckage of an old World War II ship packed with high explosives.
The Contaminated Drugs Murders (The Ethan and Lexie adventures)
Lawyer’s daughter Lexie persuades 11-year-old computer whiz kid Ethan Blaine to help clear the name of young man accused of strangling a teenage girl who was out jogging. But Ethan is more interested in a case of drug addicts dying from contaminated drugs and a killer who leaves poetic clues behind. They agree to help each other in their respective cases. But are the two cases connected?
How I Cleared My Mother of a Murder Charge When I was Eleven (The Ethan and Lexie Adventures)
Formerly "Ethan and the Devious Doctor"
When Ethan Blaine’s baby sisters die of cot death, his world is plunged into confusion. But things get worse when Ethan’s mother is accused of murder by an over-zealous doctor. So, with the help of his new book-wise friend Lexie Thatcher (a judge’s daughter), Ethan does the only thing that any internet-savvy kid can do – he turns detective!
Hotshot defense lawyer Alex Sedaka is called in to defend a one-legged homeless man who has been arrested for the murder of a "John Doe" who was stabbed to death in a dark alley. But why did the killer leave $2000 on the victim? And why is the British Prime Minister taking an interest in the murder of an unidentified man 5000 miles away?
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