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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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.
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!
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!
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