David Kessler


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 characterized by multiple plot twists and last-minute surprises. With the exception of A Fool for a Client, his early novels (published by Hodder Headline) were set in Britain. His new series of books (published by HarperCollins) is set in the Bay Area of California and centers around a series of recurring characters including the lawyer Alex Sedaka and his paralegal Juanita Cortez.

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Tarnished Heroes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,560. Language: British English. Published: May 12, 2014 by David Kessler. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,870. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013 by David Kessler. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,360. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013 by David Kessler. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
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.
Over in a Flash
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 22,220. Language: British English. Published: October 15, 2013 by David Kessler. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 64,990. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012 by David Kessler. Category: Nonfiction » True Crime » 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.
Checkmate at the Beauty Pageant
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,870. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012 by David Kessler. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Thirty two beauty contestants are kidnapped and taken to a luxurious island by billionaire Lee Chadwick who threatens to kill them unless former chess champion Billy Segal agrees to come out of retirement and play against a chess program that runs on the internet. But Segal has lost his nerve. So top Israeli intelligence officer and international chess master Dov Shamir is called in to help.
Hidden Menace
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,940. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2012 by David Kessler. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
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.
Marked Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,680. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012 by David Kessler. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
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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