Chester Stern


CHESTER STERN has been a writer and broadcaster on crime and police matters for more than forty-five years. A former head of the Press Bureau at Scotland Yard, he has lectured extensively on terrorism and the media in Britain, Europe and the USA.

He was Chief Crime Correspondent for The Mail on Sunday for nineteen years and is past President of the Crime Reporters’ Association.

In 2001 he became Corporate Affairs Director for Fulham Football Club and Controller of Public Affairs for Harrods, acting as media adviser to Mohamed Al Fayed and advising on the investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

He has published two true crime books: Dr Iain West’s Casebook – the investigations of Britain’s leading forensic pathologist, and The Black Widow – the story of Linda Calvey, the UK’s most notorious female gangster, (written in collaboration with Kate Kray, widow of Ronnie Kray). He has also written three works of fiction – a faction thriller about the death of Princess Diana called The Decoy, a terrorism thriller based in South Africa called Code Zulu, and a murder mystery detective novel based in the newspaper world of Fleet Street called The Green-Inker.

Since the early seventies, he has also been a sportswriter and broadcaster on football, rugby and golf for the BBC, The Sunday Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.

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The Green Inker
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,290. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
In this old-fashioned whodunit Barrington Shakeshaft, a retired English eccentric with a colourful past, applies his own bizarre and unconventional methods to the investigation of a schoolboy's murder. Frustrating the police and infuriating the journalist with whom he works he, nonetheless, comes up with a most unexpected solution to the crime.
The Decoy
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 88,030. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Throughout her public life the eyes of the world were on Diana, Princess of Wales. But who else was watching her more closely? What were their motives? What was their agenda? And what was their role in her death? On the night she died two secret operations – one connected to the British Establishment and one involving major figures in the French government – collided unintentionally.
Code Zulu
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,110. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
An ingenious code, devised from the ancient African myths, legends, and superstitions of the Zulu nation, holds the key to this intriguing terror plot. Nothing is what it seems. Murder, blackmail, kidnap, betrayal and treachery all form part of the fast-moving story as the action switches from London to South Africa, Malaysia, the Middle East, and back again.