Simon Duke


SIMON DUKE was born in Stoke-on-Trent (UK) in 1979. He obtained a B.A. in French with Film Studies in 2001 and has been working in journalism ever since. He currently lives in France. Out of Bounds, his first novel, was published in 2014.
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Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK. I lived in countryside England and had a very happy childhood. My family moved to France when I was eleven and I was parachuted into a French school without really speaking French. It took me a while to get up-to-speed with the other kids and I was (and I guess I always will be) the 'Angliche'. Thus my tendency to favor underdogs. I grew up watching many American film classics and loved the 80s films and music (some of it) and read many American novels. I grew fond of the modern gangster and of the transition from film noir and epic to the more gritty and realistic portrayal of crime in more recent times. Let's say that my writing sort of reflects bits of all that. They are fountains of inspiration for me.
Are you like Kyle, the main character in 'Out of Bounds'?
I see a lot of myself in Kyle. Many of his life experiences are similar to mine with the exception of the Xanax and the interactions with the criminal world! He is flawed, just like every common man. He has his struggles and that makes him more real than the people who are naturally good. He is put into extraordinary circumstances and defies odds to overcome his underdog status in the story. Life is a challenge and I think Kyle has his heart in the right place when it comes to what's most important to protect. He's an unsung hero and I relate to that.
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'The Perfectionist' - The Trailer
'The Perfectionist' - The new novel by Simon Duke. Out: January 19th, 2016!


The Perfectionist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,290. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
1988. An unidentified head is found in a field. Gerry Stokes, an obnoxious reporter, covers up the affair. Over 20 years later, Stokes must atone for his errors and investigates. He stumbles upon a sordid truth: the victim is one of many; people seemingly chosen at random across America by a killer still at large, with a unique MO, seeking artistic perfection in death. He is The Perfectionist.
Out of Bounds
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 121,450. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Framed for murder and trapped in a conspiracy set in motion by a narcotics trafficking network, cash-strapped Kyle Hunt soon regrets accepting an easy and well-paid job. With the escalation of violence around him, Hunt must push himself to the limit to save his loved ones. Defeat is not an option.

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chicago    crime    detective    fbi    journalist    killer    newspaper    police    pulitzer    reporter    serial killer    thriller    usa