Sometime security consultant Riley, burned out, stung by his ex-wife, and haunted by a young girl he couldn’t save, vows never to work with women again. But when a thug tries to kill Claire and she winds up in Riley’s arms, his plans go all to hell. Knowing she’s in danger, he can’t walk away.
Old letters in a hidden trunk reveal long-buried secrets, leading Claire and Riley to political connections with organized crime and Mob hitmen. While dodging a speeding car, ducking bullets, and escaping through murky swamp waters, conventional Claire and freewheeling Riley struggle against their powerful chemistry—if she’s picket fences, he’s barbed wire. Opposites do attract.
NOTE: The first edition of this book was published by Echelon Press. Same book, new cover.
With nearly a quarter of a million copies downloaded (and one of his books has recently attracted the attention of Hollywood director Dominic Sena (director of Swordfish, Gone in 60 Seconds etc) Mitchell has been compared to Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Ruth Rendell, M. R. James, Linwood Barclay, Umberto Eco, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and many others. Discover for yourself why D. M. Mitchell is being regarded by some as one of the UK’s most original and exciting writers of psychological thrillers, suspense and supernatural fiction.
From reviews of BLACKDOWN:
“Blackdown was another jewel – kept me guessing until the unbelievable climax.”
“Suspense, thriller and mystery all wrapped into one. I read thus in one sitting.”
“The plot is filled with suspense the reader feels compelled to solve…”
“I really could not put this book down.”
‘THE MOST SAVAGE OF BEASTS IS TO BE FOUND WITHIN THE HEART OF MAN.’
It is 1817, Regency England. Thomas Blackdown, a thieftaker and ex-soldier, receives word that his brother and father are in deep trouble and need his help. But Blackdown is a man that harbours bitter memories; a man banished from his homeland because of a terrible accident, and so is reluctant to return to his ancestral home in Somerset.
However, once there he discovers that his brother has been savagely murdered – torn to shreds, some say by a mythical creature the locals call the Blackdown Beast. Thomas Blackdown does not believe in any creature of fantasy, and is determined to bring to justice his brother’s murderer, encouraged by his brother’s fiancé, Julianne Tresham, and aided by the faithful servant Addison.
But Blackdown is quickly drawn deep into a complicated web of deceit, power, greed and murder involving Lord Tresham – Julianne’s father – and the cold Sir Peter Lansdowne. What is the mysterious Lupercal Club? Why do ex-soldiers go missing from Commodore Pettigrew’s travelling theatre? What strange thing is happening in Devilbowl Wood where Blackdown’s brother was found mutilated? And does a savage, hellish creature really prowl the night?
Soon, Blackdown must fight for his own life and face up to his demons both imaginary and real. He will need all his wits and skills to survive if he is ever to discover the shocking truth behind the evil that has penetrated as far as the government itself.
Set in Regency England following the end of the Napoleonic wars, ‘Blackdown’ is D. M. Mitchell at his creative best, crafting a believable world of strange, larger-than-life characters, with his trademark intricate plotting and surprise ending, it is a novel that is a rollicking good thriller, horror and adventure story rolled into one.
And in Thomas Blackdown, Mitchell has given us a hero like no other before – a D’Arcy with bite, a Bond in breeches…
***** “Masterful nonstop actioner… superb, intelligent and filled with energy.” – O. Barnack, Amazon reviewer
***** “…Knocks the ball right over the deepest part of the left field fence… an old-fashioned page turner filled with chills, thrills and suspense…” – William Wallace, Goodreads reviewer
***** “What a fantastic read!” – Leevora, Amazon reviewer
***** “Awesome book… This is one book you don’t want to miss out on!” – Adam Stairs, Amazon reviewer
***** “Excellent spy novel… If you love Tom Clancy and Ludlum, I think you’ll really love this author and novel… I will immediately look for the next book in this series…” – Jackie, Amazon reviewer
Martin Calvary is going to Prague to kill a man.
First he has to rescue him.
Calvary works for The Chapel, a branch of British Intelligence that identifies enemies of the state who are beyond the reach of the law, and eliminates them. Permanently.
But Calvary has had enough of the killing and wants out. His employers make him an offer: if he carries out one more assassination, he’s free to leave. If he refuses, evidence of his involvement in all the previous killings will be passed on to the police and he’ll become a wanted criminal facing life in prison.
Trapped, Calvary travels to Prague to carry out the hit. The target is Sir Ivor Gaines, a retired senior British diplomat and Cold War traitor who escaped justice more than twenty years ago. But Calvary discovers he’s not the only one with an interest in Gaines. Also hunting him are the city’s gangland boss, and the local branch of the successor organisation to the Soviet KGB…
Calvary’s hit on Gaines fails, and he’s plunged into a race against time to locate and terminate the man before either Prague’s premier organised crime family or the Russians discover just why Gaines is so important, and what the explosive repercussions would be were he to be taken to Moscow. Haunted by the memory of a terrible error he made five years ago, Calvary must track down Gaines to achieve severance not only from his job, but from his past itself.
Praise for Ratcatcher, also by Tim Stevens
***** “Superb spy thriller…The prose is so vivid you can almost feel the action as it takes place…” – Jeremy Duns, author of The Dark Chronicles
***** “A high octane, fast-paced spy thriller… superb and captivating story… a great, heart-pounding read!” James Masters, Goodreads reviewer
***** “[J]oins Lee Child, David Baldacci and John D. MacDonald on my list of great spinners of thrillers.” Edward F. Corbin, Amazon reviewer