Latest News Autumn 2017

After too long in limbo, at last there is much to report:

DEAD FIX, the second in the Det. Insp. Todd “Ratso” Holtom series will shortly be published in paperback and as an e-book – see details below


HARD PLACE, the first in the Det. Insp. Todd “Ratso” Holtom series will soon be published as a 2nd edition in paperback and as an e-book.


DEADLINE VEGAS, a stand-alone thriller is also close to publication in paperback and as an e-book.


CASE FOR COMPENSATION. Endeavour Press of London have just released my first ever book published in 1980! It is one of a series of three about Bristol lawyer Alistair Duncan.

Here is the Amazon link: CASE FOR COMPENSATION



Endeavour Press of London has now started publishing a selection of my previous books, starting with Case for Compensation. The others will appear over the next few months.



Autumn Publication

2nd Edition Coming Soon

1st of Series

Ratso is obsessed with destruction of a murderous global drug-empire run from London. Ratso must place his career on the line by pursuing a high-risk strategy against a drug-baron who has used corruption to gain protection. Ratso enters a political minefield involving Scotland Yard and the Ministry of Defence in London and the Pentagon and State Department in Washington DC. The trail leads to the USA and the Bahamas where Ratso is helped by Kirsty-Ann Webber, a svelte Florida detective. Ratso races against the clock from country to country towards a series of dramatic confrontations. Inspired by the facts of a true crime, Hard Place is set against the background of the war in Afghanistan from where the drugs are coming.

The Hard Place Reviews



#1 in the Det Insp. Todd “Ratso” Holtom series.

“Douglas Stewart has done a great job and has created in Detective Ratso a character who is quick-witted, clever and a worthy addition to the action thriller genre.”

“This book engenders the same get-to-the-end compulsion for the reader as does a Harlan Coben crime suspense or a Simon Kernick or Mark Billingham police novel… the prose is easy to read and the plot is enthralling.”

“Fantastic read, great characters, gripping storyline.”

“Wow! What a page turner! I can’t wait for the next release. A definite five-star from me!”

“Roaring success Mr Stewart!”

“The author’s knowledge of his areas of operation and of the way these crimes are solved is fascinating.”

“It is as if the author has inside knowledge of these characters and places; their portrayal is simple, effective and truly insightful.”

“Definitely want to read more adventures from Ratso.”

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Ever wanted to get revenge against a casino? Bet you have! Dex does! After his sister is cheated playing roulette and then dies mysteriously, an obsessive thirst for revenge takes Dex from London to Panama and Las Vegas. Ignoring warnings, Dex is blind to the dangers as he plans to destroy Dukes, a discreet London casino and to smash Space City, a glitzy mega-resort opening on the Vegas Strip. Dex all needs to understand the casino business but can he trust those to whom he turns? Is Jude what she seems? Can card-counting blackjack player Billy kick his coke addiction? Is TV presenter Tiffani too involved with her own high-flying career? The action races towards climax after climax as Dex risks his life using guile and cunning against the power of the casino bosses.

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