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The Prequel is under 30 pages long and introduces Det. Insp. Todd "Ratso" Holtom, a London detective who features in a series of international mystery thrillers. Ratso is in Monte Carlo tracking a London drug baron who is aboard his superyacht for dirty business. Ratso's groundwork leads into the dramatic action at the start of Hard Place, a full length thriller set in London, the Bahamas, the USA, Spain and Cyprus.

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HARD PLACE, the first in the Det. Insp. Todd “Ratso” Holtom series is now available as a 2nd edition in paperback and as an e-book.

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DEAD FIX, the second in the Det. Insp. Todd “Ratso” Holtom series will be published on 28th January 2018 in paperback and as an e-book – see details below

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DEADLINE VEGAS, a stand-alone thriller is also close to publication (Spring 2018) in paperback and as an e-book.

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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.

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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.

 

Undercurrent

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Undercurrent – 442 pages (when paperback)

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When Ryme Lady, a freighter, disappears with all hands and a sixty million cargo, American hard man Art Lemman and English ex-lawyer Gavin Blair investigate for the International Maritime Bureau.

The ship’s owners are fighting insolvency and are fearful of a predatory attack on the stock of their company by Carl Klodinsky, an American shipping tycoon. But has Ryme Lady sunk at all? Or is it an insurance scam, an attack by pirates or an act of international terrorism? On whose side is Claudine, Klodinsky’s chic French-American assistant who exposes Gavin’s vulnerability.

Through Paris, Singapore, New York, London and West Africa, an air of menace and death threaten the investigation and only when Cerne View, a huge cargo vessel is attacked and arrested in West Africa, do Art and Gavin realise that something far more sinister is involved … nothing less than an international outrage involving The White House and 10 Downing Street. Despite their uneasy relationship, the investigators have to work together against the most deadly of enemies … time!

“So hard to put down that one awaits his next with high expectations.”

– A1 Crime

“His fast-moving action-packed story culminates in a nail-biting race against time.”– Lloyds List

“Very good indeed.”– The Long Room

“The end … had me on the edge of my seat.”– Fairplay Magazine

“Undercurrent is racy, pacy and lacy, easily a match for the latest Jackie Collins blockbuster!”– Hazardous Cargo Magazine

“Douglas Stewart moves confidently between his varied settings. The local colour of each place is vividly established.”– Evening Independent

“Douglas uses his usual consummate skill to weave a compelling tale.”– Lloyds List

“The action-packed plot follows a trail of intrigue.”– Evening Echo