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Breakwater By Paul Anthony
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It’s 1938. The Spanish Civil War is in its final throes. Franco, Mussolini, Hitler, Chamberlain, Lebrun and Stalin, dominate European politics. A ship leaves Canada bound for France but... More > there’s a storm at sea and the vessel is wrecked in the English Channel. Seventy five years later the chess playing detective, Davies King, investigates the connection between the escape of a handful of petty criminals from a prison van; a vicious murder, a sunken ship in the English Channel, a corrupt American politician, and ‘organised crime’. Will Britain’s most annoying petty criminals outwit the stressed-out detective? Faced with overwhelming odds, the exhausted Davies King must come to terms with failure and re-ignite ‘loyalty’. On the doorstep of bribery, corruption and kidnap, the detective recognises an emerging catastrophe which is likely to destroy the foundations of an Anglo-American agreement and destroy that special relationship. But loyalty is the last stand and it’s beyond his control.< Less
Behead The Serpent By Paul Anthony
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Compromising photographs discovered in central London are not immediately connected to a ferocious attack on Davies King. But when the campaign against the detective and his closest friends turns to... More > blackmail, it becomes personal. A series of bomb attacks and shootings convince Davies to discharge himself from hospital and confront the 'most wanted’ criminals in the U.K. Disillusioned with a chief constable, and anxious to relieve a stressed out bomb disposal officer, the chess playing detective joins forces with British Intelligence to challenge the megalomaniacs who are holding the nation to ransom. Her Majesty’s Government announce a Tier One threat level as the lights across the south of England are extinguished and parts of Europe and North America face the reality of the first stages of society’s breakdown - Dystopia. It’s a simple question for the obstinate detective to answer. Does the country pay the ransom or do the lights go out? It’s not rocket science, but who makes the decision, and why?< Less
THE FRAGILE PEACE By PAUL ANTHONY
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A thriller of violent prejudices and divided loyalties. About the province where no-one talks, this story tells it like it is. This Ulster novel reaches to the very roots of sectarian life and... More > death. Written by a member of the security forces, it penetrates behind the media-screen to reveal a human landscape that is unknown, yet startlingly believable. It is a world where sworn enemies may exchange confidences over a game of snooker; where a kneecapping operation turns into a deadly vendetta fuelled by sexual jealousy and where the fate of the United Kingdom could rest in the hands of one punch drunk bruiser with a dangerous addiction. Everything is here, from the glamour of hi-tech intelligence work to the despairing pub-talk of men locked in the past. Trace the origins of these relentless tit-for-tat killings, often starting in childhood and see how the lives of vastly different people may by mysteriously linked forever against the fatally beautiful backdrop of Northern Ireland.< Less
Bell, Book and Candle By Paul Anthony
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From an ancient Silk Road in the Spin Ghar mountain range and the red-bricked chocolate box skyscrapers of one of the oldest civilisations known to mankind, the travellers begin their journey.... More > Fourteen hundred years of struggle and anguish arrive in the unspoilt backwaters of Cumbria’s Lakeland Fells and erupt in a bloody, deadly climax. A simple bell, book and candle adorn the altar of a village church yet the parishioners are unaware of the gathering storm clouds that herald the arrival of the ‘Eternal One.’ Will the Cumbrian detective, Boyd, work out why it has taken since the seventh century for the problem to arrive in his back yard? It’s not until a child is kidnapped that Boyd realises he needs to separate out good from bad; normal from extreme, and the innocence of youth from the guilt of maturity. Boyd is fighting the biggest dog in the pack and the Shimmering Dawn is about to unleash its terrifying dogs of war.< Less
MOONLIGHT SHADOWS By PAUL ANTHONY
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When Conor is betrayed, he spends the night hidden in the bracken surrounded by security forces. As moonlight shadows flicker, he realises who is responsible. With his unit destroyed, Conor sets out... More > for revenge. But dark unspoken forces are at work and the track goes cold.A decade later, a displaced British Intelligence Agent produces a mysterious piece of software and demands reinstatement. The enigmatic software, threatens to destabilise the world’s economy should it fall into the wrong hands. Pegasus returns only to be plunged into a breathtaking international chase involving terrorists, spies and criminals. Greed, corruption, dishonesty and mistrust are uncovered in the most powerful of places as the need to secure an enigmatic memory stick dominates proceedings. Only Davies King, a chess playing, hardnosed detective, and his team, seem capable of bringing sanity to a cyberspace driven society. Is there a traitor? A traitor of the worst kind! And there’s only one... Isn’t there?< Less
Threat Level One By Paul Anthony
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When Master Sergeant Jack Dooley uncovers a startling secret in the desert wastes of Iraq he unwittingly triggers an alarm that resonates throughout the western world. It doesn’t take long... More > before Boyd and his elite Special Crime Unit find themselves handling the investigation. But who is the man from Tikrit the police and intelligence community are desperately searching for? Is he really an Islamic assassin with orders to take out the leaders of the western world? As the Cumbrian counter-terrorist detective chases down the enquiry he enlists the aid of multiple intelligence agencies only to uncover a right wing plot to take over the government. Boyd soon realises that the man from Tikrit is an unknown quantity– and he certainly isn’t the only threat that needs to be thwarted.< Less
White Eagle By Paul Anthony
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The sixth novel in the Boyd ‘standalone’ series features the Cumbrian detective chasing a lethal and uncontrollable tyrant. When a desperate young man is forced out of his home in the... More > mountains, he claims ‘Qisas’ and sets out on a bitter journey of revenge. As he terrorizes a continent with his evil plan, the insane megalomaniac becomes an iconic figure synonymous with fear and dread. In a fast-moving, white knuckle ride, the unknown assassin leaves police and intelligence services reeling from the sheer pressure of unremitting attacks. What is White Eagle? Is it the name of a bird of prey, an individual, or a newly formed terrorist group working for the highest bidder? Mouretti, the man from NATO, takes up the chase and is determined to claim the glory. When Boyd and his team fail to put a stop to the reign of terror, all hell breaks out as three individuals, each fuelled by revenge, fight for superiority. One is destined to win. One is doomed to failure. The other might ask Why?< Less
THE LEGACY OF THE NINTH By PAUL ANTHONY
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Packed with action, stacked with intrigue, and sprinkled with ingenious conspiracy, 'The Legacy of the Ninth' is a whirlwind thriller of bitter conflict and religious mystique, echoing through the... More > centuries of time from the desert wastes of the Roman Empire to the luscious green valley of the Eden River and the land of the Lakes. Behold, the noble Domitian: A valiant Roman centurion who witnesses an appalling act of mass suicide in the Negev desert, and Hussein who plunders a Jewish artefact from its rightful owner. Centuries later Boyd, the detective, tries to find out why events in Masada are now so closely linked with nearby Hadrian’s Wall. Indeed, against all the odds, Boyd realizes that the links are so strong that prospects of peace in the Middle East are in danger of collapsing. Things can't get any worse, can they? Paul Anthony is the pseudonym of a policeman. As a detective, he served with Cumbria CID, the Regional Crime Squad and the Special Branch< Less
BUSHFIRE By PAUL ANTHONY
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'Bushfire' is a terrifying thriller of greed and deceit. The action spans the oceans, from Colombia to the British Isles and is set against the inferno of a raging drugs' culture. Cumbrian undercover... More > detective Boyd, and the covert power of the State, battle against globally organised crime syndicates unaware that some amongst them have different plans: Private and personal revenge... A gripping tale from Paul Anthony. Paul Anthony is the pseudonym of a policeman. As a detective, he served with Cumbria CID, the Regional Crime Squad in Manchester, the Special Branch, and other national agencies in the UK< Less
THE CONCHENTA CONUNDRUM By PAUL ANTHONY
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Two beautiful and mysterious women are murdered in the same week. The local police chief believes both killings are the work of one man and instructs his officers to bring about a swift conclusion to... More > the investigation. Davies King, the hardnosed, chess playing detective, reckons the game is much more complex and refuses to accept an apparent checkmate. With the odds stacking up against him, Davies tries to shuffle all the pieces and capture the guilty party before an innocent man is wrongly arrested. But the clock is counting down, there’s a bomb explosion imminent, and he’s running out of time.... With enigmatic characters that are credible and authentic it doesn’t take long to become engrossed in a well crafted and gripping plot. Paul Anthony’s mesmerizing conspiracy carries the reader all the way and skilfully builds to an exhilarating and explosive finale.< Less