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November 2021 Book of the Month
THE PI DANIEL BECKETT THRILLER SERIES
BY DOMINIC PIPER
Dominic Piper is an author living in London.
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This stunning debut thriller introduces the enigmatic, London-based private investigator Daniel Beckett.
When Beckett is offered double his usual fee to track down Viola Raleigh, the missing daughter of a billionaire arms dealer, he has no reason to believe the assignment is not as it seems.
But his investigation is hindered as he discovers he’s being stalked by a professional surveillance team. As he learns more about Viola’s life as a drug addict and high-class call girl, he starts to realise that his wealthy client has been economical with the truth.
It isn’t long before Beckett himself is in danger, but his adversaries quickly discover that they are dealing with a formidable opponent with a far more sinister background than they might ever have imagined.
Beautiful, ambitious and talented, top fashion designer Sara Holt seems to have the world at her feet.
But recently, her life has been turned upside down. She’s been on the receiving end of a vicious and frightening campaign of harassment. More sinister still, someone has been breaking into her flat, sometimes when she’s in bed asleep. Perversely, they don’t steal anything.
The police are sceptical and can find no evidence of a break-in. No one witnesses the harassment. No one believes her. Is it all in her mind?
Then she hires enigmatic private investigator Daniel Beckett, and gradually the chilling truth begins to unfold.
When private investigator Daniel Beckett foils an assault on a young girl in London’s West End, it leads to an offer of work from a sinister and unlikely source in Soho’s Chinatown.
But what starts out as a straightforward missing persons’ case soon takes on a more ominous aspect as he discovers a trail of blackmail, sadistic violence, conspiracy and murder, plus an influential, privileged and poisonous presence that seems to permeate all spheres of society.
The perpetrators, however, are not expecting to encounter someone like Beckett; an intelligent, amoral and fearless individual with a skill-set that points to a covert and violent past.
Acquiring an entrancing and mysterious female associate, his investigation leads him into London’s electrifying burlesque scene where it seems some of the answers may lie.
But no one is as they seem, and the truth is unexpected and disturbing.
It was all going so well.
A cabal of corrupt intelligence officials and convicted criminals organising secret, lavish orgies for important movers and shakers in the world of international business.
All tastes catered for, no matter how extreme, debauched and distasteful.
Discretion assured. Security leaks dealt with quickly, efficiently and mercilessly.
Then they make a mistake.
And they’ve just pissed off the wrong person.
“Where there’s big money, you’ll always find corruption of one sort or another.”
— Polly, BAAJ
And then there’s this:
EXETER STREET – LONDON
* * REVIEWS * *
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2022
This reading was even better than my first reading. Some great and weird and funny characters in this one — just like in all of Dominic’s other ones. I’m still hoping for Book Number Five. Maybe a film series. Wouldn’t that be fun binge-watching about 30 or 40 episodes?
Here’s a drink Caroline Chow ordered:
The Absolut Royal Fuck
- 3/4 oz. Vodka (Absolut)
- 3/4 oz. Whiskey, Canadian (Crown Royal)
- 3/4 oz. Schnapps, peach
- 1 splash Cranberry Juice
Cheers and Happy Reading!
BITTER ALMONDS & JASMINE
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2022
Okay. This reading was even better than the first time through. Still has the same great, creepy characters, too. Lots of nasty business there. So that hasn’t changed.
Now here’s the good news:
- First Good News: I get to start reading the four – book series all over again.
- Second Good News: I get to, once again, look forward to reading Book Five!
DOMINIC’S WORKING ON IT! STAY TUNED!
Cheers and Happy Reading!