Forests of the Night

      David Stuart Davies

Forests of the Night

Forests of the Night introduces the intrepid John Hawke, an exciting new detective operating in London during the Blitz.


When World War II breaks out in London, young policeman John Hawke enlists in the army. His dreams of fighting for his country, however, are cut short after he loses an eye in rifle training. Invalided out of the army and offered a desk job with the police, John sets up as a private investigator in London instead, hoping for excitement and danger.

In the autumn of 1940, John is engaged to investigate the mysterious death of a young woman. What is the connection between her brutal murder and the fading film actor Gordon Moore? Johnny also becomes involved in the plight of a runaway boy who may have witnessed something terrible.

Told with wit and humor, while evoking an atmospheric picture of the home front during the dark days of the Second World War, Forests of the Night is an impressive U.S. debut for David Stuart Davies.

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    Requiem for a Dummy

      David Stuart Davies

Requiem for a Dummy

London 1943. Successful ventriloquist Raymond Carter begins receiving death threats over the telephone. These calls are especially unnerving as the threats are made in the voice of his dummy, Charlie Dokes. Disturbed, Carter calls on the services of private detective Johnny Hawke to get to the bottom of this bizarre case. However, when on of the cast of Carter's radio show is brutally murdered, the ventriloquist becomes a suspect and the investigation begins to take a dark and surreal path. Thi not only places Johnny in danger, but also those who are close to him. This complex mystery thriller, the fourth in the Johnny One Eye series, is set against the grim backdrop of war-torn London, and is told with wit, humour and suspense.
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    The Devil's Promise

      David Stuart Davies

The Devil's Promise

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are holidaying on the English coast when they discover a corpse on the beach… which then disappears. They can get little help from the nearby village, populated by strange and unfriendly characters. Then the corpse suddenly reappears in their cottage and they are attacked by persons unknown. Watson comes to, and discovers that months have passed, and Holmes is not the man he remembers. What has happened to his friend? Does it have something to do with a dead devil worshipper, whose children happen to live in the cursed village?

About the Author

David Stuart Davies is one of Britain's leading Sherlockian writers. He was editor of Sherlock Holmes The Detective Magazine, authored several Holmes novels, hit play Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act, Titan’s Starring Sherlock Holmes and a biography of Jeremy Brett. He is advisor to the Sherlock Holmes museum, and contributed commentaries to DVDs of the Basil Rathbone Holmes films.

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    The Ripper Legacy

      David Stuart Davies

The Ripper Legacy

A visit from the distraught Ronald Temple sets SHERLOCK HOLMES and Dr Watson on the hunt for a kidnapped child. With no ransom note and a sinister connection to the highest echelons of Victorian society, it becomes clear that it is no ordinary kidnapping, and soon the companions' lives are in danger. What is the child's true heritage? And what is the connection with the Whitechapel murders of a decade before?
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    Innocent Blood

      David Stuart Davies

Innocent Blood

A child's body found in woodland. Parents torn apart by grief. But this is only the first victim in a series of apparently motiveless crime. Detective Inspector Paul Snow, heading the enquiry, must discover the pattern and reveal the chilling truth as a cunning and violent murderer becomes desperate and even more unpredictable. Haunted by secrets of his own, the complex DI Snow races against the clock, following a murderous trail that leads all the way to a dark and shocking climax. Innocent Blood, set in Yorkshire in the 1980s, is the second book in a gritty series featuring DI Paul Snow and maintains the high level of tension and dramatic surprises of the first, Brothers in Blood.

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    Brothers in Blood

      David Stuart Davies

Brothers in Blood

A brutal game devised by three intelligent but bored teenagers escalates into murder. Led by the charismatic and cunning Laurence, the trio of 'brothers' meets once a year to carry out untraceable, motiveless murders - for fun. Until, years later, they must murder in order to protect one of their own, leaving themselves vulnerable to discovery. This killing is investigated by Detective Inspector Paul Snow, a complex man with a secret of his own which links him to the murder. As Snow grows closer to unmasking the killers, his professional life begins to unravel in a terrifying fashion. Brothers in Blood is a dark and chilling thriller which surprises and excites all the way to the shocking climax.

About the Author

David Stuart Davies is the editor of Sherlock Magazine and an expert on Sherlock Holmes, having written five novels, film books, and plays featuring the character. He also edits the Crime Writers' Association's monthly Red Herrings magazine, and is the author of the Johnny Hawke novels, Forests of the Night and Without Conscience.

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