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Simon Kernick is a British author of crime fiction, mystery and thriller novels.

Born in Berkshire, England, he holds a degree in humanities from Brighton Polytechnic.

Passionate about crime fiction from a very young age, Kernick continued writing short stories even while pursuing his degree.

While in school, Kernick worked as a fruitpicker and Christmas-tree uprooter.

Upon graduation, he worked as a sales person for MMT Computing (1992) and IT and Business Consultancy, Metaskil (1998) until he secured a publisher for his first novel, The Business of Dying (2002).

He currently lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and their two daughters.

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Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1966

United Kingdom

Non Series

  • The Murder Exchange (2003)
  • Severed (2007)
  • The Witness (2016)
  • We Can See You (2019)
  • Kill A Stranger (2020)

Anthologies

  1. Dead Man's Gift and Other Stories (2018)

Dennis Milne Series

  1. The Business of Dying (2002)
  2. A Good Day to Die (2005)
  3. The Payback (2011)

Novellas

  1. Wrong Time, Wrong Place (2012)

Scope Books

  1. Siege (2010)
  2. Stay Alive (2013)

The Bone Field Series

  1. The Bone Field (2017)
  2. The Hanged Man (2017)
  3. Die Alone (2019)

Tina Boyd Books

  1. The Crime Trade (2004)
  2. Relentless (2006)
  3. Deadline (2008)
  4. Target (2009)
  5. The Last 10 Seconds (2010)
  6. Ultimatum (2012)
  7. The Final Minute (2015)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Murder Exchange

When Max Iversson is offered five grand for work that will only take a matter of hours, the ex-mercenary accepts without giving it much thought.

After all, he’ll only be providing security for nightclub owner Roy Fowler during one of his business meetings.

Things however go terribly wrong when three people end up losing their lives—two of whom are Iversson’s colleagues.

As Iversson launches a quest to look for answers, so does Detective Sergeant John Gallan, who is looking to solve the mystery behind the death of a doorman at Fowler’s club.

As both men separately undertake their investigations, they unravel a ploy which may cost them their lives.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0552164320
Publisher: Corgi Books
Severed

You wake up in a mysterious room. You’re on a bed that’s drenched in blood.

You haven’t got a clue how you got there.

Next to you are the remains of a lifeless woman. She’s your girlfriend.

Then you receive a phone call, and the person on the other end tells you to play the DVD machine in the room.

Once you do, you see a video of you murdering your girlfriend.

You’re then ordered to go to a location in East London where you will take a package then wait for more instructions.

Will you unmask the people who murdered your girlfriend before it’s too late?

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0552164344
Publisher: Corgi Books
The Witness

Jane Kinnear’s life is in danger after she witnesses the execution of her lover.

Transferred to a secure police safe-house, she soon learns that her lover was an MI5 informant with vital details about a potential terror attack.

Despite his checkered past, DI Ray Mason of Counter Terrorism Command is quite good at what he does.

As such, he is assigned the responsibility of foiling the attack. But is he hiding something?

While in the safe-house, Jane struggles to help unmask the identity of the killer.

But unbeknownst to her is the fact that the killer not only knows who she is, but has also tracked her down.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1780890807
Publisher: Century
We Can See You

A great career, a stunning home and a beautiful family: you are living the dream life.

Everything however changes in an instance.

Your lovely daughter has been abducted by people who know everything about you.

Remember those sinister secrets from your past that you have struggled to bury? They know those ones too.

Even worse is that they warn you not to inform the cops, because they can see you.

This isn’t just any other kidnapping. It is a lot worse.

Hours later, you’re on a dangerous quest to make things right.

And you’ll do whatever it takes to rescue your daughter—even committing murder.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1784752286
Publisher: Arrow Books
Kill A Stranger

 “How far would you go to rescue the person that you love most?”

Sinister figures abduct your fiancée and then set you up for murder.

You only have one chance to rescue her and exonerate yourself. What do they want you to do?

Well, you have to assassinate someone for them.

You are given specific instructions with the time and exact place.

You are also given a weapon and shown the target.

The mission should however be completed in under 24 hours.

You are all on your own and can’t afford to trust anybody.

For in this world, things are never what they seem.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1472270979
Publisher: Headline

Anthologies

Dead Man's Gift and Other Stories

A DEAD MAN’S GIFT
Upon returning home, MP Tim Horton is shocked to find out that the nanny has been cruelly murdered and his seven-year-old son has been kidnapped.
And in order to spare his son’s life, Tim must sacrifice his own.
 
ONE BY ONE
Six old friends who went to school together reunite on an isolated island.
Set on different paths one tragic night more than two decades ago when their friend Rachel was murdered, they united once again—fearing for their own lives after the man convicted for Rachel's death is set free.
They are convinced that he is after revenge. They're almost right.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1787460058
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK

Dennis Milne Series

The Business of Dying

Detective Sergeant Dennis Milne isn’t your everyday cop.

Distrustful and utterly dulled, he earns additional income by executing evil people.

But his time round, Milne gets deceived and ends up killing three innocent people—two of whom are customs officers.

An enforcer of the law has now become a fugitive.

Hours later, while on the streets, Milne discovers the dead body of a teenage girl named Miriam Fox by Regent's Canal.

Devastated by the vicious nature of the killing, will Milne avoid being captured for his own crimes while also solve a murder so brutal?

Could solving the case prove to be his redemption?

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0312314026
Publisher: Minotaur Books
A Good Day to Die

While living in the Philippines under a new identity, Dennis Milne learns about the brutal killing of his best friend and colleague, Malik.

Determined to solve the mystery, he returns to his former home.

London can however be a deadly place, more so for someone like Milne.

Not an enforcer of the law anymore, Milne is heavily exposed.

Although a number of sinister figures are baying for his blood, Milne is thirsty for his own vengeance.

Accustomed to his own rogue form of justice, Milne embarks on a desperate quest to catch the people responsible for Malik’s death; unleashing a trail of blood in the process.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0552164313
Publisher: Corgi Books
The Payback

Everyone has a past. But Dennis Milne’s past is darker.

No longer with the police force, he generated extra income by assassinating all manner of evil men, from drug-dealers to unscrupulous business men.

According to him, the world would be a much better place without these people.

Now in Manila, his target is a youthful woman who has made some terrible decisions, and ruthless foes.

DI Tina Boyd is in Milan on a determined quest to find the man who killed the love of her life.

Vengeful and deadly, she is desperate to find and eliminate the person before she suffers the same fate.

Payback is right around the corner.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0552158824
Publisher: Transworld Pub

Novellas

Wrong Time, Wrong Place

We all know what it means to do things or be somewhere you’re expected to be.

But have you ever found yourself in the wrong place at the absolute worst time?

You are enjoying a hike with three of your friends in the Scottish highlands when you encounter a mysterious girl.

She barely has any clothes on and has been beaten within an inch of her life.

She doesn’t know any English and seems desperate to escape from someone.

What would you do in such a position?

Would you stop and try inquiring what the problem is? Or completely ignore her and avoid any form of trouble?

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0099580225
Publisher: Arrow Books

Scope Books

Siege

It’s the Stanhope Hotel in London.

THE MANAGER
Elena Serenko, having been recently engaged, decides to resign from her job and begin a fresh chapter in Australia.

THE GUESTS
Upstairs, a youthful woman is patiently waiting for the love of her life.

THE ASSASSIN
An experienced hired assassin is on the verge of finding someone who he has evaded him for the longest timer.

THE SIEGE
Unbeknownst to all of them is the fact that a band of vicious gunmen are about to storm into the hotel, killing mercilessly and holding many hostage.
And as the brutality intensifies, who will make it out alive?

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1476706238
Publisher: Atria Books
Stay Alive

ONE WITNESS
You’re enjoying a lovely trip with your family in the middle of nowhere.
Everything however changes in an instance at the sound of gunshots.
Your life will never be the same again.

ONE SECRET
A woman being pursued by three gunmen is running towards your direction.
You’re unaware of the fact that she holds a terrible secret.
Her life is in peril, and so is yours, now that you’re involved.

NO ESCAPE
You are now also running, terrified for your safety.
The armed men after you have shed blood before.
And if they catch you, they’ll shed some more.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0099579090
Publisher: Arrow Books

The Bone Field Series

The Bone Field

1990: A youthful woman mysteriously vanishes while backpacking in Thailand. She is not to be seen alive again.

2016: The bones of the young woman are then found at an old Catholic school in Buckinghamshire.

Henry Forbes, her former boyfriend who reported her disappearance at the time, is now a university lecturer.

Emerging with his lawyer, Henry reveals to DI Ray Mason that he knows that happened to Kitty, and the person who murdered her.

Thus begins a determined quest to solve a murder mystery that will plunge DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd into a dreadful world of deceit and dangerous secrets.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1784752323
Publisher: Arrow Books
The Hanged Man

At the heart of a rural area lies a home with a deadly secret.

Inside the house are the lifeless bodies of seven unknown women.

One member of the police force is ready to put everything on the line in a determined effort to apprehend the people responsible for the killings.

One man who witnessed the killings is now on the run, fearing that the killers will come for him.

Thus begins a determined quest to track down the witness, for he could provide key details that would help solve the mystery.

But the police aren’t the only ones looking for him.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1784752262
Publisher: Random House UK
Die Alone

Rich, handsome, with a beautiful family and a great chance of becoming Britain’s next Prime Minister, Alastair Sheridan seemingly has it all.

But to those who know him well like detective Ray Mason, Alastair is a ruthless serial killer who targets young women.

On trial for murder, Ray is surprisingly broken out by armed men who want him to kill Alastair in an effort to prevent him from ascending to power.

Although the armed men claim to be from MI6, Ray isn’t fully convinced.

Unable to trust anyone, Ray turns to former colleague and ex-lover, Tina Boyd.

With danger at every turn, making it out alive will be a miracle.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1784752309
Publisher: Arrow Books

Tina Boyd Books

The Crime Trade

When a covert operation designed to break a Colombian drug cartel doesn’t go as planned, the safety of undercover officer 'Stegs' Jenner is compromised.

Stegs however isn’t the average cop.

Somewhat of a rule breaker himself, he is determined to complete the assignment on his own even after the killing of his best friend.

DI John Gallan and DS Tina Boyd are looking into the murder of their informer, Slim Robbie O'Brien.

As Stegs embarks on a vengeful mission, Gallan, Boyd and DI Asif Malik uncover a ploy that trails back to one of the most infamous criminal gangs in London.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0552164290
Publisher: Corgi Books
Relentless

Life seems perfect for John Meron. Blissfully married with two children, he has always managed to stay away from trouble.

Everything however changes when he receives a devastating phone call from Jack Calley, his close friend and prominent city lawyer.

Calley, who is screaming for help, is the then murdered while Meron listens.

Right before he was executed, he revealed Meron’s address to the killers.

Desperate to protect his family, he flees with his children right before three men arrive.

Ruthless killers are after him, and Meron doesn’t know why.

With his wife missing and the police hot on his trail, things are about to get worse for Meron.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1476711331
Publisher: Atria Books
Deadline

Upon returning home late from work, you find no one in the house.

Suddenly, the phone rings.

When you answer it, you’re informed that your teenage daughter has been abducted.

The kidnappers demand a ransom of five hundred thousand pounds in cash.

If you don’t deliver it within the next 48 hours, your fourteen-year-old daughter will be executed.

You’re also informed not to bother calling the police.

Your husband of two years is also missing.

Could he be responsible for the kidnapping?

In a case where every minute counts, you’ll stop at nothing to rescue her.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0552164306
Publisher: Corgi Books
Target

After a drunken night, writer Rob Fallon ends up spending time with Jenny, his best-friend's girlfriend, at her London flat.

Although he feels guilty for no apparent reason, things quickly escalate when Jenny is abducted by two men who attempt to kill Rob.

But upon reporting the matter to the police, nobody believes him.

Jenny's father insists that she’s on vacation overseas while her flat is strangely untouched.

Furthermore, the doorman claims that he neither saw nor heard any commotion.

This couldn’t have been a dream.

But while attempting to uncover the truth, Rob finds himself being pursued by deadly criminals.

Will he solve the mystery before it’s too late?

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0552156615
Publisher: Corgi Books
The Last 10 Seconds

Terribly injured, ex-cop John Cone lies in a room full of lifeless bodies.

There's a story behind how things escalated: a frightening story.

A few days prior, an anonymous client hired him to facilitate for the escape of alleged serial killer, Andrew Kent, while he’s on transit between prisons.

Although he successfully completes the assignment, Kent mysteriously vanishes and dead bodies start turning up.

Enter DI Tina Boyd.

Having apprehended Kent months earlier, she is convinced that something isn’t right.

Will he find Kent before he is silenced forever?

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0552158817
Publisher: Corgi Books
Ultimatum

THE THREAT
It’s eight in the morning.
A huge explosion rocks a cafe at the heart of London.

THE ULTIMATUM
Moments later, a call from a mysterious terrorism organization warns that more vicious mayhem will be unleashed after twelve hours.

THE PRISONER
William Garrett, infamously known as Fox, is on the verge of his trial for mass killings.
Although he claims that he can reveal the identity of the terrorists, he wants something in return.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING
DI Mike Bolt and DC Tina are immediately plunged into a desperate race to foil the second attack before innocent lives are lost.

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1476706252
Publisher: Atria Books
The Final Minute

It is night time and you’re in a mysterious house.

You’re standing outside a door that isn’t fully closed. The lights are on.

Against better judgment, you make your way inside.

Then you see her: a woman lying on a massive double bed.

The place is full of blood. No chance that she is alive.

Deadly road carnage: a man with amnesia, troubled by terrible nightmares.

When the past returns to haunt him, Matt Barron has no other option but to run to the only person who can help: former cop and current private eye, Tina Boyd.

How long before their lives are endangered?

Author: Simon Kernick
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0099579137
Publisher: Arrow Books