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Simon Kernick

British crime and thriller author Simon Kernick was born on 25 January, 1966 in Slough, Berkshire. Now living in Oxfordshire, he graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in humanities and enjoyed crime fiction from a very young age.

He published his first book, The Business of Dying, in September, 2001 and his 2007 thriller Relentless was a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick. His famous characters include Dennis Millne, Tina Boyd and Mike Bolt.


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Simon Kernick Books

  • Wrong Time Wrong Place

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: BBYTP
    Paperback
    A gripping Quick Read from the master of the race against time thriller. Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? You are hiking in the Scottish highlands with three friends when you come across a girl. She is half-naked, has been badly beaten, and she can't speak English. She is clearly running away from someone. Do you stop to help her? Even if it means putting your friends' lives - and your own - in terrible danger?
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  • Die Alone

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: CBWJJ
    Hardback
    ________________________ "Simon Kernick is an absolute master of the adrenaline-fuelled ride" - PETER JAMES The new high-octane thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Kernick ________________________ Alastair Sheridan has it all. Wealth, good looks, a beautiful wife and children and, in the chaotic world of British politics, a real chance of becoming Prime Minister. But Alastair also has a secret. He's a serial killer with a taste for young women. Only a handful of people know what kind of monster he is, and disgraced detective Ray Mason is one of them. Awaiting trial for murder, Ray is unexpectedly broken free by armed men and given an offer: assassinate Alastair Sheridan and begin a new life abroad with a new identity. The men claim to be from MI6. They say that Sheridan is a threat to national security and needs to be neutralised. Ray knows they are not who they say they are, and that their real motives are far darker. The only person Ray trusts is ex-cop and former lover Tina Boyd, who's keen to settle her own scores with Sheridan. With enemies on every side, only one thing is certain. No one wants them to get out alive. ________________________ "Simon Kernick is one of the most reliable purveyors of the edge-of-your-seat thriller... a more powerful adrenaline rush than an EpiPen" - JAKE KERRIDGE, SUNDAY EXPRESS "An emotionally punchy domestic noir blended with the pace and action of a high-octane thriller, WE CAN SEE YOU will keep you breathlessly on the edge of your seat, wondering which character you can trust, if any at all, until the final brilliant twist! A #WTFthatending indeed!" - SARAH PINBOROUGH, author of BEHIND HER EYES and CROSS HER HEART "A pacy thriller, with a body count that rises along with the tension levels" - SUNDAY MIRROR "Simon Kernick manages to ring fresh changes (and revelations) at every point... He remains one of the most consistently suspenseful and ingenious writers in the field" - FINANCIAL TIMES "Thriller-meister Simon Kernick's standalone books are always worth picking up - and his latest is no exception" - SUNDAY SPORT
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  • Siege

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: AFOCQ
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    Who will survive? This title is the new bestseller from the master of the race-against-time thriller. London. The Stanhope Hotel, Park Lane. 16.00 A normal afternoon. The Manager - Newly engaged Elena Serenko has just made the life-changing decision to quit her job and start a new life in Australia. The Guests - Upstairs, a young woman waits for her lover; a visiting family prepare for an evening out; and a sick man contemplates his own mortality. The Assassin - High up amongst the penthouse suites, a skilled and dangerous killer is hunting a quarry who's eluded him for far too long. The Siege - What none of them know is that a group of ruthless gunmen are about to burst into the Stanhope, shooting indiscriminately, and seizing hostages. As darkness falls and the gunmen become increasingly violent, only one thing matters. Who will survive?
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  • The Business of Dying

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: ABMSZ
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    It's a cold November night, and DS Dennis Milne is waiting to kill three unarmed men. Cynical and jaded, Milne earns money on the side by doing what he does best: punishing the bad guys. But he's been set up. This time, instead of shooting drug dealers, he kills two customs officers and an accountant. The hunter has become the hunted. With his colleagues and his enemies closing in on him, Milne must use all of his skills, just to stay alive.
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  • Severed

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: ABORZ
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    You wake up in a strange room on a bed covered in blood. You have no idea how you got there. Beside you is a dead girl. Your girlfriend. The phone rings, and a voice tells you to press play on the room's DVD machine. The film shows you killing your girlfriend. Then you're told to go to an address in East London where you're to deliver a briefcase and await further instructions. There's no way out. If you're to survive the next 24 hours, you must find out who killed your girlfriend, and why. Before they come for you too...
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  • A Good Day to Die

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: ABLOG
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    Ex-cop Dennis Milne is intent on revenge. His best friend has been brutally executed, and Milne wants to know who did it - and why. But London is a dangerous place, especially for a man like Milne. Because although his former colleagues don't know he's back in town, it soon becomes clear there are people who do. And that they'll stop at nothing to get him out of the way. From the beaches of the Philippines to the mean streets of London, a hunt for justice becomes a terrifying battle for survival.
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  • Stay Alive

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: AKDUF
    Paperback
    The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds, Siege and Ultimatum. One Witness - You're on a trip with your family, miles from anywhere. A shot rings out - and your whole life changes in an instant. One Secret - A woman is racing towards you, chased by three gunmen. Although you don't know it, she harbours a deadly secret. She's in terrible danger. And now you are too. No Escape - You're running, terrified, desperate to find safety. You know that the men hunting you have killed before. And if they catch you, you'll be next . "Brilliant". (Sunday Mirror). "Hang on tight!" (Harlen Coben).
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  • The Final Minute

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: ANIZU
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    Featuring Simon Kernick's maverick detective, Tina Boyd, this is the gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and Stay Alive. 'It's night, and I'm in a strange house. The lights are on, and I'm standing outside a half-open door. Feeling a terrible sense of forboding, I walk slowly inside. And then I see her. A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed. She's dead. There's blood everywhere. And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me...' A traumatic car-crash. A man with no memory, haunted by nightmares. When the past comes calling in the most terrifying way imaginable, Matt Barron is forced to turn to the one person who can help. Ex Met cop, turned private detective, Tina Boyd. Soon they are both on the run...
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  • We Can See You

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: BXKYM
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    "Witty, scary, fast-moving and outrageous" - MARCEL BERLIN, THE TIMES "Simon Kernick is one of the most reliable purveyors of the edge-of-your-seat thriller... a more powerful adrenaline rush than an EpiPen" - JAKE KERRIDGE, SUNDAY EXPRESS WE HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER. WE KNOW YOUR SECRETS. WE CAN SEE YOU. The new high-octane thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Kernick ________________________ You have it all. Success, a beautiful home, a happy family. Until, in a heartbeat, it's gone. We've kidnapped your daughter, and we know everything about you. Including the dark secrets from your past you thought were forgotten. We tell you not to contact the police - and that we'll know if you do. Because we can see you. And now you know this is no ordinary abduction. It's worse. Within hours you're on the run, with only one thought in your head: That you will stop at nothing to get your daughter back. Even murder... ________________________ "Simon Kernick is an absolute master of the adrenaline-fuelled ride" - PETER JAMES "An emotionally punchy domestic noir blended with the pace and action of a high-octane thriller, WE CAN SEE YOU will keep you breathlessly on the edge of your seat, wondering which character you can trust, if any at all, until the final brilliant twist! A #WTFthatending indeed!" - SARAH PINBOROUGH, author of BEHIND HER EYES and CROSS HER HEART "A pacy thriller, with a body count that rises along with the tension levels" - SUNDAY MIRROR "Simon Kernick manages to ring fresh changes (and revelations) at every point... He remains one of the most consistently suspenseful and ingenious writers in the field" - CRIME TIME "Thriller-meister Simon Kernick's standalone books are always worth picking up - and his latest is no exception" - SUNDAY SPORT
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  • Dead Man's Gift and Other Stories

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: BTMZI
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    One book. Five thrillers. No holds barred. including: DEAD MAN'S GIFT MP Tim Horton arrives home to find his seven-year-old son has been abducted - and the nanny brutally murdered. The kidnapping gang's demands are simple: Tim must sacrifice his own life to save his son's. A dead man's gift... ONE BY ONE Six former school-friends have been reunited on a remote island. Separated since a fateful night twenty-one years ago, when their friend Rachel was killed, they're afraid for their lives - because the man arrested for Rachel's murder has been released. They think he's coming for them. They're almost right. Plus three more thrillers guaranteed to keep you gripped to the page. Can you withstand five full-strength doses of Simon Kernick?
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  • The Hanged Man

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: BOHOT
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    The Hanged Man, the second book in Simon Kernick's Bone Field series finds DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd looking into the murders of seven unidentified women...

    They come across a cop who will risk everything to find the killers and hear about a witness who's now on the run. Can they find them - and the murderer - before anyone else dies?
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  • The Bone Field

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: BGNBX
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    "Hang on tight!" (Harlan Coben). A missing girl. A ruthless crime gang. A man so evil he must be stopped at any cost. DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd begin a desperate hunt for the truth that will take them into a dark and terrifying world of corruption and deadly secrets, where murder is commonplace, and nothing and nobody is safe...When the bones of a 21-year old woman who went missing without trace in Thailand in 1990, are discovered in the grounds of an old Catholic school in Buckinghamshire, an enduring mystery takes on a whole new twist. Her boyfriend at the time, and the man who reported her missing, Henry Forbes, now a middle-aged university lecturer, comes forward with his lawyer and tells DI Ray Mason of the Met's Homicide Command that he knows what happened to Kitty, and who killed her. Praise for The Bone Field "Hang on tight!" (Harlan Coben). "Breathless." (Sunday Times). "An addictive thriller full of gritty details and fast frenetic action." (Sunday Mirror). "High Energy, action packed reading that'll keep your heart rate high and your attention glued to the pages...To be able to maintain such a high level of action and suspense is a real skill and Simon Kernick is a master of the thriller. " (Damp Pebbles). "A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! [A] powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale." (Love Reading). "The Bone Field is one of those intriguing novels that surreptitiously gets under your skin." (Jaffa Reads Too). "An adrenaline rush of a read." (My Chestnut Reading Tree).
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  • Ultimatum

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: AGMBD
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    A threat has been made. An ultimatum delivered. Innocent people are in mortal danger. The gripping new bestseller from the master of the race-against-time thriller. THE THREAT 8am: an explosion blasts through a cafe in Central London. THE ULTIMATUM Minutes later, a call from an unknown terror group warns that a far greater attack will be launched in 12 hours' time. THE PRISONER William Garrett, AKA Fox, is awaiting trial for mass murder. He claims he can name the bombers. But only at a price. THE CLOCK IS TICKING It's a terrifying race against time for DI Mike Bolt and DC Tina Boyd as they chase their targets across the city in a desperate bid to stop a major atrocity - before it's too late ...
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  • The Crime Trade

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: ABORY
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    Stegs Jenner has always lived on the edge. No ordinary cop, he's never happier than when he's working undercover, consorting with criminals and fighting to bring them to justice. But suspicion falls on him when he strikes out on his own and the operation he's involved in goes horribly wrong. DI John Gallan and DS Tina Boyd are called in to investigate. What they cannot know is that their enquiries will take them both into the heart of one of London's most notorious criminal gangs - and one of them into the rifle sights of the enemy.
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  • The Murder Exchange

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: ABNRB
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    Five grand for a couple of hours work? It seems easy money, but the deal ex-mercenary Max Iversson is chasing has gone disastrously wrong. Two of his friends are dead. And now he wants to find out who's behind their killings. Detective Sergeant John Gallan is also looking for answers. He's investigating the fatal poisoning of a nightclub doorman. But leads are scarce and, when they do appear, so do bodies. What neither man knows is that they are heading towards a devastating confrontation that will see one of them staring down the wrong end of a gun.
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  • Deadline

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: ABLYI
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    'We've got your daughter.' It's evening, you're back late from work - and the house is in darkness. You step inside, and the phone rings. You answer it - and your world is turned upside down. Your fourteen-year-old daughter's been taken, and her kidnappers demand half a million pounds in cash. They give you 48 hours to raise the money. If you call the police, she will die. As the nightmare unravels, you can be certain of only two things: that you will do anything to get your daughter back alive - and that time is running out...
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  • Relentless

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: ABLOH
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    Saturday afternoon: you're with the kids in the garden when the phone rings. It's your best friend from school. Someone you haven't seen for a few years. It should be a friendly call catching up on old times. But it's not. This call is different. Your friend is panting with fear, his breaths coming in tortured, ragged gasps. Someone is inflicting terrible pain on him. He cries out and then he utters six words that will change your life forever...the first two lines of your address.
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  • The Last 10 Seconds

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: AASID
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    36 Hours Ago: a brutal serial killer is arrested on the streets of north London after a two-year reign of terror. Known as the Night Creeper, he's earned his reputation by torturing five young women to death. 24 Hours Ago: undercover cop Sean Egan has infiltrated one of the country's most notorious criminal gangs. Now he's about to risk his life in a desperate bid to bring its members to justice. 12 Hours Ago: DI Tina Boyd has discovered that the Night Creeper's murders are part of a much larger criminal conspiracy. But her quest for the truth has brought her into contact with some very dangerous people who want to silence her - permanently. The Last 10 Seconds: a man, a woman, and a sadistic killer. As they race towards a terrifying confrontation only one thing is certain: they're all going to have to fight very hard just to stay alive.
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  • Target

    Simon Kernick

    Product Code: AAGCZ
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    One hot date. When writer Rob Fallon goes out one night and ends up with his best-friend's girlfriend, Jenny, he's feeling guilty before anything's even happened. One brutal abduction. But guilt quickly turns to shock when two men break into Jenny's apartment, abduct her, and try to kill Rob. But when Rob reports this to the police, no one believes him. And when he speaks to Jenny's father, he says she's on holiday abroad. One hell of a morning after. Rob knows Jenny's life's in danger and starts asking questions. Soon he finds that he's the target of killers who have something big to hide. But what is it? And what does it have to do with an ordinary girl like Jenny? Either Rob finds out or he's dead. It's that simple...
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