About David

Crime fighter turned crime writer

As a Metropolitan Police detective, David has worked on a wealth of infamous cases.  He's placed bugs on scores of vehicles, searched hundreds of properties, chased numerous dangerous criminals and interviewed thousands of witnesses.  

 

A former Scotland Yard investigator with twenty years' policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a lead detective on the 7/7 London bombings investigation.

He's been awarded several police commendations, including one for outstanding detective work and perseverance which led to his discovery of a 7/7 bomb factory during Operation Theseus.

 
 

Today he uses that experience as the author of crime thrillers, THE THESEUS PARADOX, and THE DETRIMENT, in the Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan series.

David currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, extremism and the London 7/7 bombings.

 

The question that David gets asked most often is:  'How do you pronounce Videcette?' It's pronounced 'Wide-set', just with a 'V'. (Vyde-set).

The second question David gets asked most often, is: 'What really happened?' To which the answer is, 'I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story...'

 

DAVID'S MEDIA EXPERIENCE

News commentary and opinion pieces

David regularly comments on matters surrounding crime, policing and terrorism for international news and media outlets such as the BBC, ITV, Sky, The Wall Street Journal, Telegraph newspapers, The Daily Mail, International Business Times, RT News, London Evening Standard, AFP, The Guardian and many others.  You can see some of his media work here.

ITV’s ‘The Bill’

David was a storyline adviser on organised and gang crime, with a particular specialism in car theft and operations at The Metropolitan Police’s Stolen Vehicle Unit.

BBC’s ‘Crimewatch’

David worked as a cold case advisor to the Crimewatch team and was involved in creating dramatic reconstructions of gang robberies.  

BBC Documentary series, ‘Burgled’

A BBC film crew followed David every day for a year as the lead protagonist in BBC documentary ‘Burgled’.  The show gave the BBC film crew unprecedented access to the best performing Burglary Squad in the Metropolitan Police.  

The critics said:

‘Essential viewing’ – The Independent;  

‘Engrossing and pacey’ – The Evening Standard;

‘Remarkable’ – The Times.

 
 
 

Author of The Theseus Paradox

 The thriller taking readers by storm. The electrifying tale of Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan will unlock the secret behind the London 7/7 bombings, and shock you to your very core. How much is fact and how much is fiction, only you can decide...

You won't be able to put it down.

 
 
 

Author of The Detriment

DI Jake Flannagan returns in the compelling detective thriller based on true events. “The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.