About David


Crime fighter turned crime writer

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

David is the author of the DI Jake Flannagan thriller series based on real events: 'I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story...' How much is fact and how much is fiction, only YOU can decide...


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 has 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.

Read an extract from his first thriller, The Theseus Paradox, here.


Today he uses his experience as the author of the DI Jake Flannagan series.



David currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, policing and terrorism.


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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...' 


Author of The Theseus Paradox

 The thriller taking readers by storm. The electrifying tale of Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan will unlock the secrets 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.

Read a free extract here.


Author of The Detriment

DI Jake Flannagan returns in the compelling detective thriller based on true events. 

June 2007: a cold, dead body stares skyward from a rose garden in the grounds of a luxury London apartment.  Hours later, an attack on a nearby nightclub sparks a massive manhunt which ends as a blazing Jeep ploughs into Glasgow Airport.

What secrets does the dead man hold? Is it suicide, or did someone want him silenced?

DI Jake Flannagan’s evasive girlfriend is back.  But as they begin to unravel a real-life mystery together, the dark secrets of her past threaten to destroy their futures.  What they uncover may put their relationship, their careers, and even their lives at risk.

The truth costs nothing, but a lie could cost them everything…



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, NBC, ITV, Sky, The Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail, The New York Times, Telegraph newspapers, International Business Times, London Evening Standard, AFP, The Guardian, The Independent 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.


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