There's no way Frank Doy can turn down a request by HMG to help protect old friend, and retired spook, Harry Stone – especially when Harry is asking for him personally, and will accept help from no-one else.
The job takes Frank out of his comfort zone. Harry is based in Western Canada, on an island off the Pacific coast. For Frank, it's as remote as you can get ; for Harry, it's now home. Frank joins him there, prepared to do battle on behalf of an old friend in trouble.
Harry has been working in eastern Ukraine, part of an undercover NATO unit set up to infiltrate the Russian separatists who have set up mini republics in the Donbass region. He befriended and then betrayed a militia leader there, a man now intent on exacting revenge.
Back in the UK, Harry's home department has sprung a leak, which means that his remote refuge is no longer remote enough to protect him. Worse, his partner, Erica, has been abducted in Kiev, and her fate is unknown.
Frank joins Harry in what was supposed to be his safe base in Coal Harbour, a former mining and whaling town on the island. Together, they start planning how to retrieve Erica without sacrificing Harry himself. First, though, they must survive.
Jake Ord and his enigmatic companion, Magda, are living in seclusion in a small inland town in the Algarve, Portugal
All that changes when Jake receives a phone call late at night from an old friend in the Northumbria Police Force. He learns that crime boss Ed Fogarty has escaped from prison, and is intent on exacting revenge from all those, including Jake, who helped put him there. Fogarty is also intent on recovering the £20 million missing from his last heist, money that he believes one of them still has.
And he knows where Jake is living!
As Fogarty ticks off the names on his hit list, Jake goes on the run across Europe, taking Magda with him. Along the way, in Portugal, Central Europe and England, Jake discovers that Magda is a woman with hidden talents as well as a hidden past. She is no stranger to the criminal underworld, or to the violent men with whom he must do battle. Her betrayal distances him from her for a time, but in Crete they stand and fight together again as Fogarty and his men finally close in on them.
PI Frank Doy's short-break holiday in Prague is rudely interrupted when he steps into a street fight outside his boutique hotel and helps a man being badly beaten in an attempted abduction.
The unfortunate victim is Leon Podolsky, a wealthy Russian dissident based in the city. He and his two sisters run a global business empire and publish an online Russian-language newspaper critical of the Kremlin. Frank meets the Podolskys at a time when they are under siege.
A grateful Leon offers Frank security work, partly back in England where the family have acquired a ruined country mansion, The Chesters, in Northumberland. But first he wants him to provide back-up at peace talks in Montenegro.
The talks don't go well. Leon's assassination is narrowly averted. And security arrangements at The Chesters fail to stop a devastating arson attack. Beset by betrayal and intolerable pressure, the job is turning out to be far more than Frank had envisaged.
It is time to change tack and go on the offensive. And where better to start than Prague, where it all began?
John Tait finds his wife and son missing when he returns from a business trip to his home in a peaceful Northumberland village. Anxiety turns to fear and dread when he receives a late-night phone call that re-awakens memories of terrible events ten years' earlier in Slovakia and Ukraine. On a stormy November night, he sets out across the hills to find and to save his family.
Meanwhile, in Washington DC, new intelligence brings George Riley out of retirement. It sends him to England, to Northumberland, to confirm and avenge the death of a colleague murdered ten years' earlier in Central Europe. Lying in wait is Yugov, a Russian-speaking Ukrainian arms dealer, who knows that John Tait's wife holds the key to something he wants very badly.
A deadly pursuit develops across the hills of Northumberland, and across a very different landscape in Ukraine. One man seeks to save his family, another to avenge a colleague, and a third to obtain control of weapons that no man should ever hold.
When old friend Anne Steele and husband Josh ask Frank Doy to look after their son, Tom, Frank can't say no. Tom is in terrible danger, his life threatened by the gangster father of a young man killed by Tom in a drink-driving incident.
Frank takes his charge to an isolated cottage in wintry Northumberland, but trouble soon follows, and doesn't let go. All through the siege of a lonely village during a blizzard, Frank fights to keep Tom alive. In the process he unravels a story that is at odds with what the Steeles had told him. It's the story of a dangerous business partnership turned sour, and a young man placed in jeopardy by family loyalty.
The struggle returns to Teesside, where the Steeles' business empire is based. On a sinking ship off the River Tees, Frank negotiates a deal to keep Tom – and his parents – alive.
Private investigator Frank Doy makes an off-duty visit to the South Gare, the breakwater at the mouth of the River Tees. He is looking forward to seeing a spectacular high-tide in that wild windswept place. Instead, he sees a man in the sea, with no hope of rescue or survival, and shortly afterwards three men who he believes might well have put him there.
Frank discovers that the drowned man was the greatly-respected local MP, and as the only witness to his death he himself is now in deep trouble. But he can't just walk away. He needs to protect himself, and he wants justice for the murdered man. Aided by a young woman who was a close friend of the victim, and is herself in jeopardy, he unravels a plot by sinister industrial interests backed by global money.
British counter-intelligence officer Harry Gibson finds the bodies of his three murdered colleagues in their safe house in Prague, and knows he has to get out before he becomes the fourth.
Seeking sanctuary back in the UK, there is no peace for him with so many unanswered questions and the knowledge that he has had to leave someone very dear to him behind. Harry must return to Prague and submerse himself in the changing and dangerous landscape there if he is to uncover the far-reaching conspiracy in the ranks of his own service.
In this exciting thriller Dan Latus has produced another must-read book for his fans.
One headless body on the beach near Frank Doy's home on the Cleveland coast was regrettable.
Two more were disturbing.
But when an uncommunicative woman arrives at his cottage in the dead of night, and then disappears again almost immediately, Frank Doy realizes he is in the middle of something deeply troubling.
His search for the woman exposes a mysterious Russian émigré with a private art collection and a fancy yacht in a long derelict harbour, and leads him ever deeper into the strange goings on at Port Holland and nearby Meridion House. Frank can't rest until he has unearthed the secrets surrounding him and saved the life of the woman who had come out of the night seeking refuge at his cottage on the coast.
A mysterious young woman offers Frank Doy good money to drive her to an undisclosed destination in central Europe. When her husband – a dangerous Teesside gangster called Harry George – warns him off with serious threats, Frank tells her yes. No-one pushes him around.
But it's risky, and the risks soon multiply. Mrs. George is not only leaving home ; she's taking with her two young kids and a million pounds in sterling. And Frank has no idea where they're going.
Times are hard and Harry George wants – needs – his money back. But there's someone even more dangerous, someone from his wife's past, who also has an interest in the money, and more ...
Jake Ord, ex-spook, is awakened from his quiet life in Northumberland by bullets from an early-morning sniper that narrowly miss. It feels like his old life is catching up with him. In the nearby village, MI5 agent Anna Mason catches his eye as he hunts for people and things that shouldn't be there. She's on duty, but won't say why until he gets to know her a whole lot better.
Jake thwarts an ambush but decides he needs help. He summons Dixie, resourceful female warrior, ex-colleague and best friend of his late wife, Ellie. Together, with Anna's help, they unravel an assassination plot that has political implications well beyond the confines of the quiet little Northumberland valley. In doing so, they come face to face finally with the man they both hold responsible for Ellie's untimely death.