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A Great New Thriller From The Pen Of Respected Author Doug Richardson


Doug Richardson, is already a well respected and eminent voice in the world of novel authorship, script writing for cinema and film production.

Fiction Books has been fortunate enough to be contacted by Doug, who offers the chance for me to read and pass on my thoughts, about his latest thriller ‘The Safety Expert’, which will be available from December 7th 2011.



Synopsis and cover image courtesy of the author

“Ben Keller lives life by one simple rule. Safety first. Ben is keenly aware of life’s hidden dangers. Ben never smokes. Ben always uses the crosswalk. Ben always drives within the speed limit. He has to be because safety is his business. From his home in Simi Valley, California, one of the safest cities in the United States, Ben works hard at living a perfectly normal, perfectly uneventful, perfectly safe life.

And life is good until the past reaches into the present. In the dark of the night, a man crosses a lonely intersection and is struck by a car, setting events in motion that will unravel the finely stitched strands of Ben’s cocoon, from a recently retired porn actress who is desperate to be a mother to the butch cop determined to shield her young son from the whisperings of the queen bee moms at his private school to the addict who is clawing to hold onto the sobriety which cages the violence within him.

A long dismissed demon has resurfaced, presenting Ben with a most unsafe dilemma: preserve the haven he has carefully built for himself or confront the evildoer who decimated his carefree young life all those years ago.

Ben is in danger. Ben’s world is unsafe. Ben’s life will be changed forever. Again.”


The shadowy world of the thriller is one of my most favourite genres, so I am doubly pleased to have the opportunity to read this book, whose plot reads like the stuff nightmares are made of and seemingly has more twists and turns than a snake in the grass.


Doug was born, raised and still lives in the State of California USA, attending ‘the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema’ to complete his education towards his chosen profession of movie director, although he wisely revised this course of action, turning instead to screenplay writing and since then he has never looked back.

His resume reads like a list from ‘who’s who’, with his feature films including ‘Die Harder‘, ‘Bad Boys‘ and ‘Hostage‘ and his two previous novels ‘Dark Horse’ and ‘True Believers’, which have both received nothing but 5 star reviews.


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Crusading Texas lawyer Mitchell Dutton is running for the U.S. Congress – and is a virtual shoo-in come November.  But his opponent has different plans.

The opposition nominee, Shakespeare “Shakes” McCann, is an almost total unknown – a dark horse candidate with no past and no principles who has come out of nowhere to challenge Mitch Dutton.  There is no weakness McCann will not exploit, no secret he cannot expose.  He will lie to reporters and newscasters, alter photographs and circulate fraudulent documents.  If all else fails, he will resort to violence.  And no one is safe – not Dutton’s friends, his colleagues, his beautiful, vulnerable wife…not even the leaders of McCann’s own party.  There is nothing the dark horse won’t do to get elected.

Now front-runner Dutton is running scared.  Because Shakespeare McCann would kill to be congressman…


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The child the Sullivans have long prayed for will soon be theirs, thanks to a special procedure performed at a confidential Dallas clinic.

But the miracle of a small life growing within Gwen Sullivan has placed her husband’s destiny and her own in the murderous hands of a dark messiah.

A politician on the verge of greatness and the woman he cherishes have suddenly become the pawns in a conspiracy of staggering proportions, masterminded by a condemned psychopath who plans for his last act on earth to be the total enslavement and destruction of a powerful American family.



As this was an author invitation to read and review, a copy of ‘The Safety Expert’ was sent to me free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.



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    • Hi Kathy,

      I am certainly hoping that the story lives up to its spooky synopsis.

      Ben sounds like quite a character and is obviously keeping his head down for a very good reason. It sounds as if violence is sure to ensue when he is forced to face his past demons.

      I am looking forward to starting this book.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Yvonne,

      Thanks for the visit and your comments, it is always good to talk with you.

      I have quite eclectic tastes in reading genres and will try most things, however crime/thriller fiction still comes out a little ahead as my preferred genre, whether it be the ‘cozy’ mystery, or the thriller with more than its share of hard hitting action.

      ‘The Safety Expert’ certainly sounds as though it is going to fit into the latter category, so I am looking forward to a fast paced read, full of suspense and intrigue!!

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