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Enter the Thrilling World of the Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series!

I'm a #1 Amazon bestselling novelist who loves reading and writing contemporary crime thrillers.

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In 2015 I published The Finch Trilogy -- Bone Maker, Stone Eater, and Lone Hunter -- three novels narrated from the point-of-view of a crime reporter in contemporary San Francisco. Following the success of the trilogy, Second Life (2017) became the first in a series of stand-alone novels following the characters introduced in the first three books. The series prequel, Five Knives, came out in 2018. The sixth Will Finch novel, Open Chains, launched in the fall of 2019. The newest installment, Run Time, is due in 2020.

My first psychological thriller, Fire Eyes, was a W.H. Smith First Novel Award finalist. My second novel, Healing the Dead, was translated into German as Todliche Ahnungen. The Good Lie (2008) is set in my adopted home town, Victoria. My fourth novel, Exit from America, appeared in 2013.

Following my birth in Montreal, our family moved around North America from rural Ontario to New York City to McComb, Mississippi to Cape May, New Jersey. After years seeking the ideal place to raise my own family, I finally landed on my feet on Vancouver Island -- where I live next to the Salish Sea in the city of Victoria.

For twenty-two years I worked at the University of Victoria where I taught creative writing and journalism and coordinated the Professional Writing Cooperative Education Program -- which I co-founded. From time to time I also freelanced as a business writer and journalist. In the fall of 2010 I left the university so that I could turn my pre-occupation with writing into a full-blown obsession.

I'm also a Whistler Independent Book Award finalist, and Book-of-The-Month Award winner.

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Bone Maker (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 1)Five Knives (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Prequel) $0.99

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One Reporter.
Three Dead.
Five Knives.

FIVE KNIVES welds the intensity of Jack Bauer’s “24” to the scorching heat of THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST.

“The author is a great talent.” — Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

When a man plummets to his death from an apartment tower, Will Finch’s shock soon becomes a nightmare. As he studies the open windows above the corpse, Finch notices a lamp blinking erratically behind a drawn curtain on the eleventh floor.

When he investigates the distress signal, Finch discovers a woman handcuffed to a bedpost. Over the following week, he uncovers a conspiracy that ties the murder to a series of bombshells. The victim’s bankruptcy. A global stock fraud. A murder spree that began in Baghdad and is now haunting the citizens of San Francisco. Is this the work of a serial killer, a copycat — or both?

But before he can file his report for The San Francisco Post, Finch’s leads evaporate. Within days, three victims are dead. Does a pattern of five knife wounds provide a clue? Can he unravel the mystery before he — and his fiancée — are caught up in the web of murder?

Five Knives is the prequel thriller in the Will Finch crime series — a novel that opens on the first day of Will Finch’s journalism career. Everything that Finch learns about crime reporting begins with Five Knives.

Bone Maker (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 1)Bone Maker (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 1) $2.99

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A death in the wilderness.
A woman mourns alone.
A reporter works a single lead.

BONE MAKER fuses Stieg Larsson’s THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE with the frenzy of THE POET.

“The author is a great talent, and the story and characters are compelling.”
— Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

Following a family tragedy that has broken his spirit, crime reporter Will Finch returns to his news desk in San Francisco eager to reboot his career and renew his lease on life.

When he’s assigned to cover the grisly death of a witness to a multi-million dollar bitcoin fraud, Finch discovers some troubling complications: A Mercedes-Benz abandoned in the wilderness. A wounded bear. A cop who rules a remote town with an iron fist. And the witness’s fiancée — a US senator’s daughter — knows there’s something mysterious about her lover’s death. But what?

Inspired by true events, Bone Maker is the first thriller in this series of noir crime novels — a new crime trilogy that races from coastal Oregon to San Francisco, Moscow, Honolulu and Washington DC. It intersects the worlds of international finance, cryptocurrency software algorithms, and corruption that reaches from the US Senate to Turk Street in the Tenderloin District.

Be sure to read this gripping series in order: Bone Maker, Stone Eater, Lone Hunter. All three books are available now.

Bone Maker is a Whistler Independent Book Award Finalist.

Stone Eater (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 2)Stone Eater (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 2) $4.99

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A reporter on the rebound.
An ex-cop with nothing to lose.
A murder they can only solve together.

STONE EATER combines Michael Connelly's THE SCARECROW with the pace of THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. 

"This book just blew me away. Magnifico!" — Robert Schultz

Will Finch returns to the  San Francisco eXpress convinced that Gianna Whitelaw was murdered. But everyone claims that she threw herself from the Golden Gate Bridge. Who can dispute the facts? Her suicide note posted on Facebook. Her fiancé, murdered. When her father, US Senator Franklin Whitelaw, demands that the press respect his privacy, the story is quietly shut down. 

Then Finch receives a mysterious text from Eve Noon. She knew Gianna. And she knows about Gianna’s intimate night with Finch. Her revelations could ruin his career. Will she destroy him, or can Finch use what Eve knows to crack open the case? 

If you love a gripping thriller series that crackles with the voltage of a technothriller trilogy, then grab the second installment in this new crime trilogy. This hot fusion of PI mysteries, an organized crime series, and noir crime new releases will keep you reading through the night! 

Great characters launch you on a wild ride through plot twists you never see coming your way. STONE EATER leaves you gasping and begging for more! 


Lone Hunter (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 3)Lone Hunter (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 3) $4.99

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One billion dollars.
Two killers.
Three ways to die.


“Get ready for a roller coaster ride.” — I. E. Hood

A villain emerges from the collapse of the Soviet Union and threatens to destroy Will Finch, Eve Noon and Sochi. And behind the scenes a more sinister menace prepares to strike them all. The encrypted files should shield the billion dollar fortune at stake, but only if Finch can turn one killer against the other.... Unless Finch, Eve, and Sochi are murdered first.

Do you love an air-tight climax — but crave a novel that keeps you gasping for more? Then snap on an oxygen mask and inhale the final book in this noir trilogy.

Be sure to follow Will Finch's saga as the series continues with SECOND LIFE.

Second Life (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 4)Second Life (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 4) $5.99

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1978, Jonestown.
909 dead—two children survive.
Where are they now?

SECOND LIFE weaves the dark world of PHILIP KERR into the cat-and-mouse chase of Jeffery Deaver's THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND.

“A great thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.”
— J. Bronder

Two children scramble through a remote jungle to escape the madness of Jonestown. When they return to America they’re given new names. A fresh start. Almost forty years later Will Finch stumbles across an abandoned Armani jacket. He soon learns that the jacket holds a secret. A cryptic message that tears his life apart and threatens to make him the latest victim of the Jonestown massacre.

Inspired by true events, Second Life will keep you bolted to your chair until you reach the final sentence.

“The children went first, died first. But imagine if two escaped, returned to the US, were given new identities, the chance of a ‘second life.’ How would it all turn out? Would they escape the memory of Jonestown, embrace the rituals of a normal life, grow up, have families, pay taxes, argue with the TV … or would they become occult messengers of the fatal theosophy preached by the Reverend Jim Jones? This is the question, the premise of D.F. Bailey’s latest psychological thriller with a twist, Second Life.”
— Lawrence Russell, author of Radio Brazil

A mesmerizing journey from an historic catastrophe to a prophecy of mass annihilation.

Open Chains (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 5)Open Chains (Will Finch Mystery Thriller Series Book 5) $5.99

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Fifteen murdered.
Seven witnesses.
One by one they fall.

OPEN CHAINS combines the winding plot twists of Dennis Lehane’s SHUTTER ISLAND with the dizzying heights of Hitchcock’s VERTIGO.

One of these days, solid and reliable writers will be classified as 'Writes like D. F. Bailey’.”—Walter Scott

As Will Finch polishes the final chapter in his new book, Eve Noon drives from San Francisco to join him in a remote island hideaway. Little does she know of the menace that is tracking every step of her journey.

The night Eve arrives at Finch’s seaside cottage the trauma begins. An Iraq war vet appears at the door. He pleads with Finch to heed a warning: “There's trouble coming at us. All of us.” Finch dismisses the visitor but he soon realizes that he and Eve must confront a desperate stranger. A man they call Nine.

OPEN CHAINS races from the battlefields of Iraq to the dive bars of San Francisco to the headquarters of a tech genius in Seattle — and onwards to the cabinet of the president of the United States. When this marathon has run its course you will be slumped over in a cold sweat, wondering how you managed to survive the unrelenting tension and suspense.