Thrillers by Linda Davies

You can bank on thrills when the worlds of international finance and espionage collide in the novels of Linda Davies, former New York & London banker!

Home page of the novelist maintained by her brother, Roy Davies. My sister now has her own offical Linda Davies website. new!
 

   Linda Davies, thriller writer and former investment banker.
The Djinn Quintet Wilderness of Mirrors Nest of Vipers Something Wild Into the Fire Final Settlement

 
 

Ebooks

The Kindle edition of Sea Djinn is currently available as a new! free download in a special promotion - 9 November 2013.

Most of Linda's books are now also available as ebooks from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk (see the Kindle editions) and from Barnes & Noble (general fiction) or Barnes & Noble (Djinn Series) in the Epub format for the Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo and most other readers from Smashwords in all the common ebook formats.

Linda Davies and the Iranian Gunboats

Linda, her husband Rupert Wise, and Paul Shulton, an Australian friend were sailing on a catamaran in the Persian Gulf when they were intercepted by two Iranian gunboats and taken to Iran where they were held prisoner for 13 days. They were finally released on 11 November 2005 after strenuous secret efforts by the British Foreign Office and the Australian Government. For more information see the reports below. This incident took place 16 months before a group of 15 British sailors and Royal Marines were seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in gunboats. History repeats itself. In November 2009 five British yachtsmen sailing from Bahrain to Dubai were arrested by Iranian naval vessels. Such incidents have also cast doubt on plans to hold the 33rd America's Cup off the coast of Ras al-Khaimah, another of the Emirates in the United Arab Emirates.
Experience: I was held hostage
"When we were led to a run-down building, I thought it was an execution chamber. "This is it," I thought." The Guardian, 24 October 2009.
Captured Britons released in Iran
BBC, 11 November 2005.
"We set sail on a perfect summer's morning. Within hours we were in fear of our lives" by Linda Wise.
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2005.
The banker with a CV out of a spy novel
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2005.
Captive trio's truth about their Iran drama is stranger than wife's fiction
Scotsman, 12 November 2005.
Writer tells of Iran kidnap ordeal
Western Mail, 12 November 2005.
Iran frees British couple after 13-day detention
Guardian, November 11, 2005.
Crime Writer Freed
Daily Mirror, 12 November 2005.
Australian detained by Iran for 13 days
ABC News, 12 November 2005.
Straw "very glad" British couple released by Iran
Payvand's Iran News, November 11, 2005.
 
By coincidence sailing featured strongly in Linda's 5th novel, Final Settlement, first published in Canada a few months earlier! An even stranger coincidence was that she had started work on a children's novel and had recently completed a chapter in which the parents of the main character were captured at sea! That book, Sea Djinn, was published in Dubai in November 2007 and is now available in other countries from Amazon.co.uk.

The Djinn series of Fantasy Books

For more information about this series see also DJINQUINTET.COM the website on children's books by Linda Davies.
How author’s kidnapping tale turned into reality
She made a name for herself as the writer of financial thrillers, but when Linda Davies moved to Dubai she decided to try her hand at a children’s adventure story complete with sea monsters and kidnapping. Little did she know reality would follow fiction as she herself was kidnapped and held hostage in Iran. Western Mail, 2 October 2009.
A sea change
An article about how Linda Davies came to write Sea Djinn and a review of the book, Khaleej Times, 14 December 2007.
Gulfnews: Imagine!
Daring and escape from reality is what drives Linda Davies' new work of fiction – Sea Djinn. A fine piece of prose, Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary discovers that it is just the beginning ... Gulf News, December 13, 2007.
Change of course
If anyone is qualified to write a children's novel which includes a kidnap at sea, it is Dubai-based author Linda Davies. Gulf News, November 23, 2007.
"Dubai's Harry Potter" series continues
Linda Davies talks to Time Out about Fire Djinn the latest book in her fantasy series. Time Out Dubai, 3 December 2008.
Djinn’s a tonic
Linda Davies, author of the fantasy Djinn series, tells Time Out how writing lured her away from the trading floor. Time Out Dubai, 28 October 2009.
Empty Quarter stirs children’s author
Looking for inspiration for her next book, Linda Davies turned to the haunting silence of the Arabian Peninsula's Empty Quarter or Rub' al Khali. The result was Storm Djinn, the third in her series of children’s novels. It will be released in the UAE this month. The National, November 6 2009.
Arrested by Iranian gunboats
An interview in which Linda Davies describes life in Dubai, her writing, and her connections with Suffolk. East Anglian Daily Times, 13 May 2010.
 
Sea Djinn and Fire Djinn are both available now in the UK and other countries (April 2010).

Books

Into the Fire

A young derivatives trader suspected of fraud flees to Peru only to find herself facing much greater unknown and unexpected perils. The action ranges from the peaks of the banking world to the Andes, from the financial jungle of the City of London to the real, Amazonian jungle, and back again. A new edition has been published by Twenty First Century Publishers.

Final Settlement

A New England heiress whose life revolves around art and sailing marries an architect whose mother, in her youth, had posed as a model for many famous artists. Together they start to do up a ruined Scottish castle but, after a near-fatal car accident, the young American woman loses her memory. As she slowly recovers, she gradually becomes aware of what else she is in danger of losing. The hardback came out in the UK in 2007 and is available worldwide. The paperback had already been published in Canada.

Nest of Vipers

Sarah Jensen, a brilliant and beautiful foreign exchange dealer, becomes an undercover agent to investigate an apparently straightforward case of insider trading and gets caught up in a much wider international financial conspiracy affecting the operations of the central banks of the G7 nations, which imperils her life.

Wilderness of Mirrors

The international diamond business forms a cover for the activities of the secret services as two women, one an undercover agent and former junkie, the other a venture capitalist, set out to trap a businessman at the heart of a twisted maze of drug and arms smuggling by luring him into a deal to raise finance for a mine to exploit a discovery of diamonds at a remote location in Vietnam.

Something Wild

Rock and Roll meets banking when Sarah Jensen, the heroine of Nest of Vipers, tries to negotiate the world's biggest Bowie bond issue as she trails one of the greatest stars of the music business from his Rocky Mountain ranch to London via Venice - and discovers that the $100 million deal at stake is the least of the risks she is running.

Foreign Translations

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Lecture

Psychology of Risk, Speculation and Fraud

Text of a speech at a conference on European Monetary Union.

Reviews

Quotations from the press and other media.

Ordering Books

Bibliographic details and links to online book shops.

 

The Making of an Author

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"The scope for crime was immense. I sat down one day and wondered what would be the biggest, most spectacular crime that could be committed. I tried to think like a criminal. How would I make a fortune? How could I bridge the gap between the City and the world at large off which it feeds?"
One afternoon, in July 1991, Linda Davies asked herself those questions and they led her to think of the perfect crime and to start writing.
"I didn't want to write about a parochial insider trading case. I wanted to show the links between governments and central banks and the City, and the role that the intelligence services now have in business and finance. The City is a perfect cover for spies."

The result was Nest of Vipers, a novel whose main theme was confirmed by subsequent events, including the revelation in February 2005 that 12 years earlier MI6 had provided the British government with secret advance information about French interest rate movements.

Following her successful debut, Linda travelled to Hong Kong and Vietnam to do research for her second novel, Wilderness of Mirrors, which deals not only with the intelligence services and the financial world but also the diamond industry and the international drugs trade.

While she was finishing writing the book her life took another sudden change of course. She met Rupert Wise, a banker, and a few months later got married and moved to Peru where the people they came into contact with ranged from the political leaders of the country to gunmen who fought a battle around their house!

"Then the shooting got closer and closer. It reached our garden and the alarm went off. I was terrified when Rupert grabbed his pistol and went outside. I was charging around the house with a kitchen knife, scared to death the gunmen were going to come through the glass frontage of our modern house. I hugged the walls trying to avoid whatever the hell was going on. I rang our bodyguard on the inter-com, but he did not respond. As far as I was concerned, both he and my husband had been shot."
Actually they survived, help arrived and the attackers were driven off. The only lasting legacy of the experience is the inspiration it provided for one of the key chapters of Into the Fire. Linda and Rupert's other experiences of Peru, including much happier ones such as as hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, are also reflected in the book, which also deals with the very different world of the derivatives market.
"There was nothing familiar of friendly about the derivatives market. It could rip your guts out overnight, as it had done to Barings, when a lone trader built up a derivatives loss of seven hundred and forty million pounds, breaking the bank. Derivatives were the biggest, most potentially lucrative, and destructive market in the world."

Quotation from Into the Fire.

After three years in Peru Linda returned to London and wrote Something Wild, the first novel to deal with the subject of Bowie bonds. It was highly praised by David Pullman, the American banker who was responsible for the original, epoch making deal with David Bowie and most subsequent similar deals with other stars.

At the end of 2004 Linda and her husband and family moved to Dubai. Her fifth book, Final Settlement came out in Britain in the spring of 2007. It came out in paperback in Canada over a year earlier. A large part of it is set in the north of Scotland (Linda was born in Scotland and loves the Highlands), and part is set on the coast of New England, an area she has got to know well more recently.

A new development in her writing career was the publication of a novel for children, Sea Djinn by the Dubai-based publisher Jerboa Books It was the first of a series of five books. Those already published are available from Magrudy's, the main bookseller in Dubai and the also now available from and Amazon.co.uk and other branches of Amazon.

Linda Davies is the daughter of Professor Glyn Davies, the author of A History of Money from Ancient Times to the Present Day, which is the standard work in its field. For more information about Linda Davies including links to other sites carrying interviews with her or articles about her, read the full biography.

 


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