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Danny Miller was born in Brighton and studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London. As a playwright he's had his worked performed at the National Theatre Studio, the Bush Theatre, and the Theatre Royal Srtatford East. As a sricptwriter he's worked for the BBC, ITV, and Chanel 4. Kiss Me Quick is his first novel.
March 2011 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2011. Kiss Me Quick goes behind the headlines of rioting Mods and Rockers, and into the deadly world of a secret Corsican crime organization, a burgeoning drug trade, police corruption, pornography rackets, and the dark side of the music business. With its elaborate and compelling plot, a cast of deliciously treacherous and vividly drawn characters, this page turning thriller introduces us to the dangerous world of Vince Treadwell. CWA Judges’ comments: 'Miller creates a dark and complex thriller set against a threatening and realistic evocation of 1960s Brighton, and the sleaze that underlies its vibrancy and excitement.'
When art dealer Ivan Fielding is found dead of a heart attack in his home, surrounded by the treasures he's collected all his life, it doesn't initially seem like a case for Detective Inspector Frost and the Denton police force. But then signs of a burglary are discovered, and Frost senses there's more to the story than meets the eye - even though the only thing taken was a worthless amateur painting. Then a young girl is abducted outside the school, an infamous gangster fresh from prison arrives in the area, and dead bodies start turning up in the woods. As Frost and his team dig deeper, everything seems to lead back to Ivan Fielding's murky lifetime of misdeeds. Will they find the answers they need before the dead man's past puts them all at risk? DETECTIVE JACK FROST IS: 'A splendid creation, a cross between Rumpole and Columbo.' The Times 'Deplorable yet funny, a comic monster on the side of the angels.' Guardian
Denton, 1984. After a morning's betting at the races, bookmaker George Price is found in his car, barely alive with a bullet in his head. As he's rushed to hospital, Detective Inspector Jack Frost and the Denton police force start their hunt for the would-be murderer. But with a long list of enemies who might want the bookie dead, the team have got their work cut out for them. And with a slew of other crimes hitting the area, from counterfeit goods to a violent drugs gangs swamping Denton with cheap heroin, the stakes have never been higher. Will Frost find the answers he's looking for before things go from bad to worse? DETECTIVE JACK FROST IS... 'A splendid creation, a cross between Rumpole and Columbo' The Times 'Deplorable yet funny, a comic monster on the side of the angels' Guardian
When Vince Treadwell spots a famous jewel thief in Soho one night and the next day reads about a daring robbery at the Ritz, he takes it upon himself to investigate the case as the missing jewels belong to the beautiful French movie star Capuchine, with whom Vince is smitten. But it soon leads to murder - and he is the chief suspect. In prison and looking at a life sentence, Vince is offered a lifeline from his old friend at Interpol, Ray Dryden. He wants Vince to go undercover and return the jewels to the movie star, who is secretly dating hotshot producer, Carlo Messina. But in reality Messina is one of the biggest gangsters in Marseille , running a heroin pipeline to America. So after a daring prison escape, and armed with fake jewels, Vince finds himself on the French Riviera - and it just happens to be the eve of the 1965 Cannes film festival. Against the backdrop of movie star glamour, Vince soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the charismatic and psychotic criminal; a man for whom movies and reality are indivisible, and murder and mayhem are on the script.
It's the Swinging Sixties but not all barriers have come down - the aristocrats and financial power players still gather around the exclusive gaming tables of the Montcler Club in Berkeley Square while the rest slum it in the underground ska clubs and elicit drinking dens in Notting Hill. And it's against this background of London society and villainy that detective Vince Treadwell enters when investigating the seemingly unrelated murder of a young black woman in Notting Hill and blue-blooded Johnny Beresford in Belgravia. As Vince digs deeper he finds himself embroiled in a secret world of debauchery and corruption, where the underworld happily mixes with the aristocracy, and where no one remains an innocent victim. Praise for Kiss Me Quick: 'A thrilling read.' - Buzz Magazine 'Dark and involved.' - Daily Express Unmissable. - Best 'This unusual and atmospheric crime novel suggests that Danny Miller is a writer to watch.' - Good Book Guide '...one of those books that literally grabs you from page one.' - The Week
Conventional thinking holds that family-controlled businesses are beset by inherent weaknesses from clan cultures to stable ownership that hobble success and erode competitive advantage. This book argues that those very traits are part of what has ensured the sustained success of some of the world's leading and long-lived family controlled businesses. This is not a book for mom and pop family businesses. Rather, it is for firms of all kinds and sizes who want to emulate the strategies of the best family-controlled businesses for long term success.