A Single Source of Truth

“This is a top of the line book which makes the reader wonder so much more about the digital world around them.” – Norma Budden, Reedsy Discovery

A Single Source of Truth is a mystery crime-thriller about Detective Sergeant John Beckford – a digital forensic specialist, working in cybercrime – who gets in over his head when he unearths data that unravels a conspiracy being headed by a network of corrupt Metropolitan Police officers.


(Print Length: 418 pages)


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DS John Beckford investigates cybercrime as part of the High Tech Crime Unit in London’s Metropolitan Police. When former lover DI Alison Farber arrives with a seized desktop in her possession, Beckford becomes embroiled in a new case: a Ukrainian computer science student who’s blown his head off with a shotgun. And filmed it.

Beckford’s analysis of the hardware uncovers strange anomalies that lead him to suspect the suicide was digitally fabricated and that in fact the Ukrainian was murdered. After an attempt on his life, his suspicions are confirmed, and Beckford soon learns that he’s being digitally framed as the leader of an online child pornography ring… and a murderer.

Now a desperate fugitive in the city with meticulously staged evidence stacking up against him, Beckford not only has to evade the police but a mysterious syndicate of professional hackers who are hell-bent on destroying his life. Will he manage to uncover the conspiracy behind the organisation and clear his name? Or will Beckford end up being ‘removed’ – just like everyone else who gets in their way?


Reviews (16)

Reedsy Discovery Review

“This is a top of the line book which makes the reader wonder so much more about the digital world around them.”

Selected Amazon Reviews

“A Single Source of Truth quite simply is tense, and tense in the most remarkable way. I’ve never read a story that so heavily stays focused mainly on one character, and in this instance it’s done to perfection.”

“A truly gripping read. The characters are well fleshed out and believable – as are the plot and motivations behind everything that transpires. Great attention to detail in everything – the technology, the methodology of the people, the way the action and investigations take place.”

“It grips you from the very first chapter. A brilliant and unpredictable story that you just can’t put down. I really hope there’s another one in the pipeline!”

Writing a Novel

  1. The Origin of an Idea
  2. Outlining
  3. Research
  4. The Actual Writing (aka Drafting)
  5. Those Nagging Doubts
  6. Rewriting
  7. Paying For Feedback
  8. (Not) Finding a Publisher
  9. Prepping the Book for Self Publishing
  10. Cover Design
  11. The Finishing Touches
  12. Launch Day
  13. Marketing
  14. Epilogue