Mark is the author of the best-selling Jack Delaney crime series, published by Arrow. ‘Hard Evidence’ and ‘Blood Work’ were published in 2009, followed by the third in the series, ‘Death Row’, in July 2010, and the final book, ‘Murder Club’, in October 2011.
Mark is also the co-writer of ‘Private London’ with James Patterson. This is the first time Patterson has collaborated with a British author. ‘Private London’ is the second title in a new detective series in the Patterson stable called PRIVATE, and was published in hardback by Cornerstone on June 9th 2011. The book went straight in at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller lists and the paperback was published in January 2012.
In addition to his novel writing he has been a full time and multi-award nominated television scriptwriter, writing as Marc Peirson. He has fifteen years of experience on a variety of shows including DOCTORS, EMMERDALE and EASTENDERS. His nominations include Best Episode of the Year at the British Soap Awards, a Royal Television Society Award and a Golden Rose at the Rose D’Or Festival in Switzerland.
He has had pilot episodes commissioned by the BBC’s Comedy Department, BBC Drama and for Warren Cabral Productions. Marc’s screenplay, FUNNY THING LIFE was optioned by Granada Productions and he was shortlisted for TAPS Writer of the Year. He has also had a sitcom optioned and developed with Blue Heaven Productions and D.L. Taffner (UK) Ltd.
Detective Inspector Delaney is looking forward to spending Christmas with Kate Walker and his young daughter Siobhan, but the past always had a way of ruining Jack’s best laid plans. And this holiday season is no different!
A year previously, Delaney was responsible for the arrest of Michael Robinson, a viciously violent rapist. Robinson always claimed he was set up by the police but before he could be brought to trial he was brutally attacked in prison and left for dead. He didn’t die, however, and a year later, out of hospital and fit for trial – he is pointing the finger squarely at Delaney for the assault that nearly killed him. And not only that – it looks like he has a case!
There are new faces at White City – and with them come old crimes, old bones and old scores to settle. It seems that Delaney is not the only one in West London with a past they’ll take any measures to hide. And as the body count starts to climb, it looks like Jack himself might be about to join the club.
PUBLISHED: Arrow, October 2011
Fifteen years ago when Jack Delaney was a beat cop not long out of Hendon, two children went missing from Carlton Row, a small residential street in Harrow. They were never seen alive again. Two years later Delaney rescued a young girl from the boot of an abandoned car, leading to the capture of Peter Garnier, one of the most horrific child rapists and murderers in recent history. Although the bodies were never found, Garnier admitted to murdering the two children and many, many more. He was sent to prison for the rest of his natural life. Jack had thought the case was closed. But he couldn’t have been more wrong. This morning … another young boy disappears from Carlton Row. Peter Garnier sends Jack the chilling message that they are both at the heart of the mystery, and Delaney has no time to figure out why, or how. Because tonight, the killings begin again …
PUBLICATION DATE: July 2010
The first victim is a young woman found on Hampstead Heath. Her throat has been slashed and her body mutilated. This horrifying discovery marks the beginning of Detective Inspector Jack Delaney’s toughest ever case. When the expertly dissected body of a second young woman is discovered in a north London flat with a brightly coloured scarf tied around her neck, it suddenly becomes clear that a psychopath is on the loose. There is no apparent connection between the two victims and there are no clear motives – but the crime scenes tell a terrifying story. Delaney, together with forensic pathologist Kate Walker, needs to act quickly and piece together the evidence in order to uncover the deadly pattern behind the murders. However, violent events from Delaney’s past are threatening to catch up with him, and he must stay one step ahead of his enemies if he is to stop the killer from striking again.
PUBLICATION DATE: August 2009
Introducing Detective Inspector Jack Delaney in a dark and gripping thriller that marks the beginning of a major new series.
Jackie Malone has been murdered. Her body lies in a pool of blood in the north London flat where she worked as a prostitute. Deep knife wounds have been gouged into her corpse and her hands and feet are tied with coat hanger wire.
For Detective Inspector Jack Delaney this is no ordinary case. He was a friend of Jackie’s and she left desperate messages on his answer phone just hours before she was killed. Despite no immediate leads and no obvious suspects, the fear in her voice tells him that this was not a random act of violence.
Just as Delaney begins his investigation, a young girl is reported missing, feared abducted, and he is immediately tasked with finding her. Delaney knows he must act quickly if there is any chance of finding her alive, but he is also determined to track down Jackie’s killer before the trail goes cold. However, his tough and uncompromising attitude has made him some powerful enemies on the force, and Delaney soon finds that this case may provide the perfect opportunity for them to dispose of him, once and for all…
PUBLISHED: Hutchinson, January 2009
By James Patterson & Mark Pearson
Sometimes when the nightmare ends – the terror is only just beginning.
For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private – the world’s most exclusive detective agency – saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can’t flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.
In central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found, some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Dan Carter’s ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation and it looks likely that the two cases are gruesomely linked.
Dan Carter draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against the odds. But the clock is ticking… Private may be the largest and most technologically advanced detection agency in the world, but the only thing they don’t have is the one thing they need – time.
PUBLISHED: Century, June 2011