Once a detective sergeant with the MET, Jonas Brock aims to rebuild his life. Having been investigated and arrested by his colleague, a bright young officer named Donovan Quinn; Jonas served five years in HMP Belmarsh for taking backhanders and protecting prostitutes.
After his release, Jonas becomes a private detective in his hometown of Abbey Wood, and having investigated nothing more than cheating lovers for vulnerable clients, he finally lands the case that he has been waiting for; stolen evidence files for one of the largest fraud cases that the city has ever seen.
With the help of Selena, the young prostitute that he has protected for over ten years, Jonas must put his mistakes behind him and focus his mind on solving crimes once again
DJ Priddle was born and brought up the Isle of Wight and studied Music Performance, through the University of Chichester. After finishing education, he spent an ‘idyllic’ 10 years working as a vocalist in various bands, travelling the length and bredth of the United Kingdom. Happening upon the “right place, right time” scenario, DJ was lucky enough to gain work for both the BBC and ITV, singing, acting and performing on children’s television.
Having discussed with a friend his secret love of writing that stemmed back to his imaginative youth, DJ was asked to put together a few short press releases for an independent PR company. With his love of writing, very much out in the open, DJ set about searching for all his old stories. Finding a large tatty box in the roof of his parent’s house, DJ began the lengthy process of sorting and editing. It was not long before he was sat in front of his computer with an idea forming in his head.
Having convinced his wife, Sarah, that this was not just another idea, that would soon be lying malformed in the gutter of his mind, alongside the ‘revolving fish tank’ that he was promising to build, and the Japanese bog garden that up to now is only part designed, DJ dedicated time to the craft, and began to learn the skill of fiction writing.
The Honey Trap, the first novel by DJ Priddle, was an amalgamation of the ideas and characters from his younger mind, a fast-paced pulp fiction story based on many of the films and TV shows that he had enjoyed as a teen. It was this writing journey that persuaded DJ to embrace the dark dystopian themes forming in his mind, and push them out onto the page through the eyes and feelings of Jonas Brock.
DJ says, “As his life, ideas and feelings grow in my mind, Jonas has carved out his own tiny part of my history. His relationships, friends and enemies arrive fully formed, in my mind on a daily basis, making him (if only to me) a moody but memorable detective.”
DJ Priddle continues to perform regularly in bands, and now presents a Sunday morning show on local radio.