The Viney Agency


David AmbroseDavid Ambrose was born in Lancashire and educated at Blackburn Grammar School and Merton College, Oxford, where he read law. Becoming seriously distracted by the theatre, he postponed his intended career as a barrister (indefinitely, as it turned out) and by the age of twenty-five had established himself as a successful playwright and screenwriter. In 1977 his fake TV documentary Alternative 3, about global warming and high level government conspiracies, became a “succes de scandale” and the subject of an international cult. After that he moved to Hollywood, where he first worked with the legendary Gene Roddenberry on story concepts for Star Trek, and went on to script many films with stars including Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles, Richard Widmark, James Mason, Pierce Brosnan and Sharon Stone. In the early nineties he began work on a series of novels widely acclaimed as “fast-paced”, “mind-bending” and “unputdownable”, which reflected his fascination with psychology, philosophy, and some of the more far-reaching implications of theoretical physics. His work has best been described as “Hitchcock meets Hawking”. He continues to move easily between the cinema, theatre and literature, and is currently working on several projects in each of those fields. His key backlist fiction has all been reissued on ebook by Simon & Schuster UK.

His autobiography, A Fate Worse Than Hollywood will be published by Zuleika in 2019.

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Joe Turner is a penniless young artist in need of a break. One day, through a minor traffic accident, he makes the acquaintance of one of the richest couples in Europe.

Sergei Vanov is a Russian oligarch based in London, and his wife Catherine is of French and Italian descent. Soon, through their patronage, Joe's career is on a dramatic upswing, his fame and fortune assured. But the price he pays is high. Foolishly, he begins a secret affair with the beautiful Catherine, who is desperate for affection to make up for a cold and empty marriage. At the same time he becomes increasingly involved with the unpredictable Sergei, to the extent even of lying to the police to protect him against an accusation of murder.

Joe's position, caught between these two volatile and dangerous people grows increasingly impossible. Finally, to save himself, he realizes he must break free of them both. That proves to be more easily said than done. Before he knows it, he finds himself on a nightmare ride involving other killings and unsolved mysteries from the past.

And the truth, when it finally comes out, is something nobody is prepared for.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Twisted, Simon & Schuster, 2013. The Man Who Turned Into Himself  Jonathan Cape, 1993 (Reissued by Picador (US) in 2008). A Memory Of Demons, Simon & Schuster, 2003.  Pocket Books, 2004. Coincidence,  Simon & Schuster, 2001. Pocket Books, 2002. The Discrete Charm Of Charlie Monk,  Macmillan, 2000. Warner Books (US) 2001. Superstition,  Macmillan, 1997. Warner Books (US), 1998. Hollywood Lies,  Macmillan, 1996. Reissued by Pocket Books, 2008. Mother Of God,  Macmillan, 1995. Simon & Schuster (US), 1996.