PARIAH asks you to imagine being forced to cut yourself off from society.

You can’t go near your friends, your work colleagues, even your family.

Because if you do . . . they will die.


Imagine the pain of not being able to see your spouse and your children. You have to live apart from them. You can’t go into work. Your environment becomes a claustrophobic hotel room, with seemingly no escape. You cannot risk talking to strangers in case it is seen as an act of friendship that puts them in danger. It is the ultimate in solitary isolation.


How long could you bear to live like that?


How long would it be before you became desperate for it to end? So desperate, in fact, that you might be willing to sell your soul to anyone who offers you a way out?


NYPD detective Callum Doyle is about to learn the answers to these questions. It starts with the murder of his partner. But that’s only the beginning . . .


PARIAH was Highly Commended in the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Awards. It has been variously described as a ‘slick, edgy and cinematic novel,’ and a ‘brilliant, fast-paced debut with taut, action-packed prose.’



"[Pariah's] combination of violence and down-home sentimentality recalls Harlan Coben - though for my money Jackson is the better writer." - The Guardian


"Doyle takes to the mean streets to fight fire with fire. This is an action-packed debut." - Irish Independent


"Following in the footsteps of Lee Child, Matt Hilton and RJ Ellory . . . Tough stuff with black humour and slick action." - Peterborough Evening Telegraph (2011)


"A gripping, twisting thriller by a UK writer to watch." - Peterborough Evening Telegraph (2012)


"Jackson falls comfortably into the role of highly polished and seasoned author. . . A great read from a great new author." - Crimesquad


"An intelligent novel, Pariah is a remarkable debut... New York's finest battle it out in this pulsating crime thriller." - Milo's Rambles


"A great high-speed, high-drama thriller which I sped through in two sittings... You're in for a damn good time." - Books and Writers


"Jackson can write a fast-paced thriller and should be proud to stand alongside his heroes... I challenge you to find a hole in the NY doughnut that is Jackson's authenticity of place and culture." - It's a Crime!


"Weaves a fantastic web of fear, deceit and lowlife... The pace alone might kill you." - High Heels and Book Deals


"The book is a page turner... I had to keep picking it up just to see what was happening to Doyle." - Life in Clarity


"The suspense and tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife." - Even Butterflies Think


"I was up until 1 in the morning reading Pariah; I couldn't put it down... A compulsive page-turner with a gripping cliff-hanger ending." - Pamreader


"The plot flies, the descriptions make the city jump out at you and the whole cast of characters come alive." - SJI Holliday


"A succession of cliff hangers which has you shouting 'no way' out loud, only to sigh a minute later." - Plain Jane


"Exceptionally well written... The tension is held up all the way through." - Tangled Web


"It has taken a while for this book to reach the public, but it will certainly start a winning streak." - Crimezone Netherlands (translation)


"If you're looking for a page turner with pithy dialogue, this is it... The clues were all there but the writing was so good that I rushed right over them." - Ann Weisgarber, Orange Prize longlisted author of The Personal History of Rachel Dupree


"Excellent storyline, well written and good plot." - Goodreads


"Ticks all the boxes of good crime fiction... a great debut and a thriller that I would wholeheartedly recommend." - Amazon


"If this is an example of David Jackson's writing career then I for one will be adding him to my must read list." - Amazon


"A bobbydazzler of a debut!" - Waterstone's