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Author: DV Berkom

DV Berkom grew up in the Midwest, received her BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat.

Several years and at least a dozen moves later, she now lives outside of Seattle, Washington with her sweetheart Mark, an ex-chef-turned-contractor, and writes whenever she gets a chance. You're welcome to email her at dvb (at) dvberkom (dot) com or chat with her on Facebook or Twitter- she loves to hear from readers as well as other writers.


The Body Market - A Leine Basso Thriller, #3

  • Number: B00P31LAT6
  • Release: 2015-01-08
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * SUSP: Thriller, * SUSP: Mystery
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

A retired assassin is called in when a celebration south of the border turns into a nightmare.

Everything's for sale...

Former assassin Leine Basso is hired by a wealthy Beverly Hills power couple to find their missing daughter, Elise, last seen partying with her boyfriend at a club in Tijuana. At first, police believe the two teenagers are the victims of a carjacking. But when Leine finds their missing vehicle with the boyfriend’s mutilated body inside, and the local cartel warns her away, she knows if Elise isn’t already dead, she will be soon, or worse.

In the lethal world of organized crime, there’s always a worse.

As Leine races to uncover the reason behind Elise Bennett’s disappearance, she must also battle the powerful interests fighting to keep her from the truth.

The Body Market

A One Way Ticket to Dead - Kate Jones Thriller Series, #7

  • Number: B00IUD2AZC
  • Release: 2014-03-06
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * SUSP: Thriller
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

After years of running from her ex—a vicious Mexican drug lord—and his subsequent death, Kate Jones is ready to bury the past and try to piece together a new normal. But first there’s a loose end to tie and it involves digging up old ghosts that are best left alone.

Unaware her actions have attracted the notice of a powerful enemy Kate is plunged into a deadly fight for survival, as both her life and the lives of the children of a man she once loved hang in the balance. And, with the possibility of an informant inside the DEA, she doesn’t know who she can trust.

From the emerald green shores of Seattle to the lush Yucatan jungle and unforgiving Sonoran desert, Kate Jones must once again face her past...and hope she survives.

A One Way Ticket to Dead

Yucatan Dead - Kate Jones Thriller #6

  • Number: B00DME2GAI
  • Release: 2013-06-24
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Chiller, * SUSP: Thriller
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

She was a dangerous man's lover…now she's his dangerous enemy.


For Kate Jones, being on the run from her former lover—the vicious leader of a Mexican drug cartel—was never going to be easy. But with a new identity, a new lover, and a new life in Arizona, she was beginning to believe she'd made it through the worst.

Then, in an act of twisted revenge, Kate's kidnapped and imprisoned by her deadly enemy, his intention to force her to pay back the money she stole before he kills her.

Fate intervenes and she finds herself working against the cartels deep in the Yucatan with a group of off-the-grid commandos. From peaceful northern Arizona to the steamy jungles of Mexico, Kate Jones must decide for herself if she'll continue to run...

...or turn and fight the evil that pursues her.

Yucatan Dead

Bad Traffick - Leine Basso Thriller, #2

  • Number: B00AQ8WV5I
  • Release: 2012-12-18
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * SUSP: Thriller
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

Voted a Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews and a 2012 Top Read by Bloodwrites

Dangerous obsessions take center stage when a former assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she's sold to the highest bidder.

Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn't commit and required to stay in L.A., retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. Her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted and she's desperate to get her back. She hopes that Miles will use his considerable resources to find her.

Leine learns from a contact that Mara escaped, but the traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to their powerful client. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.

Bad Traffick

Cruising for Death - Kate Jones Thriller, #5

  • Number: B007XN22P8
  • Release: 2012-04-17
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * SUSP: Thriller
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

Cruising for Death is #5 in the Kate Jones Thriller series and is a full-length novel.

Kate and Cole are on a luxury cruise in the Caribbean when a passenger dies of an apparent heart attack and the ship is boarded by modern-day pirates. Along with two other passengers, Kate is kidnapped by a long-lost enemy who wants to settle an old score.

Will Kate escape certain death or end up as shark bait in the middle of the Caribbean?

It's adventure in paradise and promises all the fast-paced action readers have come to expect from the Kate Jones Thriller Series.

Cruising for Death

Serial Date - Leine Basso Thriller, #1

  • Number: B0076RXI1S
  • Release: 2012-02-07
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * SUSP: Thriller
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

A retired assassin. A serial killer with a social agenda.

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso

accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show-- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure.

When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him... and rescue her daughter.

Serial Date

Death Rites - A Kate Jones Thriller

  • Number: B005FCA7UQ
  • Release: 2011-07-30
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Chiller, * SUSP: Thriller
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

DEATH RITES is the third novella in the Kate Jones Thriller Series.

When Kate has to leave Alaska (and Sam) behind, she runs to the last place she remembers feeling safe: the North Shore of Oahu. Against her better judgment, she re-establishes old connections, and soon faces a new problem in Alek, a gifted carver and avid surfer.

Then a brutal murder and theft of a priceless artifact from a museum is discovered, and Kate's thrown into the middle of what appears to be a violent ancient sect come to life. Her only chance of survival is to rely on her wits...

...and the ancient gods of Hawaii.

Death Rites

Dead of Winter - A Kate Jones Thriller

  • Number: B004ZUJIDQ
  • Release: 2011-05-07
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Chiller, * SUSP: Thriller
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

The second novella in the Kate Jones Adventure Series, DEAD OF WINTER, picks up where BAD SPIRITS leaves off-

Kate Jones is hiding out in small town Alaska when she witnesses an execution-style murder. Convinced the killers are Salazar's men and desperate to stop them from finding her, she reports the crime to local law enforcement, hoping to put them off her trail so she can escape.

What she gets is Sam, an enigmatic officer with a mysterious past who's been assigned to watch over her as the hunt for the killers deepens.

Sam and Kate's obvious attraction to each other becomes a dangerous complication as Kate realizes the only way she can stay alive is to leave Alaska, trying to keep one step ahead of Salazar.

Dead of Winter

Bad Spirits 1 to 5 - Kate Jones 1-5

  • Number: B004Z1N2GE
  • Release: 2011-05-02
  • Author: DV Berkom
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Chiller, * SUSP: Thriller
  • Publisher: Duct Tape Press

BAD SPIRITS is the first novella in the Kate Jones Thriller Series.

Kate Jones is on the run with a backpack full of money, intent on finding her way back to the United States from Mexico. Unfortunately, a ruthless drug lord named Salazar is just as intent on finding her, retrieving his stolen money, and making her pay for ever having left him. Is there anyone she can trust?

Originally published as five separate short stories chronicling Kate Jones' race through Mexico, Bad Spirits Books 1-5 is a fast-paced, action-packed novella. Just when you think Kate's escaped one impossible dilemma, she's thrown into another perilous situation. Can she survive long enough to make it out alive?

Bad Spirits 1 to 5

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