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Brody Taylor loves hacking humans. After all, people are the weakest link in all computer systems. If he’s hired to break in to your network, he will find and exploit the weak point. You. 

The problem with always manipulating people is that even those closest to you don’t trust you. 


Your private life is streamed live to a global audience. But no one told you about the cameras hidden in your home. And now a killer is watching, learning, planning . . .

Brody Taylor and DI Jenny Price team up to track down a serial killer. Does the answer lie in a highly secure website that broadcasts live feeds from hacked webcams?



Ian Sutherland was brought up in the Outer Hebrides, idyllic remote islands off the west coast of Scotland. In an effort to escape the monotonous miles of heather, bracken and wild sheep, Ian read avidly, dreaming of one day arriving in a big city like London. And then, at the tender age of 12 he was unexpectedly uprooted to Peckham, an inner city suburb of South-East London. Ian quickly discovered that the real London was a damn sight more gritty and violent than the version head read about in books and watched on tv. Undeterred, Ian did what he did best, and buried his head back in his books, dreaming of other places to escape to.

Roll forward some years, and Ian can still be found with his head in a book. Or, given that he enjoyed a successful career in the IT industry, an eBook Reader. And now, having travelled a fair bit of the globe in person and even more of it via the Internet, Ian lives with his wife and two daughters in a small idyllic village, surrounded by green fields, copses and the occasional sheep, yet located just outside of the London he finally came to love.

Here, he writes gritty, violent crime thrillers full of well-rounded characters, set in and around London and its suburbs. His stories also feature the online world that most of us jump into blindly each day, but Ian exposes its underbelly and dramatically illustrates how dangerous the internet can be for the unwary.


Tom Evans The Zone Show

If the producers of Homeland or 24 are looking for the next, and very relevant, topical and addictive series, look no further. Could not put it down ... great on momentum, twists and turns and detail of the dark web. Brilliant 1st novel, more please 🙂

K.F. GoodacreAcres of Ink

Meticulously planned and expertly executed, this is a thriller for the modern age. Recommended reading! If you like well-written, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Invasion of Privacy is your next read.

Roweena HoseasonMurder, Mayhem & More

An accomplished thriller; one which leaves an obvious opening for a sequel and I’d be delighted to read that too. Sutherland has a talent for exploring the underbelly of the internet, and I look forward to exploring the dark web through his next story.


Hobnobbing with Crime Fiction’s Finest at CrimeFest
I'm proud to announce that I've been invited to participate in a panel at this year's CrimeFest, the international crime fiction convention held in Bristol, England.
On Writing the Dreaded Second Novel – An Interview
An interview with Ian Sutherland on writing Taking Up Serpents, his second thriller novel and how he overcame 'second novel syndrome'.
Cover Reveal for Taking Up Serpents
I'm excited to reveal the new cover for Taking Up Serpents, which will be published in October. What do you think of the cover?
Announcing the Second Brody Taylor Thriller
18 months since the release of Social Engineer and Invasion of Privacy, I am delighted to reveal the title and jacket description of the third Brody Taylor thriller!