The Detriment by David Videcette #J.D. Flannagan Book 3 @DavidVidecette #I Can’t Tell You The Truth, But I Can Tell You Another Story


“The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.

We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell…



When I read this book and The Theseus Paradox I felt a real genuine connection with the stories although they are written as part fact and part fiction. David Videcette as the author blends them in such a way that you would be hard pressed to know where one ends and the other begins, it is totally seamless. I am sure that these events  will forever be in readers minds, but this takes the you into the behind the scenes stuff, an inside look at the people who protect us from so many more horrors that don’t ever hit News Headlines. The physical and mental cost to these men and women is huge.

I just couldn’t help but take to Jake Flannagan in the first book, one of the good guys that has to, put it bluntly, a bit of a mixed up head due the job he does. Seen too much, done too much and been caught up in red tape too much, not to mention the booze and continual string of woman left behind as debris. The toll on his personal life was tragic to say the least but work for him is addictive. He bestie Lenny on the other hand, has his head screwed on a little better and even has a working relationship with his other half. Together Jake and Lenny are the perfect match, bouncing off each other with one liners and constant digs.

I am not even going to try to explain anything about the story which comprises of three main events and their random connection as it is far too complicated and would give far too much away. What you get in this book is as darn close to what it is really like to work at this level day in day out told by David Videcette, whom was himself was a former Scotland Yard Investigator with the Metropolitan Police for a number of years that cover both the periods of time that these books are set in. This is as close to the truth that you will get and it will horrify you, mesmerise you and at times break your heart.

When you finish the story do please continue to read on about factual accounts surrounding this book, the real life events that were the building bricks for the author. Love these facts that I read with too many sliding right into the story. Another outstanding read and sad to say that with the tragic events that have occurred in real life already there will be more to share, which I guiltily look forward to as a third book.


Former Scotland Yard investigator, David Videcette, has searched hundreds of properties, placed bugs on countless vehicles, chased numerous dangerous criminals and interviewed thousands of witnesses.

He was a lead investigator on the London terrorist bombings and is a former Met detective with twenty years policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime.

He currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, extremism and the London 7/7 bombings.

David also now puts his police knowledge to good use in his crime novels.

The number one question that David gets asked most often is: ‘How do you pronounce Videcette?’

To save you the trouble of asking, it’s pronounced ‘Wide-set’, but with a ‘V’. (Vyde-set). /ˈvaɪd.set/

The second most asked question from readers is: ‘Did that really happen?’

To which David’s answer is: ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’






July 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest police investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.

Who masterminded London’s summer of terror?
Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?
Is Jake’s absent girlfriend really who she claims to be?

While hunting for the answers to the most complex case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.

Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown,
Sometimes the answer is much closer to home.

(before I had a blog)

4 thoughts on “The Detriment by David Videcette #J.D. Flannagan Book 3 @DavidVidecette #I Can’t Tell You The Truth, But I Can Tell You Another Story

  1. Ha! As a Glaswegian, I love the story of the attack on Glasgow airport – when the passengers and staff leapt in and stopped it themselves and the only people who got killed were the terrorists. So Scottish… it’s no wonder our motto is “Nemo me impune lacessit”, which translates roughly as – Nobody messes with me! 😉

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful review, Susan!

    I’ve borrowed some of your super quotes and shared them over on my review page at:

    And as you know, I’ve blogged about how your review had more of an impact than any viral tweet could, at:

    Keep up the great reviewing work!

    Best wishes,



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