Mark Dawson is a British author of action thrillers, with his most well-known character being the character of John Milton, a former assassin who is trying to put his past behind him and atone for his previous transgressions by helping those in need. However, Dawson has also created the Soho Noir series of books, and also the Beatrix Rose series, both of which has been critical and commercial successes.
Order of John Milton Series
|6||The Sword of God||2014|
|7||Tarantula (Short Story)||2014|
|10||The Ninth Step||2016|
Order of Soho Noir Series
Order of Beatrix Rose Series
|1||In Cold Blood||2014|
|2||Blood Moon Rising||2014|
|3||Blood and Roses||2014|
|4||White Devil (Short Story)||2015|
|5||Nine Dragons (Short Story)||2015|
|6||Dragon Head (Short Story)||2015|
Order of Isabella Rose Series
Order of Mark Dawson Standalone Novels
The author Mark Dawson is was in the town of Lowestoft, which is in the English county of Suffolk. He tried his hand at many careers in his younger years, with jobs such as a DJ, an ice-cream sales person, working in factory and also working in a club promotions role. However, none of the jobs had managed to stick for him, and so he went into training to become a lawyer. After gaining his qualifications, Mark Dawson started out in the City of London, working at trying to apprehend money launderers. He then moved into the world of celebrity, where he would act on behalf of celebrities who were pursuing libel claims against newspapers.
The allure of London’s bright lights kept their hold on Dawson, and he moved into the film industry of England’s capital. It was also here that he first pursued his decision to turn his hand to writing fiction. In 2001, his first book, The Art of Falling Apart, which published. He followed it up the same year with his second book, Subpoena Colada. Both books were critical and commercial disasters for Dawson, and it made him rethink his desire to become a novelist, and he returned to working full-time as a lawyer.
However, with the popularity of e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle becoming hugely popular and giving rise to digital publication, it gave Dawson an idea – to publish his own works of fiction, and cut out the likes of agents and publishers, which had soured him to the process a decade earlier.
And so Mark Dawson self-published his own novels, The Black Mile, which would be the first book in the Soho Noir series of books. Due to the nature of the self-publishing world, it was difficult for The Black Mile to gain traction. However, this time, Dawson was not dissuaded and he continued to write for the e-reader market. The Imposter, the second book in the Soho Noir series followed, and then the book that Dawson claims changed everything – The Cleaner, which is the first book in the John Milton series of books.
With the success of The Cleaner, Dawson has gained a large and loyal following worldwide, and as well as the John Milton series, he has also created the Beatrix Rose series of books, and continuing the Soho Noir series of books with Gaslight, which was published in 2014. Dawson’s books have become huge digital success stories, and he is a shining example of the success you can have as a self-publishing author in the new and constantly evolving digital world of writing now.
Mark Dawson was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk (where he was raised). He studied law at Manchester University and would work as a lawyer for a decade before becoming an author. As a lawyer, he worked chasing money launderers all around the world, then he worked suing newspapers (on the behalf of celebrities) for libel; he worked in both London and in Soho. Mark Dawson made his debut in writing with the stand alone novel called “The Art of Falling Apart”, which was released in 2012. Dawson self publishes all of his work. Before studying law, he worked many jobs; these jobs include: disc jockey, factory hand, selling ice cream door to door, and as a club promoter. He has also done work in the London film industry. Mark Dawson has two cats, one dog, two kids, and a wife. He was a child of the eighties and admits, freely, that he watched a lot of the television series “The Equalizer” when he was young.
Dawson has written the “John Milton” series (which is about ex-government killer who is named John Milton), the “Beatrix Rose” series (an assassin that is part of a government kill squad that works off the books), the “Isabella Rose” series (which is a spin off of “Beatrix Rose, where Isabella is Beatrix’s daughter), and the “Soho Noir Thrillers” series (which is set between 1940 and 1970 and in the West End of London). He has also penned some stand alone novels, which have been translated into many languages.
BEST MARK DAWSON BOOKS
For those readers looking to get into novels by Mark Dawson, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “The Cleaner”, “Saint Death”, and “The Driver”.
The Cleaner: This is the first novel in the “John Milton” series and was released in the year 2013. John Milton is a British assassin and quits due to the blood on his hands. A rival agent tries to bring him to follow. Milton meets a single mother that lives in the Hackney’s East End, and he tries to save her son while London burns during the 2012 riots. Milton thinks of himself as an artisan and a master of killing people.
He is the one that the British government calls on to kill the worst ones: enemies of the state that even MI5 and the military cannot bring down.
Years of killing people has taken its toll on him and is troubled by nightmares that he has. Milton says that the next job is the last. Then, he will try to make up for what he has done.
Sharon Warriner is the single mother he has met, and she is afraid that her son is lost to the gangs. He promises to help her, after saving her. The gang and its rapper leader do not cooperate.
Saint Death: This is the second novel in the “John Milton” series and was released in the year 2013. An assassin called Saint Death tries to kill a blogger that is trying to expose the cartels. This puts Milton in his toughest fight yet. He has gone missing for six months and surfaces in Mexico, and quickly finds that he is in a fight with the narco gangs who control the border.
He is able to save a young journalist that has been a target of execution. He can only protect her by smuggling her into Texas. He works with the untouchable cops and a bounty hunter (someone with unclear motives); he must keep her safe until they can cross the border.
Santa Muerta (also called Saint Death) is a legendary killer, so getting her across will be a lot easier said than done.
The Driver: This is the third novel in the “John Milton” series and was released in the year 2014. John Milton now drives a taxi in San Francisco. John has gotten comfortable being invisible, and does not want to be found. He drives a girl to a party and she goes missing, making him get worried. The police treat him as a prime suspect, after two dead bodies are found. He is fugitive from British Secret Service, and does not need any extra attention.
There are unpleasant secrets getting out and more and more bodies, he knows one thing. Milton could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But he is the right guy to do what needs to be done.
Mark Dawson FAQs
Q: What nationality is the author Mark Dawson?
A: The author Mark Dawson is English, he was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Q: What was the first book Mark Dawson had published?
A: The first book Mark Dawson had published was The Art of Falling Apart, which was released in 2001, and was followed up by Subpoena Colada the same year.