Dale M. Nelson

With Andrew Watts:

The Firewall Spies

Books 2 and 3

Gentleman Jack Burdette Thrillers

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Agent of Influence

Book 2 in The Firewall Spies

In a world where artificial intelligence offers unlimited power, government spies and tech giants fight a ruthless battle to come out on top.

When an undercover Mossad agent is killed on a private Caribbean island, the death sets off alarm bells in Washington, Tel Aviv, and Moscow. The island is owned by Guy Hawkinson, the controversial CEO of Hawk Enterprises, and member of one of America’s most powerful family dynasties.

Within hours of the agent’s death, multiple agencies set new plans in motion.

Israeli Intelligence Officer Ava Klein is ordered to Washington, D.C. Tasked with salvaging their operation, she’ll need to infiltrate the Hawkinson’s inner circle.

To beat Mossad to the punch, CIA officer Colt McShane must steer clear of Ava—a former love interest—and recruit a fresh face with no former ties to the intelligence community: a young female veteran who is just finishing up a masters degree in machine learning.

And a Russian SVR chief has agreed to provide counterintelligence support for the Hawkinsons—at a price.

Each side is playing the world’s most dangerous game of espionage, attempting to win the ultimate technological victory. But with foreign agents and Hawkinson private security violently eliminating threats, any false move will be deadly.

A Future Spy

Book 3 in The Firewall Spies

As superpowers race to control the world’s most powerful technology, Chinese and American intelligence officers play a daring game of spy versus spy.

Genius tech CEO Jeff Kim has just discovered that the ultrawealthy Hawkinson family stole his advanced AI prediction technology. This technology was his secret possession. A cornerstone in which he would rebuild his life’s work. But now he has serious competition. To solve his problem, Kim decides to reach out to a man he never thought he would speak to again. A Chinese intelligence officer named Liu.

Liu, a seasoned and capable MSS officer stationed in the US, is in charge of many of China’s most important economic espionage operations. And pressure from Beijing has been intense of late.

Chinese tech industry advancements in AI are not progressing fast enough to stop an unprecedented economic collapse. As fears of an angry citizen revolt grow, Chinese leadership has ordered the MSS to gain the code to the new American AI prediction technology by any means necessary.

When Liu investigates the Hawkinson’s operation, he discovers some shocking revelations. The Americans have placed a spy in the Hawkinson’s inner circle. As a series of seemingly unrelated incidents come together in Liu’s mind, he develops one of the most ambitious espionage operations the MSS has ever undertaken.

For it to work, he will have to activate China’s own mole. The crown jewel of Chinese intelligence. A sleeper-agent placed so high up in the US government, they will have access to all of America’s most classified information.

But CIA officers Colt McShane and Fred Ford have caught wind of China’s plan. And now they must find the sleeper agent before their own is identified and killed.

Which spy will be caught first?

A Legitimate Businessman

Book 1 in the Gentleman Jack Burdette Thrillers

The job is too good to be true:

$80 million in 90-seconds.

What's the catch?

Based on the incredible true story of one of the most audacious jewelry heists in history.

To the authorities, he is “Gentleman” Jack, but nobody knows his identity and that's fine with him. With a new name and a passion for wine, Jack has gone legit. It was the dream he’d always had with each score he banked.

There’s just one problem…

…everything he's built is about to vanish.

That’s when he gets the call.

But if he's going to pull off the most daring heist in history, Jack will have to stay one step ahead of the FBI, a gang of Serbian jewel thieves, his old crew, and a dangerous Israeli diamond mogul.

You’ll love this fast-paced heist thriller, because it’s hard to know who to trust in a world of thieves, where loyalty is worth more than diamonds.

What readers are saying:

★★★★★ "...magnificent..."

★★★★★ "Wow. What a ride."

★★★★★ "...Ocean's 11 meets Sideways..."

★★★★★ "...a heist novel with flair and panache..."

★★★★★ "...exciting ride through wine and thievery."

The School of Turin

Book 2 in the Gentleman Jack Burdette Thrillers

He’s playing a dangerous game, living two lives. But he only has one to lose…

Jack Burdette wants a normal life but cannot give up his criminal past. Though he works to build a legit business as a winemaker, the infamous jewel thief can’t resist the thrill of a heist. But when his latest job goes sour, he has no choice but to make a devil’s bargain to avoid arrest.

Under the thumb of a Serbian gangster, Jack is forced to commit a series of high stakes crimes he wants no part of. With the authorities closing in and an old friend pushing him to settle a long-forgotten score, he fears this caper could well be his last.

Can Jack bottle up his past and still escape with his skin?

The School of Turin is the nail-biting second novel in the Gentleman Jack Burdette crime thriller series. If you like fast-paced action, breathtaking twists and turns, and enigmatic antiheroes, then you’ll love Dale M. Nelson’s intricate tale.

Buy The School of Turin to outrun the mob today!

What readers are saying:

★★★★★ "Excellent mystery."

★★★★★ "Couldn’t put it down!"

★★★★★ "Lots of plot twists and a surprise ending."

★★★★★ "...a thief with a heart who I found myself rooting for."

★★★★★ "Full of action & adrenaline, twists & turns, page turner, great characters, well written."

Once a Thief

Book 3 in the Gentleman Jack Burdette Thrillers






$80 million worth of diamonds.

He’s stolen them once before.

Now he’ll risk everything to steal them back.

After striking a plea deal with the FBI, jewel thief Jack Burdette settles into an honest life as a California winemaker—until his past catches up with him, and there’s no turning back.

Two years ago, Jack’s last job turned south when he was double-crossed, and he’s been smarting from the blow to his reputation ever since. Now, the culprit is back on the radar, trying to sell the stolen diamonds on the open market.

When the FBI calls him in for information on the upcoming sale, clueless about his part in the original heist, Jack knows a good opportunity when he sees it. With his network of professional con artists and well-honed skills of deception, he’ll easily play along with the investigation to locate the seller—and take back what’s rightfully his.

Jack can’t resist a chance to settle the score, but he soon learns that he’s underestimated the difficulty of the job. With the FBI breathing down his neck and dangerous people lined up as potential buyers, he’ll need to play his cards right to avoid ending up behind bars…or six feet under.

What readers are saying:

★★★★★ "...amazing..."

★★★★★ "...a merry chase..."

★★★★★ "...a very cool ending."

★★★★★ "Highly recommended!!!"

★★★★★ "...full of twists and turns as well as action."

About Dale M. Nelson

Dale M. Nelson grew up outside of Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications and went on to serve as a logistics officer in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, Dale worked in the defense, technology and telecommunications sectors before starting his writing career. He currently lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and daughters. When he’s not writing, Dale enjoys snowboarding, traveling, wine and music. 

Other Books by Dale M. Nelson

The Bad Shepherd



IndieBounD (Soon)

Los Angeles, 1981, is a city about to tear itself apart.

LAPD narcotics detective Bo Fochs has uncovered a drug ring that stretches from the neon nights of the Sunset Strip to the deadly streets of South Central. It's fueling both sides of L.A.’s gang war.

But to stop this urban drug lord before the violence erupts and takes the city with it, Bo will have to navigate not only the brutal dangers of gang violence, but also the subtle dangers in the corridors of power. And in the process he'll learn that not all justice is blind.

The Bad Shepherd is the first book in an exciting new crime series that digs into the music, culture and criminal underworld of 1980s Los Angeles.

What readers are saying:

★★★★★ "...outstanding."

★★★★★ "...a solid five stars."

★★★★★ "...noir-meets-rock & roll."

★★★★★ "...throbs with raw energy and intensity from beginning to end."

★★★★★ "A must read for fans of crime drama and the music, social climate and culture of LA during the 1980's!"

Proper Villians



They’re in over their heads.

And the only way out is a high-risk scam that could get them all killed…

Flash Madigan has a problem. Desperate to get out from under the Russian mob before the cops roll up the whole operation, he “borrows” nine hundred grand to bet on a fixed sporting event. But when the wrong team wins and the money goes up in smoke, he’s in a race against time before his sadistic boss finds out it's missing.

Partnering with a washed-up burglar and the con man who tipped him to the game gone bad, he plots to blackmail a retired Colombian drug smuggler. But when it turns out they’ve seriously underestimated their mark’s fondness for violence, selling each other out seems like the best way to survive.

With the Russians, the cops, and the FBI closing in, can three small-time hoods stop double-crossing each other long enough to stay alive and hit a $10-million score?

Proper Villains is a fast-paced, darkly funny crime thriller. If you like snappy dialogue, schemes gone bad, and plenty of twists and turns, then you’ll love Dale Nelson’s page-turning caper.

Buy Proper Villains to play a dangerous game of bluff today!

What readers are saying:

★★★★★ "...righteous chaos..."

★★★★★ "...full of action and adrenaline."

★★★★★ "...this story takes the fun and dials it up to eleven!"

★★★★★ "...I found myself smiling and laughing during the entire read.”

★★★★★ "... a dark comedy of a crime thriller, humorous enough to cause laughter, while serious enough to be taken seriously."