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Private Investigator Rick Cahill fears the next knock on his door will be a cop holding a warrant for his arrest. For murder. La Jolla Chief of Police Tony Moretti is convinced Rick killed a missing person. No body has been found, but the evidence that’s piling up says murder and it all points to Rick. With Moretti on his tail and the bank about to foreclose on his house, Rick takes a paying case that will stave off the bank, but pits him against Moretti and the La Jolla Police Department. Brianne Colton, a beautiful country singer, is convinced her estranged husband’s suicide was really murder. Rick is unconvinced, but the mortgage has to be paid. Each new piece of evidence convinces him she’s right. He breaks his number one rule and falls for Brianne even, as he begins to question her motives.
Jude St. Onge is a man on the run. He is an addict who has stolen a large cache of drugs from Detroit drug kingpin Mitchell Parson, who is determined to retrieve the drugs and take his revenge on Jude. After the torture slaying of Jude’s wife, and the kidnapping of Jude’s daughter, Angelina, the last thing Mitchell Parson expected to hear when he picked up the phone was: ''I have your sons.'' Raymond Little, with a murder conviction in his past, and newspaper reporter Ted Rogers have become unusual allies with Jude in an attempt to rescue his daughter. Together they kidnap Parson’s two boys, hoping to secure Angelina’s release. Risks for both hostage-takers skyrocket as the two sides square off, while Detroit Homicide Detectives work the case unaware of all that is at stake in the investigation.
This book contains scenes of: torture
Seventeen-year-old Cara Walden arrives in 1950s London with her half-brother Gray‚ a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and closeted homosexual. Gray has looked after Cara ever since her mother‚ glamorous actress Vivien Grant‚ was found drowned in the pool at their estate. As Cara embarks on a film shoot in Sicily and begins a love affair with a temperamental actor‚ she cannot help pondering the mystery surrounding her mother’s death‚ but the questions she asks soon put Cara’s own life in danger. Fans of old movies will get a kick out of All the Wrong Places, a historical mystery set in England, Italy, and the French Riviera that pays tribute to the films of the forties and fifties, capped off with a thrilling finale straight out of Hitchcock.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Dorotea DeVillardi is ninety-one years old, gorgeous, and worth a fortune. Matt Friedrich’s going to steal her. The Nazis seized Dorotea’s portrait from her Viennese family, then the Soviets stole it from the Nazis. Now it’s in the hands of a Russian oligarch. Dorotea’s corporate-CEO grandson played by the legal rules to get her portrait back, but he struck out. So he’s hired the DeWitt Agency to get it for him – and he doesn’t care how they do it. Now Matt and Carson, his ex-cop partner, have to steal Dorotea’s portrait from a museum so nobody knows it’s gone, and somehow launder its history so the client doesn’t have to hide it forever. Matt went to prison for the bad things he did at his L.A. art gallery. Now he has a chance to right an old wrong by doing a bad thing for the best of reasons. All he has to do is stay out of jail long enough to pull it off.
Action, suspense and a hint of romance come together with a surprising finale to the first book in the Roxanne Boudreaux Trilogy. Two murders, missing cash and a long-kept secret turn the Pittsburgh tax attorney's life upside-down. As the chaos in her life grows, can she overcome both the threats and turmoil? Will she let Diplomatic Security Service agent John Callahan defend her or go it alone?
Ex-pro baseball player Jake Longly adamantly refuses to work for his father, wanting no part of Ray’s PI world. He prefers to hang out at his beachfront bar and chase bikinis along the sugary beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. But Ray is persuasive, so Jake finds himself staking out the home of wealthy Barbara Plummer, a suspected adulteress. The mission seems simple enough―hang around, take a few pictures, sip a little bourbon. Except Barbara gets herself murdered right under Jake’s nose. When Jake launches into an investigation, he quickly runs afoul of Ukrainian mobster Victor Borkov. Aided by his new girlfriend Nicole Jemison and “Pancake” Jeffers, his behemoth employee with crazy computer skills, Jake tries to peel away the layers of the crime. The deeper the intrepid trio delves, the more murders start to pile up, leading them to massive yacht―where they just might be deep-sixed.
Deception, intrigue and murder come to town when a sinister art trafficking organization sets up shop in Dunbarton. No one is who they appear to be. Masks are being worn, roles are being played, and both Good and Evil are walking the streets. The trouble is, no one is sure which is which. On a sunny Saturday in July, a large RV pulls into the drive of Chris and Alicia Mallory’s farm. Inside are his sisters who are there as location scouts for a television show – a least, that’s what they’ve told Chris. But like many people in Dunbarton that summer, it’s a mask they are wearing. The reality involves art theft, forgery and trafficking on an international scale, a reality that soon proves deadly. Before long, Chris and Alicia are on the trail of a master criminal, known only as The Chameleon, who is hiding in plain sight.
In his long career as an English teacher at Holy Trinity High School, Michael Bishop felt that he was as good at reading people as he was at reading books. That all changes when he discovers the body of the school’s highly successful but universally disliked football coach, Albert Zappala. Even more disturbing is the news that the coach, whose net worth was in the millions, was murdered. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect, including students, colleagues, and even the sisters who run the school. Bishop’s skill in reading people is put to the ultimate test. Like Captain Ahab searching for the answers in his pursuit of the white whale, Bishop searches into the dark past for the key that will unlock the mystery. Will the truth destroy his belief in the basic goodness of man?
When a young hunting guide from a remote island in Alaska is found brutally murdered, his naked body is discovered in the Cascade Mountains outside Seattle—the shocking pinnacle to a grisly Totem of body parts. Nathan Applewhite is the fourteenth victim of a cunning serial killer who targets and stalks young men. With the body count escalating, FBI profiler Ryker Townsend and his specialized team investigate the gruesome crime scene. They find no reason for Nate to have mysteriously vanished from his isolated home in Alaska before he ended up in the hands of a sadist, who has been taunting Ryker and his team in a sinister game of ‘catch me if you can.’ But Townsend has a secret he won’t share with anyone—not even his own team—that sets him on the trail of a ruthless psychopath, alone.
In the Rolson McKane novels, the South is as frightening as the ghosts that inhabit it. Readers encounter trigger-happy monsters, racists, unhappy lovers, and drifting spirits from the cold side of the dirt.. It's a South like you've never experienced before, and it's bound to keep you up at night. Rolson McKane thought he was done being a cop. Then, he finds the dead young man in the Boogie House. What transpires afterward will defy everything he knows about the people he grew up with in the small town of Lumber Junction, GA. The hatred. The violence. The secrets. And all of it seems to relate to the death of a young black man in the woods by his house. The cops won't help. Neither will the people of the town. Rolson's only help are his best friend and the ghost of a dead man. He can only hope to solve this mystery before the clues -- and the suspects -- all disappear.
Maddie Richards finds herself in the middle of a case which starts with the sights and sounds of just another murder investigation. A woman claims her husband, a banker, was murdered. Later, Maddie learns that the woman had begun divorce proceedings the day before she claims a bullet had taken her husband from her. The murder greased her path to not only ending her marriage, but negating any need to divide their marital property. Then the wheels come off and nothing about Maddie’s case is what it seems. Ryan Testler, last seen in David Bishop’s novel The Woman, guest stars.
An exciting and unusual murder mystery set in the exotic world of high fashion and modeling. This is the second book in the Raff Rafferty Mystery Series.
Nicole Nelson and Ahmed Masud seem the perfect couple—happily married with a five-year-old son, partners in an elite plastic surgery practice in Philadelphia—until Ahmed, suddenly—with no warning—leaves with their son. Nicole’s search for her child takes her to Egypt, Uruguay, Liberia, and back to Egypt to face an unspeakable tragedy.
** New Australian Crime Noir ** What happens when a drug dealer is forced to turn detective? Meet Bill Murdoch, the world's most reluctant private investigator. Poor Murdoch. The syndicate is putting pressure on him to fill the shoes of his murdered boss. And now he's being cornered by an equally formidable foe: the Australian Tax Ofﬁce demanding an explanation for his sizable cash income. Murdoch spins a beautiful lie, telling tax inspector, Hannah Simms, he’s a private detective. When Simms asks him to investigate the mystery of her niece's disappearance, Murdoch grabs what he thinks is a golden opportunity to outrun the syndicate. But his arrival in the missing girl's small coastal home town causes an unexpected stir and the reluctant PI soon realises his troubles are only just beginning. HEADLAND is noir crime at its best, a thriller to keep you guessing until the very end.
For Fans of Emily Brightwell and Stephanie Barron: When his violinist goes missing, composer Joseph Haydn realizes the musician was a dangerous man on a deadly mission. Can Haydn find his virtuoso before he can orchestrate his treacherous plans? ''A standout in the genre of historical mysteries. An encore is requested!'' -- Midwest Book Review. ''A wonderful tour de force that pulls the reader into the intricate world of 18th century music, mystery, and politics!'' -- NYT Bestselling Author Emily Brightwell, Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries.
A murder mystery series that is raw, steamy, and gritty. It's packed full of danger with wild twist and turns. Will Baleigh survive, or fall from the edge of life? Baleigh Burgess was trapped. Her world spun out of control the night her partner/lover was gunned down. Facing prison on trumped up drug charges, she was forced to go undercover to find the killer. She wasn't prepared to face her suspects, her old gang, she once ran with back in the day. Faced with her morals being comprised in proving her loyalty. Concealing her identity which if discovered was certain death. Baleigh lived on the edge and only grew darker when the man she fell in love in traveled to Las Vegas. It was to be a fresh start, but every where they turned betrayal lurked. Running on the Edge takes you on a taut, dark murder mystery, where everyone is a suspect and a thin line of betrayal looms at every turn.
The old lady is dead, but she could still destroy him. When rebel leader, Sidu Diagho, learns that reporter Flo Mc Allister has died, he knows that her power to destroy him is still very much alive. Flo was with him during the coup attempts. She saw everything, yet has remained silent all these years. But Sidu could still be tried at The Hague for his crimes with her notes the testimony needed to convict him. Sidu is not the only one seeking to unravel the truth through Flo’s records. How much does Flo’s young friend Brit know? And what did Flo tell her son and his wife? Sidu will do what he must to find and destroy the evidence against him. Whispers Under the Baobab: A thrilling mystery—notes in code, unsent love letters—the story weaving from past to present as the characters race to solve Flo’s puzzles.
Sophie was abandoned at birth and grew up neglected and abused. Her only friends were computers, until she met Cole Hunter. He became her everything: brother, protector, and partner in crime. She believed that nothing could ever tear them apart. Until it did. Years later, when news of Cole's murder reaches Sophie, she completely snaps. She will tear down heaven and earth to find his killer, even enlisting the help of her ex-military ex-boyfriend. But the more she gets involved with the investigation, the more she digs up events she'd rather forget, and the more she puts herself in danger...
The job of criminal investigator in a rural Florida county is never easy, but it’s even harder when your father is the sheriff. When Larry Macklin investigates the murder of a mutilated stranger, the search for the victim’s identity intersects with an arson investigation. The common thread is a small group of people who were in high school together in the ’70s, including Larry’s own father. Before Larry can rule any of them out as the killer, one of them turns up dead. Why is the murderer targeting this particular group? What past secrets could be worth killing for now? Larry is running out of time and suspects, and his search for the truth may make him the next victim.
Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. Jenkins becomes a cop again and is thrown headlong into a murder investigation and a steaming kettle of fish, down-home style. The victim, Cecil Lovejoy, couldn’t have deserved it more. His death was the inexorable result of years misspent and appears to be no great loss, except the prime suspect is Sam’s personal friend. Feeling like “a pork chop at a bar mitzvah” in his new workplace, Sam suspects something isn’t kosher when the family tries to force him out of the picture. In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn’t fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice.
There's nothing worse than not knowing... On a hot summer evening, a young woman’s body is discovered in a small Tennessee town. When another girl vanishes on her way home from work, Special Agent Selena Marrenger takes on the case. All signs point to a terrifying serial killer with a unique modus operandi: a chemical used in state executions that isn’t found in Tennessee. As Selena inches closer to the unnerving truth, she starts to believe that something much larger -- and sinister -- is at play. Probing local law enforcement for answers unearths a well hidden secret woven into the fabric of truth, justice, and madness… In this fast paced novel where nothing is quite what it seems, M.W. Griffith leads readers on a dangerous, twisting quest to bring justice to families whose lives have been changed forever by tragedy.
A young couple taking a leisurely walk through the woods are shocked when their quiet, peaceful stroll ends as they come across a human skull. When Detectives Jean Whitley and Marty Keal are called to investigate, two more bodies are uncovered nearby in shallow graves, but unlike the first, these murder victims have just met their demise. Now not only do the detectives have to discover the identities of all three victims but now have to determine if the victims are connected or it’s just a coincidence that all three were dumped so close together.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
While investigating a series of brutal murders, LAPD Detective Sarah Milton's life is turned upside down with the reappearance of her precocious teenage ''imaginary friend'' Anna Nigma. Things only get stranger once she discovers that her friend and her murder investigation both are steeped in the paranormal, and only her criminal profiling expertise and her reawakened powers to see and speak to the dead can help take a dangerous murderer off the streets before he strikes again.
Gripping, tender story of a Marine vet’s attempt to deal with love, murder, and loss.
Near Ashford village a megalithic structure called the Goblins' Playground, deep in Red Cap Woods, has long been known as a site of weird and demonic events. When local rowdy Allan Cutter staggers into the snug bar of the Three Crowns Pub and dies, old fears return. His death is quickly followed by the murder of a developer planning to destroy Red Cap Woods. Villagers believe dark powers are awakening, that the murderous entities reputed to dwell in the woods will again dip their caps in human blood. Into this maelstrom of fear come DCI Arthur Ravyn and DS Leo Stark of the Hammershire Constabulary. As murders continue, they discover it will take all their combined skills, intellect and courage to keep the villagers from being destroyed by their own fears, to apprehend a murderer they hope to be all too human, and to keep from being sacked by powers more evil than the Devil's hoards.