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On July 4, 1946, Navy Captain Edward Lawson attempted to fly an experimental seaplane into the hands of the Soviet Union. The top-secret plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean before he could succeed with his traitorous action. His body, and the wreck of the plane, were lost at sea. Mike Howard runs a small aviation museum, and, several decades later, his war-hero family still feels the sting of Lawson's unpatriotic actions. When Mike is pressured by Lawson's grandson, Jesse, to mount a search for the traitor's corpse, his first instinct is to refuse. However, his scholarly instincts quickly get drawn into the hunt, and he soon realizes that there is much more to the story. As Mike's corporate sponsors passionately lobby for him to stop stirring up old issues, it is made clear to him just how tangled the web of espionage has become.
A pretty, young interviewer at the Center for Research of American Sexual Habits, funded by the founder of Honeys Magazine, a highly successful mens periodical devoted to the exploitation of the female body, is brutally murdered. Fati (Fatima) Rafferty, Raff's attractive, red-haired daughter and a rookie officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, is coerced by her division commander to go undercover as an interviewer at the Center in order to determine how, why and by whom the slain girl was murdered. When subsequent murders occur at the Center, the question is raised: Will Fati -- even with Raff's unofficial help -- be able to stop the killer before she herself becomes the next victim?
Simone Beaumont is having a rough day. She is exhausted. Her baby is crying non-stop, she is in a fight with her husband and hasn't spoken to him since last night. A big part of her want to just leave everything. To run away from it all. To vanish. She is considering it while putting her screaming baby in her car seat when suddenly she meets a man in the parking lot who without asking her makes her wish come true. Emma Frost has just come home from a trip to Eastern Europe when the body of Simone Beaumont is being found. It turns out she was part of Sophia's mothers’ group and soon the small group is shaken by yet another disappearance. Run Run as Fast as You Can is a spine-chilling Scandinavian mystery. It is the third book in Willow Rose's bestselling Emma Frost series.
The brutal murder of an elderly Medal of Honor winner from the Vietnam War, staged as a robbery, has unintended consequences. The hired killer, himself a veteran of more-recent American wars, feels betrayed by the people who paid him to eliminate a man he now reveres. The outraged assassin decides to seek revenge. There is a problem. The assassin uses cutouts and secret accounts, and has no way of finding out who ordered the hit. But he knows someone who can. Someone he has trusted with his life in the past. Someone with a reputation for doing the impossible: Alton Rhode. The body count climbs as billion-dollar New York projects and politics clash in GUNNER. Finally, Rhode uncovers the shocking reason for the hero’s murder.
In Boneyard Beach, the tenth book in the popular Folly Beach Mystery series, a knock on Chris Landrum’s cottage door proves that he doesn’t have to leave home to find trouble. A friend arrives to say that he is accused of murder. Chris then learns that another friend Larry’s shady past is threatened to be exposed. Chris and his best friend Charles join a walking group to learn more about Larry’s nemesis, but instead of the health benefits of walking, he and Charles come face-to face with deception, intrigue, and murder. In this humorous novel, described as the “perfect beach read,” Chris and his quirky pals must put everything on the line—including their lives—to catch not one, but two killers.
They say you should never trust a stranger and that every free gift comes at a price. Maybe they're right. Sgt Major Crane is out of the army, out of a job and definitely out of sorts. So when DCI Anderson throws him a lifeline, Crane grabs it. A young girl has been found, dazed, bruised and mute. But can Crane return to a time when he was fearless, respected and unstoppable? He needs to prove that he can still catch a killer -- whatever the price.
Divorced and disaffected journalist Mike has self-published his own mystery drama online, hoping to shift his life on to a new tack. The story is fictional, but is based on 'real' events, and well-meaning friends now persuade him to track down a girl he knew long ago -- someone whose memory he hijacked for his book. Unsettling events soon follow: a website hack, a theft, a kidnap attempt. Initially Mike concludes all this has been sparked by an investigative article he once wrote, but gradually he starts to wonder if it could be connected to his search for the girl, or even to his book. Soon Mike's life seems to be in turmoil, especially when the possibility of a new relationship seems to hover in front of him. Fact and fiction collide in this lively and fast-moving story, which along the way highlights some of the trials and pitfalls of the self-publishing process itself.
SOLD MORE THAN 300,000 COPIES! The Queen of Scream Novels channels Wes Craven in this 3-in-1 boxed set! It's the stuff of a living nightmare... Three bone-chilling tales from a bestselling author's popular mystery series about the journalist Rebekka Franck and her friends and family.
A shy, mysterious woman and a shadowy fat man put Matt Kile in the middle of Russian Romanov history, danger, murder, and enormous wealth. All while Matt spars with two romantically competitive women.
Two homicide detectives use a unique type of DNA search technique while pursuing a serial killer. The detectives become inseparable as they hunt for the killer.
In Savannah lies a house about which is said that all who have ever lived there have gone insane. When Kimberly and Joseph inherit the house from an unknown aunt, they don’t know the house’s murderous history. They move in and soon a series of strange events occurs. It’s like the house doesn’t want them there. Little by little, Joseph starts to change, and soon Kimberly begins to wonder: is the house haunted or is her husband just going mad? Jack Ryder and Shannon King have run away to Savannah to get married. They are preparing for their wedding when they stumble upon a young girl sitting alone on the docks at the harbor at night. They take her in for the night, but as they try to pull out information from her, bizarre stories are revealed, and soon they start to speculate about the girl. Is she telling the truth or hiding unsettling secrets of her own?
Everybody hates Mondays. This Monday is particularly bad for the residents on Blegevej in the Northern part of Denmark. Just before eight o'clock Monday morning, the entire neighborhood sinks into the ground in a matter of seconds when a giant sinkhole opens up underneath it. Rebekka Franck is visiting a dear friend when she is swallowed up by the hole and ends up trapped inside a limestone mine. Together with the surviving residents from the neighborhood, she tries to get by underground while waiting to be rescued. When the body of one of the survivors turns up inside the mines, they suddenly know that not only do they face starvation and thirst, they also have a killer among them.
In this tale of corporate skullduggery and mystical awakening, a businessman decides to radically alter his course and seek a clearer path to happiness. For Nick Dalca wealth is a birthright, but his perfect life is starting to crumble around him. His private jet? Missing. Wife and son? Presumed dead. Having no one left to continue his family legacy, Nick makes a shocking decision: negotiating the future of his business conglomerate, a sale which may turn him into the richest man in the world. Threats to his plan begin to emerge with the scent of extortion. All alone, he becomes closer to his longtime secretary, Anne. Apparently she can talk to dead people. While Nick's pragmatism is tested, he is stunned to find there is a higher power hidden within himself. In order to learn about the fate of his family Nick will talk to anyone from hell or heaven--whichever comes first.
A police detective’s wife is brutally murdered. If there’s to be any retribution for the dead woman, it will come from an unlikely source: an iconoclastic former military investigator called Feral Justice. But Feral is facing his own rendezvous with death. Without warning, his Lifesign—an infallible genetic marker—signals that he will soon die. Outcast and cut off from society, he joins the homeless on the streets of a dystopian Cincinnati crowded with climate refugees. His only chance for social redemption and survival is to solve the murder and find a reprieve from his Lifesign in a secretive network used only by traitors. This suspense-filled mystery is populated with intriguing characters, including Feral’s smart-mouth embedded AI and a feisty partner with a penchant for leather and exposed body parts.
What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light… A hometown hero with a heart of gold, Jack Stratton was raised in a whorehouse by his prostitute mother. When his foster mother asks him to look into a missing girl’s disappearance, Jack quickly gets drawn into a baffling mystery. As Jack digs deeper, everyone becomes a suspect—including himself. Caught between the criminals and the cops, can Jack discover the truth in time to save the girl? Or will he become the next victim?
When Evan Madison fails to show up for work, police are dispatched to his home. His ten-year-old son, Brad, is discovered inside, unharmed and seemingly alone. He is stoic, sitting in front of the television playing his favorite video game, and he's covered in blood. Police Officer Marty Keal is the first on the scene and discovers Brad's not really alone after all. Upstairs in their bedroom lies the brutally bludgeoned and deceased bodies of both his mother and his father. When questioned, Brad confesses to the horrific murders. When Brad is transferred to a local mental health institution for children, Dr. Hope Rubin must determine the disturbing truth: Is Brad telling the truth? Or is he covering for someone else?
Fallsburg, New York, has a killer on the loose—one who's leaving their sadistic, telltale marks on innocent victims. A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who would do such a brutal thing—and why? Is there some sort of psychopathic monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or are the victims being targeted by someone they know? It's up to two of Fallsburg's finest—Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal, to find out who's responsible. When she starts digging up clues, Jean is startled to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. As they dig deeper into the case, Jean encounters threats to her career, her family relationships...and quite possibly to her own daughter's life.
When forensic artist Andrea Bellamy receives a one year, all-expenses paid grant from Wisdom Court, she jumps at the chance to pursue her delayed dream to become a painter. The only catch: she must move to Wisdom Court. Upon arrival at the century-old Colorado mansion, Andrea learns that Caldicott Wyntham, Wisdom Court's founder, has died. The housekeeper, Aura Lee Witherspoon, is demanding a séance to contact Caldicott while the court's other associates try to explain away strange happenings. Andrea turns to her easel, intent on fulfilling her grant, only to discover she keeps painting the same unknown face, contorted in fear she can't explain. Now Andrea faces a terrifying choice: believe her trance-painting is evidence of a mental illness, or side with Aura Lee and agree that Wisdom Court is haunted by an evil set in motion a century before.
A genre-busting psychological thriller with satiric, romantic and erotic elements. Difficult to classify and impossible to put down. What if people were dying around you and you weren't absolutely sure you weren't their murderer? Someone is 'deactivating' the Realtors in Rock Canyon and almost no one seems to care. Not the surviving brokers, who consider the serial killings a competitive boon. Not the town's residents, who see the murders as a public service. In fact, the only person who's even somewhat alarmed is Dana Black, a kinky, sharp-witted yet emotionally skittish Realtor who has no alibi for the crimes because during each, she believes she was using her empty listings for games like Bondage Bingo with her sadistic lover, Dare. And yet, mysteriously, all clues are pointing her way.
With a streak of mischief woven into her rebellious nature, twenty-four year old Bailey Dunmore lives life of her own accord. When she is unexpectedly handed the reins of her father’s company, Dunmore Corporation, she is forced to put aside her own interests for the sake of the business. Things haven’t gotten off to the best start. On her first day back from college, she is involved in a minor fender bender with employee Ryan Butler. Their serendipitous meeting proves to be a positive event as Bailey finds herself taken with the young executive in subsequent days. She had closed her heart to love for so long, but something about him stirs something within. Unforeseen complications arise when she later suspects him to have embezzled from her company. In a bid to uncover the truth, the world as she knows it turns upside down. Someone has ulterior motives, but who is it?
Jake Walker has pressures coming at him from all sides. A long-time homicide detective for the city, he’s also a divorced father of three kids. With the kind of work he does, family life often takes a back seat. This is certainly the case after top players on the state university football team start being brutally murdered. Why would anyone want to murder these guys? Detective Walker has to put family and everything else aside to solve these crimes before anybody else falls victim to this vicious killer who the press is now calling The Card Counter. As each victim turns up, the case becomes more traumatic and bizarre. The killer clearly has a point to make, and will continue to make people pay with their lives . . . until Walker and the rest of the city gets it!
British businesswoman Vicki Thorne understands that the world runs on deals and compromise, greed and corruption, more often than not accompanied by lies and deceit. Her business is successful because this is her game. At a sensitive political time the despotic ruler of an independent Eastern European republic has taken important business leaders hostage. The discovery of Vicki's past relationship with him places her in the power of Europol, the European police intelligence agency. To protect her family, and prevent a ruinous investigation into her business affairs she is forced to race across the continent with two undercover Europol agents in a bid to free the hostages. Now she must confront a past and its secrets she would rather forget. A past she thought was dead and buried. A past that could kill her...
“A private investigator, a mysterious hitchhiker, dancers, gangsters, a mysterious bag …and twists and turns that will have the reader unable to put it down, Missing Mona…has it all.” — San Francisco Book Review (5 stars) As Tommy looks squarely at his next decade his smartphone convinces him the time is ripe for a change. So he hits the road. He immediately meets a damsel in distress named Mona. She persuades him that the bright lights and dark clubs of Chicago might be his kind of town. So on a summer Saturday night they settle into a fancy hotel. On Sunday...Mona disappears. After truth and lies are stirred like a blue martini, being assaulted, and witnessing a shooting that drowns a Ferrari--Tommy is desperate to help Mona. If he can find her.
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.
Toronto, 1960. Mo Gold and Arthur "Birdie" Birdwell are like fish out of water. Mo is Jewish and sardonic; Birdie's black, thoughtful and gargantuan. They're both private detectives. Henry Turner disappeared eight years ago, without a trace. His mother wants him back. Mo and Birdie try to find him; they search high and low. Mo has family issues. His brother, Eli, is a rotten gambler. He’s in hock to John Fat Gai — the city’s most notorious gangster. Mo and Birdie need to find John’s missing money. If they do, John will free Eli. If not, Eli is toast. They’ve got three days. Mo’s father, Jake, is in prison on a manslaughter beef. Jake and Mo have an acrimonious relationship. After all, Mo worked as a homicide cop while Jake plied his criminal trade. When Jake escapes from prison, all hell breaks loose. The city is known as Toronto the Good. But Mo never sees that side.