In more than a century of wars, mainly with France but latterly with the rebel colonies of America then the United States, the British navy forged a reputation based on skill and courage. By careful use of what might be recognized today as brilliant PR, it became known as a force combining brilliance and great humanity. In English eyes, its officers could do no wrong. They did, of course. The two most infamous mutinies of the 19th century were brought about by the inhumanity of William Bligh of the Bounty, and Hugh Piggott of the Hermione. In the long years that followed, both these sadists were revenged. The perpetrators were hunted down across the globe and put to death. Charlie Raven goes to sea on his uncle’s sloop, to find himself not in a world of gallantry but of mysterious and unremitting hatred. In two short historical thrillers, he is forced to fight for his survival, not from the enemy, but from his fellow officers and his uncle, Hector Maxwell. They are history with a twist, shining a grim new light on a myth that has stood the test of time.
What if you could choose the setting and people within your dreams? TV science reporter Nina Russo is excited about the possibilities, especially after her lover Bob Cole, developer of Techtran’s eDream software, introduces her to the wonders of lucid dreaming. But once the program hits the streets, there is an unexpected backlash. Nina sees signs of mass public addiction developing. Her apprehension turns to dread when she learns the true origins of the dream program. FBI agent Scott Williams agrees with Nina. eDream must be stopped. Together, they face off with Techtran’s ruthless management team who will protect their multi-billion dollar windfall at all cost. The stakes grow higher when Bob discovers a deadly virus embedded in the software code—a virus that takes foreign cyberterrorism to a shocking new level. Within hours of the discovery, Bob is dead. Now Nina and Agent Williams must stop the code from activating and slaughtering millions of innocent dreamers in their beds.
Killer Men Mysteries and Suspense 5-Book Bundle contains four full length crime novels and a complete true crime book by award winning criminologist and bestselling author R. Barri Flowers, including Dead in the Rose City, Killer in the Woods, Murdered in the Man Cave, State’s Evidence, and The Sex Slave Murders.
Dead in the Rose City (A Dean Drake Mystery)
In this hard-boiled detective novel nothing is quite what it seems. Dean Jeremy Drake, nicknamed D.J., is a private investigator and ex-homicide detective for the Portland Police Bureau. He is six-five, hip, tough, armed with a .40 caliber Glock, and courts danger and romance with equal abandon. These qualities are put to the test when Drake is framed for murder in the midst of two seemingly unrelated cases. The more he investigates, the more he realizes they are intricately and dangerously connected. It literally becomes a life and death issue as Drake has to use all of his detective skills, and then some, to fit all the pieces together in a deadly, high stakes whodunit and why.
An ancient tablet is discovered that threatens to undermine the foundations of Christianity and Islam. The tablet gives instructions for resurrecting an older god once worshiped in the Ancient Near East who offers humanity a Faustian bargain: eternal life with unlimited knowledge and no ills or warfare in turn for unquestioning devotion and surrender of free will. This older “god” turns out to be a computerized artifact buried just under the surface of the moon eons ago by an ancient space faring race. Matt Nolan and his colleagues in the U.S. Intelligence services have only a limited amount of time to uncover the secrets of the artifact and find a means for destroying it while corralling a corrupt U.S. President and fending off Terrorist–before they themselves are destroyed.
–This thriller has movie written all over it. The Jericho Tablet does what a thriller is supposed to do, which in my view is to keep you up all night reading. Janis Weisbrot, copy editor for Seven Stories Press
‘I see no butterfly wings in the Rorschach test, but a mountain of bones.’ So says Dale Helix, who is convinced he is being abducted by a shadowy group of rulers called The Assembly. He claims they have programmed him to kill. International novelist Richard Godwin’s latest title is set in a dystopian city, and is an exploration of totalitarianism, paranoia and social engineering in a society where it is impossible to gauge the truth. The aim of the programme is to study the link between serial killers and dictators in order to clone the ideal dictator. And the Assembly are engineering a new gender. Is Dale insane or is his paranoia a key to a hidden truth?
“That horrible taste in the back of your throat? That sense that something, some thing, has slipped up behind you and is walking in step? Celebrate them. Richard Godwin does — brilliantly.” – James Sallis, author of Drive
His assignment is to stay off the grid when he innocently stumbles into a blown witness protection detail in Little Rock, Arkansas. He simply could not walk away from the impending mayhem.
After the dust settles, a mortally wounded Deputy U.S. Marshal makes him promise to personally deliver the witness to a U.S. Marshals Service safe site.
Not just a promise, an oath. A pledge between ex-Army Delta Force comrades.
A trust that could not be broken—Once in, never out.
Kaplan soon suspects the witness he vowed to protect has secrets of his own; secrets that go beyond his testimony for the U.S. government. When he discovers the witness is being tracked, Kaplan teams with a WitSec Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to recover the witness, but soon realizes some merciless people are dead set on preventing the witness from reaching the safe site.
From the time of the earliest conflict, intelligence and psychological warfare has played a significant role, and at times, spelled the difference between victory and defeat. As the commander-in-chief or a military leader in a theater of war, knowing your enemies battle plans, strengths and weaknesses provides a remarkable strategic advantage. Likewise, if you’re able to mislead your enemy into altering their plans or beliefs, you again have achieved an advantage. As in the past, today intelligence and psychological warfare play a significant role in national security and during times of war.
The United States Intelligence community as known to the public is comprised of 17 agencies that work separately, and at times, in concert to conduct intelligence activities in the field of foreign relations and national security. Members of this community include intelligence agencies, military intelligence, and civilian intelligence and analysis offices within federal executive departments. All federal intelligence agencies report to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), who reports to the President of the United States.
However, these are not the only governmental or private organizations gathering intelligence or carrying out operations on behalf of the federal government. Various law enforcement agencies and/or their officers assist or work at the direction of various intelligence agencies, including the CIA. So, in the end, there is no way of knowing exactly how far the tentacles of federal intelligence operations reach into the American civilian population.
Sex on the Beach, the do-over.
Cassandra Wilder had a simple plan for what to do in Key West the second time around.
Testify at the trial of the rapist she helped catch last year.
Make sure he gets locked away for the rest of his natural life, so he can never, ever hurt another girl.
Wait for her BFFs to get to town, so they can celebrate.
And stay far away from Ty Connor, because three months after breaking up with him, she still doesn’t know whether being with him is worse than being without him.
In a freak collision when she was twelve, Mia Germaine faced death and the loss of her father. A heart transplant from a young murder victim saved her life, but not without a price. Twenty years later, chilling nightmares about an unresolved homicide begin to plague Mia. Compelled by these lost memories, she forms a complicated connection to the victim—the girl killed the night of Mia’s accident—due to a scientific phenomenon called “organ memory.”
Now suffocating beneath the weight of avenging a dead girl and catching a serial killer on the loose dubbed the “Triangle Terror,” Mia must dodge her own demons while unimaginable truths torment her—along with a killer set on making her his next victim.
As Mia tries to determine if her dreams are clues or disturbing phantasms, uninvited specters lead her further into danger’s path, costing her the one person who can save her from herself. More than a page-turning thriller, “A Secondhand Life” weaves a tale of second chances and reclaimed dreams as this taut, refreshing tale ensnares and penetrates you.
Private Investigator Jacob Diamond and San Francisco Detective Sergeant Roxton Johnson are famous for not getting along. Cats and dogs. Oil and water. Liston and Ali. Jake and Rocky. When an Assistant District Attorney is murdered in his high-rise apartment building, and Johnson suspects his lieutenant may have something to do with it, he can think of no one else to turn to for help—no one he can trust—but Jake Diamond. If the mismatched duo can avoid stepping on each other’s toes long enough—they may be able to stop circling the runway and land on the villain’s doorstep. Lieutenant Laura Lopez, Detective Ray Boyle, Joey Clams, Vinnie Strings and Darlene Roman are all back in the first new Jake Diamond escapade since Counting to Infinity.
“Jake Diamond is back after a ten-year hiatus, and his reappearance is well worth the wait. Abramo offers yet another smart, funny and action-packed installment to his award-winning series with CIRCLING THE RUNWAY.” —The Denver Review
Jon Bradley, who calls himself “Sewer Rat,” lives in the sewers. No one in the sewer tunnels uses their real name. Fourteen other people live in the sewers. Most are mentally ill. Some are dangerous and protect themselves with pickaxes left behind by careless sanitation workers. But Rat has a pickaxe of his own…
When Rat returned home from the Army, he heard voices: the voices of men he had killed and the voices of friends he saw killed in combat. Rat lives in Riverdale’s sewers because the only place he doesn’t hear the voices of the dead is underground. After five years in the sewers, Rat has adapted to the culture and his eyes have adapted to the dark. He now sees better in the dark than during the day…
Lieutenant Troy Nolan, head of the Homicide Division of the Riverdale Police Department, and Sergeant Bill Bowers, primary crime scene investigator, investigate a series of mutilation murders. According to forensic pathologist Sally Brightson, all three victims died from trauma inflicted with a pickaxe, their faces ripped to pieces…
Savannah Dey politely agreed to attend her ex-husband’s wedding, but she’d be grateful for any reason to get out of it…which is why the speeding ticket from the handsome sheriff of Adams Grove is both a surprise and a reprieve. With one quick call to her editor, the aspiring columnist finds herself with a new assignment and the perfect excuse to get closer to the man who pulled her over. Now, all she needs is a way to deal with all the bad memories the small town dredges up…
Sheriff Scott Calvin can’t forget the woman who set off his radar, but he’s determined to send Savannah on her way. He’s done making bad choices, and this beautiful city gal is sure to leave Adams Grove once she finishes her story. By the time she’s stirred up a hornet’s nest, he’s already falling for her. Will trouble bind them together, or will her secrets tear them apart?
When former CIA code-breaker, Paul Marcus, receives the call he thinks it’s a hoax. He’s asked to analyze a cache of papers found locked in an old trunk. They were the last manuscripts written by Isaac Newton. Using Newton’s math and notes, Marcus begins to see a pattern leading to a prophecy so frightening that to reveal it will change world events. At the time of his death. Newton was searching for ancient biblical codes that may open a locked window into future events. Newton helped explain gravity — but could he do the same for human destiny?
DESTINY is available from Amazon.
Tom Lowe’s latest mystery/thriller novel is DESTINY. It is Tom’s first stand-alone book. DESTINY is an international thriller that begins with the discovery of Sir Isaac Newton’s lost notes and how a Pandora’s Box opens when a former CIA code-breaker puts the dangerous puzzle pieces together.
The first novel in the acclaimed Sean O’Brien series was A FALSE DAWN. It was followed by THE 24TH LETTER, THE BUTTERFLY FOREST, THE BLACK BULLET, BLOOD OF CAIN, and BLACK RIVER.
The next book to be published featuring Sean O’Brien is CEMETERY ROAD.
Tom is an award-winning documentary writer/director whose films air nationwide on PBS. As he writes his books, Tom draws from his travels around the world and his background as a print and broadcast journalist. Tom is a sailor and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida.
Still recovering from the tragic loss of a good friend, Jack Sigler, callsign: King, leads the Chess Team—a crew of former Delta operators—back into action. But what should be a routine snatch-and-grab to capture a drug cartel leader, escalates out of control, throwing the team into a challenge unlike anything they’ve ever faced. An enemy from their past, who is close to unmasking their identities, joins forces with the psychotic cartel kingpin, setting a trap that will shake the team to its foundations.
While the team battles enemies old and new, King’s fiancée, CDC disease detective, Sara Fogg, struggles to stop a strange outbreak that transforms the infected into ravenous, inhuman monsters. Once responsible for the disappearance of the Roanoke settlers, the disease now threatens to spread across the planet, ending human civilization in a bloodbath of violence.
Hunted by humans and monsters alike, King and the Chess Team face a desperate choice—sacrifice themselves or let the world bleed.
In the sixth golden retriever mystery, Dog Have Mercy, Christmas approaches and reformed hacker Steve Levitan tries to help a fellow ex-con now working at the vet’s office in Stewart’s Crossing. His curiosity, and the crime-solving instincts of his golden retriever, Rochester, kick in when liquid potassium ampoules are stolen from the vet and Steve’s new friend is a suspect.
Is this theft connected to a drug-running operation in North Philly? Or to a recent spate of deaths at the local nursing home? And can Steve continue to resist his computer-hacking impulses or will his desire to help others continue to lead him into trouble?
Mr. Plakcy did a terrific job in this cozy mystery. He had a smooth writing style that kept the story flowing evenly. The dialogue and descriptions were right on target.
During of the War of 1812, British troops ransacked the White House and made off with valuables that were never returned. Two centuries later, a British curator finds a vital clue to the long-vanished loot. Within hours, the curator is assassinated—and Ayesha Ryder, a Palestinian-born antiquities expert, is expertly framed for his murder.
Who could be behind such a conspiracy? And why do they want Ryder out of the way? To find out, she picks up a trail leading from a mysterious nineteenth-century letter to the upcoming presidential election. As Ryder dodges killers in the shadow of hidden alliances, sexual blackmail, and international power plays, she finds that all roads lead to the Middle East, where a fragile peace agreement threatens to unravel . . . and another mystery begs to be discovered.
Ryder’s rarefied academic career and her violent past are about to collide. And her only hope of survival is to confront a powerful secret agent who has been waiting for one thing: the chance to kill Ayesha Ryder with his own two hands.
Ethan Foster has spent a lifetime as a guide and bodyguard for archeologist Heathcliff Pascal. They’ve survived more adventures than they can count, but now, deep in the jungles of Central America, they discover a secret hidden from the world for centuries: the Cult of the Black Jaguar, presided over by an immortal goddess whose beauty is matched by her cruelty. She needs the blood of a virgin to bring her army back to life, and she’s found one in Heathcliff’s daughter, Jenny. It’s up to Ethan to stop her. It might seem an impossible task, but Ethan has secrets of his own. Dark secrets. Before the night is over, blood will be shed, and only one man—or monster—will survive.
“I’ve known JG Faherty since he was an up-and-comer. Now he’s arrived. Start reading him now – as in TODAY – so you won’t have to play catch-up later.” – F. Paul Wilson, author of the bestselling Repairman Jack series
How far would you go to expose a lie?
Will Fletcher seems to have it all – perfect job, perfect life. Then in one act of extreme violence, his world is turned upside down.
A bungled assassination attempt on a London street uncovers a disturbing conspiracy fuelled by organised crime and political ambition. Now, Will finds himself on the run, pursued by a dangerous enemy who will stop at nothing to protect his employer’s past.
The only way to stop the chain of events is to follow a trail of clues that lead to the heart of British politics.
Librarian, Becky Heyward is trapped in an S & M sexual relationship with a vicious drug dealer. Her life nearly ruined, her last hope is tough guy detective, Joe Andrews. He will do anything for her short of the one solution she knows will work: murder.
THE LADY AND THE WOLF is available from Amazon.
I have had stories published online & in print, and several novels published. Recent novels published: The Lady and the Wolf; All In, All Out; A Case of Love and Squalor; Garden of the Falling Moon.
This 3rd installment in the award-winning series organized around the 9 Circles of Hell in Dante’s “Inferno” takes you on adventures that will keep you awake at night long after you’ve finished the book. A Satanic minister incites a mentally-challenged youth to murder; teenagers find themselves trapped in a cave with a dangerous secret; New Zealand warriors face the British in The Battle of Gate Pa; the death of a young college student from hypothermia under mysterious circumstances is investigated: they’re all here. Illustrations for each story and cover art, once again is by Vincent Chong, five-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award and Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist of 2013.
“Connie (Corcoran) Wilson’s Hellfire & Damnation is a remarkable collection of somber, noirish, flat-out scary and altogether satisfying stories that seek to find hope in a dark world that defies it. Her subtle irony and penchant for finding terror in the least expected places will generate comparisons to Stephen King and Dean Koontz , with just a hint of Philip K. Dick thrown in. But don’t be fooled; Wilson has a wondrous voice in her own right, and her tight, twisty tales establish her as a force to be reckoned with.”
(New York Times Best-selling author of the Caitlin Strong series, Jon Land.)
Two men from different generations, both initiated into a powerful organisation that throughout history has sought control and uses their power for destruction. They leave behind a wake of murder, manipulation and ancient secrets.
The first man wreaks havoc in and around the Whitechapel district of London, England in the 19th century. While the other stalks his victims in the cosmopolitan city of Seville, Spain in the 21st century; knowing that only he could uncover the true motives of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers – Jack the Ripper.
Annabella Cordova quickly becomes embroiled in the conspiracy involving the university she studies at. When her roommate goes missing, it becomes very personal. Her past gradually unveils, as she is closer to this than she could have possibly imagined.
The critically acclaimed Birdwatcher Mystery Series focuses on environmental concerns through bird-related issues, and wraps them in a delectable, page-turning suspense story that keeps even the most seasoned Mystery fans guessing until the very end!
Eric Linenger’s job, as a National Park Service ranger, isn’t always easy. He is tasked to oversee a “prescribed burn” of a thousand acres in Rocky Mountain National Park, which not only means containing the fire to the necessary acreage, but also protect the precious habitats of the local birds.
However, once the fire is ablaze, the delinquent flames spread wildly out of control, and Eric’s boss, Wayne Devlin, is found dead near the fire’s origin.
Eric takes it upon himself to investigate an increasingly perplexing arsonist mystery, and uncovers the disturbing truth that many people–including his own friends–had motives to ensure that the deadly fire would rage unchecked.
When the bones of St Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, are stolen from a special exhibit at the Natural History Museum on Christmas Eve, insurance investigator Amber Fox is hot on the thieves’ trail.
Jinxed spells, freaky insects, and a sack full of secrets take Amber on a bumpy sleigh ride. But can she restore the relics back to their natural resting place and preserve the true spirit of the Yuletide Holly Days? Or is Santa lost forever?
**Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder is a novella, or short novel length mini mystery, approx 100 pages**
“If you like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum I think you will really like Amber Fox – I know I do.” Martha’s Bookshelf
Bobby and Karen fit together like two sharp-toothed gears, suping up cars, racing them for pinks, and selling their rods to scrape a living. Then an old friend comes calling, and the jealous, brutal world conspires to tear them apart.
A fierce and fiery chopped & channeled noir tale from the author of the explosive action thriller Blade of Dishonor, and Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime & Suspense.
“Hardcore-clean writing delivered at warp speed.” -Andrew Vachss
“Short, mean, and well-written.” -James Reasoner
“The rush his writing supplies is addictive.” -Criminal Element
“His prose is blade sharp and he writes with the heart of a warrior.” -Josh Stallings
Picardie, France. 1964.
A former village priest is found shot dead, execution-style, in a snow-covered field. The killing re-opens memories of a wartime scandal around the villages of Poissons-les-Marais and Fouillmont, when a young infatuation led to a spate of coldly efficient assassinations.
But who’s responsible for this particular murder? And why so long after the event? Is it some secret revenge? The result of a long-held hatred from the days of the priest’s involvement in the Resistance in WW2?
Mike Reardon is at it again, only this time it’s an easy bodyguard gig…and the body is beautiful and talented. One of America’s hot new country western singers. The hell of it is, she’s abducted before he gets on the job. Now it’s find her and find her in one piece, and not get himself and his buddies killed in the process.
An Amazon 5 Star Review: Don’t read this if you want to relax right now, because Mike Reardon and a few of his ex-marine buddies will have you on the edge of your seat until you get to the end. This is one of L.J. Martin’s latest “Repairman Series” thrillers that earns my “Couldn’t put it down” award. It is exciting and detailed to the point that you feel that you are with Mike, as he travels around several states and interfaces with Organized Crime, Federal and Local Police to solve a friends problems. You won’t be bored. You will be enlightened, and you will want more L.J. Martin reading material.
Orlando Coppersmith should be happy. WWI is almost a year in the past, he’s back at St. Bride’s College in Cambridge, his lover and best friend Jonty Stewart is at his side again, and—to top it all—he’s about to be made Forsterian Professor of Applied Mathematics. And although he and Jonty have precious little time for an investigative commission, they can’t resist a suspected murder case which must be solved in a month so a clergyman can claim his rightful inheritance.
But the courses of scholarship, true love, and amateur detecting never did run smooth. Orlando’s inaugural lecture proves almost impossible to write. A plagiarism case he’s adjudicating on turns nasty with a threat of blackmail against him and Jonty. And the murder investigation turns up too many leads and too little hard evidence.
These are the stories cops tell their families at the dinner table. The twelve stories in this collection describe the humorous aspects of the job, allowing kids to partake in a reading ride-along. The tales range from searching for criminals on top of a construction site to pulverizing a Christmas tree.
Suzanne Berube Rorhus attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers workshop, served as the Derringer Awards coordinator for the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, the anthologies Memphis Noir and Moon Shot, and in various online and print publications.
Bill Howe retired from the Battle Creek Police Department after a 26-year career. His last position was as a crime lab supervisor. He recently retired from his position as the investigator for the county prosecutor’s team. He teaches criminal investigation at the local police academy.
Fast-paced and brilliantly written Kindle Singles. The plots are quick to develop. Where Attridge really shines is in character development. I love the idea of the failing philosophy professor whose personal life is in tatters (one book opens with Rook stalking his own wife in the hope of a date) and professional reputation hangs by a thread. Such an investigator will need help. It comes in the form of his witty daughter, who is often given the task of piecing together Rook’s relationships, as well as evidence from each case.
In 1969 during a flight across North America, a young mother traveling with her infant meets an elderly woman who displays unusual powers. But when a catastrophe threatens, are those powers strong enough to avert disaster? This short story folds into Kay’s mystery series published by Stairway Press that features the young woman, amateur sleuth Austin Starr. — A short story from The Prometheus Saga — Strangers on a Plane.
In The Prometheus Saga, twelve authors unite to interpret how an alien presence would interact with the human condition over a time period that spans from the dawn of man to the present. The stories cross genres and genders, allowing for entirely different narratives and insights on historical events and the human experience.
Each story is self-contained and can be read in any order. The reader is free to select any of the stories at random to begin their experience. Each short story has a different setting in history. The book description will explain the time period setting for each particular story.