The USS Gerald R. Ford is America’s newest and most powerful aircraft carrier, an incredible mobile weapons platform that can spread US influence across the globe. But just as she is about to enter joint exercises with the Chinese navy, there is a military coup which results in a new Chinese government led by the megalomaniacal General Wu, who immediately orders the launch of the feared ‘Eastern Wind’ anti-ship missile.
The strike leaves the US carrier crippled in the middle of the East China Sea, her crew of thousands held hostage by further missile strikes. The US military is unable to respond, leaving China free to attack and reclaim Taiwan, with Japan also in their sights.
Due to the threat of nuclear reprisals, US President Ellen Abrams cannot order a conventional military response, and so she calls on Force One, a shadowy covert action group led by Mark Cole, to avert this global catastrophe.
Against tremendous odds, Cole and his team have to infiltrate China, a police state home to the world’s largest standing military, and rescue the remaining members of her old government from the depths of Beijing’s Forbidden City.
Getting sent to Decadence, a hedonistic Caribbean resort, sounds like a plum assignment—until Saxby Cole finds out he’s to investigate a heinous scheme where innocent women are being drugged and prostituted to resort guests.
When Jennessy Shaw’s boyfriend dumps her right before their vacation, she goes to Decadence alone to explore her wild side. By the end of the first night, she’s not sure she has one. Which is why it’s so shocking when she wakes in a sexier-than-sin stranger’s room with no memory of the night before.
Sax would love nothing more than to send this sweet beauty home, but no way is Jennessy bailing. Not only does she find the scheme horrendous, now it’s personal. Jennessy turns out to be a valuable partner in the investigation, but he’s more surprised to find that his confirmed bachelor self needs her in other ways, too. As they work together to unearth the dark shadows of this island paradise, will they survive to explore her hidden wild side?
“Bad boys breaking rules and hearts and dishing up justice. Tina Wainscott nails it!”
Cindy Gerard, NYT best-selling author
Book 9 in the USA Today bestselling Savannah Martin mystery series.
With hotels in downtown filled to capacity months in advance, real estate agent Savannah Martin decides to pick up some extra money renting out her empty East Nashville apartment. She’s living with her boyfriend, and the place is just sitting there, begging to be put to use.
But when her latest tenant ends up dead—strangled in Savannah’s bed by what might have been a paying customer—the promise of easy money quickly turns sour.
As the hunt for the killer leads to their shared hometown of Sweetwater, Tennessee, Savannah’s boyfriend, TBI agent Rafe Collier, is tapped to help with the investigation. But a familiarity with the town and the people in it isn’t necessarily a benefit when the main suspect in the murder is the man Savannah decided not to marry. The same man who has never forgiven Rafe for stealing her away…
Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager. That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.
Edie Harris studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa and Grinnell College. She fills her days with writing and editing contract proposals, but her nights belong to the world of romance fiction. Edie lives and works in Chicago and is represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.
Peter Marlow has spent his life living a lie. And when he finds himself in Harlsden, after accidentally looting a safe, all he wants to do is lay low and disappear. But a chance encounter, out by the lake, changes everything.
Soon he’s thinking the impossible about all the things he’s denied himself – stablity, love and a future. There’s only one obstacle standing in his way – a husband who deserves no mercy.
When Evelyn Jarrowby offers him the spare room above her grocery store, Peter is drawn into a web of deceit and half-truths, and offered the chance to get closer to Sally Fletcher. But her husband, Dan Fletcher, is not the sort of man you can reason with: violence is the only language he understands.
Peter Marlow’s new life seems to be unravelling before it’s even begun, unless he’s willing to cross the line. Maybe Evelyn’s right when she says, “A man could drown in that lake and never be found; it’s that deep.”
And even if he could bring himself to do it, what about the other villagers – what secrets are they keeping from him?
From the author: I worked on this story over a period of years. I kept setting it aside because it didn’t fit the narrative arc and pace of my thrillers. I recently found several versions of it and revised it again to be a stand-alone short story. While we are supposed to be somewhat immune to our own works particularly after countless revisions, the last paragraph of “Josh Rosen and Bubbe” can still bring tears to my eyes.
JOSH ROSEN AND BUBBE is available from Amazon.
STRIKE PRICE, Starks’ second Lynn Dayton thriller, won best mystery/thriller in the Texas Association of Authors 2014 awards.
As in 13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY (Lynn Dayton #1), STRIKE PRICE combines Starks’ technical and writing experience for authentic, realistic action. STRIKE PRICE and 13 DAYS have both received five-star reviews.
L. A. Starks was born in Boston, grew up in Oklahoma, and has lived in New Orleans, Chicago, New York, and Texas. She trained in engineering (BS-chemical engineering–Tulane) and economics (MBA-finance, University of Chicago). After working more than a decade for well-known energy companies, today she consults for a select number of clients, speaks to professional groups about energy economics, and analyzes energy policy and investment choices at her website http://starksenergyecon.com. and for Seeking Alpha.
Two of her short stories, “Robert and Therese Guillard: Choices,” and “A Time for Eating Wild Onions,” were accepted and published by the Amazon Shorts program in 2007 and are now available on Kindle. “A Time for Eating Wild Onions” is a follow-on to STRIKE PRICE. The story reveals more about tragic past entanglements between Jesse, Pete’s father, and Pete.
Starks played intramural basketball for the Efficient Mockettes, holds a US patent, has run nine half-marathons, and chairs the investment committee of the board of directors of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, a funding and advocacy group for Dallas’ 29 public libraries.
Sixteen years ago, the beautiful and wealthy Laura Masterson was front-page news—as the victim of the most notorious murder/suicide to hit New York’s social elite. Now, Laura’s daughter Emma is the very image of her mother, with the sort of beauty that lights up a room. With a new husband and a baby on the way, Emma wants out of the spotlight. But when two attempts are made on her life, she turns to Joe Wilder to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. it’s up to Joe to keep Emma from following in her mother’s footsteps–a legacy of deception and deadly passions no one should have to relive.
Joe follows the clues through a gallery of suspects in a variety of surroundings, from the penthouses and power offices of Manhattan’s Upper East Side to a seedy suburb of Tampa, Florida. His investigation ends one rainy midnight, in the disused poolhouse of a mansion on Long Island’s famous Gold Coast, where the original crime occurred sixteen years ago. There, he finally looks into the eyes of a desperate killer who means to claim one last victim: Joe Wilder.
Two teenagers meet and flirt in the online chatroom, “Cyberdate.com,” where virtual romance can lead to actual danger…
A troubled young woman escapes from a mental facility to hunt down the ex-lover who put her there, intent on showing him “The Method In Her Madness”…
A group of children around a campfire tell the “Rural Legend” of a fictitious local serial killer–who may be more real than they think…
Two Mob hit men take a midnight drive out of Las Vegas, “Rolling The Bones” in the trunk of their car toward a fateful desert confrontation…
A one-eyed Obeah woman in the Virgin Islands serves her special “Jumbie Tea” to a young tourist couple, and all hell breaks loose–literally.
Collected here for the first time are seven tales of murder, madness and the macabre from Tom Savage, the acclaimed author of Precipice, Valentine, and A Penny for the Hangman. In these stories, Savage presents the bright surfaces and dark undersides of everyday life as he explores the tense, often violent ways of human nature. And there’s a bonus eighth title, his never-before-published short novel, Arden Court, in which a young concert pianist marries her Prince Charming and moves to the exclusive gated community of her dreams–or, perhaps, her nightmares. The chills just keep coming in these eight gems from a master of suspense, each with its own surprise ending.
So begins the chronicle of Joseph Wilder, a struggling New York City writer whose approach to criminal evil is strictly literary—until a trip to his hometown in the Virgin Islands becomes his first case as a detective.
When he receives an urgent message asking him to return to St. Thomas, Joe goes home immediately. His oldest friend’s father, a judge with political ambitions, has been brutally murdered, and his friend is suspected of the crime. Back among family and childhood acquaintances, Joe soon learns that everyone he knows had reasons for wanting the judge dead, and someone he knows has made it happen. When he tries to untangle the web of secrets and lies surrounding the case, he remembers the old West Indies legend of the mongoose, possessed by the power to drive away evil: It is said that when the mongooses killed the last snake on the island of St. Thomas, they danced in victory by the light of the moon…
Joe Wilder may not have the same mystical power, but he’s determined to find the snakes in this case and drive them out—even if victory means putting his own life in danger.
Fifty years ago, on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, two teenagers born to privilege were convicted of slaughtering their parents in cold blood. Today the men are free and a Hollywood movie has been made about the murders. For Karen Tyler, an eager New York journalist, the case is irresistible. She has been invited to the Virgin Islands for an interview that’s too good to pass up . . . and sounds too good to be true.
Karen packs her bikini and her digital recorder and follows an ingeniously designed trail that leads her to a wealthy, mysterious figure. The man claims to be one of the notorious boys, but Karen soon learns that all is not as it seems. On this isolated utopia of sun and surf, a young reporter far from home fights for the truth—and for her life. Because the shocking secret behind the infamous atrocities has remained hidden all these years. And the killing isn’t over yet.
Roma Nova – the last remnant of the Roman Empire that has survived into the 21st century – is at peace. Carina Mitela, the heir of a leading family, but choosing the life of an officer in the Praetorian Guard Special Forces, is not so sure.
She senses danger crawling towards her when she encounters a strangely self-possessed member of the unit hosting their exchange exercise in Britain. When a blackmailing letter arrives from a woman claiming to be her husband Conrad’s lost daughter and Conrad tries to shut Carina out, she knows the threat is real.
Trying to resolve a young man’s indiscretion twenty-five years before turns into a nightmare that not only threatens to destroy all the Mitelae but also attacks the core of the imperial family itself. With her enemy holding a gun to the head of the heir to the imperial throne, Carina has to make the hardest decision of her life…
“Alison Morton has done it again. SUCCESSIO is the latest in her series of powerful tales of family betrayals and shifting allegiances in Roma Nova. Once again, I was gripped from start to finish.”?– Sue Cook, writer and broadcaster
Meaningful Conversations is a hybrid Noir novel that tackles the modern world and its most tabooed addictions and mythologies. Its protagonist, cellist Bertrand Mavers, is the best adjusted serial killer you will ever meet. His therapist, Otto Wall, calls him the sanest man he knows. What he actually is will surprise and astonish you.
span style=”color: #222222;”>The narrator of Meaningful Conversations is a brilliant mix of Artaud, de Sade, and the narrators of Ellis’ American Psycho and Kosinski’s Steps. He’s in analysis, but he has taken his own temperature. He may be febrile, but he’s a scream. Richard Godwin continues to mix contemporary genres with elegance and power. —Professor Jay Gertzman.
Dark, rich language that paints a deliciously delirious Ballardian Giallo.—Paul D. Brazill author of A Case of Noir and Guns of Brixton.
If JG Ballard and Angela Carter played a game of Chinese Whispers with Anaïs Nin and William Burroughs, it might end up something like Godwin’s latest—a wild and surreal ride that veers from cold horror to steamy kink and offers a unique satire of modern life in bizarre form. Whatever you want to call it, you won’t put it down until you finish it. K. A. Laity, author of White Rabbit and the Chastity Flame series.
In this fast-paced and thought-provoking thriller, two teens time-travel to prehistoric Africa to judge whether to save our ancestors: the genetic “Adam” and “Eve” whose descendants will go on to populate the world. When 16-year-old Nick Brynner explores an old fort on a forbidden island for a school history project, he stumbles onto a time wormhole. What follows is a mysteriously deserted village with a prowling sentry that looks like a gargoyle, and narrow escape with the help of fellow teen Eleanor Terrell. The two are hurtled into a grim series of challenges by an alien race called the Xu, which are considering a Reset of human history because of our poor planetary stewardship. If Adam and Eve are murdered, will another couple, or another species, do better? Nick and Ellie are ruthlessly deposited onto the African savanna of fifty thousand years ago, and the hunt is on. The Murder of Adam and Eve is a coming of age story, a love story, a war story, and an environmental fable with a deliberately provocative ending, inspired by such books as “Walkabout,” “Ishmael,” “Lord of the Flies,” and the author’s own “Getting Back.”
For Em Ridge, having a billionaire’s daughter go overboard is not the best way to start her first ever job as yacht delivery captain of a state of the art sailboat. Her crew on this trip of a lifetime include two close sailing friends, an unknown young man who can’t even seem to tie a bowline despite his impressive sailing resume, plus the owner’s unruly daughter. It’s this girl who seems to taunt Em with knowledge of Em’s late husband.
Almost two years ago Em buried her husband, her soulmate, her sailing buddy, and with him she buried a secret, a secret which, on this trip, threatens to surface. As hours on the open seas tick by, secrets are resurrected that tie Em’s past to a present awash with murderous intents, poisonous plants, stolen artwork and death.
Will Em’s career go overboard? Will the investigating detective help her or hurt her? Any why does the best boat delivery captain on the east coast pull at her heart strings?
The oft foggy coast of Maine holds secrets it does not want to give up, and a lot of bodies can be hidden in The Pine Tree State’s largest city.
When a sailor dies under unusual circumstances, Raiford goes undercover on the high seas
The Rossi family received only a handful of letters after their son shipped out on the supertanker Aurora Victorious. The first dispatches were from Harold himself, describing the blend of tedium and excitement that defined life onboard the ship. The last communication came from the ship’s owners: four brief sentences informing them that their son had died and been buried at sea. Desperate to know more, the Rossis turn to James and Julie Raiford, the father-daughter detective team behind the Touchstone Agency. As the Raifords soon learn, work on the open sea is dangerous—and asking questions can be deadly.
When the shipping company stonewalls the investigation, James joins the Aurora Victorious as an electronics officer, and Julie digs into the proprietors’ shadowy background. International oil shipping is a ruthless business, and its secrets run as deep as the ocean itself.
CRUDE CARRIER is available from Amazon.
Rex Burns, and Edgar winner, is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and articles on writing. All of his books may be found at the Mysterious Press “authors” page.
What happens when the world discovers a real vampire? Rather than staying hidden and being hunted down by the torch-bearing hordes, he becomes a media sensation, especially when it’s revealed he is the last of his species.
First, however, there is the small matter of attacks on nine people – all of whom have fang marks on their necks and a loss of two pints of blood. Dragul Mangorian is arrested and put on trial for attempted murder. In the ‘vampire trial’, sensationally reported by media around the globe, Mangorian’s lawyer Al Hamblyn gets his client acquitted.
Now free in a world where the Kardashians are famous for being famous, Mangorian becomes a global star as the host of TV’s #1 late night talk show, Late Bite. Each show captures viewers in the tens of millions.
Life for Mangorian and Hamblyn, now business partners, is perfect until police uncover a series of vicious murders with all the markings of a vampire. The stage is set for Mangorian, Hamblyn and a group of elite assassins to hunt down the real killer.
Against impossible odds, a young woman embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the murderer of her father. Her path collides with agent Kevin Lone, who is on a mission to infiltrate a deadly North Korean spy ring that seeks nothing less than the destruction of the government of the United States. The fast-moving plot is complicated by a mysterious activist who has threatened to set off a bomb in Washington, D.C. The suspense builds to a shattering climax when Lone must confront the mysterious Avita and her deadly accomplices. Inspired by true events, this upmarket commercial thriller expertly mixes multiple voices, suspense, deception, and murder in a fast-paced format.
AVITA DOESN’T LOVE YOU is available from Whiskey Creek Press.
Thomas Hauck is a professional writer and book editor living in Gloucester, Massachusetts. His first novel, Pistonhead, tells the gritty story of a guitar player in a rock band who faces a life crisis. Lucas Manson, his second novel, is a literary horror thriller that pits agent Mark Dylan against a charismatic evangelist who is the leader of a bloodthirsty hominid species.
His third novel, Avita Doesn’t Love You (Whiskey Creek Press, October 2014), is an international thriller that traces the moral and physical challenges faced by agent Kevin Lone as he battles an implacable global enemy.
Thomas’s short stories have been published in The Armchair Aesthete, The Bitter Oleander, Over My Dead Body!, and The MacGuffin. His collection of short stories and poems, Public Image: Stories and Poems, was published in 2009.
Thomas is the editor of Renaissance Magazine, America’s leading national magazine devoted to contemporary renaissance faires and culture.
Thomas lives with his wife Kim Smith, a published garden book author, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. Thomas and Kim have two children.
In the summer of 1976, Aurora Gray’s teen world was turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Two years later, she unexpectedly finds Gideon’s journal and sees it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages and Aurora’s determined to follow them. She confides in the only person she can trust: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s brother. The two set out on a road trip of discovery and danger—the mystery they uncover forever changing the course of their lives.
…But Now It Was Happening Again
Decades later, in 2014, Aurora receives a terrifying phone call that her adult son is missing. This news inevitably brings the memories of her adolescent years rushing back. Can she find her son—quickly—and hopefully prevent the trauma of the past from repeating itself?
“Reading a Marilyn Brant book is like eating a piece of rich chocolate.” ~ NYT bestselling author Simone Elkeles
In the year 2060—after decades of war, famine and financial collapse—individual nations ceased to exist, borders were blurred, different currencies were abandoned, and the new world order was complete. The dominion of the Global Alliance, ruled by the heads of the Five Families, had begun.
Now, over a century later, the power of the Global Alliance is absolute. Every aspect of daily life brings the Families more power and more profit. Though there are internal struggles within the Families, the world is enjoying history’s longest stretch of peace. Even crime is nearly non-existent—due to the SID chip implanted in every citizen at birth. Banking and shopping are now controlled through the simple swipe of a hand, and the world’s citizens are pacified in a haze of security and consumerism.
But when the man overseeing the launch of the SID upgrade discovers a fatal design flaw, the government quickly silences him. His children, eighteen-year-old Danica Seton and her thirteen-year-old brother Marcus, are forced to run as agents of the Global Alliance hunt them. Their frantic flight will lead them into the company of a pale-skinned man with a dark history.
Dr. Sonje Nysgaard, a colleague of the children’s father and likewise aware of the flaw, narrowly escapes the attempt on her life. Hiding from Alliance soldiers, she finds herself under the protection of a terrorist organization dedicated to the overthrow of the Alliance and the Families.
More than a year after Blake Sanders’s life fell apart he’s finally starting to pick up the pieces and put it all back together. When his ex-wife Molly is abducted, he vows not to lose her, too. Her high-profile law firm calls in the FBI, which treats the case as a run-of-the-mill kidnap-for-ransom. But to Blake, it’s personal. When the kidnappers demand that he deliver the ransom, he knows it is.
With Molly’s life hanging in the balance, Blake does the unexpected, setting off a chain reaction and a game of cat-and-mouse with the mastermind behind the abduction. The deeper Blake digs for answers, the more apparent it becomes that money is lowest on the kidnappers’ list of demands.
One of Molly’s clients is an ex-Navy SEAL, an expert dolphin trainer turned animal rights activist. When he disappears the stakes suddenly go up, and Blake asks naval intelligence officer Reyna Chase for help. As soon as Reyna gets wind of what’s happening, the game changes from saving Molly to saving Seattle from a terrorist threat that could wreak havoc on the city and kill thousands. The only way Blake can stop it is to pay the ransom—not with cash, but with his life.
By the author of the Thriller Award-nominated Night Blind, Sherer’s third book in the Blake Sanders series grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page is turned.
An Antarctic research team hoping to study microbial organisms in an underground lake discovers something far more amazing: perfectly preserved dinosaur corpses. After one thaws and wakes ravenously hungry, it becomes apparent that death, like life, will find a way.
Environmental activist Alex Ramirez, son of the expedition’s paleontologist, came to Antarctica to defend the organisms from extinction, but soon learns that it is the human race that needs protecting.
“JURASSIC DEAD is a wild collision of modern SF and oldschool horror. Over the top, inventive and scary fun!” -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FALL OF NIGHT and V-WARS
“Sakmyster and Chesler have crafted an taut, explosive zombie novel with Jurassic Dead. The characters are three dimensional, the plot gripping, and the action non-stop. The worst part of the book were the words The End on the last page. Because I wanted more. -Phillip Tomasso, author of THE VACCINATION TRILOGY and BLOOD RIVER
In the days before, during, and after the flooding of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans there was a serial killer on the loose and looking for a certain female that got away. Paramedic Evan Pelicano’s true accounts of the storm are weaved into this tale of survival while saddled with the sixteen year old daughter of his slain friend Officer Jeremy Scarlet. At first, the paramedics and police officers navigate the floodwater trying to save residents, but then Evan finds he needs to save himself as well as protect his friend’s daughter from the killer among them, all the while determined to reunite with his girlfriend, the Chief Deputy Coroner of New Orleans.
KINGS OF DELUSION is available from Amazon.
E.J. Findorff is a native of New Orleans, attending the University of New Orleans while serving six years in the Louisiana National Guard. He loves using his hometown as a backdrop to his novels, likening it to the spices in a nice Okra Gumbo.
What would soul mates give up to be together? What would soul mates do to stay together? On the night of his tenth wedding anniversary Kevin Albright was about to find this out, and so much more.
Kevin Albright is a renowned Internet computer technology security expert, on the verge of finally having it all—a family. But in an instant he loses a wife and a son as security is breached at the highest level of government and his world is turned upside down. When he describes the thug who killed his wife, FBI investigators are quick to tell him a person matching the description died years earlier in Central America, while two FBI Agents claim they tried to save his wife and that it was a drug deal gone-wrong.
Kevin suspects the FBI are not sharing the real details about that night and wonders if the United States Attorney General knows what is really going on in the Department of Justice. He vows to get the killers even if they’re in the government and he has to “die” to do it.
When he is nearly killed, it sets off a high stakes game of 3D cyber chess on the Internet. Kevin must play like a chess master to stay alive and close in on an unseen enemy—a “dead” drug lord and partner reincarnated as stealthy information brokers operating in plain sight. While the FBI and CIA frantically search for those threatening the United States, their information brokering business is thriving—stealing and trading state secrets to the highest international bidder. They are ruthless, something learned in the drug trade, destroying anyone and everything that gets in the way of their next deal.
From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of Murder of the Banker’s Daughter and Murder at the Pencil Factory comes a riveting new historical true crime short,: The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare.
In the wee hours of the morning on November 13, 1974, shots rang out in the upscale home at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, a village within the town of Babylon. The house belonged to forty-three year old Ronald DeFeo, Sr. and his forty-two year old wife, Louise, who lived there with their five children, ranging in age for nine to twenty-three. The DeFeos and four of their children were shot to death, execution style, while in bed.
The lone survivor of the family, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, Jr, twenty-three, was suspected of being the shooter. The police investigation of the mass murder, the bizarre story within the story, insanity, the trial of the accused, and the aftermath, are explored in this truth is far scarier than fiction tale of darkness and horror.
The case inspired The Amityville Horror movies and books, in delving into psychic phenomenon and the supernatural.
The Amityville Massacre includes a complete bonus story, Murder in Bellevue: The Killing of Alan and Diane Johnson; as well as excerpts from other bestselling truce crime shorts by R. Barri Flowers
From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of The Sex Slave Murders 1 & 2, Serial Killer Couples, and Murder of the Banker’s Daughter comes Murder Chronicles, a gripping collection of true crime tales.
Includes ten compelling stories of murder, madness, and mayhem that span more than a century of American history and homicidal criminality that will keep you reading from beginning to end, while staying with long after.
1. Murder at the Pencil Factory: The Killing of Mary Phagan – 100 Years Later, the brutal murder of a young girl turn locals into vigilantes out for justice.
2. The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers, a daring train robbery by a trio of brother bandits goes wrong and turns deadly.
3. Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion Parker, a brazen abduction of a schoolgirl turns tragic as authorities hunt for the killer.
No one notices the street people of Syria disappear without a trace, sliced from stem to stern, eviscerated, and discarded in China. Not even Jack McManus, recently exonerated but still fighting demons of his own. Not until now.
McManus resumes his search for the Oligarch and the Internet guru responsible for last year’s unexplained airline crashes. In that search, he discovers they have conspired with a Buddhist Abbott in China and with a Chef Boyardee look-alike to carry on the nasty practice of organ harvesting. But, when his quarry is within reach high over the Sea of Japan, McManus learns that what remains of his family is endangered by those he pursues.
Jack McManus was devastated by the death of his wife Mary in an Oakland drive-by shooting. But he had two children to raise and summoned strength he didn’t know he possessed. Although he welcomed the chance to clear his name and resume his career at DOJ, he discovered that his real duty and meaning in life might lay elsewhere. And he may have made that discovery too late.
Chaos shatters Amanda Sloane’s controlled world when she trades Chicago courtrooms and designer suits for sweat-soaked ventures into the Yucatan to find her missing sister. She searches old haunts and uninhabited lands, and learns to trust no one. Racing against time, Amanda faces death threats, deceptions, and ghosts from her past. Will she escape paradise?
Book One in the Trapped trilogy
Crackerjack divorce attorney Amanda Sloane spends her life defending the soon-to-be-ex-wives of Chicago’s upper crust, but her orderly world crumbles when her estranged father persuades her to help search for the half-sister she’s resented for thirty years.
Amanda drags along computer-geek-turned-attorney Chad Cooper, and together they chase across the Yucatan, pursuing an ever-changing string of leads. The duo encounters treacherous alliances, attacks on their associates, and a deadline for a hefty ransom.
Amanda digs up more than clues when their search collides with the past she believed long buried. Old memories chip away at pretenses, threatening to crush Amanda’s carefully constructed life.
Threatened with suspension from the Metropolitan Police, Inspector Mackie Divine is approached by a member of the intelligence services who asks her to take on under-cover work at a French chateau where there is a residential community and a conference centre, funded by a right-wing group of European financiers. At first, Mackie fails to take their ideas seriously, but when arson attacks and violent clashes between ethnic groups begin occurring all over Europe, she is persuaded by events at the chateau to change her mind.
‘A deep, enthralling thriller’ (Tom Casey)
‘Anne Morgellyn has woven a web so fne! You come into her parlour unawares and the gossamer filigree clings like something secret the spider left to trap his fly. Her story is so vital it could be tomorrow’s headlines….’
‘…couldn’t put it down…assured, powerful in its metaphoric compulsiveness, bleak, disturbing, intelligent… (D.M Thomas)
When rumors surface that Chinese billionaire Zhao Deng is secretly buying American tech companies, CIA operative Rachel West is dispatched to investigate. Rachel’s search leads her to China, then Russia, and across Europe. As she unravels the truth, she’s thrust into a deadly global jigsaw puzzle, facing assassins, corrupt politicians, and betrayal by her own agency. After surviving several harrowing attempts on her life, Rachel finally uncovers the shocking truth. Billionaire Zhao is only the front man in a plot to control the world’s Internet. But can she expose the secret conspiracy before she’s assassinated?
• “One of the best thrillers of the year.”
• “A gripping mystery thriller built on a solid, suspenseful plot.”
• “Packed with action, suspense, and intrigue; this mystery thriller is a real page turner.”
• “… heart-pounding suspense – the plot keeps you guessing until the last page …”
• “A riveting thriller…kept me on the edge of my seat. No question about it, this book should be made into a movie.”
Historical crime novel set in 1920s British India. Superintendent Chris Le Fanu is a war weary policeman with relationship problems, but sensitive to the new political conditions in India. He heads a crime unit that uses Austrian criminologist Hans Gross’ detection methods, and is unpopular in the force. He and his Muslim assistant Habibullah solve the murder of a visiting Englishwoman, and uncover a drug ring in the process, testing all sorts of local tensions.
A MADRAS MIASMA is available from Amazon.
A MADRAS MIASMA is averaging 4.7 stars on Amazon, and has been reviewed by two major crime fiction sites:
Brian Stoddart now writes crime fiction after writing several non-fiction works on Asian hsiroty, sports history, and memoir. He is a former university president and now international consultant on higher education development in Southeast Asia and the Middle East