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The August edition of the Big Thrill is here!

29 brand new thrillers from ITW Members, including debut novels from Ted Oswald, M.P. Cooley, Stacy Childs and David Niall Wilson, plus a Between The Lines Interview with Linwood Barclay by A.J. Colucci and the Africa Scene with Andrew Brown. We also have a can't-miss Special to the Big Thrill: ThrillerFest IX recap by Kimberley Howe and Anthony J. Franze!

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New E-Releases

Vandals: A Collection of Young Adult Horror-Suspense Tales by R. Barri Flowers

vandalsVandals: A Collection of Young Adult Horror-Suspense Tales includes four spine-tingling young adult tales of horror and suspense from the Vandals series by bestselling author R. Barri Flowers. In each gripping story, teen vandals are left to deal with the frightening consequences of their actions.

“This was like “Sweet Valley High” meets “True Blood…. Fans of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series will enjoy this series. Great for young readers!” – Jessica’s Reviews on Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter

“The story was fast paced and had a lot of twist and turns…. I would recommend this book for people who enjoy a good vampire YA book, its packed with teenage drama and triangles that will keep you turning the pages.” — Ordinary Girlz Book Revews

“A refreshing take on the whole vampire world…Found it spellbinding…Could not put it down.” – Trishap’s Books To Read Or Not on Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter

“Any teen or young adult will identify with Lexi and her struggles with her blended family, high school sweetheart and summer crush.” – The Book Beacon on Summer at Paradise Ranch
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Fearful Symmetry by Michael McBride

Fearful Symmetry by Michael McBrideMore than seventy years ago, five Nazi scientists embarked upon an expedition into the frozen Himalayas in search of the origins of the Aryan race. What they found instead was something beyond their wildest imaginations, a secret they would sooner take to their graves than risk releasing upon an unsuspecting world.

Now nearly a hundred years old, Johann Brandt, the lone surviving member of the original party, shares his discovery with Jordan Brooks, an evolutionary anthropologist, who launches his own expedition into one of the most dangerous environments on the face of the planet in search of the evidence Brandt claims to have left behind.

If Brooks and his team hope to find the proof, they’ll have to follow the historical footsteps of the Germans into the hunting grounds of a species that evolved in utter geographical isolation,
and their only hope for survival lies in uncovering the truth about the ill-fated Nazi expedition…for those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
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The Feathers by Cynthia Lott

The Feathers by Cynthia LottThomas Carpenter – dead for 100 years – returns in 1978 to avenge his murder. He proves a challenge for a New Orleans novice detective Brenda Shapira and her senior partner, Roy Agnew. When 35-year old Shapira discovers the first victim in the historic Garden District, the beginning of 1978 will be anything but ordinary. As she unravels this long ago mystery steeped in New Orleans history and the Yellow Fever epidemic, Brenda realizes that she may be Carpenter’s next victim.

“Lott’s The Feathers is equal parts addictive and dark. It’s an outstanding thriller from a new author I plan to read now on a regular basis. This story doesn’t just get into your head, it tickles the back of your mind and sends your anxious heart into your throat. This is your next read! Go to it!” –Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Black & Orange and Bottled Abyss.

THE FEATHERS is available from Amazon.

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Cynthia Lott is a Writer, Researcher, Vegetarian, and loves hearing life stories over a glass of good wine. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime, Inc., Atlanta Writers Club, Inc., and International Thriller Writers, Inc. THE FEATHERS is her debut novel.

G8 by Mike Brogan

G8 for ITWDonovan Rourke, a federal agent, learns that a man name Katill will assassinate the world’s eight most powerful leaders at the G8 Summit in three days.

The President asks Donovan Rourke to head up security in Brussels. Donovan agrees, but reluctantly, because his wife was murdered there.

In Europe, he works with the G8 Security Director, and a beautiful translator. They’re shocked to learn that Katill is the same man who murdered Donovan’s wife.

They’re even more shocked to learn Katill has just penetrated the billion-dollar wall of G8 security. They watch in horror as the leaders walk into Katill’s trap, and realize it’s too late to stop them …

“ … Mike Brogan’s G8 sets a rollercoaster pace from the start and never lets up. Relentless, with a villain devious enough to chill us all beyond the breathless last page. I really enjoyed this book.” Loren D. Estleman, four-time Shamus Award Winner

“ … G8 is a rip roaring action suspense thriller from beginning to end. Brogan is a master storyteller and a gifted novelist. This is the kind of novel that block-buster movies are made from!” Midwest Book Review
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Secrets of the Kill by Lawrence Kelter

secretsTwo governments—one objective, stop the spread of terrorism by any means possible. America and Israel, lifelong allies in an age-old war. To win this battle they will have to sell their souls.

A mutilated body has been discovered; a body not meant to be found, but now that it has, Pandora’s box is open and secrets never to be learned have been revealed.

An Israeli woman living in New York has been murdered. She has been raped and butchered; an outrage that ignites a fuse that burns all the way back to Tel Aviv.

Enter FBI Agent Chloe Mather, a hard-charging ex-Marine who has no sympathy for the kind of maggot who could commit such a violent atrocity. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, she was one of the first woman Marines to be deployed into an active combat area. She struggles with PTSD and the consequences of a fatherless childhood, yet this is a woman who accepts no pity and operates according to a moral code that is second to none. She’ll stop at nothing to find the psychopath responsible for this unspeakable crime. In Secrets of the Kill, Mather and this code will face the ultimate test.

What begins as a challenging homicide becomes more, much more, and Mather is pulled into an investigation that involves the mob, Israeli intelligence, and a radical terrorist faction.
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Cooper’s Haven by Denise A. Agnew

coopers havenTen years ago Jilly Warren and Cooper Hawkins shared a night of devastating losses that almost brought them together. Now a new threat brings them together again in a fight for love and survival.

The man staring at Jilly Warren at the courthouse is up to no good and every instinct tells her to run far and fast. Instead she turns to marine reservist and sheriff’s deputy Cooper Hawkins. Cooper, who never forgot the comfort of Jilly’s embrace, knows that the only place she’ll be safe is in his arms.

COOPER”S HAVEN is available from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon and Kobo.

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Denise A. Agnew is the author of over 60 novels. Romantic Times Book Reviews calls her romantic suspense novels “top-notch,” and she’s received their coveted TOP PICK rating. Denise has written paranormal, romantic comedy, contemporary, fantasy, historical, erotic romance, and romantic suspense. Archaeology and archery have crept into her work, and travels through England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have added to a lifetime of story ideas. Denise is also a paranormal investigator, Reiki Master and Creativity Coach. Visit Denise’s website at www.deniseagnew.com

This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent Collings

This Darkness Light by Michaelbrent CollingsA man with no past, but who holds the future of the world in his hands.
A woman who has sworn to protect him, for reasons she does not understand.
A killer who must destroy them, or lose all he holds dear.
They are running—from each other, from the plague that is killing all around them, from the dark forces beyond their understanding.

Running from shadow to shadow. From dark to dark.
Hoping to find light. Hoping that this darkness is not all there is.
Hoping…because hope is all they have in This Darkness Light.

“This Darkness Light is [Collings'] latest and honestly greatest work…” – Media Mikes

“[P]ick up any of his novels, but especially his latest, This Darkness Light, you won’t be disappointed.” – The Horror Drive-In

“THIS DARKNESS LIGHT is another winner.” – The Horror Fiction Review
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Calculation by Steven P. Marini

Calculation by Steven P. MariniA serial killer is loose on Cape Cod. Are his crimes random or is there method to his madness? Det. Jack Contino moved to Dennis, MA on the Cape in hopes of a more peaceful and safe life as he nears retirement, but murder and even the Boston Mob has followed him. Can he protect those close to him from this new danger?

“Mr. Marini has proved himself skilled at creating plots with a zinger twist or two, and this is no exception…This time the connect gets creative and unexpected, providing the book with a welcome, off-kilter difference that adds another dimension…”
The Barnstable Patriot

CALCULATION is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Steve’s second novel, Aberration, recently took fourth place in Mystery, earning a Top Ten Finisher Award in the 2013 reader’s poll by Predators and Editors. see his website, www.stevenmarini.com

Steven P. Marini holds a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Boston University and a B.A. in Business Administration from New England College and has spent over thirty years in the Education/Training field, including posts in higher education and the federal government.

Although he describes himself as a “card carrying New Englander,” he lived for twenty-six years in Maryland while pursuing a career spanning four federal agencies. His background has enabled him to serve as a project manager at the National Security Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fire Academy and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he worked with teams of experts in various fields to develop state-of-the-art training for both classrooms and distance learning technologies.

A “Baby Boomer,” Steve has taken up fiction writing as he moved into his career final frontier. Married for thirty-eight years, a father of three and a grandfather, Steve and his wife Louise own a home on Cape Cod that will serve as his private writer’s colony for the years ahead.

Murdered in the Man Cave (A Riley Reed Cozy Mystery) by R. Barri Flowers

Murdered in the Man CaveMurdered in the Man Cave is a cozy mystery novel by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers.

In the first book of this exciting new cozy series, Riley Reed has a popular blog offering advice on home décor and renovation and does part-time consulting work in Cozy Pines, Oregon.

When Riley is asked by an old flame, Brent London, a bestselling mystery writer, to help him spruce up his man cave as a newly single man, she readily accepts the assignment. But when she discovers him bludgeoned to death with a pool cue in his man cave, she finds herself thrust into the investigation to track down the killer.

The suspects are many, including three of Brent’s four ex-wives, two girlfriends, his niece, a former research assistant, a financial advisor, and his housekeeper.

When two people are arrested for Brent’s murder, Riley is less than convinced that the true culprits are in custody, and makes it her mission to prove otherwise.

An alleged suicide and confession seems a bit too pat for Riley, who risks her own life to get at the truth.
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Psychic Evidence by Carol Costa

Psychic Evidence by Carol CostaHomicide Detective, Paula Taylor, and County Prosecutor, Rick Stevens work with each other on a regular basis. They both understand that gathering enough evidence to present in court often leads to bizarre people and information. However, nothing in their past experience has prepared them for the crucial facts they receive from beyond the grave. Paula and Rick put their respective careers and reputations at risk in an attempt to win a conviction based on evidence obtained at a seance. Inspired by an actual investigation and trial in Tucson, Arizona.

“A clever mystery about a murder trial where evidence from a seance was presented.” – Arizona Daily Star

PSYCHIC EVIDENCE is available from Amazon.

 *****

Carol Costa is a professional writer and editor. She is also an award-winning playwright and a journalist. Carol has worked as an editor of books and newspapers, a business news correspondent, and managed a literary agency.

Carol’s plays have been published and produced in New York City, Los Angeles, and regional theaters across the country.

OTHER BOOKS:
Ask Aunt Emma a Third Time,paranormal mystery
Take me Out to the Love Game,
The Secret of Eastman Springs, YA Ghost/Mystery
Lost in the Shadows, romantic/suspense
The Seventh Messenger, a historical novel
When Nothing Else Was Right, a Dana Sloan Mystery
Ask Aunt Emma Again, paranormal mystery
Happiness Awaits You! Inspiration, co-editor/author
Ask Aunt Emma, paranormal mystery
Invisible Force, paranormal mystery
The Master Plan, A Dana Sloan Mystery
A Deadly Hand, A Dana Sloan Mystery
Love Steals the Scene
Labor of Love
Teach Yourself Accounting in 24 Hours, (1st & 2nd Editions)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Surviving Bankruptcy
Teach Yourself Bookkeeping in 24 Hours
Video Poker: Play Longer with Less Risk
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting and Running a Thrift Store
Your Journey to Light and Love
PUBLISHED PLAYS:

The Last Decent Crooks, a musical/comedy/mystery
The Phantom of the Soap Opera, a melodrama

Website: www.carolcostaauthor.com
E-Mail: carolcosta62003@yahoo.com or ccstarlit@aol.com

Nobody Wins by Michael Haskins

Nobody Wins by Michael HaskinsThe 8th in the Mick Murphy Key West Mystery series finds Murphy on a quest to locate his cousin Cecil Fahey, an old IRA gunman turned bartender in the USA. Murphy leaves tranquil Key West, Florida, first to Los Angels, where Cecil last worked only to run into the local IRA boss who delivers strange predictions. It’s the beginning of a chase along the East Coast to NJ, more IRA members, SAS British soldiers, identity changes and a night flight to Dublin. Murphy’s quest soon turns into a life-and-death struggle as he looks for Cecil and tries to avoid MI6 and SAS gunmen.

“I just finished this book, and I could not put it down. Michael has a wonderful way of making you feel the location; so beginning and ending in Key West is fine, but this journey was amazing. I had only driven through New Jersey so the action was ongoing, but I only got a laugh from the jabs to the Governor. BUT then he takes us to Ireland! I had walked those same streets and loved to be reminded of that lovely area. I was only sad that I missed the special Tea Shoppe. Lots of family, feud,and mayhem. Enjoyed how U.S. and British Intelligence had to play their games. I was blown away by the final chapters, but really see a hope for a rebuilding of life and love in the future. Thanks for a great ride.”
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Murder in Magenta by Esther Luttrell

Murder in Magenta by Esther LuttrellThe murder of an artist has Topeka’s trendy art district terrified. Will the next Friday Art Walk be another artist’s last? The chase is on and time is running out. KENNY-A homeless eight-year-old, a guy who wants nothing more than to be left alone, and a brassy broad with a heart as big as all outdoors, make this Christmas tale a warm hearted romp with a surprise ending.

“Esther Luttrell delivers again. Her books are suspenseful – and more than that, they are readable and fun.” Joanne Bodner, Amazon review, July 13, 2014

MURDER IN MAGENTA is available from Amazon.

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Esther Luttrell became a mystery writer by accident. Right after her husband walked off and left her, she was driving around, trying to think how to do away with him. The more she considered possibilities, the more she wondered if she didn’t have a real plot line. Six weeks later she completed “Murder in the Movies”, where she murdered his rearend. It was accepted by the first publisher to read it, was later picked up by Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries, and has never been out of print since. Now the author of several mysteries, a screenwriting textbook, and inspirational book and a line of children’s books, Esther tested the ebook market with Dimestore Novels. “Murder in Magenta” is the third in that series. Esther lives in Midwest when she isn’t speaking at writers and women’s conferences. Three more books – two of them mysteries – are scheduled for release by January of 2015.

Nobody’s Child by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Nobody's Child by Libby Fischer HellmannA bloodstained note left for PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia’s help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the secretive and dangerous underworld of Chicago’s illegal sex trafficking business. She soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up. Even worse, as Georgia tries to extricate Savannah, she comes up against an old enemy determined to make sure neither woman will escape alive. In the fourth Georgia Davis novel, Georgia faces her toughest challenge yet—and one she might not survive.

“Hellmann brings to life the reality of bullying among teenage girls with enough twists and turns to keep you reading. Highly recommended.”
– Starred Review, Library Journal, Easy Innocence

“There’s a new no-nonsense female private detective in town: Georgia Davis, a former cop who is tough and smart enough to give even the legendary V.I. Warshawski a run for her money.” –Chicago Tribune on Easy Innocence
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Push by Jack Tunney

Push by Jack TunneyYou’re a jobber. You make your living by losing in the wrestling ring. You’re a good wrestler, but promoters don&Ssquo;t think you have what it takes to become a superstar. Then Thumper shows up. Big and strong, with a bunny-rabbit gimmick and fans eating out of his hand. His finishing move is called The Thump, and most guys don’t get up from it on their own.

One night, Thumper puts his opponent in the hospital. Not a big deal. Sure, the outcome of a wrestling match is fake. But the bumps in the ring can be all too real. Sometimes you get hurt. Part of the territory.

Then it happens again. Only this time, the guy who got Thumped is tossed into a car like a sack of potatoes. Lou Boone, the promoter who runs Central States Wrestling with an iron fist, knows you saw something and offers you a push if you keep your mouth shut.

A push. Every jobber’s dream. To get to win some matches, to get to be on the big cards in the big arenas. You want it more than anything. You begin thinking you imagined the sack-of-potatoes guy—until it happens again.

Now, you have to choose between wrestling fame and doing the right thing. Before this is over, someone else will be dead. And you don’t want it to be you …

Expanded to novella length from the short story “Push Comes to Shove,” selected by Lawrence Block for the Best American Mystery Stories series.
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Escape Plans by David Sakmyster

Escape Plans by David SakmysterEscape Plans is a collection of 19 mind-bending and adrenaline-fueled stories from the award-winning author of THE PHAROS OBJECTIVE, BLINDSPOTS and CRESCENT LAKE. Ranging from dark fantasy and horror to mystery, science fiction and suspense, in these tales you’ll encounter a chilling cure for cancer, a demonic GPS device and a ghost marriage to a jealous and deadly bride; here you’ll find alternate quantum histories, underwater zombies and a basement serving as a time portal; you’ll experience environmental disasters on a galactic scale, meet a man who can erase lives with the stroke of a marker, practice ancient arts of divination—with frightening consequences, and visit a grim future set against humanity’s last days. Emotional, terrifying and thought-provoking, make your plans to escape today.
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Neutral Mask by Barry Lyga

Neutral Mask by Barry LygaSet one year before the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers…

Connie is the new girl in town, but she already has friends…and maybe even a boyfriend. Her father isn’t happy that Connie is dating a white boy like Jasper Dent, and things get even worse when she realizes that Jasper is the son of Billy Dent, one of the world’s most notorious serial killers! This is the story of how Connie and Jazz overcame their early troubles and fell in love.

NEUTRAL MASK is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

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Called a “rebel-author” by Kirkus Reviews, Barry Lyga has published twelve novels in various genres in his seven-year career, including the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers and his newest, Unsoul’d (for adults). His books have been or are slated to be published in nine different languages in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

Career Day by Barry Lyga

Career Day by Barry LygaSet one year before the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers…

Jasper has a problem, and everyone knows it: His father is Billy Dent, world-famous serial killer. Even though Dear Old Dad is in jail, Jasper still feels like everyone is watching him, like everyone thinks he’s dangerous.

Even he thinks he’s dangerous. Sometimes.

His best — and only — friend Howie is always ready with a joke or a goofy nickname, but Jasper needs more. Maybe that new girl in town, Connie, is what he’s been looking for…
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Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice by Gary Phillips

Astonishing Heroes by Gary PhillipsEven though some of the stories in this collection can be labeled in the super-hero genre, crime fiction fans will enjoy The Envoy, an anti-hero. He’s a high rolling hitman plucked from Hell only if he kills for Heaven. Then there’s Onyx Adams, a tough, kung-fu’ing Afro-wearing female private eye. There’s also The Silencer, a Vietnam vet who returns to his hometown but finds the war goes on when he’s injured in a fire bombing and the woman he loves is killed. And seeming sell-out agent provocateur American Black enacts an agenda all his own against the evildoers.

“Everything you’d expect from a Gary Phillips story collection– solid, kick-ass pulp.”
Bobby Nash, Pulp Ark award winner
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The Argentine Triangle by Allan Topol

The Argentine Triangle by Allan TopolFormer CIA director Craig Page is enjoying a new, exhilarating life racing cars across Europe. But when new dangers threaten America and an old friend goes missing in Argentina, will Craig be ready to step up to the plate?

Undercover in the glamorous world of Buenos Aires’ wealthy elite, Page finds himself on the brink of a terrible discovery. A world of brutality hidden in the classified secrets of Argentina’s Dirty War comes to light painting an image of the cataclysmic future awaiting South America.

“Allan Topol is back with another captivating and fascinating Craig Page thriller. Politics, history, international settings, great characters—The Argentine Triangle has it all. Be forewarned, this one will keep you turning pages late into the night.”—M.J. Rose, International best-selling author of the Book of Lost Fragrances, What to do Before Your Book Launch, and Seduction. Founder Authorbuzz.com

“The Argentine Triangle has everything I love in an espionage novel: a compelling, resourceful hero, an exotic locale, worthy villains, and a meticulously researched plot. Highly recommended.”—Mark Sullivan, NYT bestselling author of “Outlaw”
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Original Sin by DP Lyle

Original Sin by DP LyleSamantha Cody can’t stay away from trouble.

When Sam’s long time friend, Dr. Lucy Wagner finds her career, and even her life in jeopardy, ex-Deputy Sheriff and retired professional boxer Sam rushes to her aide.

Dr. Lucy Wagner was on top of her game, her cardiac surgical practice thriving, and her reputation impeccable at the Remington Medical Center in small-town Tennessee. Even the hospital’s new pediatric cardiac unit had been dedicated to her. But being at the apex of the local medical pyramid garnered her more than a few powerful enemies.

Lucy’s spiral into darkness began when the spiritual founder and leader of a local snake-handling church died on her operating table. Strange fainting spells and nightmarish dreams followed. Those she could handle, almost, but when her post-op patients began exhibiting violent psychotic behaviors, Lucy knew it was time to call in the cavalry.

Samantha Cody’s cop/boxer mind kicks into gear as she leads Lucy on a journey into the past and a confrontation with old and very powerful forces she never knew existed.
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Friends with Benefits by Jenna Bennett

Friends with Benefits by Jenna BennettA Cinderella story about a pregnant waitress who marries her nice but boring neighbor for his health insurance only to realize he’s the man she should have been with all along.

What Kaylee Carter needs, is a friend with benefits.

Health benefits, that is.

An accidental pregnancy has left her jobless and broke, with no money to cover her car payment or rent, let alone prenatal care and childbirth.

When next door neighbor Owen Taylor offers a marriage of convenience – room, board, and medical insurance – it’s an answer to prayer. But as they settle in together, Kaylee can’t help but wonder what Owen gets out of the deal.

What Owen Taylor wants, is Kaylee Carter.

Nice guy Owen has been quietly pursuing Kaylee for months, but she’s never given him the time of day. Now that he’s gotten her into his life and his bed, he’s not about to give her up.

But when Kaylee’s baby daddy comes knocking, what will Kaylee do? Does she choose her husband, or her baby’s father? The man who knocked her up… or the one who put the pieces together afterwards?
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A Deadly Denial by Kathy Bennett

A Deadly Denial by Kathy BennettSomeone is killing cops in Los Angeles. Detective Maddie Divine is assigned to the elite Robbery Homicide Division to join the hunt for the cop killer. With officers being murdered every few days, the suspect list grows longer as secrets, deceit, and denials are uncovered.

Maddie Divine – Maddie’s keeping a secret and if her co-workers knew, they’d put her in a padded cell and give her a rubber gun. Meanwhile, her former partner, Cash McCool, has some explaining to do. But will she accept his justification for his actions?

Cash McCool – He and Maddie were on the brink of a relationship. What drove him away, and how does he react when he and Maddie are assigned to track the cop killer together?

Rex Rango – Why can’t this newlywed cop say no to a female deputy chief and stay out of her bed? He thinks he’s gotten away with his betrayal, but he’s wrong.

Jill Rango – Two months after her wedding, personal and professional scandals have Jill fighting to hang on to her husband and her badge. When one of her secrets is exposed, she’s suddenly on the short-list for a murder rap.
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Delirium by J.F.Penn

Delirium by J.F.Penn“Those who the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”

LONDON. When a prominent psychiatrist is found murdered in the old hospital of Bedlam, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke finds herself investigating the history of madness to fathom the motive. Blake Daniel, a reluctant psychic, helps her to research the case, only to discover that his own family are entwined with the shadowy forces that seek to control the minds of the mad.

As the body count rises, and those she loves are threatened, Jamie discovers that the tendrils of conspiracy wind themselves into the very heart of the British government. Can she stop the killer before madness takes its ultimate revenge?

A thriller with an edge of the supernatural, Delirium is a story of love for family, revenge for injustice and the question of whether we all sit on the spectrum of madness somewhere.
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The Commuter by Patrick Oster

The Commuter by Patrick OsterIt seemed an innocent enough idea. After Barnaby Gilbert got laid off with a nice severance, his boss suggested he take up a new hobby to fill up his free time. On his regular commuter train, Barnaby got an idea what that hobby would be. He decided to satisfy a curiosity he’d long had. An avid birder, he began tracking some regular passengers — people he’d always wondered about — to see where they went and what they did. In following a Chinese man, a schoolgirl, and a sexy woman, he used the same techniques he had to add hawks and herons to his life list. But in this quirky, tongue-in-cheek thriller, he found out pretty fast that humans were a much more dangerous species.

“I have a copy of this book, and all I can say is GO GET IT!” — Maggie Barbieri, author of “Final Exam” and other Murder 101 crime novels and “Once Upon a Lie,” a Maeve Conlon novel.
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Crestfallen by Simon Wood

Crestfallen by Simon WoodIn this ebook collection of four short stories, Peter Crestfallen is a San Francisco private investigator who has a penchant for attracting problem clients. He’s the kind of gumshoe who’ll always give a hundred percent, even if it’s for a ten percent return.

In CRESTFALLEN’s V.I.P., Crestfallen has to track down a stolen teddy bear for a senior citizen and he’ll have to go up against the White House to retrieve it.

In CRESTFALLEN’s GETAWAY, Crestfallen has to smuggle a mob accountant out of San Francisco.

In CRESTFALLEN’s KINK, Crestfallen is hired to find out what a housewife does in her off hours and is drawn into a dark world of alternative lifestyles.

In CRESTFALLEN’s WIDOW, Jane Staam hires Crestfallen to prove she didn’t kill her terminally ill, millionaire husband.
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Headcase by Marc Rosenberg

Headcase by Marc RosenbergHeadcase is a fast-paced crime novel that follows the journey of a fallen cop’s bloody manhunt for a vicious serial killer.

“Headcase,” tells the story of Detective Ash Aiken, a burned out cop, one of the city’s finest, who is reinstated to lead the hunt for a psychopathic killer.

Burdened with a dishonest partner and the memory of his family walking out on him, Detective Aiken looks to balance his life and search for answers with the help of a private investigator, who is targeted for death by a vengeful crime boss.

As the killer continues his deadly rampage, he falls under the spell of a reserved young woman. Tormented by her own bitter past, she is determined to build a new life, regardless of any collateral damage.

The book is based on author Marc Rosenberg’s observation of various people he’s met through his industry and personal life. Though a work of fiction, the book deals with everyday people who encounter extremely stressful situations and how they respond to them.
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A Date to Die For by Wendy Soliman

A Date to Die For by Wendy SolimanWhen investigative journalist, Alexi Ellis, falls victim to the Sunday Sentinel’s cutbacks, she packs up her car, grabs Marvin, her anti-social feral cat, and hot-foots it out of London, intent upon licking her wounds in private. She heads for Lambourn, the valley of the racehorse, where an old college friend runs a hotel and Alexi is assured a shoulder to cry on.

But this idyllic country paradise is not all it appears to be. A woman has gone missing under mysterious circumstances and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Unemployed she might be, but Alexi still has a nose for a story. So too does Tyler Maddox, ex-Metropolitan Police detective turned private eye, who is also trying to find out what’s happened to Natalie Parker.
Tyler, driven out of the police by a vicious press campaign that accused him of racism, hates all journalists on principle. But Natalie had been using his sister’s online dating agency and Tyler needs to find her before his sister’s business gets dragged through the mire.

Reluctantly, Alexi, Tyler and Marvin join forces. As they delve deeper into Natalie’s secret past, they discover rich adoptive parents from whom Natalie absconded while still a teenager, huge, unexplained amounts of cash and connections to a London escort agency. Is Natalie still alive and, if so, what can have made her turn her back on her comfortable life and thriving business?
Someone doesn’t want Alexi and Tyler to find the answers to the questions their investigation throws up and will do whatever it takes to ensure they don’t…
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Savage (Jack Sigler / Chess Team Book 6) by Jeremy Robinson & Sean Ellis

savageFor more than a hundred million years, the Dark Continent has kept a savage secret.

While on the trail of a stolen tactical nuclear weapon, Jack Sigler, callsign: King, and his black ops Chess Team, answer a cry for help. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is on the verge of exploding into another bloody civil war that will engulf all of Africa and put millions at risk, a crisis too politically volatile for any outside nation to touch. As the team, unfettered by political constraints, deploys across the globe, the threats spin out of control.

A search for the Congo’s missing president becomes a quest to solve a century old mystery, and uncover a secret that powerful men will kill to protect. A mission to rescue a team of scientists from violent revolutionaries devolves into a desperate run through the jungle, pursued by both modern man and ancient beast. And the effort to stop a revolution becomes a brutal contest, pitting King against the most cunning and sadistic foe he has ever faced—a deadly mercenary known as the Red Queen.

King has traveled around the globe and across time to protect the people he loves. Now, he must face a harsh truth: he cannot save everyone.
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Stray Ally by Troy Lambert

Stray Ally by Troy LambertA strange accident on the freeway, accusations of murder, and an encounter in the Idaho wilderness all propel Todd Clarke into a new friendship with a dog named Sparky. But Sparky is no ordinary dog, and there is more going on than Clarke could have imagined.

A military commander he investigated for Aryan activity and links to domestic terrorism is after him, and he’s not sure why until another chance encounter provides the answer.
With Sparky and the help of his canine friends, will he be able to figure out the Colonel’s plan and stop him in time? All Clarke knows for sure is none of it would be possible without the help of his Stray Ally.

“Mr. Lambert weaves a great back story into the characters present, showing us both the history that builds the situation and how it is resolved.”
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Going Grey by Karen Traviss

Going Grey by Karen TravissIan isn’t crazy. Life would be a lot simpler if he was. He’s eighteen, on the run, and scared – the shape-shifting delusions he’s had since childhood have turned out to be real. He’s the result of a dynamic mimicry project intended to help undercover agents “go grey” and blend in unnoticed. Now the biotech company wants its property back, and the only people he can trust are two private military contractors sent to find him – Rob, a former Royal Marine who’s struggling to adjust to Civvy Street, and Mike, heir to a wealthy American political dynasty, who only ever wanted to be an ordinary guy. While the company hunts Ian, the two contractors try to help him harness his disturbing ability. But first Ian’s got to work out what identity really means – and Mike and Rob have to decide how far they’ll go to give him the chance of a normal life.

GOING GREY is available from Amazon, iTunes and Kobo.

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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess’har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Halo, Gears of War, and Star Wars work. She’s best known for military science fiction, but her new novel, GOING GREY, is the first of a techno-thriller series that’s set closer to home. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.

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