When his brother disappears with the seeds of an ancient lotus plant long thought to be extinct, Jack Duran, along with his brother’s archaeologist girlfriend, search for him along central Asia’s fabled Silk Road, a journey that leads them to the secret of soma and the source of the legend of Shangri-La.
“Angsten has invented a unique style of thriller writing that focuses on spiritual aspects of various cultures in each book, rather than relying on some sort of historical McGuffin that must be recovered by a fearless hero.”
“In David Angsten’s capable hands, his newest thriller, THE ASSASSIN LOTUS, engages us with taut action, vividly detailed exotic locations, and a spiritual awakening for hero, Jack Duran.”
“Angsten has done it again, delivering action and suspense via protagonist Jack Duran, a man passionately determined to lead an examined life, between dodging bullets and blades. It all makes for a rare combination of edification and entertainment, as history, geography and the hypocritical politics of religion send Jack on a contemporary quest along the ancient Silk Road, where he must find a courage beyond it all to live and to love.”
A Case of Love and Squalor is for readers who love action, sex, and wise-cracking detectives. Joseph Andrews is a descendant of Chandler and Spillane. He’ll casually beat up a thug then easily discuss Anselm’s ontological proof with a sexy woman. But his luck isn’t always the best.
Someone is shooting dogs.
Private detective Joe Andrews finds himself escaping an angry husband by climbing out a window and running into the police who are after the dog-killer, then undergoes a vicious grilling by two corrupt detectives and is thrown into a foul cell in the city jail. But the next day he is suddenly freed. His benefactor is the rich and powerful Harold Forrest, who hires Andrews to seize some explicit pornographic videos of Forrest’s beautiful drug-addled granddaughter, Esme. When Andrews agrees, he is caught up in a rushing stream of events that involve a striking woman tormented by voices, the local gangster, and a vicious gang of kidnappers and drug-dealing pornographers who commit rape and murder without a qualm. Even as the clock ticks, and in spite of his best intentions, Andrews becomes involved with Esme.
Eventually the shocking reason for the dog shootings is revealed.
Mally Andretti survived an apocalypse that has altered the world. Tucked away in a huge compound she should feel safe, but loneliness eats away at her. Until a deep, mysterious voice tantalizes her over the ham radio and invites her into soul deep conversation. Who is the man who claims to be her friend, who awakens mental and physical cravings?
Working for a private security company takes all of former Air Force pararescueman Adam Becker’s time, until a sexy voice on the ham radio tempts him to do and say things he’s never done before. Mally calls on every fiercely protective instinctive inside him, and when she’s in serious danger he’ll do anything to get to her in time.
Denise A. Agnew is the author of over 60 novels. 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 Certified Creativity Coach. Visit Denise’s websites at www.deniseagnew.com and www.creativepencoaching.com
When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.
But was it really fiction?
He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon
jeopardize the lives of his family.
She wants to come back.
At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she inadvertently caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.
“A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind!” – Jeffery Deaver, International Bestselling Author
“It’s a superlative read!”
– Author, Robin Spriggs
Hollis, P.I. is a collection of six original prose short stories of contemporary Los Angeles private eye Nate Hollis – who first saw life in comics, the mini-series Angeltown. Now New York Times bestseller Juliet Blackwell, rising star Aaron Philip Clark, Pulp Ark award winner Bobby Nash and the always versatile Derrick Ferguson join Hollis’ creator Phillips in bringing out these hard-hitting, hardboiled short stories.
“Slick as spit, big-shouldered Hollis walks the walk and talks the talk…” — Kevin Burton Smoith in Mystery Scene magazine
“Yes, this is a violent workd that Nate inhabits, but he steers a true and moral course through the layers of decption, skullduggery and sometimes worse that make thse stories such high-density entertainment” — T. Jefferson Parker, author of Full Measure
HOLLIS, P.I. is available from Amazon.
Gary Phillips draws on his experiences ranging from teaching incarcerated youth, running a nonprofit started after the ’92 L.A. riots, state director of a shadowy political action committee to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. Please visit his website at: www.gdphillips.com.
When a gorgeous, bleeding woman on the run falls into the arms of Sean “Metal” O’Brien, the former SEAL medic knows just what he can do. Heal her. Tend to her. Keep her safe.
What he can’t seem to do is keep his guard up. Something about the haunted, hunted beauty knocks down all his defenses.
Felicity Ward is no stranger to secrets. Raised in the Witness Protection Program, her whole childhood was a lie. But she couldn’t have known that her family’s secrets—secrets she didn’t even know she was keeping—could spark a nuclear war.
And nothing could have prepared her for the tough, sexy warrior who first saves her life and then vows to protect it, no matter what.
If you ask people why the Berlin Wall came down so unexpectedly, those who remember those days might tell you it was because of President Ronald Reagan’s famous “tear down this wall” speech. Many forget that address took place more than two years before Germans put sledgehammers and pick axes to the cement barrier as the beginning act of their reunification. Now, after a quarter of a century has passed, a story has begun to circulate about what really happened. It’s a tale of a mysterious group with ties in many countries, a billionaire industrialist, the CIA, Stasi thugs, goosestepping East German soldiers, a Nazi general, massive disinformation — and murder. In the middle of the story is a Chicago homicide detective who gets tossed into those whirlwind times and becomes key to them all.
“Oster’s story is full of double agents and hidden agendas, which he ably ties into the days leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. He provides enough historical context for readers with only a cursory understanding of Cold War politics that they should be able to follow the plot’s various twists. Oster unravels the mystery with a steady, straightforward delivery befitting its protagonist(who) pushes and punches his way through the novel, which never strays from the action.”
“A solid, worthwhile espionage thriller.”
The Grail Conspiracy
A dying archeologist gives the world’s most-sought-after religious relic to journalist Cotten Stone, uttering “You are the only one” in a language she’s heard from only one other person–her deceased twin sister. What begins as a hot news story for the ambitious young reporter soon turns into a nightmare when the Holy Grail is stolen and an abominable experiment promises to unleash an ancient evil upon the Earth.
The Last Secret
In this riveting follow-up to The Grail Conspiracy, famed journalist Cotten Stone has lost her job and her self-respect. But when she unearths a crystal tablet that predicts the Great Flood and a final “cleansing,” Cotten comes face to face with her terrifying destiny.
When London gangster Mad Tony Cook gives aging thugs Big Jim and Kenny Rogan the simple task of collecting a briefcase from northern courier Half- Pint Harry he doesn’t suspect that the courier will end up dead in his lock-up or that Kenny and Big Jim will then dress up in drag to rob a jeweler’s shop and lose the coveted briefcase. A fast-moving, wild and hilarious search for the missing briefcase quickly ensues, with fatal consequences. Guns Of Brixton is a foul-mouthed and violently comic crime caper that is choc-full of gaudy characters and dialogue sharp enough to shave with.
‘Brit Grit with a double shot of humor ‘
‘ A great read ‘
‘Grab it and read it. I loved it.’
GUNS OF BRIXTON is available from Amazon.
Paul D. Brazill is the author of A Case Of Noir,Guns Of Brixton and The Neon Boneyard. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Finnish, German and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste.
The FBI and Italian Mafia make strange bedfellows when a vicious Russian Organized crime figure, operating at the behest of Russian Intelligence, lands in The Big Apple. The Russian intelligence hench-man, infamously known as Mashkov, avenges the death of slain a Russian sleeper agent and accidentally hits the son of an Italian crime boss, sending J.J. and Task Force Phantom Hunter to the streets of New York. They are stepping into a possible war between Russian and Italian organized crime factions, while trying to dismantle the financial hub of the most insidious Russian illegals network in U.S. History.
Meanwhile, CIA Case Officer Grayson “Six” Chance is in Moscow trying to capture a fugitive American who has stolen White House intelligence and is planning to pass it to the Russians—putting Six in a moral dilemma he may not be prepared to handle.
And when J.J. finally learns the truth surrounding her mother’s death in the line of duty, her life may never be the same.
From R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of the true crime classic, The Sex Slave Murders, comes a gripping new true crime short, Terror in East Lansing: The Tale of MSU Serial Killer Donald Miller.
In the late 1970s, a serial killer prowled the campus of Michigan State University, terrorizing students and faculty alike. Donald Miller was a graduate of MSU’s renowned School of Criminal Justice, but somehow went awry and turned into a monster, targeting pretty coeds for sex assault and murder. Miller’s victims included his ex-fiancée. Only after the killer was brought to justice could the campus return to normal as a place for education and enjoyment.
Donald Miller’s path from promising Criminal Justice grad to deadly criminal is chronicled in this riveting short.
A complete second story is, “The Midwest Murders,” the shocking tale of serial killer couple, Alton Coleman and Debra Denise Brown, who went on a killing spree across four Midwestern states during the summer of 1984, showing no mercy to those in their murderous path.
Bonus material includes excerpts from R. Barri Flowers’ bestselling true crime book, The Sex Slave Murders: The True Story of Serial Killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego, and top selling true crime shorts, The Sex Slave Murders 3: The Horrific Tale of Serial Killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng and The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare.
From R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of the true crime classic, The Sex Slave Murders, comes a gripping new true crime short, The Sex Slave Murders 3: The Horrific Tale of Serial Killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng.
Leonard Lake and Charles Ng left their dark mark on society as two of America’s worst and most appalling serial killers. Between 1984 and 1985, the unlikely homicidal pair perpetrated their sex-motivated crimes at a secluded cabin and adjacent custom-made bunker of horrors in an unincorporated area in Calaveras County, California, where they brought abducted victims, sexually assaulted, tortured, and murdered, often videotaping their heinous crimes for their sick pleasure. In all, the two serial slayers are thought to have killed between twelve and twenty-five persons. Only a twist of fate brought their reign of terror to a shocking conclusion. The entire sordid tale unfolds in this absorbing short.
Bonus material includes excerpts from the bestselling true crime book, The Sex Slave Murders: The True Story of Serial Killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego, and top selling true crime shorts, The Sex Slave Murders 2: The Chilling Story of Serial Killers Fred & Rosemary West, The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare, and Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion Parker.
In an attempt to escape hellish matrimony, Rachel Stanhope sojourns to her Aunt Miriam’s ranch in Colorado in search of some peace and comfort. As a favor to her aunt, a bird enthusiast, Rachel agrees to host meetings of the local birdwatching society. On her first expedition, however, instead of finding a LeConte’s sparrow, she makes a much more disturbing discovery: a dead body. Identified as a reporter for Birds of a Feather magazine, this man was trying to dig up troubling information on Miriam’s deceased husband and a bird trafficking scheme…and now sweet Aunt Miriam is the prime suspect in this fowl play.
“Everything you expect from a good mystery–a smart detective and a plot that takes some surprising twists…a terrific debut!” –Margaret Coel, New York Times bestselling author of the Wind River Mystery series.
“A Rant of Ravens is a deft and marvelous debut mystery set in the complex and colorful world of bird-watching.” –Earlene Fowler, national bestselling author of Seven Sisters
“A Rant of Ravens stars a gutsy heroine in fast-paced action with a chill-a-minute finale…enchant nature…A fine-feathered debut.” –Carolyn Hart, award-winning author of the Death on Demand and Henrie O mysteries.
John Loughlin, Director of the Department of Covert Ops, is in New York City on a recruiting mission. Cree Forest is a clever fox shifter-and very foxy. John is keen to hire her brilliant mind onto his team.
But Cree isn’t what she seems. Just as John has been watching her, Cree has been spying on him. Now John is getting too close-both professionally and personally. On opposite sides of a lethal game, can they trust each other with their hearts?
Paige Tyler is a USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.
She is represented by Bob Mecoy.
Imagine a cell phone that grants you control over cars or commercial airliners. Imagine an app that can reveal the secret lives of your neighbors.
In his upcoming supernatural thriller, THE PHONE COMPANY, bestselling author David Jacob Knight explores the chilling implications of a technological age where information and connectivity are limitless.
THE TETHER: I’M NOT TECHNOLOGY
“David Jacob Knight has written a book that begins right with the cell phone near your hand, then magically builds a novel you never expected to read. Before you know it, you’ve turned every page, the dawn is breaking, and you’ve never been so glad to see the daylight…”–Amazon review
THE PHONE COMPANY is available from Amazon.
David Jacob Knight has written under many pseudonyms during his writing career, each with their own rich backstory and fake lives. He has endured great hardship with a past publisher, and this experience—along with the difficulties of maintaining multiple personas—has shaped the narrative of his first book, The Pen Name. You can interact with DJK on Facebook and Twitter.
Jacob Kier and D.L. Snell are the writing team behind David Jacob Knight. They consider themselves ghostwriters, not because it’s an accurate term for what they do, but because it sounds cooler than co-authors. Kier is the founder of Permuted Press, and Snell is a critically acclaimed author from the Pacific Northwest. Learn more at their websites, facebook.com/TheJacobKier and dlsnell.com.
In the wake of a Kaiju assault that left the nation’s capital in ruins, Jon Hudson, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Fusion Center – Paranormal, is preparing his team for an uncertain future. While hiding Lilly, a chimera cat-girl rescued from Island 731, from GOD—the Genetic Offense Directive, a black ops organization within DARPA—Hudson attempts to raise Maigo, the teenage girl who once was part of Nemesis, the now deceased goddess of vengeance. But the two strange girls can’t be protected from what comes next.
Kept in a massive warehouse operated by GOD, Nemesis’s body is violated by the Tsuchi, spider-like chimera also developed on Island 731. It spawns Kaiju-sized variations of the deadly creatures and wakes Nemesis from her regenerative slumber. Nemesis, fueled by an unquenchable thirst for vengeance, and now lacking Maigo’s conscience, storms after the Tsuchi, which have fled south, toward Los Angeles, and inland…toward GOD’s headquarters at Area 51.
Their cases would intertwine with a human trafficking scheme devised by an activist Bolivian university professor, and McManus and his girlfriend would be sucked into a world of drugs, deception, murder and an unusual funeral business. As McManus peeled back the veneer of corruption, an old friend was slaughtered and his life became at risk. But, on a one-way flight across the Pacific in a derelict airliner to his death, he wrote the final chapter.
Frank McManus is an Everyman, a lucky few of whom may have a chance at redemption. He had lost much but now strives mightily to re-establish his life and self-respect. His story is the story of anyone who has lost but fights on to regain his life and dignity.
Hundreds are killed in a string of unexplainable airline crashes, bringing the US to the brink of paralysis. And widowed Harvard lawyer and disgraced Department of Justice prosecutor Jack McManus is thrust into the most difficult case of his career.
With help from old friends and the CIA, he uncovers the vicious alliance of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Oligarch, and their Internet mastermind. After a worldwide hunt, he brings them to justice just as his children are placed in mortal danger aboard an airliner destined to be the next-to-last to crash.
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. Then the families of those killed in the crashes, including his Uncle Joe, asked him to help, and he was given the chance to provide those families with the closure he never found.
Present day: An environmental disaster in British Colombia pits Billy Bradford against Future Energy Group and its ruthless head of security, Luc Fortesque.
A devastating terror strike on the world’s grandest luxury hotel has the globe clamoring for the head of the mastermind, Sebastian Gardner.
But the three men will soon become pawns in a plot that dates back to the end of World War II and the collusion between a powerful, centuries-old cabal and a rogue priest.
THE APOCALYPSE TRIGGER is available from Amazon.
Douglas Misquita is an action-adventure thriller writer from India. The Apocalypse Trigger is his third full-length novel.
His previous novels, Secret of the Scribe and Haunted have been enthusiastically received by fans of the genre.
Find out more at http://douglasmisquita.com/about/
CIA Analyst, Emma Burrows enlists the help of Captain William Bradford and a small Joint Task Force 2 team to retrieve the artifact.
Unknown to them, a mercenary unit led by Luc Fortesque is also after the stolen artifacts intending to sell them on the black market.
Know Thy Enemy is an action-short that introduces two key characters from the full length thriller novel, The Apocalypse Trigger.
Douglas Misquita is an action-adventure thriller writer from India. His books Secret of the Scribe and Haunted have been enthusiastically received by fans of the genre. He has penned a travelogue, Impressions of Egypt and his third thriller, The Apocalypse Trigger has recently been released.
Find out more at http://douglasmisquita.com/about/
On a lovely spring day, violence intrudes on Tess Maher’s world: her best friend, running buddy and possible soul-mate, Chick Donnelly, is shot and killed practically right before her eyes. At first glance, his death appears to be a hunting accident, but Tess and her brother, the county sheriff, quickly rule that out. Tess is all but certain that Chick is the victim of foul play. As she investigates the crime, she is plunged into a world of small Southern town scandal, greed, betrayal, and murder – all of which eventually makes her a target as she works to bring the killer to justice. But, Tess, has an edge: she communicates with the dead, and Chick helps to solve his own murder.
“Updated Honey West P.I. noir with an otherworldly twist. Don’t wait – add this book to your
reading list right now!”
-M.R. Sellars – Author of the best selling S.A. Constance Mandalay and Rowen Gant Investigations novels
“Spot-on Southernese mixed with a crackling mystery and touches of the supernatural. These are folks you’ll want to visit again.”
–Alex Bledsoe – Author of The Hum and the Shiver
What would you do if you—lost everything? Were haunted by demons and hunted by an invisible enemy? Could not trust the FBI or the U.S. Attorney General? Kevin Albright was about to find out.
Kevin Albright is a renowned Internet computer technology security expert, who on the verge of having it all—has lost everything. His world is turned upside down, and the search for answers only leaves more questions and doubts.
The hunt takes him deep into an invisible underworld where he teams up with a woman who shares a common haunting past and a remarkable resemblance to his wife. But she is hiding a secret, a secret that could kill him. He knows the only way to locate and force the killers out into the open is to match their ruthlessness and cunning—and then destroy them, and their network, before the clock runs out and they execute their next deal.
As Kevin closes in on his wife’s killers, he discovers evidence that their next deal is about to be launched. The potential target area—the U.S. east coast, a target area that includes twenty-six nuclear facilities, four liquefied natural gas terminals and major high-density population cities—New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington.
Still struggling to come to terms with the loss of his family, former- DEA Agent Nick Lafferty gets drawn into a case when ADA Caitlin McKenna requests his help investigating the killing of two cops and her key witness in a murder trial.
Accused of murder, being investigated by the FBI, and out of options, Lafferty re-teams with his ex-partner and soon-to-be ex-cop, Delmar Harley, a man wrestling with his own demons.
As they set to square off against the notorious Cosa Nostra, Lafferty prepares for the worst. But the deeper he digs, the more dangerous things become, and before long, more bodies begin to drop.
“DeLee’s…highly qualified to write this first novel in the Grace deHaviland Bounty Hunter series. His plot twists and turns will put you on the edge and have you speed reading to keep up. Just when you think you get it…think again! DeLee’s own special brand of storytelling will have you wanting more of this excellent series and more of Grace deHaviland as well.” — Suspense Magazine
“…taut and dangerous…Mr. DeLee has proven that he can compete with the best of them in the crime thriller genre.” — WebbWeaver
After the events of SPIDER’S OVERTURE, SPIDER’S TANGO and SPIDER’S DANCE, computer forensic consultant Nicholas White is living his own version of the Good Life in Houston: semi-retired, happily married, and perfectly content to never deal with cyber-crime again.
A visit from two former colleagues throws all that out the window. Horrendous crimes are being committed in New Orleans, dredging up memories for Nicholas better off left buried…. but when current evidence point to the local FBI office, Nicholas finds himself compelled to act.
Not knowing who to trust within the Bureau, Nicholas is teamed up with Lt. Merisault Duchane of the NOLA PD to quietly look into the matter, a woman with her own “unusual” reputation in the law enforcement world.
Together they uncover a crime of the most heinous nature. One that will take all their combined knowledge, wits, and teamwork in order to ever see another sunrise….
Multiple, bizarre murders are taking place in Dennis, MA, Detective Jack Contino’s new town. But they all have different signatures. One looks like a MOB execution, another is a brutal knifing, yet another is the shooting of a businessman. The killer evens has his sights on Jack’s wife, Natalie. Somehow MOB boss Tommy Shea, Jack’s longtime nemesis, comes into the picture. He often does. What is his link to these events?
Jack can’t get rattled, but his nerves are getting frayed. He’s never had so much at stake in a case. He and his colleagues, including old pal Leo Barbado, get on the trail and must put the pieces of this puzzle together.
“…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.
Set amidst the lush playground of Maui, Hawaii’s famed Kaanapali Beach Resort, the soap opera style tale of adultery, ambition, dark secrets, love, lust, hate, romance, betrayal, revenge, and murder, revolve around the anticipated grand opening of Kaanapali Palms Hotel, the latest luxury accommodation on this three mile-long ocean front stretch of paradise on the island’s western shore.
Ben Crawford is a multimillionaire real estate investor and CEO of Kaanapali Palms. A widower, his 19-year old daughter, Leigh, is his pride and joy. Forgotten is the child he abandoned long ago, never imagining it would come back to haunt him.
Leigh Crawford is beautiful, spoiled, precocious, and just looking to have fun at her daddy’s new luxury hotel. After meeting hot Hawaiian chauffeur, Masami, things get hot in a hurry. But how far can they go before crash landing?
Yoshiko Pelayo is a gorgeous Hawaiian journalist, who has taken a job in housekeeping at the Kaanapali Palms, while plotting revenge against the father she never knew in Ben Crawford.
R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business.
Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself.
Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston.
While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.
Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2.
This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back.
THE GIRL IN BLACK PAJAMAS is available from Amazon.
“I’m yet to find a Chris Birdy book that isn’t great! It’s another page turner!!! I find her books to be an easy read and very enjoyable!” by Maureen M.
“Chris Birdy proved himself, with his series, as one of the greatest underrated authors. I truly believe that humanity and the world could have been different if this guy had more exposure. And if the cover was gorgeous.” by Lavinyaa Pash
“From the first word to the last sentence of the epilogue, you are left captivated by the character driven stories of mystery and mayhem.” by Paige Clendenin
“This is as steamy and seedy as it gets, and this detective noir is tailor-made for suspense fans and mystery buffs. The Girl In Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy is one you won’t want to miss.” by John R. Dizon
Chris Birdy is an award-winning author who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.
For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms.
Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.
As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.
Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.
For Franki Amato, life in New Orleans is anything but “The Big Easy.” When she met handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, she knew she’d finally found a man she could trust. But she can’t say the same for his sexy new secretary, who is about as trustworthy as Mata Hari and every bit as seductive. Meanwhile, Franki’s best friend and employer, Veronica Maggio, has named her the lead investigator in the murder of a gorgeous cosmetics CEO who was found lying dead in the master bedroom of a historic plantation home.
Now the pressure is on Franki to figure out what a bottle of pink lip gloss and the legend of a pink diamond have to do with the bizarre killing. The problem is that the plantation is notorious for being haunted, and Franki is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting a ghost. Adding to her stress, her Sicilian grandma is up to her usual meddling antics—this time planning Franki’s engagement to Bradley before he’s even considered popping the question. As Bradley grows distant and plantation employees begin dropping like Southern belles during a sweltering summer, Franki turns to a psychic with a phobia of ghosts to solve the mysterious murders and her own relationship fears.
In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, audiences come every night for cheap thrills, both wholesome and not. Fire eaters perform for gin money. Gypsies reveal the future (and for a sawbuck can make it happen). Daredevils cheat Death time after time, but once. And witness to it all is one of the most loved and notorious figures in Top Town, a tough joey with a deadly past and a nose for picking all the wrong fights: Rex Koko, private clown.
In Double Indignity, Rex Koko is recruited to bring in a runaway lion, but has his shoe eaten in the process. Trying to get repaid for the expensive footwear, he runs afoul of drug-pushing quacks, alligator hypnotists, infantile mobsters, Amazonian witch doctors and blue-nosed moral crusaders trying to shut down Top Town. Before the second act, menace fills the air like the smells of popcorn, whiskey and fear. The South American jungle was never so dangerous as the tawdry streets of “The next best thing to a circus.”
It’s three rings of danger, suspense and more danger. As E.E. Cummings said, “Damn everything, but the circus!”