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
Fifteen year old Jenna Flood’s discovery of a bomb—ticking down from sixty seconds—is the first in a series of explosive revelations that destroy her understanding of the world and her place in it.
Jenna believes she is an ordinary teenager, busy with schoolwork and helping her father run a Key West charter boat. But when a team of killers show up, intent on erasing her from existence, she learns the unbelievable truth: she is not who she thinks she is.
Alone and on the run, betrayed at every turn, Jenna’s path takes her from sun-drenched Key West to the alligator-infested Everglades, the streets of Miami and the Caribbean islands. Along the way, brutal criminals, deadly assassins and the forces of nature conspire to end her life, unless she can rise to embrace an impossible destiny and unleash her own lethal potential.
Everything Jenna has been told about herself is a lie, and the truth is a secret that may destroy the world…or save it.
Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis, the bestselling team behind The Brainstorm Trilogy, Prime and Savage, have thrilled audiences with stories of science gone wrong and monsters on the rampage. Now they break new ground with a taut suspense thriller sure to appeal to fans of 24 and The Bourne Identity, with all the pulse-pounding, gut-wrenching action you’ve come to expect.
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 powerful new historical true crime short, The “Gold Special” Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D’Autremont Brothers.
On a Thursday night on October 11, 1923, the Southern Pacific Railroad Express Train Number 13, called the “Gold Special” was ambushed as it headed through the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon and into the Siskiyou Tunnel from Seattle en route to San Francisco.
The bandits, in search of gold and cash, used dynamite and gunfire to murder four crew members before fleeing in an explosive crime of greed and violence reminiscent of Old West style train robberies.
With law enforcement stymied in their attempts to identify and apprehend the killers, they turned to American criminologist Edward Oscar Heinrich to help crack the case. Often been compared to fictional British detective Sherlock Holmes, Heinrich’s early forensic detective work led to identifying the culprits as brothers, Ray, Roy, and Hugh D’Autremont, loggers who fancied themselves as Jesse and Frank James like outlaws.
America’s deadliest enemy returns—and he’ll stop at nothing to carry out his catastrophic plot against the U.S.
America is under attack. Al-Qaeda mastermind Aziz Abdul Muhammad is still on the loose, leaving no trail after his massive attacks against the U.S. energy infrastructure. Once again, the dedicated special ops force—Officer Cain, Sergeant Thompson, FBI Agent Johnson, and Lieutenant Mathews—relentlessly pursue him in their covert investigation, codename AUTUMN FIRE.
Aziz and his group of loyal jihadists send shockwaves across the nation as they execute their next phase of attacks: a mass shootout and deadly explosion at a nuclear power plant. Days later, Aziz’s followers blow up U.S. military supply ships in the Indian Ocean, crippling the country’s ability to deploy forces in the Middle East in the event of war. And the jihadists don’t stop there—under Aziz’s command, they contaminate public water supplies along the East Coast with radioactive material. Time is quickly running out for the special ops to stop Aziz before he delivers his final destructive blow against the U.S. in the most shocking, unthinkable attack yet.
Culminating in an explosive operations mission overseas, Autumn Fire is a terrifyingly realistic depiction of international terrorism and the men and women who daily risk their lives to restore peace.
Isabel, Lady Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II, has a secret: she makes her living disguised as Mistress Ruby, a fortune-teller who caters to London’s elite. When a beggar girl claiming to be Isabel’s niece reveals that her brother, Adam, was murdered during the plague, she must take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother’s death, twelve years after it happened.
“Deliciously addictive! In her capable hands, author Holly West seamlessly recreates a 17th century England full of royal scandal and political intrigue.” – Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane and the Mas Arai mystery series
“Holly West’s Mistress of Lies may be set in 17th century London, but it has the pacing and propulsive narration of a contemporary thriller.” -–Lisa Brackmann, author of the NYT best-selling Ellie McEnroe series (Rock Paper Tiger and Hour of the Rat)
“With intriguing characters and a winning mystery plot, Holly West plunges you head first into the treacherous England of King Charles II. An absorbing ‘mystorical’ read.” –Jeri Westerson, author of the Crispin Guest medieval mysteries
Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves.
The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With her parents and Joseph Lonetree’s help, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.
NIGHT TERROR is the sequel to the Amazon supernatural thriller bestseller, NIGHT CHILL.
NIGHT TERROR is available from Amazon.
Jeff Gunhus is the author of Amazon bestselling horror and thriller novels for adults as well as the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. His first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born with book #4, Jack Templar and the Lord of the Werewolves coming out October 2014. After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with his kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.
SHORT SHARP SHOCKS is a collection of horror, sci-fi and crime stories that barely stretch beyond a page, with the shortest tale being only two words long. These sixty-second tales will force you to make a verbal exclamation, which might be one of humor or disgust or surprise. Whatever your reaction, take it personally—that’s the point of flash fiction.
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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He’s a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and four cats. He’s the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Asking For Trouble, We All Fall Down and the Aidy Westlake series. His next thriller is THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY due out in Feb 2015. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at http://www.simonwood.net.
Two gripping short stories by award-winning author Simon Wood.
In The Frame Maker, a woman takes revenge on her philandering husband by hiring the Frame Maker—a man who’s made a career of solving problems permanently. This job, however, might be the one frame that just won’t hang right.
In Pathfinder, newly widowed Vivian can’t understand why her husband killed himself in a seedy Vegas hotel room. So she travels to Sin City, where she’s mysteriously guided to dangerous and unexpected places. Soon Vivian finds herself on a treacherous road to the truth.
Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He’s a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and four cats. He’s the Anthony Award winning author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Asking For Trouble, We All Fall Down and the Aidy Westlake series. His next thriller is THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY due out Feb. 2015. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at http://www.simonwood.net.
Lucy Kendall isn’t a serial killer. She’s simply lived her life in a strange mixture of carefully calculated moves and impulse decisions. Cracking the skull of the man who molested her sister and attacking her was impulse. Spending half her teenage years drinking and acting out were calculated cries for attention from her narcissistic mother followed by impulsive rages at her lack of concern.
The decade spent working in Child Protective Services before becoming a private investigator taught her two truths. One, CPS failed miserably in protecting children. Two, Lucy was more than willing to do it for them, meting out her brand of dark justice in spite of her own fear of death. But Lucy’s crusade is compromised when a self-proclaimed sociopath offers to help—and leaves her no choice but to accept it.
When eight-year old Kailey Richardson is abducted, it sets off a chain of events linked to Justin Beckett, a suspect in a life-changing case in Lucy’s past. The path she’s chosen since dealing with Beckett has been dark and terrifying—but she has no idea just how deep she will go or where the twisted road will take her.
She’s about to find out.
All Good Deeds is a dark psychological thriller featuring a strong female protagonist with a twisted sense of justice.
Successful Park Avenue psychiatrist Dr. Jonah Hoffman leads a fairly normal life-a good practice, a loving wife and children-until he takes on a dangerous new patient. At first Robert Kolfax, CEO of a Blackwater-like private security firm with secret ops all over the world, seems like a powerful but troubled man in need of Jonah’s help. But Jonah soon discovers that Kolfax is a sociopath. A mass murderer. And what’s worse, he’s untouchable, operating in a jurisdictional bubble.
In an effort to aid his country, Jonah becomes a secret government operative, answering to the shadowy Mr. Price. But Jonah’s undercover operations quickly begin taking over his life, putting himself and everyone close to him in danger. To survive he must leave the safe confines of his Manhattan office and plunge himself into a world of terrorists, mercenaries and spies,and outwit them at their own game.
“In this concise and hard-edged novel, Rose entertains us with punchy dialogue, and non-stop action.” Amazon review
“If you like immersing yourself in a fascinating world of deception with well-drawn viable characters, and snappy dialogue while trying to guess what will happen to an intriguing protagonist, then this book is for you.” – Amazon review
Private Investigator Sam Dyke is hired to find a man who’s been released from prison and subsequently gone missing. But the ex-con is an ex-cop who might have been imprisoned for a crime that he didn’t commit.
Working for the man’s daughter, Sam soon discovers that this isn’t just a missing-persons case – there are other people involved, including the owner of a high-profile casino and a senior police officer. And when the brutal representatives of an Asian gambling syndicate show up with their own brand of persuasiveness, Sam knows that he must put things right before he and everyone he loves become potential targets …
A few years ago Keith Dixon realised that what he wanted to do was give up work and write fiction full time.
So since then he’s written four novels featuring private eye Sam Dyke and published a non-crime book, Actress. He’s also given up work.
The fourth Sam Dyke Investigation, The Bleak, was published in May, 2014.
He’s currently sharing his time between the UK and France.
That’s the thread that stitches together each of the Gina Mazzio, RN medical thrillers, including the fourth in the series, BONE OF CONTENTION, to be released on September 15 as both an e-book and trade paperback.
RN Gina Mazzio returns to San Francisco’s Ridgewood Hospital after a near-death experience in Nevada’s desolate gold country.
On her first day in the Ob/Gyn Women’s Health Clinic, a co-worker suffers a mystifying post-abortion death due to sepsis.
Two days later, the same thing happens to a clinic patient.
Gina thinks it’s an inside job, but gets no support for her theory. Convinced she’s right, she risks everything to dig into the who and why of the deaths. She wants to know if someone is deliberately causing clinic patients to suffer horrible deaths.
Fiancé Harry Lucke, who was with Gina in Nevada, is worried about her and postpones taking another travel nurse assignment. Instead, he signs on as an on-call ICU nurse at Ridgewood.
To Gina’s delight, and distress, her younger brother, Vinnie, shows up, back from his second tour of duty in the Middle East. He’s received a medial discharge and is deeply depressed and suicidal.
Forced out of the DEA after twenty years, Hardin Steel, Stainless to his close friends, has managed to get himself elected Sheriff of Cameron County, Texas. Twice divorced, with a bit of a drinking problem, he’s now dating Rory Roughton, a fiery sixth-generation Texan who’s as rich as she is beautiful—and hell-bent on keeping Steel on the straight and narrow. But then his best friend, Wes Stoddard, is nearly shot down flying in a load of pot, Rory is kidnapped by a Russian mercenary working for the most dangerous cartel in Mexico, and the Cuban Mafia decides they’d like the former DEA agent—dead.
Steel is forced to take unsanctioned, unconventional—and mostly illegal—action in order to save himself and those closest to him . . .
“Any reader who can resist this quality of writing that mixes earthbound good guys in situations so threatening that they challenge credibility simply isn’t ready for intrigue on this level. Reneau has arrived as a member of the top mystery/thriller authors of the day.” — Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer
The protagonist Wade Ross is an Australian (part Aboriginal) SAS trained ex soldier working with a secret team of multi national ex Special Forces operatives. They must overcome or eliminate multiple antagonists while trying to locate those responsible for the manufacture of a highly advanced nuclear powered armalite. The story is a thriller that jets from country to country and has the reader guessing and not realising who are the three high powered and influential men responsible.
An overtone mixture of love (Wade and Crystal), cruelty (human sacrifices), deceit (the US Administration), revenge (murder of Wade’s family) and unknown antagonists – keeps the story in a melting pot of intrigue.
‘A gripping and authentic thriller by an exciting new writer.’ – Matt Lynn. (UK author)
‘I enjoyed this book very much. It was fast paced and kept the action and interest going all through. i liked the Australian content as it gave it a slightly different slant without detracting from the global scale.’ Mary Nelson (Amazon review)
‘Move over Captain Jack West Jr, Wade Ross has leapt to the fore as Australia’s most efficient combat / dark ops specialist. A brilliant read that moves along at a cracking pace while providing insight into the amazing Aboriginal culture and the training / capability of the Australian SAS operatives. Can not wait to get my hands on the next Wade Ross escapade.’ Michelle (Amazon review)
Peter Oulton is a haunted, wanted, hunted man. Haunted by the memory of a massacre in Bosnia that he witnessed but could not prevent. Haunted by the loss of Abby Sinclair, the love of his life. Wanted by no one but the perpetrator of the massacre, imprisoned on the strength of Peter’s testimony, and bent on revenge. Hunted by a whistle-blowing centre, funded by a mysterious foundation, his most important ally turns out to be the woman they sent to find him. Beneath the Rose takes the reader on Peter’s dark journey to redemption from the killing fields of Bosnia through the murky spy world of Ottawa to a dramatic showdown with al-Qaeda on the snowbound streets of Montreal.
David Charters is Professor of Military History at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada. He researches, publishes, and teaches courses on terrorism and intelligence. Born and raised in Montreal he received his PhD in War Studies from King’s College, University of London. From 2005 to 2008 Dr. Charters served on Canada’s Advisory Council on National Security, and was president of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies from 2008 to 2010. He is married and has two children. He has been actively involved in car racing for more than twenty years, and plays rhythm guitar in a classic rock band. Beneath the Rose is his first novel.
Mara is a Japanese-American girl with a history of personal tragedy. Though she still cuts herself to quell the pain, she thought the worst was behind her. But her boyfriend’s sudden death, and a visit to one of the most haunted places in Washington State, sends her into a spiral of madness, landing her in a psychiatric ward.
Already suffering from dreams of a strange, ghost-infested house in the woods, Mara begins to question the very existence of reality. She is forced to confront the truth about her older sister’s death and the reason the ghosts have chosen her as their conduit.
“An evocative journey into the darkest realms of a troubled psyche. Part ghost story, part psychological suspense, Conduits is an astonishing debut from a bold new voice in horror. Don’t miss it!” —Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of all Flesh
RAPPIN’ DOG is available from Amazon.
DICK LOCHTE is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels of crime and suspense, including SLEEPING DOG which won the Nero Wolfe Award, was nominated for the Edgar, the Shamus and the Anthony, and was named one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century by the Independent Booksellers Association. His latest noir thriller, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, was named as one of the five best hardcovers of the year by the Private Eye Writers of America. Lochte has written three novels with the Today Show’s Al Roker, including the current THE TALK SHOW MURDERS. He also has co-authored four popular crime novels with attorney Christopher Darden and has written screenplays for such actors as Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen and Roger Moore.
Hardboiled private eye Leo Bloodworth and his self-appointed partner, fifteen-year-old Serendipity Dahlquist, are back in a wild and deadly new mystery that’s every bit as brilliant and memorable as SLEEPING DOG, a New York Times Book of the Year, a Nero Wolfe Award winner, and a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony Awards.
“Wonderful! Don’t Wait for the Movie!” Plauboy Magazine
“Sensational writing. Mordant wit. An intricate crime puzzle. And a duo of private eyes as wonky and offbeat as the mind of Dick Lochte” – Harlan Ellison
“Few capture California better . . . His story intrigued . . . Enjoyable and breezy.” Kirkus Reviews
“Dancingly macabre, packed with perils, pungent with humor.” The Sunday Times (London)
“An intelligent, playful, knowledgeable writer . . . Lochte has a great gift for the grotesquerie.” Los Angeles Times
This beloved, comedy-noir thriller teams up Leo Bloodworth, a hard-drinking, middle-aged Los Angeles PI with hypertension and a low tolerance for precious teenagers, with Serendipity Dahlquist, a bright and strong-willed roller-blading 14-year-old searching for her lost dog. But things quickly escalate, plunging the oddest of odd couples into the dark underworld of sunny Southern California and pitting them against one of the biggest, and most brutal, organized crime families in Mexico.
A New York Times Book of the Year,
Nero Wolfe Award Winner,
Edgar Award Finalist,
Shamus Award Finalist,
Anthony Award Finalist,
Named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century
With the chaos of summer tourists and fall birders out of town, counselor Patience Price is looking forward to the quiet life she remembers. She longs for some peace. And an apple fritter. But the calm is cut short when a reality show sets up camp to film a special about ghosts on her little island. Now fans, reporters and crew have flocked to sleepy Chincoteague. Who knew ghost hunters had an entourage?
When two cast members are killed in a room at the local B&B—a room usually occupied by Patience’s FBI agent boyfriend, Sebastian—she finds herself on the case. Sebastian doesn’t want Patience ruffling any feathers but, as always, she can’t help herself.
Patience promises to let Sebastian handle the investigation—he is FBI, after all—but after a drive-by shooting, her wicked curiosity gets the best of her. And with the TV show forging ahead with filming, the list of suspects (and the line of food trucks) only grows. But has the shooter already flown the coop? And how do you find a killer when you don’t know who the target is?
From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the bestselling author of MURDER IN THE PENCIL FACTORY and THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a powerful new historical true crime short,: MURDER OF THE BANKER’S DAUGHTER: The Killing of Marion Parker.
On December 15, 1927, twelve year old Marion Parker, daughter of a prominent banker was brazenly abducted from her junior high school in Los Angeles, California, in a bizarre ransom and revenge scheme. Two days later, the girl’s dismembered remains were left behind by a brutal killer, destroying a family and unnerving the entire city.
This caused pandemonium as the perpetrator managed to evade immediate capture, leading to a manhunt by authorities unlike any in recent memory. The horror of the crime was reminiscent of one fourteen years earlier involving thirteen year old Mary Phagan, who was murdered at a pencil factory in Atlanta, and five years later when the twenty-month-old son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was abducted from the family’s New Jersey home and brutally slain.
The killer of Marion Parker was identified as former bank messenger William Edward Hickman, a nineteen year old with a score to settle and an appetite for killing.
The career criminal’s capture, trial, and ultimate fate captured the public’s imagination, while putting attention on the age-old vulnerability of children in this country targeted by child predators and the often tragic consequences that rings true to this day.
Readers are biting their nails as the popular alphabetic Midnight Louie feline PI mystery series nears its end with this 26th entry. Secret revealed: Douglas plans a final entry to follow the “Z” book, Cat in an Alphabet Endgame. (The series’ first two non-alphabetic titles, Catnap and Pussyfoot, have been reissued in ebook as Cat in an Alphabet Soup and Cat in an Aqua Storm.)
Ground-breaking band Black & White was platinum before it imploded from an overdose of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll years ago. Now, the Las Vegas reunion show revives the old troubles between its two divas, and efforts to sabotage end in murder. Petite PR powerhouse Temple Barr and her faithful feline roommate Midnight Louie, Sam Spade in fur, assisted by the Vegas Cat Pack, must sniff out clues to save the Crystal Phoenix hotel’s reputation and any at-risk lives, including their own. For sleuths and suspects, it all comes down to the black and white lies that destroy hopes, lives, and family.
USA TODAY Bestselling series
“Midnight Louie is the funniest, hairiest, hard-boiled PI on the planet.”—JANET EVANOVICH
“FUN, FROTHY AND CHARMING” —Publishers Weekly
“The always engaging Midnight Louie prowls the alleys of Las Vegas solving crimes and romancing runaways like a furry Sam Spade.”–People
When Attorney Sabre Brown’s phone rings at 2 a.m. she’s shocked to hear from her brother, Ron, who has been in Witness Protection for the past seven years. Someone has discovered his whereabouts and is trying to kill him—and possibly Sabre as well.
Sabre and her private investigator, JP, leave sunny San Diego to find her brother who has gone underground. Based on a single clue, they begin their search in the cold, wintry Pacific Northwest. They soon discover that the six felons whom Ron testified against have been released from prison. One by one, they are being murdered.
Sabre and JP race to find Ron and stop the next bullet. As the clues unfold, they’re unsure if someone is trying to kill Ron or protect him. Or is Ron the killer? Could Sabre’s beloved brother have changed during his long absence and is he now seeking vengeance? Sabre risks her relationships, her career, and her life to seek the undeniable truth. Is Sabre’s love for her brother overriding her sound judgment and if so, is there a final bullet with Sabre’s name on it?