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when a string of murdered young women are found violated by i floral calling card, the New York City Police Department launches an all-out effort to catch the killer who is dubbed "The Lover." But Detective Joe Keough, though branded a liability by the department and dumped at an out-of-the-way Brooklyn precinct, believes that the murders are the work of two men. With nothing to lose, he's willing to challenge the system that scorned him in order to get at the truth. When a fellow cop is killed for becoming too interested in matters his superiors want left alone, Keough decides to take on the mayor, the police commissioner, and the unscrupulous leader of the "Lover" task force. If Keough fails, young women will continue to be raped and murdered and the pall of fear hanging over New York City may bubble over into panic. Alone with the Dead is more than just the story of two serial killers; it is the struggle of one brave man battling the intransigence of the Job in order to release New Yorkers from the tvrannv of fear.
A Mission for Dignity When former Pinkerton Talbot Roper receives a job offer from an ailing Civil War veteran whose Medal of Honor is about to be revoked, he agrees to help his fellow serviceman. Some believe that Howard Westover's medal was undeserved, but Roper is determined to track down the men who served with him and get their signed affidavits to prove that his Medal of Honor was earned... But Roper's journey is soon derailed when he discovers that two of his contacts are already dead--one hanged twenty years ago, one murdered minutes before his arrival. The men who served with Westover are being hunted down, and Roper's increasingly dangerous investigation earns him the next spot on the hit list. Aware that someone has been lying to him, Roper can stay one step ahead of the assassin. But the question remains: Will his quick wit be enough to save him from the line of fire and secure a dying man's legacy?
Ty Butler came from Eastern wealth-but killers destroyed everyone who shared his name. Seeking a safe haven in the open West, he's found a home among the outlaws, tinhorns, and fugitives who gather at the gaming table. His skill at reading faces and cards has kept Butler in the money-and it's kept him sharp and ready . . . for the assassins who're hunting him down. Working his way to Dodge City, Butler finds the town in an uproar. A new law's in charge here where Bat Masterson carved his legend-old, powerful, and dangerous grudges are about to explode-and Ty Butler's caught right in the middle. When the gunsmoke clears, he'll have friends and enemies in all the wrong places. And to make it out of Dodge alive, he'll need all the aces he can get his hands on.
On the run from the assassins who murdered his family, Ty Butler found a new way to survive: with a few good hands, a loaded gun, and a little luck. But lying low and keeping out of his hunters' gunsights is getting harder to do since he started earning a serious rep at the poker table--and especially now that he's made some new friends . . . named Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and Doc Holliday. In Denver, Butler finds Holliday in the clutches of corrupt lawmen. Doc's wanted for murder back in Tombstone, and he'd rather go out in a blazing gunfight than face an Arizona hanging judge. All Butler has to do is keep Doc breathing until Earp and Masterson arrive to spring him--and that won't be easy. The Gambler's been dealt into a dangerous game with too many killers anteing up. And this time Ty Butler just might be drawing dead.
Penny is the daughter of one of the owners at Staten Island Downs, a popular New York race track. Everyone agrees that she's a knockout. When she disappears, her father calls in a favor and Henry Po, an investigator for the Racing Commission, is asked to find her. But as Po begins to dig he finds more than a missing girl. He lands in the middle of a feud between Penny's father, the self-absorbed Benjamin Hopkins, and his former partner and self-styled lothario, Paul Lassiter. He also finds a jockey being hounded by a shadowy gang of thugs, possibly part of an ongoing race fixing investigation. Could the two cases be connected? And what about the lady jockey, Brandy, who suddenly seems so interested? Is she all that she seems? Po has more clues than he knows what to do with, and they may just add up to murder.
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The sheriff of Epitaph, Texas, Dan Shaye was a hard but just defender of the law -- a devoted husband and father who kept the truth about his violent past from the townfolk he protected. But then the hardcase Ethan Langer gang galloped into town looking to rob the local bank. And when they rode out again, Dan's beloved wife Mary was lying dead in the Texas dust. Now the time has come for Daniel Shaye to leave Epitaph, maybe for good, with his three motherless adult sons at his side. For the only justice that will serve is going to come from a rifle or a rope -- as the four Shayes band together to uphold a new law ... called revenge.
LONE STAR LAW Twelve thrilling Western tales that celebrate the proud heritage of the TEXAS RANGERS Louis L'Amour leads off this powerful collection with a stunning tale featuring his legendary Texas Ranger Chick Bowdrie. Here, too, are superb, action-packed entries from today's outstanding Western storytellers -- distinguished award winners as well as daring newcomers, including Peter Brandvold · Randy Lee Eickhoff · Marcus Galloway · Ed Gorman · Elmer Kelton · Rod Miller · Robert J. Randisi · James Reasoner · Dusty Richards · Troy D. Smith · L. J. Washburn Edited by renowned author and anthologist Robert J. Randisi, Lone Star Law spans the existence of this elite investigative law enforcement agency. From fending off hostile Comanche to tracking serial killers, from aiming Winchesters and Colt revolvers to firing up laptops and state-of-the-art forensics technology, from targeting rustlers and outlaw gangs to leading harrowing hostage negotiations, the men and women who don the badge and white hat of the Texas Ranger stand as steadfast deliverers of American justice -- the Lone Star way.
A Debt to the Dead For Daniel Shaye and his boys, the law comes second, family first. So when a letter -- an urgent cry for help -- arrives from a woman who claims to be the mother of a child sired by Shaye's late son, Matthew, the former lawman and his clan saddle up and head out for Pearl River Junction. The desperate young woman may not be telling the whole truth -- lying instead about her boy's parentage to get the Shaye guns behind her as protection from a cold killer and his bloodthirsty gang. There's a whirlwind of death and destruction blowing in, and now Dan and his sons are directly in its path. But Shaye taught his sons well to stand up for justice -- and that even a town full of strangers is worth fighting for . . . and dying for.
Just out of prison after ten years, professional poker player Jimmy Spain visits his wealthy former cell mate and listens to an offer he can't refuse. The rich man wants the ex-con to mentor his only child in the game of poker. In return, he'll set Jimmy up and pay all of his buy-ins on the poker tour. This deal looks like easy money, especially after Jimmy meets the kid--a cocky and abrasive young girl named Kat who has some good, yet raw, poker skills. Soon Jimmy and Kat enter a World Poker Tour tournament at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Things are coming up aces...until a player is found brutally slain with a Picasso flop--three picture cards--on his body. When suspicion points to Kat as the killer, it's up to Jimmy to find the real culprit--while fighting to remain in the tournament. As one ghastly murder after another knocks out other players, this hard-bitten veteran of the felt knows that in this cutthroat world of card sharks, someone could eliminate him--or Kat--for good. On the clock, with the blinds escalating, and down to his last hand, Jimmy fears he may be drawing dead. Featuring the appearances of such poker luminaries as Mike Sexton, Doyle Brunson, and James Woods, and cowritten by a true impresario of the game, THE PICASSO FLOP mixes money, mystery, and the adrenaline-pumping excitement of Texas hold'em poker action, Vegas-style. Shuffle up and read.
One Last Job Former Pinkerton agent Talbot Roper has a begrudging respect for his old boss. When Allen Pinkerton dies, and his sons send for Roper to attend the funeral, he has no choice but to oblige them. But Pinkerton's sons, who now run the agency, want Roper to do more than pay his respects. They have a dangerous assignment that no man on their payroll can handle. Now Roper is headed to Fort Worth, Texas, where someone is sabotaging the Union Stockyard company. Going undercover to infiltrate the industry, Roper knows that the men he's up against aren't just smart; they're deadly. And he'll need to remember everything Allen ever taught him to finish the job...and stay alive.
THE WRONG ARM OF THE LAW When legendary gunfighter John Locke is hired to ride shotgun on a fat payroll wagon bound for Turnback Creek, Montana, it's more than a job. It's a chance to reunite with his old riding partner, ex-Marshal Dale Cooper. The pair go back a ways, and though Coop no longer wears a badge, he wants to hit the trail one more time. But the going is not easy. There are sidewinders in the shadows, ready to pilfer the loot for themselves. Once they get to the ramshackle town, the trouble really starts, as the pair must make a perilous trek to the remote mining camp itself, with death lurking behind every boulder and crevice. Armed with hot lead, cold steel, and an iron will, Locke and Cooper know that in this fight, there will be no winners -- only survivors. But Locke soon learns that the true danger lies closer than he thought.