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After a bitter divorce, Troy Kirkwood and his five-year-old daughter, Meika, move in with his parents, Nola and Ron. Troy is a devoted father and son. During an outing with his daughter he is called away--and never returns. Nola and Ron know that something must be terribly wrong, and Meika can't stop asking where her daddy is. Four days later the police discover Troy's body, with two bullet holes in it. As soon as Vann, Troy's older brother, hears the news, he promises to find Troy's killer and bring him to justice. There's just one problem--the police have no leads and Troy had almost no enemies. To make matters worse, Troy's crack-addicted ex-wife has recently resurfaced and is demanding custody of their daughter. The Kirkwoods are not about to give up Troy's only child. But as they struggle through family court and Troy's murder investigation, it takes their combined emotional strength to keep the family intact. And they slowly begin to realize that even if Troy's murder is solved, the pain of losing a child never really goes away.
Wine merchant Tony Beach has expertly catered his latest society soiree, but the fun's over when a team of hit men crash the party...literally. The event leaves Tony with a bitter aftertaste of suspicion--and sets off a mystery that's an intoxicating blend of deception, intrigue, and murder.
Back Cover Is there life on Mars? That's what Captain John Wells and his NASA colleagues hope to discover in this second installment of the MARS HILL CLASSIFIED trilogy when they undertake an aggressive mission to the Red Planet. However, from the outset, nothing goes as planned. An uncanny prophecy coupled with an unexpected alien escort ends in a series of catastrophic events that give John plenty to think about as he makes the interminable journey back to Earth. The mysteries of Mars, woven into a complex tapestry of international intrigue, will lead him to answers even the most faithful fear. As he starts to put the pieces of the universal puzzle together, the pieces of his life fall irrevocably apart, but, as he must constantly remind himself, God does indeed have a plan for him. "The Proof has it all: imagination, action, suspense, techno-thrills, and a profound spiritual mystery. It takes off like a rocket in chapter one and sustains momentum throughout. Austin Boyd is giving us one terrific ride. Well done." -James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Presumed Guilty A Navy pilot, nuclear weapons officer, and spacecraft engineer, AUSTIN BOYD flew three thousand hours in war and peacetime operations, designed satellites, and invented classified devices to track terrorists. A NASA Astronaut Finalist, he ultimately served as the Navy's Director of Space Plans and Policy before retiring to Huntsville, Alabama, where he lives with his wife of twenty- seven years, Cindy, and their four children. The Proof is the second novel in his MARS HILL CLASSIFIED series.
When his long-lost love and new bride Clara was brutally murdered in an Austrian mountain chateau while they were on their honeymoon, super-sleuth and undercover operative Roland Troy quit chasing criminals and retreated to the backwoods of Vermont. But when his old friend and former partner McKenzie Rockett travels all the way from Florida to ask a favor, Troy knows he can't say no to solving one last homicide. Troy is partnered with beautiful, ex-model Angela Becker, a superb undercover cop in her own right. The two of them quickly find that they are on the trail of an ongoing international conspiracy that has spanned decades and generations.
It's been almost a full year since Andrew and Evie's mom disappeared, and the twins are determined to find her. They've been following her trail, decoding the clues she's left them. And that trail is drawing them closer to their mother than ever before. But now the Company is on to the fact that Mom is communicating with the twins -- and they'll do anything to get to her first. The Company's agents are desperate to intercept Mom's messages. It's up to Andrew and Evie to stop them -- and to find Mom before her enemies do.
National Book Award winner Pete Hautman delivers a fast-paced mystery set in the torrid, unforgiving Southwestern desert, where the stakes are sky high and all bets are off. Peeky Kane is a prop player at an Arizona casino owned by the Santa Cruz tribe. Her job is to play poker. She makes a handsome living off the suckers who populate the card room. Life is sweet. But something's not right at Casino Santa Cruz. When Peeky inadvertently finds herself in a fixed game and comes away a couple thousand dollars richer, she finds herself drawn unwittingly toward the dark side of professional poker. Peeky has always thought of herself as a straight shooter, but now things aren't so clear. And they're about to get a lot murkier. When a band of clown-masked robbers makes off with millions of the casino's dollars and leaves behind four corpses, Peeky recognizes one of the robbers as a casino employee, and fears that one of her closest loved ones might also be involved. That same day, Peeky's son-in-law turns up to tell her that Jaymie, her beloved daughter, has been stealing money from Peeky for years to feed a crack habit. Numb from these revelations, Peeky is compelled to action by an unlikely source when the most powerful member of the Santa Cruz tribe calls upon her to help him save his troubled casino. Peeky must draw on her years of reading poker faces and playing the odds to save the casino, her daughter, and herself.
The Secret Histories novels deliver "a terrific, adventurous blend of genres...[and] high-octane heroism," (SFRevu) wrapped up in a thrilling and dangerous supernatural world that only New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green could dream up.... Call me Drood, Eddie Drood. Some know me as Shaman Bond and most simply don't want to know me at all. For centuries, my family has been keeping the things that lurk on the darker side of existence as far away as possible from humans like you, without you even knowing we're there. Unfortunately for us, not everybody appreciates what we Droods do. Recently, I personally managed to survive yet another attempt on my life, but the rest of my relatives weren't so lucky. My parents are missing in action. My grandfather has been murdered. And the future of my family lies in the iron grasp of the Lady Faire, an incredibly seductive, mysterious, and powerful being. She possesses an ancient object that can save them. I have to steal it from her. Easy enough to say, difficult--and very, very dangerous--to do...
The kidnapping for ransom of a beautiful American-born contessa poses Marshal Guarnaccia's gravest challenge.
Publication Date: March 11, 2004 John Barrett, anchorman for the city's most-watched newscast, is a man suddenly lost in a town he thought he owned. His comfortable world is being jarred to the breaking point. He's caught his producer fabricating a story and lying to cover her tracks-and she seems to be hiding something much bigger. His supposedly professional and objective colleagues have descended into a dogfight over the meaning of truth. His father's "accidental" death suddenly isn't looking so accidental. And John's estranged son, Carl, has returned to get the truth about the man behind the TV image. All of these events pale in comparison to the mysterious voices that John is hearing. Master storyteller Frank Peretti has woven a powerful tale. Prophet has all the hallmarks of Peretti's fast-paced blockbuster fiction, and his clear understanding of the vast spiritual struggle over moral authority marks every page.
Back Cover: "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (JOHN 8:32) JOHN BARRETT, anchorman for "news-Six at Five," the city's most watched newscast, has a problem. His comfortable, successful world is being jarred to the breaking point. He's caught his producer skewing a story to fit her own prejudices, then lying to cover her tracks - and she appears to be hiding something much bigger. His father's "accidental" death suddenly isn't looking so accidental. Carl, his estranged son, has returned to challenge his integrity and probe to find the man behind the TV image. The supposedly professional and objective newsroom is now divided and fighting over Truth. And what are these mysterious "voices" Barrett is hearing ...? Once again, master storyteller Frank Peretti has woven a prophetic tale for our times. Prophet carries all the hallmarks of Frank's blockbusting fiction -plenty of edge-of-the-seat action, nail-biting suspense, breakneck pacing, and blow-you- out-of-the-water spiritual impact. But more than this, it penetrates to the very heart of a vast struggle that threatens to tear our society to pieces, the struggle over which vision of moral authority will define our nation.
Since Penelope Bailey was a little girl, all humanity has been frightened by her awesome psychic talent. Able to perceive the future, it's feared she can bend events--and men--to her will. Most men call her a monster. She calls herself... PROPHET Twice has the hired assassin called Iceman sought Penelope Bailey. Twice he's found her. This third time, the stakes are higher. The Prophet's hidden herself in plain sight on a planet so obscure most don't know its name. And the most frightening thing of all is that this time she wants to be found...
The secret of Apollo's Delphi Oracle is discovered. It is put to use to foretell future events for profit. Problem is, it is being used by a religious group that Smitty thinks could go like Waco. Remo is sent to investigate. Meanwhile, in the area around the church, many young girls are being kidnapped, including the daughter of a senator.
The time is December 1999, just before the Millennium, and Catherine Alexander has just uncovered a cache of 6 ancient papyrus scrolls that point to the millennium's most transforming secret.
Carrick is an upstanding cop who wouldn't drink and drive, but he awakens with a head injury he is accused of acquiring while driving drunk after a Scottish Burns Night Celebration. The next day, a womanizing journalist known for exposing police corruption and with many enemies is found dead. As he recuperates, the handsome Carrick with help from his girlfriend, private investigator, Joanna, and a mysterious ally tries to regain his memory of the accident, attempts to discover why he was set up to end his career in disgrace, and investigates the murder of the journalist despite the fact his fellow policemen seem to be trying to thwart him and he is repeatedly attacked and even left to die. The suspects and motives are plentiful, the plot intricate, the protagonists likable and the inclusion of many instances of Carrick's pride in his Scottish heritage make this a pleasant, but suspenseful novel. Dust Jacket information is included.
With Iran on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon, Israel is forced to react. But by destroying Iran's main nuclear facility, creating a radioactive tomb and an environmental disaster, Israel has triggered an international crisis. An outraged United Nations condemns the attacks, while Iran swears vengeance against Israel and her chief backer: the USA. Enter Lebanese master terrorist Imad Mukhtar, who's spent the past decade picking his targets and preparing his cells for this exact moment. All he needs is approval from Iran's Supreme Council, and he will strike at America's soft underbelly and make her bleed like never before. With the US on high alert, the President calls on the one man ruthless enough to counter the fanatical terrorist. Meeting violence with violence, CIA operative Mitch Rapp tracks his mark across Europe to America where they are finally pitted against each other in a hunt only one of them can survive.
Guarding witnesses? All in a day's work for deputy U. S. marshal Carly Masterson. Protecting the judge who was indirectly responsible for her mentor's death? That's another story. Still, she won't let harm come to Judge Nicholas Floyd, or the niece and nephew in his care. She's determined to do the job right, and not let her emotions take over--no matter how wonderful it feels to be accepted by the little family. Can she let go of the past and learn to trust again before danger finds them once more?
In the tradition of David Morrell's bestselling The Fifth Profession, this tale of a super-bodyguard hunting down a rogue client who controls a new and powerful weapon promises to be the most imitated thriller for years to come. Based on extensive interviews with special ops agents around the world, it confirms Morrell as the master of high-action suspense.
Jack O'Malley, a fearless firefighter, must protect the one lady who saw the arsonist who is targeting his community.
Having survived his rise to Chairman of Everest Capital, the world's largest private equity firm, and the ferocious attempts on his life that ensued, Christian Gillette finally seems safely perched atop the financial industry. He's just accepted Everest's largest private investment, he's poised to takeover his ex-rival's sinking firm, and he's just embarked on his firm's most exciting venture to date, buying the NFL's newest team -- the Las Vegas Twenty-Ones. Plus, one of his young employees -- an ambitious deal maker named David Wright -- has caught his eye. Wright reminds Gillette of himself just a few years back, and he's drawn to the thought of teaching the wunderkind everything the ups and downs of the industry. But everything comes to a screeching halt when a shadowy man calls him to a meeting, requesting a favor and offering in return new information about Gillette's father and his still mysterious death.Christian Gillette can't stand to be controlled, but he also can't afford to lose a chance at finally learning something substantive about his father's death. And as he becames more entangled with the strange deal, and the frantic pace of business continues without his full attention, he feels his grip on Everest weakening -- and soon realizes his life is once more in desperate jeopardy. When all signs begin to point to David Wright, Gillette realizes that his toughest decision as Chairman lies directly ahead...From the Hardcover edition.
The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago.
Vacationing in France, Jessica Fletcher takes cooking lessons from chef Emil Bertrand that are cut short when he is killed. Bertrand's lover is arrested. But after the murder weapon surfaces at the country farmhouse where Jessica is staying, the mystery writer turns her attention to houseguest Mallory Cartright, an American teenager.
Trained to be a detective by his father, blessed with astounding powers of observation and deduction, and cursed with a refusal to take anything seriously, Shaw Spencer has convinced everyone he's psychic. Now, with his best friend, Gus, he's either going to clean up . . . or be found out. With eighty-seven parking tickets to their credit, it doesn't take a psychic to predict what happens when Shawn and Gus go to pick up Gus's impounded car: They get busted. Shawn is convinced they've stumbled across a criminal conspiracy, but Gus just wants to get away intact. Unfortunately, the fleeing Gus is run over by a speeding Mercedes. When he wakes up in the hospital, things have gotten even worse. Because while Gus was unconscious, Shawn picked up a new sidekick: Tara Larison, a beautiful woman who insists she's Shawn's psychic slave . . . and who won't leave them alone until she's fulfilled every one of Shawn's desires. But when Shawn's enemies start turning up dead, the pair must figure out if it's the work of the criminal conspiracy they've discovered--or Shawn's subconscious, sending his new minion out to do his dirty work.
Trained to be a detective by his father, blessed with astounding powers of observation and deduction, and cursed with a refusal to take anything seriously, Shawn Spencer has convinced everyone he's psychic. Now, with his best friend, Gus, he's either going to clean up, or be found out. When a case takes Shawn and Gus into the Fortress of Magic, an exclusive club for professional magicians where outsiders are rarely allowed, they're treated to a private show by the hottest act on the Vegas Strip, seven-foot-tall "Martian Magician" P'tol P'kah. But when the wizard does his signature illusion and dissolves in a tank of water, he never rematerializes. And in his place there's a chubby corpse in a three-piece suit and a bowler hat. Eager to keep his golden boy's image untarnished, the magician's manager hires Shawn and Gus to uncover the identity of the dead man and find out what happened to P'tol P'kah. But to do so, the pair will have to pose as a new mentalist act and go undercover in a world populated by magicians, mystics, Martians, madmen . . . and one murderer.
After stealing from the bank where she works, Mary's plans for escape and a new life are ended when she has the misfortune to stop at a secluded motel.
A psychologist gains people's trust and then kills them.
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