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Imagine a serial killer who has been slaying for decades . . . centuries . . . millennia. Whose greatest delight is claiming as many innocent victims as he can, and whose weapon is a car. Gavin Pierce is a Long Island detective who loses his grandfather in a drunk driving accident. As he probes the case, what he finds chills him to the bone.
The latest in the cleverly designed tattoo shop mystery series. Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of Vegas's hottest tattoo shop, The Painted Lady. And in her spare time, she does some sleuthing. After discovering the corpse of a Dean Martin impersonator-sporting a spider web tattoo and a clip cord from a tattoo machine wrapped around his neck-Brett infiltrates That's Amore, a drive-through wedding chapel, as a bride-to-be looking for the mark of a murderer. . . .
There aren't many women in professional auto racing -- but that didn't stop Rebecca Moore from joining driver Ian Browning's pit crew. A former reporter and classic car restorer, Rebecca's love of fast cars and mastery of all things automotive have enticed her to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the most famous track in the world. Working pit lane, her innate toughness shields her from the taunts and insults being tossed her way. But the bullet that whizzes past her head, shattering the windshield of the vintage race car in her care, can't be as easily ignored -- nor can the body she finds in the cockpit the day before the race. Once again, Rebecca's forced to uncover a killer. But the deadly secrets awaiting her -- the blind, vengeful hatred that spans decades -- threaten to make this high-speed lap Rebecca's last.
Kirsten's not a very good driver. And the driver's ed classes aren't helping. No matter how hard she tries, she just can't get the hang of being behind the wheel. When Rob offers to give Kirsten a few tips on how to improve her driving, he turns up missing after the first lesson. Now Kirsten's getting a crash course -- in murder.
A troubled ghost begs the new girl in town to help him rest in peaceNobody knows exactly what happened the night Nguyen Trang drove off the cliff. When Kirsten Wilkes moves to Port Lincoln, she hears all kinds of rumors about the strange Vietnamese boy's death. Was it suicide? An accident? Was there anybody else in the car? Even though her family has just moved into Nguyen's new house, Kirsten doesn't have time for rumors. She's too busy trying to make it through driver's ed alive. Kirsten is one of the worst drivers Port Lincoln has ever seen. The only thing that makes the class bearable is Rob Maxson and his dreamy green eyes. But when Nguyen's ghost appears in Kirsten's bedroom, begging her to bring his murderers to justice, she begins to fear that driver's ed isn't the only thing that could get her killed. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Peter Lerangis including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Jockey Freddie Croft thought he'd left the perils behind him when he retired from the jump game. These days he was happy to transport horses from their stables to the races. Until one of his drivers picked up an unlicensed passenger. And brought him back dead. The corpse on the doorstep was Freddie's unwelcome introduction to the shadowy, big-money conspiracy which muscled into his business and started to threaten his life. But Freddie was a fighter, and winning was in his blood ...First identify the dangers. Then beat them out of sight ...
A sunny, quiet, perfectly ordinary school day in autumn turns ghastly by dark when sixteen-year-old Rebecca Patton runs down and kills a pedestrian during a driving lesson.
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES! Meet Dani Greene--a fourth-generation maple syrup maker dealing with a first-class troublemaker... The annual pre-Thanksgiving pancake-eating contest is a big event in Sugar Grove, New Hampshire. It's sponsored by the Sap Bucket Brigade, aka the firefighters auxiliary, and the Greene family farm provides the syrup. But when obnoxious outsider Alanza Speedwell flops face first into a stack of flapjacks during the contest, Greener Pastures' syrup falls under suspicion. Dani knows the police--including her ex-boyfriend--are barking up the wrong tree, and she's determined to pull her loved ones out of a very sticky situation. The odds may be stacked against her, but she's got to tap the real killer before some poor sap in her own family ends up trading the sugar house for the Big House...
"A brilliant read with astounding plot twists. . . Maden's trail of intrigue will captivate you from page one. " -CLIVE CUSSLER With a fascinating international cast of characters and nonstop action, Mike Maden's Drone kicks off an explosive new thriller series exploring the inescapable consequences of drone warfare. Troy Pearce is the CEO of Pearce Systems, a private security firm that is the best in the world at drone technologies. A former CIA SOG operative, Pearce used his intelligence and combat skills to hunt down America's sworn enemies in the War on Terror. But after a decade of clandestine special ops, Pearce opted out. Too many of his friends had been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Now Pearce and his team chose which battles he will take on by deploying his land, sea, and air drones with surgical precision. Pearce thinks he's done with the U. S. government for good, until a pair of drug cartel hit men assault a group of American students on American soil. New U. S. president Margaret Meyers then secretly authorizes Pearce Systems to locate and destroy the killers sheltered in Mexico. Pearce and his team go to work, and they are soon thrust into a showdown with the hidden powers behind the El Paso attack-unleashing a host of unexpected repercussions. A Ph. D. , lecturer, and consultant on political science and international conflict, Mike Maden has crafted an intense, page-turning novel that is action-packed and frighteningly real-blurring the lines between fiction and the reality of a new stage in warfare. .
"A brilliant read with astounding plot twists...Maden's trail of intrigue will captivate you from page one." --CLIVE CUSSLERWith a fascinating international cast of characters and nonstop action, Mike Maden's Drone kicks off an explosive new thriller series exploring the inescapable consequences of drone warfare.Troy Pearce is the CEO of Pearce Systems, a private security firm that is the best in the world at drone technologies. A former CIA SOG operative, Pearce used his intelligence and combat skills to hunt down America's sworn enemies in the War on Terror. But after a decade of clandestine special ops, Pearce opted out. Too many of his friends had been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Now Pearce and his team chose which battles he will take on by deploying his land, sea, and air drones with surgical precision. Pearce thinks he's done with the U.S. government for good, until a pair of drug cartel hit men assault a group of American students on American soil. New U.S. president Margaret Meyers then secretly authorizes Pearce Systems to locate and destroy the killers sheltered in Mexico. Pearce and his team go to work, and they are soon thrust into a showdown with the hidden powers behind the El Paso attack--unleashing a host of unexpected repercussions. A Ph.D., lecturer, and consultant on political science and international conflict, Mike Maden has crafted an intense, page-turning novel that is action-packed and frighteningly real--blurring the lines between fiction and the reality of a new stage in warfare.
On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever. Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research ... or something more terrifying? Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.
Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of his acclaimed New York Times bestseller Mystic River with The Drop - A love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith. Three days after Christmas, Bob, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live, hears a whimper coming from inside a trash can. The abused puppy he finds there will change his life forever, as will Nadia, the damaged woman he meets that night. Like him, she's desperately searching for something to believe in.Bound together by their decision to rescue the puppy, Bob and Nadia's relationship grows. But just as they've found something to live for, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back. . . .From New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane, a new novel that's the basis of the major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Michaël r. Roskam, screenplay by Dennis Lehane, and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini
Nobody loses crime boss Bobby Mahoney's money and keeps all his vital organs. Well, white-collar gangster David Blake has just returned from vacation to the news that Mahoney's money has gone missing under his watch. The man who last had the drop has also vanished. David has forty-eight hours to track down the cash ... or face bloody consequences. Packed with action and attitude, The Drop is a gripping gangland thriller for fans of the hit films The Town and Goodfellas.
DON'T WE ALL harbor the secret wish that we won't have to work for it? That luck--be it a spin of the wheel, a hop of the dice, the right card at the right moment--might just choose to favor us, whether we deserve it or not? That universal desire, along with many others, is played out in the lives of three teens who hope to beat the house, and control their futures. Come meet: * Sanjay, who wants to be much more than the dutiful, hardworking immigrant's son * Kat, who wants enough cash to run as far as she can, from her past and who she's afraid she might become * Jerrica, who thinks she can foresee the cards, and maybe make them be what she needs them to be. Each is irresistibly drawn to gambling's alluring flirt, and to entanglements with each other, and within themselves. Themes of obsession and other risky business fuel the pages of this fast-moving, provocative tale. From the Hardcover edition.
Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance--still every bit as strong, sexy, and seductive as ever! But Lucky is older and wiser, and hot to reclaim her power position in Las Vegas. However, a deadly enemy from her past has resurfaced--a person determined to take everything from her, including the family she holds so dear: two sons and an out-of-control teenage daughter who is just as outrageous as Lucky herself. Like mother, like daughter. And if that old saying holds true, it's going to be one wild ride.
Crime scene cleaner and amateur medium Sadie Novak's ability to talk to the dead is a sure-fire way to solve crimes, but sometimes Sadie thinks she'd prefer a channel into the minds of the living instead... While attempting to renew her relationship with on-again-off-again boyfriend Zack, Sadie discovers something that throws her romantic plans for a loop. With her love life in shambles, Sadie needs a distraction from all the drama. But sometimes, getting what you wish for isn't all it's cracked up to be. For the first time, the noble detective who's repeatedly saved Sadie's backside finds himself on the wrong end of a homicide investigation. Sadie is determined to prove that Dean Petrovich was framed for his ex-wife's murder. But when her investigative trip to the crime scene--a luxurious day spa--puts the killer hot on her trail, Sadie will have to put all of her problems aside to keep from dropping dead...
Do blondes have more fun? Four beloved authors with all new fair-haired mysteries to dye for do. They're blondes with style, money, and men falling at their feet. But now these perfect women are perfect victims. In Drop-Dead Blonde, four of today's top mystery authors-Nancy Martin, Denise Swanson, Elaine Viets, and Victoria Laurie-spin four all-new tales of fair-haired sirens, secrets, and seduction.
Once they were lovers. . . until a murder shattered their carefree passion. Now a successful suspense novelist, Sean Black returns to his hometown of Miami to lay his ghosts to rest. Fifteen years have past since he was acquitted of murdering Mandy Olin -- a tragedy that has haunted him incessantly since that fateful high school night. Lori Corcoran, an old high school friend, has just returned to Miami to care for her ailing grandfather and secretly recapture the only man she ever desired. Miami's moonlit South Beach nights illuminate a passion that was meant to be and a past that has come dangerously alive. Lori's wild passion for Sean is unleashed in his strong loving arms, but somewhere in the shadows lurks a killer vowing to destroy everything. Reentering the past, Sean and Lori must hold on to their captured love and fight the demons of the past linked to a psychotic killer before it's too late.
As a former cheerleader, Blair Mallory was accustomed to jealousy. However, while Blair is immersed in her wedding plans, someone tries to run her over. Her fiance, police lieutenant Wyatt Bloodsworth, thinks the episode was just an accident, but Blair knows the attempt was deliberate and fears it's just the beginning.
Fifth in the series; Turner investigates the unexplained death of a fashion model.
Who killed Uncle Bill? Alafair Tucker is desperate to find out. One August evening in 1914, a bushwhacker ended a pleasant outing by blowing a hole in Bill McBride, kidnapping and ravaging Bill's fiancée, and wounding Alafair's daughter Mary. Does Mary know who did the low-down deed? If she does, the bullet that grazed her knocked that information right out of her head. All she remembers is that it has something to do with the Fourth of July. Or is there more? The answer seems to be floating piece by tiny piece to the surface of Mary's consciousness. Several malicious acts testify to the fact that Bill's killer is still around and attempting to cover his tracks. The question is, can Mary remember before the murderer manages to eliminate everyone who could identify him? The law is hot on the bushwhacker's trail. Alafair thinks there is little she can do to help the sheriff, but that will never stop her from trying. She has no qualms about driving Mary to distraction with her persistent snooping and constant hovering. If there's a chance she can protect Mary from further harm or help her remember, she'll do anything she can. Even confront a vicious killer.
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court.Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
"Right up there with Mr. Block's best....A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF keeps us guessing."--Tom Nolan, Wall Street JournalFacing his demons in his first year of sobriety, Matthew Scudder finds himself on the trail of a killer. When Scudder's childhood friend Jack Ellery is murdered, presumably while attempting to atone for past sins, Scudder reluctantly begins his own investigation, with just one lead: Ellery's Alcoholics Anonymous list of people he wronged. One of them may be a killer, but that's not necessarily Scudder's greatest danger. Immersing himself in Ellery's world may lead him right back to the bar stool.In a novel widely celebrated by critics and readers, Lawrence Block circle back to how it all began, reestablishing the Matthew Scudder series as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction. Immersing himself in Ellery's world may lead him right back to the bar stool.Exploring themes of loss, nostalgia, and redemption, for Lawrence Block, A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF circles back to how it all began, reestablishing why the Matthew Scudder series is widely regarded as one of the pinnacles of American detective fiction.
Valerie Simpson is a young female tennis star with a troubled past who's now on the verge of a comeback and wants Myron as her agent. Myron, who's also got the hottest young male tennis star, Duane Richwood, primed to take his first grand slam tournament, couldn't be happier. That is, until Valerie is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and Myron's number one client becomes the number one suspect.Clearing Duane's name should be easy enough. Duane was playing in a match at the time of Valerie's death. But why is his phone number in Valerie's black book when he claims only to have known her in passing? Why was she calling him from a phone booth on the street? The police stop caring once they pin the murder on a man known for having stalked Valerie and seen talking to her moments before the murder. But Myron isn't satisfied. It seems too clean for him.Myron pries a bit and finds himself prying open the past where six years before, Valerie's fiancee, the son of a senator, was brutally murdered by a juvenile delinquent and a straight-A student was subsequently gunned down on the street in retaliation, his death squandered in bureaucratic files. And everyone from the Senator to the mob want Myron to stop digging.The truth beneath the truth is not only dangerous, it's deadly. And Myron may be the next victim.In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction--Myron Bolitar--a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.From the Paperback edition.
In the pulse-pounding tradition of W. E. B. Griffin and Richard Marcinko, here is a pure adrenaline skydive into enemy territory -- a top-notch military adventure written by an Air Force Combat Crewmember who knows firsthand what awaits in theDrop Zone. Among the U. S. Special Forces' most valued troops are the Air Force's Pararescue Teams -- "PJs" who drop out of C-130s or HH-60G Blackhawks into places no one else can reach, to retrieve the wounded, the dying . . . and the secrets their government will kill to uncover. Outfitted with the military's most sophisticated equipment, Master Sergeant Jason Johnson is one of the nation's best pararescue jumpers. Now he's been teamed up with a hotshot Marine for his most perilous mission yet. Johnson must drop behind enemy lines in war-torn Bosnia to find and retrieve evidence of a horrifying war crime: the ethnic cleansing of five thousand civilians through the use of a deadly nerve toxin. But from the moment they leap into the swirling Balkan darkness, Johnson and his partner enter a landscape of unspeakable destruction and despair -- and a mission that goes wrong in every conceivable way. On a race through enemy territory, Johnson is stripped of every means of survival -- and only a miracle will bring him out alive. . . .