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From a beyond-the-grave stalker to prankster devil worshippers, from a childish ghost of the future to a vampire lover with bloody ties to the past, the characters in these ten original stories will send shivers down your spine.
When aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant dies in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub, state trooper Liam Campbell has reason to believe it's sabotage. Virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive - including Grant's betrayed wife, his bullied children, and even Liam's own wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam seeks outside help from the friend of a friend - a private investigator named Kate Shugak...
For most people, Hawaii is heaven on Earth. But U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Rachel Porter sees the rot beneath its natural splendor. Its pristine shores are harboring a new breed of criminal, those who would upset the fragile ecological balance in the name of profit ... those who would kill in the cause of greed. On the trail of illegal traffickers in exotic animals, Rachel stumbles upon something far more insidious and frightening -- and a suspiciously shark-devoured human corpse that washes up on the rocks is only the beginning. Suddenly everyone wants her off a case that is too hot to handle. But she won't be warned, coaxed, or threatened away, even as the blood that darkens the tropical waters marks Rachel Porter as the most endangered creature in Paradise.
TORN Between raising his precocious teenage daughter and dodging the matchmaking of the local busybodies, Jackson Crain devotes himself to the curious peccadilloes of being a judge in tiny Post Oak, Texas. Aside from the occasional brawl or beating, hard crime here is rare. That changes when Dora Hughes, Jackson's shrewish sister-in-law, is bludgeoned and strangled to death while sunbathing on her patio. Dora's henpecked husband, Ron, is accused of the crime. The man had been carrying on with .a perky local waitress, and had demanded a divorce just before Dora died. But the case evolves into something decidedly sinister when a second body, a teenage girl, is found in a cornfield. And when Jackson connects both victims to a beautiful, exotic newcomer to Post Oak- a woman to whom he is dangerously attracted- the hunt for a clever killer exposes shattering secrets guaranteed to leave even the local gossips speechless.
The year is 2041, and sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities. Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they're financially ruined and practically starving. What should've been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn't, Molly's only way home may be to beat them at their own game. Luckily, there's a handsome stranger who's willing to help. Restoring Harmony is a riveting, fast-paced dystopian tale complete with adventure and romance that readers will devour.
A fast-paced novel hailed by Entertainment Weekly as a "well-crafted, suspenseful thriller [which] offers sex, erotica, and more sex." In Sherry Sonnett's compelling first novel, Vega Johnson, a successful L.A. investment counselor, is leading a respectable but dull life when she meets Paul Lattimer, a major player in a mysterious, international finance game. Immediately fascinated by and drawn to his power, she soon gets caught up in his dark world of kinky sex, white collar crime, and murder.
A raid on a sex slave depot on the U. S. eastern seaboard is the launching pad of an international firestorm for Mack Bolan. His target-the Albanian mafia-is rapidly expanding its American network with help from the resurrected Kosovar terrorist group, the KLA. After mopping up the mob's stateside end of the pipeline, Bolan and a beautiful Russian agent track the long reach of drugs, human trafficking and black-market arms sales across the Atlantic to the port city of Marseille, France. Bolan blazes a trail of incendiary retribution through corrupt officials, Corsican drug lords and terrorist infrastructure. At the top of his death game, he plays to his enemy's weaknesses, inciting betrayal and panic. But the main event lies across the Adriatic, where the godfather of the Albanian mob is about to get a visit from the Executioner-and a one-way ticket to his own personal hell.
International assassin Gideon spilled blood for the first time when he was seven years old, with a single shot to the head of a man who was attempting to kill the woman Gideon had known as his mother. The victim was none other than his own father, a man of unspeakable evil. This pivotal event shaped Gideon throughout his life, made him who he is, one of the fiercest, most feared hired guns in the world.
Rebus is off the case - literally. A few days into the murder inquiry of an Edinburgh art dealer, Rebus blows up at a colleague. He is sent to the Scottish Police College for 'retraining' - in other words, he's in the Last Chance Saloon.Rebus is assigned to an old, unsolved case, but there are those in his team who have their own secrets - and they'll stop at nothing to protect them. Rebus is also asked to act as a go-between for gangster 'Big Ger' Cafferty. And as newly promoted DS Siobhan Clarke works the case of the murdered art dealer, she is brought closer to Cafferty than she could ever have anticipated...
Bodies that won't stay buried--is it a practical joke? Or murder? <P> Lord Fitzroy-Hammond of Resurrection Row has been dead and buried three weeks when he turns up sitting atop a hansom cab. Grave robbing, though a crime, isn't Inspector Thomas Pitt's usual fare. But when the macabre joke is repeated, and the man's corpse is found sitting in the family pew the Sunday following his second interment, Pitt begins to wonder if perhaps there's some message in it. The case grows increasingly bizarre as other disinterred bodies appear.<P> A new mother, Charlotte Pitt only takes a cursory interest in the grave robbing case until she hears Thomas mention the name of her late sister's husband, Dominic Corde, as a possible suspect. As Pitt follows leads into the slums and rookeries, Charlotte, too, is drawn into the politics and horrors of greed and exploitation. For Pitt and Charlotte, what begins as a mysterious case of musical corpses, becomes a deadly pursuit through the London underworld of pornographic photographers, brothels, and sweatshops.
This book presents a collection of eight adapted tales from the classic American author Edgar Allan Poe. The collection retains the flavor of Poe, including his love of language, sometimes curious writing conventions, and quest for the perfect prototype of a short story. The gripping and gruesome details of the original stories are here.
When an elite prosecutor faces the most lethal predator she's ever encountered, it all comes down to a choice between justice...and retribution Prosecutor C.J. Townsend is a talented state prosecutor in Miami, well-known within law enforcement and judicial circles for her ability to handle even the most horrific cases - without losing her cool. Her experience in prosecuting violent sex-crimes has resulted in her to rise to second-in-command at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office where she has a reputation for going strictly 'by-the-book'. For the past year, C.J. has been involved in the investigation of a series of shocking murders that have taken place in Miami. When a speeding motorist is pulled over and police discover the mutilated body of a young woman in the trunk of the car, it appears that the case is finally solved. Despite the maelstrom of publicity, she begins to build her court case, piece by careful piece. But C.J. has personal demons that she's never revealed to the world. Now, when she needs to be at the top of her game, a terrible incident from her past is resurfacing. As she battles the evil incarnate in court, she is also fighting the devil inside - struggling to resolve the conflict between the events of her past and her duty and integrity as a prosecuting attorney. On top of everything else, the lead detective on the case is one who has hinted that he has begun to care for her as much as more than just a colleague. And everything is riding on her ability to put this killer behind bars. . !
They say heroes are made, not born. A year ago, in the sky over Iraq, a hero was forged in the heat of battle when Navy Lt. Kevin Dalton destroyed Saddam Hussein's secret arsenal of nuclear missiles. In R. J. Pineiro's much-anticipated sequel to Ultimatum, Dalton, a hero as great as Stephen Coonts' Jake Grafton or Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, now works for the CIA. As Saddam prepares to strike at the heart of the United States, Dalton finds himself facing the ultimate horror: nuclear weapons on American soil. Acquired from the Russian mafia through an infamous international arms dealer, three warheads of mass destruction are smuggled into the United States. They are Saddam's revenge for his defeats at the hands of America. Reunited with the beautiful Mossad agent Khalela, Dalton must untangle a web of conspiracy that leads from Jersey City Mosques to the back waters of Virginia, from Atlantic City casinos to the bayous of Louisiana. Only he and Khalela can prevent the weapons from reaching their separate targets: New York City, Washington, D.C., and the President's birthplace, a small town called Hope.
George Remington is six months shy of early retirement as chief of police in a small, Midwest town. He and his wife are looking forward to having more time to spend with their grown daughter, a divorced single mother, and their eight-year-old granddaughter. Too bad you don't always get what you want. Annie Johnson is just the crazy old woman who lives down the lane, but Chief Remington has a soft spot for the woman who has the gift of sight. Not everyone believes in Annie's gift, but George knows from experience to take Annie's visions seriously. But this time Annie's visions are personal for George and that's not good at all. There's a stranger in town causing trouble, George's daughter has a new man in her life, and a wicked storm is brewing in the air. Considering all the angles, George thinks back to a case earlier in his career when he played a key role in the apprehension and arrest of a local man who robbed a grocery store and killed the store owner. A few years into his prison sentence, the man's wife died, leaving their ten-year-old son to bounce through the foster care system. Now, years later, George can't help but wonder if that case might be coming back to torment him and his family, but something just isn't right. Is the stranger linked to George's past or simply a man who came upon some bad luck on the road while traveling, as he claims. Either way, Chief Remington knows he has to do something fast or it could cost him those he loves most dearly.
With her partner out of town, her family abroad, and her mentor estranged, newly-turned vampire Anna Strong is keeping a low profile. But now young vampires are turning up dead, completely drained of their life force. And though Anna wants to say no when Williams, her former teacher and now leader of a supernatural enforcement squad, asks for her help, she can't. But soon, she'll wish she did.
War looms on the horizon but one woman already knows the outcome....final book in the time travel series City of God.
David Hagberg's New York Times bestselling Kirk McGarvey series continues in Retribution, with a deadly mission to take down a monstrous serial killer. On May 1, 2011, a team of twenty-four members of U.S. SEAL Team Six swooped down on the compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Their mission, code-named Neptune Spear, was to find and kill the terrorist leader. They succeeded. Since that day, elements of the government of Pakistan have harbored a deep hatred for the SEALs who violated their sovereign territory. Now they've hired a team of German assassins, and only one man stands a chance of stopping them: legendary former director of the CIA, Kirk McGarvey. David Hagberg's Kirk McGarvey novels have been delighting readers for over two decades. Bursting with action, suspense, and political intrigue, McGarvey's adventures span the globe, from Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan, to Switzerland and more. Retribution is the latest installment in this masterful series.
International Bestseller Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is forced to unlock the secrets of a nearly perfect murder in this taut psychological thriller.On a rainy April day, a body--or what is left of it--is found by a young girl. Wrapped in a blanket with no hands, feet, or head, it signals the work of a brutal, methodical killer. The victim, Leopold Verhaven, was a track star before he was convicted for killing two of his ex-lovers. He consistently proclaimed his innocence, however, and was killed on the day of his return to society. This latest murder is more than a little perplexing and Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is determined to discover the truth, even if it means taking the law into his own hands.
Back Cover With nothing left for him on Earth, Rear Admiral John Wells didn't hesitate to lead a third NASA team to Mars, but he never dreamed that one day they'd look out their laboratory module into the lights of a slow-moving vehicle not their own. In the third installment of the MARS HILL CLASSIFIED series, life on Mars becomes increasingly more unpredictable as the past collides with the future, and nothing, not even the dead, is as it seems. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the fate of hundreds, including John Wells' family- presumed dead these last six years-rests precariously in the hands of Malcolm Raines, self-proclaimed Guardian of the Mother Seed and Principal Cleric of Saint Michael's Remnant, and his insidious plans for the Father Race. Wells will find himself in a race against time and all odds to expose the truth: about Mars, about Malcolm Raines, and, if he's very brave, about himself. "Austin Boyd is one of the brightest new voices in Christian fiction. His long association with the space program lends authenticity as he reveals the turmoil in the minds and hearts of those who are willing to risk everything by making that journey. In The Return, we learn that both human emotions and God's presence reach far beyond the pull of Earth's gravity" -RICHARD L. MABRY, author of The Tender Scar A Navy pilot, nuclear weapons officer, and spacecraft engineer, AUSTIN BOYD flew three thousand hours in war and peacetime operations, designed satellites, and built classified systems to track terrorists. A world traveler, NASA Astronaut Finalist, and inventor with multiple patents, he served on key Navy space assignments before retiring to Huntsville. Alabama, where he lives with Cindy. his wife of twenty-eight years, and their four children. He continues to support NASA, military space, and aviation through his work with a major defense contractor. An active Christian, Boyd has served in a variety of lay ministries devoted to evangelism, stewardship, and crisis pregnancy. In addition to writing the MARS CLASSIFIED series, Boyd has also penned dozens of technical articles about space issues and has written award-winning poetry.
Uh-Oh! The super town of Superopolis is hiding a gigantic secret! Years ago, a young superhero named Meteor Boy mysteriously vanished during a dangerous mission. But what really happened to him? Not only that! There may be more to the Meteor Boy secret than anybody suspected! As Ordinary Boy begins to investigate, he discovers that nobody knows where Meteor Boy came from in the first place ... and clues start to indicate that he may in fact still be alive. Who is Meteor Boy? As the Amazing Indestructo plots to exploit the memory of Meteor Boy for profit, Ordinary Boy knows that the time has come to solve the mystery once and for all. And then Superopolis will finally know the real truth about Meteor Boy. In a town where everyone is extraordinary, this might just be a job for ... Ordinary Boy.
It all started with one mysterious briefcase. When Allie's father dies, her half sister, Kat, is left in charge of his detective agency -- and of Allie. Despite the many changes in her life, Allie can't help being excited by the possibility of being close to some real private-eye adventures, the kind she is always daydreaming about. So when a man comes to the agency asking Kat to guard his briefcase, it looks like Allie will get her chance to investigate.
After their infamous homework machine, four friends, now in sixth grade, find themselves once again at the police station, this time giving testimony about an incident involving a powerful computer chip, a Grand Canyon treasure, and a dead body.
Snik, Brenton, Judy, and Kelsey haven't stayed in the best touch since last year's big homework-machine scandal. But they are all pulled back together again when Brenton realizes that the most powerful part of the machine that lets you cheat on homework was never really destroyed. And there is someone out there who wants to use it for a lot more than just cheating. So the group bands together again not only to stop the culprit, but also to be the first to find a hidden treasure. If you enjoyed the first adventure, The Homework Machine, hold on to your hats for this one!
When Gloria Bickford moves back to her hometown, she knows she needs to make peace with a lot of people. She also realizes that her big city problems followed her home. As she discovers the truth about a land development, she finds herself entwined with more than she bargained for. Sylvia Bambola stitches a tapestry of vivid characters and weaves them into a story full of love, hate, murder, and the persistent love of Jesus.
Ricardo Carillo comes to Gandalara to protect its people. Love and heroism finally prevails and he accomplishes his purpose of coming to Gandalara.