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When a determined Irish Catholic priest and a tough Jewish police detective team up to solve the murder of a gorgeous showgirl, the evidence of violence and corruption they uncover tears the town apart!Of his fast and unusual thriller Jack Webb writes: “The Big Sin was written because I needed faith in myself. So I wrote a story about faith … For all the gaudiness my story may wear as a mystery filled with violence, good is good in it, and bad, bad, ant there’s strength enough in the simply faith within to swing the outcome.”Father Shanley refused to believe that Rose had committed the big sin.
Love brought them together—the mysterious blonde and the bitter, lonely piano player.Murder stood between them—her secret, reluctant role as an accomplice in the vicious plot that caused to brutal slayings!A wanton blonde’s clandestine romance sets police detective Sammy Golden and his crime-busting partner Father Joseph Shanley on the trail of a ruthless mobster who deals in dope and death. This is a fast, taut thriller by the bestselling author of The Deadly Sex and The Delicate Darling.
A night-club owner gunned down at his own bar—an editor gutted with an antique switchblade—a smuggler who took five shots in the back—a millionaire whose “suicide” didn’t make sense …Each killing left the cops high and dry—fine. Because that meant someone had to hire me, Chambers, to find the killer. For a fat fee, and you can bet I earn every dollar. And with girls like Lola, Marcia, Kathy, Angelica, and the rest, each case has such nice fringe benefits …
It’s nice to be a millionaire.Money can buy you darn near anything. It can buy you things you’re only supposed to get for love. It can buy you the best-looking women—in a city where good-looking women come high.It can buy a professional private eye—like Peter Chambers—to make sure the girls stay bough.It can buy you the roughest, toughest strong-arm men going—if the private eye gets too interested in his work.In fact, Chambers’s millionaires can even buy a murder.The trouble is, he never knows when the murder is going to be his own.
Olga was the sexy young wife of an old millionaire. She wore black painted toenails, a small black Luger, and very little else.Anabel was a talented stripper with an act that drove the customers wild. She wore nothing at all—and got rich that way.When private eye Peter Chambers investigates a strange death and stranger blackmail, he winds up in a deadly duel with hoods, racketeers, vice-lords, and two females who are sheer murder!
The first night with her led to a file of blackmail photographs worth a fortune.The second night with her led to danger, violence, and sudden death.The third night with her led to the one mistake no private eye should ever make … not even Peter Chambers.
Peter Chambers is a private richard who has a real affinity for trouble. He hasn't any notion at all who polished off the nasty blonde with the round hole between her eyes—or the little man swinging by the neck from a bedroom window. Peter has strong incentives for finding out the answers—partly because the only thing he can do is break the case wide open before the going gets too rough; but mainly because his fee is Miami Moonbeam, six feet of ravishing, red-haired woman.
The only uninvited guest was—murder!The host and the principal guests at the wildest, wickedest masquerade ball of the society season were:A playboy millionaire with more women than is good for the health of one man.A golden-limbed vixen who came masquerading as “Eve”—and wearing as little.A costumed killer with a murder in mind.And Peter Chambers, private eye...
Beverly Crystal had a million-dollar idea and a circle of “friends” who would never force her to hunt around for enemies.The happy crew included:Danny the Dance: who waltzed his way through life like a man sliding down a banister made of razor-blades.Mickey Bokino: who let money flow through his fingers like the acid he kept ready for people who couldn’t, or wouldn’t, pay him back.Vinnie Veneto: who owned everything and everybody and had his fingers in more pies than a drunken pasty chef on the morning after.And:Peter Chambers: a private eye with a buck to make and more than a couple of murders to solve … provided the law couldn’t pin the couple already committed on one Peter Chambers.It was neck and neck all the way, with Death closing in in the backstretch and a loaded gun in an unknown hand waiting at the finish line.
Lady on the Make:She was a gorgeous Greek with a classic chassis. When she smoldered her way into a hot tumble with Peter Chambers, the fast-living private eye didn’t know whether he was in heaven, or tangling with a torrid she-devil.
Take a beautiful woman - no, take two or even three beautiful women, take some money, throw in a con man and a hustler or two, even a rich and respected publisher and a bank v.p. won’t hurt. Add people’s natural avariciousness, a couple of gruesome murders and sex-crimes, and mix well with Peter Chambers.The result: one of the most intriguing, fast-moving, exciting suspense thrillers of the year - all in the inimitable Henry Kane manner.This is one you won’t ever forget.
Intricacy, expertise, substance—all are here in this latest of Helen Nielsen’s absorbing mysteries.“Homicide, by person or persons unknown,” was the judgment of the coroner’s jury—but for Jaime Dodson, brother of the murdered woman, the ordeal was just beginning. There was that crucial period that had begun when he stood over his sister, enraged, ready to strike. Only one course was open—to investigate for himself the events of the fatal evening, teasing the memory. His young wife, his friends watched in painful fascination; for two of them knew that already, under narcosis in the hospital, Jaime had confessed that he was the killer …
Was the crash deliberately contrived, a diabolical piece of sabotage, or was it cruelly fortuitous? Simon Drake—Miss Nielsen’s very personable and popular lawyer-detective—happens to be at the airport at the time of the crash, and notices that some surprising people have been awaiting the ill-fated plane: among them, a gangster boss and a millionaire playboy. He hastens to take his boat out into the bay, to help search for possible survivors, but all he manages to pick up is one piece of hand luggage—a cosmetics case which is identified as belonging to Sigrid Thorsen, a young starlet who was joining her fiancé at Los Angeles. And the severed key concealed in the case is the first of many clues in the extremely dangerous and complex adventure which invades Drake’s life.The mystery develops in many directions, and Drake finds himself and his friens more and more involved. In the background there is the hovering, enigmatic presence of the gangster boss. And from time to time a trio of utterly amoral hippies erupt into the narrative.As we approach the very tense climax, the plot grows darker and more deadly: Miss Nielsen has many surprises in reserve.
Young Marta Cornish was haunted by a heritage of buried scandal and dark desires. Her father—a composer of genius—had died violently and the sinister enigma of his death lingered, poisoning the lives of those who had loved and hated him.Suddenly, past anguish exploded into present terror: a shadowed figure walked, desperate to lay the ghost of Martin Cornish—at the price of his daughter’s life …
In a neatly handled story with a fresh setting, Helen Nielsen introduces Larry Willis, star salesman for an American farm equipment company, who earned a trip to Copenhagen for a business convention. With four days free before its opening, he wandered about in a lonely and bewildered state until a stranger addressed him as “MacDonald” and handing him a package containing three hundred dollars. From that moment on he was the busiest man in Copenhagen. He became the unwilling center of an intrigue that involved illegal smuggling of refugees from Russia, murder, and sundry other matters. In the end it netted him a whole new outlook on life, a girl, and a hero’s part in solving this fascinating puzzle.The characterization, atmosphere, and suspense give Helen Nielsen fans a full measure of her skill as a storyteller and offer the new reader an unexpected pleasure.
The filming of an American movie set on location in Greece becomes the stage for a far more sinister production in this unputdownable political suspense. Rich and famous movie directors like Harry Avery don’t ordinarily disappear—especially when on a routine flight in a private plane seeking location shots for another film. Yet why was Avery flying so close to the Albanian border? Why had his hitherto reliable plane crashed so unpredictably? And why—once the rescue party reached the spot in the Greek mountains—wasn’t his body found among the wreckage?Brad Smith, back in Los Angeles after active duty in Vietnam, is determined to find Avery. Brad has his own scores to settle with the millionaire director, for not only has Avery stolen some of his original TV scripts, written just before he left for the service, he has also stolen his girlfriend, the now famous actress, Rhona Avery.Upon arrival in Greece, Brad soon realizes that Avery’s ominous disappearance has far greater implication than he anticipated. Soon he is caught up in a dangerous web of plot and counterplot as eh discovers he is not alone in the manhunt: the beautiful actress he once loved seems to have more on her mind than wifely devotion in her frantic search; the CIA as well as the undercover agents of another world power are equally determined to find the missing director. And each, for different reasons, is desperate to track him down first.No one knows better than Helen Nielsen how to keep a complex plot going at a faster-than-the-eye-can-see pace. Danger, intrigue and the guessable conclusion—hallmarks of Miss Nielsen’s suspenses—are evidenced yet again.
The melody of death...Down at the edge of Mexican town, where the pavement gives out and the yellow dust drifts ankle deep over the hard packed adobe, a radio is moaning a dreamy beat into the night. It is the kind of music that needs two people, but only one is listening—a long legged blonde who keeps time to the music while brushing her glistening hair...She drops the brush and reaches for the tall glass that stands on the dressing table—and then she hesitates, peering into the blackness of the room beyond. There is no doubt about the sound...“Frank?” She stands up and moves through the doorway, the name still on her lips. And then she dies...horribly.
Caught behind rebel lines in New Orleans at the opening of the American Civil War, John Rawley and his crew “liberate” a ship they rechristen, the USS Lincoln and fight back towards their homes. Dubbed “river pirates” by the local authorities, Rawley and his crew pick up a small armada to disrupt river commerce and aid the Union cause. Scott Perry has crafted an accurate and detailed tale of war on the river during the American Civil War.
When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent. A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
Theatre headliner Trevor Rowland is at the peak of his career when disaster strikes. In one fell swoop, he loses his eyesight, his fame, and his boyfriend, who absconds with most of his money. Trevor must take on a flatmate, hardworking East Ender Jack Burrows, to afford the rent. Anger and bitterness have taken up residence in his heart—but Jack shines light into the shadowy corners with his relentlessly sunny disposition. Jack introduces Trevor to a local drag club and convinces him he can enjoy the stage again. Trevor’s defences slowly come down as Jack becomes much more than a barely tolerated roommate. But will Trevor’s fragile trust be destroyed when it appears he’s been manipulated yet again by a man he’s come to care for? Will he reclaim his life or crawl back into a shell of defeat? Trevor must learn to trust not only a man, but himself, once more.
With a shot at happiness in sight, it’s no time to drop the ball. A back condition ruined Ray’s basketball ambitions, but he wants one last opportunity to play before hanging up his sneakers. While volunteering as a coach at a special needs school in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, he meets Singaporean Xin, who works matching wealthy corporations with compatible charities. Xin helps the American navigate the local customs in order to see the smile Xin fell for at first sight, but Ray makes sure no one sees how hard it is for him to keep upright, let alone keep enjoying Vietnam and playing the sport he loves. When Ray’s back pain becomes too great to hide, Xin accommodates him in Ho Chi Minh and in Singapore—and in bed. Ray wants to imagine a future for them but fears he’s damaged goods, and Xin’s obligations in Asia aren’t easily forgotten. Ray won’t be another charity of Xin’s, especially when Xin also needs someone by his side. Their romance will be cut as short as Ray’s basketball dreams unless he can close the Pacific-sized distance between them.World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.
2nd EditionBeauty is only skin deep, but some marks—and what they represent—are impossible to escape. Eric resents his comfortable college life and the restrictions his family’s expectations put on him. Dwayne, his best friend Angel’s cousin, is a pierced and tattooed ex-con trying to rebuild his life. Eric sees only the tattoos and the way Dwayne’s upbringing have dictated his future. It takes a surprising revelation from Angel to force Eric to see past Dwayne’s defenses to the generous heart beneath and to realize it’s time for him to break free of his own instilled beliefs. The men can’t keep apart, and they gradually learn that everything they thought they knew about each other might be wrong. Opposites attract as two men from very different backgrounds move from enemies to lovers in a story of understanding, compassion, and redemption.First Edition published by Pink Petal Books, 2011.
Helva had been born human, but only her brain had been saved and implanted into the titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a human partner, to soar with her through the daring adventures and exhilarating escapades in space.
After the first human contact with the Siwannese ended in a mass suicide, the Terran government made a law that no further contact with sentient aliens would be allowed. But since their own planet was overcrowed, they looked to colonize Doona--until they found the Hrubbans. Their choice was simple but dangerous. They could kill the cat-like Hrubbans, or for the first time in history, learn to to coexist with an alien race....
Markham Grant knew he was sane. He knew he had seen a murder. But two days later he fell passionately in love with the woman who had been killed.Who was the man he had seen strangling her?Or was she going to be strangled?Doubt piled on doubt, question on question, as he blundered on alone, unable to gain the help of foreigners who thought him mad.Yet he had to know, he had to get answers. And he had to believe he was right—for that was the only way to save a life which had become very precious to him.
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