Mysterious Galaxy is happy to welcome back Thomas and Jo Perry for the release of The Bomb Maker, a high-stakes thriller about the LAPD bomb squad! When the bomb squad is targeted, former commander Dick Stahl is called in to help take down the master mind behind the attacks. Lee Child has described The Bomb Maker as having “plenty of irresistible momentum toward a fantastic climax – in other words, The Bomb Maker is typical Thomas Perry.”
Thomas has written 23 novels, including the Jane Whitefield series, The Butcher’s Boy, and Metzger’s Dog. He has won the Edgar Award, the Barry Award, and the Gumshoe award.
We will also be featuring Jo Perry’s Charlie and Rose series, unconventional mysteries featuring the murdered Charles Stone and his canine companion in the afterlife, Rose. Jo has also written episodic television, published articles, and poetry.
Thomas and Jo live in LA with their two rescue dogs and two rescue cats.
A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber's thoughts about you, his predictions of your behavior--a performance designed to fool you into making one fatally wrong move. In The Bomb Maker, Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry introduces us to the dark corners of a mind intent on transforming a simple machine into an act of murder--and to those committed to preventing that outcome at any cost.
A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences--half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds. The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Having just returned from a grueling job in Mexico, Stahl is reluctant to accept the offer, but senior technicians he had trained were among those killed. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl's team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb outside a gas station. It quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with the same mastermind behind the weapon that killed fourteen highly trained men and women barely twenty-four hours before--and that the intended target may be the Bomb Squad itself.
As the shadowy organization sponsoring this campaign of terror puts increasing pressure on the bomb maker, and Stahl becomes dangerously entangled with a member of his own team, the fuse on this high-stakes plot only burns faster. The Bomb Maker is Thomas Perry's biggest, most unstoppable thriller yet.
A woman opens fire on the North Hollywood Police Precinct and is almost immediately shot dead by the L.A.P.D. Another woman throws herself off the edge of Santa Monica Pier. One is suicide, one is art… Welcome to the world of Charlie & Rose, everyone’s favourite ghost detectives. Summoned once again from the afterlife, and cursed by death to only ever be on-lookers into the lives of the living, Charlie and his dog companion Rose do their best to protect the only woman Charlie has ever loved. Life, it seems, is much more complicated than death, and very quickly Charlie & Rose find themselves attempting to untangle a complicated and deadly web of suicide, art, drug gangs and the illegal sweat-shops of downtown Los Angeles.
To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter with a life of her own. But most sixty-year-old wid-owers don't have multiple drivers' licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Now, the toppling of a Middle Eastern government suddenly makes Dan Chase and the stunt he pulled thir-ty-five years ago as a young hotshot in army intelligence a priority again. Racing from New England to Chicago and further west, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to es-cape--and he will come face-to-face with an Afghan veteran-turned-agent who plays the game just as he once did.
"It's weird, unique, funny and sad all at the same time. An emotional read, but a bloody great story! I can't wait to read the follow up, Dead Is Best!" Charles Stone has just woken up dead. Well he's pretty sure he's dead, what with the bullet holes in his chest and all. He also appears to be totally alone in the after-life except for the ghostly dog who seems to be his new companion. Unable to interact with the world of the living other than watching and listening, he and the dead dog (whom he names Rose) have nothing to do and all the time in the world to do it. When Charles and Rose try to unravel the circumstances of Charles's death, they uncover a criminal who is raking in millions of dollars by cruelly exploiting, and sometimes killing, his victims. But what difference can a ghost make? And what does the damn dog have to do with any of this? "Perry's prose here is blunt, clean, simple and sharp. It's Charlie's voice, but it's also Philip Marlow, and, at times, the combination of direct language and surreality overlaying worlds unsaid makes this feel like a Noir novel by Sam Beckett."
"Jo Perry's novel got under my skin and just wouldn't turn me loose"
"Deep, dark edges that still somehow let in the light, which is in turn harsh and silvery and, as in one of the quotations, 'bonewhite...like death, behind all things.' I love this story- of redemption, of love, of connection- and I love this book."
"A wonderful, original, hilarious and brilliant book. I really enjoyed it. I think you'll like it very much indeed... A must read." Eric Idle Charlie and Rose are back in their much anticipated new adventure. Charlie's step daughter lies dying on a beach. She needs help. Some serious help. But how did she get there and what can on earth can a dead guy and his dead dog do? Plenty as it turns out. As Charlie & Rose ride to the rescue in their own unique way it soon becomes clear that the body on the beach was only the beginning.... "like a Noir novel by Sam Beckett"
"Weird, unique, funny and sad all at the same time. An emotional read, but a bloody great story"
"I loved it. It made me think. It made me laugh. What more could I want?"
"Smart, funny, original story. Oh, did I mention funny. Take it to the beach with you this summer"