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The Bomb Maker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802127488
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Published: Mysterious Press - January 2nd, 2018

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.


Dead is Good Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781974357116
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Published: Fahrenheit Press - August 9th, 2017

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.


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ISBN: 9780802127532
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Published: Mysterious Press - January 2nd, 2018

 

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.


Dead Is Better Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781537474007
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 20th, 2016

"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."


Dead Is Best Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781537491165
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 20th, 2016

"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"


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Worth Killing for (Julia Gooden Mystery #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496710963
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - March 27th, 2018

 

etroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden returns in a twisting, superbly assured new mystery, where a brutal murder and a father's sudden return may provide the answers she's spent decades searching for . . . or lead deep into a fatal trap.

 

The past never really leaves us. Crime reporter Julia Gooden sees proof of this every day in her stories. A dark childhood, a negligent parent, early abandonment--any one of them can seal a person's fate as either a villain or victim. Julia, who experienced all three, seems to have beaten the odds, finding happiness raising her two sons and a blossoming relationship with detective Raymond Navarro.

 

But now, after three decades of absence, Julia's conman father has resurfaced to throw her life into turmoil again. Julia was only seven when Duke Gooden abruptly left. Barely a month later, her nine-year-old brother, Ben, disappeared. Ben was her hero and protector, and though the case is cold, Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Duke's return offers vital clues--but it also makes her a target of those who intend to see Duke punished for his many sins.

 

When Julia investigates the death of a city councilman's young nephew, she finds links to a string of other murders . . . and to a web of greed and kidnapping that stretches back decades. At long last, Julia may be able to discover what happened to Ben all those years ago, but only if she's willing to risk everything in her present . . .


Duplicity (Julia Gooden Mystery #2) Cover Image
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Published: Pinnacle Books - December 26th, 2017

 

"Haseldine uses her experience as a crime reporter to bring authenticity to this exciting and gritty tale." --Kirkus Reviews 

Julia Gooden juggles different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers Detroit's grittiest stories while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished facade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace.

 

"Julia is ferociously bold and persistent in this action-packed, plot-driven mystery." --Booklist 

Julia's marriage is also a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner. He is about to bring the city's most devious criminal, Nick Rossi, to trial for drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But when a courthouse bomb claims several victims--including the prosecution's key witness--David is critically injured.

 

"Haseldine has a gift for atmosphere, setting, and suspense, and the many twists and turns will keep readers guessing." --Library Journal 

Though Julia is certain Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power runs high and wide. Her only choice is to follow a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives--including her children's--hang in the balance, and justice may come too late . . .


The Last Time She Saw Him (Julia Gooden Mystery #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780786038770
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Published: Pinnacle Books - February 28th, 2017

In Jane Haseldine's gripping and brilliantly crafted debut, a reporter searching for her kidnapped son must untangle the connection to her brother's long-ago disappearance. 
Julia Gooden remembers nothing about the worst night of her life. Thirty years ago, her nine-year-old brother Ben--the person who promised he would always protect her--was abducted from the room they shared. Try as she might to recall any clue or detail, there is a black hole where Julia's memories of that terrible event should be. 
Now a crime reporter at a Detroit newspaper, Julia tries to give others the closure she's never found. But guilt and grief over Ben's disappearance have left her fearful that whoever took her brother is going to come back. Nowhere seems safe--not the city, not the suburbs, not even the secluded lake town where she plans to raise her children. And then, on the anniversary of Ben's disappearance, Julia's worst fears are realized when her two-year-old son, Will, is snatched from his bed. 
Convinced that the crimes are related, Julia tries to piece together memories from her final day with Ben. Are the sudden reminders of her brother clues that will lead her to her son's abductor, or merely coincidence? Julia knows she has hours at best to find Will alive, but the deeper she digs, the more personal and terrifying the battle becomes, and an undying promise may be her only hope of saving herself and her son. 


What Happened to Flynn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780967606026
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Published: PMBook - December 27th, 2017

Shanisha Notfarg, known as Shane, a detective in the San Diego County Sheriff's office, is assigned the case of missing man Arthur Flynn in late 2008. It takes her seven years to discover what happened to Flynn, during which time she encounters thieves, forgers, money launderers and assassins. The discovery will surprise you.


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Girl Waits with Gun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544800830
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2016

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs.

Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family -- and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.


Gregg Hurwitz signs in San Diego

 

Join best-selling author Gregg Hurwitz as he continues to explore the question, "Who is Orphan X?" 

The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.

But he’s not merely a legend.

Hellbent: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250119179
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 30th, 2018

Evan Smoak--government assassin gone rogue--returns in Hellbent, an engrossing, unputdownable thriller from Gregg Hurwitz, the latest in his #1 international bestselling Orphan X series.

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

But this time, the voice on the other end is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him, the only father Evan has ever known. Secret government forces are busy trying to scrub the remaining assets and traces of the Orphan Program and they have finally tracked down Jack. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protege and recruit for the program.

But Evan isn't the only one after this last Orphan--the new head of the Orphan Program, Van Sciver, is mustering all the assets at his disposal to take out both Evan (Orphan X) and the target he is trying to protect.


The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250136473
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 31st, 2017

Evan Smoak, the assassin formerly known as Orphan X, has made plenty of deadly enemies in his time, both while working for the blackest of black government ops, and later as The Nowhere Man, utilizing his resources to rescue and avenge the deserving. His dedication to protective survival behavior means he leads a lonely solitary life by choice, but even the Nowhere Man can draw unwanted attention, with lethal consequences.  Gregg has received acclaim from diverse sources, including a SCIBA T. Jefferson Parker Award nomination, and consistently creates some of the best thrillers on our shelves.


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Orphan X (Evan Smoak #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250097200
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 1st, 2016

Fans of Gregg’s runs writing the Batman and Punisher comics now have an original semi-vigilante protagonist’s adventures to follow with Evan Smoak, also known as The Nowhere Man, or Orphan X. Evan was recruited in his youth to be trained as part of a blacker than black ops government assassin program; after leaving the secret program, he has committed his lethal skills to helping those in need pro bono. Readers are introduced to Evan as his carefully structured life begins to go haywire, both in his professional life as his current rescue scenario becomes much more fraught than anticipated, and his personal life, as he recognizes the limitations of his ability to interact with others in a normal fashion. Another high-octane high tech ride!

— Maryelizabeth


The Rains (Rains Brothers #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765382689
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Published: Tor Teen - October 17th, 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X and comics in the BatmanWolverine, and Punisher universes comes The Rains, a relentlessly thrilling adventure. A Hollywood screenwriter, developer, and producer (VThe Book of HenryBlack Flags), Gregg Hurwitz brings his cinematic flair to this suspenseful new tale.

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding.

Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen--and Patrick's birthday is only a few days away.

Determined to save Patrick's life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites--and what they find is horrifying. Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity's only hope for salvation.


Last Chance (Rains Brothers #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765382696
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Published: Tor Teen - October 17th, 2017

The Rain brothers fight for the survival of humanity in Last Chance, the thrilling sequel to New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz's YA debut, The Rains.

The New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz, returns to Creek's Cause to follow the Rains brothers as they fight an alien threat that has transformed everyone over the age of 18 into ferocious, zombie-like beings, in this thrilling sequel to The Rains.

Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity's only hope for salvation.

"The Rains is one of those all-too-creepy-and-believable stories that leaves you looking in your backyard for the next strange weed to poke through the ground. Chilling!"--Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author


Buy a Bullet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250141286
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 10th, 2016

The Nowhere Man is a figure shrouded in secrecy—a near legendary figure who helps those lucky few who are given the means to reach out to him.

Before he was the Nowhere Man, Evan Smoak was a highly trained government operative known to a few as Orphan X. This is the story of Smoak's first outing as the Nowhere Man, where after a gear run to Northern California, he happens to spot a young woman at a coffee shop. Brutalized and under the control of a very powerful, unscrupulous man, she knows her life is in danger if she doesn't escape. And the only person who can help her do that is a man with the background and skills of the Nowhere Man.


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Hang Time: A Greg Salem Mystery Cover Image
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Published: Rare Bird Books - January 16th, 2018

Touring in a band is murder. Or is it suicide? After narrowly surviving a hellish season with a murderous drug kingpin, Greg Salem and his sidekick/drummer are back at home in The Bay Cities. A tour looms for their infamous punk band, Bad Citizen Corporation, but first Salem & Associates must wrap up a jealous husband case tied to a cheating hip-hop bombshell. BCC plays a warm up show when a dead body turns up in their dressing room--the first of many during this ill-fated reunion.

 

The final book in the Greg Salem trilogy, Hang Time, brings together the colorful cast of characters from Bad Citizen CorporationGrizzly Season in a thrilling and atmospheric series finale fueled by sex, drugs, backstabbing band mates, cheating spouses and vicious cops. The non-stop action will keep readers dangling until the very end.


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Published: Down & Out Books - April 17th, 2017

Shayna Billups left Tommy Ruzzo and Seatown, Florida in smoking ruins before escaping to New Orleans. She's slinging rum drinks at a pirate-themed dive bar when a treasure map grabs her attention. All alone and thirsting for adventure, Shayna follows the clues to North Carolina where she assembles a band of drug-dealing pirates to wage war on a murderous mayor and his blood-thirsty biker gang. 
As the bodies pile up, Shayna wonders if Ruzzo will find her before she ends up in Davy Jones' Locker.


Velvet on a Tuesday Afternoon (Eddie Collins Mystery #3) Cover Image
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Published: Coffeetown Press - October 15th, 2017

Carla Rizzoli and PI Eddie Collins were once cast on the same TV show. He has never forgotten her. Now Carla needs Eddie to find her missing brother, who warned her in a note to "watch her back." Carla, now an exotic dancer, has a role in a B-movie, and Eddie is driven by more than a paycheck to protect her, no matter what the risks.


Red Desert (Eddie Collins Mystery #2) Cover Image
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Published: Coffeetown Press - September 15th, 2017

 Hollywood PI, sometime actor Eddie Collins receives an SOS from Mike Ford. His Oscar has been stolen during a home invasion and his girlfriend drowned in the swimming pool. Did she surprise the burglar? All the dots connect around a movie Ford directed and acted in: Red Desert. Is a person associated with the shoot harboring a deadly grudge?


Murder Unscripted (Eddie Collins Mystery #1) Cover Image
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Published: Coffeetown Press - September 15th, 2017

PI and part-time actor Eddie Collins is hired to investigate the death of his ex-wife, Elaine Weddington, on the set of her latest B-movie. As Eddie follows the trail of clues, he realizes how little he knew about his ex, who was surrounded by jealousy and intrigue. And now the killer wants him dead too.


Jeffrey Siger signs in San Diego

 

An Aegean April (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries #9) Cover Image
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - January 2nd, 2018

The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos as the world watches boatloads of refugees daily flee onto its shores from Turkey across the narrow Mytilini Strait.

Mihalis Volandes is one of Lesvos' elite, the patriarch of a storied shipping clan. He's weathered many changes in his long life, and when a government policy accelerates the surge of refugees onto his island, he rises to prominence in relief efforts he sees as growing increasingly ineffectual.

One evening, after working to stir up support for his breakthrough plan to strike at the heart of the lucrative refugee trafficking trade, he returns to his mansion in darkness - only to fall victim in his own garden to a swishing sword.

A refugee-turned-local-aid-worker is found at the scene, splattered with Volandes' blood, and swiftly arrested by island police. Case closed - or would be, if young Ali Sera were not working with SafePassage, an NGO (non-government organization), headed on Lesvos by American Dana McLaughlin. McLaughlin is having none of Ali's arrest. Within hours the phone rings in the Athens office of Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, and she's requesting that Kaldis take over the investigation.

Volandes was a prominent citizen and the crime particularly gruesome. Could it be terrorism or something else? But whether Ali is guilty or framed, Andreas can't ignore a powerful motive for the murder. Volandes' daring plan, if implemented, would soon shut down the cash-generating refugee-trafficking pipeline between Turkey and Lesvos.

And so, we're off on a nail-biting ride with Kaldis and his team through Byzantine island politics, deteriorating diplomatic relations, and a world on fire with intrigues and more brutal deaths.

This ninth Andreas Kaldis thriller once again links modern Greece to its ancient past, the powerful grip of myths upon its people, and cutting edge issues of societal change affecting our world at large.


Santorini Caesars (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mysteries #8) Cover Image
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 20th, 2016

When a young demonstrator is publicly singled out and assassinated by highly trained killers in the heart of protest-charged Athens, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis is convinced the killing was meant not to take out a target, but as a message. A message from whom? To whom? And why? Kaldis' search for answers leads him and his team to the breathtakingly beautiful island of Santorini, heralded in legend as the lost island of Atlantis, and to eavesdrop on a hush-hush gathering of Greece's top military leaders looking to come up with their own response to the overwhelming crises and uncertainties their country faces. Is it a coup d'etat, or something else? Greece is no stranger to violence upending duly elected governments and the answer is by no means clear. As suspects emerge and international intrigues evolve, the threat of another, far more dramatic assassination grows ever more likely-as does the realization that only Kaldis can stop it.


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A Voice from the Field: A Newberg Novel (Newberg Novels #2) Cover Image
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Published: Tor Books - January 3rd, 2017

Tia Suarez takes center stage in her own story, A Voice from the Field, a gripping thriller about human trafficking in the U.S.

Gunther Kane and his white supremacist group are using forced prostitution to finance the purchase of automatic weapons. Kane snatches young women off the streets and sells them to hundreds of men. When a victim is used up, she's killed and dumped. After all, there are always more where she came from.

Physically recovered from being shot but struggling with PTSD, Tia Suarez almost doesn't believe her eyes when she glimpses a Hispanic teenager bound and gagged in the back of Kane's van. The look of terror on the woman's face makes Tia desperate to rescue her.

Kane's in the crosshairs of the FBI, who don't want a small-town Wisconsin detective messing up their big gun bust.

Tia Suarez doesn't back down for anyone. Not the department shrink; not the feds who dismiss her; not even her boyfriend, a Marine veteran who thinks she doesn't know what she's getting into. Tia will find the missing teen come hell or high water.


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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2015

"Benefit of the Doubt" is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption.

Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords.

Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newburg-and Ben Sawyer-in his sights.


Private Universe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780998748207
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Published: Konstellation Press - March 5th, 2017

Vega has three serious problems: drug addiction, a destructive relationship, and the need to evade the police. Working on a cruise ship she travels through the Middle East and the Mediterranean experiencing danger, hardship and confusion. Along the way she also encounters great art and people from various cultures who help Vega find herself and her inner strength. Private Universe is a mystery and a coming-of-age novel.


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Hiroshima Boy Cover Image
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Published: Prospect Park Books - March 13th, 2018

LA gardener Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend's ashes to a relative on the tiny offshore island of Ninoshima, only to become embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy who was about the same age Mas was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945. The boy's death affects the elderly, often-curmudgeonly, always-reluctant sleuth, who cannot return home to Los Angeles until he finds a way to see justice served.


Sayonara Slam (Mas Arai Mysteries) Cover Image
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Published: Prospect Park Books - April 26th, 2016

At Dodger Stadium it s Japan vs. Korea in the World Baseball Classic, but before the first pitch is thrown, Mas Arai finds himself in the middle of a murder. Mysteries layer atop mysteries in this sixth in the award-winning series featuring the most unlikely of sleuths, an aging, widowed, not-exactly-communicative gardener from Altadena, California. 
Who is that unusual woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? And what were in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter s computerand did they hold secrets that led to his death? 
The more mysteries Mas uncovers, the deeper he gets drawn into a situation that soon grows dangerousincluding the danger of losing the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves. 
 


Grave on Grand Avenue (Officer Ellie Rush Mystery #2) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley Books - April 7th, 2015

Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patroling one of Los Angeles's premier concert halls. A few minutes later she's shocked to discover him lying at the bottom of a staircase, clinging to life and whispering something indecipherable. Nearby, the father of Xu, a Chinese classical musician superstar, claims Fuentes was knocked down while attempting to steal his son's multi-million dollar cello, a story Ellie has trouble believing. Meanwhile, Ellie has issues of her own to deal with, like the curious theft of her car, a 1969 Buick Skylark. But after the gardener takes his last breath and Xu mysteriously disappears, it's clear to Ellie that she must act quickly before someone else falls silent.


James Rollins signs in San Diego

 

The Demon Crown: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels #12) Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow - December 5th, 2017

A construction project beneath the National Mall unearths a terrifying secret dating back to the Civil War. It is a cache of bones preserved in amber and buried more than a century ago by a cabal of scientists to protect humankind. The scientists, led by Alexander Graham Bell, who helped found the Smithsonian Institution, were safeguarding a wonder like no other: the very secret of life after death. But this prize is linked to a horror from the ancient past, a horror that has remained dormant yet all too frighteningly alive in the marrow of those bones-and has now been freed again to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world.


The Seventh Plague: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels #11) Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow - August 22nd, 2017

Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archaeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, stumbles out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers that someone had begun to mummify the professor's body--while he was still alive.

When his remains are returned to London for further study, alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who performed the man's autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. It appears that Professor McCabe had vanished while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises:

Are those plagues starting again?

Then a mysterious group of assassins leaves behind a fiery wake of destruction and death, erasing all evidence. Sigma Force turns to the archaeologist's daughter, Jane McCabe, for help. She discovers a puzzling connection to a shocking historical mystery that involves the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Now Sigma Force must confront a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world's children . . . decimating humankind forever.


The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels #8) Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 21st, 2017

In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy--and a shocking image of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.

At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan. Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma set out to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the birth of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity.


Pamela Samuels Young signs in San Diego

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ISBN: 9781530528974
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 27th, 2017

 A Kid's Curiosity ... A Parent's Nightmare The award-winning author of Anybody's Daughter is back with an addictive courtroom drama that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile criminal justice system. Graylin Alexander is a model fourteen-year-old. When his adolescent curiosity gets the best of him, Graylin finds himself embroiled in a sexting scandal that threatens to ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman, the attorney hired to defend Graylin, is smart, confident and committed. She isn't thrilled, however, when ex-prosecutor Angela Evans joins Graylin's defense team. The two women instantly butt heads. Can they put aside their differences long enough to ensure Graylin gets justice? Unbeknownst to Angela, her boyfriend Dre is wrestling with his own drama. Someone from his past wants him dead. For Dre, his response is simple-kill or be killed.


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Published: Goldman House Publishing - October 27th, 2015

The scandalous Bliss Fenton makes her living my getting pregnant by wealthy men and demanding outrageously excessive child support payments. After one accused father sues her for fraud, the lawsuit turns from merely contentious to downright deadly!


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Published: Goldman House Publishing - October 30th, 2013

Thirteen-year-old Brianna Walker is ecstatic. She's about to sneak off to meet her first real boyfriend--a boyfriend she met on Facebook. But Brianna is in for a horrifying surprise because her boyfriend doesn't exist. Instead, she's hurled into the shocking underworld of human sex trafficking. Brianna's Uncle Dre, a man with his own criminal past, is not content to rely on police to bring his niece home. He scours the dark corners of Los Angeles determined to end this nightmare. The woman he loves, attorney Angela Evans, knows the dangers faced by sexually exploited children because she represents them. Angela lends both her moral support and professional resources, but Dre ultimately comes up with a daring plan of his own--one that puts many lives in danger, including his own. But will he find Brianna before it's too late?


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