Our trio of mid-afternoon suspense authors bring a bit of paranoia, post-war noir, and Long Beach crime to the Galaxy. Author Chris Holm commented on the lawyer and former Department of Justice’s cybercrimes investigator’s adventure, "Snap your cell phone's SIM card in half, stuff a copy of Surveillance into your bug-out bag, and make sure you're not followed to your off-grid cabin in the woods, because Reece Hirsch's latest Chris Bruen novel ratchets up the paranoia something fierce." Multiple-award-nominee and recipient LA author Paul D. Marks’s latest is Vortex, a short sharp novel pitting returned Afghanistan war vet Zach Tanner against some homegrown enemies. A Cold and Broken Hallelujah is the latest in Tyler Dilts’ trio of novels about Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett, focusing on an investigation into the murder of a homeless man.
When former computer-crimes prosecutor Chris Bruen and retired hacktivist Zoey Doucet open their San Francisco law firm, it s the best day of their professional lives. That is, until their first client walks through the door.
Ian Ayres is an ethical hacker who was hired by a company to test the security of its online systems. On the job, he uncovered some highly classified information: the existence of a top-secret government surveillance agency and its Skeleton Key, a program that can break any form of encryption. Now Ayres is on the run. And after government agents descend on Chris and Zoey s office during their potential client s visit killing two employees they, too, are forced to flee for their lives.
From California to Ecuador to Mexico, the trio must try to evade a hired assassin, a bloodthirsty drug cartel, and their own government. But how can they escape an adversary that can access every phone call, every email, every video feed?
Vortex is a mystery crime thriller about an Afghanistan war vet returning to his hometown of Los Angeles only to find he faces more danger at home than he did in the war. Zach Tanner is on the run. He can run from the war, but he can't run from himself. Zach and his girlfriend, Jess, careen down Sunset Boulevard, trying to get away from a red Camaro that's hot on their tale. But it's hard to get away from your best friends, who think you've stolen their spoils of war.
On a sweltering September night, Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett is called to a grisly crime scene at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. A defenseless homeless man has been burned to death by three teenagers with gang ties. The suspects are already in custody, and the evidence is overwhelming--but when one suspect's brother is targeted for murder, Danny starts to think there may be more to this seemingly clear-cut case. Obsessed with discovering the true identity of the victim, a gentle vagrant who may have been hiding a tortured past, Danny and his team start to uncover a high-reaching conspiracy that puts them all at risk--and threatens to open new wounds that could cut even deeper than Danny's old ones.
When a powerful client summons him for a midnight meeting, lawyer Chris Bruen knows something is very wrong. Zapper, the world s most popular search engine, has been compromised and its most valuable asset search algorithms stolen. The company suspects that this most recent instance in a wave of high-tech crimes originated in China, and that the government itself is behind the systematic theft of US intellectual property.
Chris travels to China to search for evidence that will link the intrusion to the People s Liberation Army. With remote assistance from Zoey Doucet, the head of his firm s computer forensics lab and his maybe-girlfriend, Chris uncovers information that takes him even deeper into the shadowy world of cybercrime. Now he is trapped in a foreign land with a hard drive containing information that puts his life in jeopardy. In this secretive world of Big Data, Chris will risk everything to fight an elusive enemy as far-reaching as the Internet itself.
P.I. Duke Rogers finds himself in a racially charged situation. The case might have to wait... The immediate problem: getting out of South Central Los Angeles in one piece - during the 1992 "Rodney King" riots - and that's just the beginning of his problems.
Long Beach homicide detective Danny Beckett can t escape the pain. It s everywhere: in the injuries that earned him a year-long medical leave; in the suffering of every victim he s ever encountered; in the agony of his past. But he must keep the pain at bay to prove he still has what it takes to do the job. So it s only fitting that his first major case back is a gruesome one: a California congressman s daughter-in-law and grandchildren have been brutally murdered, and the carnage is some of the worst Danny s ever seen. Is it a mob hit? Political retribution? A random sex crime? Nothing quite adds up until Danny and his partner, Jennifer Tanaka, begin scratching at the surface of the congressman s picture-perfect family. Beneath the shiny, camera-ready veneer, Danny discovers a dark, twisted tale of suffering even as the pain of his own past threatens to derail the investigation.
Welcome to Los Angeles. The city that sleeps with one eye open. Enjoy the hot Santa Ana breeze while you sip your tequila. Take a stroll down Sunset Boulevard. Dip your toes in Echo Park lake. Walk down Raymond Chandler's mean streets. Meet your new neighbors: A rising star defense attorney with self doubts. A dinosaur LAPD detective resistant to change. A beat cop with anger control issues. A drifter who is easily led astray. And two brothers with extra bad luck. And of course, the city itself. The City of Angels. La-La Land. Los Angeles. A collection of 5 stories from the Mean Streets of Los Angeles by Shamus Award-Winning author Paul D. Marks.
Awake in the darkness, long after midnight, Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett is trying to keep his past at bay. Haunted by all the things he's lost - his wife, his family, his hope - he begins to investigate the brutal murder of Elizabeth Williams, a popular High School English teacher. Soon Danny begins to understand that apprehending the murderer is not just a case to solved, but an act of personal redemption.