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Murdering JonBenét By jameson
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Written by a peripheral character in the saga, this historically correct play based on the murder of JonBenet Ramsey reminds the audience of an unsolved mystery - and of the ever-present danger to... More > our families. Included in the book are some case documents.< Less
The Stone Throwers By Leanne Lippincott
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The year is 1957. The small town of Bountyville, Wisconsin, is known for its law-abiding, God-fearing folks. After a stranger from Texas moves to the peaceful community, all hell breaks loose. Police... More > Officer Hank Broadman has the daunting task of trying to untangle the growing web of tragic events. Are they merely accidents, or is a murdering madman on the prowl? Hank is determined to solve the mystery before more lives are destroyed.< Less
The Truth About Hannah White By Mason Pratt
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The body of Hannah White, a flirtatious seventeen-year-old, is found in a shallow grave outside a small town in Maine. There are no suspects and very little evidence. Still, game warden Sam Morse... More > searches for her killer with the help of his college chum, who’s making a reality TV show about the Maine Warden’s Service. Their trail leads them to Dynamite MacKenzie, a fearless female logger, who apparently recruited Hannah to join an eco-terrorist group called “Save the Forest.” Dynamite is the first lead Morse has had, so he’s not letting her out of his sight anytime soon. However, the better he gets to know her, the more he doubts she’s the killer. Carve out some time because you are not going to be able to put this down! The characters will feel like friends by the time you finish. —Dr. Jennifer Gray, Associate Professor of English, Director, Writing Center, College of Coastal Georgia< Less
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The Cracked Mirror By Joseph R. Freeman
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When you’re a street hustler, you always have your ear to the ground. And when the bodies of your clients and friends continue to pile up dead around you, this affects your bottom line and... More > cash flow. You want to find out what’s going on, that’s exactly what Paul does. He blackmails one of Los Angeles’ dirty cops for information about the case. The gruesome killer is known as the Falcon and in order to lure him in. Paul begins writing anonymous letters to the local newspaper. In turn, Paul receives mysterious phone calls—part tease, part threat. When the police apprehend the wrong suspect, Paul heads to Santa Barbara to continue his own investigation into the Falcon’s true identity. Eventually, Paul comes face to face with the Falcon’s sadistic violence and learns that their paths are somehow linked, maybe even by blood. Paul’s entire view on life begins to change. Will he find the Falcon and stop him, or will the Falcon stop him dead in his tracks.< Less
Murder At The Gala By Joshiah Warbaum
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Sometimes, just when you think your life can't get any better, life throws you a bit of a curve ball. As the guest of honor at this year's Brookfield Gala, you feel like you're on top of the world,... More > but the annual event at the Hotel Chalet is off to a rocky start, to say the least, when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the banquet hall. As a distinguished guest, you're one of the prime suspects in their murder, and only your wit and the choices you make can keep you from jail, the hospital, or even an early grave... Will you survive your stay at the Hotel Chalet?< Less
Shot to Pieces: A Novel By Michael O'Keefe
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SHOT TO PIECES is the story of NYPD 1st Grade Detective Padraig Joseph Durr. Durr is tasked with solving a particularly grisly gang related homicide in Brooklyn. When Paddy catches the squeal, he is... More > also on the verge of an emotional and psychological breakdown. Because of his penchant for self-destruction, fueled by a childhood of abuse and sexual exploitation, coupled with an ingrained sense of worthlessness and abandonment, Durr has brought his entire life to the brink of ruin. Can he hold it together long enough to solve this murder? Can he fix himself enough to be re-united with the one true love of his life and his family? Or will he implode, irrevocably destroying his career, his family and himself?< Less
Code Name: Wanderer By J. H. Sanderson
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It has been four years since the Roadhouse Sons disbanded. The popular rock group once not only entertained audiences, but also worked with the FBI to monitor illegal activities on the club circuit.... More > Now their former front man and drummer turned FBI agents have just agreed to reunite the band for a tour in Cold War Germany. Unfortunately the tour is not all it seems as the band is taken behind the Iron Curtain. When they encounter a KGB agent who wishes to defect, the glamour of the tour quickly fades as they are plunged into intrigue and murder. The band and their former professional wrestler turned roadie attempt to stay one step ahead of a killer by doing everything in their power to help the defector—who can either win the war for America—or cause nuclear annihilation. In this espionage thriller, a rock-and-roll band reunites for a tour during the Cold War that takes them into East Berlin where they must help a defector before nuclear war breaks out.< Less
Mafia Princess and White Feather By Sheila Chandler
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Arabella Marcello is the daughter of Carmin Marcello, one of the Heads of Family, from the Sicilian Mafia Clan. As the only girl in all three clans; she is known as the Mafia Princess. She may be... More > called Princess but she is far from the fairytale kind. At almost sixteen, Arabella is lethal and deathly as much as she is sweet and kind. She has a gift of getting what she wants: She can make you thank her for ending your torture. But will it save her? How far would you go to protect the ones you love? How many people will you let die before you start asking questions? White Feather has taken the last person from Arabella. She will fight back with the help of her family. But at what cost? And what will be left standing at the end?< Less
Freight Car By Jeffrey G. Kelly
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Jeff Kelly is a major writer of crime and adventure novels using the Adirondack Region as a backdrop. His works include ADIRONDACK HEIST and the award-winning TAILINGS. With FREIGHT CAR & OTHER... More > STORIES we find Kelly’s use of the short story as both exciting and effective. This book is a major addition to the Kelly Literary Collection.< Less
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Pat Savage: Six Scarlet Scorpions By Will Murray, Lester Dent, Kenneth Robeson
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Patricia Savage is Doc Savage's cousin and only living relative. Born in British Columbia, she came to New York City in 1934 after the death of her father and opened up a beauty salon on Park Avenue.... More > But her real goal was to join Doc Savage’s intrepid crew of adventurers. Sometimes Pat succeeded, but usually the Man of Bronze kept her out of his exploits. But the tawny tigress never stopped trying. Nicknamed “Tarzana” by her editor, Pat was the inspiration for Superman's cousin Supergirl, who debuted 1959. Armed with her grandfather’s frontier Colt revolver, Pat finally strikes out on her own in a new series of exploits set in the 1930s and ’40s.< Less
An Old-Fashioned Hanging: A Hallum Johnson Adirondack Mystery By Richard H. Nilsen
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The flies were the first thing that would have caught my attention. The drooping, sagging mass of flesh and the smell of urine and the bowels having let go were right up there in sensory overload,... More > but the buzzing blue and green shining flies all over the body signaled there was no going back for this dude. From doing suicide on-call for more than a decade, I’ve seen my share of “successful” attempts. There are no pretty stories to tell. Even though I came upon the scene after the fact, long after as a matter of fact, even though the photos I eventually saw were black and whites in a sheriff’s file, I had seen enough of the real thing to be able, no matter how hard I tried not to, to see the body gently swaying in the tepid breeze from a tree limb like some very bad, rotten fruit. Question was: Did Bobby Banks climb a tree and let go, or did he have a little help? That’s what I was being paid to find out.< Less
Oceanic By K.J. Morgan
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James Jameson is an ambitious investment banker at Heritage Pacific Bank; an investment house with a reputation for backing high risk, cutting edge opportunities. When a start-up company calling... More > itself Oceanic approaches Heritage with a concept its inventors claim will end world hunger and reverse climate change, Jameson is not convinced. But when the entire project becomes his responsibility, Jameson finds his career may depend on the success of a very risky venture. In charge of a team conducting investigations into the potential of Oceanic, Jameson is sent to the sleepy town of Collins Cove to review the business, and discovers that life away from the city is not all bad. However, as the details of Oceanic’s technology both amaze and disturb Jameson, his investigations lead him from biotech into the murky world of financial crime, and a discovery which could be a chance for humanity to help itself and the planet.< Less
Road to the Innocent By Lee McCarthy
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Cassie Fletcher is a rising nature photographer who has left everything behind and moved with her horses and dog to a ranch in Arizona to take advantage of the beautiful landscape. But everything... More > changes the day Cassie witnesses a horrific crime and captures the moment on film. When she is spotted by the perpetrators, a deadly pursuit follows. On a desperate run for her life, Cassie crosses the dangerous open range to find help and avoid capture by Mexican coyote, Chaco Gonzales. Cassie soon finds an unexpected protector in an old Navajo who attempts to lead her to the authorities and her parents. But when her parents fall into the clutches of the killers, Cassie’s only hope is in a United States marshal plagued by his past. Now Cassie must risk everything to save her parents and find her destiny in untamed territory tainted by evil. In this gripping tale, a photographer embarks on a perilous quest for help after she witnesses a shocking crime in the Arizona desert.< Less
The Triflers By Mumkey Jones
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Mario Quintanilla is ready to die, and he plans to go out in a blaze of glory. It'll be a school shooting for the record books, his "Bloody Monday." "The Triflers" is the story of... More > a young man's rampage told from three perspectives: The killer's, his best friend's, and a popular jock's. This is the debut novel of YouTube satirist Mumkey Jones.< Less
The Poughkeepsie Mystery By James Bennett
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A story of buried treasure—a map—hidden coded messages—a secret society—kidnapping—murder—danger! This suspenseful thriller is set in Poughkeepsie, NY where Kari... More > Ingram, a young teacher, discovers an antique scrapbook of drawings that contains hidden clues to the location of a legendary treasure. She must decipher coded messages, follow clues which lead her to numerous locations in and around the city, and thwart the efforts of a secret society that is pledged to stop her as she risks her safety searching for the hidden treasure. Several noteworthy people and historical sites are mentioned in this novel including Adriance Library, Amrita Club, Bardavon Theater, College Hill, Eastman Park, Hudson River State Hospital, Marist College, Poughkeepsie Post Office (murals), Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, FDR, the Seer of Poughkeepsie, Smith Brothers, Soldiers Memorial Fountain, Vassar College, Walkway Over the Hudson. Included are discount coupons to local businesses, many of which are mentioned in the story.< Less
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Obsessica By Martin Harris
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Eric Younger tells the story of his boyhood infatuation with a friend’s older sister, Jessica. An unexpected sequence of events finds Eric being suddenly enlisted by Jessica to help to solve a... More > mystery, providing Eric a distraction from his parents’ impending divorce and a chance to get to know Jessica and her strangely obsessive ways.< Less
Lateral Hazard By Dave Saari
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Samantha Williamson is taking a respite from her quest to become a star on the LPGA Tour, with a stint as an Assistant Professional at the Snake River Golf Club. She has the talent and the will to... More > make it on tour, but an unexpected distraction – the handsome Snake River Pro – throws a monkey wrench into the works. Little did she know that her estranged father is the club chairman, or that his beautiful trophy wife would end up dead. When the Sheriff can’t solve her stepmother’s murder, Sam decides to investigate on her own, leading to disastrous consequences. This is a tale of lust, infidelity, blackmail, murder, revenge – and the redemptive power of love.< Less
I Am Zombie: The Enoch Chronicles By G.D. Kessler
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When Mickey Trudeux, San Francisco Homicide Detective, finds out his identical twin brother Jaxs is dead, he decides to leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of finding the killers and bringing them... More > to justice. The trail seems cold but after all, he is a homicide cop. So he does what he does best and follows the evidence. The clues lead him to a fate unknown by any man, and on an unbelievable journey. His pursuit of justice and truth will take him to other dimensions of reality and into spiritual warfare the likes he has never experienced before. And all the while God is in the background engineering the outcome.< Less
Swarm By Guy Garcia
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In this fast-paced high-tech thriller, Austin-based hacktivst Tom Ayana is already an infamous flash-mob impresario known as “Swarm” when experimental software code is leaked to him from... More > the Defense Department. Tom’s enhanced neuro-abilities and his encounter with the shadowy Meta Militia propel his online alter ego into becoming “the elusive alpha that controls the hive mind” with transformative and potentially lethal effects. As Swarm pursues his quest to jumpstart the next phase of human evolution, he becomes the target for Jack Duggan—a Homeland Security cyber-investigator with a reputation for going rogue. Duggan risks his career to untangle a web of corruption and betrayal that reaches from a military atrocity in Afghanistan and an Edenic video game virtual world to the highest echelons of U.S. government. Duggan soon enlists biologist Cara Park to help him stop Swarm before he ignites a crowd-sourced insurrection with the power to shatter the status quo and rewrite the rules of democracy.< Less
Dead on the Road: A Molly Tinker Mystery By Misty Reddington
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In Dead on the Road, Molly becomes an official cop helping her policeman husband hunt down a hit-and-run killer. At first, she thinks that the mayor of her small New England town was killed by a... More > drunk driver. But soon, it becomes apparent that the mayor isn’t such a nice guy. He leaves behind a mobster, a spurned lover, and a disgruntled wife. Molly uses her reason and instinct to bring the killer to justice with a night in jail and a love affair along the way.< Less
The Cruise Ship Serial Killer By James M. Glass
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The drug addicted mother gave birth to the future killer in a back alley on skid row. The mother wanted to throw him in the dumpster, but a friend interceded by wrapping the baby in an old rag and... More > pacing him on the top step of the church. The baby grew up in the orphanage where the Nuns discovered he had a brilliant mind and a uncanny gift of being able to duplicate any great artist. What they didn’t discover is his lack of compassion and his fascination with death. He honed the skills of a killer during his period in the orphanage. He went on to become a serial killer where he took his vacations on the luxurious cruise ship Ellen Jean.< Less
Diary of a Robot By Lewis Jenkins
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Robotics Law One: "Do no harm to people or property." Intelligent machines have a problem: What’s harm? Dr. Maynard Little thinks he may have solved it. He designs the ultimate... More > robotic testing machine for his company’s products. It reads English product specifications, builds test suites from them, and finally speaks English well enough so people don't laugh or misunderstand. But then they order it around. To do no harm it tests people to find out whom it can trust about what. Things get dicey. The turning point is Sylvia Robinson’s TV round-table discussion where the machine upsets everyone except perhaps the French. Dr. Little—under pressure from Chairman Bozworth to make money with it—takes steps to make the machine more marketable and less controversial. These efforts succeed except that Doc hadn't tested his fix, which later creates new problems. And other interests want to exploit or control—or steal—the TM tech. So why does Doc Little wake up in a prison that looks like a sitting room?< Less