Trade paperback. Detective John Duff is a detective with a difference. Using his knowledge of psychology, and an intricate network of carefully-placed informants, Duff manages to solve even the most... More > difficult and mysterious cases.
This collection of eight short stories, each one a unique case with a different angle, has earned a place in the highly-respected Queen’s Quorum as one of the major works in crime fiction.< Less
Inspired by vintage dime novels, Name Your Poison revises genre conventions to plant evidence at the scene of the crime: Modern American life.
Seen through the drunken eyes of Max Mitchum, private... More > detective, the book assembles a crass menagerie of losers, users, and abusers–topped off with a little Dewar’s. Investigating the alleged suicide of Angelina, the college-age daughter of the mysterious and sensual Cynthia Clarksdale, Mitchum gets distracted by whisky, Cynthia’s lips, Goth culture, lesbians, Star Trek fandom, a woman who smells like gasoline, whisky, a telemarketing box-salesman, quilting techniques, a guy named Johnny Pickles, expensive chocolate and whisky.
More likely to stumble across a pool of vomit than a pool of blood, Max Mitchum is a long way from the archetypal P.I., and Name Your Poison is a far cry from high art. In fact, it’s so far from highbrow, let’s call it a total dive.< Less
Seven questionable and long forgotten deaths in historical San Bernardino, California, offer clues to a shocking possibility that occult serial murder went undetected as such for nearly a century.... More > Through an esoteric based analysis of the odd facts and unanswered questions of the case, in order to determine a possible pattern in the mind of a killer, there is revealed an unexpected yet specific connection between all the known attacks by the legendary Zodiac Killer a half century later-- presented for the first time here. With figures like Aleister Crowley and Harry Houdini moving about the periphery and through the middle of the mystery, nothing may have been what it seems, and someone appears to have wanted it that way...< Less
When a priceless Van Gogh painting is stolen, it's insurance investigator Alexander Dean's job to retrieve it. Dean is partnered with the museum's head of security, Lindsey Derringer, a move that he... More > finds frustrating as well as challenging. It's an uneasy partnership that changes to one of mutual respect as the case progresses. The affair of the missing Van Gogh will have you guessing 'who dun it' all the way to the end!< Less
Max Thisbee, street rocker and out of work journalist, flies from L.A. to Colorado for the biggest free concert since Woodstock and to hang out with musician mates. Shaman's Pow Wow for World Peace... More > is Rocking the Rockies! But before Max can even unpack his typewriter and guitar, death crashes the concert. The ex-wife of Jonny Fey, glam rock's biggest star and concert headliner, is dead of an overdose. If the scene points to accident, why is it suddenly so deadly to ask, "What if it wasn't?" When Max's musician friend Angel does just that and disappears, Max and mates go looking for him and for answers while trying desperately not to get themselves or anyone else killed. Three murders, a lethal cut of heroin on the streets and a man insane with a gun. Will anyone there get out alive?
It's Death's gig now.< Less
Solving crimes is never easy, but for Detective-Sergeant Cassius Toledo it is also never boring.
Cassius Toledo always gets the interesting cases. And in a place like Berkeley interesting reaches a... More > whole new level. Eyes keep popping up in unusual places and it is his job to figure out why. He also has to find the rest of the corpse. Considering the unusual individuals that populate the Berkeley campus and surrounding areas- getting a straight answer may be the hardest part...< Less
It tells of the life of Don Scotsdon; from childhood to adult. His move to an isolated community far removed from the social processes of urbanization took part blame for impeding the personal... More > development of most of the locals. Life in the bush had its pleasures and gratifications, but his friends, and maybe he, suffered from a variety of personality and psychological disorders as a consequence of this setting. Consequently those friends induced a committal of ungodly evil upon a girl he knew. Don’s belief throughout life that cruelty was sinful put him in a quandary; walk away or avenge her murder. The only answer was revenge. Along the way he encountered many challenges as he took it upon himself to seek retribution; he became judge and jury. And the circumstances and events providing cause for a series of felonious executions left him in a lonesome world giving rise of chance to a situation of doom.< Less
Riveting and heartfelt with a haunting twist on the serial killer saga, The Lineman will appeal to fans of the film Silence of the Lambs and the novels of Stephen King and Gillian Flynn.
Along the... More > eastern seaboard women are being murdered -- each one electrocuted with a Taser and hung by electrical cord.
Meanwhile at the Jersey Shore, ER nurse Aubrey Styles is falling for Gil Post, a handsome but troubled power lineman. After their whirlwind marriage, damning evidence points to Gil as the serial killer.
Aubrey sets out to investigate the crimes on her own and clear Gil’s name. In the process, she discovers an inner strength and capacity to love unconditionally in the face of overwhelming fear. But can Aubrey survive the night once the killer is unmasked?
The Lineman. Nothing shocks like the truth.< Less
Six men bonded in infancy, growing up in a small South Carolina town, gather annually to celebrate their life histories, their common journey. Together with their wives, they experience a weekend on... More > a Caribbean island none of them will ever forget.< Less
This short novel was written in ten days on a dare. (You try it!) It is about a group of men and women who get together two by two for friendship and conversation. Things happen. A mysterious... More > death, a felony warrant. Set in Quartzsite with a side trip to Slab City and the Salton Sea it is by no means intended to be accurate about any thing in any way.< Less
Ethan is a cardio-thoracic surgeon who one day awakens to find himself the main suspect in a serial killer drama.
Whilst trying to prove his innocence his family is kidnapped by the real... More > killer...
Will Ethan be able to rescue his family before it's too late or will the real killer be able to rip their "Lives Apart"?< Less
First it appeared to an arson call, but after firefighters put out the blazing inferno that devoured James Lee Dimaggio's cabin it became clear that the fire was the least of everybody's worries. The... More > murdered bodies of Christina Anderson and her son Ethan were on the property. Christina had been bludgeoned to death, her throat slashed in a post-mortem act of savagery. Ethan had been partially cremated in the fiery blaze leaving the mystery: How did he die? It didn't take long before investigators realized that Anderson's teenage daughter was missing along with her father's best friend -- 40-year-old "Uncle Jim" DiMaggio.
The River of No Return details the moments of this case from the moment James DiMaggio's burning home was extinguished until the teen's latest media appearances as recently as October of 2013. This special re-release also contains some new details and at least one new chapter.< Less
In the heart of Washington, D.C. there is an ongoing conflict. It is simmering just below the surface most days, and periodically boils to the surface late at night with unexpected, often violent... More > outcomes. The conflicting personalities are as diverse in social background as they are in physical appearance: the historic blacks of the Shaw and Adams Morgan communities, and the "new gentry," most young, most white, many gay. The community's conversions are nearing completion, with the last generation of the historic residents unable to keep up with soaring property values, disappearing rental properties, and the continuation of gun- and drug-fueled violence which for so long has plagued these communities. But many are determined to hold on, and the younger ones, fueled by need, some by greed, and many by hatred, do what they feel is necessary to “get paid.”< Less
A friend in jeopardy, lives in danger and a broadening crime mystery bring Jason Bendix, his fiancee Julia, and their old friends, Wynton Fillmore and Dan Argenta, to a beach resort area to bring... More > justice and resolution to a baffling case with a multitude of suspects.< Less
Dan Pollock brings us his latest novel of sweeping action and suspense, set in the exotic, forbidding reaches of the Venezuelan jungle and savannas... a world both ravishing and filled with peril... More > from nature and from man. ORINOCO is a novel of high-voltage adventure and romance, ending in a deadly chase with a masterfully ironic and satisfying twist.< Less
"Hypothetically, I was wondering how you'd feel about working on the side of the good guys. On a purely contractual and highly erratic basis, mind you." Little did Simon suspect the... More > explosive consequences that would arise from his offer.
Because now Jeremy Archer has a double: another thief with skills and abilities eerily similar to Jeremy's own. When this mysterious double falls afoul of Simon and his team, Simon asks for Jeremy's help, because who better to catch Jeremy Archer than... Jeremy Archer?
If Jeremy Archer is anything, however, he's unpredictable--and there's more at stake here than Simon could have imagined. Because in the halls of the FBI 'double' has another meaning...
The second book in the Shadow of the Templar series, newly revised and updated for the trade paperback edition!< Less
Buried With Secrets takes place in the fictional town of WicksHaven, Arizona. The story is about five estranged friends: Tucker, Stacy, Richard, Jessica and Bianca. They are trying to survive their... More > last two years of high school after their friend, Lauren Valdez, dies in a car explosion. Things begin to get weird after Lauren's funeral, as they start to receive strange phone calls, text messages and notes from an unknown person. The stranger informs them that he is Lauren Valdez's Killer and that he killed her because she couldn't keep her mouth shut. At the end of the story, they all learn that they have to play by this stranger's rules or then it's game over.< Less