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The Perfect Murder: Spine-chilling short stories for long summer nights

Spine-chilling short stories for long summer nights...

Featuring short stories from e-book bestsellers Paul Finch, Jacqui Rose and Mark Sennen and highly anticipated stories from Luca Veste and Michael Russell, this short story collection will have you up all night.

Each short story is followed up by exclusive extracts of each of the authors' upcoming titles.

Before Noon by Jacqui Rose: A nail-biting story that focuses on the events prior to a safe deposit robbery.

Time's Up by Luca Veste: Set in Liverpool a grisly tale of being lost and seeking redemption.

Him! by Paul Finch: The darkest things happen at night... A thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat from the #1 bestseller Paul Finch.

Wunderland by Mark Sennen: A chilling story based at a writer's retreat in the middle of nowhere.

The Puzzle Behind The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O'Bryan: A feature that looks at Laurence's fascination with conspiracy theories.

An Act Of Contrition by Michael Russell: when Donal Kerrigan is found dead and the man who shot him has admitted the murder, it seems likes a closed case. Yet, all is not as it first appears as Inspector David Gillespie soon discovers.

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Sample for FREE the first in the compelling, page-turning lieutenant Taylor Jackson series by award-winning J. T. Ellison.

'A taut, striking debut' says John Connolly.

'Terrific suspense, terrific twists' says Lee Child.

No, please don't.

Three simple little words.

No, please don't.

The words echoed through his brain as he sawed, their rhythm spurring his own.

The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene - the prior victim's severed hand. Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she's got a scoop that could break the case, but has no idea how close to this story she really is. Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson is following his bloody trail... of a killer who's begging to be caught.

He's watching.

He's waiting.

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Kill Me Again

Lee Coleman's a low life and a piece of dirty, but when his bodyguard shows up at Stone's office his cold blue eyes peering down a nickel plated 38 revolve Stone's drag into another case. When he finds, Coleman's dead he may be pursuing the wrong suspect.

Shallow Grave

When Stone is hired to pick up a jar of face cream from a Frenchman named Lorenzo Carlos, he thinks it's going to be a quick one thousand bucks, but faith has its own plans. Stone's life is threatened by a cosmetic company owner that has a soft voice but an itchy trigger finger, leading to an explosion that rocks the foundation of the case. All this for a jar of face cream? There's something wrong in Central City, and it's Stone's job to find out the truth.

Wishful Thinking

When a carnival employee hires Randall Stone to investigate his girlfriend, a girl is murdered in a fire accidentally blowing a secret wide open.

Cold Fury

When Stone meets a beautiful woman in the Lake View Bar, she shows him a clipping out of the Personal columns of the newspaper. An attorney wanted to know the whereabouts of Mary Patton, wife of the late, Ben Patton, who died seven years ago in the Philippine Islands. Mr. Patton left a legacy of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for his wife.

She hired Stone to claim her inheritance and he meet a man with his code of vigilante justice and Randall Stone's on the top of his list.

Die to Be Rich

When Stone's hired to pick up an envelope for Mellissa, it's supposed to be a simple case, but nothing is as it seems when you're a private eye. On the way back from the pickup, Stone is covered by two thugs that use him as a punching bag. Now Stone carries out his own brand of justice on the streets of Central City.

You're Going to Die Mr. Stone

When a Puerto Rican man walks into Stone's office and tells him; he's going to die Stone's asked to deliver a letter to the man who's trying to kill the Puerto Rican. A guy just released from prison named Tony Ramirez. And when two men are murdered, Stone tries to find the link between the dead men and lottery racket in the Northpark area.

It's Called Murder

Scott Braga has one wish, to talk to his son before he leaves Central City and has 12 hours before he goes. He hires Randall Stone to find his son on Fifth Street one of the most dangerous areas in town.

When a murder happens, Stone tries to identify the real culprit.

Sweet Letters of Death

When a man hoping to find a companion or even a soul mate gets taken for a considerable amount of money through a mail order bride he hires Randall Stone to get his money back. Stone races to expose them before it happens to someone else.

Tales of: Detective, Police Detective, Police, Murder, Investigation, Death, Violence, Blood, Shootout, Police Officer, Shot to Death, Corpse, Revenge, Fight, Gun, Murder Investigation, Gunfight, Husband Wife Relationship, Fistfight Neo Noir, Interrogation, Police Investigation, Deception Blood Splatter, Gangster, Beating, Murderer, Punched In the Face, Car Chase, Hostage, Arrest, Policeman, Kidnapping, Shot In The Back, Shot In The Head, Crime Investigation, Police Shootout, Murder Suspect, Police Officer Killed, Surveillance, Suspense, Police Chase, Crime Scene, Robbery Brutality, Psychopath, Serial Killer

The Last Convert - Hard Justice: A Lukas Novak Mystery Thriller (The HemiHelix Effect Series Book Book 1)

Lukas Novak's life has just taken a turn for the worst. His wife wants a divorce and Lukas has had enough of being the underdog. He promises himself to start over. There is just the matter of the death of his old family friend Tibor, and his funeral to be taken care of.

But all is not what it seems at Fairhaven care home, Tibor's last residence. With ten deaths in just as many weeks, superstitious inmate O'Daniel smells a rat. Lukas asks questions but is sidetracked by Fairhaven's mysterious councillor Eda Enigma, who believes in the paranormal in general and the transference of spirits in particular. Desperately seeking resolution in his own life and curious about her methods at Fairhaven Lukas enlists for a course of counseling.

Days later his research into a mysterious book with a call to invite his "Guardian Angel" into his life stretches Lukas's own sanity to its edge. His hidden vigilante streak seeks justice in this hard boiled crime novel. His search for the truth leads him high into the Alps to confront a shrouded, deadly secret.

This gritty crime thriller is book 1 of the HemiHelix Effect Series, featuring Lukas Novak, self-proclaimed investigative journalist and amateur sleuth.

In human psychology The HemiHelix Effect is the individual's realisation that one has the ability to double back on oneself, whatever the circumstances.

Murder On Gold Street: Murder Mystery Short Stories (Detective Steve Rickets Murder Mystery Short Stories Book 1)

Murder On Gold Street

Murder Mystery Short Stories

Wealthy and successful financial planner James Firth from the wealthy suburb of Carlton turns up murdered in the tough streets of inner city Collingwood. The investigation into his murder unearths a more than questionable lifestyle where it seems that everyone who knew him had a reason to see him dead.

Detectives Steve Rickets and his partner Detective Sarah Branson follow a trail of dead ends that lead them scratching their heads. Is it the disgruntled business partner, the angry and upset daughter, the woman who secretly loves him, of the crime figure he owes thousands to?

This classic who done it murder mystery will keep you guessing to the end. An unexpected twist will lead you right to the killer if you spot it. This short story of 12,000 words (appx) is ideal for lovers of hard boiled detective crime thrillers and murder mystery short stories.

Daughters

He looks for crimes that fall through the cracks, criminals who do horrible things to those who can't defend themselves and get away with it. His ex-wife was murdered years ago, but until a mysterious young woman magically appears at his apartment, he had no reason to find out who did it or why. Soon the two of them are traveling up and down the length of California in order to bring a killer - and maybe a couple of others who deserve it - to justice.

This short story features an early version of the character who became Logan, the urban vigilante antihero of "Logan's Young Guns."

"This guy is a hell of a writer" - Lee Child

The Dan Ames Reading Order: The Jack Reacher Cases, The John Rockne Mysteries, The Wallace Mack Thrillers, The Mary Cooper Mysteries, The Circuit Rider Westerns

A USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Read the complete Dan Ames Reading Series here. Plus, find out how you can win free books and more.

Included:

The JACK REACHER Cases

The John Rockne Mysteries

The Wallace Mack Thrillers

The Mary Cooper Mysteries

The Circuit Rider Westerns

and More!

Twisted Minds: A Stacy Green Mystery Thriller Sampler

For fans of Lisa Gardner, J.T. Ellison, and Erica Spindler!

#1 Amazon Bestselling author Stacy Green presents a sampler of her work!

Meet great characters, get invested in twisted plots, and become immersed in unique locations in this collection of samples.

Twisted Minds includes hefty samples from her bestselling Delta Crossroads Trilogy, as well as excerpts from ALL GOOD DEEDS (Lucy Kendall #1) and EXCLUSIVE excerpts to SEE THEM RUN (Lucy Kendall #2) and LIVING VICTIM (Delta Detectives #2). The Sampler also includes excerpts from Into the Devil's Underground and Welcome to Las Vegas.

"Stacy Green has the ability not only to allow the reader to see the scene, but also hear and smell it so there is a sense of total

immersion." --Bestselling Thriller Author Rachel Abbot

Copacabana: International Crime Noir: Liverpool - Rio de Janeiro

For Pete Murphy, early retirement is over. He's about to meet the ghosts of his past head-on. . . .

After retiring from the crime world, Pete Murphy relocates from Liverpool to Rio de Janeiro. Here he throws himself into the wild and sordid nightlife of Copacabana in an effort to forget that brutal murder which forced him into exile.

This self-destructive routine is interrupted by the arrival of John Mullan, a young petty thief who has long idolized Pete and is now on the run from associates back home. A situation further complicated by the ?2000,000 of stolen money which John has brought with him.

As the repercussions of this theft become ever more clear, the scene is set for an explosive showdown. In Copacabana . . .

Cold Dark Fear: Prequel to The Kensington Killers Series

A fast paced thriller with an ending you'll never see coming, Cold Dark Fear is the prequel novella to The Kensington Killers series. Grab this book before you go to bed -- Prepare to stay up all night to finish it!

In Brooklyn's wealthiest zip code, a beat cop responds to a B&E in progress that she expects will be as straightforward as they come. A vacant townhouse. An obvious point of entry. A reliable witness. But when the intruder attacks instead of making a run for it, Officer Danielle Foster has a split second realization: jewelry and silverware aren't the kind of big score he's after, and she'll have to claw her way out of this one if she wants to survive.

One bad night, one false move, that's all it takes to get pulled from duty, forced to relinquish badge and gun, a looming psychological evaluation destined to seal her fate. It doesn't take Danny long to understand that like the night gone wrong, nothing about this case is as it seems.

Reaching a breaking point of frustration, her anguish turns to anger... and she trades victimhood for vengeance.

Now, as she investigates alone and against the warning of the chief of police, the dirty secrets surrounding the case become all too clear, and Danny must risk her career, and life, to expose the face of true deception behind it all.

***Author's note: This book is the prequel novella to The Kensington Killers series and can be read as a stand-alone in under four hours.***

Full-length novels in The Kensington Killers series:

Lunatic

Crank

Maniac

Blood Magic: A Short Horror Story

When they found the first body, no one batted an eye.

That was par for the course in Skid Row. But something with these deaths was off. They were made to look like ritualistic suicides, like something supernatural. But I knew better. Besides, I don't believe in magic.

My name is Rick Danvers and I'm an undercover detective with Robbery Homicide. I've been embedded in this slum for a week now, and before the night is over, I'm gonna get to the bottom of the Skid Row Suicides.

Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri Mystery Thriller Sampler

LONG SAMPLES!!

USA Today Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI Presents Licensed to Thrill!

So many books, so little time, right? Which ones will you love?

Open this collection of hefty samples and enjoy great characters, mystery, suspense, thrills, a few laughs, and loads of atmosphere that will have you Thrilled to read more!

"Full of thrills and tension - but smart and human too."

Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers

Dear Friends,

It might be better if I didn't confess this right up front. But I thought you should know....

WARNING: Licensed to Thrill is a nefarious plot.

How so? We want to entice you to read more of my books the way chocolatiers ply me with irresistible morsels and wineries waft swoon-worthy samples under my nose. Like the famous potato chips, we hope you won't be able to stop after reading this collection of special gems not gathered anywhere else.

Fiendishly clever, isn't it? Exactly.

We need to give you enough to whet your appetite and draw you in, but not so much that you'll no longer be hungry for more. A fine line. Tricky. Challenging. Fun!

Here's what we selected for your reading pleasure in Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri Sampler

Fatal Enemy, featuring the new heroine I really love--Jess Kimball. A fiery woman, driven by her own past to fight for crime victims the justice system failed. Jess reminds me of Jack Reacher, only female, smaller, and nicer. Jess is alone in the world wherever she goes. But unlike Reacher, Jess's mission is one only she believes in and only she can complete. In Jess's shoes, could you do what she's done? I wonder....

Jess Kimball's story continues in the sample of Fatal Distraction, which opened as the Amazon #3 Bestselling Legal Thriller, behind John Grisham. What a thrill that was for me. (Why? Hang on -- I'm getting to that.)

Behind the Book scoop on my friendship with #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child who calls my work, "Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too." Lee gave the Hunt for Reacher series an enthusiastic two thumbs up: "Kim Otto is a great, great character. I love her!"

Don't Know Jack garnered #1 Amazon Bestseller spots on the Mystery, Hard-boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, and Legal Thriller lists both in the U.S. and U.K. The sample here should whet your appetite to find out what happens when two F.B.I. agents are tasked with the mysterious and confounding task of hunting Jack Reacher.

What does law have to do with justice? We lawyers are an odd bunch and the law is a very strange mixture of the best and the worst of times for heroes and villains alike in my Justice Series of witty legal suspense mysteries. All six of these are set in Florida, so if it's a bit cold where you are right now, take a little trip with me to the Sunshine State where things are a whole lot warmer. Readers and reviewers alike love this series, but when the mystery reviewers at Romantic Times awarded Wasted Justice their coveted "Top Pick" -- well, all I can say is what a rush!

Licensed to Thrill also includes an excerpt from Lee Child's Reacher Report sharing his views on Don't Know Jack; a humorous piece titled "Diane Capri Reveals Lee Child (not Jack Reacher?)"; and finally--remember what I said earlier about John Grisham?

What? I'm out of space? Yikes! Well, you'll just have to see for yourself!

Grab your copy now and start reading today!

Enjoy!

Diane Capri

More Raves!

"Expertise shines on every page."

Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning MWA Past President

Readers love Jess Kimball!

"Thrilling read! Makes you sit up and take notice. She knows how to keep readers reading. Capri has a way with words that's both captivating and compelling." C.B.

"Great stuff!" N.

"I was caught at the get go and sailed right through, holding my breath at the end." M.P.

Grab your copy now!

Tuesday's Child (Book 1 of Psychic Visions, a paranormal romantic suspense)

What she doesn't want...is exactly what he needs.



Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can't control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she's tapped into a killer--or rather, his victims. Each woman's murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?



Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam's visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam's visions have put her in the killer's line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand...and risk losing his heart in the process.



As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don't dare lose.

Length - 90,000 words.

Excerpt

Agony. Pain. Terror.

A voice whispered through the blackness of her mind, so odd, so different it caught her attention. She strained to hear the words.

"Let go. It's time to let go."

Sam stared through the flames, stunned. Let go of what? She couldn't hear over the roaring fire and could barely see, but knowing that someone was there stirred her survival instinct, and she fought with the seatbelt buckle jammed at her side. She was saved. Just another minute and they'd open the door and pull her free. She'd be fine.

"Please hurry," she cried out.

"Let go. You don't need to be in there. Let it all go, and come with me."

She peered through the golden orange windshield to see a strange male face peering at her through the flames.

He smiled.

"Come with me."

"I want to, damn it. Can't you see I'm trapped?" she screamed, her vocals crisping in the heat.

"Release yourself. Come with me. Say yes."

The pain hit a crescendo. She twisted against it, hearing her spine splinter. The car seat melted into her skin. So much pain, she couldn't breathe. Blackness crowded into her mind, blessed quiet, soothing darkness. She reached for it.

"Let it go. You don't need to go through this. Hurry."

She started. Why wasn't he opening the door or getting others to help? He should be trying to save her. Shouldn't he? Sam, so confused and so tired, she could barely feel the pain overtaking her body. Where had he gone? She tried to concentrate. His face was now only a vague outline that rippled with the heat waves. A soft smile played at the corner of his mouth. The flames burned around him, weird as they centered him in the warm glow. She wanted to be with him. To live.

"Here, take my hand."

Dazed and on the brink of death, Sam focused on the hand reaching for her. She struggled to raise the charred piece of flesh that had been her arm and reached out to grasp his.

She was free.

Overwhelmed, she turned to hug her savior, her head just reaching his shoulder. He stood beside her, the same radiant beaming look on his face. His blond hair glowed, and he had the brightest teeth. She sighed. This beautiful man pointed to her right arm. Confused, Sam glanced down at her burned arm, realizing she could feel none of her injuries. Just like her other one, her broken arm had miraculously healed - whole, smooth and soft. Her skin hadn't looked this good in ten years.

She spun around to find a massive fireball below. What the hell? She had to be dead. But instead of the horror or shock, she expected to feel, she felt good. In fact, she felt great. She turned to the ever-smiling stranger.

"Let's go sweetheart."

Sam didn't know why he'd called her that, but, honestly, she was so damned grateful to be out of the car, she let him get away with it.

Holding hands, they floated higher into the cloudless blue sky. Then when the crash site below had become a tiny speck, Sam felt a hard flick on her arm and the words, "Thanks, but I can take

Escape (a Jim Money Story Book 2)

Jim Money novella #2

In the previous story, Carla suspected her husband Steve was having an affair with Jim's girlfriend Jessica. She enlisted the help of Jim Money to discover the truth.

Sometimes, the truth can set you free

And sometimes...

The truth can have you RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE!

In Bon Appetit, Jim and Carla learned the true nature of Steve and Jessica's relationship.

NOW THEY'RE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES

The truth turned out to be more sick and more sinister than either Jim or Carla could have ever imagined. And now, with the truth in hand, the pair must run if they want to live to see another day.

THIS IS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF THE JIM MONEY STORIES

Here are the other stories in chronological order

Bon Appetit

Escape

On the Run

James

BUSTED: a Prequel to the Jim Money Stories

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Contains profanity, sexual innuendo, and explicit violence. If you purchase this book, I am not responsible for any subsequent vomiting, night sweats, or any offense taken to profanity, sexual innuendo, and explicit violence contained within this story. Read at your own risk!!!

Punishing A Good Deed (A James Anthony Fratino Series Book 1)

Overview of Punishing A Good Deed

"Money, morals, and scruples are what it comes down to; Go figure!" is what James Anthony Fratino tells his wife Annette as the reason to form their own investigation firm, Fratino Investigations, and go after the bad guys that are out to rip-off Jimmy's place of employment, Seven Rivers Casino for 'large money,' as streetwise Jimmy would say.

Jimmy and Annette Fratino live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, in the city of Port Angeles. Jimmy commutes to the small town of Sequim every day and has skyrocketed his way up from blackjack dealer, to pit boss, and is now being groomed for the next manager's position by his mentor and rabbi, Big Darryl Galuchia.

With hints at a somewhat colorful past that stretches from coast to coast, Jimmy has a secret; once a year he's a thief and he has to come clean with Annette when he needs her to help him escape from the closet he's trapped in. Jimmy overhears part of the bad guy's plans to electronically steal from his employer and when they put him in the hospital; in a coma along with multiple broken bones, Jimmy's out for justice in Punishing A Good Deed since no one plays in what Jimmy considers 'his' backyard.

What people have been saying...

"From spine chilling entertainment to nail biting suspense, you'll love this author and won't be able to get enough of him. The writing is flawless, gripping, and the voice is unique. I can't wait for another book from this talented author because this was one compelling and exciting read. 5 stars without a doubt!" ~Donna Johnson, a reader

"If you are looking for a good suspenseful mystery, with a touch of romance and with a strongly crafted main character this is the book to choose. James Fratino you need an office now with your name on a frosted glass window." ~Tessa Stokes, author The Seven Spell Saga and The Ruthin Trilogy

"The novel is well written with lots of humor and human interest, believable characters who appeal despite their failings, and a gripping plot line. Once you start reading this, you won't want to put it down. Five stars - highly recommended." ~Alex Le Soum, author of The Kolian Chronicles

"I like a book that can pull me in, a story with well-drawn characters who are very real and with a complex plot and with more than a little humor thrown in for good measure. Everetti's James Fratino is all this and more. If you get sucked in and find yourself reading into the late hours of the morning, don't say you haven't been warned. This book is fantastic and engrossing and very definitely a must read. Everetti most certainly delivers!" ~George Weir, author of The Bill Travis series

"The author really knows his characters and his territory - the Pacific Northwest - and ladles in plenty of humorous observations, while never slowing down the action. Everetti is a dexterous and exceedingly clever wordsmith: "Or maybe I just wasn't expecting the unexpected when it unexpectedly happened." Highly recommended." ~Mia Zabriskie, author of The Disturbing Effect of Moonlight

"The main character is well developed and believable, with a sense of humor that is unexpected. A page-turner from the beginning, with all the thrilling suspense you'll come to expect and receive throughout the book. A fantastic plot that's solid. Suspense that grips you and keeps you on the edge of your chair. What more can you ask for? I can't wait for this talented author's next book because this one was one wild ride! Definitely worth the read and all 5 stars." ~D. Walsh, a reader

"Donald Everetti's 1st novel in his James Anthony Fratino Series, PUNISHING A GOOD DEED, is a mystery/thriller must read. The mystery plot is good and the suspense doesn't disappoint. Download this great read now. From beginning to end; you won't be disappointed. The twists and turns this story takes guarantees a thrilling ride." ~G. Huckleberry

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Last Call (A Ridley Brone Mystery Book 1)

Running a karaoke bar is no way for an ex-PI to make a living.

Just ask Ridley Brone, a California private investigator who returns to his Michigan hometown when he inherits his estranged parents' multimillion dollar estate. The songs his mom and dad wrote made them rich, but their popular karaoke bar, the High Note, made them famous. Now Ridley owns a bar he doesn't have a clue how to manage, and his every effort seems only to further tarnish his parents' legacy.

But when Ridley's old high school love shows up asking for help, and her husband ends up murdered, the karaoke bar feels like vacation compared to the hard job of proving her innocence.

With hard-boiled twists like a Robert B. Parker mystery, and laugh-out-loud humor like a J.A. Konrath thriller, find out why indie review site, Big Al's Books and Pals, says of Last Call, "This is how a mystery should be plotted."

The Diane Capri Series Reading Order Checklist: The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Thrillers, Jess Kimball Thrillers, Judge Willa Carson Mysteries, Jenny Lane Thrillers, Jordan Fox Thrillers

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Diane Capri has sold more than a million books featuring various series characters. This complete bibliography contains all English Language Diane Capri fiction. It is a checklist for readers who want to make sure they don't miss a book or want to read in order.

It also includes links to all of Diane Capri's ebooks.

THE DOUBLE TROUBLE CAPER: A SAM HILL Hard-Boiled Short (SAM HILL PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR Book 1)

SAM HILL was a wise-cracking hard-boiled PI from 1950. He starred in his own comic, produced at the time by Archie Comics and Close-up Inc. (toothpaste). The character has since fallen into the public domain. The author takes creative liberties in drafting the tale, and made the character even more hard-boiled and wise cracking than when he appeared in the comic. SAM HILL makes a perfect edition to the Hard-Boiled Short series. Although, this first short is twice the length of the other shorts in the series. Its' still a short and not a novelette.

In this episode, Sam encounters a frigid sister, who hires him to tail her sister, because there is an inheritance at stake.

If you have enjoyed this Hard-Boiled Short, be sure to read the rest of the Hard-Boiled Shorts from Hard-Boiled Books.

Warned Off

fiction,

The Value of Life

Sandman

The Avenged (Book 1)

Chained Guilt

The Second Bat Guano War

Rats ate his baby daughter while he partied in a disco. Now Horace "Horse" Mann is a drugged-out expat teaching English to criminals in Lima, Peru. Oh, and doing the odd favor for the CIA. When his Agency contact, Pitt Watters, goes missing, Horse's desperate efforts to find his only friend lead him to a Buddhist ashram on the shores of Lake Titicaca. There Horse uncovers his friend's involvement with a group of Gaia-worshipping terrorists who want to kill off the human "disease" infecting the earth. Can Horse find his friend in time? And when he does-will he want to stop him?

Death's Door: A Palm Court Detectives Thriller

Elite combat veteran Jesse Yates is used to things being simple: find the enemy and kill him. But when his country opts out of the fight, Yates opts out of the military. Now he just wants to be a regular guy and fit back into society. But he's not a regular guy, and this is America, 2016, over-regulated and stressed out, where every act seems to involve a risky set of consequences. Jesse needs a job after quickly washing out as a trucker, and Palm Court Detectives can provide the two things he wants more than anything right now-a chance for the occasional thrill and a close-knit team like the ones he always had in the military. Yates could have picked a better first assignment than driving an 18-wheeler again to draw out hijackers, but he's not the kind of guy who questions his marching orders. Devotion to duty and supreme confidence soon put the rookie private eye in the middle of a turf war between hijackers who he likes, outlaw bikers who like him (or what he can do for them) and a drug cartel renegade with a severe Jesse Yates problem. He gets drawn into a toxic plot so fast and so deep that every move he makes is a crap shoot, based on pure instinct. When Yates finds himself once again at death's door but this time deeply involved in a plot with potential for massive civilian casualties, he's going to have to make one more precise decision and fall back hard on his extreme training and lethal skills. But in this fight, for the first time, Jesse Yates is on his own. Get on board at the beginning of this brand new crime thriller series, featuring the Palm Court Detectives, a skyrocketing new agency run by laicized Jesuit priest Ernie Donovan in a refashioned vintage motel in Mobile, Alabama.

Presumed Guilty

Homicide Detective Gideon Maguire's second partner has been murdered in less than a week. Now he must solve two murders and a child's kidnapping before he is arrested for a crime he didn't commit. A mob enforcer has a crisis of conscience and turns on his masters. When his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, he kidnaps a drug kingpin's daughter in an intricate plot for revenge. The kidnapping results in a series of attacks on registered sex offenders by gangsters hoping to find the girl and cash in on a huge reward. The incompetence of a mob boss's heir apparent results in palace intrigues to discredit the young man. Vigilante torture and murder, extrajudicial executions, rigged dogfights, teenage sexting, murder, fabricated evidence, predatory pedophiles and a transvestite chanteuse are all involved. Nobody is innocent. They are all presumed guilty. Absolutely loved the intricate plot twists ... The brutality and the grittiness that Cox was able to capture in some of these fascinating characters made for some excellent reading John J. Staughton This is an impressive reinforcement that Gino Cox is a man who knows how to write dialogue and pace an action story framed in the confines of the underworld. Grady Harp Wow.....this book was overflowing with action and memorable characters, the likes of which you rarely see in a thriller. Veritas Vincit "Bill" ... an engrossing mystery. The characters are memorable, and the dialogue is vibrant Joyce Dahlberg Will hold your attention David Swainbank What a great story. Well written. Really love this author. Looking for more from this author. David Swainbank ... wonderful writing and well thought out characters! Sierra Kleinon Great writing! George

Blind Overlook

Gray Ghost

Thread of Hope: The Joe Tyler Series, Book 1

If someone took your child, how soon would you stop looking for her? If someone accused your best friend of a terrible crime, when would you stop defending him?



Seven years after Joe Tyler's daughter Elizabeth was abducted, he hasn't stopped looking for answers, and he hasn't forgotten the friend who stood by him as he lost his wife, his home, and his career in his search. Now he's been brought back to San Diego by the news that this friend has been arrested for beating up a teenage girl - a girl not much older than Elizabeth would be now.



Joe is convinced Chuck Winslow is innocent, but Chuck is in a coma and can't explain what happened. And the more Joe hears about what Chuck's been up to in the years he's been gone, the less Joe recognizes his old friend. To find out the truth, he will have to face his ex-wife, his former bosses, and a hometown full of wealth, lies, and illicit privilege. When Chuck's accuser goes missing, Joe must decide where his loyalties truly lie.