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Fatal Starts: Two Gripping Jess Kimball Thrillers with Heart Pounding Suspense to Keep You Awake All Night (The Jess Kimball Thrillers Series Book 11)

Bestselling JESS KIMBALL SUSPENSE THRILLER SERIES Begins Here. Special Edition. Special Price. Limited time. From award-winning New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI in this special combined edition of the first novel and first novella in the highly addictive Jess Kimball Thrillers Series.

Introducing Jess Kimball, the relentless heroine you'll really love. Jess is on a mission only she believes in, only she can complete. Her son was stolen. She wants him back. While she searches, she's on your side.

Jess is a fiery woman, driven by her own past to fight for crime victims the justice system has failed. How can she win against killers who refuse to follow the rules?

Fatal Enemy - Jess Kimball hadn't been in the same room with Richard Martin for more than a dozen years. Worse things than Richard had happened to her since she'd seen him last. He'd find out soon enough that she wasn't a gullible sixteen-year-old anymore. She was his enemy now and he was hers, whether he knew it or not.

Jess decided long ago she would never yield to him again. Richard Martin would make his choice tonight. Would they become fatal enemies? In this tense battle of nerve and guile, who will survive?

Fatal Distraction - Three years ago, beloved Florida Governor Helen Sullivan's world shattered when her only son died in a senseless car crash, killing his best friend, too. Helen quickly discovered Eric's crash was no accident and lured the killer to her son's funeral to be caught. When the shooting ceased in the small country church, Helen believed her nightmare was over. Instead, she'd unwittingly escalated her duel with a cunning and patient assassin.

Now, investigative journalist Jess Kimball is driven to find the horrifying truth. Is the Central Florida Child Killer guilty? Or is the real killer still out there? Helen and Jess together face the determined killer in a pitched battle of wit and nerve. Who will survive?

For fans of Greg Iles, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, Jack Reacher, John Grisham, and James Patterson's Women's Murder Club

"Full of thrills and tension - but smart and human too." -- Lee Child, #1 World Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers

"Expertise shines on every page." -- Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning MWA Past President

"Relentlessly determined to bring justice to an unjust world, Jess Kimball is like a female Jack Reacher, only nicer!" -- Martha Powers, award winning author of Conspiracy of Silence and Death Angel

Readers Love Jess Kimball and Clamor for More!

"Smart, fast-paced, personal and, dare I say, thrilling. It's the kind of "this could happen to me" thrill that really chills me to the bone if I think about it too much. I could not put this book down until I found out if everything was going to turn out okay. Does it? Well you'll have to read it and see!"

"Highly recommend-- kept me on the edge of my seat and I had a hard time putting it down-- Great characters and storyline-- can only hope Diane Capri will make a series out of Jess and Helen-- I do want more!"

Start reading now with this special price for a limited time on the first Jess Kimball Thrillers and you'll be hooked by the twists and turns, emotion and heart. You'll read all night. But lock the doors first. These books are nail biters.

TakeOut: The Prequel (A Sonoma Wine Country Cozy Mystery Book 1)

After her best friend's funeral, Emma's daughter wants her to move to Blissburg to be near her family. At first, Emma is sure that nothing can convince her to leave her job, sacrifice her independence and abandon San Francisco to move to Northern California's newest wine country pop-up paradise. Then the managing partner of Emma's law firm is found dead in the Grott Building and Emma finds herself a prime suspect in the murder. Emma has to clear her name fast. Will the secrets and scandals she discovers hidden within the creepy old office building's walls convince Emma that a wine country pop-up paradise might not be so bad after all?

The Innocent: A Coroner Jenny Cooper Crime Short

An exclusive free edition of this gripping short crime story featuring Coroner Jenny Cooper, from the double CWA Gold Dagger shortlisted author of The Coroner.

When Coroner Jenny Cooper crashes her car one bright September morning, she finds her mind propelled back to the past . . .

Ten years ago Jenny Cooper, a burned out family lawyer, finds herself embroiled in the most difficult of cases when a fourteen year old girl in her care is killed, falling under a train. It seems both the girl's family and the authorities are determined to prove Jenny responsible. But what is the real truth behind Natasha's tragic death?

A gripping, moving short court-room drama, perfect for fans of Lynda La Plante, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Peter James and Denise Mina, The Innocent is a fantastic introduction to M. R. Hall's Coroner Jenny Cooper crime series.

Praise for M. R. Hall's Coroner Jenny Cooper series:

'Fasten your seatbelts for a quality thriller . . . Hall's Gold Dagger-nominated books, quite simply, get better each time...wonderful stuff, chillingly plausible' Independent on Sunday

'An edge-of-the-seat thriller' Irish Independent

'Ed McBain semi-inaugurated the forensics genre, but Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs parleyed his innovations into stratospheric sales. But the field has not become an exclusively female sorority - or an American domain. A highly talented male writer has offered a challenge...' Independent

'It's a terrific series, meticulously researched, sharply plotted and peopled with sympathetic characters, led by Cooper, who is always aware of the human consequences of failure' Financial Times

'A hypnotic piece of work' Barry Forshaw, Independent Best Books for Christmas feature

'Hall shows with aplomb that a coroner is just as able to become a detective as the forensic pathologists of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs' Sunday Times

'Intelligent and intricate, and grips from the beginning to end' Woman & Home

'An excellent and compelling detective drama' Daily Mail

'This big, well-executed debut novel by screenwriter and producer MR Hall has meaty characters and a chewy plot in the Lynda La Plante style' The Guardian

'A brilliant, original and gripping crime novel - I can't wait for MR Hall's next one!' Sophie Hannah

Guilt by Association

Jayson Cook is reaping the rewards of a flourishing law practice in Boston. However, his comfortable life is turned upside down after he agrees to represent Brian Stone, a white supremacist charged with planting a bomb that destroyed an inner city church, killing a twelve-year-old black girl.

Jayson believes an ethical lawyer provides his client with a vigorous defense no matter the crime, and Brian Stone is no exception. His efforts to free Stone garner strong opposition not only from a highly successful prosecutor and the local black community, but even from his own wife. Adding to his problems, a young, seductive woman from his past returns to capitalize on an error in judgment he made years before; an error if made public, could cost him his license to practice law and his family.

The Retainer

The Retainer is an intriguing tale of betrayal, blackmail and lust set in 1970s London when life was more innocent - or was it?

It's 1972 and Geoff Wilkinson, a Watford solicitor, leads a mundane life. Still living with his mother and working for a measly wage he feels trapped in a life that he never wanted to lead, that is until Jack Shepherd walked into his office. Shepherd, a rogue, a pro of the criminal underworld, offers Geoff ?1000 to become his retainer. In Shepherd he sees a glimpse of the freedom he craves which is compacted when he runs across his childhood friend, Tom, a pot dealing hippy that resides on a barge. Geoff finds himself questioning his life. Feeling unsettled and confused, he receives a 2am phone call and is summoned to Aylesbury police station on Jack Shepherd's behalf.

"He was impressed by the unruffled calm of the man and his apparent mastery of the situation. A professional indeed."

Geoff suddenly finds himself not only trapped in his profession, but by Jack Shepherd. Guilty of taking dirty money and lying to the police, Geoff finds his life and business now at the mercy of Jack Shepherd. Geoff finds himself sliding deeper and deeper into the darkness of the criminal underworld.

"Now thanks to his own stupidity, he had slipped into a worse position of not just familiarity but downright criminality."

Can Geoff Wilkinson, a man who has spent his career upholding the law and looking down on those of his profession that fall into the criminal classes, survive the trap that his own naivety and rash actions have created for himself?

Where There's Smoke: Charlie Walden's First Case (Walden of Bermondsey)

Meet Judge Charlie Walden in the first case of six from the novel, Walden of Bermondsey.

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When Charlie Walden took on the job of Resident Judge of the Bermondsey Crown Court, he was hoping for a quiet life. But he soon finds himself struggling to keep the peace between three feisty fellow judges who have very different views about how to do their job, and about how Charlie should do his.

And as if that's not enough, there's the endless battle against the 'Grey Smoothies', the humourless grey-suited civil servants who seem determined to drown Charlie in paperwork and strip the court of its last vestiges of civilisation.

No hope of a quiet life then for Charlie, and there are times when his real job - trying the challenging criminal cases that come before him - actually seems like light relief.

If you like Rumpole of the Bailey, you'll love Walden of Bermondsey

Praise for Walden of Bermondsey

'No one writes with more wit, warmth and insight about the law and its practitioners than Peter Murphy. He has no equal since the great John 'Rumpole' Mortimer' - David Ambrose

'Though his exasperation is sometimes palpable, what triumphs over everything is his sense of humour. And it is the humour that makes Walden of Bermondsey such a delightful read. Think of him as what Rumpole would be like if he ever became a judge, and you get some idea of his self-deprecating wit and indomitable stoicism. Add a dash of Henry Cecil for his situation and AP Herbert for the fun he has with the law, and you get a sense of Peter's literary precedents' - Paul Magrath

The Jury Has Spoken (A Legal Thriller Short Story)

In this legal thriller short story, a group of criminal justice practitioners gamble on the jury's verdict. The dramatic ending will shock readers...

PRAISE FOR R. BARRI FLOWERS:

"A police procedure of the highest order, mixing equal parts Sue Grafton and Jeffrey Deaver with a sprinkling of Patricia Cornwall at her best MURDER IN MAUI is Hawaii 5-0 sharpened to a dark edge beneath the brilliant sunshine." -- Jon Land, internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of Strong Justice on MURDER IN MAUI

"Flowers delivers the goods. An exotic setting, winning characters, and realistic procedural details make MURDER IN MAUI a sure hit with crime-fiction readers." -- Bill Crider, Edgar Award winner and bestselling author of Murder in the Air on MURDER IN MAUI

"It gets no better than this! R. Barri Flowers has written another thriller guaranteed to hold onto its readers! It was so gripping that I forgot to breathe a couple of times!" -- Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews on DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL

"Flowers once again has written a page-turner legal thriller that begins with a bang and rapidly moves along to its final page. He has filled the novel with believable characters and situations." -- Midwest Book Review on STATE'S EVIDENCE

"Justice Served is a model of crime fiction.... Flowers may be a new voice in modern mystery writing, but he is already one of its best voices." -- Statesman Journal on JUSTICE SERVED

Ten Rules for a Call Girl: An eShort Story

From former federal sex-crimes prosecutor Allison Leotta, an eShort story about the secret life of Washington, D.C.'s highest-paid escorts.



Beautiful Georgetown undergrad Caroline McBride almost has it all--a loving fiancee, a promising academic career, and a college life of fabulous parties--but she can't afford it. When her father becomes ill, plunging her family into debt, she reluctantly agrees to meet Madeleine, the madam of a high-end escort service. Catering to the most powerful men in D.C., Caroline can make more money in one night than in a month at her part-time college job. And no one has to know. All she has to do is follow the madam's ten simple rules.



A riveting story of D.C.'s red-light underworld and the life of a modern courtesan, Ten Rules for a Call Girl is fascinating and addictive. Includes an excerpt from Allison Leotta's new novel, Discretion!

Testimony - FREE PREVIEW (Prologue)

Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author and "one of the major writers in America" (NPR), returns with a page-turning legal thriller about an American prosecutor's investigation of a refugee camp's mystifying disappearance.

At the age of fifty, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court--an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity--he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over ten years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now for the first time, a witness has stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp's Gypsy residents to a cave in the middle of the night--and then with a hand grenade set off an avalanche, burying 400 people alive. Only Ferko survived.

Boom's task is to examine Ferko's claims and determinine who might have massacred the Roma. His investigation takes him from the International Criminal Court's base in Holland to the cities and villages of Bosnia and secret meetings in Washington, DC, as Boom sorts through a host of suspects, ranging from Serb paramilitaries, to organized crime gangs, to the US government itself, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Layton Merriwell, a disgraced US major general desperate to salvage his reputation; Sergeant Major Atilla Doby,a vital cog in American military operations near the camp at the time of the Roma's disappearance; Laza Kajevic, the brutal former leader of the Bosnian Serbs; Esma Czarni, Ferko's alluring barrister; and of course, Ferko himself, on whose testimony the entire case rests-and who may know more than he's telling.

A master of the legal thriller, Scott Turow has returned with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet.

The Traces Of Sin

There were no more doubts that Nicolas Mackenzie was the man of the hour, the man with presidential potential. As soon as the session was adjourned, reporters swarmed around him and bombarded him with questions. In a few hours, he would be entering the presidential race, and even the opposition knew beforehand that he would be tough to beat.

A Hero of Our Times

A romp through the world of law and polo with plenty of lust on the way. Womanising, polo playing solicitor's adventures.

In 1970s London, successful solicitor, David "Dai" Llewellyn Evans, is bored. Brought from Wales to be take a position at a law firm as an assistant solicitor to handle matrimonial law and court work, he soon found himself charming his way up the firm's ranks to partner. Despite the disadvantage of being Welsh in 1970s England, Dai has prospered, is spent mostly preparing wills, and as he has become more successful, he has become more and more restless, with only two passions in life to occupy him - women and polo.

"To paraphrase Kipling, his view was that a woman was just a woman, but a polo pony was a horse and both were placed at his disposal for riding at every opportunity."

But polo and women are expensive occupations, one that a solicitor cannot afford to keep up without some form of extra income, an income that he has shrewdly secured through the creation of the Bethesda Bat Sanctuary - a false charity in his aunt Bronwyn's name that is funded through the wills of women that Dai can convince to leave a donation when he is writing their final testaments.

But he soon grows tired of one woman, and Daisy, a court clerk has caught his eye "there was no shadow boxing, no enigmatic looks"

She spells the beginning of disaster for the philandering rogue. Can Dai preserve his career, place at the polo club, keep the happy family facade intact and still enjoy one his greatest pleasures in life?

Government Slaves!

Enraged by a travesty of justice created by a legal system out of check, an African-American attorney gives America a wake up call -- by demonstrating that our freedoms aren't as boundless as we think -- when he initiates a case, arguing that the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution freeing the slaves was nullified by the 16th Amendment, the one legitimizing income tax, and that the result is slavery is constitutionally permissible in the United States today.

A Game of Proof: Volume 1 (The Trials of Sarah Newby)

A mother's worst nightmare - can her son be guilty of murder? Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders? Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt?

Continual Supervision

Lyn and Terry Walker are in serious trouble. Two tribunals have failed to resolve their Disability Living Allowance case and now they're facing a Court hearing and the real prospect of prison. How can Lyn cope with the stress and, after his latest health scare, will it all be too much for Terry? Will the support of their family and of the advisers at the Solent Welfare Rights Project, be enough to see justice done? Can Martin Connolly recover his bruised confidence and is Sally Archer focussed on her work for the Project or distracted by her family firm's financial crisis? And while it seems like sizzling high summer for Hilary Carrington, rather than the faded autumn she feared, can her hopes of happiness survive the scheming of jealous Gary Pike and the lingering shadows of her own sad past? In the concluding part of the story that began with "Severe Discomfort", Lyn and Terry have to face more shock and disappointment before they find out what their fate will be, while their advisers discover that the future is more uncertain and surprising than any of them could possibly have imagined.

Wrongful Death: The AIDS Trial

Wrongful Death This fictitious courtroom drama exposes the government lies and incompetence, gross medical malpractice, and unbridled greed by a drug company that caused the American AIDS epidemic and cost 300,000 lives in just ten years. Full description

The Zoo Crew

The Zoo Crew. A random assortment of individuals that came together in western Montana out of circumstance, stayed together by choice. Among them are Ajax, a gaming genius far from his native Boston. Kade, a forest firefighter that spends half his year roaming the blazing countryside, the other half perusing the local nightlife. Sage, registered nurse and proverbial mother hen for the group. At the helm is Drake Bell, displaced Southerner and third year law student. Fresh off a summer spent interning in legal hell, he is only mildly certain he even wants to continue down the path he's on. Until an old friend comes to find him that is. Eight months pregnant and closing fast on her due date, the girl is scared. What was supposed to have been a simple surrogacy agreement has gone tragically wrong. Young girls like her are coming up missing or even worse. She's on the run and has nobody else to turn to. If everything the girl is saying is true, some of the largest players in the Missoula community are involved. Armed only with his own trepidations and the loyalty of those around him, Drake must find a way to save his friend and his own growing skepticism before it's too late.

Malice Aforethought

A discussion of some of the world's most notorious serial killers comes to a surprising conclusion.

Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings

Dr. Mary Miller is a young psychiatrist suffering a crisis of vocation. Her friend Phil, a criminalist lawyer working in New York, invites her to visit him and consult on the case of a writer accused of a serious assault. His victim had been harassing him and accusing him of stealing his story, which he'd transformed into a best-selling book. The author denies the allegation and claims it was self-defense. When the victim dies, things get complicated. The threshold between truth and fiction becomes blurred and secrets and lies unfold.

Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry, a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.