Tuesday, August 7, 2012


A San Francisco wife plots to murder her philandering husband by being in two places at one time. 
She commits the Perfect Crime and starts an exciting new life with a sexy new boyfriend, living off the life insurance policy of her murdered husband. 
Until her doorbell rings one night . . . .
When Laurence Harford, a prominent businessman and philanthropist is found murdered in the historic Rocks area of Sydney, Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn is asked to solve the crime quickly and discreetly. After barely starting his investigation, uncovering a discarded mistress and disgruntled employees, a second killing occurs.

Meanwhile, Laurence's nephew, Nicholas Harford, has his certainties in life shaken when he becomes a suspect in his uncle's death, and receives a mysterious gold locket that starts a chain of events unravelling his family's dark truths.
After a freak car accident, Professor Robert Madigan begins to suffer impairment of his short-term memory. Suddenly, moments that have just occurred are impossible for him to recall. His family and friends struggle to help him, but, as time goes by, it starts to appear to be more than a temporary condition. His job, his marriage, and his life begin to suffer, but nothing he tries to do works.

On his way home from work one evening, Robert finds himself standing over a battered, dead body. His hands are covered in blood. He has no recollection of what transpired before that very moment. The police arrive on the scene and take the professor in for questioning as their lead suspect.

As the police investigate the murder and sort out the details, Robert and his family begin to question the professor's lost memory. Had he been under enough stress to have snapped? Or did he witness a crime that he cannot remember the details of? And if he were a witness, what would a murderer do to keep his only witness quiet?

To uncover the truth, Robert must work with the detectives to piece together what happened that evening, no matter what the cost. But will he remember anything, and will it be too late
From the safety of America, William Grant watches as the Great War rages in Europe. Desperate for adventure, he travels to Britain to join the army. After a harrowing journey, Grant is accepted as an officer into a newly formed regiment. He is soon posted to France, where he must learn to survive the horrors of war. A popular captain is killed, and all the evidence points to murder. With the help of his comrades, Grant must survive the Battle of the Somme and the evil intentions of an unknown murderer, all while trying to earn the love of a beautiful nurse.

Author's Note: The idea of a murder occurring during the middle of a war seemed like an interesting idea to pursue. I chose The Great War since it has a level of brutality that was unparalleled until later wars. Research for this novel was particularly dreadful since the war seemed so senseless. With that in mind, I had my character lose much, but still gain something in return for his sacrifices.
Have you ever wondered how a trial lawyer can sleep at night after helping a client he/she knows is guilty, beat the legal system? I have. Have you ever wondered how an attorney would feel if that same recently acquitted client kills a second time? Again, I have, and these very questions prompted me to write a dark legal/mystery/thriller about just such an attorney - I call it DEFENDING EVIL.

Travis Knight is an extraordinary Criminal Defense Attorney winning high profile cases in Atlanta. One of his recently acquitted clients kills again, which has Travis and his wife Julie, questioning what he does for a living. Travis is shaken to his core, but being a consummate lawyer, he is able to move past his feelings of guilt; Julie isn’t. 

In a bizarre twist, a mysterious vigilante begins executing Travis’ clients after he wins them an acquittal. This righteous vigilante decides that the clients Travis is helping to put back into society are guilty, and don't deserve to live--the vigilante delivers ultimate justice.

The police only half-heartedly search for the vigilante-off the record, they are glad someone is cleaning-up after the hot-shot attorney.

The vigilante's attention turns to the source, and sends Travis an ultimatum--stop defending guilty clients or he will be the next to be executed. Risking his life, and his marriage, Travis refuses to be intimidated, and continues to defend clients accused of murder. 

This story chronicles the labyrinth of high-speed twists and turns of a deadly cat-and-mouse game - a game that can end with only one winner.

Buckle-up and enjoy the ride! 

Tantric Zoo begins at a tantric sex couples retreat in 1987. Amid the cavorting and indulging and groping and exploring one of the campers ends up dead. The surviving campers bury the body and return to their lives.

Until 2008 when the body is discovered and forensic anthropologist Bud Warhol tracks the campers down. Bud finds the murderer but also discovers how two decades of guilt has altered and affected the lives of everyone involved with the Tantric Zoo. 

Death Is the Cool Night . . . by Libby Sternberg
Murder, passion, music and war combine in this riveting story of a troubled pianist who doesn’t know if he’s a murderer...

Meet Big Bob Zapolska (Z for short), an unlicensed private eye who reads detective fiction for self improvement. 

Low rent private eye that he is, Z does not usually get cases that turn into murder, to say nothing of multiple murder. Nor is he often called upon to help solve "classy" cases like the theft of a painting from Kansas City's Nelson Art Gallery. And never before has he run into something as spooky as the Bateman College "ghost light,' the light seeming, in some way, to be the key to these other crimes.

Big Bob Zapolska may be a loner. He may be a loser. He may, in fact, be a dangerous pyromaniac. But if someone has cheated you --- if someone is crowding you --- it's good to have the Z-man on your side!

Of further help to him are his personal beliefs:

- Never break the law --- unless you have to.
- Tell the truth when possible --- it's hard to remember lies.
- If you blackjack a man correctly, he will rarely suffer permanent brain damage.
- In the right hands [Z's], fire is an excellent motivator.
- To avoid temptation --- give in to it immediately.
Inspector Cole Dunavan finds himself in the middle of a parking garage with no memory except of his murder. After remembering who he is and accepting that he is now a ghost, he has more problems. He is a ghost with no idea how being a ghost works. No one sees or hears him. He cannot move objects and initially cannot move through closed doors. He learns to his horror that his body has not been found the circumstances of his disappearance make it appear he betrayed his marriage and was killed by his mistress...who has also disappeared. Only he knows the woman was an informant...and he is still on earth because his obsession with capturing a felon put her in mortal danger. While he works at saving her, he struggles to communicate with his former partner, to get straight with his wife, and learn the identity of his killer.
In 1954 Baltimore, Sean Reilly, the detective from DEATH IS THE COOL NIGHT, investigates the murder of a Johns Hopkins researcher, a quiet, well-liked man whose true identity turns out to be just as much a mystery as that of his killer. The victim's death appears linked to the polio vaccine trials about to begin across the country. 

A widower now, Detective Reilly struggles to stay focused on the case while being pulled in different directions--by his young sons' fears and needs, by his own desire for love and stability, and by his inability to get beyond his grief for his beloved wife. When a Hopkins secretary, herself a polio victim, feeds him information on the case, he begins to fall for her...as he also wonders if she played a part in the murder.

LOST TO THE WORLD captures a moment in time when the world waited for the "summer plague" -- that had afflicted thousands of children and adults, including the late president -- to be wiped out once and for all.
A killer on the loose.

Mindless slaughter.

Think you know the Jack the Ripper story?

Think again.

Police Inspector Frank Parade carries out his daily duties in Pontypridd, duties complicated by the presence of 500 members of Buffalo Bill Cody's touring Wild West Show, not to mention the thousands attending the show every day. A series of depraved murders quickly makes things even more complicated for the policeman.

Soon Frank Parade find himself on the trail which stretches backs to London's Whitechapel killings and Jack the Ripper. Secrets are revealed and the answer to the greatest mystery in criminal history is answered by a British policeman and an American legend.
At what point does a man choose to become a hired killer? Sean Riley is a hit man. His first kill defined the man he became. 

Short story based on characters from the two Michael Sykora novels - No Justice and Beyond Salvation.

Bonus material included!
Polygamy can be murder! That’s what private detective Lena Jones learns when she helps thirteen year old Rebecca escape from Purity, a polygamy compound hidden in a desolate area near straddling Utah/Arizona border. 

When Rebecca’s mother is arrested for the murder of Prophet Solomon Royal, Rebecca’s intended husband, Lena enters Purity masquerading as a polygamist wife to uncover the real murderer. In doing so, Lena finds out more than she bargained for—the shocking secret the cult’s Circle of Elders will kill to keep. During her investigations, Lena also discovers more about her own past. At the age of four she was found lying unconscious by the side of an Arizona highway, a bullet robbing her of her memories. Raised in a series of foster homes, Lena does not remember her real name nor the names of her parents. She thinks she has put the past behind her, but the sins of Purity’s polygamous mothers and fathers force her to reexamine the few memories she has of her own mother the woman who shot her…

Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about. 

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her. 

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall

What really happens after we die?  Is it nothing?  Is it something?  None of us will know for sure until the moment comes.  This is not an accident of nature.  It is a Conspiracy. 

All that you are, all that you ever were... the King's X will reveal. 

When Ernesto Rodriguez, a blue collar gardener is arrested for the savage murder of a senator’s beautiful secretary, ex-cop turned lawyer Jimmy O’Brien is brought in. But Jimmy isn’t asked to defend the man. The judge wants Rodriguez put away fast. No trial, cut a deal with the D.A. Guilty: twenty-five to life. Launching his own investigation, Jimmy must navigate a labyrinthine course of corruption and conspiracy with danger lurking at every turn. From the suburbs of Los Angeles to Sacramento to Las Vegas, the trail runs boiling hot with greed and violence. With help from his PI friend Sol Silverman, Jimmy tries to find the answers to questions that may save his life and free an innocent man. Was the senator having an affair with his secretary and did he kill her to keep it quiet? Why is the local mob having Jimmy followed? And why has the judge told Jimmy to plead Rodriguez GUILTY OR ELSE?

A 12 year-old boy is kidnapped - but the ransom price is left to his parents! Before he is returned (safely) another boy is taken. Then another. Rookie detective Joseph Lindahl is a psychology graduate and thinks he knows what the kidnapper wants - but colleagues are skeptical. The solution might please the press and embarrass a judge, but it it gets Joseph into trouble at Longmarsh Police HQ.

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