Thursday, June 13, 2013

Crime doesn't pay

Good Morning Fans, today, I cut to the chase! Check the Giveaway tabs on the blog for all the running giveaways. Got some crime and mystery freebies today. Enjoy!

Killing Chase
Sometimes second chances can kill you.

From the moment he woke that early March morning, Chase Hampton knew, once he was released from prison later that day, he was never going back. No matter what.

Born into a wealthy but flawed North Carolina shipbuilding family, Chase was somehow immune to the dysfunction. The sky was the limit for the 18-year old football prodigy, until one terrible event changed the course of his life and prison became his new home. Through the highs and lows of his incarceration, there was one person he couldn’t forget, no matter how hard he’d tried: childhood best friend Bailey Masters. For reasons unknown to him, she'd shunned him ever since her mysterious return to Foggy Harbor at the beginning of their sophomore year.

Now, seven years into a twelve-year manslaughter sentence, Chase is given an unusual second chance, one that comes with its own set of rules. Suddenly, he's thrust into a position he's not ready for: the tip of the spear in a quiet war against an American enemy. A war that could cost him his family . . . and his life.

LAUNDRY MAN (A Jack Shepherd crime novel)
Once a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city. Or is he?

A secretive Asian bank collapses under dubious circumstances. A former law partner Shepherd thought dead reveals himself as the force behind the disgraced bank and coerces Shepherd into helping him track the hundreds of millions of dollars that disappeared during the collapse. A twisting trail of deceit leads Shepherd from Bangkok to Hong Kong and eventually to an isolated villa on the fabled island of Phuket where he confronts the evil at the heart of a monstrous game of international treachery.

A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today's allies are tomorrow's fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.

What’s a girl to do when her imprisoned brother begs her to delve into their father’s sixteen-year-old murder conviction? How about peel back the lies, upend the fairy tales, and roil the populace of Lavitte—a sweet apple of a town with a wormy, festering core? That’s what Allison Fennimore chooses. Despite her infamous surname and people’s wilted memories, this jaded cynic of a daughter sinks her teeth in and refuses to let go. She can practically taste the bitterness of that long-ago, twisted night when two teenagers died, linked to her father by bad luck and a few strands of rope.

Ignoring the dense local atmosphere where image trumps substance and lies become legend, Allison stirs the pot. The more layers she discards, the more elusive the truth becomes. And when a key source of information turns up dead, the dark edges of resentment coil in around her like a slowly tightening noose. As revelations get ugly, Allison may wish she’d never ventured toward the forbidden fruit of truth.

Red Mist
Louie Case is the wrong man to make angry. 

A former celebrity body-guard, he's just been released from jail for throwing a rock star out of his hotel window. 

But back on the streets of London, he's finding it hard to keep an even temper.

His beloved music teacher Clarissa Glendenning has been killed in a hit-and-run incident by three young joyriders.

But why are the police dragging their feet? 

They have CCTV footage, they have the vehicle, and they have forensics, so why haven’t they made an arrest? 

Louie is determined to find out. 

And once Louie sees red, he won't stop until justice is done -- no matter how many people are in the way. 

Murder on the Mainline: another Mike Claymore Mystery: Florence
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Mike Claymore is a truck driver with past experience working for the Correctional Service of Canada as a prison guard. Since he has training in criminology he seeks security work as a sideline. He and his mistress become quite a team as crime fighters. 

Book One of the Mike Claymore Series.

Sins of the Father
The past returns to haunt Nick Randall when a celebrity biographer claims to have evidence of his late father's involvement in a terrible crime. If it comes out, the tabloids will have a field day: Eddie Randall was a popular comedy actor in the 1960s. Nick goes in search of the truth and unexpectedly finds it impacts on a major insurance scam he is investigating. Then his estranged wife is found dead - and Nick realises that an unknown enemy is stalking him... 

Scoundrel (A Noah Milano Novelette)
A pregnant woman hires ex-mob fixer and security specialist Noah Milano to track down the man who got her pregnant. When it turns out this man is quite the scoundrel Noah gets involved with Russian gangsters and a murder case.

A Reason To Kill (DI Matt Barnes)
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Detective Inspector Matt Barnes is a cop dedicated to his job at the expense of all else. He and his team are protecting the star witness in the upcoming trial of gangland boss, Frank Santini.

All aspects of Matt’s life are altered forever when Santini hires a contract killer, Gary Noon, to hit the safe house. Only Matt survives the onslaught of an inventive and sadistic killer, but is left seriously wounded.

The subsequent search for Noon is both a personal and professional challenge, during which Matt is aided by Criminal Psychologist Dr. Beth Holder, who is brought in to build a profile on Noon.

The man they seek comes to consider Matt a threat to his continued wellbeing, and determines to eliminate him.

As Matt and Beth’s relationship flourishes, more people die at Noon’s hand, and events conspire to bring the cop and killer ever closer to a deadly showdown.

With an unknown enemy within New Scotland Yard, Santini’s goons hunting for him, and a second imported hitman also on his trail, Matt knows that the odds against him surviving by outmanoeuvring the various factions are at best slim.
Noon is the personification of evil; a psychopath using violence and cruelty to feed his sadistic needs. He considers himself a hunter: his fellow man, and especially Matt Barnes, the prey.

The Hedonist
“Too much of a good thing is a great thing.” That’s the motto of Dr. Shawn Stevens, a college professor whose exploits are an audacious excess of sex, drugs, and wild partying. When Dr. Stevens is hired at a top university, he takes advantage of his white-collar position while others remain skeptical of his debauched ways of living. With the help of the Department Chairman, he builds a powerful clientele looking to indulge their habits. 

Take a glimpse inside a story where grandiose proclivities are never held back.

Evil Days
When a boat grounds itself on the sandy beach of the New Jersey coast, the first of many grisly murders are discovered. Six badly decomposed bodies are aboard giving off a strong unidentifiable odor. The residents of Atlantic City are used to murders in the gambling capital of the east coast, but these are especially horrific. 
Jeff Hodge is a private investigator retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He spots the vessel after responding to a shrieking woman on the beach. After checking on her condition, he looks inside the small craft and immediately calls the local police. Jack Mercer is the lead detective responding to the scene. A veteran of many years in the homicide division, he had never witnessed bodies in the condition they were found. The stench coming from the boat was so bad he vomited like a rookie.

Dead Money
Leo Denison is tired of scratching out a living. After making off with a quarter million dollars from a local Las Vegas casino, the software engineer is ready to leave the country and start over in style. He's not fully prepared, though, for what happens next when a group of feisty seniors take umbrage at his brazen theft and take matters into their own hands to see justice done. Meanwhile, a struggling musician moves to the big city searching for the meaning to life.

Carl Hiaasen has been quoted as stating that his stories are populated with slightly altered true tales from Florida since truth is indeed stranger than fiction. In that vein, Dead Money is a 17,000-word humorous take on several real-life events that were widely reported on during the wild, free-wheeling, anything goes ’90s decade in Sin City where the author once lived.

As in the story that follows, a casino’s bingo software was discovered as being manipulated. Though in real life the accused died soon after the story broke — his death reported as suicide. Jacob isn’t a specific person, but rather an amalgam of various people who flocked to the desert during this period of time seeking a life do-over. The Bingo Ladies are a product of the author’s overactive imagination — fractured memories of real-life neighborhood mothers working hard to provide their offspring with a better life. Names and dates of this tale have been altered for obvious reasons.

Taking a hard look at current events, it’s oddly amusing how Las Vegas almost twenty years ago now seems like 'the good old days.' Maybe decadence is relative.

Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish (a free short story)
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Inspector Zhang loves mysteries, but as a Detective Inspector with the Singapore Police Force he knows that mysteries are few and far between. There are relatively few crimes in the city state and those that are committed are usually solved quickly. But that all changes when Inspector Zhang is called to a top Singapore hotel where a guest has been found murdered in a locked room. The guest made a phone call to room service shortly before he was killed - but CCTV footage shows that nobody entered or left the room. So finally Inspector Zhang has his wish - a mystery to solve. But will it be too much for him?

This is a short story, just under 9000 words, equivalent to about 30 pages. A perfect read if you have an hour to kill.

The Brick Salesman
WARNING….. This book contains violent language.

It was the first real job for Patrick Kelly; ‘in at the deep end’ so to speak. O’Leary Utilities seemed a good place to work and Dermot a great boss. Well perhaps not great but he was supportive enough. Then, out of the blue, a fatal accident....... ‘The wheels came off’ and Patrick’s belief in the organisation fell apart. Patrick started to document every fault, every blemish, corruption. His only mistake was not keeping it to himself.

Now ‘old man’ O’Leary knows how to deal with a traitor, a grass, and when Patrick’s intentions become clear he calls on a ‘trusted friend’ and enforcer to straighten things out.

BUT the enforcer fails to meet O’Leary’s expectations and payment for his services is withheld....... Rule 1, never withhold payment to a hit man who knows where you and your family live.....

So...... My advice to you is this; if you believe in reincarnation, then don’t come back as an O’Leary.

Modern Suburbia - A Suburban Thriller Novel
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Teal County. The populace would say it's a prime community of modern sophistication and wealth, filled with every form of entertaining consumption one could desire. Expenses were not spared in producing this lavish and clean looking suburb, along with creating an effective and expanded judicial and policing system and a wide and over reaching corporate industry. 

But not everyone finds Teal County to be so fantastic. A young man by the name of Nathan Grant, who has a bitter love-hate relationship with the County he was raised in, is heading back after a long absence in hopes of finishing one last job, part of which includes transporting a very valuable item. The crudeness of the County officials had ironically been both the inspiration for his plans, and now was an abrupt interruption to them, as his freedom in the County is cut short just as soon as he arrives. From there, the story's woven tapestries begins to unravel, and we find foes of Nathan with a set of their own agendas in mind, as well as friends willing to help. With the aid of his friends, Emily, a highly attractive party going drug user, and Aiden, a capable well to do computer genius, among others, Nathan must prevail through the hurdles made by County authorities that stand in his way as he tries to complete a task for Martin Benson, a sleazy corporate high roller. Little does Benson know, Nathan has a few alternative plans of his own for Benson, and little does Nathan know, he might be getting into more hot water than he bargained for. After it is revealed Benson has ties with Falco Dietrich, a German terrorist, along with a handful of his cohorts, and it would also seem the highly effective FBI team of Agent's Simms and Harris has secretly had an eye on Benson for quite some time, several culminating moments of action and deceptions determine the fates of these characters. All while in the midst of negotiating through the complexities of the modern suburb of Teal County.
But even when cornered, Nathan proves his wide knowledge of the town he grew up in can give him a tricky advantage, and that he may have more than one motive for why he chose to target Benson in his plans

Soft Target (2013 Edited Version) (Soft Target Series)
Soft Target is the first book in a series of thrillers that follow the hunt for a nefarious killer. The book begins in famous US tourist destinations where suicide bombers cause carnage, before attacking the United Kingdom.

The Ruth Valley Missing
Jameson Quinn is sick of trying to find herself in the big city. After a gallery opening ends in a trip to the ER and an argument with her self-involved boyfriend, she decides to take off for the peace and quiet of a small town — Ruth Valley.

The small town has everything Brooklyn lacked: simple people, peaceful surroundings, and a feeling of safety. Jameson even finds the perfect house to rent from the town’s most eligible bachelor, Sheriff Jack. Life is finally headed in a promising direction.

But something isn't right. A young man is mysteriously injured, then disappears — and Jameson finds he isn't the only person to suddenly vanish. The suspicious behavior of an abrasive nun and a creepy priest set her off on an investigation of what's really happening. Will she figure out the secrets of Ruth Valley before she's the next to go missing?

Outview (The Inner Movement)
A coming of age thriller of mystics and magic. 
Nate's father died mysteriously when he was twelve. His older brother knows the truth but their mother had him committed to a mental institution. As the Outviews try to take over his mind, sixteen year old Nate fears his turn is next. 
During the search for his brother, Nate and his three school friends fight to stay alive. Along the way they encounter five mystics who show Nate his lost powers, teach the forgotten wisdom and reveal his extraordinary destiny.
In time, Nate discovers that everything he believed about his life is a lie, and that the world contains secrets far more beautiful than he could ever have imagined, and evil far more terrifying than he could ever have feared.
Across time and dimension they are after him . . .

L.A. Rain: Three Novels
It's tough being the King. Which is why in 1977 Elvis faked his own death and endured massive facial reconstruction surgery, and disappeared from the limelight to live a normal life as the unassuming Aaron King. Unfortunately, leaving fame behind also meant leaving his fortune behind, too, and now Elvis finds himself broke and living in near poverty in a small apartment in Los Angeles. Luckily for him, it turns out he's a pretty good private investigator. Now in his seventies and contemplating a return to music (discreetly, of course), Elvis is hired to solve a baffling missing person case. A young starlet, at the beginning of a promising movie career, has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth. As Elvis digs deeper, he finds himself surrounded by the seedier elements of Los Angeles, from nefarious Hollywood producers who prey upon the young, to twin brothers with a very dark secret. And as Elvis pieces the bizarre puzzle together, he slowly makes his singing comeback—and will be reunited on stage with someone even the King himself never dreamed possible.

Los Angeles County park ranger, Jack Carter, is about to discover that not all is as it seems in his tranquil life. Once responsible for patrolling the many public parks, in particular the popular Griffith Park with its famous observatory and zoo, Jack is about to discover that a whole new kind of animal roams his woods. The undead kind. It begins when his brother, on leave from the military, arrives sick. Deathly sick. Jack's concern turns to alarm when his own flesh and blood turns on him, forcing the park ranger to take drastic measures. Now searching for answers and help for his brother, Jack finds himself on the run from a lethal group of government agents—and from something monstrous that stalks his woods. Something not of this world...and hungry for flesh.

Three years ago, high school student Veronica Fortune witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. Now armed and dangerous, she sets out to hunt down the very thing that destroyed her life. That is, until she disappears. Spinoza is a private investigator who specializes in finding the missing. He's good at what he does. Damn good. But he's also a recovering alcoholic and a royal mess. Hired to find Veronica, Spinoza won't let his personal demons—or demons of any kind—get in the way of finding the truth about the missing girl. Now following a bizarre set of clues that leads him into stranger and stranger territory, Spinoza is about to come face-to-face with something legendary...and something thirsty for blood.

A Well-deserved Murder (Trevor Joseph Detective series)
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There have always been neighbours from hell. Some deserve to die, but most people stop short of murder.

When Sgt Peter Collins looks at Kate Graham’s axe-battered corpse, he has to ask himself if his cousin, Alan, didn’t.

Sergeant Peter Collins' cousin, journalist and photographer, Alan Piper, is living next door to the neighbours from Hell. They build a deck that overlooks his patio and monitor his every movement. Under the cover of darkness they steal plants and building materials from his garden, but when his gate and gatepost disappear he calls in the police who advise him to put up a CCTV camera. Alan has a better idea.

Sergeant Peter Collins' cousin, journalist and photographer, Alan Piper, is living next door to the neighbours from Hell. They build a deck that overlooks his patio and monitor his every movement. Under the cover of darkness they steal plants and building materials from his garden, but when his gate and gatepost disappear he calls in the police who advise him to put up a CCTV camera. Alan has a better idea.

Mousy civil servant Kacy Howell is amazed to suddenly find herself the centre of attention at work and showered with unprompted gifts of flowers, chocolates and – discreetly wrapped sex toys. Her husband, George, is bewildered until a colleague shows him a pornographic magazine aimed at the amateur photographer.

Before George finds out if the photos are real, Kacy is found battered to death on the decking that overlooks Alan’s garden. Inspector Trevor Joseph and Sergeant Peter Collins find themselves wanting to look beyond the obvious suspect for a murder, which Kacy's neighbours have already Christened 'justifiable homocide'.

IRREFUTABLE: a Crime Thriller
The investigation into a series of rapes becomes a nightmare for Detective Alex Mendez when DNA from one of the victims is matched to him.

Life as detective Alex Mendez knew it came to an abrupt end two years ago with the murder of his wife. Now he is raising his teenage daughter alone. The demands of his job and the fact that his wife's case remains unsolved have been a strain on them both, but now a new case threatens not only what's left of their fragile relationship, but their very lives.

When three local women are brutally raped, the case consumes Alex. But, when DNA evidence found on the first two victims leads Alex to his suspect, it looks like an open and shut case, until DNA from the third victim is matched to Alex. Now, to clear his name he must face the demons from his past and reveal a long kept secret that could disprove the evidence against him, but doing so would not only devastate his daughter, it could destroy them both.

Where's My Son? (Det. Jason Strong #1 (CLEAN SUSPENSE))
What would you do if your son went missing? How far would you go to get him back?


Michael Barton comes home to find his infant son gone. There is no trace of the kidnappers, and the police have no leads. Michael is driven by a promise and he won't stop.

Detective Jason Strong led the task force to find Michael's son and has become his friend. But as Michael's darkness grows, Jason fears he may be the only one who can stop him.

It is a race against time, as the detective tries to stop the events that will change everyone, before it's too late.

Post Pattern
A former USC football player back in the day, Burnside has recently left the LAPD following a scandal and has started his own private investigation agency. After someone fires a shot at a football star from a rival university, Burnside takes on the case which leads him into both the underbelly and the aristocracy of Los Angeles. 

Burnside unravels a complex series of baffling leads as he weaves his way through the investigation. As the body count piles up, he encounters beautiful girls, wayward athletes and overworked cops on his way to cracking a case that no one else wants to touch. And as he works through the various twists and turns in the story, Burnside also comes to grips with a betrayal from his past that keeps returning to him, no matter how much he tries to avoid it.

Set against the sun drenched backdrop of a hot Los Angeles summer, Post Pattern provides readers with a taut, engaging mystery. The novel delivers a smart, sexy plot with crackling dialogue and fascinating characters.

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Brothers and Bones $0.99 Amazon
Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world--Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one. 

So begins Charlie's search for answers, and for his brother, a search that leads him down Boston's darkest streets, into its blackest alleys, and, finally, into its criminal underworld. But if Charlie wants answers he'll have to get them from some of the most feared and ruthless people in the city.

Hot Laundry (Jackie Blue Series) $0.99 Amazon
When a meeting of a potential client goes terribly wrong, sensitive information passes to Jackie Blue and her ex-beau/bounty hunter friend Hugh Barclay. This information points to a sophisticated money laundering operation inside of Hollywood’s most elite money management firm. Jackie’s personal life (cooky family, dating and neighbors) intertwines with the dangerous investigation. 

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Hot Laundry, the second mystery in the Jackie Blue series, offers the reader wild twists, turns and surprises. TG Davis has created an interesting female investigator. Fans of Stephanie Plum will find themselves liking Jackie Blue just as much. She is witty, daring and very likable. TG Davis captures your attention from the start and pulls you right into the fast paced story. It is impossible not to cheer Jackie, Rocky and Hugh as they solve the case. You cannot help but wait anxiously for her next investigation. If you are a mystery/sleuth fan, young or old, man or woman, you will want to check out Hot Laundry.

Break It $2.99 Amazon
It's 1995, and recent college graduate Caleb McIntyre has received a most unusual job offer, one that will move him halfway across the country, far away from Lizzie, the love of his life.

In a small Chicago suburb, Amanda Summers is at the end of her rope and desperate. Tired of being her husband's punching bag and with no friends or family to lean on, she embarks on her own journey to start a new life.

Their paths cross in the hot and dusty town of Crenshaw, Oklahoma, where the line between truth and fiction is often blurred. An encounter with the Arbuckle brothers, the local red neck mafia, forces them to work together. Can they trust each other? Can Caleb keep his promise to Lizzie?

Sometimes you have to move from your past and forge a new path. Sometimes you have to Break It.

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