Monday, September 22, 2014

Maniac Monday

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Anyways, today is Maniac Monday. Now that fall officially starts today, I'm ready to curl up in front of the fire at night and read! More than I read in the summer lmao! 

Ok, so, ready? Here's your list for today! 


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Fresh Doubt (Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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A story of lies, secrets and deadly mind games

Brilliant American psychology student Madison Faber is in police custody - a potential murder suspect. Two hours ago she found her roommate lying in a pool of blood.

Special Agent Ingrid Skyberg is assigned to investigate the case on behalf of the US embassy. Tasked with supporting a terrified Madison Faber and uncovering the truth behind her friend's death, Ingrid quickly discovers a sinister extremist group operating out of Faber's London college.

Up against the obstructive attitude of the Metropolitan Police and defying the wishes of the embassy, Ingrid must navigate through a minefield of fear and mistrust to discover the killer's true identity. But in order to ensure justice is served, she is forced to operate so far beyond the law that she may never get back again.

If you love books by Lee Child and Michael Connelly, and you've been waiting for an FBI heroine to rival Clarice Starling and Dana Scully, the new Ingrid Skyberg series might be just what you're looking for.


Fresh Doubt is the first in a series of thrillers set in the American embassy in London. If a US citizen gets into trouble, Agent Skyberg is on hand to fix things - by any means necessary.

Gangster Fallacies: All About the Benjamins [Kindle Edition]

Gangster’s Fallacy, noun - /ˈgaŋ-stər/ /ˈfaləsē/ - the mistaken belief that crime pays as a long-term career choice. 

Gangster Fallacies, Volume 1: All About the Benjamins is an engaging literary experience of four short stories chronicling the lives of street savvy entrepreneurs, ordained in the Southern California gangster mentality, who venture the hood’s beaten path of drugs, sex and guns in their quest for easy money, fly clothes, fast cars, and sexy dimepieces. 

Immerse yourself in a world where gangsters don’t dance, ‘cause they’d rather chase that cheddar. You’ll see why money is the root of their evil in their reckless pursuit of the dream. In A Week Ago, a gang leader’s rep is on the line when his road dog takes off with their robbery loot. In Bitch Betta Have My Money, a gigolo’s biggest client wants to give him more than just money. A gangbanging drug runner has a day that he would like to forget in Da Bumble and in Get That Dough - Part I, a recently reformed gangster is torn between raising his newborn son and running the streets he knows so well. 

Uncompromisingly gritty and action-packed, Gangster Fallacies, is a new Urban Crime series that redefines the urban fiction landscape with entertaining yet true-to-life accounts featuring the wild west exploits of James Brown IVs unforgettable West Coast characters that illustrate why the streets are hell for a hustler. 

OC Confidential (a Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

Newport Beach, California is an epicenter of rich and powerful people with more than their share of secrets behind their mansion walls. Guy Spear’s life is on the downslide, but when he’s not boozing hard, he’s got a real talent for planting bugs and tracking devices. So he decides to set up shop there. His business plan? Record infidelities and get cheaters to pay him extortion money. He promises to keep the secret and you’ll never hear from him again. Easy money, right? Only until he meets his match. 

The Devil's Dream: Book One [Kindle Edition]

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The Devil's Dream is a serial novel: The Devil's Dream, Book One, The Devil's Dream, Book Two: A Nightmare, The Devil's Dream, Book Three: Waking Up (August of 2014) 

Perhaps the smartest man to ever live, Matthew Brand changed the world by twenty-five years old. In his mid-thirties, he still shaped the world as he wanted, until a few cops gunned down his son on the street. 

Brand’s life changed then. He forgot about bettering Earth and started trying to resurrect his son. 

Eventually, Brand’s mind even overpowered death’s mysteries; he discovered how to bring back the dead--he only needed living bodies to make his son’s life possible again. Why not use the bodies of those who killed his son? 

In the largest manhunt the FBI’s ever experienced, how do they stop a man who can calculate all the odds and stack them in his favor? 

Convictions (An Inspector Jim Meldrum Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Detective Inspector Jim's Meldrum's career fighting crime has taken a heavy toll.

It's cost him his marriage, alienated his daughter - and hardened him to the senseless brutality and greed of Scotland's criminals. 

And yet the murder of an elderly blind man - just another statistic - continues to haunt him fifteen years after the event.

For all those years the man convicted of the crime, Hugh Keaney, has protested his innocence – and without an admission of guilt there is no parole for a man serving life for murder. 

When he learns that Keaney has gone on a hunger strike, however, Meldrum finds he can no longer live with his doubts about the case.

From the genteel terraces of Edinburgh to Glasgow’s tenements, from the tormented beauty of Co. Armagh to the deceptive peace of the Loire valley, Meldrum searches for answers to why the blind man had to die.

And yet, the more he discovers, the bigger the case gets - and the more serious the consequences. 

But there are some 'Convictions' a man just can't shake.

In physical danger, with his career at risk, and family and loved ones under threat, Jim Meldrum must consider just how high a price he’s prepared to pay for justice.

Gaslight (A Soho Noir Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

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It's London, 1920. Newly demobilized soldiers have flooded the capital's streets but an ungrateful country isn't ready for them. Harry Costello has returned from the horrors of the Somme to no job, no money and no prospects. Desperate times demand desperate measures and when an opportunity to burgle a house presents itself, Harry seizes the chance. 

When Harry and his brother Frank are blackmailed into paying off a local hood they decide to take care of the problem themselves. But when all of London's underworld is in thrall to the man's boss, was their plan audacious or the most foolish thing that they could possibly have done? 

You think crime doesn't pay? Meet the Costelllos - the kind of criminal family that might make you change your mind.

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In a remote mountain valley in British Columbia, a human monster preys on innocent lives. After teenagers discover the body of a missing girl in Chalk Valley, searchers find the remains of two more victims secreted deep in the woods. A serial killer is at work. 

Chalk Valley police detective John McCarty is picked to lead a task force to find the murderer but inexperience, politics and McCarty's own inner demons quickly overwhelm him and the investigation falters. 

Meanwhile, on a dark, lonely highway many miles from Chalk Valley, RCMP Sergeant Dave Kreaver comes across a van crashed at the side of the road. The driver is anxious to leave the scene but Kreaver discovers an unconscious teenaged girl in the van. Kreaver feels in his gut that the driver could be the serial killer everyone's looking for, but his inquiries are ignored. 

The task force is in well over its head, buried by thousands of leads and potential suspects. Kreaver’s supervisors tell him to back off and let the task force do its job. 
Kreaver is in a deadly cat and mouse game with a murderous psychopath, a race against time with innocent victims in play. Operating alone and without official sanction, can he stop the Chalk Valley Killer before he claims more lives? 

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Twenty-three-year-old law student Maria Kallio is recruited for a temporary position at the Helsinki police department. Sweet-faced but tough and hot-tempered, Maria faces pushback from her new squad – so when a young playboy is murdered at his family’s summer villa, the new detective is out to prove herself.
Found floating facedown at the water’s edge after a night of partying, Tommi Pelatonen appears to have been murdered by one of his closest friends – but why? As Maria discovers, bitter passion and jealousy seethe under the placid surface of the group’s privileged, carefree lifestyle. As Maria uncovers the victim’s unsavory secrets, motives for all seven suspects come to light. Now it’s up to her to untangle the clues before the killer strikes again.
The first book in Leena Lehtolainen’s international bestselling Nordic crime series starring Detective Maria Kallio, My First Murder serves up murder with a slice of life in the Finnish upper crust.

High-stakes wine fraud and murder disguised as a heart attack compel Sunny McCoskey to again toss aside her chef's apron and don the role of sleuth. When the list of suspects includes her new lover, the celebrity chef at a posh Napa Valley eatery, the personal risks of her investigation rise dramatically. With the same eclectic crew of gourmet friends and sassy co-workers who helped her in Sharpshooter, Sunny proves that she has a nose for crime as well as for a good Cabernet Sauvignon.

"Blood Money" is an extensive rewrite of a book I wrote a few years ago called "Russo's Gold." While I was satisfied with most of "Russo's Gold," there were parts of it that I wanted to improve. I also wanted to incorporate it into the Joe Dillard series, and that is what I've done. I hope you enjoy it. -- Scott Pratt

In the sixth volume of the bestselling Joe Dillard series, Dillard does something he has never done before -- he hires a young associate. Her name is Charleston Story, she is bright and beautiful, and in her very first case, she winds up inheriting an item so valuable that it threatens to destroy her and everything she cares about. As Dillard tries to help and advise his young protege, he finds himself dragged into a web of danger and intrigue, a web so thick that he may never be able to extract himself. 

A murder investigation frozen in time is beginning to melt.
November 1993. Scotland is in the grip of an ice-cold winter and the Lake of Menteith is frozen over. A young man and woman walk across the ice to the historic island of Inchmahome which lies in the middle of the lake. Only the man returns.
In the spring, as staff prepare the abbey ruins for summer visitors, they discover the body of a girl, her skull violently crushed.
Present day. Retired detective Alan Narey is still haunted by the unsolved crime. Desperate to relieve her ailing father's conscience, DS Rachel Narey risks her job and reputation by returning to the Lake of Menteith and unofficially reopening the cold case.
With the help of police photographer Tony Winter, Rachel prepares a dangerous gambit to uncover the killer's identity - little knowing who that truly is. Despite the freezing temperatures the ice cold case begins to thaw, and with it a tide of secrets long frozen in time are suddenly and shockingly unleashed.

Every moment of Sir Hugo Fletcher’s life has been chronicled in the British press: his privileged upbringing, his high-profile charity work to end human trafficking—even his two marriages. But when the billionaire philanthropist is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.
Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her husband dead and her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Especially when Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. Laura always knew she wasn’t the only woman in Hugo’s life. And she knows she wasn’t the only one with a motive to kill.
The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details about Hugo Fletcher he uncovers. And yet nothing compares to the secret Laura guards, a secret that could bring the guilty to justice—or destroy an innocent life forever.

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Hard living collects its fair share of casualties, but somehow Leo Waterman avoided becoming one of them. Destined for a trust fund that was taking too damn long to kick in, he spent years eking out a living in Seattle as a private investigator. Along the way he managed to survive countless run-ins with murderers, drug dealers, and jealous wives. But when Rebecca, the love of his life, dumped him to marry someone else…that was a different story. Still, he took it like a man, eventually collecting his family money and slipping into semi-retirement—until the day an unwelcome visitor brings him the worst possible news. Rebecca has vanished and no one, not even her manipulative, overprotective mother, can find a trace of her. Together with his band of informers and sidekicks (in truth a rather motley crew of homeless drunks and reprobates), Leo wades back into the game, determined to save Rebecca once and for all. But her trail is a twisted one, thick with deception and depravity that winds from the rain-swept streets of Seattle to the murky depths of the great North Woods. The stink of it all seems to emanate from none other than Rebecca’s new husband, Brett Ward, whose tangle of lies will cast Leo into the path of a ruthless gang that will stop at nothing—not even murder—to protect what’s theirs.

Leo's boyhood hero, Henry "Heck" Sundstrom was larger than life. Lately, however Heck's life has been spiraling out of control. First the honeymoon boating accident that killed Heck's son and new daughter-in-law, Allison. And now the big man himself was dying--struck down by delivery truck in a seedy section of Seattle. As he starts to investigate, Leo begins to wonder if Allison went down with the ship. And whether, with the aid of his, aging legmen, "the Boys," he can prove they're on the trail of a "black widow" who may be less "late" and more lethal than anyone ever suspected.

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The new pulse pounding thriller from bestselling author Dani Amore. Vincent Keyes is an L.A. psychologist who specializes in peak performance. He helps some of Hollywood’s brightest celebrities, sports stars, and corporate executives be the best that they can be. 

But suddenly, the doctor's own ability to perform under pressure is put to the test when someone forces him to "practice what he preaches" or people very close to him will die. 

The psychologist quickly finds himself in a complex web of murder, manipulation and revenge in which he must be smarter, faster and stronger than he ever thought he could be. 

In a quiet country village, secrets abound.
When a young girl, Abbie Campbell, is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community and a chain of events, which threatens to expose long-kept secrets, is triggered. 
For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy–she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost. And Ellie isn’t the only one with something to hide. She and her sister Leo believe they have put their troubled childhood behind them, but Leo’s quest for the truth reveals a terrible secret that has lain hidden for years.
Ellie’s neighbour, former detective Tom Douglas, has escaped to Little Melham in search of a quiet life, but finds himself drawn into the web of deceit as his every instinct tells him that what happened to young Abbie was far more than a tragic accident.
In this gripping novel, the peaceful English countryside belies the horrible truths that lurk beneath the trimmed hedgerows, behind the closed doors of smart sitting rooms and within unspoken conversations.

Three young women are found floating in a lake.

The suspect is one of the richest and most powerful men in Tennessee.

"Reasonable Fear" is the fourth of the bestselling Joe Dillard series offered by Scott Pratt. In this novel, Dillard has become the district attorney in Northeast Tennessee. He becomes heavily involved in the investigation with Sheriff Leon Bates and soon realizes that he is up against an enemy that he has never before encountered -- someone so rich and so powerful that the course of justice could be altered by money and political influence. But when bodies start showing up in his driveway and his family is threatened with termination, Dillard must ask himself a previously unthinkable question. His life, and the lives of his family, depend on the answer.

From the chart-topping author Eva Hudson, a new crime thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat.

A young American trader is found fatally poisoned in his office in the City of London. Two days later, a Latvian immigrant is discovered floating face down in the River Thames, brutally murdered. When Special Agent Ingrid Skyberg, the FBI's criminal investigator in London, starts to dig, she uncovers an unlikely link between these two cases via the murder of a congresswoman in Savannah, Georgia.

In the course of her investigations, Ingrid puts her own safety at greater risk than she ever has before. The problem is, she doesn't even know just how much danger she's in.

With little help from either her colleagues within the embassy, or the local police, Ingrid is running out of time to piece together the seemingly disconnected clues to track down the killer before he strikes again.

This time she's the target.

If you love Lee Child, eagerly await the new Michael Connolly and wonder how you survived between episodes of Homeland, the new Ingrid Skyberg FBI thriller could be just what you've been waiting for.

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When a bullied 15 year old asks a professional burglar for advice, he gets life lessons... and death lessons. Be careful what you ask for. 

Killing someone is a lot harder than you'd imagine. Physically harder, I mean. On TV a guy strangles someone for like 5 seconds and the body slumps to the ground in a heap of dead just like that. In real life, it takes so long you wouldn't believe it.

See, I saw someone get strangled once when I was 9.

Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home where Claire’s siblings inform Connor that their fifteen-year-old sister was abducted from a city street ten years ago and is presumed dead. 

During those ten years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the smallest way, someone dies. Even now, her clandestine run-in with Connor Parks may have put his life at risk, as well as the lives of her family. 

Connor is convinced that not only is Claire Fletcher alive, but that she is also the woman he met at the bar. Driven to see her again, he begins his own investigation, off the clock and without the police department's consent. He is determined to find her and unravel the mystery of her abduction and odd reemergence. But finding Claire Fletcher proves more dangerous than he anticipates. In fact, it may be deadly. 

FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop is assigned to the "For You" killer's task force after a series of sadistic murders bearing the same signature arise in different parts of the country. 

The homicides are both calculated and savage, occurring in different states, but bearing the same signature: the words "for you" scribbled at each crime scene. The case chills Kassidy, bringing back memories of her own encounter with a violent criminal five years earlier. 

Kassidy's mentor, legendary agent Talia "The Confessor" Crossen knows the task force assignment is Kassidy's chance to prove to her colleagues that she belongs in the Behavior Analysis Unit. For five years, other FBI agents and profilers scoffed at Kassidy's appointment to the BAU, believing she was only offered the position in exchange for her silence about the brutal assault that almost killed her. 

The stakes rise when the task force links the killer's signature to Kassidy. As more and more bodies turn up, Kassidy must delve into her past and the mysterious death of her twin sister, which holds the key to uncovering the killer's identity. 

The closer Kassidy comes to finding the killer, the closer she comes to a deadly confrontation that could cost her everything--including her own life.

For years, the serial kidnapper known as the Piper got rich by abducting children from San Francisco’s wealthiest families.
When crime reporter Scott Fleetwood gets a call from a man identifying himself as the Piper and offers an exclusive interview, Fleetwood jumps at the chance. But the caller turns out to be a fake, and the rash decision costs the life of the real Piper’s latest victim.
For eight long years, Fleetwood has lived with unbearable guilt—and the enduring disdain of the entire Bay area. Now he hears from the real Piper—and it’s not for an interview. The kidnapper has the reporter’s son. But he doesn’t want money…he wants blood. And he’s going to use Fleetwood to get it.
In the tradition of Harlan Coben and Gregg Hurwitz, Simon Wood weaves a plot thick with suspense and heavy with action. Paying the Piper grabs hold from page one and doesn’t let go until new debts are paid and old scores settled.

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The Girl From Nowhere (An Alex Novalis Novel)

“I’m being followed,” she said. “I think he wants to kill me.”
When a panicked young woman slips her hand into his in 1960s Chinatown, just before a knife-wielding stalker attacks, private eye Alex Novalis finds his cherished hard-boiled persona threatened by a romantic streak that has a habit of getting him into trouble. Sandy Smollett is triple trouble—a stripper who comes on like the girl next door and has a way of bending the truth to suit any occasion. Novalis finds her irresistible.
It doesn’t help that her mobster boss, a sleazy politico, and an attorney brandishing an envelope stuffed with cash all warn Novalis that Sandy is strictly off limits. Things don’t get easier when Novalis finds a dead man in her apartment, or when they both are kidnapped by homicidal thugs. Who is Sandy Smollett? For once she tells the truth when she tells Novalis, “I’m the Girl from Nowhere.”
Christopher Finch’s sophisticated sequel to Good Girl, Bad Girl unfolds against the background of a volatile era of social upheaval.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (Matthew Scudder Book 10)

See the hit film now in a theater near you! And read the book that inspired it!

Filmed in the streets of New York City (Clinton Hill, Whitestone, Hell's Kitchen, Washington Heights), A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as unlicensed private eye and sober alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Supporting players include Dan Stevens (ex-Downton Abbey), David Balfour, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Adam David Thompson,and Sebastian Roche; TJ is played by Brian "Astro" Bradley. Scott Frank wrote the screenplay, and directed the film.

The wife of a heroin wholesaler is killed and dismembered after he haggles over the price of her ransom. Who do you call when you can't call the cops?

You call Matt Scudder.

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Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

"I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." –Stephen King

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LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Nine months ago, a shocking assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived two tours in Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.

They are each other’s last chance. And they’re about to investigate the one case no one wants them to touch: identifying the men who murdered Stephanie. But what they find could ultimately break them both. 

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