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Concrete Pearl


Vincent Zandri - 2011
    She's also had to rebuild her family business from the bottom up thanks to bad luck and bad fines. So it's easy to see why OSHA, breathing down her neck on her latest job at Albany's PS 20, has the contractor on edge. She's used to putting out fires, but this is about to be a full-on explosion--three hundred students at risk for exposure to deadly asbestos--and the asbestos removal contractor, Jimmy Farrell, is nowhere to be found. The clues--Jimmy's cleared-out office, his impounded car, his "gone fishing" story to his wife--point to something more troubling, possibly foul play. Armed with a framing hammer in lieu of a gun, Spike must sleuth her way through a world of deception, greed, and murder if she's going to nail a killer.

It's In Her Blood


S.S. Roswell - 2015
    She must face unsurmountable danger, taking lives and putting hers on the line to save him while dealing with emotional turmoil when she found out her loving husband was not as devoted as she thought and her enemies are more powerful and devious than she imagined.

Forget Me Not


A.M. Taylor - 2018
    And when Nora disappeared, all the air went with her. Without her best friend, Maddie’s life became impossible.Ten years later, Nora is still missing and Maddie is still searching. People have been questioned. People have even been accused. But no one has managed to find Nora.Then, in the same spot where Nora went missing, the murdered body of Nora’s little sister is found. Convinced this is no coincidence, Maddie resolves to uncover the killer and find Nora – dead or alive.But will she be able to cope, when we learn what really happened to Nora…?

The Ones You Trust


Caroline Overington - 2018
    Someone has taken her little girl ... Emma Cardwell, host of top-rating morning TV show Cuppa, is beloved by audiences and only occasionally stalked by crazy fans. She seems to have it all - fame, money, a gorgeous family - but when her tiny daughter disappears from daycare, Emma is faced with every mother's worst nightmare. Is this a kidnapping, a product of her high profile, or is somebody out for revenge? As the hour's tick by and the pressure mounts, everything comes under scrutiny, including her own marriage, and Emma is forced to confront a terrifying question: can we trust the ones we love?

Before Evil


Alex Kava - 2017
     From her small Quantico office, Special Agent Maggie O'Dell has profiled serial killers using Poloraids, faxed copies and scraps of evidence provided by homicide detectives from across the country. She's gained a reputation for successfully profiling killers and solving crimes without ever stepping foot at a real crime scene.Then comes Albert Stucky, and nothing will ever be the same.Stucky is a sadistic madman who enjoys his twisted games as much as he enjoys the kill. Pieces of victims start showing up in takeout containers, strategically left for unsuspecting bystanders to find. Sometimes the body is dumped near by. Others are never found.Maggie is tasked with profiling the murders. Despite all her skills and talents nothing has prepared for this. For the first time in her career she’s seeing the gruesome crime scenes firsthand, because this madman has chosen the backwoods of Virginia as his killing grounds.When Stucky discovers an attractive female FBI agent is part of the task force to stop him, he begins to taunt Maggie. He leaves notes and bits and pieces as if they were clues for a morbid scavenger hunt. Each step of the way he’s daring Maggie to catch him if she can, all the while planning to make her his next prey.Let the chase begin.

One Two Buckle My Shoe


Jessie Hunter - 1997
    He is the Chocolate Man, a methodical serial killer who has already abducted seven children. But with number eight the Chocolate Man makes a terrible mistake: the child he takes is a little girl. Desperate and confused, this obsessive psychopath doesn't know what to do next--and neither do the police.While they scramble to predict the Chocolate Man's next move, terrified yet resourceful nine-year-old Emily Lookinland struggles to survive the clutches of a madman who is both grown-up monster and lonely child. And, caught in the middle of it all is Emily's grief-torn mother, a woman propelled by vengeance and hope, who will stop at nothing to rescue her daughter."Gripping suspense and a moving psychological portrait.. Turns the stereotype of the unstoppable, mechanical serial killer upside-down." - Publishers Weekly

The Prize


Geoffrey M. Cooper - 2018
    Pam Weller makes the discovery of a lifetime when she finds a drug with the potential for treating Alzheimer’s. But her success threatens the supremacy of Eric Prescott, a leading figure in Alzheimer’s research. Lusting relentlessly for the Nobel Prize, Prescott fears that Pam’s work will derail his ambitions. He seduces one of Pam’s research fellows and enlists her in a plot to brand Pam a fraud and steal her discovery. Leading Pam into a world where nothing is real, except threats to her career, her freedom and even her life.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------“Fans of Robin Cook-style medical thrillers will relish the interpersonal relationships, drama, and contrast between lab and scientific research special interests…..the result is a thoroughly engrossing science odyssey that touches upon social and research issues alike.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review“One of the highlights of this book is how comfortably Cooper manages to find a balance in presenting difficult scientific topics in an easy-to-follow narrative….An intense story about ruthlessness in the scientific community.” – Kirkus Reviews “Geoffrey M. Cooper creates stunning antagonists in THE PRIZE, while peeling back the curtain of the scientific community to reveal its humanity. A great read for science lovers and anyone who enjoys a big, juicy scandal.” Ditrie Marie Bowie, IndieReader 4.5 Stars“The Prize is a clever, suspenseful page-turner for seasoned lab-coat wearers and novice geeks alike. The real question here is...what took Geoffrey M. Cooper so long to start writing fiction. If he ever gets tired of test tubes and academic politics in real life, The Prize proves that he has the imagination and literary chops to have a robust second career as a writer.” – Colorado Book Review 4.5 Stars“The book provides a serious account of how scientific investigation can be side-tracked by chicanery…The end spirals to a climax that is only partially predictable.” – San Francisco Book Review 5 Stars“A fast-paced science thriller that would rival Michael Crichton or Patricia Cornwell” – Manhattan Book Review“For readers who enjoy medical thrillers, The Prize is a top-notch entry into the genre…an immensely satisfying read.” – Self-Publishing Review 4.5 Stars“A medical thriller at its best, featuring themes that are real and contemporary and characters that are highly believable. The reader gets sucked into a world of science and medicine, with characters that are driven and rock-solid… Geoffrey M Cooper demonstrates a great gift for conflict and plot, weaving scenes that are emotionally rich and focused, and keeping the reader excited about the plot with well-crafted suspense and red herrings. The Prize is surely a bestseller in the making, a page-turner that is intelligently plotted and accomplished with unusual finesse and mastery.” – Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars

Martin Swans Diary: Black Water Crossing


Kyle Keyes - 2011
    He only replied to the want-ad because the wording linked Florida with Washington DC and wanted someone who could speak Arabic. The year was 2008. Jobs were scarce, gas prices high. The back page ad called for a big rig driver with a clean record, who could be at Black Water Crossing the day before Halloween. As fate would have it, a quirky satellite blackout occurred before the government agent could complete the overseas agreement. A follow-up call led nowhere. Thus, the mid-east connection never fell victim to a federal communications dragnet – nor could Martin Swan detail the pending threat against Washington, or where the explosives would come ashore.

14 Ways to Die


Vincent Ralph
    A page-turning new YA thriller for the social media age, perfect for fans of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and One Of Us Is Lying.Ten years ago, Jess's mother was murdered by the Magpie Man.She was the first of his victims but not the last.Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she's using it to catch the killer once and for all.The whole world is watching her every move.And so is the Magpie Man.

The Car Bomb


T.V. LoCicero - 2013
    Booze, drugs, womanizing and a passion for the news are all part of what makes this brilliant, erratic TV anchor a major player in this deeply troubled city. Finally, Frank decides if digging out the truth about his pal the judge is worth risking his own career, family and life. “A compelling and wonderfully written piece of urban crime fiction, The Car Bomb is a pleasure from start to finish. With its economical and supple prose, brilliant dialogue, sharply-drawn characters and plot that keeps the pages turning, LoCicero has produced a gripping tale of corruption and redemption in Detroit. A classy and fast-paced read.”--Victoria Best, Tales from the Reading Room

The Veritas Deception


Lynne Constantine - 2016
    He contacted one man before he died: investigative journalist, Jack Logan. He left Jack a single clue to help him uncover the truth and keep Phillips’s widow, Taylor, safe. But safe from whom? Jack and Taylor’s desperate hunt leads them to a vast network of corrupt authority, controlling everything from social media and television programming to law enforcement and US legislation. The key to unraveling a complex web of lies is a set of ancient relics, dating back to the time of Christ. But what do these relics have to do with a senator’s death? Allies turn to foes when Jack and Taylor discover that those closest to them are part of the conspiracy and that they too have been manipulated. How long has a puppet master been pulling their strings—and will Jack and Taylor trust the right people long enough to win what becomes a colossal battle for souls?

Over My Shoulder


Patricia Dixon - 2018
    They fall in love. Sounds simple? It isn’t. When Freya falls for the manipulative Kane, her life changes beyond her wildest imagination. When the luxurious life she craves gradually becomes intolerable she realises escape is out of reach. Her life has changed and so has she. She knows that when she least expects it, he will return and make good his promise to exact revenge and ensure she pays the price he fell he is owed. Can Freya ever be free? Whoever knew love could be so dangerous. Following Freya from her carefree twenties up to the present day, Over My Shoulder is an intricate tale of blinkered love and obsession.

The Mother's Tale


Camilla Noli - 2009
    She used to be a successful career woman in control of her life and with her husband's undivided attention. But now her control is slipping away. Motherhood is devouring her life. She is desperate to reclaim her sense of self, even if that means thinking the unthinkable.

Gone Forever


Scott Blade - 2015
    LONER. HERO. DRIFTER. ORPHAN SON. Set in the world of #1 International Bestseller Lee Child's Jack Reacher. In The Affair, Reacher was sent to a small town to solve a crime. In true Reacher fashion, he snuffed out the bad guys and said goodbye to a beautiful woman. But this time, he left something behind--a son. Cameron learns at his mother's deathbed that his father is some drifter named Jack Reacher. Armed with Reacher genes and his sheriff mother's relentless upbringing, Cameron sets out into the world to Get Jack Reacher. To know his father; Cameron follows in his footsteps--literally. With one thumb out, he hits the road to track down the father that doesn't know he exists, but what he gets instead is a small town with a deadly secret and a distraught husband fighting to find his missing wife. Cameron is on a mission. The need for justice drives him. Like father, like son.

The Silent Girls


Ann Troup - 2016
    After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth must come out.Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it is best to leave them buried.