by Joseph L. Gavett (Goodreads Author)
P.I. Tobin Miles, a former San Francisco major crime detective, is hired by Ms. Trisha Walker, local nightclub singer, to investigate the murder of her estranged father Richard Gorde. His body was discovered by two young boys near Hayward after the shallow grave that held his body was unearthed following the massive Bay area earthquake in April of 1906.
Little does P.I. Miles realize the brutal murder is but one of many committed by 24-year-old Annie Halfpenny. Posing as a man, she has managed to elude discovery by the police until the private detective sets out to find her.
Born in Australia under the zodiac sign of cancer, she became California’s most prolific serial killer of the early 1900s, brutally murdering 23 individuals between 1902 & 1912.
The case becomes all-consuming for P.I Miles, spanning four years. The investigation takes a tremendous toll on his family and nearly claims his life.
by M.T. Bass (Goodreads Author)
With help from a former starlet ex-girl friend, a friendly police sergeant whose life was saved in the war by his brother and a nosy Los Angeles Times reporter, Hawk's search for the truth takes him through cross-fire, dog fights and mine fields in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank and Las Vegas, and leads him into some of the darker corners of his brother's patient files and private life that he never knew existed.
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by David Smith (Goodreads Author)
I saw the glint of the fish knife in his hand as he started to run… I flinched instinctively to avoid…more
I saw the glint of the fish knife in his hand as he started to run… I flinched instinctively to avoid him, but he ran straight past me and lunged instead at the man on the steps. It was all over quickly before I even realised what was happening. I heard the businessman gasp softly and then he went down, silently to his knees.
The stranger is still breathing, but Alice can see the life draining from him. Her mind races as she continues to fight for his life, almost in tears with the effort. Convinced it must have been a bungled mugging, Alice’s conviction crumbles when the man is killed with a bullet to the head within minutes of the first attack. Who has killed this random stranger? And why? [close]
― Hazel Butler, Chasing Azrael
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