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The First Rule of Survival
by Paul Mendelson (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Apr 17, 2014'An excellent, uncompromising crime thriller made even better by its setting ... the story is two journeys in one, and I'm glad I took both.' LEE CHIL…more[close] 'An excellent, uncompromising crime thriller made even better by its setting ... the story is two journeys in one, and I'm glad I took both.' LEE CHILDView Details »
Seven years ago in Cape Town three South African schoolboys were abducted in broad daylight on consecutive days.
They were never seen again.
Now, a new case for the unpredictable Colonel Vaughn De Vries casts a light on the original enquiry; for him, a personal failure which has haunted him for those seven years and has cost him his marriage and peace of mind.
Struggling in a mire of departmental and racial rivalry, De Vries seeks the whole truth and unravels a complex history of abuse, deception and murder. Challenging friends, colleagues and enemies, De Vries comes to realise he doesn’t know who is which any more.
Set against the richly described background of Cape Town and the endless rolling veld, this chilling thriller reveals layer on layer of abuse – physical, political and psychological.
[close]Giveaway dates: Jan 29 - Mar 09, 201425 copies available, 423 people requestingCountries available: GB
by Vinal Lang (Goodreads Author)
Enter to win a signed copy of Keeping Minds, along with a very limited, hand edited page from an early printed manuscript, some very limited stickers…more[close] Enter to win a signed copy of Keeping Minds, along with a very limited, hand edited page from an early printed manuscript, some very limited stickers AND a bookmark, cut from an early test version of the cover! All of this sent straight from the authors hands! Enter now!View Details »
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What could trigger a chain of events that would take a couple of ordinary people on a dark, intricate journey that twists until the very suspenseful end?
A lustful, late night skinny dip. A mysterious woman's disappearance. A botched, messy robbery. An unsettling police interrogation. A cold blooded murder?!
...or all of the above, perhaps?
Keeping Minds is a compelling story about the good in people and the bad in people. A consuming story about people changing and people being forced to change. An intriguing story about how the human mind can impact your perception, of the entire world.
A sexy sensual ride through the lives and minds of ordinary people being pushed into extraordinary circumstances. Keeping Minds is an intense look at how the person you are, may only be what is in your memories...and in your mind. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 20 - Mar 09, 20141 copy available, 827 people requestingCountries available: US, CA, and GB
The Ways of the Dead: A Novel
by Neely Tucker
Release date: Jun 12, 2014EARLY GALLEY GIVEAWAY
"If this is Tucker's first novel, I can't wait for what's coming next." —Michael Connelly
The electrifying first novel in a new cr…more[close] EARLY GALLEY GIVEAWAYView Details »
"If this is Tucker's first novel, I can't wait for what's coming next." —Michael Connelly
The electrifying first novel in a new crime series from a veteran Washington, D.C., reporter.
When the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington, D.C., judge is found dead, three local black kids are arrested for her murder—but reporter Sully Carter suspects there’s more to the case. From the city’s grittiest backstreets to the elegant halls of power, wry yet wounded Sully pursues a string of cold cases, all the while fighting against pressure from government officials, police, suspicious locals, and his own bosses at the newspaper. Based on the real-life 1990s Princeton Place murders, Neely Tucker’s debut novel is a pitch-perfect rendering of a fast-paced newsroom and a layered, edge-of-your-seat mystery sure to please fans of Elmore Leonard and George Pelecanos.
For more info: http://www.neelytucker.com/ [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 03 - Mar 09, 201440 copies available, 1090 people requestingCountries available: US
by Gaylord Dold (Goodreads Author)
The author is giving away 5 signed first editions of Cold Cash, a Mitch Roberts detective novel, first published in 1988, in order to observe the publ…more[close] The author is giving away 5 signed first editions of Cold Cash, a Mitch Roberts detective novel, first published in 1988, in order to observe the publication of the entire Mitch Roberts series as e-books by Premier Digital Publishing. These classic private eye detective original paperbacks are collector's items and will be signed by the author. Starting in 2013-14, the entire MItch Roberts series will be available on major platforms like Amazon, Apple, Nook and Kobo, promoted by PDP in Los Angeles and represented by Joel Gotler Associates. The author will personally fulfill this gift obligation. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 01 - Mar 10, 20145 copies available, 546 people requestingCountries available: US
by Gaylord Dold (Goodreads Author)
The author is giving away 2 signed first editions of Disheveled City, a Mitch Roberts detective novel, first published in 1990, in order to observe th…more[close] The author is giving away 2 signed first editions of Disheveled City, a Mitch Roberts detective novel, first published in 1990, in order to observe the publication of the entire Mitch Roberts series as e-books by Premier Digital Publishing. These classic private eye detective original paperbacks are collector's items and will be signed by the author. Starting in 2013-14, the entire MItch Roberts series will be available on major platforms like Amazon, Apple, Nook and Kobo, promoted by PDP in Los Angeles and represented by Joel Gotler Associates. The author will personally fulfill this gift obligation. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 01 - Mar 10, 20142 copies available, 330 people requestingCountries available: US
Exit Strategy (Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller, #1)
by Colleen Cross (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 01, 2014“An international tale of diamonds, danger and disappearance, Exit Strategy gripped me from page one..."
Katerina Carter uncovers a massive blood diam…more[close] “An international tale of diamonds, danger and disappearance, Exit Strategy gripped me from page one..."View Details »
Katerina Carter uncovers a massive blood diamond laundering scheme at Liberty Diamond Mines, just as two key Liberty insiders are murdered. Will Kat be next?
Don't miss this riveting read by Crimewriter Colleen Cross - first in the Katerina Carter fraud thriller series!
Also check out the other current Colleen Cross Goodreads giveaways. Find out more at http://www.colleencross.com [close]
The Lydecker Mysteries (Vol. 2)
by William Cheevers (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 31, 2014Frank Lydecker is a Chicago detective turned private investigator with a penchant for old things and old ways. Vol. 2 of "The Lydecker Mysteries" pres…more[close] Frank Lydecker is a Chicago detective turned private investigator with a penchant for old things and old ways. Vol. 2 of "The Lydecker Mysteries" presents five new stories from Lydecker's casebook in the changing world of the 1950s. Who is blackmailing John Franklin for a wartime indiscretion? What is the link between two men murdered in the same neighborhood twenty years apart? Who killed an antique dealer for a rare daguerreotype photograph and why? Gambling addiction is the motive for embezzlement and murder. Or is it? How does the arrest of a drug dealer for murder thrust Lydecker into a moral dilemma that tests his loyalty to a lifelong friend? [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 10 - Mar 10, 201420 copies available, 449 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero
by Douglas Perry (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 20, 2014EARLY GALLEY GIVEAWAY
The true story of Eliot Ness, the legendary lawman who led the Untouchables, took on Al Capone, and saved a city’s soul
Eliot Ness…more[close] EARLY GALLEY GIVEAWAYView Details »
The true story of Eliot Ness, the legendary lawman who led the Untouchables, took on Al Capone, and saved a city’s soul
Eliot Ness is famous for leading the Untouchables against the notorious mobster Al Capone. But it turns out that the legendary Prohibition Bureau squad’s daring raids were only the beginning. Ness’s true legacy reaches far beyond Big
Al and Chicago.
Eliot Ness follows the lawman through his days in Chicago and into his forgotten second act. As the public safety director of Cleveland, he achieved his greatest success: purging the city of corruption so deep that the mob and the police were often one and the same. And it was here, too, that he faced one of his greatest challenges: a brutal, serial killer known as the Torso Murderer, who terrorized the city for years.
Eliot Ness presents the first complete picture of the real Eliot Ness. Both fearless and shockingly shy, he inspired courage and loyalty in men twice his age, forged law-enforcement innovations that are still with us today, and earned acclaim and scandal from both his professional and personal lives. Through it all, he believed unwaveringly in the integrity of law and the basic goodness of his fellow Americans. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 21 - Mar 10, 201432 copies available, 1016 people requestingCountries available: US
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (Fiona Griffiths, #3)
by Harry Bingham (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 13, 2014*Early proof copies of one of crime fiction's hottest new writers and it's sharpest new detective.*
In her third outing in this acclaimed series, DC Fi…more[close] *Early proof copies of one of crime fiction's hottest new writers and it's sharpest new detective.*View Details »
In her third outing in this acclaimed series, DC Fiona Griffiths' damaged psyche is given its sternest test as she volunteers to go undercover.
When DC Fiona Griffiths says 'yes' to her policeman boyfriend, it's an affirmation that she wants finally to put her psychological breakdown behind her, and become a resident of 'Planet Normal' like everybody else. But she still can't resist the challenge of an undercover policing course, and finding it remarkably easy to assume a new identity, she comes top of the class. So when an ingenious payroll fraud starts to look like the tip of a huge criminal iceberg, Fiona is selected to infiltrate the fraudsters' operation. Posing as a meek former payroll clerk now forced to work as a cleaner, Fiona Griffiths becomes Fiona Grey, hoping the criminals will try and recruit her - knowing that if they discover her real identity, she's dead meat. But as Fiona penetrates deeper into their operation, coming closer to identifying the mastermind behind it, she faces another, even more frightening danger - that her always fragile grip on her sense of self has now been lost and she may never find her way back. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 26 - Mar 10, 201410 copies available, 156 people requestingCountries available: GB
by F.M. Meredith
No Sanctuary is #5 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series and the short blurb is two churches, two ministers, two wives, one murder.
This is a good int…more[close] No Sanctuary is #5 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series and the short blurb is two churches, two ministers, two wives, one murder.View Details »
This is a good introduction to the Rocky Bluff P.D. series and a way for readers to get to know the men and women in the series. #10 in the series, Murder in the Worst Degree is due out this month.
Jeff Edwards, AAA Book Reviews said about this series, "F. M. Meredith has crafted a smoothly compelling police drama, peopled by convincing characters."
Claudia Elliott, Editor, Southern Sierra Messenger said, "...the nuts and bolts of a police procedural are woven seamlessly, with enough twist and turns to avoid being predictable and with characters you will continue to think about after the mysteries are solved." [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 01 - Mar 10, 201415 copies available, 296 people requestingCountries available: US
The Dead of Summer
by Mari Jungstedt, Tiina Nunnally
Release date: Feb 24, 2014"The twists perfectly combine surprise and logic.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"One of Scandinavia's best crime writers, Jungstedt delivers an ex…more[close] "The twists perfectly combine surprise and logic.”—Publishers Weekly, starred reviewView Details »
"One of Scandinavia's best crime writers, Jungstedt delivers an excellent clammy atmosphere and a constant premonition of weird deaths to come. She’s becoming one of Scandinavia’s best crime writers, no mean compliment in a crowded field.”—The London Times
"Mari Jungstedt creates the special atmosphere of Nordic crime–that land of snow and ice that fires our imagination.”—The Independent
A FATHER OF TWO IS brutally murdered during his morning jog along a beautiful beach, leaving his family exposed and vulnerable. The investigation seems to be going nowhere—until a Russian tanker docks nearby and a second murder is discovered.
THE DEAD OF SUMMER is set on the most isolated island in the Baltic Sea. It’s a raw crime novel combined with a tragic drama, and this time around, Anders Knutas’ intuitive assistant Karin Jacobsson leads the investigation.
SMART PLOTS and swift, excruciating suspense have made Mari Jungstedt one of Sweden’s most beloved authors. With over three million copies of her novels sold thus far, Jungstedt is one of the best selling crime-in-translation authors for Random House UK.
Nearly 4 million copies of The Anders Knutas series by Mari Jungstedt has sold worldwide. Each novel—often centered around a brutally violent crime—is set on the serene Gotland Island, both beautiful and isolated. Jungstedt has been highly praised for expertly crafting intelligent and excruciatingly suspenseful narratives and successfully interweaving the personal lives of her beloved characters. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 28 - Mar 10, 20141 copy available, 271 people requestingCountries available: US
The Boy From Reactor 4
by Orest Stelmach (Goodreads Author)
Author Autographed Copy. "Bravo to Orest Stelmach for getting it all right…I’ve lived in Alaska, Ukraine, and Siberia, three of the locations featured…more[close] Author Autographed Copy. "Bravo to Orest Stelmach for getting it all right…I’ve lived in Alaska, Ukraine, and Siberia, three of the locations featured in the story, and he paints life as it is in those places. I'd swear the characters are real people pulled off the streets. The locations…are laid out brilliantly before the reader.” —Eight Months in Ukraine [close]View Details »
Baby Driver (Once Upon A Set Of Wheels #1)
by L.M. Steel (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 01, 2014***SIGNED COPIES***
New released British Crime Thriller
On May 17th 1982, an infant girl is found in a stolen car abandoned on a bridge. Abandoned for n…more[close] ***SIGNED COPIES***View Details »
New released British Crime Thriller
On May 17th 1982, an infant girl is found in a stolen car abandoned on a bridge. Abandoned for no one; for no one came to claim her as their child, no one came to say that they were responsible for this babe, no one came to love her. This was how it was to be; always.
Following abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, foster families and others, Lotus finds unlikely allies in car thieves and drug dealers, but her life of crime extends so much further than any of them appreciate.
So very young, she takes her first life and realises how easy it is, and how no one would ever suspect the poor, timid, shy little girl who nobody calls their own.
by Margaret Barnes (Goodreads Author)
Lenny Barker is facing trial for the murder of a call girl. His Barrister, Cassie Hardman, thinks he is guilty, until she discovers he has an alibi.
Wh…more[close] Lenny Barker is facing trial for the murder of a call girl. His Barrister, Cassie Hardman, thinks he is guilty, until she discovers he has an alibi.View Details »
What risks will she run to find the crucial witness?
Will the witness be found before the jury retire?
If Barker is not the killer who is?
In a departure from conventional crime fiction, this novel focuses on the legal processes in the courtroom, and provides a fascinating glimpse of the inner workings of the English Criminal Justice System. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 25 - Mar 11, 20142 copies available, 124 people requestingCountries available: GB
Evil in All Its Disguises
by Hilary Davidson (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 11, 2014“Hilary Davidson delivers the goods — an exotic, atmospheric setting, a rocket-paced plot, and a bright, engaging heroine in Lily Moore. EVIL IN ALL I…more[close] “Hilary Davidson delivers the goods — an exotic, atmospheric setting, a rocket-paced plot, and a bright, engaging heroine in Lily Moore. EVIL IN ALL ITS DISGUISES is a top-notch mystery — exciting, harrowing, and smart.” — Lisa UngerView Details »
"Davidson's book pulses with psychological suspense." — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Anthony Award-winner Hilary Davidson weaves a thrilling story of paranoia, vengeance, and murder.
When travel writer Lily Moore joins a group of journalists for an all-expenses-paid press junket to Acapulco, Mexico, she expects sun, sand, and margaritas. Instead, she finds that the Mexican city, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a place of faded glamour and rising crime. Even the luxurious Hotel Cerón, isolated from the rest of the town, seems disturbing to her, with its grand, empty rooms, ever-watchful staff, and armed guards patrolling the grounds.
Lily isn’t the only one who suspects something rotten under the hotel’s opulent facade. Skye McDermott, another journalist on the trip, asks Lily for help with an article she’s working on about fraud and corruption in the hotel industry. Skye claims she’s eager to write a piece of real journalism rather than the fluff she’s known for. But she also lets slip that she’s deeply upset at a lover who jilted her, and she plans to exact her revenge by exposing his company’s illegal activities.
After Skye disappears suddenly, Lily suspects that her friend is in grave danger. But the hotel’s staff insists that everything is fine and refuses to contact the police. Only after Lily tries—and fails—to leave the Hotel Cerón does she discover the truth: the journalists are prisoners in a gilded cage.
Too late, Lily realizes that she has been maneuvered into the role of bait in a vicious, vengeful plot. Faced with unthinkable choices, Lily must summon all her strength to survive, confront the past she’s still running from, and save other lives.
"Smoothly sinister characters and a creepy Poe-like atmosphere keep the pages turning." — Publishers Weekly
“Davidson has a great eye for the small detail that leads the reader into the spot and her puzzle plots are beautifully organized and crafted... This third book featuring travel journalist Lily Moore is the best of the set.” — The Globe & Mail [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 03 - Mar 11, 20141 copy available, 157 people requestingCountries available: US
My Whispers of Horror: Letters Telling Women's True Tales from Ex-USSR Nations
by Olga Brine (Goodreads Author), Chris Brine (Goodreads Author), Brine Books Publishing
This is a collection of TRUE STORIES from real women in Ukraine and Russia telling their difficult experiences involved in forced human traf…more[close] FREE COPY!View Details »
This is a collection of TRUE STORIES from real women in Ukraine and Russia telling their difficult experiences involved in forced human trafficking, domestic violence, child abuse, and more. Learn what women in that region of the world experience during these trials and tribulations of their lives and why it is is often difficult to get away from it there. [close]
Giveaway dates: Feb 12 - Mar 12, 20141 copy available, 340 people requestingCountries available: US
The New Black
by Richard Thomas (Goodreads Author) , Laird Barron (Goodreads Author) , Brian Evenson, Stephen Graham Jones, Lindsay Hunter (Goodreads Author), Benjamin Percy (Goodreads Author), Roxane Gay (Goodreads Author), Kyle Minor (Goodreads Author) , more…Paul Tremblay (Goodreads Author), Roy Kesey (Goodreads Author), Craig Davidson, Rebecca Jones-Howe (Goodreads Author), Joe Meno, Vanessa Veselka (Goodreads Author), Nik Korpon (Goodreads Author), Craig Wallwork (Goodreads Author), Tara Laskowski (Goodreads Author), Matt Bell (Goodreads Author), Antonia Crane (Goodreads Author), Craig Clevenger (Goodreads Author), Micaela Morrissette, Richard Lange (Goodreads Author) …less
Release date: May 13, 2014The New Black is a collection of twenty neo-noir stories exemplifying the best authors currently writing in this dark sub-genre. A mixture of horror,…more[close] The New Black is a collection of twenty neo-noir stories exemplifying the best authors currently writing in this dark sub-genre. A mixture of horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, and the grotesque—all with a literary bent—these stories are the future of genre-bending fiction. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 14 - Mar 14, 201410 copies available, 669 people requestingCountries available: US
A Serious Mistake, a Novel: Book Two in the Grievance Committee Series
by Frank R. Southers (Goodreads Author)
The Law is not just a job for criminal defense lawyer Scott Lonnigan. It's his life.
Scott treats his appointment to the Grievance Committee in San An…more[close] The Law is not just a job for criminal defense lawyer Scott Lonnigan. It's his life.View Details »
Scott treats his appointment to the Grievance Committee in San Antonio, Texas in the same way. He uses common sense in judging complaints against lawyers since each represents a story of hopes and fears for both parties. Each accusation means at least one person made a serious mistake.
Maybe the lawyer accused of settling without the client's consent? Or, maybe the lawyer accused of extortion and harassment of the other party, an ob-gyn?
Or, maybe the dead lawyer in the stolen airplane caper in the Bahamas? Or, maybe the baby lawyer accused of falsely advertising his abilities in the Yellow Pages?
Now, it's Scott's turn because a serious mistake threatens to turn Scott's world upside down.
When the judge is the accused, will Justice be there? Or, the fix? Or, retribution?
How will Scott find redemption? [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 14 - Mar 14, 20145 copies available, 154 people requestingCountries available: US
by Robert Crais
Release date: Mar 27, 2014They were each other's last chance - investigating a case no one wants...
The brilliant new thriller from the bestselling author of the Elvis Cole and…more[close] They were each other's last chance - investigating a case no one wants...View Details »
The brilliant new thriller from the bestselling author of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, Robert Crais.
LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking late-night 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 three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing out explosives before losing her handler to an IED.
They are each other's last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie. What they begin to find takes them both on a journey through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 13 - Mar 14, 201420 copies available, 279 people requestingCountries available: GB
The Forgotten Girl
by Jessica Sorensen (Goodreads Author)
Twenty-three year-old Maddie Asherford is haunted by a past she can’t remember. When she was fifteen years old, there was a tragic accident and she wa…more[close] Twenty-three year-old Maddie Asherford is haunted by a past she can’t remember. When she was fifteen years old, there was a tragic accident and she was left with amnesia.View Details »
In the aftermath, Maddie’s left struggling with who she is—the forgotten girl she was eight years ago or the Maddie she is now. Sometimes it even feels like she might be two different people completely—the good Maddie and the bad one.
Good Maddie goes to therapy, spends time with her family, and works on healing herself. Bad Maddie rebels and has dark thoughts of hurting people and sometimes even killing them.
Maddie manages to keep her twisted thoughts hidden for the most part. That is until she starts having blackouts. Each time she wakes up from one, she’s near a murder scene with no recollection of what happened the night before and this helpless feeling like she’s losing control of her life. Maddie doesn’t want to believe she’s a killer, but she begins to question who she really was in her past. If she was bad Maddie all along and that maybe she was a killer.
***Standalone. Dark Thriller** [close]
by Lawrence Thackston (Goodreads Author)
Released on November 29, 2013, and now as a part of its expanding national promotion, receive a copy in trade paperback of Lawrence Thackston's newest…more[close] Released on November 29, 2013, and now as a part of its expanding national promotion, receive a copy in trade paperback of Lawrence Thackston's newest mystery-thriller Tidal Pools from Holladay House Publishing. Set in the Galeegi Islands along the coast of South Carolina, Tidal Pools is an exciting police procedural that involves African mythology, the Gullah culture, local coastal history and a seemingly unstoppable serial killer. Be a part of this exciting giveaway today! [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 15 - Mar 15, 201412 copies available, 210 people requestingCountries available: US
by Joe B. Parr (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Feb 05, 2014Win a signed copy of The Victim, the first of the Detective Jake Hunter series of mystery suspense novels.
When two local gangbangers are found dead, w…more[close] Win a signed copy of The Victim, the first of the Detective Jake Hunter series of mystery suspense novels.View Details »
When two local gangbangers are found dead, who really cares? This 'who cares' case quickly turns into a high profile hunt for a serial vigilante killer. The body count and pressure rise in Ft Worth, Texas as local community leaders and media pundits stir up political discourse and racial tensions mount.
Police Detective Jake 'Cowboy' Hunter has been out of the field for six months struggling to overcome the on-duty shooting death of his longtime partner. His boss has an easy case for him to 'get back in the saddle' while breaking in a new detective. After all, it's just another case of bad guys ending up dead.
While he readjusts to being back on the streets, Hunter and his temporary partner, Billy Sanders, find themselves sloshing through the gang infested underbelly of Fort Worth as they chase a vigilante who has set himself up as a modern day serial Bernard Goetz. In the process, he has set off a firestorm of racially tinged political pressure by choosing minority gangbangers as his targets.
Between the piling body count and the media frenzy building to what’s sure to be an all-out war on the streets, Hunter and his team’s investigation leads them to suspect even the ‘good guys.’ Tensions escalate until Hunter discovers the media hype can help him outsmart the killer.
[close]Giveaway dates: Feb 17 - Mar 15, 20142 copies available, 170 people requestingCountries available: US
by Matt Carrell (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 11, 2014On land or at sea the vortex is mesmerising but lethal. Andy Duncan joins an investment firm in Hong Kong and quickly discovers that the same forces a…more[close] On land or at sea the vortex is mesmerising but lethal. Andy Duncan joins an investment firm in Hong Kong and quickly discovers that the same forces apply in business. The lure of power, money and status blurs moral boundaries and for those who covet the immense rewards on offer, one illicit act can lead to another, drawing them into a spiral of deception. Duncan frames a junior clerk to save the career of a high-flying investment manager and is rewarded with rapid promotion. Transferred to the firm’s new Bangkok office, he is quickly embroiled in a corporate scandal and the disappearance of a beautiful teenage girl. The only way he can hang on to his career and his new lover is to trash every moral principle he ever held dear. Prem Boonamee’s career is also on the up. Promotion in the Thai mafia is swift for those willing to follow orders to the letter. Since his first kill he has had little compunction about doing his masters’ bidding. All that troubles him is a recurring dream, of the girl he abandoned to her fate and what would be their final bloody meeting. The future of the two men is inextricably linked, when the Thai underworld targets a major financial institution. Duncan appears to be able to trust only his lover and her uncle, the man likely to become the next Prime Minister of Thailand. Vortex offers an authentic insight into Thai culture and the intricacies of an industry that has a profound influence on the world economy. As “The Wolf of Wall Street” tops the movie charts and Thailand is on the verge of political meltdown, Vortex is a fast paced, often humorous, but generally dark take on what happens when morals and avarice collide. [close]View Details »
The Lynching of Peter Wheeler
by Debra Komar (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Mar 11, 2014Her body lay broken in the sitting room. Blood pooled thick and glutinous around her head. A container of homemade preserves lay half-eaten beside her…more[close] Her body lay broken in the sitting room. Blood pooled thick and glutinous around her head. A container of homemade preserves lay half-eaten beside her, a spoon still cradled inside. The bloody fingerprints on the handle beckoned a sickening thought: her assailant had paused to eat the jam after killing her.View Details »
So begins The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, a shocking story about the state-sanctioned lynching of an innocent outsider wrongfully convicted of killing a teenage white girl in nineteenth-century Nova Scotia. On a cold winter night in 1896, fourteen-year-old Annie Kempton was home alone having a taste of freedom without parents or family around. Sometime before daylight she was wrenched from her bed, a violent struggle ensued, and her throat was slit.
Peter Wheeler was an itinerant labourer of African descent who had finally found a home in small town Bear River. Uneducated and too trusting of authority, Wheeler was bewildered at the reaction when an inquest witness seemingly pointed out a lie in his testimony. From then on Wheeler was placed atop the suspect list by authorities, where he stayed until swinging dead from the hangman's rope.
The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, Komar’s second in a series involving historical crime, tells the tragic and fascinating story of how an isolated Victorian community, with an unsophisticated inquest panel, was influenced by an arrogant detective who fancied himself a media darling. With conservative mores left traumatized in the wake of a young girl’s vicious murder, and the salacious headlines splashed across the local newspapers in a yellow journalism war, Wheeler never stood a chance.
Debra Komar spent months meticulously researching in libraries, museums, and archives to prove the hapless Peter Wheeler wasn’t the killer, and examines how authorities denied him justice with a rush to judgement. She uses her formidable forensic skills along with riveting prose to draw readers into an investigative page-turner that leaves you astonished at the outcome.
[close]Giveaway dates: Feb 11 - Mar 16, 20143 copies available, 130 people requestingCountries available: CA
IT Can Be Dangerous
by Ita Ryan (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Jan 01, 2014AUTOGRAPHED COPY
Cynthia's day was already going badly. Finding her boss's body didn't help.
"A well-crafted whodunit is deftly set up and unfolded for…more[close] AUTOGRAPHED COPYView Details »
Cynthia's day was already going badly. Finding her boss's body didn't help.
"A well-crafted whodunit is deftly set up and unfolded for us in high-tech London cubicle-land, with looming deadlines, debugging, redundancies, outsourcing, a mysterious handsome stranger...and a bit of office backstabbing.
With a knife.
In the corner office."
"lots of laughs..."
"As for whodunit, the clues were all there, but I never suspected until the culprit was revealed at the climax. For me, that is the acid test of a good murder mystery..."
"I finished your book at 3am this morning. Very impressed." [close]
Blood Always Tells
by Hilary Davidson (Goodreads Author)
Release date: Apr 15, 2014Dominique Monaghan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoile…more[close] Dominique Monaghan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping... and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom?View Details »
Desmond Edgars, Dominique’s big brother, has looked out for his wayward sister ever since their mother was convicted of murdering many years ago, so when he receives a frantic phone call from Dominique in the middle of the night, he drops everything to rush to the rescue. But to find out what has really happened to his sister, the stoic ex-military man must navigate a tangled web of murder and deception, involving a family fortune, a couple of shifty lawyers, and a missing child, while wrestling with his own bloody secrets....
Hilary Davidson's Blood Always Tells is a twisted tale of love, crime, and family gone wrong, by the multiple award–winning author of The Damage Done and Evil in All Its Disguises. [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 17 - Mar 17, 201410 copies available, 521 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
Seeking Salvador: A Paranoid, Romantic Caper
by Max Mitchell (Goodreads Author)
Helen McTaggart never imagined her obsession with Salvador Dali could turn her into a thief. When Helen shows Dali nudes to sixth graders in her littl…more[close] Helen McTaggart never imagined her obsession with Salvador Dali could turn her into a thief. When Helen shows Dali nudes to sixth graders in her little New Mexico backwater, the local religious lunatics start building a cross. Fired from her job and threatened with arrest, Helen flies off to Spain and lays low on the Costa Brava waiting for them to chill. At the Dali Museum in Figueres, she meets André, a seductive Frenchman. Before you can say “surrealism,” she’s getting banged in Barcelona in his fabulous flat lousy with masterpieces by the likes of Matisse and Picasso. Mounting legal troubles at home and an overdue divorce make staying with André a no brainer. The affair that follows would void the warranty on a cheap mattress. Helen is shocked to find André’s canvasses listed on Interpol’s website as stolen. She confronts him about it but doesn’t like the smell of his elaborate excuses. Formally charged with a sex crime, Helen knows she’ll need a boatload of cash for legal fees. Exhausted, with nowhere else to turn, she agrees to join André in his next little caper – stealing that long lost Dali from the museum where they met. Helen may not be ready to run with crooks, but André definitely underestimates the ability of this plucky young teacher to learn. Lied to one too many times, Helen invents a clever double-cross that almost costs André his life. Now she must decide what price she’s willing to pay to keep him alive. [close]View Details »Giveaway dates: Feb 10 - Mar 17, 20145 copies available, 166 people requestingCountries available: US and CA
by Patrick Malloy (Goodreads Author)
Youthimax is a cure-all miracle drug from Johnson and Johnson which has all but eliminated death in modern society, which is great news. Unless, of co…more[close] Youthimax is a cure-all miracle drug from Johnson and Johnson which has all but eliminated death in modern society, which is great news. Unless, of course, you work at a funeral home. The O’Rourke Funeral Home in West Philadelphia has fallen into obscurity, along with it’s two sole employees. Max and Bligh waste the days away sleeping in coffins and counting shovels until that fateful day that they decide to become serial killers. The drunken Bligh finds serendipitous instructions in the Beatles tune “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” and convinces his partner that it’s only right that Maxwell kill with a silver hammer. With little business and less regret, Maxwell and his alcoholic train wreck of a partner become the most infamous serial killers in Philadelphia history. Business is booming in both the funeral home and the serial killing industries as the world searches for these Beatles killers. In a perfect world, serial killers could do their jobs unencumbered. But the world isn’t perfect, and the duo are soon weighed down with a nosey Mafioso, an uncontrollable teen daughter, the funeral home’s bitter elderly owner, and the F.B.I. Obviously, comedy abounds. Bang Bang has everything a dark comedy should have including, but not limited to: murder, love, murder, alcohol, murder, stereotyping, murder, Beatles music, murder, family, murder, public transportation, and even murder. In case you haven’t figured it out, there’s a whole lotta murder in this book. Will the F.B.I. catch the killers? Will the mafia get to the murderers first? Will Paul McCartney sue this writer? Find out in Bang Bang, the hilariously untrue story of funeral home serial killers and hammer hijinks. And Vaseline! All of your non-Paul-McCartney-lawsuit questions are answered in this brilliant debut novel, written in the style of a poorly educated Mark Twain!View Details »
In honor of the one year anniversary of Bang Bang, we'll be giving away 5 paperbacks signed by the author! It's the perfect book for the undertaker, Beatles fan, comedy lover, or avid reader in your life, especially if that person is you! We promise there aren't this many annoying exclamation points in the actual book! We promise!!!!!!!! [close]Giveaway dates: Feb 16 - Mar 17, 20145 copies available, 362 people requestingCountries available: US, CA, and GB
Treachery (Giordano Bruno #4)
by S.J. Parris
Release date: Feb 27, 2014Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose, the fourth historical thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, heretic, philosopher and spy.
August…more[close] Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and The Name of the Rose, the fourth historical thriller featuring Giordano Bruno, heretic, philosopher and spy.View Details »
August, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a heretic fleeing the Inquisition, finds a new life working as a spy for Sir Francis Walsingham.
Along with his friend, Sir Philip Sidney, Bruno travels to Plymouth on the Queen’s behalf. There, they meet Sir Francis Drake, who is preparing to launch a daring expedition against the Spanish, which could turn the tide of war.
Unbeknownst to Bruno, however, Sidney plans to stowaway with Drake’s fleet and return a hero – dragging Bruno with him to the New World. But when a murder occurs aboard Drake’s own ship, fear and suspicion grip the fleet and threaten to abort the expedition before it begins.
Navigating the jealousies and loyalties of the crew, Bruno learns that someone with a deadly grudge is shadowing his investigation.
Tracking the killer through Plymouth’s menacing backstreets, he uncovers some of the darkest secrets the city is harbouring. Failure will come at the highest cost – not just for Bruno, but all of England… [close]Giveaway dates: Mar 03 - Mar 17, 20145 copies available, 79 people requestingCountries available: GB
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