Instantly compelling, “Truth Always Kills” is a top-notch contemporary crime-noir thriller from author Rick Ollerman. As his personal and professionalInstantly compelling, “Truth Always Kills” is a top-notch contemporary crime-noir thriller from author Rick Ollerman. As his personal and professional lives collide to crash and burn, Florida homicide detective Jeff Prentiss is fighting to keep his family safe and somehow keep his career alive. His wife Lori takes their daughter Roxy and leaves Jeff when she is unsure of his role in the disappearance of her ex-husband, Roy Lee Evans, who has just been released from prison. The murder of an infamous celebrated thief brings the hot, white glare of the media attention on to the investigation of the case by Jeff and his partner, Terry Moran. The dead thief may be connected to a big-time politico, and the murky question of the whereabouts of Roy Lee Evans clouds the air along with the stench of organized crime. The best, most-readable lawmen are those whose personal flaws are at war with their skills at law enforcement. Fascinatingly imperfect, and impossible to resist. Author Rick Ollerman’s other works include “Turnabout” and “Shallow Secrets”.
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“Love and Fear” is an entertaining, quick, classic “detective noir” read from author Reed Farrel Coleman. This is a Rapid Reads selection from Raven B“Love and Fear” is an entertaining, quick, classic “detective noir” read from author Reed Farrel Coleman. This is a Rapid Reads selection from Raven Books, and I enjoyed the format. “Love and Fear” is the fourth entry in the “Gulliver Dowd Mystery Series”, and while it can be read on its own, reading the preceding three books in the series would add to the appreciation of the story line for the reader. Gulliver Dowd is a sharp detective with a decidedly distinct persona—he describes himself as a pale dwarf, a “little person” with a deformed body and a quite handsome face. For years, his motivation to keep moving has been the search for the killer of his sister Keisha and the reason why she was killed. Now, the very person who has taunted Dowd by not revealing those answers needs Dowd’s help. Mafia Don Joey Vespucci’s youngest daughter, Bella, is missing, and Vespucci’s henchman, Tony, asks Dowd to find the girl. The investigation will bring secrets out from the shadows of lies, and not everyone will survive. As Dowd seeks to find answers for others, will he ever find his own resolution? Reed Farrel Coleman is an accomplished author who also writes as Tony Spinosa. Reed is also the author of other novels, including Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone series, the acclaimed Moe Prager series, short stories, and poetry. Reed is a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories—Best Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story—and a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year. He has also won the Audie, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards.
Author Janice Cantore is a talented storyteller whose work rings true with the authenticity of her own law enforcement background. With "Drawing Fire"Author Janice Cantore is a talented storyteller whose work rings true with the authenticity of her own law enforcement background. With "Drawing Fire" she begins her latest book series, "Cold Case Justice". Long Beach, California homicide investigator Abby Hart's adherence to her principles and her determination to bring criminal offenders to justice has earned her the nickname "Superglue". At the age of six, she had lost own parents to a still-unsolved homicide. Almost thirty years later, she is haunted by the case and resolute in her vow to find the killer of her mother and father. Conflicts over her dangerous duty are a troublesome issue between Abby and her fiancé, Ethan. His absences due to his missionary work building homes in third-world countries adds even further distance. When a possible serial killer may be stalking and claiming elderly women as his prey, Abby is brought into contact with Luke Murphy, a private investigator who witnessed a suspect fleeing one of the crime scenes. Common elements and a shared sense of uncovering the facts soon have Abby and Luke working together to solve more than one mystery. The two of them each have their own measure of faith, and as further secrets are uncovered, they must each look more deeply into the role faith plays in their lives. Learning to rely on each other, they must also learn to wary of those who will stop at nothing to keep the chill on a decades-old cold case. "Drawing Fire" is well-written crime thriller with enjoyable characters whom readers will enjoy reading more about in future entries in the series.
A thrilling romantic suspense tale with a holiday twist, "Secret Agent Santa" is Book Four in the "Brothers in Arms: Retribution" series from author CA thrilling romantic suspense tale with a holiday twist, "Secret Agent Santa" is Book Four in the "Brothers in Arms: Retribution" series from author Carol Ericson. A life of privilege and wealth had not protected socialite Claire Chadwick from tragedy. Her husband, Shane, a journalist, had been murdered by the terrorist group, Tempest, and Claire was raising their five-year-old son, Ethan, on her own. Her mother's third husband, Senator Spencer Correll, was at the top of her suspect list for being in collusion with the terrorists and for being involved in the deaths of her husband and her own mother. Claire reaches out to her friend, Lola, the wife of Jack Coburn, who is the head of the anti-terrorist agency, Prospero. When covert ops agent Mike Becker shows up as Claire's fiancé, Mitchell Brown, no one is more surprised than Claire, but she is grateful for the chance to validate her suspicions. She is glamour with a gilded-edge, and he's a little rough around the edges, but opposites attract and fiery sparks fly between the two of them. While Mike had been contemplating an early retirement, he's now in deep in a dangerously intriguing situation--but could his heart be in the most danger of all? He hadn't planned on becoming attracted to Claire and growing fond of her son, but that is just what he has done. This may be his last assignment, but will it lead to a love that lasts a lifetime? Claire and her son, Ethan, deserve a safe, happy life--will Mike stop the terrorists once and for all and secure a loving and peaceful future for the three of them? Lovers of romantic suspense will greatly enjoy this exciting seasonal suspense tale from author Carol Ericson.
"Navy Seal Spy" is Book Three in author Carol Ericson's action-packed "Brothers in Arms: Retribution" romantic suspense series. Former Navy SEAL Liam"Navy Seal Spy" is Book Three in author Carol Ericson's action-packed "Brothers in Arms: Retribution" romantic suspense series. Former Navy SEAL Liam McCabe steps up his game by entering the high-risk world of covert ops. His assignment to go undercover, and then expose, the international crime organization, Tempest, is thrown a sharp curve when his former love, Katie O'Keefe, enters the picture. Katie is also undercover, working to find the truth of her friend Sebastian's death. Katie and Liam must trust each other, and while some of the issues that drove them apart are still there, so is the sizzling attraction and mutual affection which first brought them together. Their unexpected reunion is rocky to say the least, but there are much greater matters involved, and they have no choice but to unite in their quest to bring down Tempest and its evil leader Caliban. Can Katie and Liam protect their lives and their love while they strive to save the world from terrorist threats? Author Carol Ericson will keep you turning the pages as you enjoy another terrific romantic suspense tale from a talented storyteller.