WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS...unless Vegas was her name! Michael Harris- Chief Executive Officer- for Bio Algorithms is on fire! Handsome, yo...more WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS...unless Vegas was her name! Michael Harris- Chief Executive Officer- for Bio Algorithms is on fire! Handsome, young, married with 2 kids and realizing his dream of running his own company is fantastic. Being invited to be the keynote speaker at the Las Vegas Technological Expo is the feather in his cap and finally, finally he can show off his ultimate creation Venus! Venus is absolutely incredible. She can give you an answer to most questions about anything just by utilizing a few seconds of time looking someone over. She thinks faster than 20 computers linked together and to top it all of she's gorgeous and has a sense of humor. Even with top notch, layer upon layer security measures in place, Michael still worries about Venus being stolen from him. This 4 day conference in Sin City should bring him some much needed investors and contacts. He doesn't like being away from his family but as he tells his wife, "this is for our retirement". After Michael's speech, he meets several people, among them are Rachel, a beautiful mysterious woman who heard his speech; the mayor of Vegas and Jack, a financial adviser from Ohio. Michael heads back to his hotel room but can't seem to settle down. Lonely after talking to his wife on the phone, and too keyed up with the success of his opening speech, Michael makes a call, one that will change his life and the lives of everyone he holds dear. I love a good twisty, turny mystery filled with handsome men, gorgeous, seductive women and a good, solid plot with a few sub plots that all tie in together and make this an extremely entertaining, quick read! I received my copy through the author and my review was unsolicited.(less)
'Any day without a murder was a good day in New Orleans' were words to live by for Frank Renzi, a homicide detective stationed out of the Eighth Distr...more'Any day without a murder was a good day in New Orleans' were words to live by for Frank Renzi, a homicide detective stationed out of the Eighth District homicide office. Always short on supplies and detectives unfortunately there seemed to be an unending supply of crimes and bad guys. Four years ago Frank Renzi left the Boston police force and relocated to New Orleans. Most put the move down to his wife divorcing him but it was so much more than that. Not many know of the young girl who died because Renzi couldn't save her. He meets a fellow officer, Kelly O'Neil, and is instantly attracted to her and it would seem the feeling is mutual.He's trying to build a life in New Orleans and is finally thinking that maybe happiness can be his.
Then two back to back cases have him racing the clock to save a young girl and worrying about a stalker.
Brenda Scully, wonderful flute soloist whose career is starting to rise quickly, doesn't believe there is really a problem. Her manager/friend, Jake Ziegler believes someone tried to kill her on the anniversary of her parents' accidental death. As Renzi is talking with them both he realizes that they are both hiding something, Renzi's just not sure what it is. Before he gets any further the phone rings...a cop's down!
Promising to contact them the following day, Renzi heads out to the site of the cop shooting. An off duty policeman went into a convenience store for cigarettes and interrupted an attempted robbery. Using a female customer as a shield the two robbers shot the cop and took off with the woman customer and a stolen car.
After arriving at the scene of the officer shooting incident, Renzi runs down a young girl fleeing from the scene. He knows from witness reports that she wasn't inside the store but his cop instinct is telling him she is definitely involved and very, very scared. Renzi is determined not to lose another young girl, not on his watch!
As Renzi's time is taken up with his new lady friend, running down leads and generating new ones for both his cases, everything soon starts spiraling out of control. Now with the death toll rising in both of his cases, Renzi must use all of his training and instincts to solve both these crimes.
I found this to be an intriguing look into Frank Renzi's life as a homicide detective. With well developed characters, interesting plots (the 2 different crimes)and subplots (the interactions of the groups of detectives,and the groups of bad guys) and wonderful descriptions of the sights and sounds of a post-Katrina landscape and reality that the people of New Orleans are now having to face and deal with. I did find there was a little too much description of roads and directions to every place that Renzi went to and it didn't add anything, for me it actually took away because I felt myself losing interest in the reason Renzi was on his way somewhere but that is just one minor thing. I have not read Absolution (Frank Renzi #1) but will definitely be looking for it.
Great stand alone novel, I can see this becoming a wonderful detective series.(less)
Rise Up is a mixed bag collection of 24 short stories by CS. Fuqua. The stories include the sci-fi fantasies of Time Now, All the Brave Soldiers and B...moreRise Up is a mixed bag collection of 24 short stories by CS. Fuqua. The stories include the sci-fi fantasies of Time Now, All the Brave Soldiers and Big Daddy's Fast-Past Gadget; the supernatural thrillers Demons and Sand; family themed story Sibling Rivalry and my 2 personal favorites Luau and DTs.
Each story is scripted in such a way to draw you into the story right away and keep your interest until the sometimes surprising end.
I have always enjoyed short story collections and this one does not disappoint. Well worth reading! Some of my favorites include:
All the Brave Soldiers: Medical advancements aren't always a cool thing.
The Pinpoint Tune: Practical joker meets practical nurse
Time Now: How many times would you change the past to change the future?
The Tenor's Wife: Obesity can shorten a life, though not in the 'weigh' you think.
Big Daddy's Fast-Past Gadget: A gadget after my own heart (or car)
Demons: Finding the demon inside can sometimes set you free
Luau: A tasty introduction to a native party
Rise Up: Music can change emotions and feelings, among other things, if done correctly(less)
Seventeen year old Norman has been invisible his whole life. His parents have shielded him from life, never allowing him to make any decisions or have...moreSeventeen year old Norman has been invisible his whole life. His parents have shielded him from life, never allowing him to make any decisions or have any friends that might lead him astray from the path they have chosen for him. But Norman is tired of always toeing the line, tired of having no friends and never being able to make his own decisions. Norman has no idea how life changing missing his school bus ride home one afternoon will be. Zach, one of the popular kids whom Norman has always wanted to be accepted by, is behind the school smoking a joint. When Zach is friendly with Norman and suggests that they hang out one day, Norman is stunned. When Zach gives Norman a ride home and gives him his cell number so Norman can call him and they can 'hang' together sometime, Norman is elated...things are finally turning around for him! Norman's parents think Zach is terrific because he comes from the right background and gets straight A's but they don't know him the way Norman does. As Norman and Zach get to know each other better, Norman is at first all behind all the things Zach suggests. Norman starts to wonder though about Zach after a series of events make him question Zach's friendship. As Norman starts to draw away from Zach, things heat up and Norman is left wondering just how far Zach is willing to go, and how far he already has gone. A well written psychological thriller about two young men, friendship and how far one must go to find acceptance. I received my copy through LibraryThing Giveaway and my review was unsolicited. (less)
FREAK - any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object; anomaly; aberration.
Abby Maddox was Ethan Wolfe's long term girlfriend. She...moreFreak Review
FREAK - any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object; anomaly; aberration.
Abby Maddox was Ethan Wolfe's long term girlfriend. She has always claimed she had no idea that Ethan was a serial killer. After Ethan was exposed as a serial killer, Abby went on the run. Several weeks later she was picked up by the police. Cornered, she sliced Jerry's throat with the idea of getting away. She claims not to remember actually using the knife on him but swears it was self defense. Abby is serving her second year of a nine year sentence for the attempted murder of Jerry Isaac.
Dr. Sheila Tao, a psychology professor at Puget Sound State University, was in a serious relationship with Morris Gardner. Ethan Wolfe was her student and she had been having an affair with him for a few months. At first she had had no idea that the young lover she had taken was in actuality the Tell-Tale Heart killer, Seattle's notorious serial killer. She managed to survive being a prisoner of his for 3 weeks, and now, a year later, she and Morris have worked on their relationship and are discussing marriage.
When retired Seattle PD detective Jerry Isaac is asked by his old partner to meet him at the Sweet Chariot Inn he didn't argue. After viewing the dead and mutilated body of what was once a beautiful, vibrant young woman Jerry can't figure out what her murder has to do with him, or why he was even there.
Abby Maddox claims to know something about this newest homicide but wants certain concessions to her prison sentence and will only speak with Sheila Tao and Jerry Isaac.
Is this the start of another serial killer, one looking for Abby Maddox's approval? Is Abby telling all she knows about the murder or is she holding something back?
A gripping, chilling thriller that will hold your attention and make it very difficult to put down. Just when you think you have things figured out something unexpected happens and it twists another way. Great characters, smooth suspenseful story and enough happening to keep you intrigued. Some may find it too graphic, I myself thought it worked extremely well with the story.
I received my copy through GoodReads FirstReads program and my review was unsolicited.(less)
Dr. Kate Denby has almost everything she could hope for...a wonderful son, a challenging career that allows her time to pursue her love of research, a...more Dr. Kate Denby has almost everything she could hope for...a wonderful son, a challenging career that allows her time to pursue her love of research, a good relationship with her ex-husband Micheal and the ongoing support of her mother-in-law Phyllis. So when Noah Smith continues to contact her both at home and at work to try to get her to come to work for him, she keeps turning him down. She has no interest in changing her job, her home and her life.
Suddenly, Kate Denby's neat orderly life is in a whirling tailspin as Noah Smith, accused of blowing up his pharmaceutical lad and killing almost 100 people, is listed as dead. Her life continues to spin out of control as people around her get hurt or die. Feeling out of her depth and out of control, she grabs a lifeline that is thrown to her from beyond the grave. But will this be her salvation or her undoing?
Racing against the clock to finish testing on a revolutionary drug, the clock is quickly running out of time...
While this book was written several years ago, it holds up well. There is little that dates this book, the characters are well written and believable and the story moves along fairly quickly though there were some spots that I found to drag on. My biggest problem with this novel is that well the storyline has changed, as have the characters names, it is the exact formula as several of her other novels. And well she does do this kind of writing well, this novel was just a little bit slower to move along than some of the others.
Jack Reacher, ex military policeman, lives off the grid. He has no cell phone, no address, and no belon...moreYou do not mess with the special investigators!
Jack Reacher, ex military policeman, lives off the grid. He has no cell phone, no address, and no belongings outside of his folding toothbrush. He's happy in his solitude until he receives a coded message from an old military comrade, Frances Neagley. She took a lot ouf trouble to track him down, using his bank account to send a cry for help.
When Jack reaches Los Angeles, he tracks Neagley to a Denny's restaurant. She's waiting for him as she knew he would track her there. She imparts some very disturbing news, one of their former investigators in their unit is dead. It was not a pretty death, and as an autopsy later confirmed, he had been tortured, starved and beaten prior to being thrown alive out of a helicopter.
When Neagley and Reacher try to contact the remaining members of their former special investigators unit, the worry latches up a notch, with each unanswered phone call. None of their old unit is answering, where are they? Are they all missing? Or are they all dead?
When O'Donnell and then Dixon show up in Los Angeles, they unite with Neagley and Reacher. With the discovery of another body, and no contact with the remaining team, they realize that someone is after their team, and doing a pretty good job of it.
As the team delves deeper and deeper into the events leading up to their friends demises, they realize that what they have discovered points to a major threat to nation security, with the possibility of thousands of deaths.
The team races to save the country and two more are now gone. Will they hand the problem over to the FBI and Homeland Security or will they decide the lives of two more of their own are worth more? With time quickly running out will they be able to save their friends or will they lose them and more?
This is a great stand alone book. I love the pace, the action starts at the beginning and continues to grow as the book moves quickly along. The tension gets tighter and tighter, the characters more nervous and unsure of themselves. The scenes are very well written, very descriptive and colorful. The characters, even the bad guys, are 3 dimensional and believable. What makes this book even more of a heart pounder is the believability of what is happening and what could potentially happen. An awesome read!(less)
The Pallor of Death and Other Stories by Amanda Lawrence Auverigne
An enthralling collection of 10 short stories featuring zombies, ghosts, werewolves...moreThe Pallor of Death and Other Stories by Amanda Lawrence Auverigne
An enthralling collection of 10 short stories featuring zombies, ghosts, werewolves, gore, blood and more!
FACT FINDING MISSION: Jill and Ben's walk into the dark forest in search of a glowing ghost ends up being more than they expected.
THE PALLOR OF DEATH Laura, Charlie and Melanie have a supernatural experience in the old mansion that Melanie just bought.
LAND LINE A 911 call has Officers Simmons and Tyler heading to 799 Norfolk Lane. Will they find Betty and her brother or is someone or something else using the telephone?
AT THE LAST MINUTE Holly's friend Dina has Halloween costume issues but luckily gets help from a crazy source.
RAID The new designer drug Dead Ice has everyone acting buggy.
PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE We all know how waiting in a line up at a department store gives you that dead zombie feeling but Merton Mart guarantees their customers' satisfaction with a killer product.
LIGHTHEADED When the stomach rumbles from hunger, its in everyone's best interest to feed it.
A SMALL MATTER OF FANTASTIC In order to win the campus costume contest at Halloween, Haley and Angela are dressed as a zombie gangster and his zombie moll, but with Chad and Devon dressed to impress as werewolves, you have to ask yourself where exactly did the guys get their fur?
THEY ALL COME OUT AT DUSK Evangeline is tired but decides a little seduction is in order before the game with Percy is over.
DRAMA Kevin and Jon have grown tired of Lois' games and insist that she finally chose which of them she will marry. But who is really the winner?
Well written short stories with great characters. My favorite of these 10 short stories would be Drama. (less)
Gregg Mann, Lieutenant at Southside Division in Kesle, Is uneasy when he views the first body. While to some it looks like a gang related murder, ther...moreGregg Mann, Lieutenant at Southside Division in Kesle, Is uneasy when he views the first body. While to some it looks like a gang related murder, there is just something that doesn't sit well with Mann. Could this be the start of something else?
Preston Peterson, lonely, overweight and under-appreciated his entire life, has finally had enough. The first kill was an accident, technically not even a murder. Oh but the thrill, the rush, the feeling of power! Its not over until Preston Peterson says it is!
As Preston Peterson slips deeper into madness, the city becomes aware that there is a serial killer in their midst. What the people don't know however could kill them, kill them all!
The first book in the Kesle City Homicide novels, its a winner! An engrossing read from start to finish, its a true mystery/thriller. An amazing cast of characters, some good, some bad, all believable. With a secondary plot line that ties into the murders and to good cops gone bad, it will keep you guessing as to who is the ultimate traitor.
I received this copy through GoodReads and my review was unsolicited.(less)
Originally from New York, Enzo Lee traveled to San Francisco to revive his journalist career. Now with the San Francisco Tim...moreA great mystery/thriller.
Originally from New York, Enzo Lee traveled to San Francisco to revive his journalist career. Now with the San Francisco Times, he is the undisputed King of Fluff. Ordered by his editor to cover the police beat while the regular reporter is out covering a brush fire, Enzo would rather stay with his own feature stories. Suddenly Enzo goes from a fluff feature reporter back into the world of investigative reporting when he looks into the deaths of a judge and a prosecuting attorney.
This is a very well written, smooth flowing suspenseful mystery. Very creepy in that this story could actually be written from facts.(less)
Amanda Jaffe, an up and coming criminal defense lawyer in Portland, is still battling demons caused by PTSD. A year earlier she had been kidnapped and...moreAmanda Jaffe, an up and coming criminal defense lawyer in Portland, is still battling demons caused by PTSD. A year earlier she had been kidnapped and abused by a sociopath but managed to escape. She is determined to get her life back on track but seeing crime scene photos of a badly ravaged and bloated woman on the beach sends her into shock. She's worried she will never get over her trauma.
Tim Kerrigan, a prosecutor in Portland, is a married man with a young daughter whom he adores. No one knows of the degrading sex he has with prostitutes, something that if exposed will cost him his job, his marriage and his daughter. A former Heisman trophy winner, he battles with feelings of inadequacy and fear of exposure.
Amanda and Tim are on opposite sides of a legal drama involving Jon Dupre and the murder of a senator. The case appears to be cut and dried but appearances are often deceiving.
This story is intricately woven, with solid characterizations and intriguing twists and turns. (less)
Three in Death 3 novellas by J.D. Robb. Each novella stars Lieutenant Eve Dallas, NYPSD (New York Police and Security Department)most famous homicide...moreThree in Death 3 novellas by J.D. Robb. Each novella stars Lieutenant Eve Dallas, NYPSD (New York Police and Security Department)most famous homicide detective, her very rich, very attractive husband known only as Roarke and many of her co workers from Cop Center.
Interlude in Death Spring 2059. Lt. Eve Dallas' commander has given her the difficult task of heading a seminar at the Interplanetary Law Enforcement and Security Conference, to make things worse, the conference is taking place off planet. Shortly upon arrival, Lt. Dallas has some heated words with Commander Skinner, considered by all to be a legend. Seems the legend has a problem with Dallas's husband that dates back many years and in face originated with Roarke's father. After one of Commander Skinner's body guards is killed, its up to Eve and Olympus Police Chief, Darcia Angelo, to solve the crime before Roarke is arrested for it. This story just didn't grab me. I thought it moved slowly and there were no real surprises. This has been my least favorite of the "In Death" stories.
Midnight in Death Christmas 2058. Lt. Eve Dallas is called out in the predawn cold to Rockefeller Center where Judge Wainger was definitely not having a joyous Christmas morning. Recognizing the signature of the kill as her old nemesis David Palmer, whom should still be locked up in a cage of planet for several murders 3 years earlier, she knows this is going to be a rough holiday. With David leaving a list of potential victims, and one of them already missing. Eve knows it will take all her skill as well as her team and her husband to catch him before he gets to the last name on the list, her own. Really liked this story, moved quickly and I really liked the ending.
Haunted in Death January 2060, the weather is a bitch, and tempers in and around the New York area are frayed. Domestic disturbances are up, and Lt. Eve Dallas knows its only a matter of time before someone takes it to far. Not surprised by the anonymous call that sends her and her partner Detective Peabody to Twelve East Twelfth, she is surprised cause of death, a food old fashioned gunshot, actually several gunshot, wounds. Even more of a surprise is the old skeleton found on the third floor, which also has been shot, possibly by the old but recently cleaned gun found beside it. Amid rumors of hauntings and curses surrounding the building of Twelve East Twelfth, her husband Roarke and her partner's beliefs of things that go bump in the night along with unease from other members of her team, Lt. Dallas has to come up with a solution before she starts seeing ghosts too. I liked this story, it was a little different than other "In Death" stories as it deals with the paranormal. It was interesting to watch how Dallas deals with things she just can't grasp.
An all round good read, each story has a good plot, great characters and a methodical progression.
My least favorite of John Grisham's novels that I have read. I just couldn't get into the story at all. I finally finished it, simply because I can't...moreMy least favorite of John Grisham's novels that I have read. I just couldn't get into the story at all. I finally finished it, simply because I can't not finish a book once I start reading it. (less)