Free mystery and thriller Kindle books for 17 Dec 13

Concrete Evidence (Evidence Series)

by Rachel Grant

“Full of secrets, deadly intrigue and steamy romance. A MUST read.” – Elisabeth Naughton, New York Times Bestselling Author
A year ago she lost everything.  Now she wants revenge…

Accused of stealing artifacts from a five-hundred-year-old shipwreck, underwater archaeologist Erica Kesling is determined to clear her name. She’s concealed her past and taken a job certain to give her access to the buyer of the missing antiquities. She’s finally closing in on her goal when she’s distracted by a sexy, charismatic intern who makes her want something other than revenge. 
 
But Lee Scott is no intern. He’s looking for the lead conspirator in an international artifact smuggling scheme, and Erica is his prime suspect.  He’ll do whatever it takes to win her trust and get her to reveal her secrets, even seduce her. 

As Erica and Lee struggle to conceal their real agendas, the one thing they can’t hide is the attraction that burns hot between them. When Erica’s quest puts her life in jeopardy, Lee must choose between old loyalties and a woman he never expected to fall for.



Inheritance

by Joe McKinney

**Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® – Superior Achievement in Novel – 2012**

Paul Henninger is a rookie cop on San Antonio’s troubled East Side, where every night is a war against the gangs and the drug dealers. But Paul has a dark past, and a dark inheritance.

The ghost of Martin Henninger has returned to make sure his son, Paul, delivers on his apocalyptic charge, the result of Martin’s black magic, and he’s killing everyone in his path.

With his two worlds colliding, and the body count stacking up, Paul soon finds himself the lead suspect in a series of grisly cult-style killings, and in an emotional standoff between duty, the truth, his wife, and his dead family.

Meanwhile, Keith Anderson, San Antonio’s best homicide detective, is hot on Paul’s heels. His investigation takes him deep into the secrets of Paul’s family. But what he finds there just might kill them both.

“When I started reading Inheritance, my first reaction was one wordâ??WOW! I kept reading, and I was blown away. Police procedural? Yeah. Horror novel? That, too. But most importantlyâ??one helluva novel. Joe tells a roaring good tale, and when you finish it, you’ll have a lot to say, but WOW will be the first word out of your mouth.”
â??Rick Hautala, author of Glimpses and Indian Summer

“An artful haunting with the gloomy quality of a Terrance Malick crime drama”
â??Weston Ochse, author of SEAL Team 666

“With Inheritance, Joe McKinney delivers a first-rate supernatural thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense, a high-octane plot, and pitch-black horror. Add to this mix strong characterization and an insider’s knowledge of law enforcement, and you have one of the best novels I’ve read in ages. I loved it!”
â??Tim Waggoner, author of The Harmony Society and Like Death

“Joe McKinney has proven, yet again, that he is a true literary genius. Inheritance is a breath-taking thrill ride masterfully crafted to grip the reader, pulling them deep into the nightmares of its characters with a level of suspense that steals the breath from your lungs. Brilliant!”
â?? Gabrielle Faust, author of Revenge and Eternal Vigilance

“Joe McKinney delivers. Inheritance is a brisk, wry and deliriously creepy tale of family secrets and black magic that is guaranteed to get your goat!”
â??Harry Shannon, author of Dead and Gone and The Hungry



Papoosed: An Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery

by Patricia Rockwell

The Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility is a home for senior citizens–not newborn babies. So, when one of the kitchen workers asks ninety-year-old resident Essie Cobb to secretly care for his missing co-worker’s infant, she is flabbergasted but determined. Along with her intrepid friends–Marjorie, Opal, and Fay–amateur sleuth Essie sets out to hide and protect the baby–and find his missing mother. Unfortunately, Essie is expecting to deal with exterminators, suspicious neighbors, virus outbreaks, and the snowstorm of the century. Luckily, Essie is one smart cookie, and if anyone can manage to reunite a mother and child right before Christmas–it’s Essie.



Devil’s Kitchen (The Manny Aguilar series.)

by Clark Lohr

Pima County Sheriff’s Detective Manuel Aguilar
investigates an apparently routine murder and
soon finds himself in the middle of a hellish conspiracy
between a Mexican drug lord and an Arizona land developer.

Manny needs help with this case and his redheaded girlfriend,
Reina, along with his Yaqui grandmother, provide that help.
So does Johnny Oaks, a PI who specializes in finding runaways.
Jeff Goldman, a ponytailed attorney whose cynical facade belies his outrage
at institutional corruption, makes it a foursome.



A Death of Honor

by Joe Clifford Faust

THE GIRL WAS SPRAWLED OUT ON THE FLOOR IN THE LIVING ROOM OF HIS APARTMENT.

So begins Joe Clifford Faust’s classic science fiction mystery, which has thrilled both SF and non-SF readers since its release nearly 25 years ago. Originally published as a paperback original by Del Rey Books, Honor was also a main selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, where it was given a generic cover and enjoyed crossover sales through the Mystery Guild Book Club. It was also chosen as a Recommended Read in the Crime and Punishment category by the Science Fiction Museum.

The novel takes place in an alternate future where a crumbling United States is one of the few nations left to have fended off Soviet domination. It tells the story of seven days in the life of D.A. Payne, a bioengineer who finds the naked corpse of a woman in his apartment and is compelled to investigate her murder. As he digs deeper into the woman’s identity and the cause of her death, he learns things about himself and his world that will conspire to change his life forever.

The electronic editions of Honor also contain bonus material: the novel’s original ending – a 2,000 word epilog that was cut before publication – along with an essay from the author telling how it came to be chopped.



No One Sees Me ‘Til I Fall (Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries)

by Jen J. Danna

Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries #2 – a novella:
Only the joint forces of science and law enforcement can help when a young woman is found brutally murdered with her identity erased.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh Abbott and forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell come together to solve their second case when the remains of a young woman are found, thrown away like garbage at a local landfill. But what seems straightforward becomes something much more sinister when the victim’s bone damage reveals a shocking history of abuse. It will take reliving the horrors of Matt’s military background, all the team’s forensic skills, and Leigh’s intuition combined for them to catch the killer and give the victim the justice she deserves.



Suicide Kings

by Christopher J. Ferguson

As a young woman in Florence, Diana Savrano’s life is a privileged one of elegant balls, handsome suitors and frivolity. But the sudden death of her mother leaves her adrift and abandoned. As she sobs over her mother’s casket, another member of the procession reveals the awful truth. Before her last days, Diana’s mother had joined a Luciferian cult. Despite knowing little beyond her pampered world, Diana determines to unmask those responsible for her mother’s death. But someone does not want such secrets revealed, and they are willing to send assassins to keep her silent. Paranoia and loneliness set in as even her closest friends reveal hidden agendas. Worst of all, the further she follows the intertwined threads, the closer they appear to lead to her own father.



Welcome to Las Vegas

by Stacy Green

Dark, dirty, and terrifying, the storm drains below Las Vegas stretch hundreds of miles and house the city’s homeless and criminal element. Walking into the underground abyss is the last thing Tate wants to do, but his junkie sister has disappeared into the drains. Armed with only his flashlight, Tate wades into the gritty depths beneath Sin City to rescue his sister from her demons.

Every step into the smothering darkness challenges Tate’s resolve. With his sister’s life and his own sanity at stake, Tate must face his fears or risk becoming another victim of the Las Vegas tunnels.



Medium Rare: Dead Man Talking (Medium Rare Series)

by Michelle Witvliet

Jennifer Flagg has never considered herself more than a mediocre medium. Even her crazy blended family thinks her ability to talk to the recently deceased is nothing more than an annoying quirk. When she’s drawn to the scene of a murder, Jen quickly discovers the business of talking to the dead is a whole lot more complicated when there’s a body still attached.

Her detective boyfriend wants her to stay out of police business. The dead guy wants her to help find his killer. And all the murderer wants is to put Jennifer permanently out of business.

Can an amateur sleuth find a happy medium between her suddenly changing paranormal world and her unstable personal life? The spirits on the other side might have the answers, but wouldn’t you know it, they’re the only ones not telling her what to do.



The Company Man

by Joe Clifford Faust

Andrew Birch is a Company Man – a spy, a soldier, a saboteur… a corporate terrorist by any other name. He is one of the top operatives for Astradyne, one of the giant corporations that now rule the irradiated world he lives in. Among his peers, his ruthless efficiency and his love for the company are legendary.

Then, on a routine mission, a chance encounter puts an all-too-human face on the consequences of corporate rule. As Birch begins to question the world he has helped build, corporate war breaks out – and he now finds himself a pawn in a game that goes deeper than he ever imagined.

And Birch begins to wonder if perhaps he has put his faith in the wrong thing…

“What makes this a better book than most is the real growth in the charactersâ?¦ a book worth the attention of those who like spy thrillers with a little extra.”
LOCUS

“On one level, The Company Man is a violent, exciting, snapping-good suspense yarn. On another, it’s a worrying premonition of a future that doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.”
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE

1989 Locus Award Nominee – SF Novel

A Locus Recommended Novel



The Mushroom Shift

by Joe Clifford Faust

Based on 4 1/2 years Joe Clifford Faust spent working in Law Enforcement, The Mushroom Shift is a snapshot of a different world that isn’t that far in the past. Yet while it comes from a time before political correctness, its theme of men struggling to hang on to their jobs is as relevant now as when the book was first written. It’s also the most unusual police story you’ll ever read, with no gunshots or car chases, where the mundane becomes a grind. Profane and darkly funny, it captures all the humor and horror, the triumphs and tragedies that are a part of daily life for those who wear a badge.

It tells the story of Clarence Raymond Monmouth, a deputy with the Badlands County Sheriff’s Department in Modern Times, Wyoming, who is finishing his third year on the despised Mushroom Shift – midnight to eight a.m. – in the final weeks of 1985.

As the year draws to a close, Monmouth comes to realize that the county’s aging Sheriff will soon be succeeded by the political enemy who put Monmouth on the Mushroom Shift to begin with. Survival mode kicks in and he begins to consider his options, interrupted by his crumbling marriage, his drinking, and the never-ending parade of drunk drivers, family fights and perverts that make up small town police work.



Persona (Psychological Thriller)

by Marc Horn

“Persona” was a fabulous read. Horn’s characters are worthy of Bret Easton Ellis and “The Last Days of Disco” by Whit Stillman.

(Award-winning review blog Rabid Readers Reviews)

You married her or him, did this and that. They were your choices. Any regrets?

Ryan won’t have any.

He’s going to try a lot of things now while he’s young, just to see if he likes them. Voyeurism, gay sex, murder… something’s got to feel right.

Best friend Dave is watching his back. He’s level-headed and fretful, so it’s not easy to do. Especially when he learns Ryan’s created different personas to achieve his objectives, and believes some of them are actually real…

Dave will discover the true source of Ryan’s turmoil, but to end it he’ll have to intervene in a deadly game of cat and mouse. And friendship will count for nothing when he confronts the most terrifying persona of all.

Ë?Ë?Ë? From the award-winning author of The Mortal Religion…

Ë?Ë?Ë? An edgy, riveting thriller packed with black humour, inspired twists and gut-churning suspense.

Persona portrays a world different and yet disturbingly similar to our own, where personal demons cannot be kept at bay.

Scroll up and grab a copy today.



Cooper Collection 013 (The Case of The Plates)

by Bill Bernico

The car ahead of me tuned on its left blinker. I may not have paid any attention to it at all if it had not been for the license plate hanging by one bolt from the rear bumper. I tilted my head to the side and read, “PU-7163” and thought about the PU part of the plate. Not a very complimentary plate, I thought.

I continued south for a few more blocks before pulling up to the curb in front of my office. It was a Thursday morning in August and it was already beginning to get hot. I hated to think what high noon would bring.

Matt Cooper’s latest case involves the serial killing of single women, found alone and vulnerable–and dead–in their cars. Matt’s friend at the homicide department, Dan Hollister, has asked for Matt’s help with this one.

The Cooper Collection consists of 132 stories (so far)



Search

by Matt Lynn

Paul Turner was the greatest mathematician of his generation.

But he was also severely autistic. For 20 years, he hardly left his basement flat in Cambridge.

So why has he left £20 million pounds in his will to Luke Turner, a much younger half-brother he never even met?

Luke Turner is determined to search for the answer.

His half-brother supposedly died of a heart attack.

So why was the body cremated against his wishes?

Where did the money come from?

And why had Paul started making mysterious trips to London in the days before he died – despite his fear of crowds and big cities?

As Luke starts to investigate his half-brother’s life – and death – his every move is being watched.

Can Luke find out what Paul discovered in the days before he died? Or is he about to be destroyed by the same terrifying forces that took Paul’s life?

The ‘Search’ has begun…and for Luke Tuner there will be no hiding place.

‘Search’ is a terrifying plausible thriller of big business and big data. It is perfect for fans of Michael Crichton, Robert Harris and John Grisham.

Matt Lynn’s thrillers have been widely praised:

‘A near-perfect thriller…he wraps a big idea inside an all action plot’ – Sunday Express.

‘A rattling yarn in the best traditions of the classic thriller.’ – The Times.

‘Brilliant, realistic and riveting; blistering front-line action’ (Chris Ryan)

‘This is a fast-paced and well-told tale of derring-do that guarantees entertainment.’ (City AM)

Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent digital publisher.



Health and Safety

by Nick James

In this wacky dystopian future, Les is just an ordinary guy, plagued by anxiety issues. Each day there seems to be one more rule to abide by and he is sent clamoring for some sort of anxiety relief – usually found in medication. But how much medication is too much? Doctors treat his anxiety with more medications, which uncover strangely hidden mental disorders and lead to side effects which wreak havoc on his life. This is the story of one unlucky man’s fight to rid himself of the stigma of having a mental illness and battle his anxiety and all the problems it brings into his simple life.



Peace – A Nuclear Thriller

by Matt Buttsworth

Peace is a novel about a man obsessed with words and visions who believes that when he has the right words he will be able to change the world. His chance to change the world comes when a nuclear bomb is exploded by Iraqi terrorists in Vienna. But the world does not want to be changed and reacts violently.

By the end of the book nothing remains remains the same.



Bitten

by Henry Boyer

Fact? Or Fiction? This manuscript (a journal) was found off a Florida coastline. Many have examined its contents, but opinions are inconclusive as to whether it’s authentic or a hoax. Either way, Henry is missing, and his diary is all of him that remains. Within the pages tells of a drastic and horrific transformation he goes through after being bitten by something in a Tasmanian swamp. The reader is to conclude as he/she wishes.

He wanted the world to know his story before he was never heard or seen from again. I want you to help spread his disease by telling others. We need to know the truth of such things, because, in the end, even the most knowledgeable people aren’t aware of certain mysterious secrets.

Special note: at spreadhisdisease.com (the site’s not up right now but will be again soon; keep checking) you can find documented photos and audio recordings of my uncle speaking while he was having his supposed “spells.” Additionally, there is more information describing just what might have happened.

(Editor’s note: though after attempting to upload the file in both, part English and “Ancient Language”, due to formatting errors, only the English works properly.)



Spiders

by Doralynn Kennedy

Sheriff Luke Hayden knows Talipatche isn’t your typical county–the rye crops are poisonous, spiders fly, and folks say a dead woman walks the cornfields at night. Luke wants to protect his citizens; he’s just running out of citizens to protect.

Megan Moreno needs a break from seven years of bad luck with the LAPD. A small sheriff’s department in Colorado sounds like the perfect place to recover, but all too soon, she discovers that bad things don’t just happen in LA. They happen everywhere.

Someone is plotting to kill the most hated woman in town. As suspicious incidents pile up, a storm that just won’t leave blows into town, forcing Luke and Megan to shove aside the unexpected attraction between them and focus on saving Talipatche–in more ways than one.

If they fail, the aftermath truly could be haunting. For everyone.



The Seventh Day

by Ian Shurville

Human extinction is real. The genes don’t lie and science can’t find a cure. In the debut novel from Calgarian author Ian Shurville, an archaeological discovery in Montana holds the clue to the end of life as we know it.

With scientists around the world struggling to find an antidote for a deadly gene mutation, the Catholic Church is presented with an opportunity to prove they are the one true religion.

Can religion and science come together to save the human race?



Cooper Collection 060 (You Ought To Be In Pictures)

by Bill Bernico

Clay and Elliott Cooper are hired by a movie studio as extra security for an on location shoot. The studio head promised them a $200 bonus if they’d rush a special movie camer back to Hollywood ahead of the equipment trucks. They almost make it back in one piece when they are confronted by The Hell’s Angels out in the desert. Clay Cooper has to think fast to talk his way out of this situation. But that’s what comes with age…the ability to think on your feet.

The Complete Matt Cooper consists of 132 stories (so far)



Cooper Collection 059 (Fresh-Faced Kid)

by Bill Bernico

Elliott Cooper and his partner, Gloria Campbell are just coming off a long night of surveillance work when they decide to stop at a mini mart for snacks and lottery tickets. Gloria remarks to Elliott about the fresh-faced kid working the counter alone this late at night. She’s concerned for his safety. After their stop at the mini mart, the two P.I.s stop at their favorite bar for a nightcap, a decision that will prove fatal…for someone.

The Cooper Collection consists of 132 stories (so far)



Improbable Cause

by Rena Burgess

The world was watching as the lights went out in New Orleans during the biggest football game of the year. The official report blamed the outage on a faulty relay device. But what if it had a different cause?



Better Off Dead

by Ryan King

Shawna tries to cope with the loss of her husband and son, but she is pushed to the edge when the man responsible for their deaths goes free. Thirsting for revenge, Shawna seeks the advice of a former mob contract killer who opens the way for a terrible choice and a perilous path.



Easy Money

by Geoffrey Field

A group of fishermen experiencing hard times become involved in a drug smuggling operation, not realising that they have been used as decoys. A local journalist hears rumours and suspects that an apparently open and shut case of smuggling has deeper implications, especially when his girl-friend, daughter of one of the men involved, is abducted. This leads to him working alongside Detective Chief Inspector Channing to uncover a web of deceit and corruption at a high level.



Blue Cat In Paradise (Lou Malloy Crime Series)

by J. Frank James

Hilary Kelly receives an invitation to be in her best friend’s wedding and Lou Malloy decides that it would be best if he went with her. Their destination is Manaus, Brazil on the edge of Amazonia. Hilary is excited to see her friend, Maria Batista, only to learn that all is not well when one of Maria’s servants, Davi, show up to enlist the aid of Hilary Kelly and Lou Malloy to drive out the people trying to take over his Mistresses plantation. When Hilary learns that her friend’s fiancé has been killed and she has been forced to vacate her family’s plantation where they have lived since the late 1800s. Helping Hilary’s friend would seem simple enough for Lou Malloy, except he has to fight a corporate buyer by the name of Henrich Jergins, hungry for land along the Rio Negro River to add to an abandoned city where Jergins wants to create a new Germany. Then there is the ruthless outlaw known as El Machete, who likes to kill his prisoners by removing their heads. To mix things up, there is a dangerous tribe of Indians who make shrinking heads into an art form. Hilary is determined to help her friend and enlists Malloy to figure out the best way to do that. While in Manaus, Malloy meets the inscrutable Dondi Arterio, who is actually a spy for Max’s Homeland Security Organization and a Major in the Brazilian Secret Service, ABIN, but brings a lot of skills when it comes to surviving in the jungle. However, the solutions appear limited for Malloy. He has to somehow save Hilary’s friend from being killed by two killers as well as fight off two eco-terrorists who want to prevent the settlement of the rainforest at all costs. When Malloy learns that the area was frequented by group of Vikings when he reads an old diary about their exploits and that there is a lost city in the mountain area of Brazil known as the Twin Mountains. There he meets the leader of the Airomar Indians, who looks more like a Viking than any Indian Malloy has ever met before. In addition to these minor details, there is an animal called the Blue Cat that acts as a vigilante of one removing dangerous people and showing up at the right time and then disappearing. And if that is not enough a Hitler want-to-be shows up to claim his legacy and Malloy learns that he may hold the secret to a hundred million in gold taken from German coffers and removed to Brazil by the Germans just before the end of World War Two. It is this gold that Max Reynolds now wants to get back as well as prevent this Nazi want-a-be from creating more political damage than he already has. Max thinks that the new Hitler my not be new at all, but the old Hitler in a new skin. If that is the case and word gets out that the real Hitler has survived the war, world turmoil will occur. Max’s instructions are to make sure that does not happen. However, first the team of Malloy and company has to battle a horde of blood thirsty savages lead by a Chief who never saw a head that he didn’t want to shrink. As the war rages on, Malloy fights the chief assassin, known as the Black Sword, to the death. Hired by the Germans to kill Hilary’ friend, Maria Batista, Hilary and Malloy seek to prevent the Germans from getting control of Maria’s plantation and the hundred million in gold. To help him in his effort, in addition to Hilary Kelly, Malloy has enlisted the support of Crusher and Jeremy and even Max Reynolds gets into the action.

Following every avenue he can think of, Malloy and Max and forty of their closest friends descend on a lost city carved deep into the side of a mountain by the Germans during World War Two that is more an underground fortress than a city. The man, who now calls himself Adolf Hitler, returns to remove the gold and return to Germany victorious again and return Germany to its glory days of old. One thing that the new Hitler didn’t count on was the presence of the Blue Cat. A beast with paws the size of pie plates, the would-be Hitler doesn’t escape the grasp of the Blue Cat.



$IN 1

by Pamila Daniel

Can you buy your way into Heaven?

Parishioners in the Reverend Jedidiah Rule’s church seem to think so. And the Reverend encourages those beliefs, as long as he profits from them.

Rule is handsome, mesmerizing, at times frightening and dangerous. He is a man who knows no limitations. Rumors of indiscretions, fraud and worse surround him but no one can prove them true.

Then the church’s head security officer Jim Marlowe commits suicide. His doubting widow calls in a favor from one of his old college chums, Rain Armstrong. She wants Rain to find out the truth about Jim’s death, which is hard to decipher in the inner circle of the Reverend’s prosperous ministry.

There are plenty of shady characters, dead parishioners and more trouble than Rain could imagine. Add Rule’s pretty assistant, Lilac Ashley to the mix, and Rain has all the ingredients for one hell of a ride!

$IN is written in script format. Envision it, if you will, as one of those slick HBO original mini-series. It is divided into four parts.



Payne & Rapture

by Phillip Westry Jr.

What if everything you’ve heard and been taught about “the end” actually came trueâ??all of the predictions and prophecies and revelations? Even worse, what if it happened tomorrow? Well, for Christian Payne, Chasity Cummins and little Dasia Lilly, three people who had never met before the shit hit the fanâ?¦tomorrow came today. In this tale of twisted fate, hold on tightly as three totally separate lives collide with only one mission in mindâ??to survive.

Payne & Rapture



The Swinging Brick

by Paul White

‘The Swinging Brick’ tells the story of Nell Keyes. Nell is eighteen years old and after a decade of therapists and medication has decided to leave her family home and to move in with some friends. Her friends are exciting; they drink, do drugs, find themselves in all kinds of mischief.

At the head of Nell’s new house is Joyce McNamarra. Joyce can out-drink, out-drug anybody. Joyce and Nell become close friends and begin to experiment with drugs and before long they share a bed. Nell begins to fall in love with Joyce but Joyce isn’t a woman who anybody can possess or control. Slowly Nell becomes jealous of Joyce’s flirtatious manner, her gregarious way of life and she decides if she can’t be with Joyce then neither should anybody else.

Nell plans her perfect murder but it seems before she can act, Joyce has her own plans for her erstwhile friend. It takes a trip for the house of drunken mates to the sunny holiday resort of Llandudno in North Wales for the true violence to begin. Only one of the girls will return.



A Vandal In Academia (The Adventures Of Gremlin Greaves)

by Svaj Darwin

A hugely respected professor of archaeology is invited to accept a bullion in precious stones as a philanthropist’s bequeath to his varsity. Unforeseen factors play spoil-sport and left with no option the academic has to resort to a bank’s sanctuary and avail there of its latest vault for safekeeping of his responsibility. Thus, the wealth in precious stones is deposited in a locker in a vault that can only be opened by the manager – an upright and honest and quite wealthy individual. But next morning not only is the manager found dead but also the wealth goes missing! To compound the mystery further the manager had been working all night at the bank and was never seen to leave his office by no less than eighteen sworn witnesses. Who then killed him? Who was the audacious criminal that was able to crack a safe which only the hand-print, iris-scan, and voice print of the manager could open? The police are left witless by the crime and in their zeal to deflect their own failings all but convict an innocent man who though later released is doomed forever to an ignominious fate. For five years the professor languishes in self-loathing, and bitterness before one fine day Fate plays a lucky card and chance makes him the fellow-lodger of the greatest detective in the living world. The redoubtable Gremlin Greaves, the only Specialist In Rhyme. But can even motormouth Greaves, the self-proclaimed maven, solve a crime that is more than five years old and which had befuddled the best intellectuals?



The Greed Games

by Nicholas Zach

When Mark Diddle wakes up in his underwear in an office in a New York skyscraper, he thinks he’s screwed up–yet again. But in fact, he’s playing in the Greed Games, in which a dozen billionaires are going to use every resource they have to fight each other to the death.

Only Mark Diddle is no billionaire. He doesn’t have a penny. And so the only way he’s going to live another hour is to lie, cheat, and steal. And that’s what he does best.

Nicholas Zach’s thrilling novella of suspense is a page turner pitting the filthy rich against the very smart.

Nicholas Zach is a prize-winning writer living in New York.



III. The Fallen Crone (The Case Files of Daniel Thorne)

by Daniel Thorne

My name is Daniel Thorne, and I am a private detective working in the City of Necropolis. This is a collection of my case files, retold to the best of my ability. My partner, Alex Barker and I hope that they may serve as a record of what has happened here, as well as a warning of what is to come.

An anonymous tip informed of us the untimely death of an elder of her kind; we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We quickly realized that this case was taking us into something bigger and deeper than we’d seen before. So deep as to make the city of death itself weep.

May Death have mercy on us all.

-D.T.



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