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Die Laughing: 5 Comic Crime Novels

by Steve Brewer

5 comic crime novels from 5 award-winning authors.

LOST VEGAS
Steve Brewer

Nick Papadopoulos used to be a button man for the Mob. Now he’s the front man for an aging casino in Fowler, Nevada, an isolated backwater known as “Lost Vegas.” Nick’s stuck in a rut and deep in debt. Then he gets an idea: If someone would only rob his casino, he could collect on the insurance and get out from under. Tony Zinn runs a heist crew in San Francisco. He’s never even heard of Fowler, Nevada. But Nick makes him an offer that’s almost too good to be true. Neither man expects interference from rival casino owner Big Jim Kelton or his hired goon, a huge Samoan named Shamu. But once they’re involved, it can only end in bloodshed. Filled with twists and double-crosses, LOST VEGAS is Steve Brewer at his best.

FENDER BENDERS
Bill Fitzhugh

Eddie Long plans to be a country music star but he’s stuck touring the college frat circuit. But after his nagging wife apparently dies at the hands of a serial killer, Eddie writes the best song of his life and it goes straight to number one. Eddie’s friend, freelance writer Jimmy Rogers, senses a great opportunity and sets out to write the life story of Nashville’s newest sensation. But Jimmy’s research unearths some troubling facts about the death of Eddie’s wife, facts that could ruin Eddie’s burgeoning careerâ??while making Jimmy a star of the publishing world. Throw in a beautiful and opportunistic country radio DJ, a pair of wily record producers, and a naive young singer-songwriter, and the stage is set. Everybody plans to make a killingâ??one way or another. It’s murder on Music Row, where things don’t always turn out as planned. Fender Benders won the Lefty Award (best humorous novel) at the Left Coast Crime Convention 2001.

FAVOR (Stanley Hastings Mystery Book 3)
Parnell Hall

It was just a simple favor. Drive down to Atlantic City, check out Sergeant MacAullif’s son-in-law, and see why his daughter wasn’t happy in her marriage. Stanley Hastings started following the guy around, and quickly found himself involved with notorious loan sharks, sleazy private eyes, fat-cat casino owners, and crooked blackjack dealers, not to mention two dead bodies. Stanley had no idea who killed them, or why, but all the clues seemed to point to the son-in-law. Only the witness blew the ID and the cops arrested Stanley instead. Taking the fall for homicide is a hell of a favor. Stanley was in over his head, so he did the one thing he never thought he’d do in his life. He hired a private eye!

HABEAS PORPOISE (Solomon vs Lord series)
Paul Levine

The love-hate relationship of Solomon & Lord continues. Sure, opposites attract, but they argue, too! This time, it starts with the kidnaping of two trained dolphins from Miami’s Cetacean Park. When one of the ecoterrorists behind the raid turns up dead, his partner in eco-crime is charged with homicide, even though he didn’t pull the trigger. It’s called “felony murder,” and Solomon thinks it’s a bum rap. What he doesn’t count on is his lover and law partner Victoria Lord being named a special prosecutor. Conflicts-of-interest abound, and Steve is up to his old tricks. At least, the mismatched legal duo agree on something…each one vows to win the case!

GUILT TRIP (Blanco County Mysteries, Book 4)
Ben Rehder

Life in rural Blanco County, Texas, isn’t what most folks would call excitingâ??and that suits game warden John Marlin just fine. But when the tequila-slamming, skirt-chasing treasurer of the local Rotary Club goes missing and his vehicle is found in the river the day after a flood, Marlin finds himself in charge of the search efforts. At nearly the same time, a nearby house explodes in a shower of drug paraphernalia, and an exotic car turns up stolen from the missing man’s barn. Marlin and Sheriff Bobby Garza are soon overwhelmed, trying to figure out how everything connects together. It isn’t long before events begin to spiral out of control.



Complicated Creatures: Part One

by Alexi Lawless

From Amazon Bestselling Novelist & Kindle Scout Winner, Alexi Lawlessâ?¦

“One glance at the way he looked at her, and she knew exactly what he was: a lethal habit. The accelerator on a race car. A halo jump on a crystal clear day. The best possible rush with the worst possible consequences.”

Samantha Wyatt heads up one of the most powerful private protection agencies in the world. As a former naval interrogator, she knows first-hand what danger looks like. But when the head-turning, savvy and challenging Jack Roman comes into her life like hot lightning, she’s drawn to him like she’s never been to anyone beforeâ?¦

She craves his touch, even though it weakens her.

She wants his love, despite the fact that she’s still haunted by another.

When a deadly rival threatens to take everything from her, Samantha is forced to rely on the help of Wesley Elliott, the first man she ever loved, and the only man she could never forgiveâ?¦

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and an adventure that takes you around the world, Alexi Lawless offers up a taut and intense read in Complicated Creaturesâ??one that will leave you breathless and ready for more long after the last page is turned!

“A Stellar Read!”

“James Bond– only sexier!!”

“Ultra-hot, tightly-wound & enthralling!”

 

Note to the Reader: Complicated Creatures is the first book in a series. Recommended for readers 18+ for mature language, adult situations and sexual content.



Defragmenting Daniel: The Organ Scrubber: A Sci-Fi Thriller (The Defragmenting Daniel Trilogy Book 1)

by Jason Werbeloff

7 stolen organs. 1 vengeful victim. A gruesome sci-fi thriller.

Organ scrubbing was a bloody job, but somebody had to do it. Daniel, an orphan from the Gutter, was put to work scrubbing kidneys at aged twelve. The job had its perks: a warm bed, Law and Order reruns, and an all-you-can-eat Mopane worm buffet â?¦ Until the Orphanage stole Daniel’s parts, and sold them on the organ market.

Now Daniel has grown up, and yearns to become whole again. The cybernetic organ replacements just aren’t the same – he needs his parts back. But the new owners of his organs won’t give them up. Not without a fight.

Just how far will Daniel go to regain his missing pieces? And how much more of himself will he lose along the way?

Defragmenting Daniel is a cyberpunk crime thriller that will unnerve you. Every part of you.

“A work of great imagination. Powerful and gripping.”

“A stark and moving experience.”

ReadersFavorite.com, 5 Star Review

The Organ Scrubber is the first fragment of the Defragmenting Daniel trilogy. The complete series is ready to read here:

Fragment 1 – The Organ Scrubber: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H5RE6LY

Fragment 2 – The Face in a Jar: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HCB4WMG

Fragment 3 – The Boy Without a Heart: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HD9S42Q

Categories: technothriller trilogy, serial killer detective noir, futuristic dystopian science fiction thriller, medical novels mysteries, medical technothriller , cyberpunk teen, scifi police procedural psychological scifi adventure series gruesome horror gory thrillers cyber crime thriller noir scifi detective violent horror male protagonist thriller future crimes hard-boiled dark fantasy



Risking the World

by Dorian Paul

Kidnapped in Morocco to help weaponize a killer TB, American scientist Claire Ashe says flat out ‘No,’ an answer that triggers a chain of shattering events. For starters it pits her against David Ruskin, an arms dealer, and Varat, the mastermind behind the plot. She doesn’t know David’s a British intelligence officer sent to unravel Varat’s plans or that he’s secretly intent on personal vengeance against Varat. When David’s forced to flee with Claire, his mission a failure on every count because he intervened in her near rape, things get more than a little complicated. Soon death, betrayal, and career suicide become part of a shared reality that puts their already frayed trust in each other to the test. When the first TB attack strikes a Paris nursery school and all the kids die, their cooperation is as vital as their mounting attraction is dangerous. They reach a boiling point when his goal to end the game at any cost goes against her conviction that the exacting science needed to find an antidote is the only thing that will save the day. Who wins and at what price? Read Risking the World to find out!



THE WINDOW WASHER

by Eric Rill

On Friday, Nick Grant is an ordinary guy, with a good job, a wife he loves, and an adorable eight-year-old son. On Saturday, his wife is dead, his son is in critical condition, and there is an unidentified body in the basement.

Wracked with guilt and torment, he retreats to a rental house he owns in “The Bottoms,” a crime-ridden slum in Columbus, Ohio, where he falls into a life of drugs and alcohol.

A chance encounter with a young woman who shares her deadly secret sucks Nick Grant into a vortex of criminal activity where he becomes an unwitting player in a dangerous game of chance in a battle between the underworld and law enforcement at the highest levels.

What follows is an intricate tale of greed, corruption, deception, and murder.

The Window Washer starts like a house afire, literally, and maintains its momentum right down to the final sentence. Not only does Eric Rill tell a compelling action tale that could be ripped from today’s headlines, but he also writes with great insight and does not look the other way when one of his characters must cope with unendurable grief if he is to survive. And that grief does not stop the action, but rather acts as a catalyst for it.

Even after years of editing, I couldn’t stop reading The Window Washer until I had read it all the way through. Eric Rill’s fans will not be disappointed by this fast-paced, absorbing story.

â?? Sharon Nettles, editor



Revenge (Phoenix Undercover Book 3)

by C.A. Harms

Living in fear was what they were all doing.

It was no longer just the life of the woman he loved that was in danger, but also the life of their unborn child. The undercover case Josh led was now threatening to take away his true happiness. And he must find a way to keep his family safe from the hands of evil.

Knowing that the devil is lurking in the darkness, Josh is left with no way to secure their safety. His fear is taking over.

Soon Leo would finally get the chance to make them pay for ruining his life.

His revenge was coming, and there was no one who could stop it.

The devil is near and Gabby is his targetâ?¦.

And he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

The count down has begun.

There’s nowhere to hide.

They will all pay.



Accomplice Liability (David Brunelle Legal Thrillers Book 7)

by Stephen Penner

There is no honor among thieves. But what about murderers?

Seattle homicide prosecutor David Brunelle faces a prosecutorial nightmare. A drug addict-turned-police informant is found murdered, his body dumped publicly as a warning to others. The prime suspect is the drug lord the dead man was snitching out. And the only witnesses to the murder were also accomplices to it.

Decisions have to be made, and deals have to be cut. Brunelle struggles through a maze of coconspirators and defense attorneys to answer the questions at the core of his dilemma: Who deserves a break? And who deserves the full punishment of the law?

Will a collection of scared drug addicts and loyal hangers-on be willing to testify against a man who already killed one police informant? And even if they are, will the jury believe anyone whose testimony was purchased with a plea bargain?

Brunelle encounters new friends and past opponents as he tries to hold a killer responsible, both aided and hindered by the doctrine of ACCOMPLICE LIABILITY.



Deception

by N. I. Cole

When Fenella’s husband is shot dead in front of her in a seedy area of New York, her whole life is turned upside down. Under suspicion for the murder, she turns to her husband’s trusted friend, Percy Pugh, an eminent lawyer.

However, her life becomes complicated and guilt-ridden when she falls for Richie, a detective investigating the murder.

Grief-stricken, confused and in jeopardy, she unearths some surprising evidence that shows her husband, Edgar, is not the person she thought he was and Percy is harbouring dark secrets.

Who can she trust? Can she really rely on her newly found lover? Who exactly was her husband?

Slowly, Fenella pieces together the puzzle and finds she is hurtling towards an uncertain, dramatic future.



Rafe: Anarchy’s Reign MC

by Ellen Harper

She should have stayed far, far away.

Beth was a beautiful little thing.

A nurse, a mother â?? so tough and yet so fragile.

She should have known better than to come near a monster like me.

But she wandered too close, and I made her mine.

For a night, at least.

Then she slipped away.

That might’ve been the end of thingsâ?¦

â?¦Until I wound up on her operating room table, gushing blood from a bullet in my arm,

courtesy of my rival Gray, the man determined to lead our club back into the underworld.

I want another taste of Beth, but it’ll have to wait.

Revenge is the first thing on my mind.

I start to hunt down my attacker.

But before I know it, Beth and her daughter get dragged into the crossfire.

She’ll have to decide:

Does she trust me to protect her?

Or does she run screaming for the hills?

“I can’t promise you perfection. I’m an imperfect man.

But I can promise that I will make you scream my nameâ?¦

Rafe.

Rafe.

Rafe.

Rafe is a full-length, standalone romance novel with steamy hot sex, strong language, a happily every after ending, and NO CLIFFHANGERS. Contains dark and disturbing themes, and over-the-top sexiness that may be uncomfortable for some readers.

Perfect for fans of Sam Crescent, Jenika Snow, L Wilder, Sabrina Paige, Lauren Landish, Vanessa Waltz, Jordan Marie, and Nicole Snow.

For a limited time, you get a FREE bonus book: Bad Boy Dom. Rafe ends at ~50%.



Least Wanted (A Sam McRae Mystery Book 2)

by Debbi Mack

From the NY Times bestselling author Debbi Mack:

Can Sam defend two clients of murder before becoming the next victim?

Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae’s busy, but orderly life as a Maryland lawyer takes a chaotic turn when two clients are accused of murder. A poor, black girl is accused of killing her mother. A young man suspected of embezzlement is accused of murdering his boss. The cases collide in a bizarre way involving girl gangs and computer pornography.

Sam ventures into the heart of DC’s suburban ghettos to find answers. A maniacal killer who’ll do anything to hide them stalks her. After a nearly disastrous confrontation, Sam must do business on the run. As the body count grows, Sam races to learn the truth and clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.

REVIEWS AND ENDORSEMENTS

“LEAST WANTED is a brave, heartbreaking, and thrilling book with a complex plot that takes attorney Sam McRae on a dizzying tour of several circles of urban hell, against a backdrop of white-collar crime. I loved it, and I admire Mack for writing it without flinching or suggesting easy answers. It’s a sequel that outdoes IDENTITY CRISIS and holds the promise of a great series.”

— Timothy Hallinan, author of THE QUEEN OF PATPONG and CRASHED

“In LEAST WANTED, Debbi Mack serves up a solid mystery plot wired together with high octane suspense. Washington, DC attorney Sam McRae is smart, tough and dedicated, but her latest cases in LEAST WANTED push her to her limits. Defending two clients accused of murder, she finds herself dealing with girl gangs, pornography and crazed killers. For mystery and suspense, it’s Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan in Baltimore and Robert B. Parker’s Spenser in Boston, but Sam McRae is the woman to have at your back in Washington.”

— Austin S. Camacho, author of the Hannibal Jones mystery series

“Sam McRae is back and as brash as ever, with a colorful cast, a relentless plot, and enough twists to leave you breathless. Debbi Mack has carved her own niche in the mystery pantheon.”

— Scott Nicholson, author of DISINTEGRATION

“LEAST WANTED hooks you from the start and never lets go. A fascinating and absorbing mystery.”

— Simon Wood, author of LOWLIFES

“Fast-paced and brimming with dark, twisting plot turns, LEAST WANTED will keep crime and mystery buffs off balance and guessing until the very end.”

— J.T. Cummins, author of COBBLESTONES

“From its cleverâ??and ironicâ??title to the carefully drawn characters …, LEAST WANTED is a worthy sequel to Debbi Mack’s first crime novel.”

— Jeremiah Healy, author of THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER and A STAIN UPON THE ROBE

“Sam McRae is not your run of the mill attorney. She is a strong, intelligent, and fiercely committed advocate, who puts her life on the line in the pursuit of justice. Author Debbi Mack brings to the hardboiled genre, a fresh voice and direct writing style that gives this richly layered mystery a feeling of authenticity I found wholly compelling. The multifaceted plot grips the reader like a falcon’s talons and never lets go.”

 –Lawrence Kelter, bestselling author of The Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series. She’s also published one young novel and a thriller. In addition, she’s a Derringer-nominated short story writer, whose work has been published in various anthologies.

Debbi is also a screenwriter and aspiring indie filmmaker. Her first screenplay, The Enemy Within, made the Second Round in the 2014 Austin Film Festival screenplay contest and semifinals in the 2016 Scriptapalooza contest.

A former attorney, Debbi has also worked as a journalist, librarian, and freelance writer/researcher. She enjoys walking, cats, travel, movies and espresso.



Vultures in the Playground

by A. Sparrow

Name: Archie Parsons. Occupation: Malaria consultant. Hobbies: Mosquito husbandry. Cat fancying. Long walks through West African shanty towns at sunset.

That last activity nearly gets Archie killed fresh off a plane in Liberia. Robbed and beaten, he is lucky to get away with bruises, contusions and a stolen passport.
Turns out, these weren’t run-of-the-mill thugs. They work for Xtraktiv, a black ops security firm contracted by a consortium of oil companies that aims to steal Archie’s identity and murder him. They seek access to Archie’s professional network, particularly his connections with Health Ministries, to facilitate a killing spree of obstructive politicians and activists in and around the Gulf of Guinea.
These executions are to be orchestrated by their top assassinâ??a man code named Agent Blackâ??who becomes personally involved in the second attempt to take down Archie at Robertsfield Airport. But while tangling with Archie in a terminal washroom, Black is killed in a freak accident involving a slick floor and a hard sink.
The consortium naturally assumes that their man prevailed. This is Agent Black, after all. After Black’s remains are efficiently disposed of by local contractors, the consortium blindly shuttles Archie all over West Africa, providing airline tickets, weapons and intelligence via briefcases left in luxury hotel suites. For a time he plays along, exploiting his mistaken identity to warn intended targets of their peril.
Once the consortium discovers their error, they dispatch Black’s East African counterpart, a man code named Agent White, to set things straight. Archie finds himself pitted against the most brutal corporate assassin on the African continent.
The US State Department won’t help him because he’s officially deceased. And the consortium has infiltrated the diplomatic corps to its highest levels. The only person who dares come to his assistance is his cat-sitter Melissa, a young woman of Caribbean extraction whose shadowy past renders her much more formidable than Archie realizes.



Initiation

by Phil M. Williams

One Team, One Goal,
Back-to-Back State Champions.

Carter Lynch didn’t care about the slogan, the prestige, or the tradition. He was an outsider, a foreign invader from a foreign land. The army brat transfer didn’t join the football team to make friends. He didn’t care about anything but taking a starting spot and earning a scholarship. He had what it took to be a star. He was focused, talented … violent. He was ready for the game. The initiation and the aftermath … that’s a different story.

Adult language and content.



Bullet Train

by John Lloyd Clayton

A contract killer hides out in a Japanese mountain town after a botched job. Posing as a cram-school teacher, he stays off the radar, makes no waves, and drinks enough every night to quiet all the voices in his head. There he befriends a local boy, whose family pulls him back from the brink and gives him a reason to keep going. When the boy suddenly disappears, he knows the past has finally caught up with him. Risking everything, he comes out of retirement and settles all his old scores.



As a Thief in the Night

by R. Austin Freeman

Harold Monkhouse is usually such an uncomplaining patient so when his brother Amos calls in one night, what he doesn’t expect is to see him at Death’s door. Suspicions aroused, he demands an urgent second opinion. And when Harold is later found dead from arsenic poisoning, Amos is left in no doubt that foul play is afoot. The inquiry begins and Barbara Monkhouse is soon singled out as the prime suspect. What ensues is a roller coaster ride into crime fiction at its best as the truth of the fateful night eludes even the best of detective minds. Could it be a simple case of wife poisoning husband – or is it just possible that another shadowy figure stole into Harold’s room, as a thief in the night, to rid the world of an innocent man?



An Eye For An Eye: An Action-Packed Political Thriller (Matthew Richter Thriller Series Book 2)

by L.D. Beyer

A powerful drug lord threatens to bring America to its knees.

Only one man can stop him.

Two years ago, Secret Service Agent Matthew Richter faced the most difficult decision of his life, knowing that by saving the former, the latter would die. In the aftermath, he fled Washington and the agency that failed him. With wounds he’s certain will never heal, he seeks refuge behind a gun as the commander of an FBI SWAT team in New York. After a raid turns sour and Richter is sidelined, possibly for good, he is reluctantly drawn back to Washington by the man he once saved.

When drug cartels threaten to topple the Mexican government and the violence begins to spill across the border, Richter tells President David Kendall it’s time to take off the gloves. One by one, cartel warehouses and tunnels are raided and their drug caches destroyed. One by one, their sprawling compounds and bank accounts are seized. One by one, drug lords are targeted and killed. One by oneâ??all except, that is, for Pablo Guerrero, the ruthless head of the Sangre Negras cartel, who has only grown stronger as others have fallen.

When the hunt for Guerrero finally draws first blood, he unleashes a war no one is prepared for. Now Richter must stop him before it’s too late.

An Eye For An Eye is the action-packed sequel to In Sheep’s Clothing, L.D. Beyer’s gripping debut novel.



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