Thrillers and Suspense

Flank Street

Flank Street
Title: Flank Street
Author:
Published: May 15, 2015
Author's Twitter: @ajsendall
A man with a buried past. A woman with a compulsion for danger. Together, can they con the Sydney underworld and get away with cold-blooded murder?   Flank Street is written from the distorted reality of Micky DeWitt, a shiftless career criminal and world sailor. Micky arrives in Sydney, Australia on his rundown boat, broke and on the lookout for opportunity. He takes a job as barman in Sydney’s red light district, where eventually he’s approached by a woman who needs something stolen from a lawyer’s safe. Nothing is what it seems, as Micky falls into a honey trap that spins his life out of control and pushes him to the edge of insanity.

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A Beautiful Family

A Beautiful Family
Title: A Beautiful Family
Published: May 27, 2014
Author's Twitter: @MarilynCohendeV
When Johannesburg socialite Brenda Silverman dies in mysterious circumstance in her palatial, well secured home, questions are inevitable. Did she commit suicide? Was it an accidental drug overdose? Or did her death have something to do with her husband? Alan Silverman is a handsome, charming businessman with impeccable credentials: a former political activist who fled South Africa in the 1980s and returned to help build the new democracy; a loving husband and devoted father; a pillar of Johannesburg’s orthodox Jewish community; and an intimate of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress elite. He is also a man hiding a terrible secret. Tracy Jacobs, a young journalist, is assigned to cover the story but as her investigations start to uncover cracks in the beautiful Silverman family facade, she finds herself in conflict with her own community. Will Brenda’s inquest finally reveal the truth? Spanning nearly forty years and three continents, A Beautiful Family confirms a horrible reality: that “things like that” can and do happen to people just like us.

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Revolution Earth

Revolution Earth
Title: Revolution Earth
Published: June 10, 2012
Author's Twitter: @lambertnagle
Stephen Connor, trainee Metropolitan Police detective is first on the scene when a cyclist is killed in a seemingly ordinary hit-and-run. Just another tragedy on a London street?   A sunny London lunchtime is punctuated by a casual act of violence that will ricochet across four continents. Stephen Connor, trainee detective, is first on the scene when a cyclist is killed in a seemingly ordinary hit-and-run. Nothing seems to trouble the driver, Big Oil PR guru Greg Palmer – who treats the incident as a minor inconvenience. When Palmer walks free, the dead girl’s soulmate, Cara flees halfway across the world to confront him. Stephen is one step behind. Palmer thrives on burying bad news and there is no dirtier business than an oil company trying to hide a major environmental disaster. Can Stephen protect Cara from a group of charismatic eco-terrorists, who try to lure her in? As a publicity stunt at an oil refinery goes wrong, who will be there when Cara finds out that the target she cared so passionately about had simply moved?

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Beacon of Vengeance, A Novel of Nazi Germany

Beacon of Vengeance, A Novel of Nazi Germany
Title: Beacon of Vengeance, A Novel of Nazi Germany
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Published: August 17, 2014
Summer 1941. As America edges closer to joining the struggle against Hitler, reluctant operative Ryan Lemmon returns to Nazi Europe. Although his undercover assignment targets the Reich’s covert operations in Paris, the rescue of close friends from a fascist internment camp takes top priority. Ryan finds in Occupied France a cauldron of deception and unbridled cruelty. Torn by German exploitation and French collaboration, the country now teems with unforeseen dangers: A dying British intelligence agent whose help may prove deadly. A beautiful partisan whose cold heart could make or break his mission. A former lover trapped between Nazi operatives and the violent Parisian underworld. And deep in the shadows, a ruthless enemy playing a treacherous game of cunning and subterfuge. Lethal confrontation looms in this powerful sequel to the IPPY award-winning thriller Corridor of Darkness.

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The Obsession

The Obsession
Title: The Obsession
Publisher:
The Obsession is a vibrant novel of suspense and murder, by turns intriguing and surprising, as three smart, driven people match wits with their lives at stake. When Stan, an American grad student falls for Lina, a lovely Italian scholar, his unrequited passion turns perverse. When he follows her from a mid-west college town to Bologna’s ancient streets, they are joined by John, Lina’s American lover and Stan’s mentor. Their love-lust triangle re-ignites, and they flee and chase down the storied Italian boot to a shocking conclusion on volcanic Mt. Etna.

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The Car Bomb

The Car Bomb
Title: The Car Bomb
Publisher:
Published: May 7, 2013
Detroit’s top TV anchor Frank DeFauw hunts down the story of a judge who may be corrupt—and is one of his best friends. Booze, drugs, womanizing and a passion for the news are all part of what makes this brilliant, erratic newsman a major player in this deeply troubled city. Finally, Frank is forced to decide if digging out the truth about his pal the judge is worth risking his own career, family and skin. With supple prose, brilliant dialogue, sharply-drawn characters and a surprising plot, this is a gripping tale of betrayal, murder and redemption.

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The Fatal Coin

The Fatal Coin
Title: The Fatal Coin
Published: May 16, 2017
Author's Twitter: @LucienneWrite
Missing treasure. Murder. One ruthless criminal. And one Bow Street Runner determined to stop him. In the winter of 1794 Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster is assigned to guard a Royal Mail coach. The mission ends in tragedy when a young constable is shot dead by a highwayman calling himself Colonel Pepper. Dan is determined to bring Pepper to justice, but the trail runs cold. Four months later Dan is sent to Staffordshire to recover a recently excavated hoard of Roman gold which has gone missing. Here he unexpectedly encounters Colonel Pepper again. The hunt is back on, and this time Dan will risk his life to bring down Pepper and his gang. 'The Fatal Coin' is a prequel to 'Bloodie Bones', the first Dan Foster Mystery, which was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.

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Worlds Within Worlds

Worlds Within Worlds
Imagine living in a multi-layered reality of separate but complimentary worlds—physical, mental, spiritual and technological—when a bully you thought safely tucked away in the cyberworld suddenly appears in your physical world looking suspiciously like your worst nightmare. Can you stuff him back into your computer? And if not, can the Magan Lord’s daughter from the fantasy book you’re editing, your dreams of a rabid beast, your visions of a Tibetan Yogi and your reawakened memories help you maintain your sanity and survive the darkest night of your life? Find out in the double award-winning metaphysical thriller Worlds Within Worlds when all this happens to author, editor and reviewer Prunella Smith. This inspirational, transrealist work—a mix of psychological thriller, fantasy and romance—has been awarded the Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence and a BRAG Medallion of Excellence in Independent Fiction. Worlds Within Worlds has a unique perspective on the nature of creativity. Its touch is light, its humour distinctive but it reaches deep into the nature of human experience.

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Photographic: A Novel

Photographic: A Novel
Title: Photographic: A Novel
Author:
Published: May 20, 2013
Author's Twitter: @kdlovgren
Careful what you wish for. When Jane married Ian Reilly, he wasn’t famous, just a method actor with a dream. In the seven years since their marriage, he’s catapulted to the A-list, they own a secluded farm in the Midwest, and Jane and Ian are living separate lives. While Ian films a blockbuster, action-packed version of The Odyssey on the island of Crete, Jane is hunted by a tabloid photographer who won’t take no for an answer. As Odysseus, Ian is six thousand miles away and three thousand years in the past. His plunge into the tribulations of an ancient Greek hero has left her an unwilling Penelope. When the tabloids break an on-set story too outrageous to ignore, Jane undertakes an epic journey of her own to uncover the truth.

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