A judge is brutally murdered; a sixteen year-old girl is accused. Josie Bates, an attorney who left her high powered law practice when her skill inadvertently led to the deaths of two small children, cannot turn her back on this one. Reluctantly she takes on a case that will put both their lives on the line and change one of them forever.
A dead society is a polite society in this Future Noir tale of double-dealing, greed and love at first sight.
Murder is obsolete now that LifeEnders Inc. is in on the scene. Only assassins of the highest moral and ethical caliber receive the coveted License to Kill issued to associates of the world’s first murder-for-hire corporation. But when human frailty rears its ugly head all bets are off.
Told in legacy style of Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a heaping helping of Mickey Spillane, the hero could be Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe or Mike Hammer, while the dame could be Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford or Barbara Stanwyck. Come back to the days of fast action and snappy dialogue, when men were men and women led them around by the nose.
A troubled past resurfaces when an investigative journalist agrees to help find a missing child.
The Australian bush is unforgiving, and there is not much hope when a four-year-old boy, Clem, apparently disappears into it without a trace. When the police begin to suspect the boy’s step-father, his lawyer hires Damon, a specialist private investigator, to help defend him.
No stranger to missing person cases, Damon agrees to let his partner, Lucy, interview the family. There she finds a strong connection to the boy’s mother, and determines to find Clem no matter the cost. Having lost her own parents young, and nearly lost her brother, she hopes it will help her to exorcise her own demons.
Refusing to believe that Clem is dead, Lucy begins a search that will take her into the seedier side of a rural community with many secrets. In so doing, she will stumble across criminal activity that will put her in serious danger.
But it will also stretch her fledgling relationship to Damon, the only person she has ever really trusted. Can she find Clem? Can she find an inner peace? Can she let Damon in?
If you enjoy suspense thrillers you are in for a treat with COLD VALLEY NIGHTMARE. It is a standalone, but you can also read about Lucy’s backstory in the bestseller SMALL TOWN NIGHTMARE, which is FREE with Kindle Unlimited and available in paperback.
Ireland’s underworld is run by the barbaric Doherty family. The head of the clan, Malcolm Doherty, has infiltrated all levels of public office and rules the city’s criminal landscape without mercy or compassion.
Gerald O’Brien is the incorruptible cop on the Dohertys’ trail, obsessive and indefatigable, yet unable to bring them down.
Nathan Corbally is a horrifically abused child, cursed with a terrifying intelligence and raised by a monstrous father, he thieves to fend off starvation. When he steals a piece of clothing belonging to the Doherty family, he sets off a chain of events that will pit him against the rulers of Ireland’s underworld.
Three lives, steeped in violence, are about to clash in a violent grab for absolute power.
Garth Wainwright wakes from a car crash coma with no memories of any kind; his name, his profession, his everything. After his hospital release, a taxi delivers him to the address on his driver’s license. While searching this condo, he learns that he has a wife, attorney Lacey Kinkaid Wainwright, who was with him during the crash but subsequently vanished. Is she dead? Was her body snatched? Was she kidnapped?
The LA Sheriff’s deputy said it was attempted murder and kidnapping. When Lacey’s captor, head of a crime cartel, is identified, Wainwright launches a perilous international rescue mission with the help of his longtime friend Greg Mulholland of the FBI, Boston DA Investigator Renato Wilson, and an extremely unlikely and deadly ally, whom he must learn to trust to save Lacey before it’s too late. The Assassin, as he is known to law enforcement agencies world-wide, has saved Wainwright’s life. He seems reasonable and non-threatening—for a paid killer—and is welcomed into the search team.
With electrifying action scenes at every turn, author Walter Danley takes readers on a white-knuckle journey into one man’s quest to regain his memories—and the love of his life.
Summertime, and the living is… not as easy as Mina had hoped. But, she finally has a full-time job, working alongside her new boyfriend, Jack (that is, Chef Jacque, when they’re at Squirrel Run Acres.) That’s good, right? Except that poor Mina and Jack have been working together a lot lately–specifically fourteen hour shifts in a sizzling kitchen–for months.
When tempers flare hotter than fat on a fire, Jack steps up and splurges for a romantic get-away to Cape May Point, New Jersey. All is forgiven and soon sunset beaches wink from the distance, until Mina’s stuck with dog sitting duties for Jim, her buddy Bauser’s three-legged dog. Complicating the canine conundrum is Bauser’s last minute plea to deliver Jim to a client location, in Bumville, New Jersey. No biggie, except that Bumville lies in the polar opposite direction from Cape May. And Vito and Miriam also happen to be visiting the client–who is none other than Vito’s niece, Helena Pryzchntchynzski. Oy.
Further jeopardizing their journey through Jersey is Jim’s discovery of Babette Bernstein. Her murder launches a connect-the-dots of corpses that ripples dangerously around Mina and Jack. Oh–and the kidnappings, plural–are a little scary, too.
Will Mina and Jack escape the bad guys? Will they survive their first vacation together? More importantly, will they finally have one?
If you’re in the mood for funny fiction, a cast of chatty pets, and unsolved murders–read on. Juicy Jersey packs a roller coaster ride of murders, mayhem and mojitos. Come root for Mina, boo the bad guys and nibble a nosh, courtesy of the author’s recipes in the back of the book, vetted by Lund’s real-life favorite chef, her husband, Chef Andrew.
A dying man craves the time he has lost. Written as a long rhyming poem, Say Not “What If” recounts his journey and the consequences of the choices he makes in a desperate desire to stay alive. Exceptionally easy to read and understand, many readers have praised the power and thought provoking nature of this unique story. What would you do for more time?
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