SWORN TO SILENCE

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KATE BURKHOLDER IS CHIEF OF POLICE IN THE SMALL TOWN OF PAINTERS MILL, OHIO.  KATE LEFT BEHIND HER AMISH ROOTS AND BURIED HER DARKEST SECRETS YEARS AGO.  NOW A SERIAL KILLER IS ON THE LOOSE WHO IS KILLING SLAUGHTERHOUSE STYLE JUST LIKE A KILLER 16 YEARS AGO.  KATE THOUGHT SHE TOOK CARE OF THAT KILLER LONG AGO BUT THE KILLINGS ARE IDENTICAL.  SHE HITS MANY ROADBLOCKS IN HER SEARCH FOR THE KILLER AND HE TURNS UP IN THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACE!  A GREAT MURDER MYSTERY – WILL LOOK FOR MORE IN THE SERIES!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

A killer is preying on sacred ground….

In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as Chief of Police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past–until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past–and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

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BLOOD AND JUSTICE

When sixteen-year-old Jenny James goes missing, and the local police are unable to find her, the girl’s frantic mother hires private investigators Jake and Annie Lincoln to search for her daughter.

When the body of Jenny’s boyfriend is discovered, the mystery of her disappearance deepens. Shaken out of their comfort zone of Internet searches and poring over public records, the couple soon find themselves facing the frightening possibility they are looking for the latest victim of a serial killer.

As more bodies pile up, the town is gripped with fear. It seems no one is safe, and the Lincolns race to solve an impossible puzzle before they become the killer’s next victims.

About This Mystery Series

Book 1: Blood and Justice (A Free eBook)
Book 2: Cold Justice
Book 3: Justice for Hire
Book 4: Captive Justice
Book 5: Justice Overdue
Book 6: Justice Returns
Book 7: Personal Justice
Book 8: Silent Justice
Book 9: Web of Justice (Now available for preorder)
Book 10: Fugitive Justice (Coming Next)

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MEMORY MAN

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MEMORY MAN WAS A GOOD MURDER MYSTERYAMOS DECKER CAN NEVER FORGET – THAT CAN BE HELPFUL IN A MURDER INVESTIGATION BUT IT CAN BE HELL WHEN YOU WITNESS THE BRUTAL MURDER OF YOUR OWN FAMILY.  AMOS REMEMBERS EVERY DETAIL OF THEIR DEATHS BUT HE CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHO WOULD HAVE SUCH A HORRIBLE VENDETTA AGAINST HIM.  THEN A MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN AND CONFESSES TO THE CRIMES.  DECKER INTERROGATES THE MAN AND REALIZES HE DOES NOT KNOW THE DETAILS OF THE MURDER – HE IS NOT THE MURDERER.  THEN A SHOOTER GOES ON A RAMPAGE IN THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL BUT THE KILLING IS NOT RANDOM – THE KILLER AND THE MOTIVE ARE SHOCKING.  BALDACCI DOES A GREAT JOB WITH THIS STORY!!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Amos Decker’s life changed forever—twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect—he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare—his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

MEMORY MAN will stay with you long after the turn of the final page.

 

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THE GOOD LAWYER

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BECAUSE OF HIS BELIEF IN THE INNOCENCE OF HIS CLIENTS, THE GOOD LAWYER WORKS HARD TO GET HIS CLIENTS OFF.  TIME AFTER TIME, HE IS SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED – ONE VICTIM COMMITS SUICIDE RIGHT BEFORE HIS EYES AFTER GETTING HIS CLIENT OFF.   ANOTHER KEEPS HIS FAILED LIE DETECTOR TEST AND CONFESSION FROM BECOMING PUBLIC UNTIL AFTER HE CRIES IN FRONT OF THE JURY PROTESTING HIS INNOCENCE AND HAVING ALL CHARGES AGAINST HIM DISMISSED.  THEN MORE PEOPLE WHO TESTIFIED AGAINST HIM ARE MURDERED AND THE RESULT OF THE LIE DETECTOR TEST ARE REVEALED.  THE GOOD LAWYER TAKES MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS BRINGING HIS MAFIA FAMILY IN TO GET JUSTICE WHEN THE LEGAL SYSTEM HE UPHOLDS FAILS.   NOT AS GOOD AS A JOHN GRISHAM BOOK BUT STILL GOOD!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it’s 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client’s innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution’s case. Digging deeper, horrifying revelations about his family’s past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the real Spiderman’s rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win, must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family’s mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?

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UNDER THE ICE

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WHAT A GREAT MURDER MYSTERYONE DEATH UNDER THE ICE IS BY ACCIDENT.  THE SECOND A MURDER TO SEND A MESSAGE AND THE THIRD IN SELF DEFENSE AGAINST AN ABUSIVE PARENT TRYING TO GAIN REVENGE ON THE MAN WHO ULTIMATELY WON HIS EX-WIFE’S HEART.  HE WAS ONLY IMPRISONED FOR 5 YEARS FOR THE ABUSE OF HIS WIFE.  WHEN HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL HIS FIRST MISSION IS TO TAKE HIS DAUGHTER TO WREAK HAVOC ON HIS EX AND HER NEW HUSBAND.  THE DAUGHTER IS AT THE AGE OF WANTING TO BE AN ADULT AND HAVE INDEPENDENCE BUT HER CHOICES ARE POOR AS A TRUE ADOLESCENT.  SEE HOW HER CHOICE TO BE WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER, WHO IS “CHANGED”, BECOMES DEADLY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

What do you do when your past comes back to kill you?

After escaping her abusive husband, life is finally good for Camille LeGarde and her daughter, Shelby. She has a great relationship with her new husband, Gus, who also loves Shelby like his own child. But the LeGarde family’s fragile oasis is shattered when the man of Camille’s nightmares is released from prison.

Greg Robinson never wanted to be a father. But he’s playing the biological card for all it’s worth to get close to Shelby, so he can realize his true goal—revenge against Gus LeGarde, the man who “stole” his wife and daughter.

Lured by the promise of connecting with her real dad, Shelby vanishes, sending Gus and Camille on a desperate race through the worst ice storm of the century to find her before Robinson can act on his chilling threat…

If I can’t have them, neither can you.

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PLAIN JANE

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THIS WAS A REAL BLOOD AND GUTS MURDER MYSTERY.  IT WAS ALMOST TOO MUCH ESPECIALLY AT THE END WHEN THE DETECTIVE HAS TAKEN THE SERIAL KILLER’S WOMB – REALLY?  THE PROFILER IS REALLY SICK AND TWISTED TOO HAVING SPENT TIME IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION.  I LOVE PATTERSON BUT FOUND NO PASSION FOR THIS.  SORRY.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware
A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal…

A city paralyzed by a serial killer stalking the night, taking a most gruesome trophy.
The only standing in the murderer’s way is an FBI profiler…recently released from a mental institution.

Plain Jane combines the swift action of Patterson with the macabre of Harris.

Just remember to keep the lights on when reading this one!

More Praise for Plain Jane…
“When I read on the author’s blog that Plain Jane was a “Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal” I knew right away that I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed and in my honest opinion this book is incredible!”

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IRON LAKE

IRON LAKE IS THE FIRST OF 14 MYSTERIES FEATURING CORK O’CONNOR.  THE MURDERS START PILING UP ALL AROUND THE TOWN OR AURORA AND CORK SEEMS TO FIND EACH ONE.  THE TOWN IS ALSO DIVIDED BETWEEN WHITES AND INDIAN CULTURE.  THE INDIANS KNOW THAT “WHITE JUSTICE” IS FULL OFF CORRUPTION AND SCANDAL.  CORK IS PART INDIAN AND IS NO LONGER SHERIFF OF THE TOWN SO THEY WORK TOGETHER TO UNCOVER THE SCANDAL THAT IS TAKING OVER THE TOWN.  BEWARE OF THE WINDIGO WHO WHISPERS YOUR NAME!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today’s best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring “a sense of place he’s plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie” (Kirkus Reviews), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota’s lake country — and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his “former” status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, there’s not much that can shock him. But when the town’s judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.
As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.

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THE WATCHER

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THIS WAS A GOOD MURDER MYSTERY WITH A LITTLE ROMANCE THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE.  THE FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST HAS BEEN TRACKING THIS KILLER FOR OVER FIFTEEN YEARS WHEN HE MURDERED HER TWIN SISTER.  HER PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE INVESTIGATION GIVES  HER EXTRA INCENTIVE TO FINALLY TRACK THE KILLER DOWN.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

This psychological suspense follows forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers who believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working with a single-minded tenacity, she sets out to prove it.

Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate’s arrival in his county knocks his world on its axis and makes him believe in romance again. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with the kind of pathology she proposes is too bizarre.

Together they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. A Janus-like killer, more monster than man, he fixates on Kate and wants nothing more than to kill the “purple-eyed girl again.”

As this crime thriller builds to a conclusion, Kate finds herself in grave danger, while Slater uses his forensics skills to discover who the madman is and where he’s taken her.

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TRUST

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TRUST IS THE FIRST IN THE WAVERLY BEACH SERIES – MY BEST FRIEND LIVED IN WAVERLY BEACH, ONTARIO AND I SPENT MANY SUMMERS THERE – GOOD MEMORIES!

LAUREN HAS A DARK SECRET FROM HER PAST THAT SHE HASN’T EVEN TOLD HER FIANCE ABOUT.  WHEN ONE OF HER STUDENTS IS FOUND MURDERED AND LAUREN’S GOLF CLUB IS FOUND TO BE THE MURDER WEAPON THE PAST IS SURE TO RESURFACE.  LAUREN IS ACCUSED OF MURDER BUT HER FIANCE REFUSES TO BELIEVE SHE DID IT AND DECIDES THE WEDDING MUST GO ON.  HIS TRUST IS SO COMPLETE THAT HE EVEN HELPS TO FIND THE REAL MURDERER.  THE MURDERER AND THE MOTIVE WILL SHOCK YOU!  LAUREN CAN FINALLY BREAK FREE OF THE PAST AS WELL.  ENJOY!!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

In TRUST, 36-year-old, high school teacher Lauren seems to have it all. She moved back to Waverly several years ago, has a great career, and has finally found true love. Lauren is getting fitted for her wedding dress, and her wedding is just a few weeks away, when one of her students goes missing and she suddenly becomes a person of interest.

Her fiance, David is a former minor-league pitcher turned stockbroker, who is excited to settle down with Lauren. But when the missing student is found dead, and the media turns its attention even more closely on Lauren, David is surprised to discover that Lauren hadn’t told him everything about her past. With the help of his 91 year old grandfather, who is a retired town sheriff, and his best friend Jack, the current assistant sheriff, he sets out to find the truth.

TRUST is set in a small, seaside town in Massachusetts and cooking helps Lauren to relax as the madness of the investigation swirls around her. In the back of the book you’ll find her favorite recipe for braised short ribs (it works just as well with beef brisket too).

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MR. MERCEDES

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AS A TEENAGER I LOVED DEVOURING STEPHEN KINGS NOVELSTHE SHINING, THE STAND, THE DEAD ZONE AND CUJO COME TO MIND.  THEN I LOST INTEREST – I THOUGHT HIS BOOKS WERE GETTING A LITTLE TOO WEIRD FOR MY TASTE.  IT WAS NICE TO COME BACK TO MR. MERCEDES WHICH I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED.  OF COURSE IT’S BEEN A LITTLE WHILE SINCE I READ A GOOD MURDER MYSTERY TOO THINKING I NEED TO TRY SOME OTHER GENRES.

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In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

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