Gunshot Straight by Lou Berney
304 pages, 67 of 77 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Pre-order for June 26, 2012 delivery
Gutshot Straight is a fast and funny crime caper in the tradition of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen: “Shake” Bouchon is fresh out of prison and ready for life on the straight and narrow–well, maybe one last job…
And now, for a limited time, download the critically acclaimed novel for free, and receive a bonus excerpt from his new book,Whiplash River, available wherever books are sold July 10.
260 pages, 44 of 51 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
After nine years in Bayshore mental institution, once called the lunatic asylum, Caroline Hill is finally being released.There will be no one to meet her. Her parents who brought her here…are dead.
They have found her a room in a rooming house, a job washing dishes in a restaurant. She will do fine, they said. But no one told that women in St. Simeon are already dying at the hands of a vicious predator. One, an actress who lived previously in her building. And others.
And now, as Caroline struggles to survive on the outside, she realizes someone is stalking her.But who will believe her? She’s a crazy woman after all.
Then, one cold winter’s night on her way home from her job, a man follows and is about to assault her when a stranger intercedes.
A stranger who hides his face and whispers her name.
395 pages, 26 of 28 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
It has been months since John Carter’s estranged brother, Henry, has gone missing. When last heard from, he was sailing off to Bermuda in search of an author whose books deal with the esoteric traditions of past ages.
Reluctantly, John joins Henry’s old Special Forces Teammates on a trip to Bermuda, hoping to discover the truth behind Henry’s disappearance. But not all is as it seems in Bermuda, and the puzzle that awaits John on the small island paradise will prove to be more sinister than anything the world has seen in a very, very long time.
As the fingers of an ancient evil seek to draw him into another world – a world where all of Hell is trying to break loose – John must confront the truth of his own past… and pray that he might survive its revelation…
…that the WORLD might survive its revelation.
185 pages, 14 of 21 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honorable Phryne Fisher—she of the gray-green eyes and diamant garters—is tiring of polite conversations with retired colonels and dances with weak-chinned men. When the opportunity presents itself, Phryne decides it might be amusing to try her hand at becoming a lady detective in Australia.
Immediately upon settling into Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor, Phryne finds herself embroiled in mystery. From poisoned wives and cocaine smuggling, to police corruption and rampant communism—not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse—Cocaine Blues charts a crescendo of steamy intrigue, culminating in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.
342 pages, 35 of 37 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
What if a ship carrying a cargo of stolen Russian missiles bound for Iran was mysteriously hijacked? What if Israel was secretly behind the hijacking? What if the guy who fills the vending machines in the office break room figured the whole thing out?
Based on actual events, OPEN SOURCE is a geopolitical thriller that follows Casey Shenk, a Savannah, Georgia, vending route driver with an insatiable curiosity, as he uncovers a black-market arms deal-gone-bad and the truth behind a high-level plot to shape world politics. Casey draws his evidence from open sources; by reading beyond the headlines. When his theorizing catches the attention of the wrong people and anonymous threats turn deadly, Casey looks to Susan Williams, an intelligent, but insecure, analyst for the New York-based consulting firm Intelligence Watch Group for help. The two soon find themselves in the crosshairs and fighting to save their own lives, while preventing an even greater injustice that could affect the balance of power in the Middle East and plunge the world headlong into the next Great War.
249 pages, 17 of 24 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
228 pages, 16 of 19 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
Michael Balkind, author of the critically acclaimed thriller Sudden Death, scores a home run in his newest book titled Dead Ball. Murder, mystery, elite sports, guns, greed, special ops, mafia, and glamour? Dead Ball has it all! The story takes place on the hallowed grounds of AllSport, a sports facility that houses & trains inner city athletes who have shown professional potential in various sports. Before AllSport, many of these athletes lived in poverty. Many were members of street gangs. Combining these kids, the country’s top professional athletes, the finest training facility in the world, and big money, makes for a combustible mix. Cutthroat tactics abound and the high-stakes world of professional sports makes for a thrilling read. A brazen murder is committed and the list of suspects with plenty of motive is long. Then the body count grows. The sports world is one where all kinds of people come to play, not just the athletes, and the rules of the game are sometimes subject to dangerous interpretation. Is murder just another form of competition? Dead Ball is full-throttle action from the very first page!
284 pages, 17 of 19 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
After several years of neurology research on autistics and children, Dartmouth psychology professor Frederick Carlisle has made a startling discovery. With a custom-made device and a simple set of steps, he can unlock fantastic mental abilities in his test subjects. But the brain is a delicate, complicated piece of equipment, and side-effects are inevitable; when one part of the brain ramps up, another will inevitably shut down…
Charcot’s Genius is part one of the Great Minds series. It is the story of two very different people: an asylum inmate who is haunted by memories of the murder they say he committed, and a self-possessed first-year Dartmouth student who is trying to escape a small town and a destructive father. Both grapple with the effects of Professor Carlisle’s treatment, and both discover powers of thought they never imagined possible. But while our Dartmouth first-year simply hopes to lead a normal life, the asylum inmate is out for revenge. He blames Carlisle for his condition and his imprisonment, and soon he will make his return to the Dartmouth campus.
Professor Carlisle has some explaining to do.
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