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Andrea Bravos is dazed and amazed when a Styrofoam burger box with her ex's ashes arrives in the mail. Her adventure to find out what happened will upset officials of several small countries, insult the founders of three major religions, give her four adult children acid reflux, and lead her to assault with a deadly golf club.

In the process, she will joyfully drag along her soft-spoken but fearsome accountant, while trying to fend off her mooch of a nephew. It’s a convoluted and quixotic caper, but it all comes together in the end—even the avocados, World War II spy, IRS agent, palm reader, and deadly spider.

Move over Marple and Plum, here comes Andy!


After selling his company for millions, Colby Walker takes his family—and his son’s friend Jess—on vacation, wanting nothing more than to unwind in the sun and surf. But he spots the alarming signs in short order: Jess’s downcast eyes, a familiar passivity, and angry red welts marching across the boy’s bare back. Walker understands what they mean because he’d been that boy, many years ago.

He’d suffered in silence, too.

Can Walker stand by and let the torment continue? Does he trust the authorities—the same ones who had failed him in his youth—to take care of Jess? 

Hell no. 

With Jess in tow, Walker packs up the minivan and takes his family on the lam, keeping one step ahead of Jess’s cruel father and unhinged ex-con aunt. When the stakes escalate and his headstrong actions put people’s lives in jeopardy, Walker must finally conquer his past before he can save those he loves. 

He can run no longer.


The Quito op was meant to be a milk run for Agent Maggie de la Cruz: just hand over the two-million-dollar payoff and nail Commerce Oil for drilling in the Amazon. But that’s not quite how things play out. The sting is sabotaged. Bullets fly. And Maggie has to run.

Then an eco-terrorist group headed up by the notorious Comrade Cain kidnaps a corrupt oil minister and the Agency needs to send Maggie back to clean up Washington’s mess. Another milk run? Maybe—if no one has a secret agenda. Events continue to go off-kilter: the suspicious detainment of a field agent at Bogotá International, leaving Maggie on her own; terrorists who seem more interested in the payoff money than the cause; case handlers with shadowy links that can’t be easily explained; and worse. But Agent de la Cruz will deal with it. Any way she can.


Macey's first day in the college employee relations department ends with a knife at her throat.
 
Macey is certain things can't get any worse. She's wrong. An angry employee vows to put her on an online hit list. When he turns up dead, she's a suspect--and on the hit list. 
 
To keep her secrets and her life, Macey partners with two unexpected allies who cause her pulse to race with steamy attraction--and exasperating annoyance. Vince, a handsome, driven lawman, digs up more than just clues to the brutal murder. Brett, a fun-loving pathologist with a deadly sense of humor, drives everyone crazy with his fart machine-will travel. Macey's supersized black cat Wikket, possessing courage, curiosity, and crankiness in equal portions, assists in his own grumpy, feline fashion, golden eyes open and claws extended.                


Separated from her controlling husband, romance author Zoe Swan meets a charismatic art history professor on the beach and begins a torrid affair. But who is he really? By the time Zoe finds out, she's wanted for murder and on the run with her husband, his jewel thief brother Paul, and a priceless painting stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. With the FBI and the murderer in pursuit, the trio heads to Boston to take refuge in the home of Paul's friends. Soon the lines are blurred between the good guys and the bad, and the only way to prove their innocence is to make a deal with the very people who want them dead.


When a strange epidemic of sleepwalking strikes the kids of Baltimore, only has-been psychiatrist Gordon Pope understands the truth of what is happening. The problem is, Gordon lost all of his self-confidence and the lion's share of his client list in his divorce. Now he can't seem to get anyone to listen. As the epidemic grows, Gordon unearths clues with disturbing parallels to his own childhood and quickly comes to realize that if he can't stop it, and soon, the consequences will be disastrous.


Liz Crawford steps off the plane, home after six years in the space program and two in a Texas prison. She expects to be met by her sister, Sara, and to share her apartment, temporarily. Instead, she discovers Sara and two of her friends have vanished. The police are slow with answers, and Liz takes up the search, following the meandering trail of her sister’s life. Along the way, she bends the law, risks her freedom and her life, and learns just what she is capable of in the most extreme circumstances.



The cops call him in to help on a case, a gruesome and inexplicably artistic murder that only someone with his gift can solve. 
But absorbing the memories of the mutilated body is going to send John's life spiralling out of control, force him to cross every line, betray everyone who trusts him.

He doesn't just want to find the killer - he needs to find her - because the one thing that's clear about the woman behind the crime, is that she's a sensitive too.  

And the more he learns about this mysterious woman that shares his gift, the more he's convinced he's in love with her, and will do whatever it takes to keep the police off her scent.


Marissa Rooney stands in her daughter’s empty dorm room, a half-used vial of insulin clutched in her trembling hand. Brooke has been missing for days. Her roommate hasn’t seen her since that night in the bar. And if Marissa has Brooke’s insulin, it means that Brooke does not.

But Marissa isn’t alone in her terror. A phantom from her past is lurking in the shadows, waiting in the night, and holding her family captive…

In the dark.


Tom Cogan feels an inexplicable pull toward a woman he's just met in a bizarre experience, and when he begins to have flashes of their past life together, he makes the horrible decision not to tell anyone--including his wife. But what he doesn't know is that his life has been hijacked by a malevolent spirit who's waited two centuries to get revenge. Trapped as a pawn in the demon's demented game, Tom discovers he's not the only one targeted for death--so is everyone he loves.


DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions.
Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that Jan finds dead on her search for Aiden, and whose own son, Thomas, was also missing, may have the answers.
Jan uses Bessy's information and her own skills and instinct to track down the missing boys. But is it too late for Aiden?
Set in the North West of England, with the notorious Saddleworth Moor as a backdrop, Random Acts of Unkindness is a story about motherhood, love and loss and how families of missing people suffer the consequences of major crimes involving their loved ones


DS Jan Pearce is still searching for her missing son. When she finds a little girl, Elise, alone in a pram in a busy town centre, she must unravel a mystery that takes her to the edge of her emotions. Then another child, Dara Price, goes missing.
Lisa Connelly, Elise's mother, has been forced into a life of prostitution and has been leaving her little girl alone. Her gangland boss is holding her prisoner but she wants her little girl back.
Jan finds herself balancing her search for her son with finding Dara. Her right hand man, Mike Waring, is on another case so she and her temporary partner, profiler Damien Booth, must solve the puzzle and find Lisa before time runs out for Dara.
Playlist for a Paper Angel is the second in the DS Jan Pearce series of novels and is the sequel to Random Acts of Unkindness.


Jill D’Angelo never dreamed scandal could unfold at her family’s winery—that is, not until a wine tasting guest turns up dead in a vat of fermenting wine. Now the winery is at the center of an investigation, and Jill isn’t so sure the blustery detective assigned to the case will figure out what really happened. Is it up to Jill to solve the mystery? Probably not. But will anyone be able to keep her from trying? That’s even less likely.


Everyone agreed Evelyn Marsh wouldn’t hurt a fly, but they didn’t count on a mother’s ferocity, nor the fury of a woman scorned. Written in the spirit of Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train; The Talented Mr. Ripley), Evelyn Marsh begins with the provocative statement that “Evelyn’s first murder was an accident.” The rest of the book exists to explain the implication embedded in that first line. A psychological character study, it’s a why-done-it and how-done-it, instead of a who-done-it.


The dead man's head rests on a halo of blood. His hands are locked together as if in prayer. Rookie police officer John Drake is first on scene. His superiors want to call it an accidental death, but he isn't convinced. In his previous life, Drake saw his share of dead bodies. He knows this was not an accident. When he uncovers a list with five names including the name of the dead man, there's only one question. Are the names on the list suspects or potential victims?


Eighteen-year-old Javin has grown accustomed to death. Only the strong survive in a world burdened by an unending ice age, where food and fuel for heat are scarce. There is one resource for survival: a train that people kill to board. Javin doesn’t fear death. He has nothing to lose—none of the worthless do. They are slaves to the South, less than animals. So Javin’s determined to take a guard down with him—then his own death will be fair trade...

But whispers of a new hope are stirring: they say the sun waits behind the Southern wall. The rumors are surely more lies concocted by the South, nothing more. The last thing Javin needs is hope… until he meets others like him, others who were left for dead by their parents, others who make him feel compassion, love, and joy. Yet feeling is dangerous, for with caring comes responsibility. Now the worthless are looking to Javin for salvation and as much as his heart longs to, how can he possibly be their hero when he can't even save himself?


Hannah Cole, a young graduate student attending George Washington University, and her father David Cole, a senior FBI agent, enjoy a happy life together in Arlington, Virginia. Due to the nature of his job, and having been a single father for most of Hannah's life, David has always been fiercely protective of his daughter and has taken great strides to keep her safe. But when Hannah is kidnapped from their home one night, their world is turned upside down.

With the force of the FBI behind him, including his best friend Juliet Grayson, trusted partner Chris Tyler, and rookie agent Eli Shaw, David rushes to find his daughter, while Hannah struggles to stay alive, both of them racing against a deadline that could mean the end of Hannah's life.


Young billionaire Sebastian Montero has hunted killers for seven hundred years, the murder of his baby brother still haunting his dreams. After a teenage girl is ritually butchered, Sebastian joins the LAPD in their search for the man known as “The Voodoo Killer.”

When Sebastian is nearly strangled by malevolent spirits invading his home, he realizes his target is a man with formidable magical powers. But he doesn't know just how dangerous the Voodoo Killer has become.


A locked room murder draws immortal Sebastian Montero into a dangerous clash between ancient cultures as he reluctantly joins a quest to find a magical deck of tarot cards.


Lexi Winslow is a bank fraud investigator who's sent to fetch home the daughter of the bank's biggest client. So she's off to Sumatra where the wayward daughter and her latest boyfriend were last seen. 

 Once Lexi arrives at an isolated resort carved out of the remote Sumatran jungle, she discovers there are more deadly dangers inside the hotel than the crocodiles and head hunters outside. It is a hotel where women check in, but most don't check out.
 
And of all the places in the world, she runs into her ex-lover, who not only conned his way into her heart, but is always conning someone somewhere. Lexi is determined to find out what is going on and to get everyone out alive. 



At long last! Jessie Hewitt is about to take her rightful spot in the Hall of Fame. No, not the one for pool sharks. This is the Romance Writers Hall of Fame. Jessie's so excited she's even convinced über-hunky cop Wilson Rye to tag along for the induction festivities. But things don't go exactly as planned. How could a conference called Happily Ever After take such a wrong turn? Take a guess.


Life turns from barely tolerable to complete hell when Maddy Eastin’s impulsive plan to win back the attention of her absentee father backfires. Word of her scheme spreads through her high school, but when mockery escalates to cyberbullying, Maddy and her failed stunt become headline news. But the worst is yet to come…

A disturbed man is fighting the overwhelming urge to surrender to his true nature—a moral code molded by a sadistic father who taught him that a girl needs proper training to become the perfect subservient woman. As he watches Maddy on the evening news, his already fractured psyche completely splinters. She’s the girl he’s been waiting for.

When Maddy disappears, she’s labeled a runaway even though her mother believes it was foul play. Will the detectives investigating Maddy’s disappearance find her before it’s too late? Or has she already fallen prey to the vicious stranger hunting her?


Burnt out after twenty years in NYPD narcotics, Jake Dial returns to his sleepy Florida hometown to hang out his shingle as a private eye. Planning for the worst case in every case, Jake lets paranoia run his life: he lives in a bomb shelter, drives an armored SUV, and wears a bullet proof vest to check the mail.

Protecting his newest client, Carmen, becomes especially complicated when Jake is framed for butchering her husband, a cocaine smuggler hopelessly in debt to a Cuban supplier. With Carmen now a target for the Cuban Mafia, and Jake’s interest in her growing beyond their professional relationship, they’re both in the line of fire and must use everything in their arsenal—be it airboats or dynamite—to evade their bloodthirsty pursuers and clear Jake’s name.


It’s not whether you live or die, it’s how you play the game.

While in Vegas for the American Poker Grand Slam, BB Thomas—the Game Master—is suddenly arrested by the FBI and taken to a top-secret laboratory. A scientist has been murdered in a bizarre manner, and BB’s daughter has been kidnapped. Reluctantly joining forces with his ex-wife, Linden, BB plunges into a labyrinthine mystery incorporating the world’s oldest and best-known games and taking them to Paris, Dubai, Pyongyang, and Alexandria. Pursued by a relentless FBI agent and an unknown assailant who wants him stopped at any cost, BB races to uncover an insidious plot involving secret societies, ancient cover-ups, and savage vengeance. Someone is playing a deadly game, and the object is the destruction of every government on the face of the earth—no matter how many people die in the process.


I get paid to erase problems.

Did your extramarital affair produce an unwanted complication? Family problems? Just want to enjoy your midlife crisis by yourself?

That's where I come in. For a fee I'll take care of it. A big fee.

Only, I'm not going to do what you think. I'm not going to save you from them, I’m going to save them from you.


Solicitor Denny Frawley is a corrupt, ambitious prosecutor with his eye on the South Carolina Attorney-General’s position. But when the governor is caught buying cocaine in a stadium bathroom, Denny sets his political sights even higher.

Hal Kinley, who has known Frawley all his life, is a good cop who has watched his friend grow into an unscrupulous monster.

While Denny and his inner circle scramble to get the members of his self-destructive and equally ruthless family ready for the limelight, Kinley's son is drawn into their orbit. Kinley is determined to save his son and stop his old friend. The odds do not favor him.


Delroy Jones should be enjoying spring. The azaleas are in full bloom, and the hot Georgia summer is still weeks away. As always, though, life has other plans. His girlfriend left him, he's drinking too much, and his clients do strange things with toy baby carriages and butcher knives. When Baby Ted goes missing, Delroy has to dodge a sneaky "fix-it" man, low-life investigators, and a deranged Mr. Brother to set things right. Even in spring, things are again too hot in Gratis.


It might sound like a joke, but there's nothing funny about three beautiful women murdered in an Irish pub in Syracuse. 

The cops think it's an open and shut case, pointing the finger at the dead guy with the gun, bar owner James John Smith. But when a mother of one of the victims hires her lover, Bill "Free Willy" Tedesco, an ex-stripper and karaoke star turned PI to investigate, the secrets of the dead surface and the question of who pulled the trigger becomes more important than why.


When Chase finds survival gear hidden in the attic of his boarding school, he realizes Ashwood Prep isn't what it seems. Thrust into a conspiracy that is centuries old, he can choose to run or stand up and fight.

After an earthquake cuts the school off from the rest of the world, Chase has to figure out who's a friend, who's an enemy, and if there's really any difference at all. As the world starts to collapse, trusting the wrong person can have deadly consequences. Caught between his classmates and the professors' schemes, he can't afford to choose wrong. It would all be a lot easier if Taylor and Maya weren't pulling him in opposite directions.

Is it really the apocalypse? Or is it something much worse?


Adam Azoulay scrapes out a meagre existence as a paparazzo in New York. One night he shoots video of an African president-for-life spending half his country’s GNP on jewelry for his mistress. The next day a non-profit charity run by a rich kid hires him to track down a reclusive human-rights icon who might’ve been in the video. When Adam discovers the icon has an ugly past, he learns that the world of human rights is one of secrets and even murder. The deeper he gets the more he must be stopped.


In the streets of Los Angeles, a sniper is hunting cops. As the death toll mounts, LAPD Detective Daniel Kane tracks the killer, fighting bureaucratic oversight, task-force politics, and media interference as he embarks on the most terrifying investigation of his career. Building to an electrifying climax, L.A. Sniper tells a story of heartbreak and loss, of love and redemption, and surprisingly, of hope.


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