THE BLUE-BLOODED BEAUTY

On a quiet afternoon in Eden Park ,October 6, 1927, Cincinnati, Imogene, a beautiful society lady, is shot and killed by her husband, the notorious bootlegger George Remus. After wandering off into the park, Remus hitches a ride to the police station, where he turns himself in. Shocked and fascinated by this horrible murder, the country gears up for a sensational trial pitting the man known as “the king of bootleggers” against Chief Prosecutor Charlie Taft, the youngest son of the former president.  The trial raises many questions What happened to Remus’s fortune, which disappeared while he was imprisoned for bootlegging?  Did Imogene, the blue-blooded beauty once known as the Jazz Bird, struggle to free him, or set him up?  How did the federal agent who pursued Remus became desperately entangled with the Jazz Bird, embroiling himself and Remus in a complicated love triangle with deadly results?

AUTHOR: CRAIG HOLDEN

AUTHOR: THE JAZZ BIRD

GENRE: Legal Thriller, Mystery , Thriller

NOTORIOUS KILLERS IN HISTORY

Milwaukee, 1997. In a city reeling from the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer, a series of gruesome kidnappings and mutilations draw authorities into a case like nothing they’ve ever seen. Cops think a Dahmer copycat is on the loose. But Patrick Bowers, working as a homicide detective, suspects this is more than an ode to the infamous cannibal. When he discovers that the shocking acts reference some of the most notorious and macabre killers in our nation’s history, the investigation spirals into a nightmare of manipulation, brutality, and terror. Wielding groundbreaking investigative techniques, Bowers must now face off with a killer who will stop at nothing to get his message out to the world.

AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES

TITLE: OPENING MOVES

GENRE: Crime, Thriller , Action

THE CHECKMATE

When a clandestine FBI facility is attacked, Special Agent Patrick Bowers is drawn into the vicious, ruthless story that a killer from his past is bent on telling the world. Clues lead to long-forgotten secrets buried deep beneath Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Now Bowers is caught up in trying to stop one of the deadliest attacks ever planned on American soil.

AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES

TITLE: CHECKMATE

GENRE: Action Thriller, Action, Thriller, 

A SPREE OF PERFECT CRIMES

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers cutting-edge geospatial investigative techniques and impeccable logic have helped him track some of the country’s most grisly killers. But those skills are about to be pushed to the limit. A young woman is found brutally murdered in Washington DC as her killers conduct a spree of perfect crimes in the Northeast. With nothing to link the crimes to each other, Agent Bowers faces his most difficult case yet even as his personal life begins to crumble around him.

AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES

TITLE: THE BISHOP

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

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THE MISSING DEVICE

An arsonist has struck a top-secret research facility at a key US naval base. But it’s not just a random terrorist attack. These people were after something specific. When Special Agent Patrick Bowers is called in to investigate, he is drawn into a deadly web of intrigue and deception. With his own criminology research being turned against him and one of the world’s most deadly devices missing, Bowers is caught up in a race against time to stop an international assassin before it’s too late.

AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES

TITLE: THE ROOK

GENRE: Fiction, Thriller

THE SCENE OF THE FIRST MURDERS

Bowers has been called from his home to Chicago, to testify in a retrial of Richard Devin Basque, a serial killer caught by Bowers and convicted 13 years ago. New evidence has been uncovered, which may lead to Basque’s release. This comes at an awkward time for Bowers as he’s been asked by his friend, Lt. Kurt Mason of the Denver Police Department, to assist in the investigation of a crime that appears to be linked to a double homicide that took place the day before. What they discover shocks them: at the scene of the first murders, a tiny tape recording is found in the woman’s mouth which, when played, tells Bowers that the killer will see him in Chicago. How could he know that Bowers was scheduled to testify and be at this particular crime scene? Subsequent murders occur, and at each scene is evidence that indicates the killer knew Bowers would be there. There seemed to be only one conclusion here, he thinks: “Maybe you are not the one closing in on him; maybe he’s the one closing in on you.”

AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES

TITLE: THE KNIGHT

GENRE: Thriller, Mystery

THE ILLUTIONIST

Bowers is called from his home in Colorado to North Carolina to assist in identifying and ultimately stopping a serial killer. He had been assigned to similar cases in the past, but never to one where the killer is always one step ahead of the FBI crew. The killer is aware that Bowers has been called in on the case, even calling Bowers to identify himself as “The Illusionist” with self-proclaimed powers of misdirection, control, and meticulous planning. Although Bowers works well and cooperates with the forensic scientists and profilers on the case, he feels he must use his own unique, often unorthodox, investigative approach. Unlike the others on the team, he is interested in precisely when and where the crime occurred. He believes the significance of the crime’s time and location are important to the killer and thus to capturing him  Bowers faces quite a few dangerous situations in order to try to save the lives that the Illusionist has chosen for elimination including his own and that of his daughter Tessa.

AUTHOR: STEVEN JAMES

TITLE: THE PAWN

GENRE: Thriller

THE SURGICAL ROBOT

Jesse Copeland is a neurosurgeon at Eastern Massachusetts Medical Center in Boston. She has been experimenting with a surgical robot that is used to eradicate brain tumors. An evil terrorist shows up at the hospital demanding the new robot be used on what he was told was an inoperable fatal tumor. If she does not submit to his demands he will release a deadly gas throughout the city. He kills four people in a lab with the gas just to demonstrate he is serious. How can Jesse operate on a killer? But she must in order to save innocent lives.

AUTHOR: MICHAEL PALMER

TITLE: THE PATIENT

GENRE: Thriller, Terrorism Thriller, Medical Thriller, 

SHE IS THE LETHAL HEROINE

Vanessa Michael Munroe, chameleon and information hunter, has a reputation for getting things done: dangerous and not quite legal things that have taken her undercover into some of the world’s deadliest places. Still healing from a Somali hijacking gone wrong and a brutal attack that left her near death, Munroe joins her lover, Miles Bradford, in Japan where he’s working as a security consultant protecting high-value technology from industrial espionage. In the domesticity of their routine she finds long sought-after peace until Bradford is arrested for murder, and the same interests who targeted him come after her, too. Searching for answers and fighting to stay alive, Munroe will soon discover how far she’ll go to save Bradford from spending the next twenty years in locked-up isolation; how many laws she’ll break when the truth seems worse than his lies; and who to trust and who she must kill. Because she’s a strategist and hunter with a predator’s instincts, and the man she loves has just stabbed her in the back.  

AUTHOR: TAYLOR STEVENS

TITLE: THE MASK

GENRE: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller , Suspense

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CAUGHT BETWEEN HIS MISSION AND THE PAST

Feliks is a Russian anarchist who is encumbered with killing Prince Orlov, merely because the Prince is negotiating a wartime alliance with Great Britain and the Earl of Walden. The Earl of Walden is charged with securing an alliance with his nephew Prince Orlov and Russia by a young and ruthless Winston Churchill. Each man is determined to accomplish his mission, especially Felix who feels that by killing Prince Orlov and preventing an alliance he will save his countrymen from terrible suffering. Feliks is calculating and cold, but what he does not account for is that his past and present inextricably linked to that of The Earl of Walden, and his wife Lydia. Lydia is Feliks’ past lover, and she carries dark secrets of her own. Feliks soon finds himself torn between his mission, and his past.

AUTHOR: KEN FOLLETT

TITLE: THE MAN FROM ST PETERSBURG

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Mystery

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