As a mob enforcer, Jake ‘The Fixer’ Caldwell is in the dark business of breaking kneecaps and snapping bones. But each job sends him one step closer to turning into the man he swore he’d never become his violent and abusive father. Leaving the mob is easier said than done. When his boss offers a bloody way out, Jake has no choice but to take it, even if it means confronting ghosts of old.
Arriving in his Lake of the Ozarks hometown, Jake has two things on his mind: kill ruthless drug lord Shane Langston and bury his dying father. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love all over again and team up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff of Benton County, to take Langston down. Racing through the countryside searching for Langston, the web of murder, meth and kidnapping widens, all pointing toward a past Jake can’t escape and a place he never wanted to return Poor Boy Road.
AUTHOR: JAMES L. WEAVER
TITLE: POOR BOY ROAD
Built on the Upper West Side, the elegant Breviary claims a regal history. But despite 14B’s astonishingly low rental price, the recent tragedy within its walls has frightened away all potential tenants except for Audrey Lucas.
No stranger to tragedy at thirty-two—a survivor of a fatherless childhood and a mother’s hopeless dementia, Audrey is obsessively determined to make her own way in a city that often strangles the weak. But is it something otherworldly or Audrey’s own increasing instability that’s to blame for the dark visions that haunt her and for the voice that demands that she build a door? A door it would be true madness to open…
AUTHOR: SARAH LANGAN
TITLE: AUDREY’S DOOR
GENRE: Paranormal, Fiction, Horror, Mystery
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Dr. Lucas Madden is a neuroscientist turned FBI profiler who first gained global recognition for cloning the ripper gene and showing its dysfunction in the brains of psychopaths. Later, as an FBI profiler, Madden achieved further notoriety by sequencing the DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers and proposing a controversial “damnation algorithm” that could predict serial killer behavior using DNA alone.
Now, a new murderer, the Snow White Killer is terrorizing women in the Mississippi Delta. When Mara Bliss, Madden’s former fiancée, is kidnapped, he must track down a killer who is always two steps ahead of him. Only by entering the killer’s mind will Madden ultimately understand the twisted and terrifying rationale behind the murders and have a chance at ending the psychopath’s reign of terror.
AUTHOR: MICHAEL RANSOM
TITLE: THE RIPPER GENE
GENRE: Fiction, Medical Thriller
Reporter Jane Ryland is tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer that may be hunting down Boston’s young women under the city’s bridges. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.
AUTHOR: HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN
TITLE: THE OTHER WOMAN
GENRE: Mystery, Serial Killer, Detective Thriller
Renowned theater director Cordelia Thorn is working to restore a historic theater in downtown Minneapolis that she and her actress sister, Octavia, recently bought. Cordelia has a vision for the playhouse’s future, but the more she learns about the building, the more fascinated she becomes by its past. Nicknamed “The Old Deep and Dark” because of the Prohibition era double murder that occurred in the basement then a speakeasy there are a wealth of secrets hidden inside its walls. And, to her shock and horror, Cordelia discovers that there is also one present day body literally buried in a basement wall. Cordelia immediately calls on her best friend, P.I. Jane Lawless.
Although Jane is already in the thick of another investigation she’s embroiled in a well known country western singer’s family scandal she agrees to help Cordelia out on the side. But show-biz is a small world, and as Jane starts tracing the trails of two separate investigations, she’s surprised to find they might not be as unconnected as she thought.
AUTHOR: ELLEN HART
TITLE: THE OLD DEEP AND DARK
GENRE: Mystery, Crime, Fiction
The Dane family’s roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn’t keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago.
When one of Lucy’s few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls,the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri’s necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin.
More alarming, she suspects Cheri’s death could be linked to her mother’s disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.
AUTHOR: LAURA McHUGH
TITLE: THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD
GENRE: Fiction, Suspense Thriller, Mystery
One year ago Chellie Morris drove through a stop sign less than a mile from her house into the stampeding traffic of State Route 30. Nathan, her husband, arrived home after the accident to find a four word note on a bookshelf; not a suicide note, not a goodbye, not even a reminder for something he might forget, just four unexplainable words.
Too much alcohol and too little sleep have turned the last 365 days into a stagnant haze. Painful flashes from the last day, uneven rewinds of the past, and the haunting words of the note chaotically rumble and roll through his mind.
Four words only, four words left.
AUTHOR: REGGIE TURK
TITLE: THE NOTE
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It’s high summer in the Mojave Desert, and Kristen Rush and her fiance, Daniel are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California, for the July forth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose, to return home unharmed but never to see her fiancee again, or plunge forward into searching desert to find him where a killer lies in wait.
AUTHOR: VICKI PETTERSSON
GENRE: Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense