THE ORIGINAL CRIMES

Progeny By E. H. Reinhard

Tampa homicide lieutenant Carl Kane has led up grisly crime scenes before, but this one is different it’s identical to the remains left thirty years prior by a man who had whipped the city into chaos.

But Jack Redding, or as the media called him, The Quilter, had been put to death in the nineties. These murders are the doing of a copycat someone with inside knowledge of the original crimes.
As the bodies pile up, the motivation for the killings and the connection shared by the victims become clear. Kane must race around the clock to find the person or persons responsible for recreating the work of the most heinous murderer Tampa has ever seen. Little does Kane know his path will lead him to one of the most horrifying scenes he’s ever witnessed. In his line of work, and after recent events, that’s saying something.

AUTHOR: E.H. REINHARD

TITLE: PROGENY

GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedurals

Recommendation: ehreinhard.com/about-the-author

 www.goodreads.com/book/show/25812144-progeny

THE LAUGHING MAN

Broken By Matthew Storm

Three years ago, top San Diego homicide detective Nevada James went up against an infamous serial killer called the Laughing Man and lost. The mental breakdown that followed left her institutionalized and no longer able to work as a police officer.

Having lost everything, Nevada is content to do odd jobs to keep a step ahead of the bill collectors and fund her out-of-control drinking problem. But that changes when Alan Davies, a local crime lord, comes to her with a problem. His wife and daughter are missing and he can’t go to the police. If Nevada helps him, he’ll pay her enough that she’ll never have to worry about money again. But what should have been a simple missing person’s case quickly turns deadly. Alan Davies has enemies, and in the course of trying to save his family Nevada finds herself in the middle of a gang war. But her own demons are even more menacing, and the Laughing Man is still out there.

AUTHOR: MATTHEW STORM

TITLE: BROKEN

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

Recommendation: http://www.amazon.com >… > Crime Fiction > Organized Crime

THE MOST FEARED

Brothers And Bones By James Hankins

Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie’s life upside down with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world,Charlie’s brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one. So begins Charlie’s search for answers, and for his brother, a search that leads him down Boston’s darkest streets, into its blackest alleys, and, finally, into its criminal underworld. But if Charlie wants answers he’ll have to get them from some of the most feared and ruthless people in the city.

AUTHOR: JAMES HANKINS

TITLE: BROTHERS AND BONES

GENRE: Thriller

Recommendation: jameshankinsbooks.com

 www.goodreads.com/author/show/644088

THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL

Devil In The Detail By Ed James

 One January morning of the body of Mandy Gibson, disabled daughter of a pillar of the community, tears the town apart. Detective Constable Scott Cullen, still reeling from the events of a case the previous summer, is pushed out east to help solve the crime. Soon he finds himself stuck between his DI and Bill Lamb, the local Sergeant on whose territory they’re trespassing, and becomes embroiled in a hunt for the town’s bad boy. What does the small religious group that Mandy’s family attend have to do with the crime? As the community closes ranks, Cullen has to resort to looking for the devil in the detail.

AUTHOR: ED JAMES

TITLE: DEVIL IN THE DETAIL

GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Detective

Recommendation : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Devil-Detail-Scott-Cullen-Mysteries/dp/..

A MADMAN’S JOURNAL

The Journal By Derick Parsons

A young couple have been brutally murdered in their home in a quiet suburb of Dublin and the Murder Squad want to pass on it; they can see this case is a dog. Inspector Jack O’Neill thinks it’s a dog too but with his personal life in a mess and nothing to lose he takes it on anyway and soon wishes he hadn’t. A suspect is quickly found for the killings and Jack thinks that maybe this one will be easy after all; until he screws up and both the suspect and another young couple go missing. Jack’s career is on the line and he must follow a trail of clues from a madman’s Journal to save the young couple before they too are murdered. But nothing is ever as it seems and soon Jack is floundering in a sea of lies and deceit where his case becomes a personal contest between the detective and a murderous maniac. A contest where life is the prize and the consequences of failure are unthinkable.

AUTHOR: DERICK PARSONS

TITLE: THE JOURNAL

GENRE: Mystery, Suspense, Detective

Recommendation: http://www.amazon.co.uk  > …  >  Mystery

 free.readingbookonline.org/…/12480211-the-journal.html

THE LAST INNOCENT MAN

The Last Innocent Man By Phillip Margolin

Defense attorney David Nash has made a career out of setting monsters free  and no one does it better. Now a case has come to “The Ice Man” that could help cleanse Nash of the guilt and doubts that torment him: that rarest of all defendants, an innocent man. A fellow lawyer has been accused of a heinous crime the brutal murder of an undercover vice cop. But the case that is supposed to be Nash’s redemption could prove to be his downfall, dragging him into a dark and sinister world where lies and the truth are interchangeable; where the manipulator becomes the manipulated; and where every answer spawns more complex and terrifying questions. And as the shadows close in around him, the final question that remains for David Nash concerns his own fate: life or death?

AUTHOR: PHILLIP MARGOLIN

TITLE: THE LAST INNOCENT MAN

GENRE: Crime, Suspense

Recommendation: http://www.amazon.com

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A STONE COLD KILLER

The Dead Will Tell By Linda Castillo

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. Ghost stories abound, but no one knows what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago when an Amish father and his four children perished and his young wife disappeared without a trace. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide,a man found hanging from the rafters in his barn, evidence quickly points to murder. She finds herself following an elusive trail that points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident.

Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with estate agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in a long time, she’s happy. Their newfound bliss is shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti family four years ago is found not guilty and walks away a free man. When a second man turns up dead, Kate discovers a link that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and uncovers a horrifying truth that reaches deep into the past and strikes at the very heart of Painters Mill. As Kate draws a bead on a stone cold killer, a murderer vows to right old wrongs and kill anyone who stands in the way.

AUTHOR: LINDA CASTILLO

TITLE: THE DEAD WILL TELL

GENRE: Mystery

Recommendation: http://www.fictiondb.com

                               us.macmillan.com/thedeadwilltell/LindaCastillo

http://www.alibris.com/The-Dead-Will-Tell-Linda-Castillo/book

MY OPINION: A Must Read

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, 

THE INFIRMARY’S NEW NURSE

The last place Christopher Jacobs, aka X, thought he’d find himself was behind bars. Ten years later, the boy he used to be is gone. In his place is the shell of a man with murder under his belt. Any emotion he once had was left under the gavel when he was given life in prison. That is until the new nurse in the infirmary joins the block. Putting your hands on a prison employee will get you the hole, but some things are worth their punishment, and something tells him Lyla will be worth more than he bargained for. Lyla Evans isn’t sure about her new job at a maximum security prison, but showing uncertainty and weakness isn’t an option. Taking care of murders and rapist isn’t ideal, but survival is key. She’s warned ahead of time about a prisoner named X, but when she’s attacked, it’s the dangerous X that saves her. Fraternizing with the prisoners is forbidden, but sometimes the most forbidden things are the sweetest. 

AUTHOR: TABATHA VARGO

TITLE: SLAMMER

GENRE: Dark,Romance,Thriller

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

The partners at Finley & Figg,all two of them often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” Boutique,as in chic,selective,and prosperous. They are,of course,none of these things.What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break,ambulance chasers who’ve been in the trenches much too long making way too little.Their specialties,so to speak,are quickie divorces and DUIs,with the occasional jackpot of an actual car wreck thrown in.

After twenty plus years together,Oscar Finley and Wally Figg bicker like an old married couple but somehow continue to scratch out a half-decent living from their seedy bungalow offices in southwest Chicago.And then change comes their way.More accurately,it stumbles in.David Zinc,a young but already burned-out attorney,walks away from his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm,goes on a serious bender,and finds himself literally at the doorstep of our boutique firm.Once David sobers up and comes to grips with the fact that he’s suddenly unemployed,any job even one with Finley & Figg looks okay to him.With their new associate on board,F&F is ready to tackle a really big case,a case that could make the partners rich without requiring them to actually practice much law. An extremely popular drug,Krayoxx,the number one cholesterol reducer for the dangerously overweight,produced by Varrick Labs, a giant pharmaceutical company with annual sales of $25 billion,has recently come under fire after several patients taking it have suffered heart attacks. Wally smells money.A little online research confirms Wally’s suspicions a huge plaintiffs’ firm in Florida is putting together a class action suit against Varrick.All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of people who have had heart attacks while taking Krayoxx,convince them to become clients, join the class action, and ride along to fame and fortune.With any luck,they won’t even have to enter a courtroom!
It almost seems too good to be true. And it is.

AUTHOR: JOHN GRISHAM 

TITLE: THE LITIGATORS 

THE MADMAN LEAVE NO SURVIVORS

The Fear Is Terrifying But The Truth Is Even Worse 
When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she’s been held captive for days,they tell her she’s a lucky girl.Compared to the rest of her family,it’s true.But even with their killer dead of an overdose,Jenna is still trying to find peace 25 years later.On leave from her forensic artist job,Jenna returns to Nashville,the city where she lost so much.Instead of closure she finds a new horror.Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna’s expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child.The case jogs hazy,half-buried memories and a nagging dread that Jenna’s ordeal hasn’t ended.Now other women are dying.And as the links between these brutal killings and Jenna’s past becomes clear,she knows this time a madman will leave no survivors….

AUTHOR: MARY BURTON 

TITLE: BE AFRAID 

Recommendation: http://www.amazon.com

EVERYTHING GOES WRONG

Charlie Giles is at the top of his game.An electronics superstar,he’s sold his startup company to a giant Boston firm,where he’s now a senior director.With his dog,Monte,at his side,Charlie is treated like a VIP everywhere he goes.

Then one day,everything in Charlie’s neatly ordered world starts to go terrifyingly wrong.His prestigious job and his inventions are wrenched away from him.His family is targeted,and his former employers are dying gruesomely,picked off one by one.Every sign,every shred of evidence,points to Charlie as a cold-blooded killer.And soon Charlie is unable to tell whether he’s succumbed to the pressures of work and become the architect of his own destruction,or whether he’s the victim of a relentless,diabolical attack.In a desperate struggle to save his life,Charlie races to uncover the truth,all the while realizing that nothing can be trusted least of all his own fractured mind…

AUTHOR: DANIEL PALMER 

TITLE: DELIRIOUS

BLOODSHED TO START AGAIN…

The vicious burns scarring the victim’s’ flesh reveal the agony of their last moments.Each woman was branded with a star,then stabbed through the heart.With every death,a vengeful killer finds a brief,blissful moment of calm.But soon it’s time for the bloodshed to start again. . .

The Perfect Time
Ten years ago,Eva Rayburn and her sorority sisters were celebrating the end of the school year.That party turned into a nightmare Eva can’t forget.Now she’s trying to start over in her Virginia hometown,but a new nightmare has begun.Every victim is linked to her.And Detective Deacon Garrison isn’t sure whether this mysterious woman needs investigating or protecting…Only Eva’s death will bring peace.Only her tortured screams will silence the rage that has been building for ten long years.Because what started that night at the sorority can never be stopped not until the last victim has been marked for death…

AUTHOR: MARY BURTON 

TITLE: MERCILESS 

THE ACTUAL COURTROOM

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track until the recession hits and she gets downsized,furloughed,escorted out of the building.Samantha, though,is one of the “lucky” associates.She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay,after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady,Virginia,population 2,200,in the heart of Appalachia,a part of the world she has only read about.Mattie Wyatt,lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic,is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career,Samantha prepares a lawsuit,sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge,and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town.And she learns that Brady,like most small towns,harbors some big secrets.Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining,where laws are often broken,rules are ignored,regulations are flouted,communities are divided,and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal.Violence is always just around the corner,and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

AUTHOR: JOHN GRISHAM 

TITLE: GRAY MOUNTAIN