FRIENDS BECOMING DEADLY AS YOUR ENEMIES

It was a crime so brutal it changed the lives of even the most hardened homicide cops.The Haas family murders left a scar on the community nothing can erase,but convicting the alleged killer – Karl Dahl would be a start.Only Judge Carey Moore seems to be standing in the way.Her ruling that Dahl’s prior criminal record is inadmissible as evidence against him raises a public outcry and puts the judge in grave danger.When an unknown assailant attacks Carey in a parking garage, two of the city’s top cops are called in to investigate and keep the judge from further harm.Detective Sam Kovac is as hard-boiled as they come,and his wisecracking partner,Nikki Liska,isn’t far behind. Neither detective wants to be on this case,but when Karl Dahl escapes custody,everything changes, and a seemingly straightforward case cartwheels out of control.The stakes are raised when the judge is kidnapped from her home even as the police sit outside watching her house.Now Kovac and Liska must navigate through a maze of suspects that include the stepson of a murder victim,a husband with a secret life,and a rogue cop looking for revenge where the justice system failed. With no time to spare,the detectives are pulled down a strange dark trail of smoke and mirrors,where no one is whom they seem,and everyone is guilty of something.

AUTHOR: TAMI HOAG

TITLE:  DEAD SKY

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HATE CRIME

In Tulsa,Ben Kincaid has built a national reputation as a stalwart defense attorney who will fight tirelessly for his clients.In Evanston,Illinois,Johnny Christensen has built a national reputation as a sadistic bigot who beat and stabbed a gay man and left him to die.When Johnny’s mother comes to Ben and begs him to defend her son,he has one secret reason for saying no.

But while Ben turns down the case,his younger,beautiful partner,Christina McCall,does not.Traveling to Chicago and facing an explosion of controversy and deadly violence surrounding the trial,Christina steps into a case that is already nearly lost.Her client’s only defense is his claim that he left his victim bludgeoned but aliveTo prove that someone else committed the actual murder, Christina needs a little bit of evidence and a good motive to go with it.When unforeseen circumstances force Ben Kincaid to enter the trial the defense attorney sees only one way to prove Johnny’s innocence.But Ben’s plan means luring a killer out of the woodwork even though he may kill again…

AUTHOR: WILLIAM BERNHARDT

TITLE: HATE CRIME

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DEVIL BONES

In a house under renovation,a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about,and makes a rather grisly discovery  a decapitated chicken,animal bones,and cauldrons containing beads,feathers,and other relics of religious ceremonies.In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile,on a nearby lakeshore,the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.Led by a preacher turned politician,citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans and begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge.Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan “five-five,feisty,and forty-plus” is called in to investigate,and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this deadly mix of voodoo,Santería,and devil worship.

AUTHOR:  KATHY REICHS

TITLE:  DEVIL BONES

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JUSTICE DENIED

The murder of an ex-drug dealer ex-con gunned down on his mother’s doorstep seems just another turf war fatality.Why then has Seattle homicide investigator J.P. Beaumont been instructed to keep this assignment hush-hush? Meanwhile,Beau’s lover and fellow cop,Mel Soames,is involved in her own confidential investigation.Registered sex offenders from all over Washington State are dying at an alarming rate and not all due to natural causes.A metropolis the size of Seattle holds its fair share of brutal crime,corruption, and dirty little secrets.But when the separate trails they’re following begin to shockingly intertwine,Beau and Mel realize that they have stumbled onto something bigger and more frightening than they anticipated a deadly conspiracy that’s leading them to lofty places they should not enter… and may not be allowed to leave alive.

AUTHOR: J.A JANCE

TITLE: JUSTICE DENIED

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BONES NEVER LIE

Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.

But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.

TITLE: BONES NEVER LIE

AUTHOR: KATHY REICHS

BURIED : NOWHERE TO HIDE

Fleeing to Alaska is the only option for Leah Marks after witnessing a murder. Afraid for her life, the legal investigator hopes a remote cabin will be a safe shelter. But the killer has tracked her to Mountain Cove. As he chases her into snow-packed Dead Falls Canyon, an avalanche buries them both. Saved by daring search and rescue specialist Cade Warren, Leah longs to tell him the truth. But how can she, without bringing even more danger into Cade’s life? Especially when they discover the killer is very much alive and waiting to take them both down.

Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide

TITLE: BURIED

AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GODDARD

PARTNERTS IN CRIME

Her wish for excitement is answered when intelligence agent Mr. Carter puts a proposal before the two. A London detective agency has been found to be involved in espionage and its owner has been picked up–but government authorities want to keep the agency open in hope of tracing its illegal activities. How would Tommy and Tuppence like to take on the task?

This set up provides the frame for a series of short stories in which Tommy and Tuppence handle various legitimate calls upon the detective agency even as they hope to make contacts that will break the spy ring. There is Lawrence St. Vincent, whose lady-love has agreed to marry him… but only if he can solve a unique riddle. There is a stolen pearl, the odd scam, and a few murders as well–and, of course, espionage constantly in the background.

TITLE: PARTNERS IN CRIME

AUTHOR: AGATHA CHRISTIE

UNLUCKY NUMBER: HE WON BIG AND SHE MADE HIM PAY

POOR MAN. RICH MAN. DEAD MAN.

It sounded like a fairy tale: A homeless man named Abraham Shakespeare spent his last dollars on a Florida State lottery ticket and miraculously won $31million.
Unprepared for his newfound fortune,Abraham hired Dorice” Dee Dee” Moore to help manage his winnings and field the numerous request for loans and assistance that he received.

But somehow,Dee Dee was the only one benefitting.When Abraham quietly disappeared from his home in Florida,friends and family grew suspicious-though he could not read or write,his only form of contact was through odd letters and texts.But it wasn’t until investigators began to question Dee Dee about her role in Abraham’s finances that a complicated web of lies and the desperate lengths to which one woman would go to cover it up was exposed.

TITLE: UNLUCKY NUMBER

AUTHOR: DEBORAH MATHIS WITH GREGORY TODD SMITH

THE CONFESSION

In Holt Douglas line of work,there’s nothing sweeter than a confession of guilt.Assistant D.A. Holt Douglas makes his living exposing lies and sending criminals to jail in Ashley County,Georgia.His job is always easy when defendants,instead of remaining silent,blame someone else or try to excuse their actions.When a confession in his hand,Holt knows a guilty plea will soon follow.

But lurking in Holts past is a dark secret that could end his successful career and possibly his relationship with Angelina,his hoped for fiance.When Holt reopens a cold case involving a death of the town’s wealthiest businessman-allegedly killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest–Holt doesn’t believe it was suicide.Instead he suspects murder.

As he investigates,Holts own guilt threatens to destroy him and the cause of justice he’s sworn and to serve.While he knows his own confession could absolve him of his sin,it could cost him his future. Will he survive long enough to uncover the true crime that this small Southern town has been hiding?

TITLE: THE CONFESSION

AUTHOR: ROBERT WHITLOW

CONVINCED HE DID COMMITTED A PERFECT CRIME

Erudite Kansas City professor Tom Murray seduced,then married his starry eyed student Carmin Ross.But when Carmen attempted to leave their violent marriage,Tom stabbed her in the throat thirteen times,but left behind no evidence.Convinced he did committed a perfect crime,Tom didn’t even solicit a lawyer.But he hadn’t counted on relentless small town deputy sheriff Doug Wood,who refused to be underestimated.What happened next would result in one of the most unforgettable,shocking,and unexpected trials in Kansas state history.

TITLE: LANGUAGE OF EVIL

AUTHOR: ROBERT BECATTIE

WHERE HE KILLED THE INMATE

Just Like That By Lee Edgerton

Jake and his pal Bud’s journey begins six months after he is released on parole and is occasioned when his girlfriend Donna dumps him and aborts their child.After an aborted suicide attempt where the Nerelco shaver cord he used to hang himself broken,on an impulse the source of the title;everything in Jake’s life happens “just like that “- he calls p Bud, who lives by the same credo,and the two take off with no particular destination in mind.They’re just going “south”-somewhere it’s warm.An hour before they leave,Jake on another impulse,holds up a convenience store to set some travelling money,ultimately,they end up in New Orleans and then Lake Charles,Louisiana and from there,back to Indiana.Along the way are many “watercooler”moments,such as when an inmate sinks a meat cleaver into another inmate’s blue -clad stomach,a physical encounter with two rednecks in Kentucky where Bud shoots one of the men,and the bullet bouncing harmlessly off the man’s thick skull,Jake’s ongoing romance with Donna,the funeral of Jake’s father which he attends with a whore,multiple burglaries,armed robberies,a brief affair with a black woman,and an adventure with a drunk santa clause.Near the end Jake takes another fall when he is caught burglarizing a bar back in Ft.Wayne,Indiana and gets shot in the leg and is returned to pendleton where he kills the inmate he’d had a nasty philosophy of life undergoes a sea change and he come up with this

TITLE: JUST LIKE THAT
AUTHOR: LES EDGERTON

GOOD INTENTIONS GONE BAD

Asking For Trouble By Simon Wood

Not every crime is committed with intent,but each has one thing in common:the guilty was asking for trouble.In making Ends meet,Richard can’t stand the idea of supporting his dead-beat in-laws anymore,so he decides to remove them from his life permanently.Matt is ready to reform his brawling ways,but the group he joins doesn’t turn out to be typical 12- step program,in the Taskmasters.Protecting the innocent features Nick,who fails to heed the warnings of his girlfriends possessive brother.And with a gun in the house,Leah refuses to move from her beloved home,leading to protective measures with disastrous result.These and six others send out the invitation for disaster one that’s gladly accepted.The ten taut tales are rife with good intentions gone bad and bad intentions gone worse.

TITLE:ASKING FOR TROUBLE
AUTHOR:SIMON WOOD

UNEXPLAINED DEATHS FROM LIVER FAILURE ARE CREATING PANIC

Epidemic investigator Dr. Zol Szabo and his team are called to a high school in the heart of Ontario’s tobacco country,where unexplained deaths from liver failure are creating panic.The team begins to suspect a link with contaminated,cut-price cigarettes manufactured on nearby Grand Basin India Resserve led by the Badger,the multimillionare kingpin of the illicit Native tobacco trade.First- res-ponders from the local fire department become the epidemic’s next victims,and when Zol confronts the Badger,he is rebuffed by the leaders lust for blood,money,and ancient artifacts.High level government authorities,cowed by the weight of Native influence,order Zol to shut down his investigation.As the Badgers contaminated tobacco spreads across the country,he stalks Zol’s family and executes witness after witness.Can Zol dig deep enough to find a creative solution before it’s two late?

TITLE : UP IN SMOKE
AUTHOR: ROSS PENNIE

WHEN AN OLD FRIEND TURNS TO HIM FOR HELP

A hitman must be anonymous,a moral……… and alone.Victor is the face in the crowd you don’t see,a perfect assassin with nothing to live for.But when an old friend turns to him for help,he finds he can’t refuse.For once his objective isn’t to kill,but to protect.Hunted through the streets of London by ruthless enemies,Victor needs more than just a bodyguard… but his every move leads danger closer to the very person he’s vowed to defend

TITLE:BETTER OFF DEAD
AUTHOR:TOM WOOD

BE REAL OR LEAVE ME ALONE

To be Kind is More Important than to be Right.Many times,what people need is Not a brilliant mind that speaks but a Special Heart that Listens.I have tried and tried my best to understand you but your selfish interests always comes first.Love is always full time,never part time,never sometimes and certainly not just on your time.Now,it’s either you be real with me or just leave me alone.