THE ONE WHO NEVER LEFT

The Stolen Ones By Richard Montanari

Destroyed by fire years ago, the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital was known as a warehouse for the criminally insane. But one man never left. By night Luther walks Philadelphia’s backstreets, drawing to him the mad, the corrupt, the fallen. By day he roams the catacombs beneath the city, killing his prey. Detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano are called to a bizarre murder scene: a man has been killed by a railroad spike driven into his head and left sitting on a bench in a local park. But it is just the beginning of a trail of evil that leads back to the hospital and the nightmares it still contains.

AUTHOR: RICHARD MONTANARI

TITLE: THE STOLEN ONES

GENRE: Suspense, Thriller

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THE FOOTAGE OF AFTERLIFE

Pen Donavon, who claims to have a DVD depicting actual footage of the afterlife, has vanished shortly after signing an exclusive deal with the tabloid Unnatural Inquirer. Various factions seeking to control the Nightside are leaving a considerable body count behind as they hunt for him. Accompanied by sexy half-demon reporter Bettie Devine, Taylor navigates the treacherous terrain with his typical skill before tracking down the real force behind Donovan’s disappearance.

AUTHOR: SIMON R. GREEN

TITLE: UNNATURAL INQUIRER

GENRE: Paranormal Mystery

THE PREACHER

‘You will never find me.’ Thorkild Christensen stares down at his murdered wife, Karen, and realises he knows almost nothing about her. How did she fill her days? Where did she disappear to every Thursday? Lead investigator Detective Thea Krogh is determined to find out. And then a second woman is shot dead. There is seemingly nothing to link the two victims, and the police move on, desperate for a lead. But someone out there has a deadly secret. And as events begin to play out masterminded by a strange and bewitching figure, all of their worlds are about to come crashing down.

AUTHOR: SANDER JAKOBSEN

TITLE: THE PREACHER

GENRE: Thriller, Crime, Mystery

MURDER ON THE MENU

When the television programme Open Kitchen comes to town,there are various reactions from the people of Pitkethly.Jemima is glad of the opportunity to show off her baking skills,while Amaryllis looks forward to the mayhem that could result from a ‘healthy eating’ procession,and Christopher is aghast when he finds his ex-wife working on the project.But none of them expect murder to be on the menu.

AUTHOR: CECILIA PEARTREE

TITLE: A TASTEFUL CRIME 

GENRE: Crime,Suspense & Thriller

NAILED TO A TREE

Inspector Benedict Devlin as he investigates a series of gruesome murders in and around the Irish borderlands.When a young woman is found beaten to death on a building site,in what appears to be a sexually motivated killing,Devlin’s enquiries soon point to a local body-builder and steroid addict.But days later,born-again ex-con James Kerr is found nailed to a tree crucified having been released from prison and returned to his hometown to spread the word of God.Increasingly torn between his young family and his job,Devlin is determined to apprehend those responsible for the murders before they strike again,even as the carnage begins to jeopardise those he cares about most.

AUTHOR: BRIAN MCGILLOWAY 

TITLE: GALLOWS LANE 

GENRE: Thriller,Fiction,Mystery

THE FORENSIC TEAM

DS Lorne Warner and DI Katy Foster are called to the scene of an electrician’s suspected suicide but quickly discover that they’re dealing with a murder case instead.Katy’s family emergency forces her back home to be by her parent’s side in Manchester,leaving Lorne as detective inspector,working alongside a new,and frustrating,partner.When two more murders of tradesmen occur,the investigation throws suspicion on a couple who have recently renovated their home.However,the forensic team uncovers a lot more than anyone bargained for.

AUTHOR: DUBIOUS JUSTICE 

TITLE: M.A. COMLEY 

GENRE: Detective Mystery

UNUSUAL ALLY

After two detectives are suspended,the Met is forced to return to all the cases the partners investigated.The cold case of a missing university student,Noelle Chesterfield lands on DS Lorne Warner’s desk.Because Noelle was working her way through school as a pole dancer,Lorne and her partner DI Katy Foster find themselves with plenty of suspects on their radar.However,when the leads run dry,they call in the services of an unusual ally to find the missing student and give her devastated family some peace.

AUTHOR: M. A. COMLEY 

TITLE: ROUGH JUSTICE 

GENRE:Mystery & Suspense,Detective

THE MYSTERIOUS WOMAN

Has Jefferson Winter finally met his match? Six years ago a young married couple were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Upstate New York.Local police arrested a suspect who later committed suicide.But what if the police got it wrong? Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is drawn into a deadly cat and mouse game with a mysterious female psychopath as she sets him a challenge: find out what really happened six years ago.The clock is ticking and,as Winter is about to find out,the endgame is everything…

AUTHOR: JAMES CAROL

TITLE: PREY 

GENRE:Mystery,Crime,Thriller

A HEARTBREAKING AFFAIR

Seven summers ago,Marcella Atkinson fell in love with Cecil McClatchey,a married father of two.But on the same night their romance abruptly ended,Cecil’s wife was found murdered and their lives changed forever.The case was never solved,and Cecil died soon after,an uncharged suspect.Now divorced and estranged from her only daughter,Marcella lives alone,mired in grief and guilt. Meanwhile,Cecil’s grown son,Jed,returns to the Cape with his sister for the first time in years.One day he finds a woman’s bathing suit buried in a closet a relic,unbeknownst to him,of his father’s affair and,on a hunch,confronts Marcella.When they fall into an affair of their own,their passion temporarily masks the pain of the past,but also leads to crises and revelations they never could have imagined.

AUTHOR: HOLLY LECRAW 

TITLE: THE SWIMMING POOL 

THE TWO VOLUNTEERS

Two men. A brutal experiment. And only one shocking way out… A little-known laboratory of human suffering in the waning days of World War II.The Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene at University of Minnesota was headed by Dr. Ancel Keyes,the man behind the K-ration.Keyes studied the effects of wartime starvation by depriving two dozen young men,all volunteers,of adequate food.Two volunteers, Carl Yoder and Hank Phipps-both religious conscientious objectors-bond over their pacifist convictions and the rigors of surviving on scant calories.As the months pass and their starvation progresses,however,the two men take desperate measures to sustain themselves.Years after the study’s end,after both men have jobs and families,the choices they made come back to haunt them,with brutal results …

AUTHOR: RICK OCHRE 

TITLE: THE STARVED: INCEPTION

A VOICE FROM THE GRAVE

Faith is a small town in New Mexico and currently it is plagued by a series of murders,which is very unusual for such a sleepy and slow moving community.Sheriff Cameron Dawson is at his wits end, trying to find who the killer is (or are).The murders are as grizzly as they come,and while initially some teens are suspected of being the killers,in his mind it just doesn’t fit.It needs a more wicked mind to carry out all that than some experimenting kids.Not only that,but the kids are as upstanding as they come.All with good grades,no previous troubles,with no mind for crime anytime before.And one of those kids is not even a teenager yet.Still everything points to them as the masterminds of these heinous crimes.

AUTHOR: ANDREW E. KAUFMAN

TITLE: WHILE THE SAVAGE SLEEPS

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THE TERROR THAT BINDS THEM

Dr. Christopher Kellan spends his days at Loveland Psychiatric Hospital,overseeing a unit known as Alpha Twelve,home to the most deranged and psychotic killers imaginable.His newest patient,Donny Ray Smith,is accused of murdering ten young girls and making their bodies disappear.But during his first encounter with Donny,Christopher finds something else unsettling: the man looks familiar.Donny Ray knows things about Christopher things he couldn’t have possibly learned at Loveland.As the psychologist delves deeper into the mysterious patient’s case,Christopher’s life whirls out of control.The contours of his mind are rapidly losing shape,and his grasp on reality is slipping even faster.Is he going mad,or is that what Donny Ray wants him to think?

AUTHOR: ANDREW E. KAUFMAN 

TITLE: TWISTED 

THE DEAD MAN’S MONEY

Twenty-three-year-old Elaine Kelly doesn’t earn much as a bank teller,and most of her salary goes toward caring for her terminally ill mother.When a lonely old man who deposits money at her bank every week gets hit and killed by a delivery truck,Elaine a good Irish girl from Queens thinks she’s found the answer to her problems.She’ll just transfer $1 million from the dead man’s account into hers.Except that the lonely old man may not have been who he seemed.And when you take $1 million that isn’t yours,it can cost you…way more.

AUTHOR: JONATHAN STONE

TITLE: THE TELLERc

THE ARSONIST

Evil is released onto the streets of San Diego.

A series of deadly fires rages across the cityscape,claiming the lives of entire families.Helpless to stop the fires,the SDPD assigns their most famous detective,Jon Stanton,to the case.The evidence points him to a single arsonist committing the horrendous acts.But with a troubled young girl as his only credible witness,Stanton is running out of time.The San Diego PD’s in-house arson investigator does not believe the fires correspond to the work of an arsonist and impedes the investigation into the murders.Stanton is left on his own to find the deadliest,and most powerful opponent he has ever faced….

AUTHOR: VICTOR METHOS

TITLE: ARSONIST

THE VISITOR FROM VATICAN

DCI Brendan Moran,world-weary veteran of 1970s Ireland,is recuperating from a near-fatal car crash when a murder is reported at Charnford Abbey.The abbot and his monks are strangely uncooperative, but when a visitor from the Vatican arrives and an ancient relic goes missing,the truth behind Charnford’s pact of silence threatens to expose not only the abbey’s haunted secrets,but also the spirits of Moran’s own troubled past….

AUTHOR: SCOTT HUNTER 

TITLE: BLACK DECEMBER