Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Legal Books

Fourplay (The Cleary Case Files Book 4)

"In the fourth book of the Cleary Case Files series, Clark (Third Breath, 2014, etc.) brings back FBI Special Agent Shawn Cleary in a gripping blend of terrorism, serial killers, and even a little romance... A well-crafted thriller that manages to be both timely and timeless." - Kirkus Reviews

This is the one you've been waiting for!!

FBI Agent Shawn Cleary has hunted twin serial killers Trevor and Mitchell Gant since the series began. Their final chess match involves multiple moves as it careens toward a heart-stopping confrontation.

Fourplay, Book Four of the Cleary Case Files, finds FBI Agent Shawn Cleary acting as both guardian and foil. Twin serial killers Trevor and Mitchell Gant have framed her, killed her grandmother, and stalked everyone she cares about with a vow to save her for last.

As Mitchell's murder trial finally begins, Trevor lurks in the shadows doing everything he can to spring his brother. Nothing is off the table; hiring mercenaries to kidnap children, killing FBI agents, or tampering with the jury. The endgame for Mitchell leaves everyone stunned.

Terrorist threats and the ensuing chaos nearly overwhelm Shawn as she pursues perpetrators from Washington, D.C. to California and finally Alaska. Shawn and her cohorts rush to the scene of a cruise ship attack where the raging fires and climbing death toll create the perfect diversion for Trevor's checkmate ploy that Shawn can't possibly anticipate.

"Clark's greatest gift to readers is her breakneck pacing, which keeps the narrative flying along...it zigs and zags along the way, taking unexpected turns...She doesn't give short shrift to characterization, though, especially of Shawn, who cares deeply for those she loves while also being a tough agent near the top of her field...A well-crafted thriller that manages to be both timely and timeless." - Kirkus Reviews

Damaged: Volume 1 (The Kate Lange Thriller Series)

How far are you willing to go to forget your past? Haunted by the death of her sister and wound....

Wrongful Death: The AIDS Trial

Wrongful Death This fictitious courtroom drama exposes the government lies and incompetence, gross medical malpractice, and unbridled greed by a drug company that caused the American AIDS epidemic and cost 300,000 lives in just ten years. Full description

Utopia

Utopia is a work of fiction and political philosophy by Thomas More (1478-1535) published in 1516 in Latin. The book is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs.

Deadly Double: A Jess Kimball Thriller AND A Laura Cardinal Thriller (Florida Mystery Double Feature Book 2)

Double Down with this Mystery Thriller Double Feature from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors Diane Capri and J. Carson Black!

Two books, each FIRST IN SERIES!

2 Complete Novels by 2 of Today's Bestselling Authors who have teamed up to bring you a Deadly Double dose of reading pleasure.

"Intricate and ingenious - make some coffee, because you'll read all night."

Lee Child, #1 Worldwide Bestselling author of Jack Reacher thrillers

For fans of Lee Child, John Grisham, Michael Connelly and James W. Hall

More than 300 combined 5-Star Reviews!!

FATAL DISTRACTION introduces relentless victims' rights advocate Jess Kimball. She and Jack Reacher both deliver justice when the legal system fails. Reacher waits until trouble finds him and then he does whatever it takes. But Jess pursues legal justice and draws lines she will not cross. How can she win against killers who refuse to follow the rules?

Three years ago, beloved Florida Governor Helen Sullivan's world shattered when her only son died in a senseless car crash, killing his best friend, too. Helen quickly discovered Eric's crash was no accident and lured the killer to her son's funeral to be caught.

When the shooting ceased in the small country church, Helen believed her nightmare was over. Instead, she'd unwittingly escalated her duel with a cunning and patient assassin.

Now, investigative journalist Jess Kimball is driven to find the horrifying truth. Is the Central Florida Child Killer guilty? Or is the real killer still out there?

Helen and Jess together face the determined killer in a pitched battle of wit and nerve. Who will survive?

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN features Laura Cardinal: Packs a SIG Sauer P226 9mm. Investigates homicides in small towns that have limited resources. Brings justice to murder victims--and to their killers. Laura's job description: Criminal Investigator with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. But maybe it should just say "Troubleshooter."

Used to be kids played outdoors until time for dinner, now social media's the new game in town. These days, they play on their smartphones. But with more freedom comes greater danger. Mobile devices are a conduit into a child's life, not just for friends but for those who intend harm. This is the message of J. Carson Black's Daphne du Maurier Award-nominated thriller, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.

When Laura investigates the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl found in a town's park bandshell, she knows immediately what she's up against: a cunning sexual predator. But why is she plagued by the abduction of a schoolmate eighteen years earlier?

In a runaway case that propels Laura from a lavish Tucson estate to the secretive heart of a northern Florida town, she must confront the ghosts of her own past. Then another child goes missing--and Laura must race the clock to find her.

"A superb debut...Welcome to a strong new voice in American Crime Fiction"

-- T. Jefferson Parker, Edgar Award winner and author of California Girl

"A complex, multi-layered, nail-biting Superthriller"

-- Michael Prescott, New York Times and Amazon bestselling author of Dangerous Games

BONUS: Eavesdrop on the conversation between Jess Kimball and Laura Cardinal

Double your Deadly reading pleasure! Grab your copy today!

The Retainer

The Retainer is an intriguing tale of betrayal, blackmail and lust set in 1970s London when life was more innocent - or was it?

It's 1972 and Geoff Wilkinson, a Watford solicitor, leads a mundane life. Still living with his mother and working for a measly wage he feels trapped in a life that he never wanted to lead, that is until Jack Shepherd walked into his office. Shepherd, a rogue, a pro of the criminal underworld, offers Geoff 1000 to become his retainer. In Shepherd he sees a glimpse of the freedom he craves which is compacted when he runs across his childhood friend, Tom, a pot dealing hippy that resides on a barge. Geoff finds himself questioning his life. Feeling unsettled and confused, he receives a 2am phone call and is summoned to Aylesbury police station on Jack Shepherd's behalf.

"He was impressed by the unruffled calm of the man and his apparent mastery of the situation. A professional indeed."

Geoff suddenly finds himself not only trapped in his profession, but by Jack Shepherd. Guilty of taking dirty money and lying to the police, Geoff finds his life and business now at the mercy of Jack Shepherd. Geoff finds himself sliding deeper and deeper into the darkness of the criminal underworld.

"Now thanks to his own stupidity, he had slipped into a worse position of not just familiarity but downright criminality."

Can Geoff Wilkinson, a man who has spent his career upholding the law and looking down on those of his profession that fall into the criminal classes, survive the trap that his own naivety and rash actions have created for himself?

Critical Vulnerability (An Aroostine Higgins Novel)

Sabotage. Arson. Attempted murder. Dealing with terrible crimes is Aroostine Higgins's job as an assistant US attorney in the Department of Justice's elite Criminal Division. Except this time, she's the victim-and the perpetrator is a faceless mastermind who's derailing her life. He makes her latest court case vanish, he sets her home ablaze, and he nearly kills her when she undergoes surgery, all from behind the terrifying veil of anonymity. Aided by a brilliant computer programmer, this mysterious and lethal man can access every detail of the attorney's life. There's no havoc he can't wreak with a few dangerous keystrokes-and nothing he won't do to achieve his goals. When the person she loves most is abducted, Roo must risk her career-and her life-to save him.

The Innocent: A Coroner Jenny Cooper Crime Short

An exclusive free edition of this gripping short crime story featuring Coroner Jenny Cooper, from the double CWA Gold Dagger shortlisted author of The Coroner.

When Coroner Jenny Cooper crashes her car one bright September morning, she finds her mind propelled back to the past . . .

Ten years ago Jenny Cooper, a burned out family lawyer, finds herself embroiled in the most difficult of cases when a fourteen year old girl in her care is killed, falling under a train. It seems both the girl's family and the authorities are determined to prove Jenny responsible. But what is the real truth behind Natasha's tragic death?

A gripping, moving short court-room drama, perfect for fans of Lynda La Plante, Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Peter James and Denise Mina, The Innocent is a fantastic introduction to M. R. Hall's Coroner Jenny Cooper crime series.

Praise for M. R. Hall's Coroner Jenny Cooper series:

'Fasten your seatbelts for a quality thriller . . . Hall's Gold Dagger-nominated books, quite simply, get better each time...wonderful stuff, chillingly plausible' Independent on Sunday

'An edge-of-the-seat thriller' Irish Independent

'Ed McBain semi-inaugurated the forensics genre, but Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs parleyed his innovations into stratospheric sales. But the field has not become an exclusively female sorority - or an American domain. A highly talented male writer has offered a challenge...' Independent

'It's a terrific series, meticulously researched, sharply plotted and peopled with sympathetic characters, led by Cooper, who is always aware of the human consequences of failure' Financial Times

'A hypnotic piece of work' Barry Forshaw, Independent Best Books for Christmas feature

'Hall shows with aplomb that a coroner is just as able to become a detective as the forensic pathologists of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs' Sunday Times

'Intelligent and intricate, and grips from the beginning to end' Woman & Home

'An excellent and compelling detective drama' Daily Mail

'This big, well-executed debut novel by screenwriter and producer MR Hall has meaty characters and a chewy plot in the Lynda La Plante style' The Guardian

'A brilliant, original and gripping crime novel - I can't wait for MR Hall's next one!' Sophie Hannah

Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri Mystery Thriller Sampler

LONG SAMPLES!!

USA Today Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI Presents Licensed to Thrill!

So many books, so little time, right? Which ones will you love?

Open this collection of hefty samples and enjoy great characters, mystery, suspense, thrills, a few laughs, and loads of atmosphere that will have you Thrilled to read more!

"Full of thrills and tension - but smart and human too."

Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers

Dear Friends,

It might be better if I didn't confess this right up front. But I thought you should know....

WARNING: Licensed to Thrill is a nefarious plot.

How so? We want to entice you to read more of my books the way chocolatiers ply me with irresistible morsels and wineries waft swoon-worthy samples under my nose. Like the famous potato chips, we hope you won't be able to stop after reading this collection of special gems not gathered anywhere else.

Fiendishly clever, isn't it? Exactly.

We need to give you enough to whet your appetite and draw you in, but not so much that you'll no longer be hungry for more. A fine line. Tricky. Challenging. Fun!

Here's what we selected for your reading pleasure in Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri Sampler

Fatal Enemy, featuring the new heroine I really love--Jess Kimball. A fiery woman, driven by her own past to fight for crime victims the justice system failed. Jess reminds me of Jack Reacher, only female, smaller, and nicer. Jess is alone in the world wherever she goes. But unlike Reacher, Jess's mission is one only she believes in and only she can complete. In Jess's shoes, could you do what she's done? I wonder....

Jess Kimball's story continues in the sample of Fatal Distraction, which opened as the Amazon #3 Bestselling Legal Thriller, behind John Grisham. What a thrill that was for me. (Why? Hang on -- I'm getting to that.)

Behind the Book scoop on my friendship with #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child who calls my work, "Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too." Lee gave the Hunt for Reacher series an enthusiastic two thumbs up: "Kim Otto is a great, great character. I love her!"

Don't Know Jack garnered #1 Amazon Bestseller spots on the Mystery, Hard-boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, and Legal Thriller lists both in the U.S. and U.K. The sample here should whet your appetite to find out what happens when two F.B.I. agents are tasked with the mysterious and confounding task of hunting Jack Reacher.

What does law have to do with justice? We lawyers are an odd bunch and the law is a very strange mixture of the best and the worst of times for heroes and villains alike in my Justice Series of witty legal suspense mysteries. All six of these are set in Florida, so if it's a bit cold where you are right now, take a little trip with me to the Sunshine State where things are a whole lot warmer. Readers and reviewers alike love this series, but when the mystery reviewers at Romantic Times awarded Wasted Justice their coveted "Top Pick" -- well, all I can say is what a rush!

Licensed to Thrill also includes an excerpt from Lee Child's Reacher Report sharing his views on Don't Know Jack; a humorous piece titled "Diane Capri Reveals Lee Child (not Jack Reacher?)"; and finally--remember what I said earlier about John Grisham?

What? I'm out of space? Yikes! Well, you'll just have to see for yourself!

Grab your copy now and start reading today!

Enjoy!

Diane Capri

More Raves!

"Expertise shines on every page."

Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning MWA Past President

Readers love Jess Kimball!

"Thrilling read! Makes you sit up and take notice. She knows how to keep readers reading. Capri has a way with words that's both captivating and compelling." C.B.

"Great stuff!" N.

"I was caught at the get go and sailed right through, holding my breath at the end." M.P.

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Guilt by Association

Jayson Cook is reaping the rewards of a flourishing law practice in Boston. However, his comfortable life is turned upside down after he agrees to represent Brian Stone, a white supremacist charged with planting a bomb that destroyed an inner city church, killing a twelve-year-old black girl.

Jayson believes an ethical lawyer provides his client with a vigorous defense no matter the crime, and Brian Stone is no exception. His efforts to free Stone garner strong opposition not only from a highly successful prosecutor and the local black community, but even from his own wife. Adding to his problems, a young, seductive woman from his past returns to capitalize on an error in judgment he made years before; an error if made public, could cost him his license to practice law and his family.

Ten Rules for a Call Girl: An eShort Story

From former federal sex-crimes prosecutor Allison Leotta, an eShort story about the secret life of Washington, D.C.'s highest-paid escorts.



Beautiful Georgetown undergrad Caroline McBride almost has it all--a loving fiancee, a promising academic career, and a college life of fabulous parties--but she can't afford it. When her father becomes ill, plunging her family into debt, she reluctantly agrees to meet Madeleine, the madam of a high-end escort service. Catering to the most powerful men in D.C., Caroline can make more money in one night than in a month at her part-time college job. And no one has to know. All she has to do is follow the madam's ten simple rules.



A riveting story of D.C.'s red-light underworld and the life of a modern courtesan, Ten Rules for a Call Girl is fascinating and addictive. Includes an excerpt from Allison Leotta's new novel, Discretion!

The Jury Has Spoken (A Legal Thriller Short Story)

In this legal thriller short story, a group of criminal justice practitioners gamble on the jury's verdict. The dramatic ending will shock readers...

PRAISE FOR R. BARRI FLOWERS:

"A police procedure of the highest order, mixing equal parts Sue Grafton and Jeffrey Deaver with a sprinkling of Patricia Cornwall at her best MURDER IN MAUI is Hawaii 5-0 sharpened to a dark edge beneath the brilliant sunshine." -- Jon Land, internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of Strong Justice on MURDER IN MAUI

"Flowers delivers the goods. An exotic setting, winning characters, and realistic procedural details make MURDER IN MAUI a sure hit with crime-fiction readers." -- Bill Crider, Edgar Award winner and bestselling author of Murder in the Air on MURDER IN MAUI

"It gets no better than this! R. Barri Flowers has written another thriller guaranteed to hold onto its readers! It was so gripping that I forgot to breathe a couple of times!" -- Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews on DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL

"Flowers once again has written a page-turner legal thriller that begins with a bang and rapidly moves along to its final page. He has filled the novel with believable characters and situations." -- Midwest Book Review on STATE'S EVIDENCE

"Justice Served is a model of crime fiction.... Flowers may be a new voice in modern mystery writing, but he is already one of its best voices." -- Statesman Journal on JUSTICE SERVED

Improper Influence: Volume 5 (Sasha McCandless Legal Thriller)

Sasha and Connelly are back in IMPROPER INFLUENCE. Even Sasha's most daunting cases to date haven't prepared her for her current challenge: finding a wedding reception venue that her mother and Connelly can agree on. Wedding planning woes become the least of her worries, though, when Bodhi King, a forensic pathologist for the City of Pittsburgh, comes to her for help. Young women across the city are dying, and he suspects their deaths are connected. After he voices his suspicions, he becomes a target. Bodhi needs Sasha and Connelly's assistance to unearth the truth before it's buried along with more victims -- and him, if whoever's trying to silence him succeeds. The trail is long and dirty, leading to political influence peddlers, backroom deals, and the biggest law firm in town. But Sasha won't stop until she frees the city she calls home from the grip of corruption -- whatever the cost.

Probity

Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings

Dr. Mary Miller is a young psychiatrist suffering a crisis of vocation. Her friend Phil, a criminalist lawyer working in New York, invites her to visit him and consult on the case of a writer accused of a serious assault. His victim had been harassing him and accusing him of stealing his story, which he'd transformed into a best-selling book. The author denies the allegation and claims it was self-defense. When the victim dies, things get complicated. The threshold between truth and fiction becomes blurred and secrets and lies unfold.

Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings is the prequel to Escaping Psychiatry, a volume collecting three stories where Mary and her psychiatric expertise are called to help in a variety of cases, from religious and race affairs, to the murder of a policeman, and in the last case she gets closer than ever to a serial killer.

Billion Dollar Doll

She comes from El Segundo on the sunny California coast; that tall and slender doll that little girls love most. She's the toast from coast to coast. She's the Billion-Dollar Doll that makes the competition howl.

With Corvette top down, her hair the beach breeze blows; to her Malibu home she does cruise, that tall and slender doll. She's the toast from coast to coast.

Mess with uncle Matt and you'll be sorry; billions of dollars into his kitty thanks to the pert blonde beauty. That tall and slender doll has got it all; she's the toast from coast to coast. She's the Billion-Dollar Doll that makes the competition howl.

Then one day came sweet Brenda to compete; with long red hair up-sweep, and black heels on her feet. With mini skirt to make her complete, she stood her ground as the other doll frowned.

The pert blonde beauty did to uncle Matt complain. So uncle Matt turned on the counterfeit machine. Soon poor sweet Brenda disappeared from the scene, and all on account of uncle Matt's counterfeit machine.

Mess with uncle Matt and you'll be sorry; billions of dollars into his kitty thanks to the pert blonde beauty. That tall and slender doll has got it all; she's the toast from coast to coast. She's the Billion-Dollar Doll that makes the competition howl.

THE DATE: Book.1

A hot, blonde lawyer in New York City ventures to find love but seems to be looking in all the wrong places. After a past of failed dates and her hope almost getting lost; she and her best friend decide to start an experiment to find men at odd dating sites they wouldn't otherwise go to. Jo meets Benny, a successful entrepreneur who shocked her by his appearance but shocked her even more with his wit, sense of humor and his precise nature. He is stirring something inside of her, but changes everything with a deadly confession. Does she continue seeing him and trusting him? Will they work or will her path of happiness be cut short?