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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.

Case for Compensation

When Roger Goodhart is made wheelchair-bound by a nasty road accident, there's only one place to turn...

Alistair Duncan, a cut-and-thrust Bristol solicitor, takes on him claim.

But the more he investigates, the more mysterious it becomes: how did a French juggernaut come to crush Roger's car?

He travels to France where, with the help of the beautiful Helene, he pursues the lorry driver.

It's a violent, dangerous job, but Alastair thinks it's worth it.

Then, a High Court Judge reports him to the Law Society for alleged misconduct, and as the web of lies tightens, can Alastair make this case for compensation work in his favour?

Praise for Douglas Stewart:

"The climax is tense... authentic" - Western Gazette

"This exciting story, with its wonderfully vivid court scenes..." - South Wales Argus

"Do read this superb novel" - Sunday Independent

Douglas Stewart did not properly start writing until after qualifying as a solicitor. He juggled writing with running a law-office in London before taking early retirement, giving him more time to focus on writing. After a stint in Las Vegas, he is now back in Europe where he lives with his wife. Case for Compensation is the first of three novels involving Bristol solicitor Alistair Duncan.

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....

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!

Charles Dickens Six Pack - The Old Curiosity Shop, David Copperfield, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and Edwin Drood (Illustrated) (Six Pack Classics Book 7)

Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 - 1870) created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognized him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

Like that of the children in many of his novels, Dickens' childhood was a difficult and unhappy one - his father, a navy clerk, was constantly in debt and was thrown in debtor's prison and Dickens was sent to work in a blacking factory at the age of twelve. Most bitter for him was his parents' failure to educate him. He reacted to this indifference by working hard, a lifelong characteristic.

Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humor, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly installments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication.

Charles Dickens Six Pack is a two thousand page plus anthology presenting six of the best Dickens novels along with image galleries showcasing Dickens portraits, first edition covers and original illustrations.

Charles Dickens Six Pack

The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.

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

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.

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.

Grab your copy now!

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.

The Marriage Experience Escort

Sergio Vizniak was down on his luck. After graduating from MIT with a degree in sperm technology he had a psychotic breakdown. Added to his mental health woes was an affair with a woman and a child that was taken away by the courts. Sergio needed to downsize his ambitions and piece his life together. He moved to Israel and began a career in Internet marketing. Then lady luck shined his way. A friend fixed him up with a hot date in Las Vegas, who ultimately inspired Sergio to move from Israel to the magical mirage city in the desert. Once ensconced in the modern technological version of Prospero's Island, Sergio had the right encounters, and right experiences he needed to reunite with his child and get his life back on track. If you love Las Vegas and or if you love unusual stories of adoption reunions, you'll find the Marriage Experience Escort entertaining reading.

THE MESSALINA OF THE SUBURBS: A Thriller Based on a Real-Life Murder Case From the Renowned Author of The Diary of a Provincial Lady, Thank Heaven Fasting, Faster! Faster! & The Way Things Are

"Messalina of the Suburbs" is dedicated to Delafield's best friend 'Rose', (Dr Margaret Posthuma), and is based on a famous murder case, in which Edith Thompson was convicted and hanged in 1923 as an accomplice of her lover Bywaters who attacked and killed her husband. Although she was certainly shocked and astonished by the attack, her letters to Bywaters describe her repeated attempts to poison her husband.

E. M. Delafield (1890-1943) was a prolific English author who is best known for her largely autobiographical works like Zella Sees Herself, The Provincial Lady Series etc. which look at the lives of upper-middle class Englishwomen.

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?

The Messalina of the Suburbs (Based on a Real-Life Murder Case): Thriller Based on a True Story From the Renowned Author of The Diary of a Provincial Lady, ... Faster! Faster! & The Way Things Are

Messalina of the Suburbs is based on a famous murder case, in which Edith Thompson was convicted and hanged in 1923 as an accomplice of her lover Bywaters who attacked and killed her husband. Although she was certainly shocked and astonished by the attack, her letters to Bywaters describe her repeated attempts to poison her husband. E. M. Delafield (1890-1943) was a prolific English author who is best known for her largely autobiographical works like Zella Sees Herself, The Provincial Lady Series etc. which look at the lives of upper-middle class Englishwomen.

TakeOut: The Prequel (A Sonoma Wine Country Cozy Mystery Book 1)

After her best friend's funeral, Emma's daughter wants her to move to Blissburg to be near her family. At first, Emma is sure that nothing can convince her to leave her job, sacrifice her independence and abandon San Francisco to move to Northern California's newest wine country pop-up paradise. Then the managing partner of Emma's law firm is found dead in the Grott Building and Emma finds herself a prime suspect in the murder. Emma has to clear her name fast. Will the secrets and scandals she discovers hidden within the creepy old office building's walls convince Emma that a wine country pop-up paradise might not be so bad after all?

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

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 fiance, 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!

William Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure": A Retelling in Prose

This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's problem play Measure for Measure. Peopl....

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.