Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Series Books

Execution Is Everything: Part 1: The Girl (Jon Kaine)

"I'd landed in New York to commit a crime, but that wasn't the problem..."

Jon Kaine is a business psychologist - confident, successful, and more used to seminars than bar room brawls. But when a beautiful woman walks into a New York bar Kaine's life becomes anything but theoretical. As the night descends into violence he's forced to reawaken a buried part of himself, and put his skills to darker use.

With a razor sharp plot, fast dialogue and a stripped-down reading time, this is the short, gripping 'pilot' for Nick Warren's acclaimed new thriller series. If you like your stories lean, mean and intelligent... you'll love this.

Download Part 1 of Execution Is Everything now and witness the battle unfold.

Heart of Darkness

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Nothing but the Black

The world has gone black.

At least, you can't see anything. You can't move or scream either. You're trapped.

This has to be a dream, yet... something tells you it's all too real. Not only do you not remember where you are, you don't remember who you are.

With a poetic narrative that promises an existential read, Nothing but the Black searches for a light in the darkness of identity.

Casanova Killer, An SSCD Crime Thriller

Catching the eye of a delusional serial killer known as Casanova Killer signals the end for certain beautiful young women of San Francisco. True to his name, Casanova offers the women a taste of romance and unparalleled adoration before sending them to a bloody death.

The FBI Special Serial Crimes Division, SSCD, sets a trap for the killer with one of their own as bait. Agent Jerry Forbes pairs with Interpol's Ethan Barnes to capture Casanova before another woman falls prey to his charms.

Jerry and Ethan soon discover that pretending to be lovers may be more dangerous than catching a killer. Follow their story from the moment they set up house to the abrupt end that Jerry does not see coming.

Is it love or certain death?

Strangeness on a Train

In 2012, Julia Crouch became East Coast Rail's first ever Writer in Residence on the London to Harrogate line, writing a gripping short story over the course of her return train journey. And what better place for Julia to exercise her dark imagination and explore the deadly intents of her characters; after all, as Agatha Christie and Patricia Highsmith would attest, trains have long been the ideal setting for the perfect murder... Turning fifty has not filled Sally with joy. She's sitting on the Kings Cross to Harrogate train the morning after her disastrous birthday meal, feeling fed up and hungover to hell. And then a stranger climbs on board and sits down opposite her. You know those passengers who really, really annoy you on trains? The ones who invade your personal space, and worse? Well, he's one of those. And he's about to push Sally to breaking point.

Under The Litic Legacy: A Paul Litic Conspiracy Thriller

Sometimes the price of justice is too high ...Washington Post reporter Michael Litic gets a strange request. It triggers a dark secret he would like to forget so, he turns to his mob connections to come up with the answer.

The problem gets solved. Life returns to normal.

But a mysterious letter has begun its journey to his desk at the Post. And it threatens the security of everything he holds dear.

This time, Litic must face a reality he can't discuss with anyone.

This time, he must find the answer.

And this time, he must do it alone.

Do you like a good thriller? Do you like suspense, mystery, and gripping intrigue in a story?

Then you'll love the Paul Litic Conspiracy Thriller Series.

Get your FREE copy of Scott Michaels prequel, Under The Litic Legacy, today and discover how it all began!

Preludes: A Story of Child Sexual Abuse from a Child’s Perspective in a Middle Class American Family

Illuminating the horrors of child sexual abuse from a child's perspective, "Preludes" is a novella-length story chronicling the experiences of a nine-year-old boy as he struggles to survive sexual abuse by his father in a middle class American family in the 1960s. "Preludes" is based in significant part on the experiences of its author, a child sexual abuse survivor.

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When a nine-year-old boy in a "respectable," middle class family is raped, then repeatedly molested by his father, how does the boy experience the abuse and how does he manage to survive?

"Preludes" examines these questions.

The boy wakes in the middle of the night to find his father sitting on the edge of his bed, gently shaking him from his sleep. Though confused by his father's unexpected presence, for a few brief moments he suspects nothing unusual.

His father then accuses him of having misbehaved without saying how, and tells him he'll have to be punished. The boy initially protests, but then, sensing the futility of resistance, grudgingly prepares himself for what his father tells him will be a spanking, all the while thinking, "Gee, this is ridiculous--I haven't done anything wrong." His father then proceeds to rape him, and, the rape completed, threatens to murder him if he tells anyone, including his mother.

Thus begins the boy's struggle for survival in the face of his father's nightly onslaughts--a struggle that stretches the boy's physical, psychological, and emotional resources to their limits and beyond.

Adding to his struggle's immensity is the story's milieu: a "Pleasantville" middle class neighborhood in a mid-sized American city in the early 1960s--an environment that gives no indication, on its surface, that dysfunction of such proportions could occur within its hermetic confines. The boy's family enjoys a high status--the father is a professor at a prestigious university, and the family belongs to a Presbyterian church that counts among its members some of the city's most prominent citizens. It is an environment in which acknowledgement of even the merest possibility of child sexual abuse within a family as respectable as that of the boy's is as taboo as the abuse itself. Sensing these constrictions, the boy feels his isolation in his suffering increase exponentially.

The prime importance placed by the community on maintaining a semblance of normalcy, no matter the cost to the truth, extends to the day-to-day life of the boy's home. The family's nightly meals together, at a table set with engraved silverware and an "everyday" china of the most tasteful design, and the "Smile Club" photos the boy's mother hangs in the downstairs hallway--family photos, taken regularly, for which the fundamental requisite is that everyone in them be wearing a pleasant smile--help form the bulwark of the mother's determined effort to put the best possible face on things.

To survive, the boy attempts to hide the truth as much as possible, even from himself, with his mind employing, as its chief means to this end, a total forgetting of the abuse when it's not actually happening--a strategy his mind has utilized on previous occasions of his father's abuse.

But survival, though laudable, comes at an enormous price--a price exacted, among other ways, in the warped perception the boy forms of what it means to "be a man." A price, the story suggests, the boy will have to pay going forward, into adulthood, until he reaches a point of substantial healing.

A Mother's Day: A Short Story

AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY

FROM THE CELEBRATED AUTHOR OF

THE BESTSELLING NOVEL HERE, HOME, HOPE ....

Three mothers. Three sons. One day that changes them all forever.

Five Star Reviews!

"Nicely written - very quick read - sad moment but wonderfully heartwarming! Ms. Rouda - you're Light Blue!" ~ Stacy Eaton, author

"Kaira Rouda does an amazing job of weaving three disparate tales together by uniting them around a single shocking event as observed by three very different types of women, all at different stages of motherhood. Her voice is authentic and each story is engaging and leaves you wanting to know more. It was a perfect story." ~ Hobson, Amazon Reviewer

"I enjoyed the short story which delves into the lives of three different women who are mothers - each of them is at a different stage of motherhood (a new mom with a baby to a mom of a teenage son) and each has boys (I have two sons myself). We get a peek into the lives of these three women on Mother's Day and a shocking event that happens that they are all tied to in some way - a life-changing event - and eventually see how the three moms are connected (think like the movie CRASH with Sandra Bullock where the characters are slightly connected). For those who enjoy it, dive into the author's full-length novel called HERE, HOME, HOPE. Both are great reads for women who enjoy women's fiction novels that are both inspiring, real and well written." ~ WriterCrys, Amazon Reviewer

(beach reads, award winning, Amazon bestseller, motherhood, women's fiction, mothers and sons)

A Night to Remember

Jesse's Lesbian friends take him to a fetish event at Devil's Den for an unforgettable night that changes his life. (Excerpted from Playing With Dolls.) Please do not pay for this book. If Amazon tries to charge for it, you can download it for free at http://transgressivewriter.com/shortstories.php#night so you can read a sample of Playing With Dolls.

Promises, Promises: A Robin Bricker Prequel

Love, mystery, and broken promises....

Sixteen years ago Robin spent her summer at an elite boarding school, sharing oxygen with secret society members and exploring the haunted cairns. Lonely, enigmatic Tristan was her only friend, but when tragedy struck, Robin shamefully abandoned Tristan to resume her safe, suburban life.

Now Robin has a successful design business and a passionate relationship with her boyfriend, Nick. Yet when Tristan calls out of the blue, Robin must revisit a dangerous world of lies and ghosts.

Will keeping her promise and helping her friend cause Robin to lose everything she holds dear?

NOTE: This novella is a prequel to the full-length, standalone 2015 Kindle Scout Winner, The Standout, from award-winning author Laurel Osterkamp. A preview chapter of The Standout is also included.

Fragmented: Volume 1 (Boston's Crimes of Passion)

The first in the Boston's Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally's first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful...shocking...a psychological thriller- leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night... who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A "must read" for any suspense lover! She would do anything to protect her family... Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother's death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he's not capable of committing. She'll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders. He would do anything to win a case... ADA Darren Kennedy is known as 'the bulldog.' He doesn't lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he's dead-set on putting that killer behind bars...along with anyone that stands in his way. A killer would do anything to get his heart's desire...Cameron soon discovers that the police aren't the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn't happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.

Painful Deliverance (Painful Deliverance Series Book 1)

Alexis has been involved with an older man for three years. Over this time they have both come to realise that he has developed a passion for receiving pain. It shouldn't affect her - she isn't the one being physically hurt. But it does affect her. She doesn't want to do it anymore. She doesn't want to deliver pain anymore - not to anyone - not even for their pleasure.

More and more frequently she is having moments where she shuts down and withdraws into herself. She knows that what is happening to her isn't right, and she needs to remove herself from the situation. She starts to put in place plans to get away and make a new life for herself.

But he isn't ready to let her go. He will pursue her in his desperate attempt to keep her in his life. She will run but can she realistically hide from her powerful obsessor? He is wealthy and has resources to find her and follow her wherever she goes.

All she wants is to get away and start over in a new location and a new life - a life without pain.

This story does contain obsession, stalking, escapism, coarse language and psychological trauma. But underneath all of that, a sweet, deep romance will blossom...

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Reviewers say:

"Something captivated me right off the bat. The plot was intriguing and the pacing spot on, while the transitions between past (flashbacks) and present were easy to follow....I would recommend this to readers looking for a captivating plot, dynamic characters, and some great erotic passages."

"First, let me start off saying that this is a book that is unlike any other that I have ever read. Plainly stated, it is believable and raw in a way that is captivating ... Will I read the next one? YES!!! ... I would say that you would really have to read this to understand... to get how believable it is"

"From the opening few pages, this book draws you into the story...I found the book hard to put down. The author does a great job interlacing the flashbacks with the present to form a tight story line."

"The author does a great job with the feel of this book as the story unfolds ...there is sexual content in this novel, but I think most readers are going to be intrigued by this author's story."

"I finished reading this book yesterday, and this morning, it's still on my mind...the pace of it is exactly right. I'm diving in the next book right away."

"From the first page of Painful Deliverance I was hooked...I will definitely seek out the next book in the series!"

"I would happily recommend this novel to my friends and will read the next one in the series."

All About You: (Love & Hate Series #1): Volume 1

All About You I start hating Oliver just after his older brother Christian's death. I drag him down a road of humiliation and pain to try to cope with what his brother did to me. A few months after Christian's passing, Oliver leaves town, and for the next two years, he is absent from my life. The demons claw their way back in, and I must learn to live with the secret that has destroyed me. Now I'm starting a new life, away from Gargle and away from my past, but everything crashes when I see Oliver the first day at university. It's clear that many things have changed since we've been apart. Now he is captain of the rugby team and the most popular bloke on campus. Then he makes a bet and gives me an ultimatum: I leave Braxton forever and start somewhere else, or I stay and play his game... because he's never forgotten that it was me who ruined his life two years ago.

Sara's Game

Two years ago, Sara's husband left for the gym one morning...and never came back. His car was found. He wasn't. Unbelievably, the police report said, "No foul play suspected." There were a few sightings over the following months, but little else. Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children go missing from their schools, all at the exact same time. And the note under her windshield wiper asks one simple question: Are you ready to play the game?

Freeing Her (A Hart Brothers Novel #1): The Hart Brothers Series: Volume 1

Freeing Her (A Hart Brothers Novel, Book 1) * This novel contains mature content and is not intended for younger readers This is the beginning of a story... the story of two people who were meant to be together. Why? Because unknown to them, they shared terrifying pasts and the cruel circumstances of their births doomed both of them to a life of hell. Two strangers ... one night ... one accidental meeting that changed their lives forever. Gabriella Martinelli, Manhattan psychiatrist had only one goal in life-to help abuse victims avoid the horrors she'd experienced herself. She worked late, volunteered, and donated her services to anyone who needed them. Life was good ... until her nightmare resurfaced. HE found her, and began stalking her, and she knew he wouldn't stop until he destroyed every ragged piece of her. Kolson Hart, Manhattan's most eligible bachelor, was ruled by his dark past. He liked control, from the boardroom to the bedroom and didn't care to be involved with someone whose life was just as screwed up as his was. But one look at Gabriella short-circuited everything. Want ... desire ... need ... will sometimes drive a man to do things he swore he never would. He freed her from a life of fear ... When he couldn't even save himself. "I only ask for one promise and that's honesty. Can you give me that?" she asked. "Yeah. I can. But if you decide to take this leap with me, I must warn you that I have certain compulsions, if you will." "Compulsions?" "Needs, compulsions, call them what you want. But you asked for honesty and I'm giving it to you." "I see. So what do these needs entail?" "Right now, I'd like to blindfold you, bind your wrists in silk, paddle your sweet ass, and f**k you until your legs are so weak you couldn't possibly walk, even if your life depended on it."

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Tainted Love: Volume 1 (Behind Closed Doors)

Does the perfect wife and the perfect husband make the perfect marriage? For anyone in a relationship, the words 'we need to talk' can only mean one thing. In the last twenty-two years, the McKenzies have been through it, survived it, learned by it, and grown stronger from it, because life didn't stop for breath when they needed it. Amongst the tears and the tragedies, the hopes and happiness, they've built something amazing: a happy family, a luxury lifestyle and a booming empire. Don't they deserve to have it all? But for the perfect wife, those four sinister words mean something entirely different. They're a summons into a private world where what happens behind closed doors stays behind closed doors. Faith has no doubt in Calvin's undying love for her. It's what kept her sane in the darkest hours. If only she could figure out what it is she does wrong... because it's rapidly becoming apparent their tainted love is running out of time. Tainted Love is Book One in the Behind Closed Doors series. Other books from this series: Blurred Lines - Book Two To Live Without - Short Story

Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer: Volume 1 (Nightmares Trilogy)

The worst monsters are human.Six months ago, Nathan's sister was brutally murdered.Now the former playboy desires only one thing: revenge. Late at night, Nathan trudges down the beach where his sister's body was found. He's searching for answers, but all he finds is a new nightmare: another girl's tortured body. Only this one isn't dead . . . yet. The unlikely hero becomes the prime suspect. Saving Caitlin's life was just the start. Nathan must win her trust and unlock the memories hidden in her nightmares to find out who's really responsible, before it's too late. A tiny taste of what's in store: "Stay away from her, Nathan. That girl isn't good for you."Stay away from her? I'd go crazy with worry in a day. "You don't know her."Chris looked grim. "Neither do you. Is there anything you wouldn't do for her?" "Yes," I snapped. "I wouldn't die for her."Chris turned around to stare at me, her mouth hanging open. "Do you want to know why?" I asked steadily. "I wouldn't die for her because I wouldn't be able to protect her any more. What if I missed one of the people who hurt her? I couldn't take that risk. She's too important." Nightmares Trilogy: This is the first book in the Nightmares Trilogy, which includes: Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer (#1)) Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller (#2) Afterlife of Alanna Miller (#3)

The Goodbye Storm: Volume 1 (Rough Waters Series)

Autumn Chase is painfully aware grief is a beast that won't be chased off before it's ready to leave. When an icy road and a dark night leave her a young widow, she's forced to trade in her perfectly planned future for the unknown. Like a child hiding from a monster, she pulls her covers up over her head with the intention of sheltering herself forever. But once an unexpected stranger shows up on her doorstep, Autumn has to choose between being alone or connecting with someone who is hurting as badly as she is. Noah Key, an emergency room doctor, has solemnly informed countless families that their loved one could not be saved. However, when his own wife dies suddenly there are no words to bring him comfort. His in-laws want him to fall to pieces to confirm his love for his late wife. His colleagues want him to take time off to grieve. The only thing Noah wants is to work enough hours in the day to forget his wife is gone. He's written himself a prescription for a cocktail of distraction and exhaustion in order to trick his brain into thinking his life isn't in shambles. When the world keeps moving on without them, Noah and Autumn will need to decide if they'll survive the storm or allow themselves to be swept away by it.