Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Series Books

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?

Wave Me Goodbye (Part One: Chapters 1–7)

Wave Me Goodbye can be read either as a full length book or in 3 serialised eBook only parts.

This is PART 1 of 3 (chapters 1-7).

You can read Part 1 one week ahead of the release of the full-length eBook and paperback.

When war is declared, four plucky girls from Dartford - Grace, Sally, Rose and Daisy - are keen to do their bit on the Home Front.

For orphan Grace, it's a chance to start afresh. She's always has a soft spot for Sam Petrie, brother of Daisy and Rose, but realising that he is in love with their friend Sally, she puts her own feelings aside, and signs up for life as a Land Girl.

Mucking out and early morning milking come as a big shock and life is harder than she expected. But Grace is nothing if not determined and though their lives will never be the same again, the four girls know they will always have each other - no matter what the war throws at them...

Execution Is Everything: 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.

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.

My Sweet Captive

"You're mine to play with. Mine to punish. Mine." There's nothing remarkable about the woman tied to the chair before me. At least, that's what I tell myself. I have to keep an emotional distance if I'm going to watch my sadistic brother torture my captive.

There are so many other ways I'd like to break her, none of which involve carving her up. Her pale skin would mark up nicely under my darker forms of discipline.

When my brother decides to spare her and give her to me instead, I know I'm lost to those sky blue eyes. Samantha will be mine.

Note: My Sweet Captive is the beginning of Samantha and Andres' dark romance told from Andres' point of view.

Devil in his suit: Hell is a place on earth

Hell is a place on earth, even for the devil.

A story of a man who turns to a devil, killing people who comes in the way of his family that he loves so much.

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.

Iron and Rust: free sampler (Throne of the Caesars, Book 1)

From the bestselling author of WARRIOR OF ROME comes the first book in a new series set in third century Rome, a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war.

In a single year six Emperors will lay claim to the Throne of the Caesars...

SPRING AD235

Dawn on the Rhine. A surprise attack and the brutal murder of the Emperor Alexander and his mother ends the Severan dynasty and shatters four decades of Roman certainty.

Military hero Maximinus Thrax is the first Caesar risen from the barracks. A simple man of steel and violence, he will fight for Rome.

The Senators praise the new Emperor with elaborate oratory, but will any of them accept a Caesar who was once a shepherd boy? And in the streets of the eternal city, others merely pray to escape imperial notice.

In the north, as the merciless war against the barbarians consumes men and treasure, rebellion and personal tragedy drive Maximinus to desperate extremes, bloody revenge and the borders of sanity.

Iron & Rust, the first book in a major new series, creates a world both sophisticated and brutal, yet firmly rooted in history; a world of intrigue, murder, passion and war, a world where men will kill to sit on the Throne of the Caesars.

Billy

In this horrific, yet emotional story, it tells us about a tortured soul. Everywhere is a reminder and there's no escape for Billy Jones.

It's been nearly three years since the school killings, and Billy Jones is still haunted by what happened and struggles on how to deal with an episode that will scar the town for a long time.

Her Beauty

Two pie loving police officers are questioning a man suspected of murdering his wife. The Accused Man keeps having visions of past events, warning him there are things he should not seek an answer for. And an FBI Agent Lutricia Bell, conducting an investigation of her own, revealing a different angle on the nature of the crime. Realities will mash together as three different viewpoints paint the picture, creating a question, is the crime itself what truly matters?

Lord Jim

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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."

Property

THERE'S A BODY ON THE LINE

A short psychological horror story that's the perfect read for your daily commute

Ever been stuck on a train in a dark tunnel, trapped in an airless sardine tin with a bunch of strangers?

Sure you have.

But don't be so eager to get out of that train, because what's waiting on the other side might be even worse ...

This short horror story is a dark descent into the subconscious horror that lurks inside all of us. It is a tale of love, money and the shackles of modern city life.

About The Author

Jack Binding is a Londoner living in Sydney. Inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, JG Ballard and Martin Amis, Jack writes gritty, dark fiction that combines horror, fantasy and twisted, black humour.

Property can also be found in the collection Pills: 18 Short Stories.

EYES OF LASER WARFARE

It is known that the eyes are the windows to the world. This is especially brought to light when members of an elite military team are faced with challenging assignments that could change their view of the world, war, persons behind enemy lines and life itself.

What determines if one person survives and another does not?

The authors lead you through the initial meeting of the main characters to their final choices. Although life has many negatives, the authors show that something positive can always be culled from the debris as demonstrated by the main characters.

Although the story is set in a war zone, it is about the eye's view of the characters as they are pulled through the various aspects of war and their interactions with the persons who cross their paths at crucial moments.

The story will have you laughing, crying, celebrating and feeling good. Have a box of tissues and a box of chocolates, or beer and pretzels, by your side as you read this journey through the lives of James Nelson, Judy Brooks, Andy Romero, Ahmed Faran, Ari Tahmineh and Alan Hawks.

Survival: Volume 1 (Twisted)

With intertwining memories and a world of deceit and betrayal yet to be exposed, Survival, book #1 in the Twisted series, is an intense, compelling page-turner, seen through the eyes of Skye 'the Skillet' Jones. With no friends, no family and a life of loneliness ahead, Skye was looking for a reason to fight. To live. To survive. A once happy family was torn apart, leaving a hazy cloud of confusion, abandonment and fear in its wake. Her twin brother, Oliver, was all she had... until the talons of death and the consequences of his dangerous coping mechanism tore his life from him. Skye was left alone, mourning the loss of her brother and the life he would never live, when Cut Throat Curtis swooped in and taught her to fight; to control her emotional anguish with physical strength. But he was dangerous, a force to be reckoned with. A man with turmoil and secrets of his own. He soon left as quickly as he'd appeared, becoming a ghost in the life she no longer knew. She had nothing. She had no one. When all Skye had was her will to survive, fate gave her Thomas. He fought for her, he fought with her and he loved her like no other.But fate was waiting, ready to strike with the force of a hurricane when she thought she had everything she'd ever wanted. It was coming, the cruel twist of fate that would bring Skye to her knees and threaten her survival once more...

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

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."

Impulse: Volume 1 (Infinitus Billionaire)

He has tradition ingrained in him... She lives for the moment... Will they find a common ground? Lex Fitzgerald is not your average billionaire. He leads a double life as the conscientious head of his family and the pleasure-seeking rogue who parties hard and pushes the limits in and out of the bedroom. His two worlds are about to collide because of one woman, Jillian Finnegan. Lex needs a secret weapon to defeat a competitor and finds it in Jillian Finnegan. He has no intention of letting her potty mouth, her crazy lifestyle, or her eccentric family get in his way. So when he makes her an offer, he expects her to accept. However, sparks start to fly when Jillian gives him a counteroffer and dares him to refuse. Has Lex finally met his match? Let the seduction begin.

Playing Without Rules

A ballplayer's girlfriend hides his daughter from him because she fears he's like his abusive father. Marcia Powers wants nothing to do with ballplayer Brock Carter, especially after she told him to go away and pursue his dreams. She has more than she can handle with an elderly father, a business to run, and a four-year-old daughter posing as her baby sister. Brock Carter's back in town to rekindle his romance with Marcia, and this time, he's not letting her run him out of town. Marcia is unable to resist Brock, but determined to keep her secret. Brock's already lost his heart to Marcia once. Will he lose every dream, including baseball, when he discovers the real reason Marcia sent him away?

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.

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)

Witness (Witness, Book 1): Volume 1

College student Courtney Hartford's worries are confined to doing well in school and having an active social life. That is, until she witnesses a murder. And then recognizes the murderer. His warning not to tell, coupled with his threat against her life and the life of her mother, pushes her to make a difficult decision-tell the police the truth, or let the people who are threatening her control her life. Witness does not contain any profanity or sexual content.

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