Mean Woman Blues is the NINTH book in Edgar-winner Julie Smith’s Skip Langdon mystery series.
“Mean Woman Blues is Julie Smith at her most fun and lethal.” -The Clarion-Ledger
“One of the best police procedurals of the year.” –Midwest Book Review
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD IS TRYING TO KILL HER…
That would be the Rev. Errol Jacomine, crazy as a fox that just ate a loon, and more dangerous than a cell full of serial killers. She’s Detective Skip Langdon, the New Orleans cop who’s twice smashed his criminal endeavors, yet each time he’s managed to slip away. Now he’s mad. In both senses of the word. And he has the connections to have her killed—or worse, those she loves.
After one near-miss and several nasty threats, Skip is driven by fear that she’ll lose the people dearest to her. Despite finding herself disgraced in her own home town (seems Jacomine knows how to frame as well as kill), she goes on the hunt for the kind of maniac with a gift for conning people and the extreme makeover to make it work.
THREE ANGRY WOMEN, EACH ONE DISSED, SCORNED, AND HELL-BENT…
But by now Jacomine’s madness has escalated to the point that he’s finally gone too far with too many people. Before it’s over, more than one person’s stalking him, and some are women feeling as mean as their quarry. If Langdon doesn’t get there first, there’ll be a bloodbath. If she does, only one person will walk away—and Jacomine’s as lucky as he’s ruthless.
“Smith combines a powerful heroine, creepily believable villain, and rich New Orleans setting.” -Booklist
Fans of Nevada Barr, Ace Atkins, Laura Lippman, and Karin Slaughter will love Detective Skip Langdon’s pluck and charm in this action-packed psychological thriller.
Nearly two years ago, Errol Jacomine had disappeared, but he would not stay gone. She knew this; she had destroyed two of his careers, twice thwarted his attempts to win control over his fellow human beings, to gain a following, and to dominate. He would be back, and he would try to kill her sooner rather than later. To forget it for a day in the woods, for an evening in her courtyard, for a moment, for a millisecond, was dangerous and possibly deadly.
Jacomine’s son, Daniel, had been arrested, charged with half a dozen crimes, and eventually convicted of murder as the result of one of Jacomine’s schemes. He was due to be sentenced in a couple of days.
How that would affect his father Skip couldn’t know, but it had probably precipitated the dream. Jacomine might not even notice, perhaps having written Daniel off. He could do this; he seemed sometimes to have no feelings.
On the other hand, he perceived himself to be at the center of the universe. He might feel proprietary toward Daniel, no matter how unlikely he was to have true paternal feelings. And if he did, he might… what?
Treat it as an occasion to make himself known. Trade an eye for an eye: kidnap Steve and demand Daniel.
That was what the dream was about.
She left for work feeling hunted and resentful of her psyche for rubbing her nose in it. She knew all that, and what could she do about it? Exactly what? she asked herself angrily. Later, the dream seemed more a premonition than a warning.
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That morning, as always, she walked the few blocks to the garage where she kept her car, pointed the remote at the automatic door (a process that never failed to give her childlike pleasure), and waited for the door to raise itself high enough to allow her ingress. Instead of the familiar rumble, an explosion ripped through the quiet morning, followed by a loud ping, like a beer can hitting a metal drum.
She was aware of an arm around her waist, another at her back, and then she felt herself falling, a great weight upon her. She tried to fight it, but it was too heavy. She was helpless. Her head h
NUCLEAR TERRORISM THRILLER Private investigator Alex Hoffmann has a clear mission: to identify and eliminate the deadliest terrorist mastermind in history. She doesn’t know his name. She doesn’t know what he looks like. She only knows he’s Russian. The moment she learns more, it’s already too late. The timers are counting down. This Russian’s plan doesn’t target a building, a person, or a city. His plan is targeting the future of the United States and its entire people, for decades to come. She calls it the inconceivable scenario. Will she be able to stop him in time? Terrorism has a new dimension. We’re under an unprecedented attack. There’s nowhere to run.
Alex Hoffmann returns as the heroine of Operation Sunset. Putting her life on the line and risking it all to hunt down the man who is threatening everything she cares about, Alex is uncompromising and resourceful, taking readers on a breathtaking roller coaster ride in this gripping, engrossing nuclear terrorism thriller. Fans of Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, James Bond, and Jack Reacher will love Alex Hoffmann. Praise for Leslie Wolfe — “Leslie Wolfe weaves a wonderful story of espionage, current technology, warfare.” – Lucas McWilliams — “Leslie Wolfe is proving that indeed women can equal if not surpass the established norm of espionage techno-thrillers.” – Grady Harp– “Wolfe keeps readers turning the pages…” – Kirkus Reviews — “Leslie Wolfe has the talent that is comparable to the likes of a Tom Clancy or a Michael Crichton, or even James Patterson.” – Dennis Waller Readers and Critics Talking About Alex Hoffman Series Book Four, The Ghost Pattern: — “Leslie Wolfe is now very much on my list of MUST READ AUTHORS and I can’t wait for the next book to be released” — “Characters you really can bond with and want to read more about. Too real and plausible not to keep you reading far too long after bed time!” — “Now this was a real smoker, really kept it moving, very well written. Guess I better find out if my wife is talking to me.” — “This is a kind of novel to be a hit with readers who really get into stories of the suspenseful and dramatic kind, especially that of politics and power.” — “As soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down! Full of suspense and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I loved it!” — “Leslie Wolfe just gets better and better.” — “As a long-time fan of Tom Clancy’s early works and Dan Brown’s techno-thrillers, it makes me proud to see a woman stepping so confidently into this male-dominated arena. Well done, Leslie.”
“Sharp, extremely well written, and scary as hell!”“The best writing in decades.”What would it take to put our way of life at risk?Is it possible for a handful of ultra-deep players to cripple the global economy?A secret organization with immense wealth and limitless influence squares off against The Establishment in this #1 Bestselling financial conspiracy thriller from espionage master Lars Emmerich.As the clandestine conflict reaches an explosive flashpoint, Special Agent Sam Jameson, a brash, ballsy, and beautiful spy catcher, is cast headlong into the crossfire. The love of her life is missing, the victim of a brutal and terrifying kidnapping. Will she unravel the ruthless conspiracy in time to save his life? Can she save her own?The characters are vivid, the facts are exquisitely researched, and the plot is gripping and frightening… because the threat is more real than we’d like to imagine.Book One in the worldwide bestselling Devolution Series will leave you wondering how safe we really are.————Interview with #1 Bestselling Author Lars EmmerichQ: Who are your influences?A: Too many to list! I started out years ago as a Tom Clancy addict, and I thoroughly enjoy many of Nelson DeMille’s novels. I regularly read David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, Barry Eisler, Michael Connelly, and John Grisham. James Patterson has redefined what it means to be a working author, and I read his stuff as well. My top picks are usually espionage and private detective novels, any of the thousands of thrillers and mysteries best sellers, and, of course, books featuring classic pulp heroes. And I’m greatly influenced by all sorts of nonfiction, as well. I read all the time, and I’m a bit of a magpie about the topics — science, economics, finance, politics, history, mathematics, engineering, biomechanics, medicine… It’s a big world out there, and I love learning more about it. Many of those topics find their way into my fiction, so I can justify it all as “research.” Q: The Sam Jameson series has become quite a phenomenon. What do you think has been the driving force behind the books’ success?A: I think Sam has something of a unique voice. She says the things we all wish we could say, and she gets away with it about half of the time. The other half of the time, not so much. I think she’s also a very human heroine. She has plenty of flaws and weaknesses, yet she accomplishes some amazing things. She’s kind of like every one of us in that regard, which resonates.Q: You have developed personal relationships with your readers over the years, which is unusual in the publishing business. Was that a conscious choice?A: Absolutely. Books are intimate things. They occupy a person’s mind and thoughts for hours at a time. Good books leave a lasting impression, and great books might even change the way we think about things, but all books are a relationship. I felt that Big Publishing did a great job of distributing novels, but at a very high cost — there was almost no way for a personal connection to form between writers and readers. But I always wanted a conversation. I wanted to learn from my readers, to hear what was on their minds, to listen to their criticism and hopefully improve the books I write. It’s been extremely rewarding, and I’m hopeful it can continue for years to come.
“I think something might have happened to me Saturday night. Something bad.”Private Investigator Dani Ripper’s client list is nuttier than the Looney Tunes conga line, but she diligently solves one crazy case after another, waiting for a game-changer. Enter Riley Freeman, 17-year-old honor student.Saturday afternoon Riley quietly placed a little strawberry sticker on her private area and pretended it was a tattoo. She didn’t tell anyone about it. That night she went to a slumber party that featured drinking and boys. Riley fell asleep, woke up the next day with no reason to think anything happened……Until Monday, at school, when a classmate called her Strawberry.Coincidence or crime? Dani agrees to investigate. And the roller coaster ride begins.
A Miranda’s Rights Mystery – Book IBook I of the popular Miranda’s Rights Mystery series by Linsey Lanier.Newly edited.A woman can never make herself too tough, too strong, or too street smart.THE SEARCHING MOTHERMiranda Steele. Smart-talking, hot pepper-eating loner whose abusive ex-husband stole her baby and gave it up for adoption. She comes to Atlanta to hunt for her daughter.THE PIWade Parker. Wealthy owner of the Parker Investigative Agency and most eligible forty-four-year-old bachelor in Atlanta. He still mourns the death of his socialite wife but must now solve a disturbing murder case.THE MURDERERA serial killer strangling young girls in a bizarre ritual. Why? She doesn’t need a man. He needs to find a killer. Together, can they save a thirteen year old girl? ********”Highly charged and emotional… Read it with tissue from the very beginning.” Pamela Mason.”It was a great read, honestly couldn’t put it down and can’t wait to read the next one.” Cathie – Sydney, Australia”Miranda Steele is one ballsy lady…what I’d call ‘one HOT pepper!'” Diane Kratz – crime fiction writer ********THE MIRANDA’S RIGHTS MYSTERY SERIESSomeone Else’s Daughter – Book IDelicious Torment – Book IIForever Mine – Book IIIFire Dancer – Book IVThin Ice – Book VTHE MIRANDA AND PARKER MYSTERY SERIESAll Eyes on MeHeart WoundsOTHER BOOKS BY LINSEY LANIERChicago Cop (A cop family thriller) – Don’t let them take what you love, baby girl. A police thriller featuring GUTS team lead Lieutenant Maggie Delaney, a tough multi-generational cop hunting down a crazed mafia hit man bent on revenge.Steal My Heart (A Romantic Suspense) – Get me what I want or you’ll never see your daughter again. New York newspaper columnist, Paige Dunbar, can hardly breathe when she learns her precious three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. She’ll do anything to get her back, including steal the famous Fantasia necklace the kidnapper wants. No one can stop her. Not even her sexy ex-jewel-thief-ex-husband.HUMOROUS BOOKS BY LINSEY LANIERYou Want Me to Kill Who? (A Dandy Frost–Ninja Assassin Story)A New Adult, futuristic romantic fantasy.A lowly, powerless factory worker is sent half-way around the world by her boss to fight an evil spy organization, but she really just wants to be a fashion designer.You Want Me to Go Where? (A Dandy Frost–Ninja Assassin Story) #2Dandy Frost’s first time in JB’s office he threatened to “eliminate” her if she didn’t go on a special assignment halfway around the world for a secret organization. He couldn’t have anything like that in mind again…or could he?The Clever Detective Boxed Set 2 (A Fairy Tale Romance): Stories 1-5From the Hollow Tree to Stacey’s home town to the mountains of Sweden to the high seas, follow PI Stacey Alexander and Prince Chad’s wacky adventures and romance.
When I was fourteen years old, I killed for the first time. That day I learned cruelty wasn’t only within the walls we had just escaped.
It hasn’t been easy growing up in the middle of a war. A struggle to find shelter. Fighting to protect our bodies against the corruption of the streets. Nobody cared about the street kids who had to beg and steal to eat.
Now we are the Portland Street Kings – A family forged through loyalty not blood. To get through this life of broken dreams alive, we’ve become hard, uncaring and merciless. We do what must be done to keep our family safe, we will harm those who stand against us.
We have it all, feared and respected by those on the streets. Then she collided into my world, and with her came demons from my past, back to haunt us all.
Danger. Passion. Obsession.Heir to a worthless title, Christophe Marchand knows the only way to build an empire in the twenty-first century is with single-minded focus and cold, hard pragmatism.Which means no distractions.But that’s before he lays eyes on Charlotte Duval.Charlotte Duval is no man’s arm candy.An expert in antique furniture, Charlotte is in Paris to close up her recently deceased father’s antique store. Her plan? Finish the job as quickly as possible, preferably without touching the still-tender wound of their estranged relationship, and return to L.A..And even the enigmatic Christophe Marchand can’t tempt her to stay.Then the discovery of an elaborate ring hidden inside a 16th century writing desk sets off a chain of events that sends her to Christophe for protection. Soon the pair are traveling to Vienna in search of answers to an unsolved theft that once rocked the art world. But when their hunt intersects with an ominous takeover of Christophe’s business, it becomes clear that their common cause will either destroy them — or force them to come to terms with the true price of love.
Shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award for fiction.Join Molly on her hilarious adventures as she dodges bullets, trespasses, wears disguises, and steals her way into trouble.Professional, experienced contract burglar.It’s not exactly something you can put on a business card.Molly Miranda has made a successful living from “acquiring” valuables and delivering them to clients who pay buckets of cash for her unique services.So what if she has to lie about her lavish lifestyle in Manhattan and her frequent trips out of the country? Molly has everything under control.Things go astray when she knocks boots with her charming roommate right before taking off to Scotland with an untrustworthy wildcard on a job assignment that doesn’t go quite as planned.It doesn’t help that this new partner-in-crime is super annoying. And attractive…The sequel, Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves, out now!Perfect for fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series or comedies by Meg Cabot. Recently reached #3 in Women’s Adventure and #4 in Humor & Satire (American) on Amazon!Praise for Molly Miranda”How much fun is this? I’m loving the debut from Hamilton–now I need more about her sassy, sometimes awkward and always brave heroine, Molly Miranda. Stealing other people’s stuff has never been so charming. Bravo!”- Patti Larsen, award-winning author of the Hayle Coven series”It’s tense and smart-alecky. It’s likeable without being sweet. It’s sexy and tough, and as apt to kick you in the pants as to kiss you on the cheek.”- Award-winning author Leo McKay Jr.”Molly Miranda is a fun read with some good messages of self awareness and identity laced through the humour and suspense.”- Author Natalie Corbett SampsonAuthor Q&ATell us about Molly Miranda. What makes her tick?Molly Miranda is in her early twenties and has a pretty average life- except for the fact that she makes her living by stealing big ticket items like art, jewelry and the odd historical artifact. She doesn’t really consider herself good at anything else and gets twitchy when she’s not out on assignment. She feels safest when she’s just acquired a hefty amount of cash as money equals stability. For Molly, financial security equals happiness. Have you always been interested in thieves in fiction? If not, why now?Not specifically. I knew I wanted to make Molly a criminal. I initially considered making her a hired assassin but thought it might be easier to make her a likeable character if her crime didn’t physically hurt anyone so I made her a burglar who steals items from people who can afford to have things stolen from them. Plus, my book is a comedy. Much easier to make a book funny and light-hearted if nobody is being murdered. Once I decided to make her a thief, I did some research and became fascinated. Obsessed, even. I think I could pull of a decent heist if the opportunity ever came up. What sort of research went into Thief For Hire?I basically inhaled Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief by Bill Mason. Such a fantastic read. Unbelievable. I also read Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale, The Rescue Artist by Edward Dolnick, The Thefts of the Mona Lisa by Noah Charney (Charney is a fantastic wealth of art theft information) and The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser. I’ve also watched a lot of documentaries on art forgeries, art thefts and famous thieves like Bonnie and Clyde.(Courtesy of author John L. Monk)
Usually it’s men that get caught up with their side pieces. They’re the ones who often risk it all and drag their families through the mud, all for a woman that’s never worth it. But what happens when it’s a woman who risks her family for her side man?Toni Greer, wife and mother, finds herself getting increasingly obsessed with her side lover. What started out as a “slip-up” in judgement has turned into a full out affair. She finds herself sneaking in cars, public bathrooms and hotel rooms just to get her fix from her lover. Meanwhile her husband remains unaware and blind whiled confined to a wheelchair. Ace Greer is the loving husband to Toni. Once a professional boxer he is now a blind paraplegic. Before he became disabled he gave Toni the world but after his injury she has been forced to go back to work. And she has been bitter ever since. Her bitterness is now jeopardizing his health and their family. He still loves her but she is beginning to hate him.Alexia Rainey is Toni’s best friend and arch enemy. Alexia has become a sloppy drunken trophy wife who can’t help but wonder why her secretive husband is often missing during work hours and in the middle of the night. The more she badgers her husband the more reclusive he becomes. When he turns cold, she fines comfort in another man. What starts off as a sexy affair quickly turns deadly.Zeus Rainey is married to Alexia. He is also the best friend of Ace. Everyone thinks the he is an upstanding businessman that used to manage Ace before his injury. But Zeus is hiding a deep dark secret that threatens to rip apart the lives of everyone he touches.This story is the twisted tale of two couples who’s lives are deeply intertwined, more than they want to be. If you loved Thot Next Door, you won’t be able to put down this book. Are you ready for the crazy rollercoaster ride?