Noble Beginnings: A Jack Noble Thriller (Jack Noble #1) by L.T. Ryan

In March of 2002, while the eyes of the world focused on Afghanistan, Jack Noble finds himself on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. A Marine in name only, Jack is on-loan to the CIA. Normally an integral part of the team, he finds that he is nothing more than a security detail in Iraq.Jack and his partner Bear have a run-in with four CIA special agents over the treatment of an Iraqi family. Within hours Jack and Bear are detained.All Jack wanted was to finish his enlistment and move on with his life. All he did was intervene and save a family from unwarranted violence at the hands of four CIA agents. But he soon discovers that he did far more than intervene. He has placed himself dead square in the middle of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of the U.S. government. A fast paced political / crime thriller that will have you burning through the pages, Noble Beginnings is a heart pounding introduction to Jack Noble from USA Today Bestselling Author L.T. Ryan.Jack Noble Series:A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2) – amazon.com/dp/B00B8548LSThin Line (Jack Noble #3) – March, 2014 – amazon.com/dp/B00J3CUI26/Noble Intentions Season One (Jack Noble #4) – amazon.com/dp/B0092ETUTCNoble Intentions: Season Two (Jack Noble #5) – amazon.com/dp/B00AVMTF8UNoble Intentions: Season Three (Jack Noble #6) – amazon.com/dp/B00CXXUGISNever Go Home (Jack Noble #7) – amazon.com/dp/B00FE222USoon to be released:Noble Intentions Season FourUntitled (Mitch Tanner #2)

Author: L.T. Ryan

Rating: Rating: 4.10 / 5
1262 reviews

Sacrifices by Roger Smith

Just another murder in a country where killing is a national pastime . . . Wealth insulates Michael Lane and his family from South Africa’s violent crime epidemic until trouble comes from within the high walls of their Cape Town mansion one night when his teenage son commits an act of unspeakable savagery. Lane, joining his wife in a desperate lie to protect their boy (a lie involving the sacrifice of an innocent) encounters no opposition from cops and courts burdened by chaos and corruption, but he sets in motion a bloody train of revenge and retribution that threatens to destroy him and everything he loves.Praise for Sacrifices”Roger Smith is the crime genre’s greatest tragedian and Sacrifices might just be his masterpiece. The downfall of these characters is especially Shakespearean.” Peter Dragovich – Spinetingler Magazine”Perceptive, bloody and gut-wrenching. Another brilliantly crafted piece of noir from Roger Smith.” CrimeFictionLover.com “Compulsive reading. Smith plots his tale with a master’s hand, ensnaring the reader, drawing them in and enhancing his growing reputation as one of the best thriller writers around.” Martin Stanley – The Gamblers Blog”Through Smith’s eyes, South Africa becomes a noir dystopia where life is cheap and tragedy spares no one. His bleakest, most twisted and very best novel yet.” Benoit Lelievre – Dead End FolliesPraise for Roger Smith”Smith writes with the brutal beauty of an Elmore Leonard in a very bad mood. ” The Washington Post”Smith has a unique ability to plunge readers into his nightmare visions.” The Times”If you are a fan of George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane, give Roger Smith a close look.” BookpageRoger Smith’s thrillers Sacrifices, Capture, Dust Devils, Wake Up Dead, Mixed Blood & Ishmael Toffee are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies. He also writes horror under the pen name Max Wilde. Website: rogersmithbooks.com

Author: Roger Smith

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
45 reviews

Hollywood Dirty: A Hollywood Alphabet Series Thriller by M.Z. Kelly

HOLLYWOOD DIRTY: A HOLLYWOOD ALPHABET SERIES THRILLER

Kate and Bernie are back in this edge-of-your seat thriller with laugh out loud humor. Hollywood Dirty is the fourth book in the Hollywood Alphabet Series Thrillers.

LAPD Detective Kate Sexton and her canine partner, Bernie, are out to solve one of the biggest crimes in Hollywood history. Olympic gold medalist, Jezzie Rose, America’s sweetheart, has been found dead and dumped in an alleyway. All signs point to Jezzie’s former boyfriend as committing the crime, but the case takes an unexpected turn when Kate suspects someone else is involved. Things get complicated when LAPD’s new chief of police allows the press into the case. To make matters worse Kate’s love life is on the rocks, her roommates Natalie and Mo insist on interfering in the case, and her sexually obsessed elderly landlord, Nana, has taken in a clinically depressed Elvis impersonator. Oh, and one other thing. Kate is determined to get to the bottom of a thirty-year-old family secret that involves lies, betrayal, and murder.

Can Kate track down the killer, keep her friends under control, deal with Nana and Elvis’s lusty relationship, find love again, and finally uncover the truth behind her family secrets? Hollywood Dirty is loads of trouble, tons of laughs, and full of the dirty little secrets that makes the city of dreams famous.

Hollywood Dirty is the fourth book in the Hollywood Alphabet Series Thrillers. Other books include Hollywood Assassin, Hollywood Blood, Hollywood Crazy, and coming soon, Hollywood Enemy!

About the Author:
MZ “Mack” Kelly spent over thirty years in the field of law enforcement. His experience includes dealing with violent felony offenders, making sentencing recommendations to the courts, running a jail, and developing innovative programs to keep our streets safe.
His law enforcement experience was in Southern California, not too far from the famous Sunset Strip, and includes run-ins with some of America’s craziest criminals, not to mention a few wannabe actors, and even an Oscar award winner!
Kelly is the author of four novels in the Hollywood Alphabet Series Thrillers, with more to come. You can visit him at: mzkelly.com

Author: M.Z. Kelly

Rating: Rating: 4.10 / 5
172 reviews

Ishmael Toffee by Roger Smith

HE’S KILLED MORE MEN THAN HE CAN REMEMBER, BUT CAN HE SAVE A CHILD?Ishmael Toffee’s knife put him behind bars and kept him there for twenty years as a prison gang assassin until he lost his taste for blood. Paroled, he finds himself with no money and no family. And no knife in his hand. He gets a job as a gardener at the luxurious home of a prominent lawyer and makes an unexpected friend–Cindy, the lawyer’s six-year-old daughter. When Ishmael discovers that Cindy is being raped by her father he must choose: abandon the girl and walk away, or do what he does best . . . A gut-wrenching novella of violence and redemption from the award-winning author of DUST DEVILS, WAKE UP DEAD and MIXED BLOOD. BONUS CONTENT: FALLING, a previously unpublished short story.PRAISE FOR ISHMAEL TOFFEE”One secret to good noir is keeping the beauty and the dread in perfect tension so the reader is attracted and repelled at the same time. Smith does it.” PETER ROZOVSKY – DETECTIVES BEYOND BORDERS “Smith injects as much gut-wrenching emotion and as much action into the short form as he does his novels. I’ve never read anything by him that didn’t steal my breath and this story is no exception.” NAOMI JOHNSON – THE DROWNING MACHINE”Roger Smith is unquestionably one of the most bold, powerful authors currently writing fiction. Period. A hard-hitting, gut punch of a novella.” BOOK REVIEWS BY ELIZABETH A. WHITE”Gripping and disturbing, ISHMAEL TOFFEE is another great story from Roger Smith. The bonus short story, FALLING, is also a fascinating, dark read.” CRIMEFICTIONLOVER.COM”No other thriller writer is writing such lean and powerful prose. Moving and gritty — a must read for crime fiction fans.” DAVE ZELTSERMAN – SMALL CRIMES & THE HUNTED SERIES  “If you’re looking for hardcore, gazing-into-the-abyss literature, Smith’s the man you want to read.” BENOIT LELIEVRE – DEAD END FOLLIES “Another superb piece of writing from an author who is fast establishing himself as one of the best around. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” MARTIN STANLEY-  THE GAMBLERS BLOG “Fast-paced, powerful novella delivers with its bloody, blunt justice.” ED LYNSKEY author of LAKE CHARLES & ASK THE DICERoger Smith’s thrillers MIXED BLOOD, WAKE UP DEAD and DUST DEVILS are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies in the U.S. His books have won the DEUTSCHER KRIMI PREIS (German Crime Fiction Award) and been nominated for SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL awards. His fourth novel, CAPTURE, is published internationally in 2012.

Author: Roger Smith

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
86 reviews

Stones: Data (Stones #1) by Jacob Whaler and Erica Orloff

#1 Amazon Thriller! A New Take on Good versus Evil! A novel that will blow your mind and open your eyes!Alexander the Great. Genghis Kahn. Julius Caesar. Attila the Hun. Mao. Stalin. For thousands of years, the Stones have been hidden among us, giving a privileged few power to rule over masses, destroy empires and create new ones. It’s near the end of the 21st century. When Matt Newmark was ten years old, his mother was killed in a vicious corporate assassination. For the last twelve years, he’s been living off grid under the over-protective care of his father, running from dark forces, trying to stay alive. Now Matt finally has a chance to break away and start a new life. On the eve of a trip to Japan, he finds a dark rock in the shape of a claw. Life is never the same again. With the help of a Shinto priest, Matt discovers it’s a Stone, a piece of ancient alien technology that gives him a sweeping view of history and control over time, matter and energy. But Matt is not alone. Mikal Ryzaard has a Stone of his own and a burning vision to eliminate suffering from the earth and bring back Paradise. With all the resources of a massive multinational corporation behind him, he tracks down Matt and makes him an offer. Join me or die.˃˃˃ “It Sucked Me in and Didn’t Let Go Until the End!”–Dirk V˃˃˃ “Great for All YA/Adults!”–LA Wonder˃˃˃ “I was Totally Unprepared for How Much I Would Enjoy it!”–Sophia Gampton˃˃˃ Debuting with 28,000 Downloads Worldwide in 3 Days!#1 Amazon Thriller#1 Amazon Technothriller#1 Amazon Mystery, Thriller and Suspense#1 Amazon Action and Adventure Fiction#1 Amazon Science FictionGrab your copy and begin the journey today.

Author: Jacob Whaler and Erica Orloff

Rating: Rating: 4.30 / 5
154 reviews

Karma’s A Bitch (A Pet Psychic Mystery Book 1) by Shannon Esposito

“An absolute delight and a MUST READ for dog lovers!” -Cathy Webster

“Highly recommended for its warmth, great characters and satisfying ending.” -Joanne, AZ

“I really LOVED this story!
The characters are amazing and the interactions were flawless!
Very well written, entertaining and full of heart…” -S. Deasy, NE

Darwin Winters, reluctant pet psychic, is determined to leave her family’s paranormal past behind and lead a normal life. So she strikes out on her own and opens up a new pet boutique in St. Pete, Florida. When a local homeless man she befriends is found dead, and the police assume it’s a suicide, Darwin has no choice but to use her gift to help collar the killer.

She adopts his grieving mastiff, Karma—and with the dog’s help—tries to piece together the events of that fatal night. Accepting the visions is one thing, but can she solve the mystery without revealing her powers to the jaded, yet drool-worthy, detective in charge of the case? Or will the killer put an end to her psychic sleuthing and bury the truth for good?

Author: Shannon Esposito

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
263 reviews

Call Me Cat (The Call Me Cat Trilogy, Book 1) by Alex Lux

“Make me forget about everything except you.”Catelyn Travis is a good girl who gets good grades in law school, doesn’t date and never gets into trouble.But when a run of bad luck threatens to destroy everything she’s worked for, she’s forced to become Cat, phone sex goddess who fulfills the fantasies of her clients night after night.When she meets Ashton Davenport the Third, bad boy biker billionaire, she knows to stay away. But when he calls her alter ego, Cat, she has no choice but to fall for the sexy stranger.Now her life is spiraling out of control as she struggles to keep her two identities separate, but there’s one person who knows her secret.And he’ll stop at nothing to destroy her, just like he destroyed her parents.Threatened at every turn, her life crumbling around her, Catelyn must decide who she can trust, because the wrong choice could end her life.Contains mature content.Mystery/Romance Get Book 2, Leave Me Love, on Amazon now.Look for Book 3, Tell Me True, on Amazon by beginning of May 2014.

Author: Alex Lux

Rating: Rating: 4.10 / 5
419 reviews

Home Grown: A Novel by Ninie Hammon

DON’T MESS WITH A WOMAN WHO BUYS INK BY THE BARREL     
FACT…
In 1989, federal authorities busted what they called the Cornbread Mafia, the largest domestic marijuana growing operation in American history. They confiscated 182 tons of pot with a street value– in 1989!–of $400 million. Federal marshals arrested 56 men in 5 states…but they all came from one small town in Kentucky.

FICTION…
Somebody murdered Jim Bingham, shot him dead in front of his own newspaper office in the small town of Brewster, Kentucky, and now his heartbroken daughter must abandon the world of academic journalism for the real world of running the newspaper he left behind.
 
But Sarabeth Bingham soon discovers that marijuana-growing has corrupted the idyllic small town where she grew up. 

The sheriff can’t get a marijuana conviction because the county’s jury pool is tainted. 

Her cousin grows weed and has lost his wife and daughter to the world of drugs. 

Sarabeth finds herself falling for a handsome bourbon distillery owner she’s convinced is financing his business with dope money.

And a ruthless farmer named Bubba Jamison will do anything–absolutely anything–to protect his empire.

After 3 children find dope money in an abandoned building and the dopers kidnap them to get it back, Sarabeth heeds the words on the plaque that has hung above her father’s desk for as long as she can remember: “Don’t mess with a man who buys ink by the barrel!”

In a blazing front-page editorial in the next issue of the Tribune, Sarabeth declares war on the marijuana-growing industry! Now, the growers have to shut her up and she soon learns a terrifying lesson: dopers fight dirty.
         

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          Home Grown isn’t the true story of the rise and fall of the Cornbread Mafia, not from a historical perspective; thrillers like this are too intricately woven to stick to the facts. But the novel is as real as what actually did happen, a mystery thrillers and suspense story with a female protagonist who grabs the reader and drags him into the action to live it with her. Sarabeth Bingham isn’t the stereotypical heroine of sappy contemporary women’s fiction. She is flawed, human and real. She has multiple sclerosis and a past filled with the kind of pain that’s the mortar for building walls. Home Grown gives crime fiction a heart–and the face of a red-haired woman who didn’t set out to be a hero. 

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READERS’ PRAISE
Her books will entertain you and keep you flipping pages. She pulls no punches and no characters are safe. But she will also move you emotionally. This is the 4th Hammon novel I’ve read and I can’t wait for her 5th. Bestselling author Eric Wilson, Top 100 Amazon Reviewer
Ninie has a way of sharing real happenings of that time period through fiction and protecting the real people involved. I know because I live in the small town she wrote about. ohsolma
Mystery, thrillers and suspense stories and historical thrillers are the genres I enjoy, and Home Grown has a reality and believability that’s rare in crime fiction. The novel may be billed as women’s fiction, but I’m a man and it’s one of the best dramas I’ve ever read. T. Fredrick
The fact that this book is fiction, but based on events that actually took place makes it all the more gripping. This is the first book of Hammon’s I have read. I shall definitely be reading her others. Shirley Ford
Home Grown is based on a true story from 30 years ago but the greed and evil felt very contemporary. Women will identify with the female protagonist because she’s no superwoman. Her vulnerability moves the book beyond typical crime fiction. Sally Hayes

Author: Ninie Hammon

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
388 reviews

Fatal Exchange (Fatal Series Book 1) by Russell Blake

Critical acclaim for Fatal Exchange: “Gritty.” “Edgy.” “Shocking.” “Intense.” “A classic.” “Sadistically good.”

Tess Gideon, a female Manhattan bike messenger with an appetite for the wild side, becomes embroiled in a rogue nation’s Byzantine scheme to destabilize the U.S. financial system.

From the sweltering streets of Seoul to the sex-and-drug-driven underbelly of Greenwich Village, attempts at silencing a leak in an international counterfeiting operation leave a trail of butchery that leads inevitably to Wall Street, pitting a counter-culture heroine against a ruthless state-sponsored assassination team that will stop at nothing to achieve its lethal ends.

As the body count climbs, Tess is assisted by Detective Ron Stanford, a NYPD homicide specialist tracking a brutal serial killer whose ritualistic cycle of murder and mutilation targeting bike messengers is escalating to fever pitch.

Tess’s battle to survive propels her into a deadly underworld where she must become judge and executioner, challenging her core beliefs about morality, justice and love.

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Q & A for Fatal Exchange with bestselling author Russell Blake

Question: Fatal Exchange features a female protagonist in a complex conspiracy/intrigue thriller. What was it like writing a female lead character, & why did you do it?

Russell Blake: I wanted to create a hero who was complex, troubled, but had tremendous inner strength. I conceptualized that character as female, in the mold of an Angelina Jolie-type kick-ass protagonist, & the image stuck with me. Tess wrote herself, & what I thought would be a challenge turned out to be one of the easiest characters to visualize & feel.

Q: Fatal Exchange has two discreet & seemingly separate story lines. Why?

RB: I wanted to push the envelope & try something different. I always wanted to do a serial killer plot, a la Tom Harris. In the end, I decided to experiment with two concurrent stories, & see if I could maintain the suspense of both & then dovetail them in the end. I think it worked well; both keep the reader engaged & build plot tension, and they resolve nicely.

Q: Fatal Exchange is written differently than most thrillers. Can you comment on that? It seems to speed along at a faster clip

RB: Another experiment. I thought it would be interesting to write the literary equivalent of a season of “24” – a series of short, punchy scenes with huge impact ingrained in each. I started the first 50 pages like that & liked the effect, so finished the book that way.

Q: Some of the scenes are so graphic as to make one wince. Have you gotten flack for that?

RB: I had a few readers say they were cringing, reading between their fingers as they hid their eyes. That tells me I did my job. I think good fiction should take you out of reality, & be so evocative as to put you in the story. I wanted something gritty & visceral & shocking. The scenes are paced for specific effect, & I like how they wound up working.

It’s a fine line, because what makes one reader uncomfortable will be too tame for the next. But I will warn readers that if they’re hoping for some sanitized, anodyne story, they’re better served looking elsewhere. This ain’t your grandma’s thriller…

Author: Russell Blake

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
304 reviews