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.
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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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
Former Navy epidemiologist Cole Evans is well aware of the rare, infectious diseases the military studies. He also knows, first-hand, the government’s stance on sharing information with the public, so if the media has already learned about the disease, then it’s far too late to contain the outbreak.
Cole’s only chance to save his family is to establish a safe haven. Isolated, hard to reach, and with enough space for his brother’s family as well, he has the perfect location–if only they can all reach it before they’re infected…
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SOME MEAN-ASS CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST…
In this EIGHTH entry in the Tubby Dubonnet series, the laid-back New Orleans lawyer finds himself caught in a twisted trip down memory lane, distracted by a luscious new love, and, as usual, surrounded by screwball denizens of everybody’s favorite city. But he’s also caught in someone’s crosshairs, and so are half the cast of crazies and screwballs. Which makes for a delicious mix of danger and humor (with a dash of romance!), best consumed with a tall cold one and a bag of Zapp’s Spicy Cajun Crawtators .
When in the 1970s a young war protester is killed in broad daylight on Canal Street, it appears that his murder will be forgotten, a back page story lost in the big news of an especially violent era. But a youthful Tubby chanced to see it happen, and the tragic event’s haunted him throughout his life. Decades later, an established (but not exactly driven) lawyer, yet successful enough to have time on his hands, Tubby decides to conduct his own investigation into the forgotten crime. He quickly stirs up a hornets’ nest of far-reaching political feuds, police corruption, government agents, and old men with secrets to hide.
But as in all Tubby Dubonnet novels, the plot takes a backseat to local color, colorful characters, odes to fine food, wry observations, and a whole lot of humor. It’s a little like spending a weekend in da Big Easy, dawlin’–complete with three well-chosen meals a day!
WHO WILL LIKE IT: Fans of Tremé, softshell crab po’ boys, Domilise’s, the Upperline Restaurant…wait, let’s start over—ok, legal mysteries, particularly Parnell Hall’s Steve Winslow series and anything by Lia Matera, comic mysteries, Elmore Leonard, funny lawyer movies like My Cousin Vinny, TV shows like Ally McBeal and Night Court; and everyone’s favorite New Orleans yarn, Confederacy of Dunces.
“Hair-Raising … Dunbar revels in the raffish charm and humor of his famously rambunctious city.” -New York Times Book Review
“The literary equivalent of a film noir –fast, tough, tense, and darkly funny…so deeply satisfying in the settling of the story’s several scores that a reader might well disturb the midnight silence with laughter.” -Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Take one cup of Raymond Chandler, one cup of Tennessee Williams, add a quart of salty humor, and you will get something resembling Dunbar’s crazy mixture of crime and offbeat comedy.” – Baltimore Sun
“Dunbar catches the rich, dark spirit of New Orleans better than anyone.”
Tampa Homicide Lieutenant Carl Kane has a tough job. His day to day consists of decomposing dead bodies and removing murderers from the general public. But, when two women’s bodies are found under similar circumstances, it quickly turns into more than your average case. The killer is clearly looking to make a name for himself, and his plans for these women go far beyond death.
When the media runs with the story, the killer’s moment in the spotlight arrives.
It’s up to Lieutenant Kane to bring the man the press has dubbed the ‘Psycho Surgeon’ to justice. Yet, being the lead on the case has its drawbacks—like becoming the focus of the killer yourself.
As Lieutenant Kane closes in on his suspect, he soon realizes that the case has become far more personal than he could have ever imagined.
Cases of Lieutenant Kane Series:
Note: All books are standalone stories. They are best enjoyed chronologically, but can be read out of order.
#4 Animus – coming soon
#5 Malign – spring 2015
Cases of Lieutenant Kane Categories:
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals > Police officers
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
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Thomas Caine is a dangerous man. A former CIA assassin, he was burned, betrayed, and left for dead. Now, he struggles to stay off the grid, and hides from his dark past in the seedy underworld of Pattaya, Thailand.
But when human traffickers detonate a bomb in a crowed Thai market, it sets off a chain reaction that drags Caine out of the shadows. This new syndicate has taken the one person Caine has sworn to protect, and the vengeful former assassin will wage a bloody one-man war to get her back.
Soon, he finds himself taking on the Russian mafia, and an insane criminal warlord who believes he is the devil himself. Can Caine use his deadly skills to defeat these new enemies, and help an honest cop save a group of kidnapped girls before the clock runs out?
Find out in this explosive introduction to the new Thomas Caine thriller series. Readers call it “Vivid… A page turner… Swift and intense”!
1. Arm Thy Neighbor
2. The CW2 Cube: Mapping the Meta-Terrain of Civil War Two
3. In Praise of Duplexed AR-15 Magazines
4. Professor Raoul X (short fiction)
5. Q&A with Matthew Bracken about Castigo Cay
6. Just A Working Man With His Tools (covert rifle carrier)
7. Review of Joseph P. Martino’s “Resistance to Tyranny”
8. Gangster Government and Sakharov’s Immunity
9. Night Fighting 101
10. When the music stops: How America’s cities may explode in violence
11. How Islam could be brought to an end
12. What I Saw At The Coup (short fiction)
13. I will not submit. I will never surrender.
14. Trapping Feral Pigs and Other Parables of Modern Life
15. Benghazi’s Smoking Gun? Only President Can Give ‘Cross-Border Authority’
16. Dear Mr. Security Agent: An open letter to law enforcement on gun control
17. Alas, Brave New Babylon (short fiction)
18. Get yourself a thirty-footer and go!
“Five Stars – Move over Jason Bourne… here comes Thomas Caine!”
Thomas Caine lives in the shadows. Betrayed and left for dead, he has put his past as a CIA assassin behind him. Now he lives off the grid, and hides from his dark past in the seedy underworld of Pattaya, Thailand.
But when local gangsters set him up for a crime he didn’t commit, he finds himself back in the clutches of the CIA. His old masters make him an offer he can’t refuse: rot in a hellish Thai prison, or accept a dangerous mission in Tokyo, Japan.
As he hunts the neon-lit city for a CIA asset’s missing daughter, he quickly learns there is more to this assignment than meets the eye. Yakuza thugs, Japan’s Security Bureau, and even rogue CIA operatives all stand between him and his objective.
And looming in the shadows is Tokyo Black; a right wing terrorist cult, whose members demonstrate their loyalty by burning their yakuza tattoos from their skin. Can Thomas Caine defeat this fanatical enemy, before they ignite an international conflict that kills thousands?
Tokyo Black is a high-octane thrill-ride filled with gun battles, car chases, fascinating characters and exotic locations. Reviews say “Up there with Lee Child and Vince Flynn, A heart stopping roller-coaster ride, Everything you want in a spy thriller!”
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