Jingle Bells, Rifle Shells

by Bruce Hammack

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…Rifle Shells?

Blind private investigator Steve Smiley and his partner hear a rifle shot. Hordes of Christmas shoppers scatter. A famous big-game hunter drops to the sidewalk. They grab the beautiful teen who was arguing with the man and flee to safety. The girl, the victim’s adopted daughter, has one passionate request: find her birth parents.

Smiley and McBlythe’s search intertwines with the murder investigation again and again—and uncovers a shocking secret. Like it or not, they must first identify the killer in order to discover the truth about the teen’s adoption.

A host of suspects line up like Santa’s reindeer. Can the determined investigators tie a ribbon on the case? Will this be the best Christmas ever—or will death and heartache be the only presents under the tree?

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Category: Mystery – Private Investigators


by A.G. Russo

The homefront, summer 1942, Brooklyn, New York. Six months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, America was fighting overseas with the Allies in World War II. Maeve O’Shaughnessy’s fight for survival was different. Her three brothers were shipped out and left her with their new detective agency and fifteen-year-old brother to manage. Before the War, Maeve worked as a secretary. She knew nothing about detective agencies. From the start she struggled to make enough money to feed Jimmy and herself. Vic Marino, a no-nonsense ex-cop, showed up and told her he was going to help her make a go of the agency. Maeve vehemently protested but Vic insisted she had no choice.

Against the backdrop of a war many Americans never wanted, more men were drafted and volunteered to serve every day. Those left behind supported the war effort the best they could. As 1942 wore on sacrifices were necessary for the War, while the losses became real and heartbreaking. Thousands of women took up the cause working outside the home. Yet Maeve found herself trapped in circumstances beyond her control.

Vic’s “deal” to help the detective agency survive came at a cost. He took on responsibility for the detective agency along with an angry naïve woman and her teenage brother. The business was sinking and needed to make money fast. They needed a client. One walked in on Vic’s first day in the office. Mrs. Sullivan implored them for help. Her daughter Lucille, a “beautiful angel,” was brutally murdered in an expensive apartment owned by a rich businessman. The police showed no interest in her violent death. Maeve and Vic had no choice. They took the case nobody wanted.

From the mean streets of Brooklyn to Chinatown to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the Fulton Fish Market to upstate New York, dealing with thugs, colorful characters, and puzzling clues, O’Shaughnessy Investigations, Inc. pursued the baffling case. A neo-noir mystery. Book 1 0f 3.

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Category: Mystery – Private Investigators

North Korea Deception

by Richard Lyntton

Steele becomes embroiled in a secret Western plot to destroy a North Korean nuclear reactor along with thousands of innocent North Korean civilians. He faces an impossible choice: break the biggest news story since 9/11, or save a thousand North Korean lives and that of his wife, Sandy, who has been abducted in his absence. Steele encounters blackmail, suicide bombers, unwelcome romance, death and destruction, and incurs the wrath of British, US, Russian, and North Korean authorities, all of whom want him dead. Throughout his perilous assignment, he must battle with his restless inner self, as well as the twisted and ruthless external reality of international politics and diplomacy.

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Category: Thrillers – Espionage

Ghost Team

by Paul Heatley

While Tom Rollins is at the funeral of an old Army buddy, Adam Lineker, he finds that his death may not have been suicide.
As Tom investigates, he’s pitted against a hostile sheriff and a local militia.
Then he realizes there are bigger players involved.
Tom’s determined to find out what happened to Adam. And when he does, there’ll be hell to pay.

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Category: Thrillers – Conspiracies

600 Devils

by Marjan

45 years later, a spiritually tormented smuggler reveals his shocking secret life. Born in a refugee camp, the author sidestepped hallucinogens, gangsters, law enforcement and conmen, graduating from pot dealer to personal gopher for a world-class smuggler to an undercover operative for an “adjunct arm” of the U.S. government. Marjan’s path took him to places he really didn’t need to be long before he arrived.

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Category: Thrillers – Crime