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A British counterterrorism agent forms an extraordinary alliance with the IRA’s most skillful assassin in this international bestselling thriller.
A leaky old ship has reliably ferried tons of important freight from America to the Old Country in its decades of service to the Irish Republican Army, from automatic rifles to deadly assassins. Now it is berthing with especially precious cargo: couriers holding briefcases filled with millions of crisp American dollars. In one blinding firefight, the shipment is hijacked. The terrorists trust only one man to go after their money—Jig the dancer, their most reliable assassin, who kills without harming the innocent.
Hot on Jig’s trail is Scotland Yard’s renegade detective Frank Pagan, who suspects an inside job. The dark path of hunter and hunted takes the two men through the minefields of the IRA’s war and across the Atlantic to America, where Pagan and Jig are forced to postpone their duel and work together to solve a savage puzzle.
Jig is the 1st book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
A California vacation town holds a terrifying secret in this novel from the international bestselling author who “writes much better than King or Straub” (Village Voice).
When Max and Louise Untermeyer rent a house in the remote pine forests of Northern California, they figure it’ll be a perfect escape from the city, especially for their twelve-year-old son, Denny. Their neighbors, Dick and Charlotte Summer, are an elderly couple who certainly seem nice enough. And while they positively dote on the boy, plying him with sweets and gifts, it’s a shame there are no other children Denny’s age to play with. Louise is beginning to wonder why, but no one in town likes to talk about it.
But that’s not the only thing troubling Louise. A parent expects a boy of Denny’s age to go through changes—just not like this. Day by day, his innocence seems to be draining away, replaced by something unhealthy, even perverse. Now, the closer Denny gets to Mr. and Mrs. Summer, the closer he is to being lost forever in their dark secret. And anyone who comes looking for him hasn’t got a prayer.
The international bestselling author of the Glasgow novels and the Frank Pagan series, Campbell Armstrong has won a Scottish Arts Council Award and a nomination for the Prix du Polar. Any one of his novels “belongs in the permanent collection of horror/thriller fans” (Kirkus Reviews).
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s page-turning thriller, counterterrorism agent Frank Pagan races against the clock to defuse a confrontation with the Russians that might change the map of Europe
Escorting a hard-drinking, fun-loving, probably-former-KGB Russian “envoy” to Edinburgh would appear to be one of the more relaxing jobs in Frank Pagan’s career. But in the flash of a gunshot everything changes. Now Frank’s got a Russian official with a bullet lodged in his heart, his bosses at Scotland Yard wondering if Frank missed a step, and countless politicians and secret service agencies screaming bloody murder.
With spies from the KGB, MI6, and the CIA dogging his every move, Pagan has to find the men behind the deadly shooting. From the Baltic émigré community, where he meets a beautiful woman who might provide answers, to the United States to the Soviet Union, Pagan unravels a chilling plot that will have devastating worldwide repercussions.
Mazurka is the 2nd book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
While pursuing a seductive female terrorist, Detective Frank Pagan crosses the line between duty and sexual obsession in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s spellbinding thriller.
It’s a name that makes counterterrorism agents’ blood run cold because it is attached to hundreds of deaths—murders by hand, by bomb, by knife. Carlotta. She haunts Frank Pagan’s dreams and seems to taunt him at every turn.
Despite following every lead, the renegade detective can’t catch the female terrorist he needs to thwart and bring to justice. As their cat-and-mouse game heats up, Frank can’t admit to anyone but himself that he finds the woman fascinating—and that she seems to be equally attracted to him.
With his final Frank Pagan novel, Campbell Armstrong delivers an incendiary psychological thriller.
Heat is the 5th book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The Bad Fire
A police detective returns to Glasgow to investigate his estranged father’s death in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s atmospheric, page-turning thriller
Detective Eddie Mallon is coming home to Glasgow for the funeral of his father, whom he barely knew. Decades ago, the Mallon family split down the middle, and Eddie went to America with his mother while his sister stayed with their father, Jackie, a charming, mercurial, violent man. Now Jackie has been murdered and the investigators assigned to his case don’t seem particularly interested in dealing with Eddie’s concerns, or the clues he uncovers.
Eddie has no choice but to conduct his own investigation, which takes him into the shadowy history of his father’s past and present and into something bigger and more disturbing than one man’s death.
Campbell Armstrong’s suspenseful writing brings the foggy alleys of Glasgow to life, transforming the mysterious city into a character in and of itself.
The Bad Fire is the 1st book in the Glasgow Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Letters from the Dead
“A satisfying dank and creepy chiller” about hauntings and horror in a broken-down beach house on the Virginia shore (Kirkus Reviews).
A battered Ouija board promises entertainment for the renters of a crumbling seaside cottage a few miles outside Cochrane Crossing. But when they play, thirteen-year-olds Lindy and Tommy receive sinister messages about someone named “Roscoe”—and their mothers encounter even more disturbing visions in the tiny, gloomy town nearby.
Something terrible happened here long ago, and one of the vacationers is about to be drawn slowly into the grip of possession by a frightening force that may prevent them all from ever returning home . . .
From an international bestselling author of horror and suspense novels, including such titles as Concert of Ghosts and the Frank Pagan series, as well as the riveting personal memoir I Hope You Have a Good Life, this is a tale of the macabre for fans of Dean Koontz and Stephen King or anyone who enjoys a spooky occult thriller.
A cat-and-mouse game between a disguised SS surgeon and the Jewish man who knows his secrets plays out in postwar Berlin in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s riveting suspense novel
Occupied Berlin is a bombed-out city where a desperate man can easily hide or assume a new identity. SS surgeon Gerhardt Schwarzenbach wastes no time in becoming Dr. Gerhardt Lutzke, safely burying the crimes he committed in a Nazi concentration camp. Then one day he finds himself staring into a face from the past: that of the Jew Leonhard Grunwald.
Thus begins a deadly chase between Schwarzenbach, who must kill to sever the last tie to his past, and Grunwald, who is haunted by secrets of his own.
A psychiatrist must decide whether to reveal a prominent patient’s devastating secret or watch someone die in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s tense, exhilarating thriller
In his office parking lot, Los Angeles psychiatrist Jerry Lomax is confronted by a man wielding a knife. Lomax knocks him down in a scuffle and calls the police, but his attacker escapes before they arrive. Lomax and his wife have been growing apart, and he doesn’t tell her about the attack when he gets home. He doesn’t know it, but something is about to happen that could take her out of his life forever.
The call comes just before lunchtime. His wife has been kidnapped, and her life will be over unless Lomax does something no doctor is ever supposed to do: hand over a patient’s file. The patient in question is Emily Ford, the nominee for US attorney general, a right-wing firebrand who has enemies on both sides of the aisle. In a confidential doctor-patient session, she revealed information that could have shattering repercussions if publicized. Will Lomax figure out a way to avoid becoming an accomplice to betrayal and murder?
The Campbell Armstrong Collection Volume One: The Wanting and Letters from the Dead
A pair of chilling horror novels from the international bestselling author who “writes much better than King or Straub” (The Village Voice).
Writing as Campbell Black, international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong proves he’s as adept at evoking horror as he is at plotting heart-stopping thrillers.
The Wanting: When Max and Louise Untermeyer rent a house in a California vacation town, they figure it will be a perfect escape from the city, especially for their twelve-year-old son, Denny. Their neighbors, Dick and Charlotte Summer, are a nice elderly couple who dote on Denny with sweets and gifts. But as the days go by, Louise begins to notice a disturbing change in her son. His innocence seems to be draining away, replaced by something unhealthy, even perverse. As Louise tries to reach her son, she’s about to discover this town holds a terrible secret . . .
“A superb storyteller, obviously every bit as talented as Stephen King.” —Times Record News
Letters from the Dead: A battered Ouija board promises entertainment for the renters of a broken-down beach house on the Virginia shore. But when they play, thirteen-year-olds Lindy and Tommy receive sinister messages—and their mothers encounter even more disturbing visions in the tiny, gloomy town nearby. Something evil happened here long ago, and one of the vacationers is about to be drawn into the grip of possession by a frightening force that may prevent them all from ever returning home . . .
“A satisfying dank and creepy chiller, about a haunting and possession . . . in and around an isolated beach house.” —Kirkus Reviews
Concert of Ghosts
International bestselling author Campbell Armstrong sweeps readers back to the psychedelic sixties in an atmospheric, page-turning thriller about a fugitive ex-hippie who must run for his life when he is caught up in a political conspiracy
Many years ago, Harry Tennant managed to escape San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury hippie scene relatively intact, although his memory of that time is largely wiped out. Now Harry’s peaceful life is overturned when his upstate–New York marijuana farm is raided by the police and he’s thrown in jail.
Released on bail, Harry is contacted by Alison Seagrove, a reporter investigating a conspiracy connected to Harry’s hazy past. When she shows him an old photo of himself and four others, Harry barely recognizes himself and can’t remember his friends’ names—or why the photograph has global political implications. To avoid prison and stay one step ahead of the killers pursuing him, Harry undertakes a chilling journey back to Haight-Ashbury to unlock the mystery behind his shattered memory.
The Last Darkness
Detective-Sergeant Lou Perlman takes center stage in the investigation of a hanged man that leads him on a twisted trail through Glasgow in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s suspenseful crime novel
Amid Glasgow’s icy streets and Christmas decorations, a well-dressed businessman kills himself in a most public manner—hanging himself from Central Station Bridge. When it appears that the dead entrepreneur somehow dragged himself up that bridge, suicide is ruled out, and murder takes the lead.
As Lou Perlman investigates the hanged man, something about the corpse reminds him of his childhood in the crime-ridden Gorbals section of the city. As one death follows another, his hunt for the killer takes him into dangerous territory.
Glasgow’s wintry streets shimmer with menace in this top-notch thriller about a good cop with a few too many secrets.
The Last Darkness is the 2nd book in the Glasgow Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Assassins and Victims
In Campbell Armstrong’s chilling novel of suburban horror, something evil lurks in the garden behind an English boardinghouse
Eric Billings is not a violent man—not really. It’s just that his temper sometimes gets the best of him. Eric has had fourteen apartments in the last two years. He isn’t sure why he keeps moving, but something always seems to go wrong. Take his latest residence, for instance. It’s a quiet room with a big window and a friendly landlady downstairs. But there’s a dog in the backyard that won’t stop barking at night. Eric is beginning to lose sleep, to miss work, to get angry. And when that happens, he can’t be sure what he’s going to do next.
A winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award, this chilling novel of suburban horror shows that evil can hide beneath even the most benign exteriors.
Agents of Darkness
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s thrilling, sophisticated tale of espionage, an assassin’s vengeance triggers the exposure of a lethal conspiracy at the heart of the US government
The director of the CIA lies unconscious and close to death in a private clinic, and his likely successor waits on his Pennsylvania estate while the power brokers in Washington, DC, do their deals. In the meantime, a man in Dallas is murdered. And on the other side of the globe, in Manila, a nondescript American is killed in his lover’s back-alley apartment.
Hard-drinking Scotsman Charlie Galloway, who has been suspended from his job in the LAPD, unofficially looks into the murder of a Filipino woman. Step by step, his investigation leads him to the nation’s capital, where a shocking conspiracy reaches deep into the heart of government.
Detective-Sergeant Lou Perlman gets caught up in a gangland takeover in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s electrifying thriller
After stepping on too many of his bosses’ toes in public, Detective-Sergeant Lou Perlman is put on “extended sick leave” against his will. He is banned from the investigation of the bloodbath that is shaking Glasgow’s criminal underworld, where a bizarre, seriously violent man named Reuben Chuck has seized control.
But a gruesome discovery in his own apartment launches Perlman back into the game. Soon a simple inquiry becomes fraught with danger and leads him into the terrain of Reuben Chuck.
Glasgow is once again a constant presence in Campbell Armstrong’s twisting storyline, in which one wrong turn down a dark alley could change a detective’s life forever.
Butcher is the 4th book in the Glasgow Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Glasgow is burning after a series of racially motivated murders, and it’s up to Detective-Sergeant Lou Perlman to put out the fire in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s riveting thriller
First an Asian business owner falls to his death from his sixth-story apartment. Next an Indian woman, a kindergarten teacher, is shot dead. Meanwhile, Detective Perlman grieves quietly for his brother, killed in a hail of gunfire, and wrestles with his attraction to his sister-in-law, Miriam. There is no rational motive for the killings—none except pure racially driven hatred.
With the emergence of a group called White Rage, fear ripples through the city and Perlman has to get answers fast. As he looks beneath the bright surface of the city where he was born, he finds longtime enemies, dangerous businessmen, and ancient connections that will disturb and threaten the wrong people when their secrets are finally revealed.
White Rage is the 3rd book in the Glasgow Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s pulse-pounding thriller, the hunt for a ruthless bomb maker takes Frank Pagan to Cuba and into the midst of a startling conspiracy
Gunther Ruhr, a.k.a. the Claw, is a terrorist responsible for hundreds, possibly thousands, of deaths. A passenger jet, a busload of soccer players, and an entire hotel full of tourists have all been targets of his extravagant, almost artistically designed explosions. He will kill anywhere and for anyone if the price is right.
Now it’s up to Detective Frank Pagan to track down the depraved killer and escort him to prison. Along the way, from Glasgow to London and on to Miami and Havana, Pagan will have to shore up a leak in Scotland Yard; get reacquainted with his old flame, Magdalena; and uncover a plot involving a cruise missile, Fidel Castro, and an international banking syndicate.
Mambo is the 3rd book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
In Campbell Armstrong’s explosive thriller, Detective Frank Pagan fights terrorism on his home turf, where a deadly female assassin has infiltrated London’s elite social circles
When a bomb detonates in the London Underground, killing dozens of people, Scotland Yard asks counterterrorism expert Frank Pagan to come back from leave. With none of the usual suspects claiming responsibility, Pagan has a hunch that Carlotta, the world’s deadliest female terrorist, is responsible. Then a US embassy employee goes missing, and Frank’s investigation takes a new direction. Was the presumed terrorist bombing actually an assassination attempt?
Now Pagan is up against a shadowy group known as the Undertakers as he tries to untangle a lethal web of deceit involving a philanthropist leading a double life that includes a mysterious woman, deadly KGB agents, a semiretired member of the East German Stasi, and the US ambassador himself.
Jigsaw is the 4th book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s tense, sophisticated thriller, an art project gone wrong draws a painter into the world of a serial killer
All around himself, Harrison sees New York City sinking into chaos. Graffiti, robbery, murder, and rape fill the news—crimes committed by desperate people who saw no other option than to hurt someone. As a human being, Harrison is sickened by it. As an artist, he sees an opportunity. After years of getting no recognition for his painting, Harrison is about to quit making art when he has the idea for the Mr. Apology hotline. He posts handbills asking criminals to call in and confess their crimes—anonymously, of course—so he can turn their guilt into his art. But what starts as a clever idea soon takes a deadly turn.
When a man calls in to say he’s planning on killing someone, Harrison isn’t sure whether to believe it. But when a killing spree grips the city, this starving artist has no doubt that the final target will be Mr. Apology himself.
Master thriller writer Campbell Armstrong delivers a chilling espionage novel about an intrepid American who tries to stop the Russians from launching a terrifying mind-control weapon
John Rayner is perplexed, angry, and grief stricken; his brother Richard, a powerful diplomat in London, has just died. While some believe that it was suicide, Rayner suspects something more sinister. A State Department official with a stalled career, Rayner has no way to force an official investigation. But as Rayner looks into it himself, he uncovers an international network dedicated to murder, torture, mind control, and the planning of an unprecedented attack that could cost the world its freedom.
In international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s razor-sharp thriller, one lapse in judgment turns a police detective into the prey of a shadowy, vicious killer
During a torrential rainstorm, Gregory Samsa crashes his car into a tree. While he escapes with only a few scrapes, the passenger sitting next to him, a prostitute named Almond, does not survive. Samsa is a cop, and he knows he should call an ambulance and report the accident—but the truth is too ugly to reveal. He buries Almond in the woods and tries to get on with his life. But his life could be coming to an end sooner than he thinks.
When the young woman’s body is found, Samsa is the cop who catches the case. A moment of moral weakness has condemned him to a spiral of deception and guilt, but it could mean far worse—for there are dangerous men out there who want to know what happened that night in the rain.
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