The Dead and the Missing: An Adam Park Thriller

Adam Park

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A brutal international underworld. A lost girl. A PI determined to burn it all.

Former private investigator Adam Park got rich and retired in his mid-30s, living a quiet life of surfing and travel. But when a troubled young woman and her manipulative boyfriend disappear, Adam's old mentor cuts that retirement short.


Using cutting-edge technology, Adam soon learns both abuser and victim made an enemy of a seemingly small-time gangster, and tracks them from the UK, through the Parisian underworld, and into an international organized crime network that treats human life like a business commodity. To confront criminals on the rise, ruthless traffickers, and corrupt policemen, he must burn down his concepts of right and wrong, and draw upon the darkest corners of his psyche.


But these are facets of himself Adam has long denied exist. Bubbling just beneath the surface, he has kept that anger and violence caged all his life. Because he is a good person.


Isn’t he?


The Dead and the Missing is a suspense filled, often violent, international mystery & crime thriller, a journey that launches a PI from the relative safety of the corporate world to the hard-boiled existence required to get the job done. At any cost to his soul.


To discover a new world of mystery and crime, pick up the first book in the Adam Park detective series today.


Review from Readers' Favourite:


The Dead and the Missing is loaded with twists and turns and excitement, and had me holding my breath in fear several times, never being one hundred percent sure of how it would end. A.D. Davies is a very talented author.


Author Questions


Q: So, a private investigator travelling the world?


A: Yes, I love exploring exotic locations, and I love detective fiction, so why not combine them into a thriller?


Q: Quite hard-boilded?


A: It has some violence, a bit of swearing but not excessive. Actually, I recently edited out the majority of F-words after a lot of feedback, so it's more in line with the character now.


Q: Have we seen characters like Adam Park before? Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar, John Connolly’s Charlie Parker . . . ?


A: Adam is perhaps ‘of a type’ but he’s very different from Jack Reacher in that he is less of a loner, and perhaps a little more cerebral. He knows how to handle himself, but he’s on a journey. Jack Reacher is absolutely certain of himself, while Adam is evolving. When we meet him in this first novel, he has never killed.


Q: Presumably that will change?


A: A lotchanges for Adam over the course of this novel. It’s a dark mystery, with action-adventure elements, but sits firmly in that noir crime genre where the protagonist isn’t black-and-white.


Q: Will there be more to come from Adam?


A: There are 5 sequels available now, and more planned for the future.


Q: And when you say ‘sequels’ does each book follow into the next?


A: While there are ongoing story strands that span the series – such as Adam’s personal life, and his battle with the darkness inside himself – each main plot is self-contained. While it would be advisable to read them in order, you absolutely don’t have to.


Q: Finally, what is the correct reading order?


A: Well, start with the free ebook edition of The Dead and the Missing then -


A Desperate Paradise


The Shadows of Empty Men


Night at the George Washington Diner (novella)


Master the Flame


Under the Long White Cloud


Q: And this isn’t your only series, it is?


A: No, I have the Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend series. She’s an unusually perky UK-based detective. Her first novel His First His Second is free on all e-book platforms, so it’s worth checking out if you like cops chasing serial killers. I also have a number of stand-alones which cover crime, murder, and straight-up action-adventure.


For more information on A. D. Davies, click on his author profile below, or go to http://addavies.com

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Crater of the North via PublishDrive
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A dead aid worker. An island rife with secrets. A detective driven to solve it all.

With a damaging, violent case behind him, Adam Park is happy tending to his late mother’s canal barge, catching up on his reading, and hoping his increased training is never required. Unfortunately, he owes favors, and when an aid worker is murdered on the Greek island of Paramatra, one such favor is called in.


Kai Pace’s parents believe the investigation into their son’s death is deeply flawed, and Adam is tasked with reviewing the police’s conclusions and - if found wanting - identifying the real killer.


With the island struggling to cope with an influx of refugees, Adam must battle corruption and ruthless smuggling gangs, all amid people so desperate they will do anything to reach the paradise of the west.


Plunging a private detective from the heart of Greece into northern Africa, fear and violence will take their toll upon him, and challenge the very nature of his soul. If he cannot stay the course and dig out the truth, a murderer will go free, and Adam will fall prey to the same evil.


For a fast-paced thriller with plenty of action, pick up your copy of A Desperate Paradise today.


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A Desperate Paradise is a sequel to the first Adam Park thriller, The Dead and the Missing. While Adam’s personal journey continues throughout this private detective series, each novel is its own self-contained story, but many find it more rewarding to read in sequential order:


The Dead and the Missing
A Desperate Paradise
The Shadows of Empty Men
Night at the George Washington Diner (novella)
Master the Flame
Under the Long White Cloud
Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend: cop, analyst, cutie-pie. Obsessed.

Alicia knows she can be irritating to have around at first but, when given a chance, all her colleagues fall in love with her. She can’t explain it, but it’s how she works, how she gets her best results.


And it is exactly how she must work when a British diplomat is murdered on US soil, and the UK Ambassador orders her to observe the FBI’s investigation.


Soon, the murders expand to encompass a wider victim profile, each confessing their politically motivated lies on camera, and Alicia shows why her superiors overlook her quirks, and consider her one of the best minds in her field.


Drafting in her old partner, Alicia imposes her personality on the investigation, and shifts the focus from a politically charged arena to the madness of a psychopath who cannot seem to stop.


In Black In White is a fast paced serial killer thriller that reunites popular characters from the first Alicia Friend book, His First His Second, and introduces new ones to this very unusual British detective.


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The Alicia Friend Series


Each novel is its own self-contained story, but there are background elements that continue through the series. So while it is not 100% necessary to read them in order, it will be more rewarding that way.


1 His First His Second


2 In Black In White


3 With Courage With Fear


4 A Friend in Spirit


5 To Hide To Seek (novella for summer 2018)

A troubled girl. A cabal that believes her possessed by an avenging spirit. A detective who will stop at nothing to protect her.

When PI Adam Park is retained to confirm the accuracy of a young heiress’s family tree, it sounds like the simple case he needs to break the monotony of life on an Aegean island. But it soon becomes clear that others wish to stake a claim to the girl’s fortune, and something as inconvenient as a private investigator will not stand in their way.


As this group calls upon a shadowy killer known as the Pale Boy, Adam’s attention turns to the girl herself, learning her illness is viewed by some as “possession” by a spirit intent on righting wrongs from Porajmos, or “the Devouring”, the Romani genocide inflicted by Nazi Germany. And even those who profess to represent the girl may not hold her best interests at heart.


Delving into a decades-old secret that people will murder to protect, Adam must fight smart and fight hard—against a seemingly supernatural mercenary, against people of unfathomable greed, and against his own darkening nature.


For a gripping, sometimes violent, thriller with a historical mystery at its heart, download The Shadows of Empty Men today.


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Adam Park novels are international mystery & crime thrillers that stand alone as one-off adventures, or can be read as a series charting one man’s evolution from a simple investigator to a true hard-boiled detective.


This is the reading order so far:


1 The Dead and the Missing


2 A Desperate Paradise


3 The Shadows of Empty Men


4 Night at the George Washington Diner


5 Master the Flame


6 Under the Long White Cloud

Rafferty’s Rule 23: You show me a man who always fights fair and I’ll show you a man who loses too often.

Fifteen years ago, Rafferty saved Vivian Mollison from a crazed junkie who tried to blow her head off. 

A lot has changed since then. Rafferty’s no longer a cop, and Vivian’s now twenty five, studying sociology at SMU, with a father who made a fortune in computers.

So when Rafferty gets summoned to the Mollison estate and told to chase down the five outlaw bikers who kidnapped Vivian and put her into a drug-induced twilight zone, it’s mixed emotions.

The payday will be big, but he’ll have to earn every penny of it. The bikers aren’t likely to come quietly and who knows how many people could get hurt in the crossfire.

But behind all that fun and excitement, there’s still a girl who needs his help.

Rafferty saved Vivian once. Can he do it again?

If you’re a fan of Spenser, Mike Hammer or Matt Scudder, then this hardboiled pulp thriller, from Shamus Award Winner W. Glenn Duncan, will keep you reading late into the dark night.


RAFFERTY'S RULES is a hardboiled P.I. mystery in the tradition of the best pulp thrillers.

Rafferty’s a Dallas P.I. and an ex-cop who spent enough time on the streets to understand how things work. And when they don’t, Rafferty’s the guy you’ll want on your side. He may quote Latin occasionally, smoke too much and be a cynical sonofabitch, but when it all hits the fan and you need someone you can trust, you’ll be glad you called Rafferty.

Originally published by Ballantine, this 30th Anniversary release of RAFFERTY'S RULES marks the first time that W. Glenn Duncan’s work has been available in digital format. We doubt that Rafferty would quietly accept the ongoing march of technology that provides this opportunity, but even a grizzled P.I. has to grow up sometime.

This hardboiled PI series will continue with the first new Rafferty story in nearly three decades. FALSE GODS, written by W. Glenn Duncan Jr. (son of the original author) sees Rafferty looking for a missing girl, up to his ass in religious fundamentalists and needing all the help he can get from his old pals Cowboy and Mimi—and a few new ones—to make sure he gets out alive.

Join the Rafferty Readers’ Group at RaffertyPI.com to get the latest news on the upcoming release of FALSE GODS.


Praise for W. Glenn Duncan:

“Sometimes it seemed W. Glenn Duncan's Texas P.I. Rafferty had a rule for everything, but the fact remains that most of them were a hoot. And, of course, a further irony is that "Rafferty's Rules" is, in fact, an Australian football term for "no rules at all.” - Thrilling Detective Website

“I have all of the Rafferty titles in my collection. I've gotten rid of a lot of stuff over the years, but the Rafferty books are a mainstay. I think they're terrific!” - Paul Bishop

“Duncan truly captured the pure essence of the definitive smart-ass private eye in his character Rafferty. Take part Sam Spade with a little Mike Hammer, mix in some Spenser and you have an awesome character.” - Cliff Fausset

“At first sniff, it may smell like Spenser with a cowboy hat, but take a good whiff: W. Glenn Duncan's Dallas, Texas private eye RAFFERTY was actually a blast of fresh air in what was rapidly becoming a glut of sensitive, soul-searching, overly politically-correct cookie cutter P.I.s in the late eighties. Of course, it helps that Dallas ain't Boston.” - Kevin Burton Smith

A dead campaigner. Two grieving families. A detective partnership who cannot quit.

After a turbulent couple of years, private investigator Adam Park may have finally discovered a place to settle down and pursue his desire to help those less fortunate than himself: New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud. A big part of his choice to quit traveling is his new partner: long-time friend Jess, who helps tame the dark impulses that have driven him in the past.

But when a client dies just days after engaging the pair, both are curious. When it starts to look a lot like suicide, the client’s estranged widow begs them to delve deeper into the man’s past. And it is a past filled with desperate actions, fake identities, and paranoia. And that paranoia brought the dead man into conflict with a major corporation.

When Adam and Jess latch onto the corporation’s activities in the small mountain town of Shelly Hill, they start to ask the same questions their client did: why is a subsidiary buying up land so quickly? Why are corporate executives working closely with a brutal drugs gang? And how far will they go to protect their interests?

Under the Long White Cloud takes a man trying to change and puts his resolve to the test, pushing him to the very limits of his willpower, both emotionally and physically.

For a fast paced international thriller in the beautiful setting of New Zealand, pick up the sixth Adam Park novel today.

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The full Adam Park private investigator series:

The Dead and the Missing A Desperate Paradise The Shadows of Empty Men Night at the George Washington Diner (novella) Master the Flame Under the Long White Cloud
A dead aid worker. An island rife with secrets. A detective driven to solve it all.

With a damaging, violent case behind him, Adam Park is happy tending to his late mother’s canal barge, catching up on his reading, and hoping his increased training is never required. Unfortunately, he owes favors, and when an aid worker is murdered on the Greek island of Paramatra, one such favor is called in.


Kai Pace’s parents believe the investigation into their son’s death is deeply flawed, and Adam is tasked with reviewing the police’s conclusions and - if found wanting - identifying the real killer.


With the island struggling to cope with an influx of refugees, Adam must battle corruption and ruthless smuggling gangs, all amid people so desperate they will do anything to reach the paradise of the west.


Plunging a private detective from the heart of Greece into northern Africa, fear and violence will take their toll upon him, and challenge the very nature of his soul. If he cannot stay the course and dig out the truth, a murderer will go free, and Adam will fall prey to the same evil.


For a fast-paced thriller with plenty of action, pick up your copy of A Desperate Paradise today.


___________________________________________


A Desperate Paradise is a sequel to the first Adam Park thriller, The Dead and the Missing. While Adam’s personal journey continues throughout this private detective series, each novel is its own self-contained story, but many find it more rewarding to read in sequential order:


The Dead and the Missing
A Desperate Paradise
The Shadows of Empty Men
Night at the George Washington Diner (novella)
Master the Flame
Under the Long White Cloud
A PI a long way from home. A diner a long way from anywhere. A biker gang out for revenge.

Traveling through Croatia in his classic VW Campervan, troubled private detective Adam Park is ready to end his sabbatical and return home. But when he stops off at a kitch American-themed diner for some bad coffee and a good burger, the last thing he expects is to intervene in an aggressive domestic incident. And once he sees off the abusive boyfriend, he could not have predicted the guy would return. With friends.


Violent friends.


If he and the other innocents in this isolated place are to survive the standoff until morning, the dark corners of Adam’s psyche that he thought tamed must be unleashed once more, forcing him to confront the notion that he may not be a million miles from the people he detests ... and to question if he should be returning to a normal life after all.


Night at the George Washington Diner is an action-packed novella, about a third the length of a regular Adam Park thriller, which serves as both a bridge between the two longer novels and a good starting point for new readers.


____________________________________


Adam Park novels are international mystery & crime thrillers that stand alone as one-off adventures, or can be read as a series charting one man’s evolution from a simple investigator to a true hard-boiled detective.


This is the reading order so far:


1 The Dead and the Missing


2 A Desperate Paradise


3 The Shadows of Empty Men


4 Night at the George Washington Diner


5 Master the Flame


6 Under the Long White Cloud

A troubled girl. A cabal that believes her possessed by an avenging spirit. A detective who will stop at nothing to protect her.

When PI Adam Park is retained to confirm the accuracy of a young heiress’s family tree, it sounds like the simple case he needs to break the monotony of life on an Aegean island. But it soon becomes clear that others wish to stake a claim to the girl’s fortune, and something as inconvenient as a private investigator will not stand in their way.


As this group calls upon a shadowy killer known as the Pale Boy, Adam’s attention turns to the girl herself, learning her illness is viewed by some as “possession” by a spirit intent on righting wrongs from Porajmos, or “the Devouring”, the Romani genocide inflicted by Nazi Germany. And even those who profess to represent the girl may not hold her best interests at heart.


Delving into a decades-old secret that people will murder to protect, Adam must fight smart and fight hard—against a seemingly supernatural mercenary, against people of unfathomable greed, and against his own darkening nature.


For a gripping, sometimes violent, thriller with a historical mystery at its heart, download The Shadows of Empty Men today.


____________________________________


Adam Park novels are international mystery & crime thrillers that stand alone as one-off adventures, or can be read as a series charting one man’s evolution from a simple investigator to a true hard-boiled detective.


This is the reading order so far:


1 The Dead and the Missing


2 A Desperate Paradise


3 The Shadows of Empty Men


4 Night at the George Washington Diner


5 Master the Flame


6 Under the Long White Cloud

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