Former private investigator Adam Park is living a quiet life of surfing and travel. But when a troubled young woman and her manipulative boyfriend disappear, Adam's former mentor cuts that retirement short.
It seems the pair stole something important from the wrong ruthless criminal - evidence that puts his business and reputation under threat.
Using cutting-edge technology, Adam must track the through the Parisian underworld and into an international organized crime network that treats human life like a business commodity.
To survive ruthless traffickers, confront corrupt law enforcement, and return the girl safely, Adam must burn down his concepts of right and wrong, and draw upon violent facets of his psyche that he has long denied exist.
Because Adam is a good person.
The Dead and the Missing is a suspense filled, 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.
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.
Pick up the first book in the Adam Park detective series today.
Adam Park Books in 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
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:
On a wet winter’s evening in a northern British city, Karen and Jerzy Krasowski attend a psychic reading in a pub. For fun. But when the psychic tells Karen something awful has happened, the couple flee back to their home to make a grisly discovery: Karen’s father has been brutally murdered.
Detective Sergeant Alicia Friend returns to work, where her interest is piqued by the notion of a psychic witness. Which is impossible, isn’t it? And when the psychic goes missing, Alicia employs her ridiculously perky brilliance to penetrate the network of lies buried just beneath the surface of a successful middle class family.
While DS Friend and DCI Murphy try to solve a murder, an MP caught up in her own scandal is monitoring the case very closely. There doesn’t seem to be a connection between her and the victim, so what is she hiding? And can she derail the case?
In Alicia’s first case in many months, she is at first relieved to land what looks like a straightforward murder, but is soon embroiled in an increasing body count, a political coverup, and a web of secrets that might just tear an innocent family apart.
This is the fourth in the Alicia Friend series.His First His Second In Black In White With Courage With Fear A Friend In Spirit
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
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.
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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