Comfort Zone

A John Lawrence Novel

Book 3
Painting the Bridge Books
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They say lightning never strikes twice, but Rae Holland knows better.

Already dealing with the aftermath of death and betrayal, Rae’s life is thrown into crisis when her neighbour is murdered. She wants to know who killed ‘Smokey’ Joe Whitmore and why.

For John Lawrence, Smokey’s death is an affront to the natural order. Smokey was a brother. A warrior who shared John’s pain and scars. He deserved to die fighting, not trapped in his wheelchair.

But Smokey was a man with secrets. Despite losing his legs in Uruzgan, he established a successful business. If you wanted something dangerous, and had the money, Smokey knew where to get it.

Now his business partners want to know what happened to their money and weapons. They don’t care who gets in their way.

Can Rae and John avoid getting each other killed while they pursue their own leads? At least long enough to find out who killed Smokey?

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About the author

 Andrew Christie is the author of three novels in the John Lawrence crime thriller series: Left Luggage, Tunnel Vision and Comfort Zone.

As well as the novels, Andrew has blogged about his quest to eat at every restaurant and café along the length of Newtown’s King Street; one of the settings for the John Lawrence stories.

 

By the time his first novel came out, he had spent forty years working as a stagehand, cameraman, gardener and landscape architect. He now lives and writes in an old weatherboard house on the far south coast of New South Wales. The only trait he shares with the dangerous and scarred ex-army lead character of the novels is a love of single malts, flat whites, and bacon-and-egg rolls.

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Publisher
Painting the Bridge Books
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Published on
Sep 15, 2018
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Pages
340
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ISBN
9780992574758
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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A father’s murder. A mother’s secrets. Can he protect his family from their deadly past?

Scarred by Afghanistan and out of the Army, John Lawrence wants to re-build his life. When his aging mother is injured in Paris, he brings her back to Sydney, hoping to reconnect with the only family he as left. But Betty Lawrence’s life has been shaped by secrets and loss: she is nobody’s little old lady. As a photojournalist she survived Vietnam, Lebanon and Sarajevo, so she has no intention of letting a broken leg slow her down.

But hidden with Betty’s furniture is the secret that killed John’s father. Its arrival triggers a vicious power struggle, and throws John into the middle of a gangland war. He has to fight to save what is left of his family.

This first book in the John Lawrence series is a gripping crime thriller. Full of suspense and gut-wrenching twists, Left Luggage shines a light into the dark edges of Sydney.

What readers have said:

★★★★★    Intense. Could not put it down. It's 4:30 in the morning. What a great story.

★★★★★    Excellent read. The best book I have read in a while.

★★★★★    I loved this book. A new Jack Reacher on the block?! A very exciting page turner. John certainly can look after himself.

★★★★★    Awesome book right up to the end!!

★★★★★    Ripped through it in a couple of days as I was having so much fun

★★★★★    If you like Jack Reacher, you will like John.

★★★★★    The story line was so intense I could not stop reading.

 ★★★★       This fellow can write. And then some.

 ★★★★       Terrific stories, brilliantly written.

 ★★★★       I love crime fiction and I love Sydney… Very good, more please.

 ★★★★       Definitely want to read more from this author. Best book I've read all year!

 ★★★★       Amazing storyline...Stand out characters...Well recommended.


Introducing a remarkable new character from #1 New York Times bestselling writer David Baldacci: Atlee Pine, an FBI agent with special skills assigned to the remote wilds of the southwestern United States who must confront a new threat . . . and an old nightmare.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.

It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared.

She never saw Mercy again.

Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon.

So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon-and its rider missing-Pine is called in to investigate. It soon seems clear the lost tourist had something more clandestine than sightseeing in mind. But just as Pine begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she's abruptly called off the case.

If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it...
"Love it!" --Lisa Gardner"Atlee Pine is unforgettable." --James Patterson
"David Baldacci's best yet." --Lisa Scottoline
"Heart-poundingly suspenseful." --Scott Turow
"A stunning debut." --Douglas Preston
"A perfect blend of action, secrets, and conspiracies." --Steve Berry
"Baldacci is at the top of his game." --Kathy Reichs
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Praise for Past Tense

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”—The Atlantic

“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”—Booklist (starred review)

“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”—Library Journal (starred review)
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