Once Hunted (A Riley Paige Mystery—Book 5)

A Riley Paige Mystery

Book 5
Blake Pierce
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“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

ONCE HUNTED is book #5 in the bestselling Riley Paige mystery series, which begins with the #1 bestseller ONCE GONE (Book #1)—a free download with over 600 five star reviews!

A prison break from a maximum security prison. Frantic calls from the FBI. Special Agent Riley Paige’s worst nightmare has come true: a serial killer she put away years ago is loose.

And his main target is her.

Riley is used to being the one hunting, but for the first time, she finds herself—and her family—to be the ones being hunted. As the killer stalks her, he also begins a new rampage of kills, and Riley must stop him before it is too late—for the other victims, and for herself.

 

But this is no ordinary killer. He is too smart, and their game of cat-and-mouse too twisted, and he somehow manages to elude her and always stay one step ahead. Desperate to stop him, Riley realizes there is only one way: she must delve back into the past, into this killer’s twisted mind, his old cases, and re-learn what drives him. The only way to stop him, she realizes, is to face the darkness she thought she had left behind.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE HUNTED is book #5 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #6 in the Riley Paige series will be available soon.

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About the author

Blake Pierce is author of the bestselling RILEY PAGE mystery series, which include the mystery suspense thrillers ONCE GONE (book #1), ONCE TAKEN (book #2), ONCE CRAVED (#3), ONCE LURED (#4) and ONCE HUNTED (#5).  Blake Pierce is also the author of the MACKENZIE WHITE mystery series and AVERY BLACK mystery series.

An avid reader and lifelong fan of the mystery and thriller genres, Blake loves to hear from you, so please feel free to visit www.blakepierceauthor.com to learn more and stay in touch.


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Blake Pierce
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Published on
Oct 13, 2016
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Pages
250
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ISBN
9781632918574
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Language
English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

ONCE PINED is book #6 in the bestselling Riley Paige mystery series, which begins with the #1 bestseller ONCE GONE (Book #1)—a free download with over 700 five star reviews!

Men and women are turning up dead in the outskirts of Seattle, poisoned by a mysterious chemical. When a pattern is discovered and it becomes clear that a twisted serial killer is on the hunt, the FBI calls in their best asset: Special Agent Riley Paige. Riley is urged to return to the line of duty—but Riley, still reeling from the attacks on her family, is loath to return. Yet as bodies mount, and the murders become more inexplicable, Riley knows she has no choice.

The case takes Riley deep into the unsettling world of nursing homes, of hospitals, of drifting caretakers and psychotic patients. As Riley delves deeper into the mind of the murderer, she realizes she is hunting the most terrifying killer of all: one whose madness knows no depths—and yet who may just appear shockingly ordinary.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE PINED is book #6 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #7 in the Riley Paige series is also now available!

“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.”

--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

Women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined. In a frantic race against time, she finds herself pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.

Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #2 in the Riley Paige series is also now available!

“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.”
--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)

From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense.

In CAUSE TO RUN (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 2), a new serial killer is stalking Boston, killing his victims in bizarre ways, taunting the police with mysterious puzzles that reference the stars. As the stakes are upped and the pressure is on, the Boston Police Department is forced to call in its most brilliant—and most controversial—homicide detective: Avery Black.

Avery, still reeling from her last case, finds herself up against a rival precinct and a brilliant, cunning killer who is always one step ahead of her. She is forced to enter his dark, twisted mind as he lays clues for his next killing, and forced to look into places in her own mind she would rather not go. She finds herself compelled to seek the counsel of Howard Randall, the twisted serial killer she’d put behind bars years ago, all while her new burgeoning life with Rose and Ramirez is falling apart.

And just as things cannot get any worse, she finds out something else: she herself may be the target. 

In a game of psychological cat and mouse, a frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists—culminating in climax that even Avery could not imagine.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, CAUSE TO RUN is book #2 of a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #3 in the Avery Black series will be available soon.

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery. Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side, so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 600 five star reviews), comes book #2 in a heart-pounding new mystery series.

In BEFORE HE SEES (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 2), FBI agent-in-training Mackenzie White struggles to make her mark in the FBI Academy in Quantico, trying to prove herself as a woman and as a transplant from Nebraska. Hoping she has what it takes to become an FBI agent and leave her life in the Midwest behind for good, Mackenzie just wants to keep a low profile and impress her superiors.

But all that changes when the body of a woman is found in a garbage dump. The murder bears shocking similarities to the Scarecrow Killer—the case that made Mackenzie famous in Nebraska—and in the frantic race against time to stop a new serial killer, the FBI decides to break protocol and give Mackenzie a chance on the case.

It is Mackenzie’s big break, her chance to impress the FBI—but the stakes have never been higher. Not everyone wants her on the case, and everything she touches seems to go wrong. As the pressure mounts and the killer strikes again, Mackenzie finds herself as a lone voice in a sea of experienced agents, and she soon realizes she is in way over heard. Her entire future with the FBI is in jeopardy.

As tough and determined as Mackenzie is, as brilliant as she is in hunting down killers, this new case proves an impossible riddle, something just beyond her reach. She may not even have time to crack it as her own life falls apart around her.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, BEFORE HE SEES is book #2 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #3 in the Mackenzie White Mystery series will be available soon.

Also available by Blake Pierce is ONCE GONE (A Riley Paige mystery—Book #1), a #1 bestseller with over 600 five star reviews on Amazon—and a free download!

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice. She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong, resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she's faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

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Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.

She's fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

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2. THE NIGHT STALKER COMING SOON

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"Ein Meisterwerk der Spannung! Die Autorin schafft es auf hervorragende Weise den Charakteren eine psychologische Seite zu geben, die so gut beschrieben ist, dass wir uns in ihre Köpfe versetzt fühlen, ihren Ängsten folgen und über ihren Erfolg jubeln. Die Handlung ist sehr intelligent und wird Sie das ganze Buch hindurch unterhalten. Voller Wendungen wird Sie dieses Buch bis zur letzten Seite wach halten."

––Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (zu Verschwunden)

VERLASSEN ist Band #7 in der Bestseller Riley Paige Krimi Serie, die mit dem #1 Bestseller VERSCHWUNDEN (Band #1) beginnt – einem kostenlosen Download mit über 700 fünf Sterne Bewertungen!

Als Spezialagentin Riley Paige sich endlich entscheidet eine wohl verdiente Pause vom FBI zu machen, erreicht sie ein Hilferuf von einer ungewöhnlichen Quelle: ihrer eigenen Tochter. Aprils beste Freundin ist durch den Tod ihrer Schwester, einer Studentin in Georgetown, am Boden zerstört. Schlimmer noch, sie ist überzeugt, dass der Selbstmord gestellt war und ihre Schwester durch die Hand eines Serienmörders umgekommen ist.

Widerstrebend ermittelt Riley in dem Fall und entdeckt, dass noch zwei weitere Studentinnen in Georgetown kürzlich auf die gleiche schreckliche Weise umgekommen sind – durch Hängen. Als ihr klar wird, dass es sich um einen möglichen Serienmörder handelt, zieht sie das FBI hinzu. Der Fall führt Riley auf den Campus einer der angesehensten Universitäten, in die Welt von wohlhabenden und ehrgeizigen Familien, die ihre Kinder zum Erfolg drängen. Bald findet sie heraus, dass der Fall verdrehter ist, als es den Anschein hat – und dass sie es möglicherweise mit dem psychotischsten Mörder ihrer gesamten Karriere zu tun hat.

Ein dunkler Psychothriller, der Herzklopfen bereitet. VERLASSEN ist Band #7 einer fesselnden neuen Serie – mit einem geliebten neuen Charakters – der Sie bis spät in die Nacht wach halten wird.

Band #8 in der Riley Paige Serie ist bald erhältlich.

 

"Ein Meisterwerk der Spannung! Die Autorin schafft es auf hervorragende Weise den Charakteren eine psychologische Seite zu geben, die so gut beschrieben ist, dass wir uns in ihre Köpfe versetzt fühlen, ihren Ängsten folgen und über ihren Erfolg jubeln. Die Handlung ist sehr intelligent und wird Sie das ganze Buch hindurch unterhalten. Voller Wendungen wird Sie dieses Buch bis zur letzten Seite wach halten."

––Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (zu Verschwunden)

VERZEHRT ist Band #6 in der Bestseller Riley Paige Krimi Serie, die mit dem #1 Bestseller VERSCHWUNDEN (Band #1) beginnt – einem kostenlosen Download mit über 700 fünf Sterne Bewertungen!

Männer und Frauen werden am Stadtrand von Seattle tot aufgefunden, vergiftet durch eine mysteriöse Chemikalie. Als ein Muster entdeckt und klar wird, dass es sich um einen verdrehten Serienmörder auf der Jagd handelt, ruft das FBI seine beste Agentin: Spezialagentin Riley Paige. Riley wird gedrängt ihre Arbeit wieder aufzunehmen – aber Riley, die sich erst langsam von den Angriffen auf ihre Familie erholt, zögert. Doch als die Zahl der Opfer zunimmt und die Morde immer ausgefeilter werden, weiß Riley, dass sie keine andere Wahl hat.

Der Fall führt Riley tief in die erschütternde Welt von Pflegeheimen, Krankenhäusern, nachlässigen Krankenpflegern und psychotischen Patienten. Als Riley sich tiefer in den Verstand des Mörders begibt, wird ihr bewusst, dass sie den erschreckendsten Mörder von allen jagt: einen, dessen Wahnsinn kein Ende kennt – und der trotzdem schockierend normal erscheint.

Ein dunkler Psychothriller, der Herzklopfen bereitet. VERZEHRT ist Band #6 einer fesselnden neuen Serie – mit einem geliebten neuen Charakters – der Sie bis spät in die Nacht wach halten wird.

Band #7 in der Riley Paige Serie wird bald erhältlich sein.

“Una trama dinamica che ti afferra dal primo capitolo e non ti lascia più andare.”

--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (su Il killer della rosa)

Dall’autore #1 di gialli bestseller Blake Pierce arriva un nuovo capolavoro di tensione psicologica. 

La detective della Omicidi Avery Black ha passato l’inferno. Un tempo un famoso avvocato difensore, è caduta in disgrazia dopo essere riuscita a far scagionare un brillante professore di Harvard, solo per vederlo uccidere di nuovo. Ha perso sua marito e sua figlia, e la sua vita è andata in pezzi attorno a lei.

Alla ricerca della redenzione, Avery ha cominciato un nuovo lavoro dall’altra parte della barricata. Lavorando con impegno ha fatto carriera ed è riuscita a diventare una detective della Omicidi, con grande disgusto dei suoi colleghi agenti, che ricordano ancora cosa ha fatto e per questo continuano a odiarla.

 

E tuttavia neanche loro possono negare la sua mente geniale, e quando uno sconvolgente serial killer terrorizza Boston, uccidendo ragazze di college elitari, è ad Avery che si rivolgono. È la sua occasione di dimostrare quanto vale, e di ottenere finalmente la redenzione che desidera. Ben presto però, scopre di ritrovarsi contro una mente brillante e audace quando la sua.

In un gioco psicologico del gatto e il topo, giovani donne muoiono lasciando misteriosi indizi, e la posta in gioco è sempre più alta. Una frenetica corsa contro il tempo guida Avery attraverso una serie di sconvolgenti e inaspettate rivelazioni, per culminare in un finale che neanche lei avrebbe potuto immaginare.

Un oscuro thriller psicologico di una suspense mozzafiato, UNA RAGIONE PER UCCIDERE segna il debutto di un’appassionante nuova serie, con un’amata nuova protagonista, che vi costringerà a girare una pagina dopo l’altra fino a notte inoltrata.

Presto sarà disponibile il #2 libro della serie di Avery Black.

“Un capolavoro del mistero e del giallo. Pierce ha fatto un lavoro magnifico sviluppando personaggi con un lato psicologico, descritti tanto bene che ci sembra di essere nelle loro teste, sentendo le loro paure e applaudendo i loro successi. La trama è intelligente e vi terrà con il fiato sospeso per tutto il libro. Pieno di svolte inaspettate, questo libro vi terrà svegli fino a quando non avrete girato l’ultima pagina..”

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (su Il killer della rosa)

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

ONCE LURED is book #4 in the bestselling Riley Paige mystery series, which begins with the #1 bestseller ONCE GONE (Book #1)—a free download, with over 500 five star reviews!

Women are turning up dead on a lone stretch of highway in Delaware. Some go missing for an inexplicable length of time, while others are turning up dead, their bodies left out for display in bizarre and mysterious ways. When a pattern is discovered, it becomes clear to the FBI that a twisted serial killer is on the hunt—luring girls in devious schemes—and that he won’t stop killing, ever.

The FBI, desperate to crack the case, urges Special Agent Riley Paige to take it on. But the brilliant Riley, still reeling from past cases, has finally found peace in her home life, and is determined to help her daughter April get back on her feet. Yet when the murders become too disturbing, too urgent—and when her former partner Bill implores her—Riley finally realizes she can’t say no.

Riley’s hunt leads her deep into the unsettling world of hitchhikers, of drifters, of women that no one else cares for. When she discovers that several women are being kept alive and that there is still time to save them, she realizes she will stop at nothing, obsessing over the case and driving herself to the brink. Yet Riley realizes her own life is falling apart, and her own fragile psyche can barely handle the strain. In a frantic race against time, she will have to plunge deep into the killer’s mind to save these women—and to save herself—from collapse.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE LURED is book #4 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #5 in the Riley Paige series will be available soon. 

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