Cold Around the Heart

Bonnie Parker, PI

Book 1
Michael Prescott

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Michael Prescott, author of Final Sins and Stealing Faces, comes an explosive new thriller, COLD AROUND THE HEART.

Bonnie Parker is a small-town private detective on the Jersey shore who just happens to be named after America's most notorious female outlaw, the distaff half of Bonnie & Clyde. And though no one can prove it, she's an outlaw in her own right, willing to supplement her PI duties by acting as a professional assassin. For a price, and when circumstances warrant it, she'll take extreme measures to solve her clients' problems — permanently.

Bonnie is experienced and tough — but she's never gone up against a man like Pascal, a globetrotting hit man who has raised murder to the level of a fine art. During a turbulent summer night, while Bonnie struggles to untangle a web of deception that stretches to the jungles of South America, she and Pascal face off in a blistering battle for survival — a battle only one of them can win.

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About the author

Michael Prescott's thrillers have sold more than three million copies worldwide. His novels have been hailed as "brilliant ... chilling ... unrelentingly suspenseful" (Publishers Weekly), "harrowing ... intense" (Jeffery Deaver), "irresistible, un-put-downable" (Crescent Blues), and "stunning ... far above the usual offerings for the genre" (New Mystery Reader).

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Publisher
Michael Prescott
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Published on
Dec 31, 2013
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Pages
273
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ISBN
9781301434091
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

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As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
From New York Times and USA Today bestseller Michael Prescott, author of Final Sins and Cold Around the Heart, comes a terrifying novel of relentless psychological suspense. 

John Cray has a secret. For twelve years he has stalked and kidnapped women, setting them loose in the mountains of eastern Arizona, hunting them like animals, and taking their lives. He has left no clues. He is suspected by no one. Or so he thinks. 

But now he has a problem. Somebody — a woman whose name he doesn't know — is stalking him. 

She follows him when he makes his nightly rounds in Tucson. She watches him on busy streetcorners and in shadowy restaurants. She seems to know his secret. But if so, why hasn't she gone to the police? 

Cray plans to turn the tables on his mysterious pursuer. He will become the predator, and she — the prey. Once she's in his power, she will tell him who she is and what she's after. And then she will die.

But even Cray isn't prepared to confront the truth when he discovers it — or to deal with the shattering implications of a past he had thought long buried and an obsessive madness he cannot control ... 

"Stealing Faces is truly thrilling as well as chilling: I could not put this book down. Reading the first few chapters of this tale is like reading the climax for most thrillers and the excitement just keeps building. Michael Prescott knows how to keep readers' eyes glued to his pages.... I was completely hooked. Actually, more than completely hooked, I thought the lightning-paced thrills were going to give me a heart attack!" - Judith Flavell, The Mystery Reader
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