Secrets and Serial Killers

This FREE collection features excerpts from eight exciting mystery/thrillers!

In David Morrell’s The Protector, Agent Cavanaugh must defend a brilliant scientist with a secret so extraordinary he needs to disappear and adopt a new identity.

In Glen Apseloff’s Lethal Cure, Dr. Jake Warner battles the mysterious deaths of his patients as well as his own memory loss in an adventure that takes him from the ER to the streets of Venice.

Diane Fanning’s The Trophy Exchange introduces Detective Lucinda Pierce who tracks a serial killer, suspecting that a respected international relief worker may be hiding a deadly secret.

In J.E. Fishman’s The Dark Pool, insatiable Wall Street players have wagered everything on certain real-world outcomes—and won't hesitate to pay off their claims with the blood of others.

In G.D. Gearino’s Counting Coup, a bored and cynical newspaper columnist falls in love with a beautiful woman and gets mixed up with her violent ex-husband and his a million-dollar fraud scheme.

 In James Hankins’ Jack of Spades, a twisted serial killer is terrorizing Massachusetts and it's up to Detective John Spader  to find the man beneath the mask.

Kathleen Taylor’s Funeral Food introduces a sleepy town where nothing ever happens...until the body of a missionary is found in the broom closet of the Delphi Café, and waitress Tory Bauer is drawn into investigating this real-life mystery.

In Steve Winshel’s A Twisted Path, ex-cop Bill Furyk is pulled into a murder investigation, and discovers a brutal, cruel, conspiracy that destroys lives and protects the powerful.

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Publisher
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
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Published on
Dec 19, 2014
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Pages
311
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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The secret weapon developed by the man Cavanaugh is assigned to protect is like Kryptonite to the former Delta Force officer turned security guard--it multiplies the effects of adrenaline, a hormone associated with fear, so it incapacitates instead of energizing him. A lot of people want Daniel Prescott's secret, but Cavanaugh, who's felt the drug's effects, wants his antidote. When Prescott disappears after causing the death of the Global Protective Services team charged with keeping him alive, Cavanaugh and his wife Jamie go after him in a high-speed chase that traps them between government agents and foreign operatives each racing to find the scientist first and kill him before he can use his formula on them. Despite Prescott's double-dealing, and the bloody battle in a mountain redoubt that results in the deaths of his friends and colleagues, Cavanaugh knows the only way to banish the fear that may compromise his and Jamie's own safety is to track the elusive scientist to his last refuge. In this propulsive thriller, Morrell turns the tables so often that it's hard to separate the good guys from the bad ones, but that won't keep readers addicted to violence, treachery, and high-tech weaponry from staying with it to the last surprising chapter.

“Spectacular action backed by the author’s hands-on research . . . a horrifying climax . . . twists and turns . . . one of the best of the genre.”—Associated Press

“Everything [Morrell} writes has a you-are-there quality, and that, coupled with his ability to propel characters through a scene, makes reading him like attending a private screening.”—Washington Post Book World

“Impressive action . . . plenty of twists . . . most notable, though, is the advertised ‘tradecraft’—from clever ways to modify one’s ammo and armor to the very best method of taking out a car you’re chasing.”—Publishers Weekly

“The story accelerates to warp speed, hurtles to a stunning climax. A wonderfully entertaining action adventure.”—Booklist

From the award-winning author of OVERDOSE and DYING TO REMEMBER

“This medical thriller is chock-full of fascinating ideas—memory erasure, memory transfer, the military applications of memory—that will hook readers almost immediately.”

--Publishers Weekly

"The book moves forward with impressive momentum . . . Like running up a spiral staircase--you might see where it's going, but the twists will leave you dizzy."

--Kirkus Reviews

A teenage girl hobbles into the emergency room on the stump of an amputated leg, only to die in the arms of medical resident Jake Warner.  She leaves behind a handgun, a strange diary, and many unanswered questions.  Haunted by his inability to save the girl, Jake photocopies the diary before turning it over to the police. 

 Days later another patient in Jake’s care unexpectedly dies, and he discovers that he has somehow forgotten everything from the entire day when he was treating the young man. Seemingly by coincidence he also wins a free vacation in Europe. Although the trip comes with unusual restrictions, he accepts and brings the girl’s diary with him.  

 On the streets of Milan, Jake witnesses a mugging and helps the victim, a tourist named Tykeria.  They fall in love, and together they try to figure out the connections among the deaths, the diary, and Jake’s forgotten day.  But Jake’s problems, including his memory loss, keep getting worse.  Somehow he must cross the void of lost memories to reveal the true cause of his patient’s deaths—and to save himself. 

From New York Times bestselling author, David Morrell, comes a classic thriller that introduced the character of Rambo, one of the most iconic action heroes of the twentieth century. Called “the father of the modern action novel,” FIRST BLOOD changed the genre. Although the book and the film adaptation have similarities, they are very different, especially its unexpected ending and its greater intensity. If you’ve only experienced the film, you’re in for a surprise. Once they were soldiers. Rambo, the ragged kid whose presence in town is considered a threat. And Teasle, the Chief of Police of Madison, Kentucky. Both have been trained to kill: Rambo in Vietnam, Teasle in Korea. They learned different military tactics, different ways of death and survival in two different wars. Now, without warning, they are enemies in a civilian combat that becomes a chase through the woods and mountains and caves above the town. As we follow them, we understand that once a man has been trained as a killer, perhaps he is changed forever. Award-winning FIRST BLOOD was published in 1972, was translated into 26 languages, and has never been out of print. It was one of the first novels to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. David’s novelizations for RAMBO (FIRST BLOOD PART II) and RAMBO III are available as e-books. They’re quite different from the films and include revealing introductions. See also David’s RAMBO AND ME: THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY. 

Critical reactions:

 “A fine novel. . . . When Johnny comes marching home this time, watch out.” —The New York Times Sunday Book Review 

“A first-rate thriller.” —Newsweek 

“One of the finest chase novels you will ever read.” —Minneapolis Tribune 

“A terrific thriller.” —Saturday Review 

“One hell of a hard, fast novel.” —John D. MacDonald

They were orphans, Chris and Saul -- raised in a Philadelphia school for boys, bonded by friendship, and devoted to a mysterious man called Eliot. He visited them and brought them candy. He treated them like sons. He trained them to be assassins. Now he is trying desperately to have them killed. From the master of high action comes a classic espionage thriller that changed the way spy novels were written, the first to combine the British tradition of authentic espionage tradecraft with the American tradition of non-stop action.

He visited them in the orphanage. He brought them candy and taught them to love him as a father. He trained them to be assassins. Now he is trying desperately to have them killed. Spanning the globe and decades of CIA history, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE is a thriller of fierce loyalty and violent betrayal, of murders planned and coolly executed, of revenge bitterly, urgently desired.

“David Morrell is a master of suspense. He wields it like a stiletto—know just where to stick it and how to turn it. If you’re reading Morrell, you’re sitting on the edge of your seat.”
—Michael Connelly

“Imagine a suspense thriller as riveting as The Thirty-Nine Steps or Rogue Male, featuring heroes the equal of Adam Hall’s Quiller, and crackling with more action than The Road Warrior, Dirty Harry, and The Seven Samurai. Sounds too good to be true? Then just read David Morrell’s THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE.”—Washington Post Book World

“Fast-paced, intelligent, exciting and hard-hitting.”
—Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of The Panther

“David Morrell is, to me, the finest thriller writer living today.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair
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