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Shell Game

Sara Paretsky
Authors:
Sara Paretsky

THE SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTHThe new V.I. Warshawski novel from the New York Times bestselling author pits acclaimed detective V.I. Warshawski against some of today's most powerful figures.'The 19th Warshawski novel is also a panoramic vision of Chicago at a time when the city is so polarised that decent people don't know who to trust' The Sunday Times'Paretsky is a genius' Lee ChildLegendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend's nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.

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TED Talks

Chris Anderson
Authors:
Chris Anderson
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First Response

Stephen Leather
Authors:
Stephen Leather

From the bestselling author of the Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale series comes First Response, the utterly addictive new thriller by Stephen Leather. London is under siege. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause.Their mission: to force the government to release jihadist prisoners from Belmarsh Prison.Their deadline: 6 p.m. Today. But the bombers are cleanskins, terrorists with no obvious link to any group, and who do not appear on any anti-terror watch list. What has brought them together on this one day to act in this way? Mo Kamran is the Superintendent in charge of the Special Crime and Operations branch of the Met. As the disaster unfolds and the SAS, armed police, and other emergency services rush to the scenes, he is tasked with preventing the biggest terrorist outrage the capital has ever known.But nothing is what it seems. And only Kamran has the big picture. Will anyone believe him?A chillingly plausible and pulse-pounding depiction of how London might be held to ransom in a concerted terrorist attack: this is thriller writing at its very best.

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The Devil's Anvil

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

Accepting the task of protecting Billie Womack is a no-brainer for ex-counterterrorist soldier Joe Hunter, but it comes with its own set of complications. Billie's husband, Richard, stole thirty million dollars from some violent people. He apparently died in a car crash with Billie's daughter, Nicola, during a desperate attempt to elude his pursuers. But his enemies don't believe him dead. They think he escaped the plunge into the icy river that killed Nicola and has now decided to come back for the money. If he's alive, they believe he'll contact Billie. It doesn't take long for the bad guys to arrive at her remote farmhouse. Soon she and Joe are fugitives. Dead or alive, Richard's fate means nothing to Hunter, but he promises to do everything in his power to protect the grieving mother. Even if it means taking a bullet for her, it's a price he'll pay. It's a pledge he will come to regret, as he learns that killers are forged on the Devil's anvil.

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The Lawless Kind

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

Ex-counterterrorist soldier Joe Hunter has been called to Mexico to bring an end to a cartel that preys on the people they smuggle across the US border. Once the mission's ended, however, Joe's mission leader and mentor, CIA Black Ops director Walter Hayes Conrad, confesses that the bloody mission is not the real reason Joe has been summoned south of the border. For years, Walter has kept the details of his private life - especially his family - secret from everyone, even his closest friends. But disaster has struck: his great-grandson Benjamin has been abducted, kidnapped by Walter's sworn enemy, the leader of one of Mexico's largest drug cartels. Walter will do whatever it takes to get the boy back. And he know Hunter is the man for the job.But there's one complication -- the drug boss just happens to be Benjamin's father.

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Red Stripes - A Joe Hunter Short Story

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton
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Rules of Honour

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

When Rink's father is brutally murdered, Joe has to stop his friend rushing headlong for vengeance. Because Rink's mother witnessed the crime and Yukiko isn't telling everything she knows.Her silence is governed by the Japanese tradition of giri, or moral obligation. But when there are more vicious deaths - all of them elderly men known to Yukiko - it becomes a matter of honour to uncover the shameful secret that lies behind the murders.The killer isn't playing by the rules. But some rules are made to be broken and Joe doesn't care what he breaks to ensure Rink gets his revenge.

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Dead Fall - A Joe Hunter Short Story

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton
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The Prophet

Michael Koryta
Authors:
Michael Koryta

Two brothers with a shared tragic past, caused by a two-second decision that haunts them both. One decides to avenge it. The other, to forgive. Both will pay for their choices - more than they could ever imagine.When he was a teenager, Adam Austin made a decision that led to the death of his little sister.His brother Kent learned to forgive her murderer but he never forgave Adam.Twenty years later, Kent is the coach of the successful high school football team in Chambers, Ohio and Adam is the town's bail bondsman - someone people turn to when they need help.When the girlfriend of one of Kent's star players asks Adam to track down her father who has just been released from prison, Adam agrees. Days later, she is murdered at the address he gave her.Overwhelmed by guilt in this horrifying echo of the past - Adam is determined to atone for his mistakes.But this is a game outside of the brothers' control. And every decision they make is matter of life and death . . .THE PROPHET is the story of family, of guilt and redemption. Epic in its page-turning power, building suspense all the way to its viscerally compelling climax.

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7 Days

Deon Meyer
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Deon Meyer
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No Going Back

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton
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Joe Hunter: Six of the Best - Ebook

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

Six of the Best: Joe Hunter has always hated bullies. And Tony Largo is a bully who has picked the wrong target when he assaults a war veteran.Homecoming: Joe promises a grieving mother he'll bring her son home, whatever it takes.Sand Dance: When a hot-dog seller gets mugged, Joe finds a sneaky way of getting revenge.UV Ray: Joe and his best buddy Rink don't play by the rules when they take on a child abuser at a bowling alley.Instant Justice: Carl Riley didn't sound like the name of a beast. But he was a man who preyed on the faceless young who worked the neon strip. Until he came face to face with Joe.The Other Side of the Street: Joe plays the Good Samaritan.

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Dead Men's Harvest

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

The Harvestman is back! And determined to wreak revenge on Joe Hunter.When Rink is ambushed by a team of highly skilled killers, Joe is pretty sure his friend is being used as bait. And the intended prey is Hunter himself.Joe has to go 'off radar' to rescue his friend. Their deadly game of cat and mouse reaches its climax on the rusty hulk of The Queen Sofia - a container ship used by human traffickers - moored off the North Carolina coast where Joe's ex-sister-in-law is being held hostage.Against overwhelming odds, and amid a ferocious storm, Joe comes face to face with his old enemy Tubal Cain.

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Blood and Ashes

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

Brooke Reynolds died in a car crash. Tragic accident, the police say. But her father Don Hoffman knows otherwise. And he wants Joe Hunter to find the men responsible. Joe is not convinced - until he is attacked by two troublemakers, and Don's other daughter is also threatened. Looks like more than coincidence. And sure enough, the entire family is soon under siege with only Joe to protect them. The ensuing blood bath is the beginning of a trail of death that leads right to the heart of a racist conspiracy. White supremacists want to hold the government to ransom; and they have got hold of a dirty bomb to add weight to their case. Joe is on countdown: can he stop the plotters before they reduce the free world to ashes?

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Cut and Run

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

Joe Hunter vs Luke Rickard, a killer who has stolen his identity and committed a vicious double murder. His motive? Revenge. His method? A blade. His mission? Kill anyone Hunter holds dear.It is a deadly duel of wits that takes Hunter from the streets of Miami to the squalid barrios of Colombia to the jungle hideaway of a drug baron. And brings him face to face with his past. Revenge is a dish best served cold and Joe needs a cool head if Rickard is not to cut and run.CUT AND RUN - the fourth high-octane adventure for Joe Hunter, the man whose mission is to rid the world of bad guys.

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Slash and Burn

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

Joe Hunter is enjoying some much needed r&r when a young woman approaches him to help find her missing sister Imogen. Kate Piers knows about Joe from her dead brother Jake, Hunter's former comrade in arms, and for that reason alone he feels obliged to help. The fact that Kate is very attractive doesn't hurt.Together they go to Imogen's Kentucky home where they are immediately attacked by a bunch of thugs, acting on behalf of local businessman Robert Huffman. Huffman outwardly respectable but the psychotic twins he uses as his enforcers give the game away: he has links to organised crime and a deadly reputation with a blade. Huffman is also looking for Imogen, and kidnaps Kate to act as bait. Looks like Joe is in trouble again . . .

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Judgement and Wrath

Matt Hilton
Authors:
Matt Hilton

'Some call me a vigilante. I just think I've got problems to fix.'Joe Hunter doesn't like bullies. He reallydoesn't like men who abuse women. So protecting Bradley Jorgenson from a professional hitman is not Joe's dream job. Contract killer Dantalion takes his work very seriously. He has a talent for killing and a book in which he obsessively numbers each of his victims.Which adds up to one hell of a body count . . .

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Dead Men's Dust

Matt Hilton
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Matt Hilton

Stephen Leather

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an ebook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan 'Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful ebook authors and his titles have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages and he has also written for television.You can learn more from Stephen's website, www.stephenleather.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather.Stephen also has a website for his Spider Shepherd series, www.danspidershepherd.com, and for his Jack Nightingale series, www.jacknightingale.com.

Author Stephen Leather discusses the importance of character names.

What's In A Name?

What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to a character in a novel, pretty much everything.Choosing the right name can mean that a reader instantly identifies with a character and cares about what happens to them. Choosing the wrong name can put a reader off before you’ve even got started on the story. So making the right choice is crucial.I have created two long-running characters: undercover cop Dan “Spider” Shepherd and supernatural detective Jack Nightingale. And I went to a lot of trouble choosing both of those names.With action heroes, a single syllable first name followed by a double syllable family name seems to work best – think Jack Reacher (created by Lee Child) or Joe Hunter (created by Matt Hilton). Both Reacher and Hunter are great surnames for loners who are happy to kill at will, but I chose Shepherd because the name evokes a feeling of security and safety – a shepherd takes care of his flock, after all. Dan is simple and uncomplicated and goes well with Shepherd. Dan Shepherd has the sound of a hero, whereas Reginald Shepherd doesn’t. With Jack Nightingale, I again wanted a simple and direct first name. Jack works as a heroic name. As does Mick. Bob does as well, but Robert not so much. Then for the family name I wanted something with several syllables, but a name that was very distinctive. I also wanted the name to be soft, because Jack Nightingale often finds himself in danger and out of his depth. Nightingales are sweet and innocent, and although my character has his dark side, the name does emphasise his vulnerability.Every name in a book matters and has to be right. So how do I come up with names for the dozens of minor characters that populate a novel? One thing I do is to collect names. If a fan goes to the trouble of writing to me, I’ll often jot the name down in my Filofax. I do the same for readers who have gone to the trouble of writing a flattering review of one of my books. Then when I find myself short of a name I can open the Filofax and pick a suitable one from the list.I tend to write with the television on – for some reason I find it impossible to be creative in silence – and if I still need a name I will often look at the credits of a TV show or movie as they scroll by. I can take the first name of an actor and the family name of a producer and I have a new character!And I can let you into a writer’s trick – you never want to have two characters whose surnames are about the same length and start with the same letter. When you’re reading, your brain take short cuts and often recognises a name by its length and starting letter. So as you scan a page, Mackenzie can look like Mitchell which can look like Macdonald. Ditto John, Jack, Jake and Jane. That can cause all sorts of confusion, so before I send my finished novel to my publishers I always make a list of the characters in it and make sure that no two names have the same first letter! What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to a character in a novel, pretty much everything. Choosing the right name can mean that a reader instantly identifies with a character and cares about what happens to them. Choosing the wrong name can put a reader off before you’ve even got started on the story. So making the right choice is crucial. I have created two long-running characters: undercover cop Dan “Spider” Shepherd and supernatural detective Jack Nightingale. And I went to a lot of trouble choosing both of those names. With action heroes, a single syllable first name followed by a double syllable family name seems to work best – think Jack Reacher (created by Lee Child) or Joe Hunter (created by Matt Hilton). Both Reacher and Hunter are great surnames for loners who are happy to kill at will, but I chose Shepherd because the name evokes a feeling of security and safety – a shepherd takes care of his flock, after all. Dan is simple and uncomplicated and goes well with Shepherd. Dan Shepherd has the sound of a hero, whereas Reginald Shepherd doesn’t. With Jack Nightingale, I again wanted a simple and direct first name. Jack works as a heroic name. As does Mick. Bob does as well, but Robert not so much. Then for the family name I wanted something with several syllables, but a name that was very distinctive. I also wanted the name to be soft, because Jack Nightingale often finds himself in danger and out of his depth. Nightingales are sweet and innocent, and although my character has his dark side, the name does emphasise his vulnerability. Every name in a book matters and has to be right. So how do I come up with names for the dozens of minor characters that populate a novel? One thing I do is to collect names. If a fan goes to the trouble of writing to me, I’ll often jot the name down in my Filofax. I do the same for readers who have gone to the trouble of writing a flattering review of one of my books. Then when I find myself short of a name I can open the Filofax and pick a suitable one from the list. I tend to write with the television on – for some reason I find it impossible to be creative in silence – and if I still need a name I will often look at the credits of a TV show or movie as they scroll by. I can take the first name of an actor and the family name of a producer and I have a new character! And I can let you into a writer’s trick – you never want to have two characters whose surnames are about the same length and start with the same letter. When you’re reading, your brain take short cuts and often recognises a name by its length and starting letter. So as you scan a page, Mackenzie can look like Mitchell which can look like Macdonald. Ditto John, Jack, Jake and Jane. That can cause all sorts of confusion, so before I send my finished novel to my publishers I always make a list of the characters in it and make sure that no two names have the same first letter!