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The Jake Scarne thrillers, in order:

SOUND OF BLOOD

MADMAN'S THIRST

KILLERFEST

THE VIRON CONSPIRACY

PEDESTAL

FACETS

CHANCE

The Alton Rhode Mysteries, in order:

CAPRIATI'S BLOOD

LAURA LEE

SIREN'S TEARS

SISTER

GUNNER

THE ELSON LEGACY

TURTLE DOVE

SHADOW OF THE BLACK WOMB

Cole Sudden C.I.A. Thrillers, in order:

SUDDEN KILL 

THE HADRON ESCAPE

THAWED
As Nazi Germany collapses, Adolf Hitler plots his final revenge against Paris. 

The mad dictator has hidden a crude atomic device inside a crate in a dusty storeroom of the Louvre. 

But before he can act, his plan is thwarted by the fortunes of war. Then, more than 75 years later, a curator with ties to ISIS discovers the bomb.

 

THE JAKE SCARNE THRILLERS


In the first thriller of this series, private eye Jake Scarne looks into a mysterious death in Miami. 

But his probe soon turns ominous, putting Scarne in the crosshairs of a media baron, a billionaire crook, mob families and the F.B.I. -- all of whom have their own agenda and some of whom want him dead.

But at the heart of this thriller is a poignant love story with all the makings of tragedy. 


Jake Scarne is still reeling emotionally from his previous case. Then a young girl is savagely murdered.

The police believe the killing was random. 

The private eye knows better.

But he can't tell anyone how he knows!

In an international conspiracy in which even powerful mob bosses are expendable, an unusual ally comes to Scarne's aid.   


A beautiful assassin has already killed one author, and a famous writer may be the next target!

Enter Jake Scarne, hired on as a bodyguard. 

He soon realizes just how deadly the ostensibly "civilized" world of high-stakes publishing can be.

What the private eye discovers is certainly stranger than fiction!  


Jake Scarne is asked to investigate the murder of a rich executive at a corporate retreat in Hawaii. 

The private investigator only takes the case because he is emotionally involved with the man's widow -- who years earlier left Scarne at the altar!

But Scarne soon finds himself in the midst of a conspiracy dating back to the Cold War!   


An ambitious freelance journalist believes that an innocent man is rotting in jail for a rape and murder committed by two of the nation's most-revered athletes. 

But her editors are reluctant to print the story without iron-clad proof.

Enter Jake Scarne, who is asked to provide that proof. 

What he eventually discovers -- after more terrible violence -- turns out to be more sinister than anyone imagined.

  



When a woman asks Jake Scarne to find her kidnapped daughter, he is reluctant to take the case. 

Not because the woman runs a criminal empire. He just believes the F.B.I. has more resources. 

But the mother is adamant. No police! 

And then she brings up something from Scarne's past that forces his hand. 

And what he discovers shocks them both. 


Jake Scarne unravels a lottery scam in a troubled Caribbean paradise. 

But in doing so he stirs up a nest of vipers, literally and figuratively. 

Soon, corrupt politicians, a Colombian drug cartel, and a deranged financier want him dead. 

Before its all over, tragedies mount as the private investigator sees people he cares about die. 

 


Jake Scarne has a new ally in Sabrina Foy, a brilliant but unconventional F.B.I. agent who is a thorn in the side of the Bureau. 

He also has a new enemy in the cunning and very wealthy serial killer that she has been hunting!

Bodies, and body parts, pile up as the madman fills his trophy case with a gruesome collection.


Jake Scarne is called back to active duty by a U.S. Government that is near panic because of an outbreak of an unknown pathogen.

Reunited at the Pentagon with an old ally, he enlists the help of a brilliant but unconventional scientist.

As Scarne closes in on the truth, his penchant for going it alone backfires.

And a killer who uses an incinerator to dispose of body parts lies in wait!


When someone tries to kill his partner, Jake Scarne wants to do something about it. 

Little does he know that his investigation will uncover a diabolical plot involving the murder of an old lady, and a billion-dollar real estate scheme. 

But the masterminds behind the conspiracy have both greed and luck on their side. 

Scarne is stymied.

Until an unusual ally lends a hand!
THE ALTON RHODE MYSTERIES


Private investigator Alton Rhode hasn't fully recovered from recent war wounds when an alluring woman asks him to find the man whose bone marrow may hold the key to her young daughter's survival. 

But his search yields unexpected results, not to mention a slew of dead bodies. 

Nothing is as it seems in this twisty tale, the first of the Rhode mystery series. 
 


Alton Rhode's beautiful new client was apprehended, smoking gun in hand, at the scene of her lover's murder. 

But she maintains her innocence and won't take a plea. 

Rhode finds out why, but before he can act, tragedy strikes. A tragedy that threatens everyone involved. 

It's up to him to salvage the reputations of two women -- and he's not above breaking the law to do it!





A series of murders that have their genesis in the jungles of South America wind up in Alton Rhode's lap -- thanks to an old priest with a suspicious mind. 

The next thing he knows, Rhode is traveling across North America tracking a killer who uses her scientific expertise to wreak vengeance on men.

But this turns out to be one woman who gets too close! 


A nun's brutal murder brings two New England homicide detectives to Alton Rhode's office. 

What they tell him shocks him. 

Before becoming a nun, the woman was Rhode's first real love. She disappeared mysteriously, leaving him bereft.

Plagued by long-suppressed memories, Rhode sets out on a cross-country hunt to find the killer. 
 


A patriotic veteran himself, a hit man unwittingly murders a Medal of Honor winner! 

Now, he wants to set things right.

One problem. He has no idea who ordered the assassination. 

But the killer knows someone who can find out. 

His old "skipper", Alton Rhode! 


A former call girl who was once his nemesis asks Alton Rhode to find out who killed her grandfather. 

Not one to hold a grudge, the private eye travels to a sleepy Virginia town and soon uncovers a conspiracy of murder and greed.

To get out alive, he enlists the help of a killer even tougher than the hillbilly maniacs on his tail.
 




Alton Rhode and his lady love, Alice Watts, attend a "destination wedding" on luxurious Bald Head Island at the mouth of the Cape Fear river on the North Carolina coast. 

The private eye soon uncovers a secret on Bald Head that threatens a publishing empire.

But that puts him in the sights of a crazed killer who feeds his victims to the sharks!


A police detective, a close friend of Alton Rhode, is shot in his doorway on Halloween. 

Children from the minority community are murdered. A race war looms.

The N.Y.P.D. has its hands full and asks Rhode's help.

What he discovers on a cross-country hunt for the truth is unbelievable, as the past collides with the present! 


Alton Rhode is about to pull another trigger. 

And this one has nothing to do with guns. He's going to propose! 

But before he can, there is a little matter of a suspicious death in San Francisco. 

The next thing the private eye knows, he's involved with some nasty Russians and a cryptocurrency conspiracy. 

Dodging car bombs and power tools, Rhode proves that his gun still comes in handy.

Alton Rhode has been asked to investigate the death of a man at a nursing home. But what seems to be an open-and-shut insurance query turns into something more sinister.

The private eye is soon involved in a murderous conspiracy involving insurance fraud, radioactive poisons, and perverted sex at a Southern military academy!

As the body count mounts, Rhode becomes the target of a greedy femme fatale and her deranged lovers. 

Yes, lovers -- plural.    
THE COLE SUDDEN C.I.A. THRILLERS  


Cole Sudden moonlights as a damn-good thriller writer. 

But he is even better at his day job. He is an apex assassin for a C.I.A. unit that the rest of the agency tries to avoid. The unit (whose acronym is, appropriately, B.U.R.Y.) does mob hits for hire -- and makes millions for the bigwigs at Langley

But a routine operation backfires on Sudden, who finds himself the target of a deranged mobster and a Category 5 hurricane!   


In the second Cole Sudden thriller, a mysterious series of events that began many years earlier in a World War II Nazi death camp have shaken the American Government. 

Soon Sudden and Rebecca Soul, his sometime lover (and always deadly partner), are involved in a "manhunt" that is part science and part science fiction.

But the real danger is home-grown, and Sudden and Soul make a very unusual decision.  



A Russian researcher revives a "harmless" ancient virus in Siberia. What could go wrong? 

As it turns out, plenty! 

Especially when terrorists get their hands on the virus and target America.

Enter C.I.A. aces Cole Sudden and Rebecca Soul.

They have a very personal reason for becoming involved.




Islamic terrorists have built an H-Bomb. 

They target the West, and a wealthy "puppet-master" is financing their scheme. 

Western security agencies have caught a whiff of the plot, and have pulled out all the stops to find the "city-buster". 

Enter C.I.A. ace Cole Sudden, who, although on a leave of absence, is dragged into the hunt.

But the bomb is already in play! 


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