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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
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 but the private eye knows better -- although 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 famous author is the target of a death threat.

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 knows nothing of this when he is asked to investigate the death of a rich executive. He only takes the case because he is emotionally involved.

But he 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. But 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 eye loses people he cares about. 

 
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 beauty 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 who can find out. His old "skipper", Alton Rhode! 


A former call girl and one-time nemesis asks Alton Rhode to find out who killed her grandfather. 

He 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 -- and 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 real trigger finger still comes in handy.
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 -- 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 in a World War II 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 they 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 Islamic terrorists get their hands on the virus and target America.

Enter C.I.A. aces Cole Sudden and Rebecca Soul, with a very personal reason for becoming involved.




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