Briarpatch: A Novel

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - What he finds is no surprise to him as he begins to unravel town secrets, because Benjamin Dill is never surprised at what awful things people will do. Featuring an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Lawrence BlockEdgar Award Winner for Best Novel. She was a homicide detective who had perhaps made one enemy too many over the course of her career.

Unwilling to let local law enforcement handle the investigation, Dill arrives in town that night to begin his dogged search for his sister’s killer. Now the basis for the usa Network television series executive produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot. A long-distance call from his small texas hometown on his birthday gives Benjamin Dill the news that his sister Felicity—born on the same day exactly ten years apart—has died in a car bomb explosion.

Briarpatch: A Novel #ad - America's best storyteller. The new york times book reviewfrom edgar award-winning author Ross Thomas comes Briarpatch, a thrilling mystery of one man’s personal mission to find justice for his family.

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The Fools in Town Are on Our Side

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Minotaur Books #ad - He has his sights a small southern city, with the ordinary run-of-the-mill corruption one would expect in such a place. But a good agent is always in demand, and just a few hours later Dye is being interviewed for a highly ingenious position. Victor orcutt, although a not very good imitation of a British pre-war gent, has creative talents of his own.

Hain't we got all the fools in town on our side? and ain't that a big enough majority in any town?" -- Mark TwainRoss Thomas chose the quotation from Huckleberry Finn as the text of his post World War II story as well as for the title. And the sly Dye takes the offer. The canny orcott knows there's no profit in that.

The Fools in Town Are on Our Side #ad - His creed is "To get better, it must be much worse. He and his two associates have looked up Dye's history, and he now offers the ex-spy's a mission. When lucifer dye is released from three months in a hong kong prison, handed a false passport, 000 check, a new wardrobe and a $20, debriefed, his haughty control makes it clear that Dye's career with his country has been permanently terminated.

For two and a half times the government's bounty, Dye is to thoroughly corrupt the town.

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The Cold War Swap

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Minotaur Books #ad - But mccorkle is ready to answer a call for help from Padillo, and he joins his friend in a blind journey with no inkling of what they will encounter at the turn of each dark and dangerous corner. At the height of the cold war, two Americans are runnng a bar in the West German capital, called Mac's place.

. One of the pair, michael Padillo, isn't around a lot; he keeps disappearing on "business trips. Mccorkle, his partner, wisely doesn't ask questions; he knows Padillo has a second job -- he's a reluctant US agent.

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Out on the Rim

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Minotaur Books #ad - Better they keep it for themselves. Which inevitably raises the question: Who among them will end up with the money? Obviously, good patriots don't want to hand over all that money to bad guys. Would you be wary if someone gave you the assignment of delivering five million dollars to a Philippine terrorist--never mind from whom or why? Booth Stallings, a terrorism expert just fired from his job at a bashful organization that never admitted its mount in the Washington merry-go-round, is wary.

So wary that he cuts in con man "otherguy" Overby, and his partner, who in turn involves Artie Wu, pretender to the throne of China, Quincy Durant.

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The Fourth Durango

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Into this durango comes a former chief justice of a state supreme court, followed by son-in-law Kelly Vines to act as his emissary to the beautiful and savvy mayor. It's not in spain, and it's not a ski town in the Colorado Rockies, or Mexico, although Durangos do exist in all of those places. This durango has an industry, a place where people pay to find sanctuary from former friends and associates who are either trying to kill them, albeit a rather odd one-it is a hideout business, or have them killed.

. Following them come a false priest, and a run of murders. It takes a ross thomas to stir these characters into a witty and ingenious mix readers will not be able to -and certainly would not want to-resist. The fourth Durango is not your ordinary Durango.

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Twilight at Mac's Place: A McCorkle and Padillo Mystery

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Anyone reading a ross thomas thriller for the first time is in imminent danger of addiction: One taste is never enough. Los angeles timesin twilight at mac's place, the quiet death of an aged spy triggers a desperate race to control his memoirs, which threaten to reveal Cold War secrets many would prefer stayed secrets.

. When the spy's estranged son receives the then dizzying sum of $100, 000 for all rights to the work, he is properly dizzied. He is also smart enough to seek the help of veteran Cold Warriors McCorkle and Padillo, owners of a D. C. Bar called mac's place that is both a capital landmark and a nest of intrigue.

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The Eighth Dwarf

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MysteriousPress.com/Open Road #ad - An ex-spy and his sidekick hunt for a rogue assassin of Nazi war criminals—“Thomas is without peer in American suspense” Los Angeles Times. Nicolae polscaru, is tossed into a hollywood swimming pool by four drunken screenwriters, a three-and-a-half-foot-tall dwarf, who take bets on how long he can tread water.

A friendship is born. Jackson is broke, his spying days over, and Nicolae offers him a job. A former spy himself, the globetrotting Romanian has a commission to find Kurt Oppenheimer, an expert assassin of high-ranking Nazis. Kurt won’t stop killing, the british, and the Soviets, no matter what the bloodshed will do to the fragile world peace, and the remains of the Nazi High Command all want his head.

The Eighth Dwarf #ad - Minor jackson, his oss training still fresh a year after World War II’s end, beats the bullies senseless and pulls Nicolae from the water. Jackson will beat them all to finding Kurt—unless his new friend betrays him first.

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The Singapore Wink

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MysteriousPress.com/Open Road #ad - A tragic past traps a former hollywood stuntman in a web of international intrigue—from “America’s best storyteller” The New York Times Book Review. This is how stuntman Angelo Sacchetti dies. Edward cauthorne was his opponent, a fellow stuntman whose career died along with Sacchetti. And then one surprises the other, slicing a rope and sending the unfortunate pirate tumbling into the bay.

They leap nimbly from deck to rigging, crossing swords like fencing masters. Two pirates do battle on an old junk ship in Singapore Harbor. They’re emissaries from Sacchetti’s godfather, a Mafia don. He’s selling used cars when two thugs approach him. Sacchetti is alive after all—alive enough to be blackmailing the don—and they firmly request that Cauthorne find him.

The Singapore Wink #ad - The search takes cauthorne back to Singapore, to risk his own life for the sake of the man he thought he’d killed.

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Cast a Yellow Shadow

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MysteriousPress.com/Open Road #ad - An old cia connection brings trouble for a washington, DC, barman in this thriller from “America’s best storyteller” The New York Times Book Review. As the saying goes, you can’t pick your friends. If you could, Mac McCorkle would disown Padilla. Padilla was thought to be dead and erased from the CIA’s files—but now he’s back on the agency’s turf.

Mac moved to washington, DC, after the trouble in Bonn to get married and open his bar anew. They owned a bar together in bonn, the West German capital, and stayed partners even after Padilla’s sideline as a CIA operative got the bar blown up. His new bride is beautiful, the bar is a success, and Padilla’s reappearance threatens everything.

Cast a Yellow Shadow #ad - A group of african terrorists want padilla to assassinate the prime minister of their small sub-Saharan republic—and they’ve kidnapped Mac’s wife to use as leverage.

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Missionary Stew

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St. Martin's Griffin #ad - Haere seeks the information in order to get dirt on his boss's opponent in the 1984 US Presidential election. Missionary stew follows political fundraiser Draper Haere on a quest to uncover the secret behind a right-wing coup in an unnamed Central american country. Along the way, haere carries on an affair with the wife of his candidate and enlists the aid of Morgan Citron, an almost-Pullitzer winning journalist who has recently been released from an African prison where the prisoners where fed human flesh--the titular missionary stew.

Haere's pursuit of the truth repeatedly puts Haere's life in danger, as the powers-that-be stop at nothing to keep the episode buried. Together citron and haere face up against cocaine traffickers, and Citron's estranged, Latin American generals, corrupt US officials, tabloid-publisher mother.

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The Backup Men

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MysteriousPress.com/Open Road #ad - Their names are wanda and walter Gothar, and from the steel in their eyes it’s apparent that their business isn’t the friendly kind. The job fell apart, and now the twins are being pursued by the world’s two finest killers­—who take out Walter without breaking a sweat. Mac mccorkle and mike padillo team up to help twin bodyguards in a thrilling crime caper from“America’s best storyteller” The New York Times Book Review.

They’ve come seeking help from mac and his partner, Padilla, an ex-CIA agent who has skulked in the world’s darkest corners. Anxious for a big payday, the twins took an assignment out of their depth, working as bodyguards for a Saudi prince who came to Washington to sign an oil deal. The twins who walk into Mac McCorkle’s bar look identical, despite their differing genders.

The Backup Men #ad - Now mac and padilla are faced with a choice: Save Wanda, or join her in the grave.

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