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Click for more detail about The Red Storm: A Mystery by Grant Bywaters The Red Storm: A Mystery

by Grant Bywaters
Minotaur Books (Dec 01, 2015)
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Winner of the Minotaur Books/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel Competition introducing a black ex-boxer P.I. working in 1930s New Orleans

Newly-minted private investigator William Fletcher is having trouble finding clientele. He’s not the only man out of work, but his past as a former heavyweight contender with a few shady connections-not to mention the color of his skin in race-obsessed New Orleans-isn’t helping lure clients to his door. Stuck without any viable alternative, he takes a case from an old criminal acquaintance, Storm. His only client assures him that the job is simple-locate his missing estranged daughter, Zella, no questions asked.But when Fletcher starts knocking on doors, he sets off a catastrophic chain of events that turn the city into a bloody battleground between two rival syndicates. Then Storm is murdered and Fletcher finds himself caught between the police and dangerous mobsters. With Zella’s safety in the balance, the unlikely private detective finds himself with a lot more than he bargained for.The Red Storm is the first novel from licensed private investigator-turned-novelist Grant Bywaters.


Click for more detail about The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery (Detective Hannah Mccabe) by Frankie Y. Bailey The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery (Detective Hannah Mccabe)

by Frankie Y. Bailey
Minotaur Books (Sep 10, 2013)
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Frankie Bailey introduces readers to a fabulous new protagonist and an Alice in Wonderland-infused crime in this stunning mystery, which kicks off an exciting new series set in the near future.The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby," has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can’t remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as "The Red Queen," doesn’t fit the pattern set by the first two murders. With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Fast-paced and original, this is a one-of-a-kind mystery from an extremely talented crime writer.


Click for more detail about The Dead Man’s Wife (Coletti Novels) by Solomon Jones The Dead Man’s Wife (Coletti Novels)

by Solomon Jones
Minotaur Books (Oct 16, 2012)
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A diabolical story about marriage gone awry?The next thrilling novel in the all-new Colletti series from acclaimed author Solomon JonesShe’s a cop-turned defense lawyer. Her husband is a research scientist. She lives in a half-million-dollar home. Yet on this night, Andrea Wilson?a woman who seemingly has everything?awakens to a living nightmare. Her husband Paul is dead, she’s covered in his blood, and the police are banging on her door. Andrea doesn’t remember what happened, but she knows how it looks. With just a split second to make a choice, Andrea decides to run, and in doing so, risks everything in an attempt to clear her name.Enter Detective Mike Coletti. He and Andrea shared a relationship once. Now all they share is the chase. As Andrea races to prove her innocence and Coletti struggles to track her down, they each uncover clues about the mystery of Paul’s death. Along the way, Andrea uncovers the biggest mystery of all: Is her husband actually still alive?


Click for more detail about The Gravedigger’s Ball: A Coletti Novel (Mike Coletti) by Solomon Jones The Gravedigger’s Ball: A Coletti Novel (Mike Coletti)

by Solomon Jones
Minotaur Books (Oct 11, 2011)
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The next thrilling novel in the all new Colletti series from acclaimed author Solomon Jones



Just weeks after tracking down a killer known as the Angel of Death, Detective Mike Coletti stands at Mary Smithson’s grave, mourning the woman whose betrayal nearly cost him his life. He’s joined there by Mary’s beautiful half-sister, Lenore. Moments later, a gunshot splits the air, placing Coletti on a collision course with the Gravedigger, a killer hell-bent on deciphering the secret of life and death. As bodies drop and tensions mount, clues are plucked from the victims, and one thing is abundantly clear—Lenore is the killer’s ultimate target. But to stop the Gravedigger, Coletti and his partners must go beyond protecting Lenore. They must go to the one place where life and death routinely meet. They must go back to the grave.


Click for more detail about The Last Confession: A Crime Novel by Solomon Jones The Last Confession: A Crime Novel

by Solomon Jones
Minotaur Books (Nov 09, 2010)
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Having come of age on the mob-controlled streets of 1960’s South Philly, Detective Mike Coletti learned early to walk the fine line between cops and criminals. That skill served him well during his thirty-one years in homicide. But it never stopped the nightmares. The screams in the sanctuary still haunt him, the sound of the gunshots still torment him, and the truth of the Confessional Murders still speaks to him, if only in his dreams. Now, on the eve of Coletti’s retirement, the priest whom he arrested for the decade-old crime is about to be put to death, and in one final nightmare, Coletti clearly sees the truth. The priest is innocent, and it all comes to light when the real killer reemerges and embarks on a killing spree that turns Philadelphia upside down. To set things right and stop the execution of an innocent man, Coletti must catch a mysterious killer who now calls himself the Angel of Death. As the chase winds through art galleries and gritty streets, ancient prophecies and holy ground, the game intensifies, cultures collide, and Philly’s best detective is forced to face his nightmarish past—a past that could very well destroy him.


Click for more detail about Payback: The Return Of C.R.E.A.M. by Solomon Jones Payback: The Return Of C.R.E.A.M.

by Solomon Jones
Minotaur Books (Mar 17, 2009)
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Karima "C.R.E.A.M." Thomas stands before a judge as an accomplice in the murders of two drug dealers. Suddenly, a scream tears through the courtroom, and when the smoke clears, her mother lies dying on the floor. Soon, others in Karima’s family are targeted, and one thing becomes clear: Unless she finds the killer first, Karima will be the next to die. With the help of Captain Kevin Lynch, Karima races to untangle a web of family secrets that threaten her very life. As she unlocks the shocking truth about her past, Karima closes in on the killer, and in a deadly struggle against an enemy as ruthless as herself, Karima is determined to get one thing – payback.


Click for more detail about Ghosts of Saint-Michel by Jake Lamar Ghosts of Saint-Michel

by Jake Lamar
Minotaur Books (May 30, 2006)
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Marva Dobbs has a life most people would envy. An American who has lived in Paris for most of her adult life, she runs a popular African-American soul food restaurant, and her thirty-year marriage has produced a beautiful grown-up daughter. So why is she jeopardizing everything for a fling with her sous-chef, a mysterious twenty-eight-year-old Algerian man named Hassan?
 
Marva begins to ask herself the same question when she returns from summer vacation to find that Hassan is missing, and that he is the main suspect in the investigation into the bombing of a building in Paris that left one man dead. And then she disappears, leaving her bewildered daughter and secretive husband to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
 
Ghosts of Saint-Michel is the talented Jake Lamar’s second romantic thriller to be set in the bohemian Eighteenth Arrondissement of the City of Light.


Click for more detail about Ride Or Die by Solomon Jones Ride Or Die

by Solomon Jones
Minotaur Books (Nov 01, 2005)
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Seventeen-year-old Keisha is the beautiful, sheltered daughter of an activist pastor with a checkered past. Handsome, ambitious Jamal-a street-savvy crack dealer-is the son of North Philly’s most notorious drug kingpin. A history of violence and betrayal lies between their fathers, who are now bitter enemies. After one of his church members is gunned down-with a bullet he is sure is meant for him-Pastor Anderson goes after Frank Nichols, determined to drive him from the neighborhood for good. There’s just one problem: Keisha and Jamal are in love.

When the families face off on opposite sides of an anti-drug demonstration, a high-ranking police official is killed in the crossfire, and Jamal becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Keisha is left with a choice. Will she stay with her father, in the confines of the sheltered world she’s known, or will she venture into the unknown in order to help Jamal clear his name? She chooses Jamal, and in a whirlwind flight across the seamy underside of Philadelphia, Keisha will risk everything for love. Even her life.


Click for more detail about Rendezvous Eighteenth (American Mysteries in Paris) by Jake Lamar Rendezvous Eighteenth (American Mysteries in Paris)

by Jake Lamar
Minotaur Books (Apr 01, 2005)
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Rendezvous Eighteenth marks the emergence of an exciting voice in crime fiction. Ricky Jenks gave up life in the U.S. years ago and is content, if not happy, with his life as a piano player in a small café in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. He has many friends among the other African-Americans living in Paris and is happily, if casually, involved with a French Muslim woman. But then everything changes. His American life comes crashing down on him when his estranged cousin wants help finding his runaway wife, whom he thinks might have come to Paris, even though he’s vague about why. That same night Ricky finds a prostitute dead in his apartment building in Paris’s Eighteenth Arrondissment, one of the most multicultural sections of Paris. That these two events could be connected is something he never imagines.This intricate, absorbing thriller is ultimately much more than a suspense novel. Lamar’s detailed and vibrant portrait of life in Paris is as much the story of a black man’s alienation and redemption-indeed, the story of an entire community searching for a home-as it is a taut thriller about revenge, obsession, and murder.


Click for more detail about A Cold and Silent Dying (Marti Macalister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland A Cold and Silent Dying (Marti Macalister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Minotaur Books (Dec 01, 2004)
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Lincoln Prairie Homicide Detective Marti MacAlister does not get along with her new boss. Lieutenant Gail Nicholson disapproves of what she calls Marti’s sloppy work habits, and regards her success as a fluke rather than the result of hard work and skill. Marti thinks the woman just may be feeling overly competitive with her, as one of the only other women on the job, and a black woman at that, but Marti knows she must put up with her boss’s ill will or else she could be out of job.

When a homeless woman turns up dead, Lt. Nicholson dismisses the case. After all, being a suburb of Chicago, Lincoln Prairie has its share of homeless citizens, and another dead one-especially in the winter-ranks pretty low on the lieutenant’s radar screen. She’s more worried about an assault on a city alderman. But unable to let the woman’s death go, Marti takes it upon herself to figure out the truth, even if it costs Marti her job. Could this homicide be part of a larger pattern? Can Marti find the killer before another person turns up dead?

The twelfth book in Eleanor Taylor Bland’s acclaimed series, A Cold and Silent Dying is a suspenseful, compelling, compassionate story.


Click for more detail about Fatal Remains (A Marti MacAlister Mystery) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Fatal Remains (A Marti MacAlister Mystery)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Minotaur Books (Dec 12, 2003)
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When Marti MacAlister and her partner Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik respond to a report of skeletal remains found on a wooded piece of land, the pair has no idea it’s just the first indication of a convoluted case of murder and conspiracy dating back hundreds of years. The skeleton turns out to be quite a mystery in itself, leading Native American groups and historians specializing in the Underground Railroad to flock to the site.

Unfortunately for all involved, the violence associated with the area is not confined to the distant past, and soon reports of mysterious accidents and suspicious deaths are coming in faster than Marti would like. A small contingent of locals even swears the land is haunted by a ghost intent on exacting a vicious revenge for some unknown grievance. Marti knows there must be a more traditional explanation, and it’s her job to find out what it is. Eleanor Taylor Bland is at the top of her form in this taut, well-researched, suspenseful entry in her award-winning Marti MacAlister series.


Click for more detail about Windy City Dying: A Marti MacAlister Mystery by Eleanor Taylor Bland Windy City Dying: A Marti MacAlister Mystery

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Minotaur Books (Nov 01, 2003)
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Marti MacAlister, Eleanor Taylor Bland’s popular African-American heroine, is forced to confront some extremely personal demons from long ago-her husband Johnny MacAlister is long-buried, but now someone from Johnny’s past is back, looking for him, and Marti fears she knows who it might be.In the meantime, her work as a suburban Chicago homicide detective has taken her back in time in another way, to a group of children she once counseled, each now four years older and with four more year’s worth of problems. There’s LaShawna, now seventeen and with her own four-year-old daughter; Padgett, all grown up at twelve but still living with his alcoholic mother; and then Jose, fifteen, who’s in the most trouble of them all. He’s been accused of murder, but the Jose that Marti remembers could not have committed such a terrible crime. Her first step is to find out what could have happened in the past four years to lead Jose to such a desperate act, and she hopes her second step will be to prove his innocence.It won’t be easy, though; just what’s going on with this tight group of kids, and how does it relate to the increasingly foreboding sense of doom Marti gets about the mystery man who’s nosing around the remnants of her distant past? She’s not sure, but she knows she must figure it all out, and soon, before another of the children, or even Marti herself, falls into grave danger. Windy City Dying is another taut, absorbing read from one of the masters of mystery fiction.


Click for more detail about The Bridge: A Novel by Solomon Jones The Bridge: A Novel

by Solomon Jones
Minotaur Books (Jun 03, 2003)
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Sometimes, Philadelphia Police Detective Kevin Lynch feels he has spent his whole life trying to put his past firmly behind him. But a frantic call for help from a childhood friend whose child has gone missing changes all that.

Now Lynch must summon the courage to return to his childhood home, the infamous projects known as The Bridge. As the case unfolds and the search for Kenya, the missing girl, intensifies, the secrets guarded by her family and friends begin to emerge. And the hidden truths are more sinister and malevolent than Lynch could ever imagine, and once again, The Bridge threatens to be his downfall.

Solomon Jones’s The Bridge is a gritty, suspenseful novel in which the root causes of crime share the stage with their tragic consequences, allowing an intimate window into ghetto life.

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Click for more detail about Whispers in the Dark: A Marti MacAlister Mystery by Eleanor Taylor Bland Whispers in the Dark: A Marti MacAlister Mystery

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Minotaur Books (Nov 01, 2002)
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A fine rain was falling as Detective Marti MacAlister made her way through the tall grass to the wooded area where the arm had been found. It was cool for early September, and the rain, little more than a mist, felt cold. Marti stared at the hand. The fingers were curled in a beckoning gesture.

Eleanor Taylor Bland’s popular African-American heroine, homicide detective Marti MacAlister, and her partner are assigned a most unusual case-all that’s left of the unfortunate murder victim is an arm. Their investigation leads them into the exclusive and secretive history of the artistic community in Lincoln Prairie, Illinois.

Meanwhile, Marti’s troubled best friend Sharon is slowly getting involved with a man who makes Sharon’s friends and family uneasy. When he spirits her away to the Bahamas, then lures her daughter down after them, Marti has no choice but to go to the islands on a dramatic rescue mission.

Another captivating tale of danger and obsession from Eleanor Taylor Bland, Whispers in the Dark will keep fans and new readers alike in gripping suspense.


Click for more detail about Scream in Silence (Marti MacAlister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Scream in Silence (Marti MacAlister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Minotaur Books (Feb 15, 2001)
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Beloved for both her complex mysteries and her fascinating main character, African-American female cop Marti MacAlister, Eleanor Taylor Bland is "one of today’s most talented mystery writers" (Booklist). Now Marti is newly married, juggling domestic bliss and a blended family, when an arsonist/bomber shatters the peace of their sleepy Chicago suburb. Suddenly Marti and her partner Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik are working overtime to investigate a series of crimes that appear victimless—until a woman’s charred body is discovered in the smoking ruins of a vacant house. There’s no time to lose as they race to find a sociopath who has them in his sights—as he graduates from backlot blazes to wholesale homicide, in search of the ultimate thrill….


Click for more detail about Tell No Tales (Marti Macalister Mysteries) by Eleanor Taylor Bland Tell No Tales (Marti Macalister Mysteries)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Minotaur Books (Mar 15, 2000)
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The blissful aftermath of Marti MacAlister’s second wedding doesn’t last long when her longtime partner Matthew "Vik" Jessennovik interrupts the honeymoon with some disturbing news. Two murders-one recent and another decades old-shock a wealthy Chicago suburb. Now Marti and Vik must get to the heart of two complex cases. And what they uncover will put their unlikely partnership at risk-not to mention their lives…




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