The diamond industry explodes in anarchy when a cache of rare gems is discovered in Russia in this intellectual thriller At London’s Diamond Enterprises, a major crisis is brewing: In the tundra of northern Russia, a newly discovered mine is producing a cache of flawless, five-carat red diamonds. These dazzling “blood stones” are beyond price, and powerful jeweler Ivan Karakov is about to sign an exclusive contract with Moscow to sell the gems. He must be stopped before he destabilizes the market and sends the industry plunging into free fall. With the future of Diamond Enterprises at risk, its employees start scrambling for power. Young, ambitious James Hastings—whose beautiful wife, Elizabeth, is his most powerful asset as well as his most dangerous weakness—is sent to Russia to negotiate with Karakov. Chairman Julius Heyderman, haunted by his tragic past and troubled daughter, returns from South Africa to deal with longtime adversary Arthur Harris. Reece, trapped in a relationship he can’t control, is universally hated by all at DE, while Ray Andrews seeks redemption for a terrible mistake and Ruth Fraser sleeps her way to the top in hopes of becoming DE’s first female leader. A riveting tale of greed, betrayal, and industrial espionage, Blood Stones reveals how much people are willing to sacrifice for money.
The new mystery featuring Detective Inspector Hardcastle in this popular First World War series - September 1916. A Zeppelin with a deadly payload is aimed at Victoria station, but when the bombs miss their mark and instead destroy a nearby house in Washbourne Street, mystery ensues for DI Hardcastle. The body of a woman is discovered, who was not only unknown to the tenants of the building but also appears to have died before the bombs were even dropped…
"Another enthralling investigative thriller… Arnold's stories in this series reveal realistic investigative procedures and the characters are well developed. Her stories are well written and readers easily become drawn into the story line. Highly recommend."
–My Book Reviews
When the victims have no voice, someone needs to defend them.
The first victim was poisoned. Three others are missing. One turns up dead.
It's almost Christmastime, but FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team are packing their bags for Colorado to stop a serial killer. But they soon find out this might not be an easy case to solve as the killer's method of operation keeps changing.
A look into the victims' pasts reveals one commonality, though: they all beat charges of animal abuse. The killer, known as the Advocate, is inflicting the same treatment on them that they had allegedly committed against their animals. And while the job is all about finding justice, this investigation has the FBI team questioning who is on the right side—them or the murderer. But they're going to have to get themselves together quickly if they're going to catch a killer and return home for the holidays.
From early in the career of acclaimed international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong comes a dark, menacing, Kafkaesque thriller Berg comes to the village to begin a new job and a new life far from the oppression of his mother. From the start, he feels ill at ease. His landlady is a widow whose husband died after eating poisoned mushrooms, and who cooks the foulest stew he has ever tasted. Her daughter, Monika, is a flirt who seems intent on undermining Berg’s fragile confidence. His job is a mystery of paper-pushing and classified documents, none of which he is allowed to understand. As the days go by, he feels a growing sense of dread. The town is closing in for the kill. While Berg is sleeping, Monika is raped and left near death on the first floor of her house. She accuses Berg of the crime, drawing him into a labyrinth of bureaucratic justice from which insanity may be the only escape.
window’s lead is melting, its glass is bowing out. Within the plaster walls,
horsehairs crisp in filaments of fire. Soon there is nothing left within the
room. Wood. Wool. Flesh. Even metal. Gone. So now, like any living thing, flame
has a choice:
Across the threshold, a city sleeps.’
GOD’S VENGEANCE BE SPECTACULAR?
1666. The Great Plague, that killed 100,000
citizens, has passed. Londoners celebrate survival in different ways. Some with
praising God. Many, including the Merry Monarch and his court, with sin. They
drink. They gamble. They indulge in carnal delights.
666 is the number of the Beast, this the
year foretold when Christ will return. To slay the Devil. To bring the New Jerusalem.
A gang of fanatics – the Saints - choose
to hasten that prophesied day. They will kidnap, rape, murder. Above all, they
will kill a king. For in the renegade Captain Blood they have the perfect assassin.
Two men - the highwayman William Coke and
the thief-taker Pitman - are recruited to stop them. Both fall victim to the
Saint’s foul plots. All seems lost…
Yet in the early hours of September 2nd,
1666, something starts that will overtake them all – fanatics, princes,
soldiers and fops, actresses and holy murderers. For the year of the Beast is
three quarters done and the Devil has not yet had his due.
London’s a tinder box. Politically,
sexually, religiously. Literally. It is about to burn.
‘The brilliance of Fire is that while the villains and their motives
are known, the rest of the plot is slowly revealed in an engrossing
thriller that shifts from a riverside theatre to the cramped confines of
a 17th-century warship and finally to the congested parishes of
London.’ - Macleans Magazine
When softhearted handyman Cedric O'Toole agrees to help Barry Mitchell renovate his farmhouse, he finds himself facing old fears. Not only did Mitchell bully Cedric all through school, but his life has been troubled ever since. Now, just out of prison, he's broke and his parents have gone missing, leaving a cloud of suspicion hanging over his head. But when Barry warns him not to touch the boarded-up door in the cellar, the ever-curious Cedric can't resist. The small storage room, obviously unused in years, contains jars of preserves, barrels of dried apples and a pile of small bones. As he sets out to discover who died and how, Cedric uncovers a tale of violence, deception and abuse. And he learns just how far Barry will go to keep a tragic family secret from coming to light.
While pursuing a seductive female terrorist, Detective Frank Pagan crosses the line between duty and sexual obsession in international bestselling author Campbell Armstrong’s spellbinding thriller. It’s a name that makes counterterrorism agents’ blood run cold because it is attached to hundreds of deaths—murders by hand, by bomb, by knife. Carlotta. She haunts Frank Pagan’s dreams and seems to taunt him at every turn. Despite following every lead, the renegade detective can’t catch the female terrorist he needs to thwart and bring to justice. As their cat-and-mouse game heats up, Frank can’t admit to anyone but himself that he finds the woman fascinating—and that she seems to be equally attracted to him. With his final Frank Pagan novel, Campbell Armstrong delivers an incendiary psychological thriller.Heat is the 5th book in the Frank Pagan Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
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