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Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
by Ryan Holiday (Author)
A stunning story about how power works in the modern age–the book the New York Times called “one helluva page-turner” and The Sunday Times of London celebrated as “riveting…an astonishing modern media conspiracy that is a fantastic read.” Pick up the book everyone is talking about.
In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel’s sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn’t consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private.
This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker’s CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawker’s demise was not incidental–it had been masterminded by Thiel.
White Heat: A Novel (An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery)
by M. J. McGrath (Author)
Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award, White Heat is the first book in the gripping Edie Kiglatuk Mystery Series, with “an Arctic setting so real it’ll give you frostbite” (Dana Stabenow, author of A Cold Day for Murder)
Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from her community’s Council of Elders. While Edie is leading two tourists on a hunting expedition, one of them is shot and killed. The Council wants to call it an accident, but Edie and police sergeant Derek Palliser suspect otherwise. When the other tourist disappears, Edie sets off into the far reaches of the tundra for answers.
A stunning debut novel, White Heat launches a formidable new series set amidst an unforgiving landscape of ice and rock, of spirit ancestors, and never-rotting bones.
Lexie Starr Cozy Mysteries Boxed Set (Three Complete Cozy Mysteries in One) (A Lexie Starr Mystery)
by Jeanne Glidewell (Author), Alice Duncan (Editor)
Join widowed library assistant and amateur sleuth Lexie Starr on her first three encounters with mayhem, murder, and a potential suitor.
Book 1: Lexie Starr accidently discovers that her new son-in-law may be guilty of murdering his first wife. Then Lexie’s daughter, Wendy, disappears.
Book 2: At the Grand Opening of a local B&B, the Historical Society’s president is found murdered in the inn’s grandest suite, and Lexie, much to the owner’s chagrin, horns her way in on the investigation.
Book 3: Lexie Starr has converted her boyfriend’s B&B into a haunted house for Halloween. But when a young college student is found truly dead in the makeshift coffin in the parlor, Lexie fears for her boyfriend’s business and sets out to solve the murder.
Born to be My Baby (Canyon Creek, CO Book 1)
by Lori Ryan (Author), Kay Manis (Author)
USA Today calls Ryan and Manis, “the ideal romance-writing duo.” Find out why with book one in this sexy, heart-warming new series. Born to be My Baby can be read as a standalone book, but you’ll want to read them all!
She didn’t want him home any more than he wanted to be there …
Ben Sumner left the suffocating small town of Canyon Creek, Colorado ten years ago, and never looked back. His father’s death has brought him home, only to discover his parents have leveraged the family land to build their dream lodge. His mother could lose everything if Ben doesn’t find a way to meet the terms of a steep loan.
Kickass Sidekicks: Murder Mysteries With Detective Duos
by Julie Smith (Author), Adrienne Barbeau (Author), Tracy Whiting (Author), Shelley Singer (Author), Rob Swigart (Author)
DOUBLE TROUBLE, DOUBLE FUN!
Who is Holmes without his Watson, Scully without her Mulder? Half the fun of a witty, fast-paced mystery is watching two wildly different kinds of detectives duke it out verbally while puzzling out a nearly impossible solution. Especially if they happen to be attracted to each other. In these five, some are, some aren’t, but in each case, these dynamic duos complete, complement and—often—thoroughly infuriate each other. (In the friendliest possible way, of course.) Double detectives, double fun at less than half the normal price!
Editor’s Note: These are all full-length novels, not short stories, and, in the great tradition of The Omnibus are a collection of themed books, meant to showcase partners working together, not to introduce first novels in a series. Many of these are mid-series–but they in no way depend on the rest of the series. Simply enjoy as stand-alones!
They’d be Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito if this were a movie. In Louisiana Lament, they’re P.I.s Talba Wallis and Eddie Valentino. Talba’s a young, African-American, computer-brilliant, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and a noted poet by night; Eddie’s pushing seventy, white, hopelessly tech-challenged, and pretty much burned out. Somehow, they make it work—with Talba’s tech-and-street smarts, and Eddie’s old-school hard-earned savvy, they even complement each other.
MAKE ME DEAD
How can you go wrong with a 500-year-old vampyre movie star and her mortally attractive crush—a macho, all too human L.A. cop, on a jaunt to New Orleans in this adventure. A flaming hot combo to begin with, but spiced up with author Barbeau’s sassy writing, it’s a treat for cozy and paranormal fans alike. Because, as always in a Vampyres of Hollywood mystery, the biting wit is sharper than a nip from a passing vampyre—humor, wit, and satire are what this engaging series is really all about.
THE 13TH FELLOW
American Professor Havilah Gaie has always seen herself as “an academic version of Pam Grier’s characters: smart, quick on their feet, loyal with a keen sense of purpose.” Now she’s got a chance to suit up for action because suddenly she’s a witness in a murder—in Provence. Havilah’s at the center of the mystery, and so is Thierry Gasquet, a dashing French agent who doesn’t care much for amateur detectives. Who resists a dashing French agent? Hint: It’s a lot of fun watching Havilah try.
SPIT IN THE OCEAN
Ex-Chicago-cop Jake Samson and his ever-sharp Watson, Rosie Vicente, hired by a bank to find out who made an unauthorized withdrawal, blow into a coastal California town as a savage storm is approaching. It was quite a bank job–the vault emptied out, not a shot fired. In fact, it resembled a burglary more than a bank job, but when you rob a sperm bank, that’s sometimes all it takes. Need we say Jake and Rosie have a ball!
THE DELPHI AGENDA
Papyrologist Lisa Emmer and her cohort, a mysterious banker named Steve, unravel of secrets of ancient history mixed in with a chilling conspiracy that brings to mind the best of Dan Brown. What’s going on: The Inquisition is back! And this time they have technology. An action-packed and very exotic international thriller!
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