Dead Man’s Brother

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It Would Take More Than Luck To Find The Vatican’s Missing Millions—In The Jungles Of Brazil…

Once an art smuggler, now a respectable art dealer, Ovid Wiley awoke to find his former partner stabbed to death on his gallery floor. That was strange enough—but when a CIA agent showed up to spring him from NYPD custody, things got a lot stranger. Now the CIA is offering to clear up the murder charge, but only in return for a favor: They want Ovid to fly to Vatican City and trace the trail of a renegade priest who has gone missing with millions in church funds. What’s the connection? The priest’s lover, a woman Ovid knew in his smuggling days…

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The Colorado Kid

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Would She Learn The Dead Man’s Secret?

Who was the dead man, and what was he doing so far from home?

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues, and it’s more than a year before the man is identified. And that’s just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still…?

By Stephen King. This book is the basis for the SyFy original show Haven.

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The Speed Set

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Fast and furious excitement… frenzied and feverish passions!

From the back:

By day, they played a game of danger, flirting with death on every hairpin turn… by night, they played a game of passion, seeking new thrills with each new partner. There wasn’t anything they wouldn’t try, anything they wouldn’t do… as long as it provided the wild, hot excitement they so recklessly pursued.

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Die, Baby, Die

PEC Books N-157 1967

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Deke Fagin, known to all members of the Syndicate and the police as the ‘Investigator’ was assigned the task of finding the murderer, or murderers, of one of Annie’s girls and a trick who turned out to be the only son and heir of wealthy, influential Wilma Van Dyke. The assignment should have been an easy one, but Deke ran into a series of com-plications . . . like dope, missing persons, more murder and a new mob doing their best to muscle in on the Syndicates operation.
In fitting together the pieces of the jig-saw of violence and death Deke is constantly in grave danger himself and ends up on a cold, lonely beach, begging some cop to give him aid.

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The Insect Warriors

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Had Nature Run Amuck?

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Tall was a hunter-explorer, venturing off the tiny island fortress of his tribe and making his way through wilderness inhabited only by giant insects ten times the size of a man. Loosely protected by chitin-armor, and striking with a spear doubly-barbed with spider venom, Tall fought to find a new home for his people.
But as he roamed he became more and more aware that mankind was a stranger in this insect world, that there were no other creatures remotely like men. Then where had his people come from?
As he followed the trail of the almost-mythical Ten who had founded his tribe, Tall found more and more mysteries—and death in more forms than he had ever imagined.

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Murder By The Dozen

Popular Library #325, 1951

A Scorned Woman… A Dead Man

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KIDNAPPED!

A woman’s scream pierced the silence of the Chinese cemetery. James Lee Wong raced to the scene, only to hear the distant grinding of gears as a ruthless abductor sped off into the night with a frightened victim. The case had started with a corpse in a dark alley — and a missing $200,000 which Fang Yut, a wealthy importer, had used to smuggle opium into the States. The worried lords of Frisco’s Chinatown called Detective James Lee to clean up the scandal. Lee soon found himself thrown into a whirlpool of violence which was to culminate in the strange death of Fang Yut and in the brutal kidnapping of a white girl. This is only one of twelve exciting action-packed stories featuring the famous Chinese master sleuth, James Lee Wong.

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