The Twenty-Year Death: Police at the Funeral

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The Twenty-Year Death (Hardback)

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She was beautiful. He was damned.

1931—The body found in the gutter in France led the police inspector to the dead man’s beautiful daughter—and to her hot-tempered American husband.

1941—A hardboiled private eye hired to keep a movie studio’s leading lady happy uncovers the truth behind the brutal slaying of a Hollywood starlet.

1951—A desperate man pursuing his last chance at redemption finds himself with blood on his hands and the police on his trail…

Three complete novels that, taken together, tell a single epic story, about an author whose life is shattered when violence and tragedy consume the people closest to him.

Rose McGowan posed for the cover painting

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A Diet Of Treacle

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She Went Looking For Thrills — And Found Murder!

Anita Carbone was a good girl—and it bored her. That’s why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit and dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she met Joe Milani, the troubled young war veteran with the gentle touch. But it was also where she met his drug-dealing roommate—a man whose unnatural appetites led to murder…

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Lucky At Cards

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At Cards And With Women, Bill Maynard Knew How To Cheat

He Handled Cards Like A Master… But Could He Handle Her?

On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action—but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill’s latest mark. Together they hatch an ingenious scheme to get rid of her husband. But in life as in poker, the other player sometimes has an ace up his sleeve…

Straight Cut

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She Was A Pawn In Their Deadly Game…

A freelance film editor, Tracy Bateman goes where the work is. So when his old partner calls with an assignment, Tracy finds himself on a plane to Rome. But there are surprises waiting for him—deadly surprises that will lead him on a desperate chase across Europe, into the hands of a pair of brutal drug smugglers, and back to New York City, where the greatest betrayal of all awaits…

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A Touch of Death

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It Began as a Burglary… And Ended As A Nightmare!

The burglary sounded like an easy score—but Lee Scarborough didn’t count on having to face off against a woman as ruthless as Madelon Butler.

When Lee Scarborough came upon the brunette sunbathing topless in her back yard, getting involved in a heist was the last thing on his mind. But somehow that’s where he found himself—sneaking through a stranger’s house, on the hunt for $120,000 in embezzled bank funds. It looked like an easy score. But one thing stood between him and the money: the beautiful and deadly Madelon Butler.

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Kiss Her Goodbye

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For What She Went Through, Somebody Had To Pay…

When his daughter is found dead, underworld enforcer Joe Hope will stop at nothing to find the person responsible.

When people in Edinburgh want to borrow money, they go to Cooper. When they don’t pay it back, they get a visit from Joe Hope. But now Joe’s got problems of his own. His teenage daughter is found dead, an apparent suicide. Then the police arrest him for murder. But for once in his life, Joe’s innocent—and with help from Scotland’s hardest men (and one of Scotland’s hardest women), he sets out to find the person who framed him and deliver his own brutal brand of justice.

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Grifter’s Game (Original title: Mona)

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Did He Want Her Enough To Kill For Her?

Joe Marlin thought he was just stealing the man’s luggage. But what he wound up stealing was 60 cubic inches of raw heroin — and the man’s wife!

Con man Joe Marlin was used to scoring easy cash off beautiful women. But that was before he met Mona Brassard and found himself facing the most dangerous con of his career, one that will leave him either a killer — or a corpse.

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