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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Night Walker

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They Were On The Run — From A Dead Man!

Navy Lieutenant Dave Young wakes up with his face in bandages, another man’s name on his hospital chart, and a beautiful stranger claiming to be his wife…

When Navy Lieutenant David Young came to in a hospital bed, his face was covered with bandages and the nurses were calling him by a stranger’s name. But David’s nightmare was only beginning. Because the man they believed him to be was suspected of treason—and had driven his wife to murder. Now David’s got to make his way through a shadow world of suspicion and deception, of dirty deals and brutal crimes, and he needs to stay one step ahead of enemies whose identity he doesn’t even know—since if he can’t, his impersonation of a dead man is about to become a lot more realistic…

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The Gutter and the Grave

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Matt Cordell may be a drunk—but he’s still the best detective in New York City…

Detective Matt Cordell was happily married once, and gainfully employed, and sober. But that was before he caught his wife cheating on him with one of his operatives and took it out on the man with the butt end of a .45. Now Matt makes his home on the streets of New York and his only companions are the city’s bartenders. But trouble still knows how to find him, and when Johnny Bridges shows up from the old neighborhood, begging for Matt’s help, Cordell finds himself drawn into a case full of beautiful women and bloody murder. It’s just like the old days—only this time, when the beatings come, he may wind up on the receiving end…

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The Girl with the Long Green Heart

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She was every man’s dream—and one man’s nightmare.

Johnny Hayden and Doug Rance had a scheme to take real estate entrepreneur Wallace Gunderman for all he was worth. But they needed a girl on the inside to make it work. Enter Evelyn Stone: Gunderman’s secretary, his lover — and his worst enemy. Gunderman had promised to marry her, but never came through. Now she’s ready to make him pay…

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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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Dutch Uncle

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They Were Small-Time Crooks — In Big Time Trouble

Harry had done his time and wanted to stay clean—but with his pockets full of drug money and a dead body at his feet, it wasn’t going to be easy…

Three days out of prison and trying to stay clean, Harry Healy doesn’t really want to get involved with Manfred Pfiser’s drug deals. But he needs the cash—so he agrees to make one simple delivery. Simple, that is, till Harry stumbles across the results of a robbery cooked up by an old cellmate of his, together with a former high school baseball star, a trigger-happy sociopath, and a beach bunny who can’t seem to keep her clothing on. Now they’re all on the run—from the cops, from the drug lords, and from each other…

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Branded Woman

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She Came To Kill

Beautiful jewel smuggler Cay Morgan landed in Mazatlán with a gun in her purse — and a vendetta in her heart.

International jewelry smuggling may be a man’s business, but beautiful Cay Morgan can hold her own with the best. Until the day a shadowy rival known only as The Trader has her abducted and scarred for life as a warning to stay out of his way. Now Cay’s on her way to Mazatlán where one of The Trader’s men has been spotted. There’s a big deal going down—but she’s not there to make a score. Just to settle one.

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Plunder of the Sun [Hard Case reprint]

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On the trail of the lost treasure of the Incas — with every fortune hunter in South America closing in!

Al Colby should never have agreed to smuggle the package from Chile to Peru. Now one man’s dead, two beautiful women have betrayed him, and a couple of gunmen are hot on his trail. All because of an ancient Quechua manuscript pointing to the hiding place of a priceless hoard of gold, lost for centuries. Now the race is on — by train, by plane, by motorboat and by mule — first to find the treasure and then to escape with it alive…

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He’s Lost Everything — Except His Eye For Vengeance

The men in the tan-and-cream Chrysler came with guns blazing. When Ray Kelly woke up in the hospital, it was a month later, he was missing an eye, and his father was dead. Then things started to get bad.

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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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Home Is The Sailor

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She Took A Man And Made Him A Murderer

After years at sea, Swede Nelson just wanted to find a nice girl and settle down. What he found was Corliss Mason: sensual, irresistible—and deadly. Soon Swede’s helping Corliss cover up a killing, but how long can they get away with murder? And why can’t he shake the terrible suspicion that he’s being set up?

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The Confession

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Was he an innocent man… or a depraved killer?

Jake Danser has it all: a beautiful wife, a house in the California hills, a high-profile job as a forensic psychologist. But he’s also got a mistress. And when Jake’s mistress is found strangled to death with his necktie, it’s up to him to prove he didn’t do it. But how can he, when all the evidence says he did?

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Two for the Money

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After 16 years on the run, will Nolan bury the hatchet with the Mob — or will they bury him first?

To wipe the slate clean with an old enemy, professional thief Nolan agrees to pull one last bank heist — but when he’s double-crossed, he’ll stop at nothing to get back what’s his. Fortunately, Nolan has a couple of things going for him: an uncanny knack for survival and an unmatched hunger for revenge…

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Little Girl Lost

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Miranda Sugarman was going to become a doctor. So how did she end up shot to death on the roof of New York’s seediest strip club?

Miranda Sugarman was supposed to be in the Midwest, working as an eye doctor. So how did she wind up shot to death on the roof of New York’s seediest strip club? It’s up to detective John Blake to uncover his ex-girlfriend’s secret life as a strip tease queen. But the deeper he digs, the darker the secrets he uncovers, until a shattering face-off in an East Village tenement changes his life forever..

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Top of the Heap

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She Played The Odds — And Lost!

The client had a perfect alibi for the night Maureen Auburn disappeared — but nothing made private eye Donald Lam suspicious like a perfect alibi.

When the beautiful girlfriend of a notorious gangster vanishes, it’s up to P.I. Donald Lam to get to the bottom of her disappearance — and of a mining scam, an illegal casino operation, a double homicide, and an opportunity for an enterprising private eye to make a small fortune…if he can just stay alive long enough to cash in!

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