Suspense – Succession

Succession
Author: Herbert Lobsenz
Publisher: LFOD Books
ISBN: 978-1463632892
Pages: 324
Published: November 2011

The time is 1963. The place is Manhattan. To pay his dying father’s hospital bills, ex-Army Ranger Jake Garrison must accept another company downsizing assignment. He’s expert at the job, but hates the pain, and this time the target is the iconic Kensington Typewriter Company. Worse, the paymaster will be “vulture capitalist” Charles Carnusty, whom Garrison suspects of seducing his wife, Diana. She is a top executive at Colepool Publishers, another nineteenth century icon, which recently made the mistake of going public and is now feeling twentieth century financial pressures. Diana blames Garrison for failing to make her pregnant.

As Garrison overturns stones inside Kensington, he meets a cast of executives, workers and wives who have given their careers to a company that allowed itself to become trapped in a doomed technology.

Diana becomes more frigid; their circle of her literary and artistic friends, all pursuing their own versions of the 1960s American dream, turn more distant and hostile.
Racism, feminism, poverty, corporate outsourcing, the line between vulture and venture capitalism all come into focus as President Kennedy is gunned down in Dallas and Kitty Genovese is stabbed to death in Kew Gardens. When Diana unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Garrison is convinced he is not the father.

An abrasive look at the era of “Mad Men,” Succession’s cast of vividly drawn characters speak a dialogue one reviewer called “laced with testosterone in a novel whose every page has a distinctive, almost uncomfortable realism.”

“Succession” is Lobsenz’s second novel. His first was the Harper Prize winning and best selling “Vangel Griffin.”

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Mystery – I’d Kill For You

I’d Kill For You
Author: Alan Plessinger
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1466333772
Pages: 214
Published: November 2011

New novel portrays unlikely alliance of jaded investigators and a 16-year-old runaway.

“I’d Kill For You” by Alan Plessinger takes readers inside a tangled web of murders and lies to depict a vulnerable young woman and her eccentric protectors.

The novel sis et in modern-day New York City and features murderers, missing persons, double-crossers and a colorful cast of supporting characters.

Lisa, a sixteen-year-old runaway, has just arrived in New York City, intending to move in with her mother. But where is her mother? Not at the address where Lisa’s been writing her. Where is she?

Enter private detective Adam De Remer, willing to offer his assistance. Adam is just what she needs, blonde, blue-eyed, gentle, understanding, forgiving of Lisa and her moods and tantrums. Lisa falls just a little bit in love with Adam, but Adam is smart enough to keep her at arm’s length.

The De Remer Brothers Private Detective Agency offer their help, thought they’re supposed to be working on something else. And Lisa will need plenty of help, because her mother’s disappearance is linked to a series of murders going back over a decade, and the danger might not be over yet.

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Mystery/Suspense – Mariachi Money

Mariachi Money
Author: Caleb H. Smith
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1470164065
Pages: 394
Published: June 2012

MARIACHI MONEY weaves a tale of murder and deception in the unlikely business of mushroom farming. How are the Mexicans who work the farms amassing such a fortune? Cody Sargent is determined to find out and stay alive in the process.

When the Branch Manager of Winston & Company’s southeastern Pennsylvania office is killed in a freak accident, Cody Sargent is transferred from the New York office to replace him. Cody is reluctant to leave the excitement of Wall Street, but recognizes his new assignment is an opportunity to gain the management experience that will eventually bring him back to Manhattan with a higher position in the financial industry The job in Pennsylvania begins promisingly enough, but Cody soon realizes little is what he’s been led to believe it is. There is wide suspicion that the previous manager’s death may not have been an accident. The dead manager’s sister-in-law, Patsy Hamilton, is vehement that he was murdered. When Cody calls on the manager’s widow to pay his respects, Patsy accosts him and demands to know what he and his company are going to do about her brother-in-law’s murder. Cody learns the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating retirement assets Winston & Co. holds for Mexican immigrants working at the local mushroom farms. These assets, in excess of a hundred million dollars, were under investigation by the former manager when he had his fatal accident. Winston & Co.’s New York office instructs Cody to continue this investigation. When Buck Camilla, the broker handling the Mexican workers’ accounts is killed during a botched home invasion, Cody realizes Patsy Hamilton is probably right about her brother-in-law’s accident being murder, and that now Cody himself may be a target for the killers.

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Suspense – Fatal Flaw

Fatal Flaw
Author: Gene Ligotti
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 978-1469194356
Pages: 427
Published: April 2012

Fatal Flaw is an all consuming suspense filled novel. George Clayton is a lawyer who finds himself embroiled in a difficult situation. Having found out that his law firm is involved in criminal activities and that the criminals will be coming after him, he decides to run. Taking with him something the firm values, he knows they are searching for him. George’s daughter, Cassandra, becomes involved in the search to clear her father’s name and to bring the criminals to justice.

A page turner, it will be difficult to put this novel down. Suspense and excitement prevail, especially in part three of the novel when the life of the heroine literally hangs by a thread. For readers of mysteries and suspense thrillers, it is a must read.

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Mystery/Suspense – Doing Max Vinyl

Doing Max Vinyl
Author: Frederick Lee Brooke
Publisher: Frederick Lee Brooke
ISBN: 978-0615469492
Pages: 464
Published: February 2012

Earth first. Okay, maybe second. Third? She’ll KILL you!

Max Vinyl’s type of success story can only happen in America. Rising from humble beginnings, he has reached the height of the computer recycling racket. Problem is, he’s using Lake Michigan as his own personal profit center. Even that wouldn’t have been a problem if his environmentalist girlfriend Tris hadn’t found out his dirty secret. And while Max is devastated by his love crashing down around him, he’s about to learn that the rage of a woman scorned packs far more firepower and potential for destruction than he had ever imagined.
Iraq War veteran Annie Ogden has spent three tormented months living in a cabin alone trying to re-discover her purpose in life. When two of Max’s thugs threaten Annie’s sister, she is dragged into his corrupt world in an unwitting alliance with the environmentalist, Tris. Which is really lousy news for Max. Will he hold up under the coordinated attacks of two furious women? As things spin completely out of control and complications mount, it’s all Max can do to stay one step ahead until it’s all he can do to stay alive!

A farce full of hysterics and chicanery, Frederick Lee Brooke’s first installment of the Annie Ogden mysteries is an incisive examination of corporate lunacy, greed and modern disconnection. Having received multiple four and five-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.com, Doing Max Vinyl: An Annie Ogden Mystery is loaded with razor-sharp dialogue, ingenious plotting and so much fun it should be illegal!

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Contemporary Suspense

Breaking News
Author: Trent Sherwood
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-145750-663-5
Pages: 312
Published: September 2011

Matt Taylor has been perched comfortably atop the evening news for over a decade. Losing his coveted evening news anchor job when executives decide to go after a younger audience shatters Matt Taylor’s world. The heartbroken journalist, who spent 12 magical years on the NBC news desk, reconnects with former college roommates and comes up with a risky scheme that will correct the injustice. If he chooses to act on this brilliant idea to regain his career, he will have to leave behind the values that have defined his life thus far. Once he has done that, there is no turning back. We interrupt this program to bring you Breaking News.

Breaking News follows Matt as he tries to get his career back on track, only to face one setback after another. An item stolen from his apartment brings him to the brink of personal ruin, as instead of being a reporter, he has become the focus of a salacious story. As he becomes embroiled in the scheme, Matt soon realizes he has gotten in way over his head. He becomes torn between the desire to revive his career and his personal ethics, realizing that the consequences of failure could be deadly.

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