A Great Mystery: Borderline by Joseph Badal

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Borderline (Lassiter/Martinez Case Files Book 1)

 

Lead detectives Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez are a hoot! Don’t miss this one. 

 

Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez, two New Mexico homicide detectives, are assigned to investigate the murder of a wealthy Albuquerque socialite. They soon discover that the victim, a narcissistic borderline personality, played a lifetime game of destroying people’s lives. As a result, the list of suspects in her murder is extensive.

The detectives find themselves enmeshed in a helix of possible perpetrators with opportunity, means, and motive—and soon question giving their best efforts to solve the case the more they learn about the victim’s hideous past.
Their job gets tougher when the victim’s psychiatrist is murdered and DVDs turn up that show the doctor had serial sexual relationships with a large number of his female patients, including the murder victim.

“Borderline” presents a fascinating cast of characters, including two heroic female detective-protagonists and a diabolical villain; a rollercoaster ride of suspense; and an ending that will surprise and shock the reader.

 

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“Joe Badal has had a varied and successful career. In addition to having had 11 suspense novels published — The Pythagorean Solution, Shell Game, Ultimate Betrayal, Evil Deeds (Danforth Saga #1), Terror Cell (Danforth Saga #2), The Nostradamus Secret (Danforth Saga #3),The Lone Wolf Agenda (Danforth Saga #4), Death Ship (Danforth Saga #5), Borderline (#1 in the Lassiter/Martinez Case Files series), The Motive (#1 in the Cycle of Violence series–released 7/19/16), and Dark Angel (#2 in the Lassiter/Martinez Case Files series), he has had a number of short stories published.

He is an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author and has received numerous awards, including being recognized as “One of The 50 Best Writers You Should Be Reading.” He is a two-time winner of the Tony Hillerman Award for Best Fiction Book, and has received Gold and Silver Medals from the Military Writers Society of America. In May 2017, his books, The Motive and Borderline, were named finalists in the International Book Awards contest in the Thriller/Adventure and Mystery/Suspense categories, respectively.

Joe worked for 38 years in the banking and financial services industries.

Prior to his finance career, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in critical, highly classified positions in the U.S. and overseas, including tours of duty in Greece and Vietnam. He earned numerous military decorations.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Finance and Business Administration, and is multi-lingual.

Joe has also written dozens of articles that have been published in a variety of business magazines and trade journals, and is a frequent speaker at business and writers’ events. His blog, Everyday Heroes, highlights individuals just like you who are confronted with a challenge and rise to the occasion.”

 

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The Death Notice Trilogy by Zhou Haohui

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“This procedural, the first novel in China’s most popular suspense trilogy, boasts the rich cultural immersion, the bird’s-eye view of procedural technique in an international police force, and the complex mysteries that have long driven the popularity of Scandinavian crime fiction.”
Booklist, starred review

“A perfect cat-and-mouse thriller where Eumenides, a vigilante, is toying with the police as he exacts revenge on those he feels need punishing. The stakes are always high involving at least one person’s life as the police race to stop Eumenides’s vengeance, but he’s always a few steps ahead…The perfect balance of mystery, thriller, tension, and twists.”
BookRiot, “The Best 2018 Beach Reads”

 

An elite police squad hunts a manipulative mastermind out to publically execute criminals the law cannot reach. A wild thriller and deadly game of cat-and-mouse from one of China’s most popular authors. For fans of Jo Nesbo, Se7en, and Hong Kong police cinema.

The brutal murder of respected police officer Sergeant Zheng Haoming sends shock waves through Chengdu, a modern metropolis in the heart of China’s stunning Sichuan province. He had been obsessed by an unsolved, eighteen-year-old murder case until an entity calling itself Eumenides (after the Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution) releases a terrifying manifesto. Is the manifesto a sick joke, or something more sinister? Soon, the public starts nominating worthy targets for Eumenides to kill, and, two days later, Sergeant Zheng is dead.

Eumenides’ cunning game is only getting started. The police receive a “death notice,” a chilling note announcing the killer’s next target, the crimes they have committed, and the date of their execution. The note is both a challenge and a taunt to the police. When the first victim dies in public, under their complete protection, the police are left stunned. More death notices are coming. The chase is on.

Death Notice is an explosive, page-turning thriller filtered through a vibrant cultural lens. Zhou Haohui expertly adds an exhilarating new perspective to the twists and tropes of the genre all fans love, making for a uniquely propulsive and entertaining read.

 

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ZHOU HAOHUI is regarded as one of the top three suspense authors in China today. The Death Notice trilogy is China’s bestselling work of suspense fiction to date. The online series based on these novels has received more than 2.4 billion views and achieved almost legendary status among Chinese online dramas. He lives in Yangzhou, in China’s Jiangsu province.

 

 

 

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Historical Fiction: Father Divine’s Bikes by Steve Bassett

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“Father Divine’s Bikes” by Steve Bassett is a must-read for those who love historical fiction, crime and coming of age. I was excited to learn this is book one in a series – the ending left me wanting more! 

 

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FATHER DIVINE’S BIKES exposes the dark underbelly of 1945 Newark, New Jersey; a city that boomed during World War II but finds itself unable to cope with the peace that brings joblessness, despair and crime. As deeply-entrenched white enclaves are squeezed by the mass migration of blacks, escape routes for poor ethnic whites rapidly close. Two Catholic altar boys living in a world ripe for grifters, like Father Divine, soon learn that his promise of heaven on earth has hellish consequences.

In the autumn of 1945, a battle erupts when the city’s competing mobs end their truce. When it gets bloody, other criminal forces poise to move in. Black bookies, using Father Divine’s controversial International Peace Mission Movement as a front, recruit Joey Bancik and Richie Maxwell to run numbers under the guise of newspaper routes.

The boys’ families welcome the few bucks they can put on the table. Meanwhile, their parish priest and two homicide detectives fear the numbers racket will entrap the boys in a world of crime.

Turf wars, murders, and a corrupt police department in bed with the mob form a dark and gritty backdrop against a story of post-war Newark and the violence that permeated it.

 

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Born and raised in Newark’s crime-ridden Third Ward, although far removed during a career as a multiple award-winning journalist, Steve Bassett has always been the proud sobriquet Jersey Guy. He has been legally blind for almost a decade, but having this hasn’t slowed him down.

Bassett has written two nonfiction books, The Battered Rich and Golden Ghetto: How the Americans and French Fell In and Out of Love During the Cold War. Continuing with his newest fiction release, Father Divine’s Bikes, readers share in his insights that earned him three Emmys for investigative documentaries, and the California Bar Association’s first Medallion Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Administration of Justice. He now resides in Placitas, New Mexico with his wife, Darlene.

 

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