Right Behind You
Is he a hero?
Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters.
Is he a killer?
Then the call comes in. A double-murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: the shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.
All she knows for sure: he’s back.
As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: is her brother a hero, or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.
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My name is Flora Dane and I was kidnapped from a beach on spring break. I spent 472 days with my captor before I was found.
And I've spent the last five years trying to reacquaint myself with the rhythms of my life. But everything is different. My relationships are fractured. I've had to learn how to protect myself, how to live in this dangerous new world.
I know that there are other predators out there and I'll do anything to stop them. Now I've killed a man, who I suspect may be involved in another girl's disappearance. Detective D.D. Warren doesn't trust me. She doesn't know whether I am a victim or a vigilante. Sometimes neither do I. But all she needs to know is that I can help. And that I'll put myself in danger again if I need to.
Because the only thing that's important is to FIND HER.
CRASH & BURN
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My name is Nicky Frank.
I'm in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing that I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her but why couldn't I find her? She's just a little girl.
The man standing in my hospital room tells me we are married but there is no Vero. That six months ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury which caused changes to my personality. I have dramatic mood swings, an inability to concentrate and large gaps in my memory. I'm much easier to anger these days. And I drink. All of which he says explains the car accident and my confusion.
Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster is investigating. He has questions about the car accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he's worried about a missing girl.
He would like to know what happened to me. So would I.
My name is Nicky Frank. This is my life.
Watch me crash and burn.
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My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.
The last thing Boston Detective D.D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.
My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.
Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D.D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.
Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain, doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.
D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women; he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:
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For years Brandon Ferringer has sought to untangle the mystery surrounding his father's disappearance. Now training as a hotshot - a seasonal wildland fire fighter - Brandon is on the verge of finally uncovering the truth. In need of temporary lodging, he rents a room at a local farm, but soon finds that his attraction to the ranch's alluring owner threatens to distract him from his mission. Single mother Victoria Meese struggles to make time for herself between raising her son Randy and running the Lady Luck Ranch. When she meets Brandon, she suddenly discovers something to believe in again. But Brandon's search for answers is about to turn dangerous, threatening their growing connection, and their very lives...
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When Tamara Allistair lost her family, she quickly learned that the only person she could rely on was herself. Now she wants revenge against the man who wronged her. But going after a target with far-reaching connections is a dangerous gamble, and soon Tamara herself is the one being threatened. A man with his own share of family issues, ex-marine C. J. MacNamara knows that protecting Tamara is the right thing to do. Keeping her safe is no easy task, but getting her to trust him is an even tougher challenge. As Tamara attempts to right a wrong ten years in the making, C.J. puts his own life on the line to protect a woman more worthy of love than anyone he's known before...
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When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer is called for jury duty, she never expects to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, and she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that he's innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago, and now he wants revenge on the people who put him behind bars. Soon Maggie becomes more than just a hostage to Cain. As they slowly begin to share the secrets of their respective pasts, she discovers there's more to him than meets the eye, and that his freedom is worth fighting for, at any cost.
TOUCH & GO
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PAIN HAS A FLAVOUR
Justin and Libby Denbe are living the dream. A beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighbourhood. A great marriage, admired by all. The perfect life.
And now they are gone.
For private investigator Tessa Leoni the scuff marks on the Denbes’ foyer floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green taser confetti scattered everywhere prove that the family has been forcibly taken. But why?
Flawless fronts can often hide the darkest of secrets and with no witnesses, no ransom demands and no motive, Tessa has no choice but to unravel the Denbes’ life – a complex web of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices – piece by piece if she is to find them before it’s too late.
Because even if you have the perfect life, survival can still be touch and go…
WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE TO YOU?
THE 7th MONTH
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In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes readers between the novels and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D.D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston. D.D. figures she’ll be useful to someone for at least one night, serving as a police expert and making a little extra money in the bargain.Headline
A simple task, until a member of the crew, a former Boston cop, is found beaten to death. Suddenly, D.D.’s date with Hollywood gets serious. Extremely pregnant, on the trail of a killer, surrounded by a hundred and four murder suspects in the middle of a graveyard, D.D. must quickly unravel a tangled web of lies. As another cast member is attacked, D.D. realizes that like it or not, her priorities have changed—and her last desperate hope is that she can catch a killer before she and her unborn baby face mortal danger.
Packed with the suspense storytelling that has turned Gardner’s novels into New York Times bestsellers, The 7th Month reveals new insights into a beloved series heroine. Includes an exclusive early look at Catch Me, coming February 2, 2012.
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IN FOUR DAYS, SOMONE IS GOING TO KILL ME...
Charlie Grant’s two childhood friends have been murdered. Same day. Same time. Exactly one year apart. Now Charlie, as the lone survivor, believes that at 8pm on 21st January, she will be next.
Boston’s top homicide detective, D.D. Warren, has never worked a case like this.
And the deeper she delves into Charlie’s claims, the more D.D. begins to question her story. Because Charlie can outfight and outrun anyone she meets and she doesn’t plan on going down without a fight. Is she truly the next victim, or is Charlie herself the biggest threat of all....
…BUT THE SON OF A BITCH HAS GOT TO CATCH ME FIRST.
LOVE YOU MORE
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WHO DO YOU LOVE?
A split-second decision and Brian Darby lies dead. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defence and for Boston detective D.D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?
As D.D.’s homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic state-wide search for a missing child, she must move quickly in order to learn all of Tessa’s secrets and understand what has happened to the little girl.
But for Tessa, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with no one to trust and nowhere to turn, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight: all that matters is her child and no one could love her more…
Two women. With one question…
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO SAVE YOUR CHILD?
LIVE TO TELL
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WHAT ARE THE CHANCES YOU’LL LIVE TO TELL
In one night of terrifying violence, four members of a family are brutally murdered, leaving the father – a possible suspect – clinging to life. When police detective D. D. Warren is called in, she’s all too aware that it’s a race against time. But there’s more to the case than meets the eye…
Twenty-five years ago, Nurse Danielle Burton’s life was rent asunder by a horrifying family tragedy. Now working on a paediatric psychiatry ward, she’s sure that the past is long-buried. Until D. D.’s questions bring it all flooding back.
Victoria Oliver is a devoted mother, determined to protect her son, no matter the cost. But, like Danielle and D. D., she’s soon to discover that the most devastating crimes can be those closest to home.
WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO YOU?
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WHEN EVERYONE BELIEVES YOU HAVE THE PERFECT LIFE
A house in suburban Boston, a perfect family; pretty, young mother Sandra Jones seemingly has it all. But when Sandra goes missing, leaving her four-year-old daughter as the only witness, it appears that all is not as idyllic as her neighbours would believe…
As Detective D. D. Warren delves deeper into the fabric of the Jones’ lives, she discovers the darkness therein. With Sandra’s husband Jason seemingly intent on destroying evidence and isolating his young daughter, D. D. must determine if he is struggling to protect his way of life or fighting to cover his tracks.
The perfect family or the ultimate lie?
HOW DO YOU TELL THEM IT’S A LIE?
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HE KNOWS ALL YOUR DEEPEST FEARS.
Women are going missing; prostitutes, runaways, the forgotten ones. Eighteen-year-old Delilah Rose knows something about their disappearances but she’ll only talk to one woman, FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy.
Even as Kimberly struggles to comprehend the horrifying tale Delilah has to tell, she must trace their only lead – a man who gets his kicks in the creepiest of ways – if she is to find a brutal serial killer, who is surely about to strike again.
With no bodies and no clues, Kimberly’s options are limited. Yet she feels herself drawing ever closer to the culprit. But how close is too close? And when is it time to say goodbye?
DO YOU STILL THINK YOU CAN GET AWAY?
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YOU CAN RUN. YOU CAN HIDE.
Annabelle Granger was seven years old when it first happened. She arrived home to find the suitcases packed and her parents desperate to flee their home. Then followed years spent running, from what, or who, she doesn’t know, just an endless blur of new faces and new towns.
Now, aged 30, Annabelle has finally settled in Boston and is happy with her life. Until the bodies of six girls are found in the grounds of an abandoned mental institute and a newspaper declares her one of the victims.
Detectives D. D. Warren and Bobby Dodge are determined to unravel the decades-old riddle and they fear that the discovery signals the return of a notorious serial killer, Mr Bosu – Bobby’s worst nightmare. As they get closer to the truth they will all be forced to confront the uncomfortable truths in their pasts; because ultimately, there is no hiding place…
BUT CAN YOU EVER ESCAPE YOUR PAST?
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IF SOMEONE YOU LOVED VANISHED
It’s 2am on a rain-beaten stretch of road near Bakersville, Oregon when a car is found abandoned, the door wrenched open, the engine running, the headlights on full-beam. The driver, Rainie Conner, is nowhere to be found.
Ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy will not rest until he’s found his estranged wife, and, together with his daughter, FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, he knows he will have to comb every facet of his wife’s life since they separated if he is to understand what happened to Rainie.
Could the troubles of her past have caught up with her? Or is her disappearance connected to the horrifying cases they’d been working on? All Quincy knows as the clock ticks down is that he is in the most desperate hunt of his life…
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO GET THEM BACK?
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YOU HAVE A SPLIT SECOND TO MAKE YOUR DECISION.
As he watches a potentially fatal hostage situation unfold through the scope of his sniper rifle, Massachusetts State Trooper Bobby Dodge knows that he may be all that stands between life and death. But from the moment Bobby pulls the trigger, killing an armed man holding his own wife and child hostage, it may be Bobby’s own life that is lost.
Detective D. D. Warren’s investigation into the shooting leads her to the impossibly beautiful young widow, Catherine Rose Gagnon, and the darkness in her past. Even as the truth behind the façade of this wealthy Boston family’s life is revealed, the body count rises. And with a sadistic, vengeful killer newly released from prison, everyone must be on their guard. For he strikes the solitary wanderer – and no one can stay protected forever…
IF YOU DON'T SHOOT, WILL HE?
THE KILLING HOUR
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WOULD YOU BE SMART ENOUGH…
For three years, Atlanta was held in the grip of terror.
It happened four times - when the temperature in Atlanta soared to a scorching hundred degrees in the shade and tempers were frayed, two girls would go out to a bar never to seen alive again. The body of the first girl would hold the key to the survival of the second but, with the clock ticking, the killing hour always came round too quickly. Only when the final missing girl was found alive did the killing stop.
Now, years later, the heat is rising on yet another scorching summer. And when trainee FBI agent Kimberly Quincy stumbles across the body of a young girl, furnished with clues to find a second, it appears that the killer is back and ready to play… Will Kimberley be able to find the girls before the madness starts all over again?
…WOULD YOU BE FAST ENOUGH TO SURVIVE?
THE SURVIVOR’S CLUB
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REVENGE IS SWEET…
Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen and Meg Pesaturo’s lives changed forever in an instant, when Eddie Como – the College Hill Rapist – came into their lives. But they refused to be victims; instead, they chose to be survivors. Helping to put him away was one form of justice but they couldn’t deny that secretly they wanted his life destroyed, as he destroyed theirs.
So when Eddie is shot down outside the courtroom on the eve of the trial, they are both relieved and revenged. But now they’re also prime suspects and surviving is about to get tougher still.
Detective Roan Griffin thinks this was a professional hit and all that remains is to work out who ordered it. He knows that the women are key but when another woman is savagely attacked, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For Griffin, the hunt is on to find the person responsible, before membership of the exclusive club grows…
BUT IS IT WORTH THE PRICE YOU PAY?
THE NEXT ACCIDENT
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WHEN SOMEONE KNOWS YOUR EVERY WEAKNESS
When FBI Special Agent Pierce Quincy’s daughter was killed in a tragic accident, her drink problem and chequered past ensured that the official report deemed it just that – an accident. But what if someone knew her weaknesses? What if someone knew just how to catch her at her most vulnerable? What if someone was determined to kill her?
Ex-cop Rainie Connor jumps at the chance to help Quincy after he saw her through the darkest days of her life. Together, they move closer to the twisted psychopath responsible – someone who craves revenge, who feeds on fear, someone who knows Quincy has another daughter, just as precious to him as Mandy.
But as they race against time to save Quincy’s surviving daughter from her sister’s fate, they know must take drastic action and decide that they need bait – Rainie. Can the killer resist the temptation of Quincy’s ex-lover? And will Rainie live to regret her decision?
HOW CAN YOU STOP THEM PREYING ON YOU?
THE THIRD VICTIM
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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF A KILLER…
Following a shocking act of violence, a young boy confesses to a horrific shooting spree at a local school. The frightened residents of Bakersville, Oregon are demanding answers but is all as it seems?
Officer Rainie Conner is leading her first homicide investigation, and whilst the event is bringing up past sins and painful memories of her own, she knows that she has to find the whole truth.
With the help of FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, Rainie launches a full investigation but she soon realises that the shooting is just the beginning; there’s someone out there watching Rainie and he won’t rest until he’s finished what he started.
HAD YOU IN HIS SIGHTS?
THE OTHER DAUGHTER
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IF YOU CAN’T TRUST YOUR FAMILY…
When Melanie wakes up in hospital all she knows is that she can’t remember any of the first nine years of her life and no-one is there waiting for her.
For Dr Stokes – who treated Melanie that night – and his wife, their decision to adopt the abandoned child comes as a blessing following their desperate struggle to deal with the brutal murder of their four-year-old daughter, Meagan.
But when, after twenty years of happy family life, Melanie suddenly finds her past under investigation by a reporter and an FBI agent, everything she thought she knew about her new life is questioned. And when horrific messages and gifts start arriving, Melanie is forced to face the terrifying reality that her family may be the last people she should trust…
THEN WHO CAN YOU TRUST?
THE PERFECT HUSBAND
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THE MAN YOU LOVED…
When Tess Beckett married Jim, a well-respected and decorated cop, she thought all her dreams had come true. But within two years the vows she made were shattered as her husband was charged with murdering ten women.
With Jim behind bars, Tess feels certain that she can move on with her life. Until she learns that Jim has escaped from prison.
As a frantic and rigorous manhunt gets underway in four states, Tess knows that it’s only a matter of time until her perfect husband tracks her down for the revenge he is sure to demand. And when he finds her, she must be ready. Because this time she’s determined that their separation will be ‘till death do us part’.
WANTED TO KILL YOU?