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A Killer Thriller Collection - Eight The Hard Way (Mystery Thriller Suspense) [Kindle Edition]

Nick Stephenson , Ryan King , Kay Hadashi , Alan McDermott , Micheal Maxwell , R.S. Guthrie , Robert Swartwood , D. D. VanDyke
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Book Description

Eight thrilling stories from eight masters of suspense:

Paydown - by Nick Stephenson. When a high-flying Wall Street investment banker is found brutally killed, what started out as a simple fraud case turns into expert criminologist Leopold Blake's first ever murder investigation. As the glamor of Wall Street is stripped away by a series of catastrophic discoveries, Leopold will have to decide how much he is prepared to risk in order to uncover the truth - and whether it's a price he's willing to pay.

Story Length: 25,000 words, approx. 95 print pages.

Off the Leash - by D. D. Vandyke. There’s not much left that can surprise private investigator California “Cal” Corwin any more, especially since the accident. But after a brutal murder leaves the city’s best detectives stumped, Cal must step up her game and find answers before it’s too late— and the clock is ticking...

Story Length: 9,000 words, approx. 30 print pages.

Mr. Mockingbird Drive - by Robert Swartwood. Julio and Tyshawn are far from professional thieves, but they get by. After weeks spent researching the perfect mark, the boys are ready to strike - and the payout is going to be unbelievable...Mr. Mockingbird Drive is a cleverly deceptive piece of flash fiction. The story first featured in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Winter 2012.

Story Length: 2,000 words, approx. 8 print pages.

Ladies Weekend - by Ryan King. A trip to the Gulf Shores with her three sisters-in-law was not exactly Cathy's idea of a good time. With a dark secret to protect, a weekend stuck with the meddling Biddle sisters might have been too much to bear - but, thankfully for Cathy, there's nothing a little "medicine" can't fix...This delightfully twisted story was first published in 2012.

Story Length: 6,000 words, approx. 23 print pages.

Veritas: Concubine - by R.S. Guthrie. How far would you go to find the truth? Shale Veritas is not his real name, but that's not important. What's important is why he's taken an interest in you - and what you've done to deserve it...This dark, atmospheric tale of revenge, justice, and redemption is not for the faint-hearted. You have been warned.

Story Length: 8,300 words, approx. 32 print pages.

Divide and Conquer - by Kay Hadashi. Nobody ever told June Kato that babysitting could be such hard work... As a world-class neurosurgeon, June is used to dealing with high-pressure situations. But when a trio of violent thugs invade her home while her four-year-old nieces are staying over, nap time suddenly takes on a whole new meaning. A thrill-ride from start to finish.

Story Length: 12,000 words, approx. 46 print pages.

Recidivist - by Alan McDermott. Something needs to be done about Steven Howe. Even though he's yet to see his twelfth birthday, after 97 arrests the police and social services have had enough. Forced to attend a state-sponsored retreat for troubled youths, Steven is about to find out just how far the government is prepared to go to meet their targets - starting with him.

Story Length: 5,000 words, approx. 19 print pages.

Return of the Bride - by Micheal Maxwell. Tradition has it that Al-Qurnah is the site of the Garden of Eden. But for Phillip Sear, a man who has lived with sin his entire life, it has an entirely different significance. On a journey to redeem himself for a lifetime of selfish choices, Sear will finally learn how to keep his promises - but at what cost?

Story Length: 2,000 words, approx. 8 print pages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3562 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8OZW1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #370 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars holiday book 14 Jun. 2014
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Reason I choose this book was that I needed something with a bit of a mystery and to keep me occupied on a long flight ,also as I am one of the worst sleepers this was a good book to pick up any time of day or night ,there are some good stories in this collection I would recommend the collection to people that like a good thriller
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection 6 Jun. 2014
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This is a great collection of short stories. Great quick reads that keep you guessing until the very last page of each book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting collection 18 Jun. 2014
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Interesting reading and good collection of short mystery/ thriller tales to keep you in suspense. The stories reminded me of the classic tv programme " Tales of the Unexpected" Highly recommended to those who have not the patience in reading lengthy books but wants a quick/ enjoyable read and where the stories get straight to the point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This collection is a decent selection of short thriller / crime stories. They range from about 8 print pages to 95 print pages (equivalent), so it is easy to pick up and put down if you are looking for quick reads. It has been a while since I read anything other than full length novels, so I thought I would give this a go for a change of authors and for convenient, quick entertainment. Overall, the stories are well told and interesting, although the short story format does leave you wanting more at times. I will certainly try other books by some of the authors, as the quality was pretty good for a free Kindle book. The collection seemed to load and run OK on my Android Tablet running the Kindle App.

The product page has a precis of each story, so I am not going to spoil things by addding any more info.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to dip in and out of 5 Sept. 2014
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These 8 short stories should have something for everyone. All of them are different but all are succinct and well written. The book is a little like a taster menu, allowing you to decide what you like before finding other books by the same author. Well worth a try.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mix of Style 18 April 2015
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This is collection of short stories written by 8 master suspense authors. This mix of mystery and suspense highlights what really each one is made of.

I am not a big fan of short stories, they are IMO totally unsatisfying. Here we have some stories that are better than others, some shorter than others, some full of action and some going nowhere. To write a suspense in a few pages authors have to use economical and carefully selected words and unfold quickly his drama and bring it to a satisfying resolution, a task difficult to accomplish when the need to count words is a priority. Here some hit the target and some left you hanging.

In many ways it is good to sample different styles and to try out several writers that are not necessary household names. We can pick and choose at will who to follow next. This anthology was a free promotion and implementing this approach is an amazing way the affect the bottom line for these authors. At least I hope so....

The presentation is very well done. The edition I received from Mr. Stephenson had a hyperlinked Table of contents letting me select which one to read first. I preferred reading them in sequence but the choice was there.

You can read at an excellent synopsis of each book at Goodreads
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting, some not so 16 Oct. 2014
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I have never been a fan of short stories, however some of these are really quite good. In particular the ones by Nick Stephenson, Kay Hadashi and Alan McDermott, possibly because they were slightly longer than the others but I think they were well written with an interesting storyline, will be reading other works by these authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Katlady
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Have only read 1st 3 books quite good read. Mainly read kindle on holiday as have huge backlog of books to get through in house. Not bad for price and have bought other sets as even if I only read 1 or 2 complete books I have had my moneys worth.
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