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Tiger Paw (an FBI Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Charles A. Cornell , Caroline Smailes
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Book Description

As a serial killer wreaks havoc on Wall Street, dismantling a corrupt financier’s empire one body at a time, FBI profiler Scott Forrester uncovers the deadly secret of a demon-worshipping Hindu cult that is determined to change the very fabric of society. Firmly in their assassin’s crosshairs, Scott Forrester is forced underground to stop the killing spree. But will he survive the deal he must make with the Devil to thwart their satanic plan?

Best Thriller 2012– Florida Writers Association, Royal Palm Literary Awards
Best Indie Thriller Nominee – Kindle Book Reviews

“A great variation to the thriller genre…the author blended a detective storyline with a thread of the esoteric which makes it stand out from other thrillers. The ending leaves you guessing… a well thought out story, with lots of action. Recommended for all lovers of thrillers and action books.” – Midwest Book Review

“5 Stars! - This book had my juices flowing-my heart pounding, blood boiling, anger, rage, PISSED OFF. It had me thinking of all kinds of things. So applicable to what is going on today. Believable. For a debut novel, I was really impressed.” – Sherry Fundin, Fundinmental Book Reviews

“This book goes far beyond a 5 STAR rating! Charles A. Cornell is a magnificent storyteller and his debut novel is brilliant. Tiger Paw was a very tumultuous read for me. It touches on everything that's wrong in government and Wall Street. I can imagine the challenge he faces when writing the next novels. It will be hard to top this.” – Laura Thomas, FU Only Knew Book Reviews

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In Charles A Cornell’s critically acclaimed mystery thriller, Tiger Paw, FBI Special Agent Scott Forrester investigates a series of bizarre murders at the center of a Wall Street stock scam. The killer’s most recent victim – billionaire Wall Street mogul Matthew Carleton - was drowned in a bath tub of red wine. The FBI believes the murders are the work of a professional hit man. But the killer leaves behind an indecipherable message that defies explanation.

Scott Forrester teams up with criminal psychologist, Dr. Rajeev Chandra. They decode the killer's cryptic warning. It points to an East Indian cult whose religious icon - an altarpiece lost for centuries and now on display in the US - is haunted by a disturbing past.

As the billionaire financier’s Wall Street empire is dismantled one body at a time, they encounter sinister forces deep inside the corridors of power in Washington that are determined to silence anyone who uncovers their connection with the cult. The conspiracy is spreading like a cancer and is on a mission to change the very fabric of society.

Dogged by his own demons – his troubled brother, a disabled Afghan war veteran; an adversarial boss hell bent to destroy his career; and a failed love life - Scott Forrester follows the trail of the elusive killer as he wreaks havoc from Wyoming to the Bahamas.

Forrester falls into the cult’s carefully laid trap. Exposed to the assassin’s crosshairs and forced to take his fight underground, Scott Forrester must confront the cult’s menace in all its physical and spiritual forms. And the ultimate price to end this nightmare? Cross the no man’s land that divides good from evil… to bargain his soul with the Devil himself.

Tiger Paw is a thriller cloaked in mystery, psychological suspense and international intrigue. A story of people who have sold their souls in exchange for wealth and power. A story of greed, deception, and revenge. And a story of one man’s struggle to triumph against the greatest evil he has ever faced.

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About the Author

Charles A Cornell was born in England, raised in Canada and now divides his time between Michigan and Florida. After 35 years of global assignments on three continents, Charles A Cornell brings a diverse and unique perspective on business to his fiction writing. His novels are mystery thrillers carved from today's headlines, blended with action and intrigue, and cloaked in psychological suspense.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061560224X
  • Publisher: Charles Cornell Creative Partners LLC (24 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DK91FU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #781,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Paw 19 Jan. 2013
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A thriller full of intrigue with a plot that shows insight into the modern world and how greed causes many ills. I'm looking forward to the next tale of Scott Forrester.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very engrossing, very entertaining ... but 20 Nov. 2012
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At times, Tiger Paw was hard to put down; it had me wondering what was going to happen next. At other times I found myself skimming over pages of what I can only call "filler". This would be a five-star book if 50-60 pages were edited out or otherwise shortened.

The story is solid, the writing is excellent, but it suffers from bloat. I am not sure if the author was trying to make the book a certain length or whether he got lost in his own story, but in my opinion if this book had some of the fluff removed it would be more than a good book -- it would be a great book.

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes:

a)Crime Novels
b)Political thrillers
c)Action-packed adventure stories

Since I got Tiger Paw as a free e-book, I have to thank the author for a very entertaining read. My comments about some of the pages in this book that could have been edited out without affecting the story, the characters, or the twisting plot, are my opinion. It's not the first book I've read where I've skimmed page after page because the book started descending into word overkill.

It's a thriller, it's engrossing (most of the time) and it's worth reading. The ending is a surprise and the author dangles little carrots in front of you all the way, but never gives the ending away until the final few pages of the book.

If you're looking for a book to take your mind off your worries, this book will catapult you into a whole other world - sometimes seedy, sometimes disgusting, sometimes off-the-wall, but mostly always entertaining.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding Thriller 8 Mar. 2012
By Will Duncan - Published on
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A spell binding thriller involving the dirty side of Wall Street, a serial murderer, mysterious cults and international intrigue. The book provides an interesting insight into stock scams and the corrupt and powerful people who try to manipulate the market for their own greed. Their demise by a revengeful, evil and unknown terror evokes chilling fear if little sympathy. The hunt for the killer by the FBI agent/hero, Scott Forrester has one anxious if not apprehensive to turn each page. The author's talented use of imagery and suspense hooks you from the beginning and makes it a hard book to put down. A thoroughly enjoyable read with a surprise ending. Looking forward to more from Charles Cornell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Roaring debut novel 11 Aug. 2012
By laurathomas61 - Published on
One million people, a flash mob, have shown up for Occupy Wall Street, efectively shutting down everything from Central Park all the way to Wall Street. One million angry people.
Wall street's biggest and "most high" brokers hide in their towers of glass and steel, fearing bodily harm or even death if they venture out.
The "Roar" of "We are the 99%, Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Ignore" reverberated through Wall Street. It was going to take National Guard troops to disperse this mob, born of frustration and desperation.
FBI Special Agent Scott Forrester is sitting in the Big Sky Bar at Denver Airport watching the National Guard enter New York City on TV. After a four hour delay due to heavy snowfall, Scott's flight to Washington D.C. would be available soon.
Scott's partner, Trish, calls from NYC, the mob in the background so loud he can't quite make out what she is saying. Something about a vintage 1955 Mercedes Gullwing Coupe, a million dollar car, found sitting on top of a garbage barge in the harbor. His orders are clear, forget Washington, catch the FBI jet to East Hampton and a police cruiser will take him where he needs to go.
Scott's ride drops him off at Carleton Mansion, home of billionaire Matthew Carleton. His first thought is "The person who had this built, made one helluva bargain."
It looks like Matthew's bill has come due. He was killed slowly, with his own sin. Left at the crime scene is a message written in a language no one recognized and beside it, a bloody paw print.
Another signature murder. Scott has been chasing this killer for over 6 months, from California to Florida, then Wyoming, and now New York.
His biggest questions are, what is the message and why kill these people?
As more of the "Elite of Wall Street" meet their grisly ends, this story takes a bizarre turn into the world of cults.
A meeting with Professor Chandra at the Freer Gallery gives Scott and Trish insight into the mind of the killer and just maybe an answer to why the victims were targeted. The Display of Manifestations of the Divine: Gods and Goddesses of Ancient India is the reason they are at the gallery. Dr. Chandra shows them the painting of The Revenge of Dvaipa, a Demon-Goddess. The painting was lost when the Indian government ordered the sect disbanded in the early 19th century. It was found several years ago and, not wanting the cult to start up again, they exiled the painting on a non-stop tour of the world's galleries. Dvaipa is know as "revenge incarnate" and her followers closely resemble Satanists. A very disturbing painting, Dvaipa is half-human and half-tiger, wielding her scythe, the Tiger's Paw. The professor tells Scott the answers lie in the painting.
Follow Scott as he digs into the investigation, uncovering blind lead after blind lead, to India and back again. He feels he is beginning to understand the killer, with help from some unusual sources.
This story is scary. People, including me, are so fed up with the "psychophants"(my spelling) lining their pockets while we supply that money with our blood-sweat.
Tiger Paw was a very tumultuous read for me. It touches on everything that's wrong in government and Wall Street. Millionaires, billionaires and Fortune 500 CEOs, they are all about the money. Money means control and power.
I wouldn't be surprised to see something like this story in today's headlines. In fact, I'm surprised we haven't seen it already.
This book makes me all emotional. Am I supposed to feel sorry for the victims? Sorry, not happening! I think they got their comeuppance and I hope they forget to pay the Ferryman!
This books goes far beyond a 5 STAR rating!
Charles A. Cornell is a magnificent storyteller, and his debut novel is brilliant. I can imagine the challenge he faces when writing the next novels. It will be hard to top this.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles A. Cornell is a top-notch author, and Tiger Paw is a top-notch book. 10 April 2012
By Grampy - Published on
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Remember the name, "Charles A. Cornell". You will be hearing it for many years to come. Tiger Paw is filled with gut-churning suspense, incredible believability, and enough twists and turns to give you motion sickness. I received my e-copy of Tiger Paw from an author giveaway (contest), specifically to read and review, so I am delighted to be able to give it an honest 5 Star rating. I am retired, and have read -- on average -- more than 1 book per day for the past several years. I can honestly say Tiger Paw is one of the top 2 or 3 books I've read during that time. One of the highlights of the book is that while you are reading it, in the back of your mind you are thinking, "Man, this stuff could really happen!" Then, after a whole-body shiver, you remind yourself it's only fiction. But, still.... My near future will be spent in seeking other works by Charles Cornell. NOBODY could write a book this good and just be a one-hit wonder! Pick up a copy for yourself, and see if you don't agree.
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch a Tiger by the Tail 11 Aug. 2012
By Sherry Fundin - Published on
Billionaire Matthew Colton was the fifth victim. He was found in his bathtub filled with red wine and an indecipherable script of symbols and lines ending with a bloody paw print. It was the same symbol left at all the crime scenes. His wine collection was worth over 13 million dollars. He had to watch as the killer dumped it down the drain, then filled the bathtub to drown him in it. Fits in with what's going on today, people's resentment of the rich and their flaunting of their wealth.

Dominic Sant'Angello looked out the window of his fancy 87th floor office of the John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois. He was CEO and principal shareholder of Sigma Venture Capital. He thought of two of their clients, Deuce Meredith, CEO at Razorback Software and Liang Wong, founder of Silicon Pathways, having been murdered. Now Matthew. Two deaths a coincidence? Not three. He was about to lose everything. Bankruptcy was just a matter of days away. He was finished.

FBI Profiler, Scott Forester had spent six months chasing a killer in Denver. He worked at the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in Quantico, Virginia and had been called back to help when Matthew was killed.The first murder had been done in Florida, then two victims in Wyoming and now the Hampton's.

The killer used the wine to torture Matthew and make him suffer. Was it a part of the killer's ritual? Why? There had to be a pattern to all the murders. What was it? Deuce Meredith had been wounded and left alive, yet his guide had died instantly. Each victim had a specific torture attached to it. Was it a test? A contest? Payback? Was the killer making a statement?

I like when Scott places his order at the diner and the waitress reads it off the ticket to Archie in the kitchen:

"One hungry man's, over cooked eggs, foreign toast and a bottle of red wine!"

"Red wine? Are you sure? With eggs?"

"Okay, make it white."

Made me chuckle when Scott described it as Archie's floor show.

Doctor Rajeev Chandra was sitting with the case notes, drinking a cup of tea, in the Garden Cafe at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and waiting for Scott and Special Agent Van Cleyburne. The Doctor had received the information and autopsy reports of the murders to examine. He told them they were meeting some people who would tell them about the killer. If they knew the motive, it would explain a lot, but if Doctor Chandra could tell them about the writing it may give them more clues. The writing was Sanskrit and the symbols were Hindu.

Doctor Chandra rose from the bench he had been resting on and they resumed their walk to the Freer Gallery, the gallery of Asian art. He wanted to show them three paintings, all different yet all the same, the God - Vishnu, Shiva and Brama. The whole exercise was designed to make them think differently. The final painting was the showpiece - The Revenge of Dvaipa. Could the killer be bringing his victims to Judgment Day? She is the daughter of Kali, Goddess of Death and Destruction. Dvaipa in Hindi means `from a tiger' half human and half tiger. The Indian government had considered the sect that worshiped Dvaipa so dangerous they closed all their temples and scattered their sacred objects. She had been exiled to America. Satanists worshiped her. She was revenge Incarnate, the unholy scythe she wields - the Tiger Paw. Below the seated Demon Goddess the letters spelled out, "I am the energy of her divine anger". The Signature - the incision in victims left earlobe to be able to use the victims own blood to write the message.

California-Lian Wong had been strangled by a noose made from the hot air balloons guy rope. It was the first murder to use the signature. Miami - Victim 2, De Andre Antoin had been killed by a sniper bullet on his yacht. It was the same rifle that was used in Wyoming. What did the victims have in common? Why was each victim killed in such a manner that they died slowly? Channels Dvaipa's anger and becomes her instrument of revenge - the Tigers Paw. Covers it all -Tiger Paw killer - motive - revenge.

Scott's at the diner again:

"Heart attack on a plate with fries coming up. And a crushed dead fish salad."

I worked as a waitress and bartender for years, so maybe that's why these funny tidbits stand out to me.

The cover is awesome. I love the vibrant colors and the photo draws you in, trying to see further into it. Good, catchy title, made me want to know what the story was about. Both the cover and the title lead into the story and with me that is always a good thing. It's not a quick read and from the very beginning it will draw you in. You will not want to put it down.

Full of intrigue. Complex mixture of plots. Wall Street bigwigs. Greed. House of cards. Scams. Reading along thinking I know were all this is going, all of a sudden there's another story angle intertwines with the others. Jamie was pathetic. Your typical "it's not my fault" loser. But what would you do to protect the only family you have? The characters were well-developed and you will love them or hate them. All I kept thinking was, they got what they deserved, ignoring the 99% and thinking the world was theirs for the fleecing.

Should 401Ks, invested in Wall Street, which we all know is full of corruption? What doesn't change? If you have the money, you have the power and control. Everyone's rules are different. Things done in the name of religion, fanaticism. When I thought the fight would be over, something would happen and it would continue making me wish it would be done before something worse happened and my hero lost. .

This book had my juices flowing-my heart pounding, blood boiling, anger, rage, PISSED OFF. It had me thinking of all kinds of things. So applicable to what is going on today. Believable. For a debut novel, I was really impressed.

I thought it was ironic that while I was reading this, Shiva was mentioned on the new TV show, Perception.

The ending had me shocked and bummed. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. It has a "killer " ending. It left me asking ????????????????????? I had to pose the question to the author who responded ?????????????????????????????????????? No peeking. It is definitely worth waiting til you arrive at the last sentence, the last word. You will deprive yourself of an awesome ending, so once again, NO PEEKING!!!!

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