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Tiger Paw (an FBI Thriller)

Tiger Paw (an FBI Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Charles A. Cornell , Caroline Smailes
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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.

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: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Charles Cornell Creative Partners LLC (24 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DK91FU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #609,108 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
By Odom Harpor - Published on
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Paw has most of its claws 30 July 2014
By D Kendra Francesco - Published on
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A rapid read, with plenty of twists and turns, and (for the most part) the spot-on aim of the red laser dot of a high-powered rifle. The figurative claws start showing about midway.

One spot annoyed me: a lack of some needed foreshadowing made the climax somewhat less than ideal. Most of the clues were scattered around, and as such made the end mostly all right. Some of it, however, was never hinted at, and told instead of shown.

Despite that, I almost made myself late to work because I wanted to finish the book. I reluctantly put it down, did my shift, and immediately picked it up when I got home.
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