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Modern Signed Books – Sara Paretsky’s Fallout

Sara Paretsky talks about her new book, Fallout

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About “Fallout” by Sara Paretsky

Fallout by Sara Paretsky LEE CHILD says she’s “a genius.”

P.D. JAMES called her “the most remarkable” of today’s suspense writers.

STIEG LARSSON loved her work so much, he named her in his novels.

And now SARA PARETSKY returns with the most extraordinary novel of her legendary career: FALLOUT.

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she’s Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she’s Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she’s V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago… and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.

Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished — and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.

Exciting and provocative, fiercely intelligent and witty, FALLOUT is reading at its most enjoyable and powerful.

Modern Signed Books – Karin Slaughter’s The Kept Woman

Modern Signed Books – Karin Slaughter talks about her new book, The Kept Woman

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About “The Kept Woman” by Karin Slaughter

Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter at VJ BooksHusbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them.

The author of Pretty Girls returns with an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges its fascinating protagonist into the darkest depths of a mystery that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away. read more…

Modern Signed Books – Carl Hiaasen’s Razor Girl

Modern Signed Books – Carl Hiaasen talks about his new book, Razor Girl

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About “Razor Girl” by Carl Hiaasen

Razor Girl by Carl HiaasenA lovable con woman and a disgraced detective team up to find a redneck reality TV star in this raucous and razor-sharp new novel from Carl Hiaasen, the bestselling author of Bad Monkey.

Merry Mansfield, the eponymous Razor Girl, specializes in kidnapping for the mob. Her preferred method is rear-ending her targets and asking them for a ride. Her latest mark is Martin Trebeaux, owner of a private beach renourishment company who has delivered substandard sand to a mob hotel. But there’s just one problem: Razor Girl hits the wrong guy. Instead, she ends up with Lane Coolman, talent manager for Buck Nance, the star of a reality TV show about a family of Cajun rooster farmers. Buck Nance, left to perform standup at a Key West bar without his handler, makes enough off-color jokes to incite a brawl, then flees for his life and vanishes.

Now a routine promotional appearance has become a missing persons case. And Andrew Yancy, disgraced detective-turned-health inspector, is on the job. That the Razor Girl may be the key to Yancy’s future will be as surprising to him as anything else he encounters along the way—including the giant Gambian pouched rats that are haunting his restaurant inspections.

Modern Signed Books – Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter

Modern Signed Books – Karen Dionne Talks about Her New Book, The Marsh King’s Daughter

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About “The Marsh King’s Daughter” by Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne The Marsh King's DaughterAt last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her.

Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, not a single human beyond the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature—fishing, tracking, hunting. And despite her father’s odd temperament and sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage a person he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King—because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.

Praised by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter, and sure to thrill fans of The Girl on the Train and The Widow, The Marsh King’s Daughter is mesmerizing psychological suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.

John Deaver Audio Interview

Modern Signed Books – Jeffery Deaver Talks about His New Book, The Burial Hour

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About “The Burial Hour” by Jeffery Deaver

The Burial Hour by Jeffery DeaverForensic detective Lincoln Rhyme is back with his most harrowing case yet. A businessman is snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman’s noose is left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl is the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.

Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music.

Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away. So when a similar kidnapping occurs on a dusty road outside Naples, Italy, Rhyme and Sachs don’t hesitate to rejoin the hunt.

But the search is now a complex case of international cooperation and not all those involved may be who they seem. Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game, with lives all across the globe hanging in the balance.

You might like to also listen to the Jeffery Deaver interview about his novel, Steel Kiss.

The Darkness of Evil by Alan Jacobson

Modern Signed Books – Alan Jacobson Talks about his New Book, “The Darkness of Evil”

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About “The Darkness of Evil” by Alan Jacobson

Darkness of Evil by Alan JacobsonThis novel tells the story of Roscoe Lee Marcks, one of the history’s most notorious serial killers, who sits in a maximum security prison serving a life sentence—until he stages a brutal and well-executed escape. Although the US Marshals Service’s fugitive task force enlists the help of FBI profiler Karen Vail to launch a no-holds-barred manhunt, the savvy and elusive Marcks has other plans—which include killing his own daughter. As the pressure builds to catch Marcks, Vail turns to the retired profiling legend responsible for Marcks’s original capture, who may just hold the key to stopping him.

You might also like to read about, and listen to, our Alan Jacobson interview.

THE FINAL DAY by William R. Fostchen

Book Review
John Hutchinson

 

I was first introduced to William R. Forstchen with the books he co-authored with Newt

Gingrich. Together they produced the bestselling series of historical novels including VALLEY

FORGE, BATTLE OF THE CRATER and TO TRY MEN’S SOULS.

 

In 2009 Forstchen released ONE SECOND AFTER, a story of one man’s struggle to save his family

and his small North Carolina town after America is hit with a high altitude EMP that sends

America back to the dark ages. Months before publication, One Second After was cited on the

floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, alerting us all to a real weapon, which if

used by an enemy could destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. 

 

The book was an instant hit, and readers were eager to learn more about John Matherson and

the people of Black Mountain, N.C. In 2015 ONE YEAR AFTER begins one year after One Second

After ends, two years since nuclear weapons were detonated above the United States and

brought America to its knees. After months of suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths,

the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, begin to recover some of the technology and

supplies they had once taken for granted, like electricity, communications, and medicine. When

a “federal administrator” arrives in a nearby city, they dare to hope that a new national

government is finally emerging. Matherson must lead his small town and his rag tag militia

against a ruthless federal administrator with plans of a hostile takeover of Black Mountain and

its people.

 

And now in the highly-anticipated follow-up, THE FINAL DAY returns us to Black Mountain, as

the people of this small community continue to rebuild after the EMP that destroyed the

country, killing millions and leaving the survivors in a dark world, filled with fear, hunger and

hopelessness.

 

After defeating the illegitimate federal government, Matherson and his community have

returned to their task of restoring some of the technology they had taken for granted before

the EMP attack. He receives a cryptic message from his former commanding general and close

friend, and soon learns that he has been labeled a trouble maker by the new power elite base

in Bluemont, VA. The new federal government has deployed soldiers to seize control of the

surviving communities and to suppress rebellion.

 

General Bob Scales, Matherson’s old commanding officer has been tasked with bringing

Matherson in – dead or alive. As the story unwinds the power of friendship between the two

old warriors is tested as they discover some revealing truths about the new government and

the future of America.

 

THE FINAL DAY is an enthralling, action filled conclusion to the series. These post apocalyptic

thrillers clearly demonstrate how moral strength of character can lead us from the darkness.

Forstchen has created a story of warning that needed to be told, and he does so in a riveting,

entertaining, and thrilling manner.

 

Norwood Press is planning to create a special boxed set of William R. Forstchen’s trilogy. Titled

THE DAY, this three book set will include ONE SECOND AFTER, ONE YEAR AFTER, and THE FINAL

DAY. It will be housed in a custom slipcase designed to hold all three books. This special

edition will be extremely limited, so reserve your set today.

 

And don’t miss Modern Signed Books on BlogTalkRadio, as Rodger Nichols discusses THE FINAL

DAY with William R. Forstchen.

Find it at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/modernsignedbooks/2017/02/17/william-r- forstchen-

discusses-his- new-book- the-final- day– msb

John Reviews “Gunmetal Gray” by Mark Greaney

GUNMETAL GRAY (a Grayman novel) by Mark Greaney
Review by John Hutchinson, VJ Books

Mark Greaney's Gunmetal GrayWhen my daughter was a child of four she carried two stuffed animals with her wherever she went. One was Maui Bunny that arrived one Easter morning in Ka‘anapali, and the other was Forest the Bear – “Forest was a Chicago Bear, a Chicago Bear because he came from there.” She was soon to discover that in order pick anything else up she’d have to put one of the two down. So for quite awhile she passed by many new opportunities.

And so it goes with my reading preferences. My Maui Bunny and Forest the Bear are Bob Lee (Bob the Nailer) Swagger and Jack Reacher. Whenever Stephen Hunter or Lee Child release another chapter in these long running series, everything else is left sitting on the shelf.

Why am I telling you this?

I just think I may have to set one of them down and pickup someone new.

Who you ask?

Why, Court Gentry of course! None other than Mark Greaney’s Gray Man. After four successful outings, The Gray Man took a jump from paperback format to hardcover status with last year’s BACK BLAST, and returns again in GUNMETAL GRAY. Court Gentry is The Gray Man—disavowed by the CIA after a mission gone bad, Gentry has become a legend in the covert realm, quietly navigating the globe – from job to job. He tackles the tough assignments, accomplishes the impossible, and then slips away undetected. For years Gentry was marked with a kill order by the CIA, slipping through their numerous attempts to take him off the board. In BACK BLAST his reputation and place within the agency are restored as he uncovers how he went from the highest respected operative to the highest valued target.

In GUNMETAL GRAY Gentry takes on his first job since being restored to the agency. Now an operative-for-hire, he sets out to find Fan Jiang, a cyber expert, who has recently walked away from his Chinese handlers. His high stakes hunt takes Gentry across Southeast Asia to Hong Kong finding his old friend and boss, Donald Fitzroy being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy has been hired by the Chinese to find Fan so that the Chinese can silence him before he aligns with the West. When Fitzroy’s first two agents disappear, Gentry is pulled in to finish the job, with Fitzroy’s life held in the balance. Racing against the clock, the Chinese and a Russian Special Forces team set on finding Fan first, Gentry faces his most challenging mission.

Mark Greaney’s is also known for the seven Jack Ryan novels he wrote working with Tom Clancy. Greaney recently announced that TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE (2016) is his last book for Clancy, as he will be focusing on the Gray Man franchise. Court Gentry will reappear next year in WEAPONIZED.

Listen as Mark Greaney discusses his books with Rodger Nichols on BlogTalkRadio’s MODERN SIGNED BOOKS.

Regardless of who you may have to put down, it is definitely time for you to pick up The Gray Man!

Modern Signed Books – Andrew Peterson’s Right to Kill

Modern Signed Books – Interview with Andrew Peterson about Right to Kill

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About “Right to Kill” by Andrew Peterson

Right to Kill by Andrew Peterson When a team of commandos—highly skilled and armed to the teeth—tries to kidnap retired CIA station chief Linda Genneken from her home, trained Marine Nathan McBride and his partner, Harvey Fontana, arrive just in time to join the fight. But their well-honed CIA instincts tell them this is only the beginning. read more…

Modern Signed Books – Mark Greaney’s True Faith and Allegiance (as Tom Clancy)

Modern Signed Books – Interview with Mark Greaney about True Faith and Allegiance (as Tom Clancy)

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About “True Faith and Allegiance” by Mark Greaney as Tom Clancy

True Faith and Allegiance

The #1 New York Times–bestselling series is back with the most shocking revelation of all. After years of facing international threats, President Jack Ryan learns that the greatest dangers always come from within…
 

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