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A Blood Thing
The Inside Dark
The Prettiest One
Shady Cross
Brothers and Bones
Jack of Spades
Drawn
 

A BLOOD THING  

 

SUMMARY 

 

Never trust a blackmailer.

 

Vermont’s promising young governor, Andrew Kane, is at another public meet-and-greet when a stranger from the crowd slips him a cell phone and whispers, “Keep this with you…keep it secret…you’re going to need it after the arrest.”

 

Hours later, Andrew’s brother, Tyler, is taken into custody—framed for the brutal murder of a young woman—and Andrew discovers there is only one way to free him: answer the mysterious phone and agree to a blackmailer’s demands.  

 

All the governor has to do to make it all go away is compromise everything he stands for and grant a full pardon to a convicted felon. With no better option, he complies. Which is his first mistake…because the stranger isn’t through with him. He has another little condition. Then another. And another. And Andrew has no choice but to play along until he can find a way out of this personal and political nightmare. But he isn’t prepared for what he will face, or how far he will have to go to save his brother and keep his family together.

 

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Book Details 

Pub Date:  June 5, 2018

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  • Hardcover 

  • Paperback  

  • Audio

ISBN-10:  1503950166
ISBN-13: 978-1503950160

ASIN:  B0776SM7FH

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Language: English

 

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THE INSIDE DARK 

SUMMARY 

 

Five days ago, aspiring crime novelist Jason Swike awoke chained to the wall of a run-down horse stable, convinced he would soon die at the hands of Crackerjack, the infamous serial killer who had terrorized the residents of Massachusetts for the past year—capturing and tormenting men, painting whimsical designs on their faces before shattering their bones and ending their lives. Just when death seems inevitable, Jason, with the help of another captive, manages to kill the madman and escape.

 

Hailed as a hero, Jason reaps the benefits of his newfound fame: a book deal, a possible reconciliation with his estranged wife, and reward money he can use to pay for his son’s costly medical treatments. But he soon realizes the nightmare that began in the deserted stable is far from over, as he is drawn into a twisted game where the darkest terror may not be the psychopath manipulating his every move, but what Jason may have to do to survive…
 

 

Tags:  Crime, Serial Killer, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Psychological  

Book Details 

Pub Date:  July 11, 2017

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  • Audio

ISBN-10: 1477819908
ISBN-13: 978-1477819906

ASIN: B01LZ0GI21

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Language: English

 
 

THE PRETTIEST ONE  

SUMMARY

 

When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years…but it’s all too real.

 

Desperate to learn the truth about where she’s been and what has happened to her but terrified of what she may find, Caitlin embarks on a search for answers.

 

Her journey takes her from the safe suburban world she knows to a seedy town she’s never heard of, where a terrible truth from her past lies hidden—a truth she can’t quite remember yet can’t completely forget.

 

Tags:  Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological, Women's Fiction, Women Sleuths 

 

 

 

 

Book Details 

Pub Date: Oct 1, 2015 

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ISBN-10: 1477829822
ISBN-13: 978-1477829820

ASIN: B00TXY7HK0

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Language: English

Pages: 402

 
 

SHADY CROSS   

SUMMARY

 

In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else’s money—three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.

 

In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line, a little girl he doesn’t know asks, “Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them money they’ll let you take me home.”

 

From bestselling author James Hankins comes a wrenching story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

Tags:  Kidnapping, Vigilante Justice, Heist, Crime, Mystery Suspense, Thriller  

 


 

Book Details 

Pub Date:  Feb 24, 2015 

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  • Paperback

  • Audio

ISBN-10: 1477820981
ISBN-13: 978-1477820988

ASIN: B00M2INCN0

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Language: English

Pages:  310 

 

BROTHERS AND BONES 

SUMMARY


Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie’s life upside down with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world—Charlie’s brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago.

 

Could the homeless man have information about Jake’s whereabouts after all these years? Is it possible that the long-haired, bearded vagrant actually is Jake? Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one. 

 

So begins Charlie’s search for answers, and for his brother, a search that leads him down Boston's darkest streets, into its blackest alleys, and, finally, into its criminal underworld. But if Charlie wants answers he'll have to get them from some of the most feared and ruthless people in the city.

 

Tags:  Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Thriller, Espionage, Action 

 

Book Details 

Pub Date:  Oct 25, 2012 

Formats:

  • e-book

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ASIN: B009XGD2DY

Publisher:  James Hankins 
Language: English

Pages:  363 

 

 
 
 

JACK OF SPADES 

SUMMARY 

 

Just two years ago, the media turned Detective John Spader into a hero. 

 

He'd caught a twisted serial killer terrorizing Massachusetts, and the "Jack of Spades," as the media dubbed Spader, was born. But when the murderer walked free on a technicality--free to kill again--the public turned on Spader.

 

Now a new serial killer is on the loose. He wears the silly, gap-toothed, grinning mask of Galaxo, Starboy Avenger!--a cartoon alien of unparalleled popularity with children. With the aid of voice-changing technology in the mask, he speaks in the alien's cheerful, high-pitched, robotic vibrato, the same voice that delights millions of cartoon-watching kids every day. And he does all this while he maims, tortures, and murders his victims.

 

With the body count rising, and the public's fear growing, it's up to the Jack of Spades to find the man beneath the mask and stop the killing.

 

Tags:  Police Procedural, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller,  Espionage

 

Book Details 

Pub Date:  Dec 15, 2013 

Formats:

  • e-book

  • Audio

ASIN:  B009XGD6LM

Publisher: James Hankins 

Language: English

Pages:  296

 
 

Book Details 

Pub Date:  Oct 25, 2012 

Formats:

  • e-book

  • Audio

ASIN: B009XGIHES

Publisher:  James Hankins 
Language: English

Page 314

 

 

 

DRAWN 

SUMMARY 

A mysterious little boy has begun appearing in the paintings of a New York City artist who can’t remember ever actually seeing him. A partially blind, disfigured agoraphobic who suffers crippling panic attacks if he even tries to leave his apartment is forced out by an unseen entity.

 

A lonely widower begins to suffer terrifying nightmares that his long-missing son is still alive…and in mortal danger. A young runaway realizes that a man he thought was his traveling companion is actually his captor. 

 

The lives of four very different people, driven by different but very powerful forces, crash together as they fight to solve their individual mysteries, to defeat a brutal enemy, and to save the life of an innocent boy.

Tags:  Ghosts, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Paranormal, Fantasy, Thriller  

 

 

 
 

Each of James's first six books (The Inside Dark, The Prettiest One, Shady Cross, Brothers and Bones, Jack of Spades, and Drawn

spent time in the Kindle Top 100, with The Prettiest One reaching the #1 spot across all categories in the Kindle Store.
 

 

In addition, Shady Cross received a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly, while USA Today  bestseller Brothers and Bones earned one from Kirkus Reviews and was named to its list of "Best Books of 2013." 

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