Win the February 2020 bookshelf of signed thrillers!

February 1, 2020

Happy Leap Year! Check out these thrillers that you can win this extra-long-shortest month. Don’t forget to check back, additional titles may be added. To enter: Win Books

Best of luck!

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ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE TREADSTONE RESURRECTION by Joshua Hood: The first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum’s Bourne universe, The Treadstone Resurrection introduces an unforgettable hero and the shadowy world that forged him…

LAST DAY by Luanne Rice:  From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss. When her sister is murdered amid the theft of a valuable painting, an eerie echo of their mother’s murder 20 years earlier, pilot Beth teams up with the case’s original detective and childhood friends to identify a killer.

ABOVE THE BAY OF ANGELS by Rhys Bowen: When a twist of fate lands her in Queen Victoria’s kitchen, a talented young chef is selected to accompany a royal retinue, only to be wrongly implicated in a murder. By the award-winning author of In Farleigh Field.

DEAD TO HER by Sarah Pinborough: For fans of Liane Moriarty, Liv Constantine and Lisa Jewell, a twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top, from the New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes.

THE KING’S JUSTICE by Susan Elia MacNeal: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 9: Can a stolen violin lead secret agent and spy Maggie Hope to a new serial killer terrorizing London? Find out as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues.


You can win autographed copies of these books! If you are new to the site, each month I run a contest in conjunction with the International Thriller Writers organization. We put together a list of books from debut authors to bestsellers, so you can win some of your favorites and find some new favorites.

What makes this contest really special is that all of the books (except eBooks) are signed by the author! Books with multiple authors will be signed by at least one of the authors.

Penguin Random House books for giveaway were provided by the publisher. #PRHpartner

Don’t forget, if you subscribe to the newsletter or follow this blog, you get an extra entry into every contest you enter. Check out the Win Books page for more information on all these books and how you can enter this month’s contest.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!


ONE MINUTE OUT by Mark Greaney

February 18, 2020

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The Gray Man, Book 9

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From Mark Greaney, the New York Times bestselling author of Mission Critical and a coauthor of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, comes another high-stakes thriller featuring the world’s most dangerous assassin: the Gray Man.

While on a mission to Croatia, Court Gentry uncovers a human trafficking operation. The trail leads from the Balkans all the way back to Hollywood.

Court is determined to shut it down, but his CIA handlers have other plans. The criminal ringleader has actionable intelligence about a potentially devastating terrorist attack on the US. The CIA won’t move until they have that intel. It’s a moral balancing act with Court at the pivot point.


The only book more exciting and filled with action involving Court Gentry, “The Gray Man,” is another book about his exploits. And “One Minute Out” certainly fits the bill.

Gentry is an assassin. He works for the CIA but also does paid work for others and has made himself very wealthy doing so. The story opens as The Gray Man is in Croatia fulfilling a private contract. While in the process, he stumbles upon a worldwide human trafficking network and is forced by circumstances to go after it. It is a huge operation netting billions of dollars to its leaders, but in the process making slaves and ruining the lives of countless women and girls forced into sexual slavery.

While handling the Croatian contract, Court meets a young woman whose sister is among the many girls captured by the Consortium (the name of the network). For many reasons he indicates that he will help her rescue her sister and the action begins. Following the route of the kidnapped girls takes Court from the Balkans to Hollywood in the United States. The entire journey is filled with action, with Court and the young girl he is now loosely aligned with following the trail of the ring transporting the women to their ultimate destination where they are to be sold off as sex slaves.

An unforeseen obstacle presents itself when the CIA intervenes, prohibiting Court from killing the head of the kidnapping group as the individual is supplying information to the agency about various criminal activities. Greaney does not hide his feelings about any government agency condoning turning people into slaves under any circumstances. The horrors these women meet when captured is described in graphic detail including their murder when their useful life is overdue to physical impairments.

The author is a master at grabbing his readers, getting them drawn into the action and keeping them glued to the book until finished. This novel is the ninth involving the Gray Man and is another five star read with the reader anxiously awaiting the next one.

2/2020 Paul Lane

ONE MINUTE OUT by Mark Greaney. Berkley (February 18, 2020). ISBN 978-0593098912. 512p.

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THE GOOD KILLER by Harry Dolan

February 17, 2020

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In the newest thriller from best-selling author Harry Dolan, Sean Tennant stops a deadly mass shooter. And that act of courage may get him killed.

Sean Tennant and Molly Winter are living quietly and cautiously in Houston when a troubled, obsessive stranger shatters the safety they have carefully constructed for themselves. Sean is at a shopping mall when Henry Alan Keen, scorned by a woman he’s been dating, pulls out a gun at the store where she works and begins shooting everyone in sight. A former soldier, Sean rushes toward Keen and ends the slaughter with two well-placed shots―becoming a hero with his face plastered across the news.

But Sean’s newfound notoriety exposes him to the wrath of two men he thought he had left safely in his past. One of them blames Sean for his brother’s death. The other wants to recover a treasure that Sean and Molly stole from him. Both men are deadly and relentless enemies, and Sean and Molly will need to draw on all their strength and devotion to each other if they hope to elude them. Thus begins a cross-country chase that leads from Texas to Montana, from Tennessee to New York to Michigan, as the hunters and their prey grow ever closer and, in a heart-stopping moment, converge.
A wickedly clever and exhilarating thriller, The Good Killer offers a sophisticated, breathtaking look at the extremes people will reach for love, greed, and survival.


Sean Tennant and Molly Winter are a young couple that are currently living in Houston, Texas. We know that they have come there after fleeing from something in their past. They live quietly and don’t mingle with others very well. Suddenly fate takes a hand in their lives. Sean is walking through a mall when shots ring out around the area. A man named Henry Alan Keen who has just been dumped by his girlfriend and has been looking for her has spotted her in the mall. He pulls out a gun and shoots a man standing near her killing him. Keen than grabs his ex-girlfriend’s arm and begins dragging her around while shooting at people.

Sean is an ex-soldier and carries a concealed weapon. He runs towards Keen, calmly pulls out his gun and shoots the killer dead. Anyone witnessing this scene immediately thinks of Sean as a hero for his actions but does not understand his quickly getting out of the area. He also does not stop for any photos of him. The mystery about Sean and Molly deepens as instead of waiting for the police and the praise they would certainly have made plans to immediately leave Houston.

The novel turns to two different men that have been searching for the couple for several years. One blames his brother’s death on Sean and the other is looking for both in order to get back a fortune in rare antiquities they have stolen from him. The story follows the chase after the couple once the two men recognize them from TV. Action and plenty of it runs from Houston to Montana from Tennessee to New York with an aside at a rundown settlement deep in the woods. The pace of the novel keeps the reader glued to the book with every incentive to finish it in one splendid read. And a very good read it is supplying every reason to pick up Harry Dolan’s future books.

2/2020 Paul Lane

THE GOOD KILLER by Harry Dolan. Mysterious Press (February 4, 2020). ISBN: 978-0802148414. 304p.

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WET WORK by Mark A. Hewitt

February 16, 2020

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Duncan Hunter Thriller, Book 5

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Law enforcement agencies have chosen to ignore rather than investigate dozens of political figures and defectors who have died under mysterious circumstances. When a Democratic National Committee staff member is murdered before the presidential election, Washington, D.C. police is also uninterested in investigating the crime.

The President is well behind in the polls. Some powerful people want assurances that the President will never take the oath of office if he unexpectedly wins.

On Election Day, the Central Intelligence Agency Director uncovers treachery at the highest levels of his organization. A rogue group of senior intelligence officers may have exposed themselves for who they really are before disappearing with a secret experimental weapon. Mounting evidence suggests the President may be in peril but the Secret Service isn’t interested in conspiracy theories or implausible weapons with impossible capabilities.

Will CIA pilot Duncan Hunter save the President from a group of assassins?


Mark Hewitt presents the 5th book in his series headlining Duncan Hunter, a pilot for the CIA. The book opens at a point where Hunter destroys a field of marijuana via the use of computer-aided weapons. And as in previous books, he jumps right into more action.

A plot is discovered by the CIA director in which it appears likely that a rogue group of high-level government officials have stolen and fled with a secret weapon. The weapon is unknown to most people and involves a gun that can be aimed, fired, and effective up to 10 miles from the target. The fleeing rogue officials are feared to want to assassinate the new, recently elected president of the United States and claim a reward for doing so from the Soviet Union.

Hunter goes right into the pursuit of the officials aided by his wife, and also his daughter from a previous marriage who is coincidentally working for the CIA. Their hunt for the rogue group is hampered by the inability of the CIA to understand that a weapon unknown to them would have a feasible killing range of up to 10 miles and not be more than a weapon carried by one person.
The action takes place over a complicated mix of politics, tradecraft, political realities and normal government functions giving the reader a very solid conspiracy theory novel and a couple of all-night reads. The ending finds Hunter and his family on vacation but called upon by his supervisor to drop everything and get back to headquarters to move into another sequence of battle against America’s enemies. No rest for the weary, but good reading material.

2/2020 Paul Lane

WET WORK by Mark A. Hewitt. Black Rose Writing (January 2, 2020). ASIN: B07YR2GLVT. 669p.

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ADAM by Chris Keniston

February 15, 2020

ADAM by Chris Keniston. Indie House Publishing (October 13, 2016). ISBN 978-1942561095. 162p.

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THE WORST BEST MAN by Mia Sosa

February 14, 2020

THE WORST BEST MAN by Mia Sosa. Avon (February 4, 2020). ISBN 978-0062909879. 368p.

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KEEP ME WANTING by Angela Addams

February 13, 2020

WINNING THE BOSS’S HEART by Hayson Manning

February 12, 2020

WINNING THE BOSS’S HEART by Hayson Manning. Entangled: Indulgence (September 9, 2013). ASIN B00EBRKWEC. 220p.

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BEEN THERE, MARRIED THAT by Gigi Levangie

February 11, 2020

2/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch

BEEN THERE, MARRIED THAT by Gigi Levangie. St. Martin’s Press (February 11, 2020). ISBN 978-1250166814. 336p.

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THE KISS LIST by Sonya Weiss

February 10, 2020

THE KISS LIST by Sonya Weiss. Independently published (January 20, 2020). ISBN 979-8601908962. 220p.

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THE APOLLO DECEPTION by Mitch Silver

February 9, 2020

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Gary Stephens is brought into a government-sanctioned cover-up when he discovers that his father helped fake the Apollo 11 moon landing in the 1960s.

After China announce a space mission to place their own flag next to the one US astronauts planted during the Apollo 11 mission, few people bat an eyelid. Shortly after this statement Charlie Stephens, a 81-year-old former filmmaker, is murdered. The incident is made to look like an accident, but why?

Going through his father’s effects, Gary Stephens – a director of beer and yogurt ads – discovers seven cans of old 35mm film. Dated before the landing, they’re identical to the footage NASA claims was shot by the Apollo 11 crew. The US flag is not and has never been in the Sea of Tranquillity, and only Tricky Dick and a handful of others knew it.

Why was the real nature of the Apollo 11 mission kept hidden? And what measures will be taken to keep the secret buried?


The United States, according to the history books, successfully landed men on the moon in the 1960s. They left many items and successfully set up an American flag in the general area of their arrival. They then left and were retrieved in the capsule designed for the reentry in the midst of the ocean. Going on to the eternal glory attached to their mission the astronauts making the trip left future moon shots to others. And there, of course, were other trips into space, including unmanned voyages around Mars, and others through our solar system and beyond.

For some reason, not readily apparent, a small group of people have always thought that the first Moon landing was staged, done for the publicity involved and perhaps to bring apparent obedience to the promise of John F. Kennedy, who resolved that the U.S. would land men on the moon before the end of the decade of the 1960s.

Mitch Silver, in an afterward of the novel, indicates that he is not one of the doubters involved with debunking the landing, but brings his readers a seat-of-the-pants novel outlining the possible consequences of a faked trip.

Gary Stephens, a filmmaker, is the son of one man that worked on the Moon Landing team. His father is killed in a boating accident and Gary begins to go through his Dad’s things. He discovers several tapes showing that the landing was staged. At the same time, China announces that they are ready to launch an expedition to the moon and plan to land in the same area as the U.S. did and plant their flag with the American banner showing solidarity, at least in the world of space travel.

Gary decides to take the tapes made by his father to the government and expose the farce. The novel does a very creditable job of describing the reactions of the U.S. to the news and their plans to launch another trip as quickly as possible to rectify the non-existence of material where it should be.

Research is evident in Silver’s descriptions of the process and events, and the creation of a definite all-nighter for his readers.

2/2020 Paul Lane

THE APOLLO DECEPTION by Mitch Silver. Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (February 4, 2020). ISBN 978-0727889751. 224p.

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