For a price Libby Day will reconnect with the players that murdered her mother and two sisters in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas." Having testified that her brother Ben was the murderer on that fateful night twenty-five years ago, now she is not so sure as, piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.
Preferring animals to people because of a disfigurement from a childhood accident, veterinary surgeon Clara Benning is called upon to investigate a snakebite death and discovers that the victim's body possessed a higher concentration of venom than a snake can produce, a realization that leads to a conclusion that the victim was murdered.
Pursuing a big story in anticipation of his imminent layoff, Los Angeles reporter Jack McEvoy investigates the murder confession of a teen drug dealer and realizes that the youth may be innocent, a discovery that pits him against a killer operating below police radar.
Presents a collection of mystery, crime, and suspense stories by African-American writers who have made significant contributions to the genre, including Robert Greer, Walter Mosley, and Chester Himes.
Unexpectedly promoted to detective when his predecessor goes missing and a supervisor is killed, agency clerk Charles Unwin struggles with inexperience and nerves during a case in which he encounters bizarre clues and is framed for murder.
Estranged from fellow sleuth Bill Smith, Chinese-American P.I. Lydia Chin is called in by former mentor Joel Pilarsky to help recover a cache of stolen jewelry belonging to Jewish refugees from the Holocaust, only to discover that a priceless missing gem may be among the jewels, but her case is complicated by Joel's murder and the return of Bill Smith. 35,000 first printing.
Gentleman/banker-robber Jack Foley is back in prison doing a thirty-year sentence after a week-long escape. Brought in by Karen Sisco, US marshall, who got her man after being abducted with the escapees, Jack and Karen have a thing for each other, and Karen arrests him only after a meaningful 'time'out' together. Jack is resigning himself to doing time, lots of it, and he seems to have a friendly and easy control over the hardened criminals he is imprisoned with. This easiness is enhanced in the minds ofothers by his fame as a bank robber. It is this ease which impresses Cuando Rey, a Cuban refugee and criminal who is doing time for murder. Cuando arranges to have Foley's sentence hugely reduced, but has favors aplenty to ask when they're both released.Cuando's wife, Dawn, is pretending to be saintly all the while (whilst quite the opposite) under the negligent eye of The Monk, a gay accountant similarly in thrall to Cuando. Foley is freed, and, as he fears, Cuando wants to use him on a job, just as his every move is being scrutinised by FBI detective Lou Adams. In an instant, though, Dawn has seduced him, and she has an agenda all of her own.