Max Fried is a former computer forensic examiner who devotes his time to swimming, drinking and bathing in the hot Florida sun, but today...it's a real killer. A murderer is coming his way. When a smooth-talking lawyer persuades Max to find a deceased client's estate assets, Max takes the job, thinking it will be a snooze. Instead, an old killer with a new identity breaks into his home and steals the client's computer.
"A fun time!"
Private Investigator Sam Dyke turns down a job that would require skills that he doesn't have - patience, computer-literacy, tact. Then he finds that the skills he does have - tenacity, aggression, street-smarts - are exactly the ones he needs for his next case - hunting down a cold-blooded murderer who seems to know what his every step will be.
For Sam, taking this particular case is not promising. His client is a secretary who's watching her boss fall apart, and she can't bear it. The case requires subtlety and finesse and so isn't his usual kind of job. But he likes her and takes it anyway. And he soon discovers that it's not the pressures of work that are getting to her boss. It's his colleagues, a group of cultish scientists.
Investigator Sam Dyke has never met his son Daniel. Until today. And then he wishes he hadn't. Because Daniel has a girlfriend who isn't really suitable... and, it turns out, is missing. In fact, she's mixed up in a world of corruption and violence centering around the Ginger Twins - monstrous criminals who extend their crooked web from Liverpool to Manchester and all stops in between.
Max is back in Payback's a Beach, the sequel to Life's a Beach Then You Die. When Brenda McCarthy wakes to the sound of police pounding on her door, her clothes are bloody and she doesn't know why. After detectives say her date's dead body washed up on the beach, she turns to private investigator Max Fried. Max wants to help her but neither he nor Brenda are so sure she's innocent.
"Take me to this Beach"
February 1942: The Struma, a broken-down steamer, explodes and sinks in the Black Sea, drowning 768 Rumanian Jews fleeing the Nazis and heading for Palestine, and safety. June 1944: 31 SAS soldiers are captured behind enemy lines and are forced to dig their own graves before being shot and buried in a forest in the heart of France. Seventy years later: A young woman is attacked in the grounds of Edinburgh Zoo - the attacker seeking the document that might link these two wartime events.
A collection of short stories by Tom Raley. Each story follows a detective as they work against the clock, against ruthless killers, and against impossible odds to solve each case before more innocent people are forced to endure more pain. Each clue, each tidbit of information can mean the difference between success and failure, between life and death.
In 1885, providing whiskey to the remote mining camps spread throughout the Colorado Rockies was perhaps as lucrative a venture as the mines themselves. But, the whiskey peddlers quickly discovered that hauling whiskey to the mining camps was almost as risky as hauling the gold and silver out. After outlaws kill several of his drivers and hijack several shipments of whiskey, Nicholas Grant declares war on the hijackers and decides to start putting armed guards on his whiskey wagons.