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The River Rat Murders by Frank L. Gertcher

Title The River Rat Murders
Author Frank L. Gertcher
Publisher Wind Grass Hill
Release Date 2019-09
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 0983575444
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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The River Rat Murders presents the first part of the diary of Caroline Case, a Wabash Valley Madame, during Prohibition. After the murder of her friend Alec in 1921, Caroline becomes an amateur but extremely resourceful detective. She and her mysterious new friend, Hannibal Jones, her "girls" and an odd assortment of local characters solve five murders. They get no help from the authorities, who are on the take from gangsters who control the booze trade in the Valley. Caroline, Hannibal and their friends call themselves "The River Rat Detective Agency." As they solve the murders, they become involved in the war between Al Capone and the North Side gang over control of the booze trade. There are shootouts, kidnappings and daring rescues. Over time (1921-1928), Caroline evolves from humble beginnings into a sophisticated, liberated woman. She accumulates wealth from investments in speakeasies, roadhouses and upscale salons. She uses her money to help her friends and to invest in legitimate businesses. After the fifth murder and an attempt on her life, she and Hannibal escape to their first adventure outside of the Valley. In 1928, just before the crash of the stock market, Caroline and Hannibal solve a sixth murder, this time at a high-end resort in Florida. This murder relates back to murders in the Valley and to Al Capone, who has his vacation house at 93 Palm Island, Miami Beach, Florida. At the end of the story, Capone lifts the bounty on Caroline, and she and Hannibal are off to new adventures. In this second Wind Grass Hill murder-mystery, Frank L. Gertcher lets Caroline Case tell her own story of booze, gang wars, love and adventure. Although fiction, Caroline's story rings true to the fascinating history and colorful characters who lived, loved and died in the bawdy towns along the Wabash River during the heyday of Prohibition. More murder mysteries will follow, as Caroline and Hannibal continue their adventures!

The Blind Pig Murders by Frank Gertcher

Title The Blind Pig Murders
Author Frank Gertcher
Publisher Wind Grass Hill
Release Date 2020-10
Category
Total Pages
ISBN 0983575460
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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The year is 1928 and Prohibition is the law of the land. Caroline Case, who we first met in 2019's The River Rats Murders (9780983575443) is now a wealthy, full-fledged private detective in Chicago. With her partner Hannibal Jones, she visits upscale yet scandalous salons near Lakeshore Drive and prowls dangerous and dark underworld dens in sleazy, industrial neighborhoods. Booze, murders, kidnappings and daring rescues abound. Caroline and Hannibal employ the latest tools of forensic science to solve murders and bring the culprits to justice, legal and otherwise. Although, fiction, Caroline's story rings true to the fascinating history and colorful characters who lived, loved and died in the "murder capital of the world" during the heyday of Al Capone, speakeasies and Chicago-style jazz.

Murder And Mayhem by Jack Coleman

Title Murder and Mayhem
Author Jack Coleman
Publisher Lulu.com
Release Date 2012-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 210
ISBN 9781300436683
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Shack and the gang from the Lee County Sheriff's Office are kneed deep in murder and mayhem in this ninth installment of the Zack Shack novels. Bodies are cropping up everywhere and right in the middle of the mix there is a rock concert, robberies, burglaries, and domestic terrorists. One body is misidentified then stolen from the morgue. One body is found with a bejeweled dagger in his chest and another body is discovered with his tongue missing. A prisoner escapes from jail only to be shot and killed by a sniper after being apprehended. Chief of Detectives Lydia Keith-Reese and her crew are scurrying around trying to solve the murders and mayhem. Two visitors from Shack's past arrive and one brings with them a shocking surprise, so find a well lighted easy chair and settle in for an exciting read.

American Murder by Darcy O'Brien

Title American Murder
Author Darcy O'Brien
Publisher Open Road Media
Release Date 2017-07-11
Category True Crime
Total Pages 1632
ISBN 9781504047173
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Three riveting accounts of horrific crimes and the twisted minds behind them by an Edgar Award–winning author, in one volume. A father’s ultimate betrayal, a savage killing spree that terrorized Los Angeles, and the brutal slaying of a rich man’s college-aged daughter. In this heart-stopping true crime collection, New York Times–bestselling author Darcy O’Brien uncovers the dark underside of the American dream. Murder in Little Egypt: Dr. John Dale Cavaness selflessly attended to the needs of his small, southern Illinois community. But when Cavaness was charged with the murder of his son Sean in December 1984, a radically different portrait of the physician and surgeon emerged. Throughout the three decades he had basked in the admiration and respect of the people of Little Egypt, Cavaness was privately terrorizing his family, abusing his employees, and making disastrous financial investments. In this New York Times bestseller, as more and more grisly details come to light, so too does rural America’s heritage of blood and violence become clear. The Hillside Stranglers: For weeks, the body count of sexually violated, brutally murdered young women escalated. With increasing alarm, Los Angeles newspapers headlined the deeds of a serial killer they named the Hillside Strangler. But not until January 1979, more than a year later, would the mysterious disappearance of two university students near Seattle lead police to the arrest of a security guard—the handsome, charming, fast-talking Kenny Bianchi—and the discovery that the strangler was not one man but two. The Hillside Stranglers is the disturbing portrait of a city held hostage by fear and a pair of psychopaths whose lust was as insatiable as their hate. A Dark and Bloody Ground: On a sweltering evening in August 1985, three men breached Roscoe Acker’s alarm and security systems, stabbed his daughter to death, and made off with over $1.9 million in cash. The killers were part of a hillbilly gang led by Sherry Sheets Hodge, a former prison guard, and her husband, lifetime criminal Benny Hodge. The stolen money came in handy shortly afterward, when they used it to lure Kentucky’s most flamboyant lawyer, Lester Burns, into representing them. “The smell of wet, coal-laden earth, white lightning, and cocaine-driven sweat rises from these marvelously atmospheric—and compelling—pages” (Kirkus Reviews).

Rat Life by Tedd Arnold

Title Rat Life
Author Tedd Arnold
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2007-04-05
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 208
ISBN 1440678391
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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The dead body found in the Chemanga River has nothing to do with Todd. He’s been busy making beds at the family motel and writing alien stories to entertain his friends. Sure, a murder is big news, but what would really interest him? A paying job and a story line free of UFOs and poop jokes. And then he meets Rat. Just a little older than Todd, Rat’s already been to Vietnam and back. He’s got a tattoo and a messed-up family life. And when he offers Todd a gig at the drive-in theater, Todd takes it. After all, it pays actual money. But hanging out with Rat leads to a host of strange experiences and perplexing questions. More and more, that corpse from the river is on Todd’s mind, and no matter how he shifts the pieces around, Rat is always part of the puzzle.

Murder In Little Egypt by Darcy O'Brien

Title Murder in Little Egypt
Author Darcy O'Brien
Publisher Open Road Media
Release Date 2014-07-01
Category True Crime
Total Pages 348
ISBN 9781497658653
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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New York Times Bestseller: The “fascinating” true story of John Dale Cavaness, a much-admired Illinois doctor—and the cold-blooded killer of his own son (The Washington Post). Fusing the narrative power of an award-winning novelist and the detailed research of an experienced investigator, author Darcy O’Brien unfolds the story of Dr. John Dale Cavaness, the southern Illinois physician and surgeon charged with the murder of his son Sean in December 1984. Outraged by the arrest of the skilled medical practitioner who selflessly attended to their needs, the people of Little Egypt, as the natives call their region, rose to his defense. But during the subsequent trial, a radically different, disquieting portrait of Dr. Cavaness would emerge. Throughout the three decades that he enjoyed the admiration and respect of his community, Cavaness was privately terrorizing his family, abusing his employees, and making disastrous financial investments. As more and more grisly details of the Cavaness case come to stark Midwestern light in O’Brien’s chilling account, so too does the hidden gothic underside of rural America and its heritage of violence and blood. “A meticulous account . . . An implicit indictment of a culture that condones and encourages violent behavior in men.” —The New York Times Book Review “A fascinating story, and Darcy O’Brien does a great job of structuring it for suspense.” —The Washington Post “Riveting.”—Publishers Weekly “A terrifying story of family violence and the community that honored the perpetrator.” —Kirkus Reviews “Stunning material . . . Handled with justice and fastidiousness by a natural storyteller.” —Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize

Rise Of The River Rat by Rodolfo Anzettie & Tony Capps

Title Rise of the River Rat
Author Rodolfo Anzettie & Tony Capps
Publisher Booktango
Release Date 2015-05-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 100
ISBN 9781468957990
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Rise of the River Rat is an entertaining collection of stories that tells the journey of one man experiencing the ‘Path of the Warrior’. This inspiring and sometimes haunting tale covers the incredible life of Tony Capps. Follow Tony from the rough and tumble streets of South Trenton across three continents. From high stakes gambling to unraveling mysteries of the unknown, Tony Capps’s story pushes the limit on all aspects of life. It’s a story of honor and perseverance in conquering life’s greatest challenges and discovering new ideas to inspire the development of mankind.

Title Death by Request Book 11 in the Caribbean Murder series
Author Jaden Skye
Publisher Jaden Skye
Release Date 2014-07-26
Category Fiction
Total Pages 250
ISBN 9781632910844
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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DEATH BY REQUEST is Book #11 in the #1 Bestselling Caribbean Murder series, which begins with DEATH BY HONEYMOON (Book #1)--a FREE download on Play! It is also a standalone novel. In Death by Request (Book #11 of the Caribbean Murder Series), Cindy and Mattheus are given a shocking case they have never faced before: a clear-cut case of euthanasia might turn out to be something more ominous. Tara and Owen Danden, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in Jamaica, are on the water, in a boat he rented, when the weather shifts and Tara falls overboard. As Owen tries desperately to save his wife, the boat spins and hits her head—sending her into a coma. Pulled out of the water, barely alive, Tara is airlifted to an elegant hospital on the island, and remains in a coma for two months. When she finally dies, however, there becomes a question of whether she truly died of natural causes. Based on scanty evidence, Owen is taken into custody and quickly hires Cindy and Mattheus to clear his name and find out who wanted Tara dead. Cindy and Mattheus’s journey takes us through an intriguing exploration of comas, euthanasia and what happens to those in altered states. As the investigation proceeds we watch Cindy and Mattheus’s relationship ripen, and take a new turn. We also meet Tara’s crazy family, learn the secret they’ve been hiding, and see what bearing it might have on the case. As a new suspect finally comes into focus, all is not what it seems to be…

The Dark Cabin Murders by Frank L. Gertcher

Title The Dark Cabin Murders
Author Frank L. Gertcher
Publisher
Release Date 2018-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages 322
ISBN 098357541X
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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Frank L. Gertcher weaves an exquisitely crafted Civil War era murder-mystery. The story includes good detective work by Jeremiah and James, romance between key characters and insight with regard to the battle of good and evil within the human soul. Frank uses vivid dialogue between characters and emotional first person thoughts to let readers vicariously experience love and hate, rage and remorse, ecstasy and fear, joy and sadness. Yet always, accurate descriptions of historical events and scenes are there, and the reader is immersed in time and place, just like the characters.

Deadly Currents by Beth Groundwater

Title Deadly Currents
Author Beth Groundwater
Publisher Llewellyn Worldwide
Release Date 2011-03-08
Category Fiction
Total Pages 312
ISBN 9780738729299
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, and French
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A new series from award-winning author Beth Groundwater The Arkansas River, heart and soul of Salida, Colorado, fuels the small town's economy and thrums in the blood of river ranger Mandy Tanner. When a whitewater rafting accident occurs, she deftly executes a rescue, but a man dies anyway. Turns out, it wasn't the rapids that killed him—he was murdered. Tom King was a rich land developer with bitter business rivals, who cheated on his wife, refused to support his kayak-obsessed son, and infuriated environmentalists. Mandy's world is upended again when tragedy strikes closer to home. Suspicious that the most recent death is connected to Tom King's murder, Mandy goes on an emotionally turbulent quest for the truth—and ends up in dangerous waters. Praise: "Groundwater kicks off a new series that combines outdoor action with more than a modicum of old-fashioned detection."—Kirkus Reviews "With a fresh locale and a spunky if at times too emotional heroine, this is a promising new series by the author of the gift-basket designer Claire Hanover mysteries (A Real Basket Case)."—Library Journal "Readers who enjoy fast-moving stories and wilderness environments will keep turning the pages of this promising series debut."—Booklist "The amiable cast, along with Groundwater's fascinating firsthand knowledge of rafting, makes this a series worth watching."—Mystery Scene "An entertaining read...[Deadly Currents is] a classic and well-written murder mystery, you won't be able to put it down."—Colorado Country Life "Groundwater's novel is filled with river lore, vivid descriptions, and loving depictions of the varied characters who make up the tight-knit community."—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine "A remarkable book by an author who clearly knows and loves her territory. Don’t miss it!"—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author "Comes rushing at you from the first page like roiling whitewater, and culminates in a riveting climax that lives up to this book's name. If you like outdoor adventure and gripping characters, this one's a must-read."—Sandi Ault, Mary Higgins Clark and WILLA Award-winning author of the Wild Mystery Series "A heart-racing debut with as many twists and turns and unexpected upsets as a ride through the rapids itself."—Margaret Coel, author of The Silent Spring