Tim Stevens tops today’s Buffet with Ratcatcher, an adrenaline-fueled action-adventure novel and a hard-boiled mystery story which exposes the world of the spy.
Tim was born in England and grew up in Johannesburg. He lives near London with his wife and daughters, and works as a doctor in the National Health Service. He is also the author of the “Joe Venn” American thrillers Omega Dog, Delta Ghost, and Alpha Kill.
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The police have Internal Affairs departments. British Intelligence has John Purkiss, the Ratcatcher.
Purkiss’s job is straightforward. Track down agents of the intelligence services who are taking kickbacks, committing crimes, or otherwise abusing their positions. And bring them to justice.
Straightforward doesn’t mean easy…
After a renegade British former spymaster, Fallon, is sighted in the Baltic city of Tallinn on the eve of a historic summit meeting between the Russian and Estonian presidents, Purkiss is despatched to investigate, and uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to tear Europe, and the world, apart.
But Purkiss has personal reasons for going after Fallon. Four years ago, Fallon was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Purkiss’s fiancée, a murder Purkiss himself witnessed.
Now, in an atmosphere of treachery and sudden violence, as the countdown begins to a potentially catastrophic conflict between Russia and the West, Purkiss must keep his desire for revenge under control for the sake of the world’s – and his own – survival.
In 1960’s Kentucky, Susanna Braden is one of four children in a family that thrives on unpredictability, where painful secrets remain unspoken, allowing sins of the past to be repeated and threatening the security and innocence of another generation. As Susanna is faced with hard truths, her love for her best friend, as he deploys to Vietnam, gives her perspective that she doesn’t expect. Ultimately, Susanna must decide whether to accept her family, despite its faults, and whether redemption might be possible. A coming-of-age love story fhat is rich and deeply sensitive, “This book reminds us of how exciting, beautiful and painful growing up really is.” — Judge, Writers’ Digest
It was supposed to be just for the summer…
Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.
Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.
Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.
Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.
On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. everyone on Earth vanished. Well, almost everyone. A scattered few woke alone in a world where there are no rules other than survival… at any cost.
A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, in search for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger, as every breath ﬁlls her with terror. A bullied teen is thrilled to ﬁnd everyone gone. Until the knock on his door.
A fugitive survives a ﬁery plane crash. Will he be redeemed, or return to what he’s best at: the kill? An eight year old boy sets out on a journey to ﬁnd his missing family. What he ﬁnds will change him forever.
And there’s a few people who aren’t surprised that this happened at all. In fact, they’ve been dreaming about this day for years.
When Anne Mitchell was 11 years old, something happened to her that erased the whole first decade of her life, and 25 years later, she has come home to re-claim her past.
Oh, she gets it. She understands that something profoundly evil lurks in the swirling purple haze of her amnesia.
For 25 years, she was enslaved by what she called the “Boogie Man”– images from her lost childhood that appeared in the shadows behind her reflection in mirrors and wine glasses, haunted her dreams and attacked her in screaming night terrors. Fear of facing that secret held her hostage. Like a schoolyard bully, it twisted her arm behind her back and forced her to accept that her life began in the dirt beside the ditch where the family station wagon burned like hell had opened up a crack in the world right there in the back seat.
Then the monster shattered her career.
And Anne saw him in her dying mother’s eyes. With her last breath, Susan Mitchell begged for her daughter’s forgiveness. She didn’t mean for it to happen, she gasped, but she’ll burn in hell for what she did all the same.
Set in the Louisiana bayou, this emotional story stars two brothers from a close-knit Cajun family, and the woman they both love. For Laura Sebastian, becoming part of the warm and fun-loving Cantrelle family would give her the kind of life she has always longed for, one filled with light, love, and joy. She could finally put the darkness of her past behind her.
Yet when Norman Cantrelle, her boss and the youngest Cantrelle son, asks her to marry him, she is torn by doubt. She thinks the world of Norman, but she doesn’t love him, not the way she knows she should. A tough situation becomes decidedly worse when Laura and Norman are involved in a terrible accident one rainy night as they drive home from a business trip — an accident that causes Norman’s older brother, Neil Cantrelle, to return home to Louisiana to confront his past.
MAC WALKER’S RULES OF ENGAGEMENT:
KICK THE BODY.
A plane hijacked by fanatics, and a plot to use a horrific biological weapon against the Vatican.
Former Navy SEAL Mac Walker finds himself in an uneasy alliance with the beautiful and mysterious Vatican operative Stasia as they fight to save the plane’s passengers, and defeat the would be terrorists and their plot to kill tens of thousands.
Sam never thought she’d actually be chosen for a reality show–but next thing she knew, she was whisked away to Australia. Dealing with a producer willing to do whatever he had to do make the show a hit, other women ready to cheat and lie to gain the attention of the bachelor, and a camera operator ready to catch her at her worst every time she turned around, absolutely nothing was as simple as it seemed on TV. Not to mention the pigs, killer snakes and shoveling manure. Sam wasn’t sure she was going to make it through filming most days–never mind find true love.
Alex never thought he’d be on a reality show, but how hard could being surrounded by beautiful women be? A lot harder than he’d thought. The producer changed the rules of the show behind his back, the women were nearly clawing at each other for this attention–and that one contestant he couldn’t get off his mind…
Collects Annihilation Prologue & Annihilation: Nova #1-4. The Annihilation Wave has come! Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone, has declared war! Hordes of loyal soldiers swarm from the center of the universe, and only a handful of heroes can resist destruction! As the Xandarian Nova Corps meets its doom, only Richard Rider – the man called Nova – survives. Drax the Destroyer returns from exile on Earth to mentor Nova – but wait until you see his dangerous new persona! Guest-starring Quasar, Ronan the Accuser, the Super-Skrull and Thanos!
What could be more dangerous than cozy village life in the English countryside?
Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold’s in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women’s Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max’s training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.
Max has ministered to the community long enough to be familiar with the tangled alliances and animosities among the residents, but this tragedy surprises and confounds him. It is impossible to believe anyone in his lovely village capable of the crime, and yet given the victim, he must acknowledge that almost everyone had probably fantasized about killing Wanda Batton-Smythe.
As the investigation unfolds, Max becomes more intricately involved. Memories he’d rather not revisit are stirred, evoking the demons from the past which led him to Nether Monkslip. In WICKED AUTUMN, G.M. Malliet serves up an irresistible English village—deliciously skewered—a flawed but likeable protagonist, and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery.
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