J. CARSON BLACK SERIES:

Ladies Man (Laura Cardinal Series Book 6)

Ladies Man (Laura Cardinal Series Book 6)

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

DPS detective Laura Cardinal investigates homicides in small towns with limited resources. She brings justice to murder victims--and to their killers. Laura’s job description: Criminal Investigator with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. But maybe it should just say “Troubleshooter.” A terrified woman runs into a trading post in New Mexico. A man follows right on her heels and kills her in front of the woman running the trading post. And then he kills the witness. A man and his wife in a campground wake to the sound of the motorhome in the next camping space driving out in the wee hours of the morning. The people in the motorhome leave their dog behind. Outside Tucson, Arizona, a woman is found dead in a desert arroyo. Department of Public Safety Detective Laura Cardinal investigates. As more information comes in about other deaths of older women, Laura realizes there is a pattern—a disturbing one of seduction and murder.
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The Shop

The Shop

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

In Aspen, Colorado, a pop star and her entourage are brutally murdered in their luxury chalet. The lead assassin, ex-Navy SEAL Cyril Landry, has no qualms about carrying out his mission until the instant before he kills the young star—an intense, shared moment that will ultimately drive him to find out why these people had to die. Landry transforms from mercenary to hunter as he delves into the depths of The Shop, the shadowy organization that has hired him to execute people across the country.   Thousands of miles away, in a seedy motel in Gardenia, Florida, a local police chief is found shot to death. The scene has all the signs of a romantic rendezvous gone wrong, but Detective Jolie Burke isn’t so sure. As she digs for clues, the tangled threads of evidence lead to a disturbing place: Indigo, the lush tropical estate of the powerful Haddox clan and home of US Attorney General Franklin Haddox. As Jolie continues to pursue the truth, she quickly discovers that Haddox will do anything to protect his country’s ugly secrets—even kill.   Landry’s quest to uncover The Shop’s motives throws him into the dark currents of Jolie’s investigation, and they find themselves working together as an unlikely duo: a cop and a killer, joining forces to expose a shocking conspiracy that ascends to the highest offices in the land.   Intricate and fast-paced, The Shop is a breathtaking thriller in the vein of Nelson DeMille and David Baldacci.
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The Desert Waits

The Desert Waits

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

A woman answers a terrified cry for help... A husband betrays his wife one last time... The owner of an isolated hotel harbors a dangerous obsession... A man succumbs to a fatal attraction... They are four strangers whose lives onverge on a lonely stretch of Arizona desert...four strangers brought together by the brutal murder of a beautiful woman. Each of them has a secret. And all of them have a reason to be afraid. Now, someone else is going to die. For in the desert, beneath the cold, merciless moon, there is no place to hide.
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Darkscope

Darkscope

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

After Chelsea McCord’s marriage falls apart, her uncle talks her into a change of scene---Bisbee, Arizona, the scenic mining town with a notorious past. Her great-grandfather, mining magnate Lucas McCord, helped build Bisbee at the turn of the last century. Chelsea discovers an ancient box camera in a dusty trunk, the film still inside. On a lark she photographs the town. Is it her imagination, or does the stench of death emanate from the camera’s inner workings? And when Chelsea looks through a viewfinder wavy with age, she sees children in gunny-sack clothes, their eyes dark and grainy. Children from the 1920’s. She sees a young man and woman at a train station that no longer exists. And as the past superimposes itself on the present, Chelsea learns the secret of her family’s true legacy. With one click of the shutter, she has unleashed a pure and hungry evil that will consume everyone she loves. Now Chelsea must fight to save her beloved uncle---and herself.
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Spectre Black

Spectre Black

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

When homicide detective Jolie Burke awakens to intruders in the dark of night, she's forced to flee. Jolie's nobody's victim, but she cannot fight this faceless enemy alone. She reaches out to Cyril Landry, the ex - Navy SEAL who is long on special-ops skills and short on patience. He suffers no fools - ever. But when Landry rolls into Branch, New Mexico, Jolie is gone, and there's nothing waiting for him but trouble. As Landry hunts for Jolie, he becomes immersed in a quagmire of corruption - a toxic brew of graft, homicide, and the ominous shape of something much bigger. Framed for murder and dodging a sexy FBI agent and a suspicious sheriff, Landry finds himself pitted against a psychopath with secrets even blacker than his sinister sports car. Now Landry's on a double-barreled mission: reach Jolie before the killers do and dig up some dirt on his enemies before they get the chance to dig his grave.  
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The Survivors Club

The Survivors Club

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. To an ordinary investigator, the evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, is far from ordinary, and she sees what others might miss: this is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover up this crime. The killer’s trail leads Tess from Tucson to California; from anti-government squatters in the Arizona mountains to the heights of wealthy society, including the rich and powerful DeKoven family, who've dominated Arizona commerce and politics since the 1800s. But as Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder, and solves much more than one isolated crime. The Survivors Club i s a serpentine, stay-up-all-night thriller from New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller J. Carson Black.
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Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

Laura Cardinal: Packs a SIG SAUER P226 9 mm. Investigates homicides in small towns that have limited resources. Brings justice to murder victims--and to their killers. Laura’s job description: Homicide Detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. But maybe it should just say “Troubleshooter”.Tell me no lies.Laura and her aspiring-film-director partner, Anthony, catch a homicide case where nothing is as it appears. When pathological liar Sean Perrin is found dead in his car at a trailhead in scenic Madera Canyon, he leaves behind a skein of lies and half-truths that are impossible to untangle. From violent death in a sordid motel room to a high-end prostitution ring in Las Vegas, Laura and Anthony follow Sean’s trail across a landscape of broken dreams and convincing lies—until they confront the true evil behind the mask.
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J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

Hollywood superstar Max Conroy is A-list all the way—one of the few actors who can guarantee box office blockbusters on opening weekend. Max has it all: the devil-may-care charisma, the stunning movie star wife, and a sizable personal fortune that grows along with his legend. When Max escapes from a rehab center in Arizona, disoriented and longing to return to his blue-collar roots, he becomes the target of a motley group of kidnappers planning to cash in by holding him for ransom. Max not only outsmarts them; he evens the score. Little does he know that a far more dangerous and merciless enemy is coming for him. But this time, he has an ally in the smart and beautiful sheriff’s deputy Tess McCrae. For years, Max drifted through an easy superstar life, untethered and without purpose. But as he fights for his life, something turns inside him. He’s ready to live again—on his own terms. He will destroy those who’d rather see him die like an icon than live like a man.
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Hard Return

Hard Return

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

Cyril Landry has been a dead man since he escaped a firefight off the coast of Florida three years ago. In all that time, the former Navy SEAL has been living off the grid to protect his wife and teenage daughter, who have mourned him and moved on.Five days a week, Landry watches from a distance as his daughter Kristal leaves school—his only chance to see her. One day a shooter in black unloads his M-16 on the students, killing eight kids—including Kristal’s boyfriend, Luke. Landry takes out the gunman with a single sniper shot before melting back into the city. But this wasn’t a typical massacre, and the clues add up to only one conclusion: someone knows Landry’s alive, and wants him dead—again. Teaming up with Detective Jolie Burke—a homicide cop who plays by her own rules—Landry must find a way to protect his family, and avenge Luke’s death.In the second Cyril Landry thriller, black ops turn the world red.Review“Sweeping from suburban California to the New Mexico desert, from an assassins' marketplace in Austria to the killing grounds of Iraq, Hard Return is an amped-up thrill ride showcasing one of the most enigmatic and unforgettable antiheroes in fiction today. Part Jack Reacher, part Jason Bourne, Landry is a loner, a lover, a father, a killer, and the last thing his enemies will ever see.” —Michael Prescott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Final Sins and Around the HeartAbout the AuthorHailed by bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker as “a strong new voice in American crime fiction,” J. Carson Black has written sixteen novels. Her thriller The Shop reached #1 on the Kindle Bestseller list, and her crime thriller series featuring homicide detective Laura Cardinal became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Although Black earned a master’s degree in operatic voice, she was inspired to write a horror novel after reading The Shining. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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Flight 12: A Novella

Flight 12: A Novella

J. Carson Black

J. Carson Black

Ten minutes to midnight: A man waits in line at JFK International Airport to board Skyways Airlines Flight 12 to Rome. His face is impassive, his eyes bleak. His fists are clenched. The woman behind him has a bad feeling . . . Months before: A young woman approaches Arizona Department of Public Safety detective Laura at the fitness center they share, telling her that she is slated for death, and wants Laura to "investigate her murder" when it happens. Weeks later, the woman is found dead in her car - forcing Laura to revisit the most disturbing homicide case of her career. During the course of her investigation, Laura learns the truth about the killer she arrested long ago. What Laura doesn't know: What will happen to the 388 souls on Flight 12? 
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