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A Killer Thriller Collection – Eight The Hard Way (Mystery Thriller Suspense)

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Eight thrilling stories from eight masters of suspense:

Paydown – by Nick Stephenson. When a high-flying Wall Street investment banker is found brutally killed, what started out as a simple fraud case turns into expert criminologist Leopold Blake's first ever murder investigation. As the glamor of Wall Street is stripped away by a series of catastrophic discoveries, Leopold will have to decide how much he is prepared to risk in order to uncover the truth – and whether it's a price he's willing to pay.

Story Length: 25,000 words, approx. 95 print pages.

Off the Leash – by D. D. Vandyke. There’s not much left that can surprise private investigator California “Cal” Corwin any more, especially since the accident. But after a brutal murder leaves the city’s best detectives stumped, Cal must step up her game and find answers before it’s too late— and the clock is ticking…

Story Length: 9,000 words, approx. 30 print pages.

Mr. Mockingbird Drive – by Robert Swartwood. Julio and Tyshawn are far from professional thieves, but they get by. After weeks spent researching the perfect mark, the boys are ready to strike – and the payout is going to be unbelievable…Mr. Mockingbird Drive is a cleverly deceptive piece of flash fiction. The story first featured in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Winter 2012.

Story Length: 2,000 words, approx. 8 print pages.

Ladies Weekend – by Ryan King. A trip to the Gulf Shores with her three sisters-in-law was not exactly Cathy's idea of a good time. With a dark secret to protect, a weekend stuck with the meddling Biddle sisters might have been too much to bear – but, thankfully for Cathy, there's nothing a little "medicine" can't fix…This delightfully twisted story was first published in 2012.

Story Length: 6,000 words, approx. 23 print pages.

Veritas: Concubine – by R.S. Guthrie. How far would you go to find the truth? Shale Veritas is not his real name, but that's not important. What's important is why he's taken an interest in you – and what you've done to deserve it…This dark, atmospheric tale of revenge, justice, and redemption is not for the faint-hearted. You have been warned.

Story Length: 8,300 words, approx. 32 print pages.

Divide and Conquer – by Kay Hadashi. Nobody ever told June Kato that babysitting could be such hard work… As a world-class neurosurgeon, June is used to dealing with high-pressure situations. But when a trio of violent thugs invade her home while her four-year-old nieces are staying over, nap time suddenly takes on a whole new meaning. A thrill-ride from start to finish.

Story Length: 12,000 words, approx. 46 print pages.

Recidivist – by Alan McDermott. Something needs to be done about Steven Howe. Even though he's yet to see his twelfth birthday, after 97 arrests the police and social services have had enough. Forced to attend a state-sponsored retreat for troubled youths, Steven is about to find out just how far the government is prepared to go to meet their targets – starting with him.

Story Length: 5,000 words, approx. 19 print pages.

Return of the Bride – by Micheal Maxwell. Tradition has it that Al-Qurnah is the site of the Garden of Eden. But for Phillip Sear, a man who has lived with sin his entire life, it has an entirely different significance. On a journey to redeem himself for a lifetime of selfish choices, Sear will finally learn how to keep his promises – but at what cost?

Story Length: 2,000 words, approx. 8 print pages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3561 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2013
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8OZW1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A Potpourri of Thrills and Chills

19 people found this helpful.
 on June 12, 2014
By Silver Screen Videos
Most Amazon readers know that some of the best Kindle bargains available are the anthologies that present the works of a number of different Amazon authors either for free or a minimal price. “Killer Thriller Collection” is a condensed version of one of these anthologies: a collection of shorter works by eight different thriller and sci fi writers that Amazon usually offers for free (as I received it). “Killer Thriller” is as entertaining as any of the longer anthologies but a considerably quicker read.

Take me away

37 people found this helpful.
 on May 13, 2014
By terrylea
Eight wonderful stories! Each writer gives a quick synopsis of the story with word length and print page length, which helps if you’re trying to find a story to read while waiting for traffic, interviews, or on the throne. My favorite was Return of the Bride–I didn’t see the end coming. Written by English authors, not to put us Americans off, it doesn’t use their slang so was easy to follow stories and characters and get invested into the story. Mystery/Thriller is not my choice for books, but am delighted I took a chance and discovered new authors am willing to check out. Please, read, enjoy and get carried away for a few moments.

Mysteries Afoot

 on February 28, 2015
By Pappa Place
This is a great collection of mystery stories. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection and I thought all the stories were solid and enjoyable, but my favorites were. The Nick Stephenson and David VanDyke stories. I really liked Stephenson’s Leopold Blake character and VanDyke’s California Corwin character they are both tough as nails smart and street smart the combo makes them interesting characters. The characters in these two stories have the feel of old time pot boiler thriller mystery in the vein of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade or The Thin Man or The Shadow, like the stories I grew up on but with a modern day spin on them. Murder mayhem mystery and a dash of sarcasm make these a great collection of stories. So if you like this genre then this collection is for you they are highly addictive and entertaining. I plan on reading other stories and or books by all of these authors which is highly unusual because in a collection you usually find some you don’t like that was not the case I liked them all. More Please.

I don’t know how I scored this for free – but I’m sure happy I did!

15 people found this helpful.
 on August 11, 2014
By DontPushMe
Umm…how good is this set? I just noticed it was free and snapped it up! I enjoyed every single part and had to go and buy some more Nick Stephenson books afterwards! Definitely recommend!

Super collection don’t miss it

 on September 3, 2015
By Belinda F. Remmers

Good stories, not great

 on October 29, 2015
By Brashboy
Good stories, not great, worth the price. Biggest problem is that a couple wrap up a little too neatly, and the one of the home-invasion stories made no sense to me — how’d they get in, bad guys way too sloppy and stupid, etc. — you know, when people in a story act in a way they wouldn’t in a real situation to get the story to work.

Eight The Hard Way

 on March 17, 2017
By Bon Jovi Fan
Thrillers are one of my favorite reads when it comes to selecting books for my kindle. The characters seem to really bring out the story being told, and it keeps you wanting to read more as you get involved in the story that is being told.

Crime and Punishment Anthology by Eight Leading Thriller Authors That’ll leave you begging for more

 on November 1, 2015
By Guy Reviewing Romance and More
This anthology collected various shorter fiction by 8 thriller writers about crimes, whether they pay or not. They often include tales of extreme violence, and sometimes, the perps even get away with it, and possibly for good reasons. There was a story about a dead recovering junkie’s murder, and a couple red herrings along the way. Another story is about a victim who turned out to be not so helpless. Another is about the perfect revenge, a daughter-in-law that’s so unfaithful that the family conspired to deep-six her… literally. This and other tales of crime and punishment, which may not always be what you expect, are good fast reads that satisfies, and serves as good intro into each author’s style.

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