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Wanted (A Private Investigator Series of Crime and Suspense Thrillers, Book 1)

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What should have been a relaxing vacation in Paris turns into another unwinnable situation for expert criminology consultant Leopold Blake. Caught in the cross hairs of a ruthless assassin and on the run from the police for a murder he didn't commit, Blake and his team must fight to clear his name before it's too late.

As enemies close in from all sides, Blake is about to learn who he can trust – and who is determined to destroy him – as The City of Light becomes a new hunting ground. Wanted is another exhilarating instalment in the Leopold Blake series of thrillers, which can be read and enjoyed in any order.

Interview with the Author

Q – So, what makes the Leopold Blake series special?

A – It's a mix of things, really. When I set out to write these books, I wanted to create something that mirrored exactly the kind of books I like to read. My top picks are usually private detective novels, any of the thousands of thrillers and mysteries best sellers, and, of course, books featuring your classic pulp heroes. Basically, anything with a kick-butt attitude and fast-paced style gets my vote.

The Leopold Blake books are a great mix of these genres. You'll find the series focuses on the mystery and thriller / private detective genre overall, with a couple of financial thrillers thrown in for good measure, some political thrillers, and a serial killer novel or two to keep things interesting!

Overall, the Leopold Blake series is designed to keep you turning the pages – and I've made sure there's never a dull moment.

Q – What order should I read the books in?

A – I’ve written the series so you can read the books in any order, and all the story threads will tie up nicely by the time you're finished. If you do want to read them in order, I'd suggest the following sequence:

– Paydown (prequel)

– Wanted

– Panic

– Departed

– Ratio

– Fallen (coming soon)

Q – So, why should readers give these books a try?

A – Because the Leopold Blake series is a fast, fun, thrill-ride that takes no prisoners! Each of the books has hit the top ten bestsellers list on Kindle for Crime Thrillers, and each have been featured on Amazon's Thrillers 100 Must Reads list – which is no mean feat.

Ultimately, readers who enjoy lightning-fast pacing with a plot that twists and turns all the way to the end will get a kick out of this series.

Q – Can readers get the whole series in one go?

A – Sure. I've put together a few bundles if people want to save a little moolah and grab all the books in one swoop. Check out my author page here at Amazon for more details, and a full list of my available titles.

And thanks for reading!

Leopold Blake Private Investigator Series eBook Categories:

– Mystery Series

– Crime Thrillers

– Private Investigator Series

– Private Detective Novels

– Thrillers and Mysteries Best Sellers

– Thrillers 100 Must Reads

– Thriller Detective Series

Product Details

  • File Size: 3824 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WJ Books Ltd (October 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2013
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYW9VHC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A very good start to a great series!

 on June 8, 2015
By Renee' France Mihld
I am pleased with all of the Nick Stephenson books I have read and Wanted was truly a favorite. I’ve been to Paris twice and was pleased to see the story was set in Paris. Nicks writing is very good, easy to read, no harsh language and no embarrassing sex scenes. There are always twists and turns and I did have a hard time putting this book down.

The ending will want to make you read the next book in the series.

 on June 16, 2016
By Jane V. Blanchard
I read the exciting thriller-suspense novel, Wanted by Nick Stephenson while traveling. The action is fast-paced. As the criminologist Leopold Blake discovers a fake painting in the Louvre, there is a sniper killing five people in Paris’ Notre Dame square. After the killing, the assassin plants Leopold Blake’s fingerprints to implicate him in the murders. Leopold tries to stay one step ahead of the police while finding out why someone is framing him for the murders. He is assisted by his friend Mary Jordan, an NYPD sergeant who came to Paris to vacation with him, by his bodyguards, and by Sofie Bardot, the Louvre’s art restorer. Together they run around Paris trying to avoid the police and resolve the whodunit. Wanted is a fun read with a lot of action as the bodies pile up; there is even a touch of romance.

Quick read

 on September 5, 2017
By D. Hilton
This book was an enjoyable, quick read. It didn’t take a lot of thought to get through it and I was able to finish the book in a couple days. But sometimes that’s the exact type of book you want to read. The action was consistent throughout and the characters were a pleasure to read about.

Fast paced fun

 on November 9, 2014
By Trh1470
An excellent action/adventure book that wastes little time presenting the foundation of its plot and maintains a similarly styled storyline throughout the duration of the book. What I liked most is that the author didn’t try to take the reader 20 different ways in an attempt to convey an intricately complex plot. Sometimes simple is a good thing with regard to a storyline and can actually convey depth in that simplicity. Although I am one that often enjoys books of the opposite nature (See any book written by Tom Clancy or W.E.B. Griffin), it’s been my experience that very few authors can pull it off effectively. Kudos to Mr. Stephenson opting not do so and presenting instead an enjoyable, easily understood action/adventure plot, with enough thrills to satisfy a reader not looking for an adrenaline rush.

A terrific fast spaced story

 on January 28, 2015
By Tracam
I really enjoyed Wanted. I never disclose more than what’s in the synopsis about the plot for fear of spoiling the story for future readers. The story is fast paced and left me wanting to read one more chapter before turning the lights out…always the test of a good book. As it turned out I finished it in two nights. I was a little disappointed that there were some omissions but as a fellow author I realise how easy it is for them to slip through, even after an edit and proof read. I took one star off for these.

Can Paris handle Leopold Black, Jerome, and Mary Jordan ?

 on October 23, 2014
By James j Mc Carthy
Leopold Blake, his bodyguard Jerome, and NYPD detective Mary Jordan are united in Paris, France for an interesting mystery/ thriller. Leopold has been hired by art director at the “Louve”, Jean Dubois to critique the security for the valuable art in the “Louve”. Leopold finds a problem right away. It seems one famous paintings is actually a fake. Meanwhile, hired hit man Dieter Reiniger has murdered by long range rifle, 5 people, and a police officer in front of Notre Dame. One of Reinger’s victims is Jean Dubois. The Paris police immediately suspect Leopold of the shooting because of his stunt with the fake art canvas, and his “fingerprints” are found on the roof where the shooter was camped. Then unfortunately for NYPD detective Mary Jordan who thinks she’s getting a nice peaceful vacation to spend time with Leopold, all hell breaks loose. Paris police are then looking for the fugitives Leopold, Mary, and Jerome. Leoplold along with a worker from the “Louve” are forced to run around Paris looking for truth. Captain Rousseau, “The Wolf” dogs the team at their every step. Things seem to point back to Blake industries for the key to the mystery. I was happy the plot along with the story line moves at a very nice pace. Book is pretty packed with action and adventure. Superb dialog helps make the characters in the book really come alive. It’s easy to root for the good guys and against the bad guys. Twists and turns close to the end were done pretty well. I did enjoy reading “Wanted” ,by Nick Stephenson very much. His Leopold Blake series is fun to read. Series has some good action to go along with some great characters. I’d recommend this book, and the series itself very highly. I gave the book 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars very easily. I can’t wait to jump into the next Leopold Blake adventure from Nick Stephenson. Do yourself a favor and check this series out. It’s very easy to read and a lot of fun as well.

Complex

One person found this helpful.
 on May 13, 2015
By Kindle Customer
Really like the series. The story was interesting and their was a twist that surprised me. My only compliant was that the author kept switching between consultant and Blake when describing Leopold, and assassin and the assassin’s name in the same chapter. It only happened in part of the book, but it was confusing.

A Solid Thriller

98 people found this helpful.
 on November 16, 2013
By BWK
This time, Leo and Mary are getting chased all over the city of Paris as they investigate an art theft at the Louvre and a murderous sniper. Our heroes are in and out of the crosshairs through much of the story, pursued by villains and the police.

Pretty darned good

 on June 23, 2014
By claudette valliere
This is the first of the Leopold Blake books I’ve read and I was very impressed with it.

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