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Bestselling author of thrillers and books on the writing craft. Christy Award winner in suspense, and International Thriller Writers Award finalist. He lives and writes in his hometown of Los Angeles.

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City of Angels (The Trials of Kit Shannon #1)
by James Scott Bell
The courtrooms of 1903 Los Angeles are a man’s world––until Kit Shannon arrives With shoulders squared and dreams set high, Kit Shannon arrives in Los Angeles feeling a special calling to the law. Yet under the care of her socialite aunt, Kit quickly comes to realize that few understand her burning desire to seek justice and...
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Categories: All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction; All Romance
Force of Habit 2: And Then There Were Nuns
by James Scott Bell
She's back...and the punks in L.A. are about to get knuckled under... Sister Justicia Marie, the rogue nun who burst into action in FORCE OF HABIT, is back with a vengeance. Determined to love her enemies by kicking their butts, Sister J is getting on everyone’s bad side--her superior at St. Cecelia's school; her confessor, Father...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Try Dying (Ty Buchanan Legal Thriller #1)
by James Scott Bell
She was the woman he was going to marry... A man shoots his young wife to death. He drives to a freeway overpass, gets out, shoots himself, and drops 100 feet to the freeway below, crushing a Toyota Camry. Inside is an elementary school teacher named Jacqueline Dwyer, who dies at the scene. Ty Buchanan is a hotshot lawyer. Jacqueline...
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Try Fear (Ty Buchanan Legal Thriller #3)
by James Scott Bell
Ty Buchanan thought he was defending a simple DUI... It’s Christmas time, and a six-foot-five, 280-pound drunk driver named Carl Richess is stopped on Hollywood Boulevard. He’s wearing only a G-String and a Santa hat, and insists his reindeer need to be fed. Ty Buchanan, now defending the down and out, takes the case. But soon...
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Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story
by James Scott Bell
Story loves structure...and so do readers! Super Structure represents over two decades of research on what makes a novel or screenplay entertaining, commercial, original, and irresistible. Contrary to what some may think, structure is not a nasty inhibitor of creativity. Quite the opposite. Properly understood and utilized, structure...
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Categories: All Humor; Writing and Publishing
How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript
by James Scott Bell
There is one sure-fire way of improving your novel fast . . . You may know the fundamentals of how to write fiction. You may be more than competent in plot, structure and characters. But if your dialogue is dull it will drag the whole story down. On the other hand, if your dialogue is crisp and full of tension it immediately...
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Try Darkness (Ty Buchanan Legal Thriller #2)
by James Scott Bell
But when his client turns up dead... Ty Buchanan has fallen from a high-powered law firm to dispensing legal advice from a coffee bar. One of his first clients is a mysterious woman who arrives with her six-year-old daughter. They are being illegally evicted from a downtown transient hotel, an interest that is being handled by Ty’s...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Bestsellers
Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between
by James Scott Bell
A powerful secret, and a fresh approach to writing bestselling fiction! What's the best way to write a "next level" novel? Some writers start at the beginning and let the story unfold without a plan. They are called "pantsers," because they write by the "seat of the pants." Other writers plan and outline and know the ending before they...
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Final Witness
by James Scott Bell
A cold-blooded killer is destroying all who oppose him. Will there be a final witness to the truth? Young, idealistic law clerk Rachel Ybarra has just been handed a career-making opportunity––helping in the prosecution of an infamous leader of the Russian Mafia. But when the star witness turns up dead, Rachel discovers the case is...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Religion & Spirituality
Blind Justice
by James Scott Bell
Jake Denney has hit rock bottom. His wife has left him. He's drinking again. And his five-year-old daughter is in the middle of it all. When a judge calls him "a disgrace to the legal profession," Jake starts thinking things might be better for everyone if he wasn't around anymore. Then a childhood friend's mother phones him. Her son...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Religion & Spirituality
Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure
by James Scott Bell
Craft an Engaging Plot How does plot influence story structure? What's the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that's gone off course? With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure , you'll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James...
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Don't Leave Me
by James Scott Bell
When they came for him it was time to run. When they came for his brother it was time to fight. Chuck Samson needs to heal. A former Navy chaplain who served with a Marine unit in Afghanistan, he’s come home to take care of his adult, autistic brother, Stan. But the trauma of Chuck’s capture and torture threatens to overtake him....
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How to Make a Living as a Writer
by James Scott Bell
It's the best time on Earth to be a writer More writers are making money today than at any other time in history. For centuries few have been able to support themselves from the quill or the keyboard alone. Not anymore. With the rise of ebooks and indie publishing there are now more opportunities than ever for writers to generate...
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Categories: Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Writing and Publishing
A Certain Truth (The Trials of Kit Shannon #6)
by James Scott Bell
Returning aboard an ocean liner from the Hawaiian Islands, where she and husband, aviator Ted Fox, enjoyed their honeymoon, Kit Shannon is contacted by a desperate woman, Wanda Boswell, who fears something terrible is about to happen to her. When Wanda's new husband turns up dead on the ship, Wanda looks to Kit for legal protection, and...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction; All Romance
Watch Your Back
by James Scott Bell
Like your suspense lean and mean? From the master of "heart-whamming" thrillers (Publishers Weekly) comes a collection of suspense full of the twists and shocks James Scott Bell is known for. In the title novella, "Watch Your Back," hotshot IT guy Cameron Cates seems to have it all. A secure job, a fiancée who loves him and the...
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A Higher Justice (The Trials of Kit Shannon #5)
by James Scott Bell
The bestselling series continues . . . As Kit Shannon defends a down and outer named Mousy Malloy on the charge of attempted murder, she also takes on the case of a woman whose young son is tragically killed by a Los Angeles trolley. Was the death of little Sammy Franklin an accident? Or could it have been avoided? The trolley case...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction; All Romance
Angels Flight (The Trials of Kit Shannon #2)
by James Scott Bell
Nothing had prepared her for the hostility of a city gripped by prejudice . . . With her first trial a dramatic success, Kit Shannon steps out from the protective and guiding hand of her mentor and begins her own law practice. When she is drawn to the defense of a man accused of a crime that crosses racial lines, Kit is unprepared for...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction; Christian Romance
One More Lie
by James Scott Bell
International Thriller Awards Finalist! From a "master of suspense" (Library Journal) and the writer of  "heart-whamming" fiction (Publishers Weekly) comes more page-turning thrills. In the full-length novella, One More Lie, high flying divorce attorney Andrew Chamberlain is on top of the...
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A Greater Glory (The Trials of Kit Shannon #4)
by James Scott Bell
A force of nature in turn-of-the-century Los Angeles . . .Kit Shannon, trial lawyer, in a world where men control the courtroom . . .or think they do. The bestselling series continues! Having proved she's a legal success, Kit Shannon again battles injustices found in Los Angeles, the city she has come to love. She now takes up the...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction; All Romance
Force of Habit
by James Scott Bell
A vigilante nun cleans up the streets of Los Angeles. Sinners beware. Just who is Sister Justicia Marie? And what is she doing to some of the toughest thugs in L.A.? When a nun is viciously attacked, Sister Justicia takes it upon herself to find out what happened. The cops don't like that. Neither does her Mother Superior at St....
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Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense
by James Scott Bell
Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness...
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Deadlock
by James Scott Bell
Deadlock is a novel about the impact of the Supreme Court today . . . and about imminent, real-life choices that will shape both its future and that of our nation. She is a Supreme Court Justice. She is an atheist. And she is about to encounter the God of the truth and justice she has sworn to uphold. For years, Millicent Hollander...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
Presumed Guilty
by James Scott Bell
Murder, betrayal, and a trial that feeds a media frenzy. Can one woman stand against the forces that threaten to tear her family apart? Pastor Ron Hamilton’s star is rising. His 8,000-strong church is thriving. His good looks and charisma make him an exceptional speaker on family values. And his book on pornography in the church has...
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Breach of Promise
by James Scott Bell
How far will a father go to get back his only daughter? And how will he survive in a legal system that crushes those who can't afford to fight back? Mark Gillen has the storybook life other men dream of, complete with a beautiful wife and an adoring five-year-old daughter. Then his wife announces she’s leaving him. And taking their...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
Writing Fiction for All You're Worth: Strategies and Techniques for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level
by James Scott Bell
Get your fiction to that next level, where agents and editors sit up and take notice––and where readers keep coming back for more. #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell will show you, with nuts and bolts and proven techniques, how you can write fiction that sells. WRITING FICTION FOR ALL YOUR WORTH contains the best...
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Write Great Fiction Revision And Self-Editing
by James Scott Bell
Don't let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won't be able to forget. In Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing , James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared...
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Iron Hands (Irish Jimmy Gallagher)
by James Scott Bell
His name is Irish Jimmy Gallagher, and he checks in at 6'3" and 225 pounds. A boxer with dancing green eyes and a wit born of the Blarney Stone, Jimmy is a hell of a fella, quick with a laugh and quicker with the jab. But if you foul him, stand back, because all the laughs will die in fury. It's Los Angeles, 1955. A time of relative...
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Golden: A Short Story
by James Scott Bell
A game of catch between father and son brings back a memory that will change both their lives.
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No Laughing Matter: A Short Story
by James Scott Bell
Sometimes, comedy can seem like death… For Pete "The Harv" Harvey, stand up comedy is a serious business. At least, he wants it to be. But the struggle to make it in the glitter dome of L.A. hasn't exactly been a smashing success. One night, after bombing onstage at a local club, Pete wonders if his next stop is managing a car wash....
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
Fight City (An Irish Jimmy Gallagher Novelette)
by James Scott Bell
Los Angeles, 1955, and all Jimmy Gallagher wants to do is meet his girl, Ruby, at the movies. She's the love of his life, you see, and he can't be late. He's missed one too many dates because he's been boxing for dough, something Ruby desperately wants him to give up. It seems simple enough to get from Bunker Hill to the Egyptian...
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Romeo's Rules (A Mike Romeo Thriller)
by James Scott Bell
If you want to stay alive, you better know the rules . . . Natalia Mayne said, “What's the first rule?” “Fear nothing,” I said. “You have any more?” “Do unto them before they do unto you.” “Really?” ”And you don’t owe the truth to people who lie." “I’ve never met anybody like you.” “I’ve heard that...
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VOICE: The Secret Power of Great Writing
by James Scott Bell
What is the single greatest secret to a breakout writing career? It's VOICE. Everyone talks about it, yet no one seems able to define it. Voice has therefore been the most elusive aspect of the entire writing craft to teach. Until now. In this book, #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals the true source of voice...
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Categories: All Humor; Writing and Publishing
27 Fiction Writing Blunders - And How Not To Make Them!
by James Scott Bell
Sell more books and build your career by kicking these blunders to the curb! Ever wonder why some books shoot to the top of the bestseller lists? And others that you think should, don't? It's usually a matter of mistakes that could have been avoided! #1 bestselling writing coach James Scott Bell has analyzed thousands of manuscripts...
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Categories: All Advice and How-To; All Nonfiction; Writing and Publishing
Glimpses of Paradise: A Novel of the 1920s
by James Scott Bell
A sweeping historical epic about dreams and dreamers, love and lovers, and the glitter factory of Hollywood Two high school kids in small town Nebraska have their dreams. Zee, a minister's daughter, wants to be a movie star. Doyle, the son of a wealthy lawyer, expects to follow in his father’s footsteps and practice law. But World...
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Categories: All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction; Christian Romance
Self-Publishing Attack! The 5 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws for Creating Steady Income Publishing Your Own Books
by James Scott Bell
Get in on the self-publishing boom and enjoy a steady stream of income for the rest of your life The self-publishing revolution that exploded when the Kindle came to town continues to expand. A number of writers are now making a living publishing their own ebooks. Most, however, are finding the results disappointing. Usually this...
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No Legal Grounds
by James Scott Bell
How far will a man go to protect his family? Attorney Sam Trask will go farther than he ever dreamed, even in his worst nightmare. Because his worst nightmare is about to come true… At age forty-seven, attorney Sam Trask finally seems to have his life in order. The dark years of too much drinking and all-consuming ambition have given...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
Force of Habit 3: Nun The Wiser
by James Scott Bell
Sister Justicia Marie is just a nun trying to make L.A. a little bit safer. So why are so many people out to get her? Sister J, and her young charge Sister Xuan, have started a new order, The Sisters of Perpetual Justice. Now they're running a shelter for the homeless but also preparing for the streets. Which means mixed martial arts...
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The Whole Truth
by James Scott Bell
At the age of five, Steve Conroy saw his seven-year-old brother kidnapped from the very bedroom they shared. His brother was never found. And the guilt of his silence that night has all but destroyed Steve’s life. Now thirty years old with a failing law practice, Steve agrees to represent convicted criminal Johnny LaSalle, an...
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Deceived
by James Scott Bell
She thinks she knows who she is and what she wants, but when the web gets terribly tangled, is her game of deception a clever lie or a deadly trap? Two bodies in an isolated canyon on the edge of L.A. One with saddlebags filled with diamonds. That's how it begins for Liz Towne, a stunning blonde with a devout husband who has given...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
Autumnal (A Story)
by James Scott Bell
For Mullin, it was supposed to be a time of peace and quiet by a river. Maybe a little fishing, maybe a little loafing. And then the hikers arrived. A man and a woman. And Mullin's autumnal repose was shattered . . . From the "heart-whamming" (Publishers Weekly) keyboard of James Scott Bell comes a story in the tradition of Lawrence...
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King Crush (Irish Jimmy Gallagher)
by James Scott Bell
He didn't want a fight, but there are some fights you can't walk away from... Irish Jimmy Gallagher just wanted to have a little fun at a carnival with his best girl, Ruby, and his bulldog, Steve. He wasn't looking for trouble. But sometimes trouble comes looking for Jimmy Gallagher. It's 1955, and Jimmy is a boxer who makes hay...
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Fiction Attack! Insider Secrets for Writing and Selling Your Novels & Stories -- For Self-Published and Traditional...
by James Scott Bell
How to Write Fiction That Sells Across All Channels . . . Just what are the inner secrets of selling fiction to an ever-growing audience of readers? It’s not just the same old tips you see repeated over and over. It’s almost always a matter of specialized tools and techniques bestselling authors use––consciously or...
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Sins of the Fathers
by James Scott Bell
A parent’s worst nightmare. A lawyer’s biggest challenge. A young boy’s life on the line. The unimaginable has happened. A thirteen-year-old boy has fired a rifle into a baseball game, killing several of the kids on the field. Parents are devastated. The townspeople are horrified. When public opinion swells to an enraged cry for...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; All Religious Fiction
Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel that Sells
by James Scott Bell
Take your first draft from so-so to sold! You've finished the first draft of your novel--congratulations! Time to have a drink, sit back...and start revising. But the revision process doesn't have to be intimidating. Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your...
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Categories: Writing and Publishing
Some People Are Dead: Part Essay, Part Memoir, Parts Unknown
by James Scott Bell
“Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?” - Last words of William Saroyan But there are no exceptions. Now what? James Scott Bell spent a good chunk of 2015 thinking and writing about that. Some famous people died that year. So did others not so famous. It doesn't...
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Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life
by James Scott Bell
Writers are given a wealth of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in neutral. The solution is simple: Just write . Write yourself past fears, doubts, and setbacks, and use your desire for writing...
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Romeo's Way (A Mike Romeo Thriller)
by James Scott Bell
There's a way that's right and a way that's deadly. Then there's Romeo's way. “I don’t want anybody bleeding to death, okay?” I said. “I think your problem is education. There’s just no discipline anymore. You have to know there are consequences for bad behavior. Without that, society falls apart.” Baton Guy croaked...
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The Mental Game of Writing: How to Overcome Obstacles, Stay Creative and Productive, and Free Your Mind for Success
by James Scott Bell
The keys to success as a writer are yours for the thinking! All success begins in the mind. For writers, the mind fuels the imagination and creates stories. But for authors who are productive and resilient, and see a good return on their efforts, there is another factor at work. They are winning the mental game of writing....
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Manliness: The Robert Mitchum Way
by James Scott Bell
Whatever happened to true manliness? It used to be we honored something called the "manly virtues." Things like duty, discipline, sacrifice, honor. These were the virtues of American men, passed down through the generations. Until society started to mock and dismiss them. Now manhood is in crisis. Boys are growing up lost....
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Social Sciences
John Wayne's Revenge (A Short Story)
by James Scott Bell
In the year 2016, Disney released Rogue One, a standalone installment in the Stars Wars saga. One of the more remarkable aspects of the film was the large role played by Peter Cushing ... because Peter Cushing is decidedly dead. But through the magic of computer-generated imagery (CGI), Cushing’s Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin returns, in...
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Categories: All Science Fiction
How to Write Short Stories And Use Them to Further Your Writing Career
by James Scott Bell
Now, learn the master key for writing great short stories, and the strategies for using them to advance your writing career As most writers will tell you, the hardest fiction form to master is the short story. To be successful, a short story needs to have "emotional wallop," and in under 7,000 words. Not easy to do. In this book...
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Marketing For Writers Who Hate Marketing: The No-Stress Way to Sell Books Without Losing Your Mind
by James Scott Bell
Is marketing sucking the joy out of your writing life? Do you wish you could spend more time writing and less time selling? Do you suffer from platform paranoia or social marketing madness? Are you stressed because you can't keep up with the latest marketing gimmicks and perpetual-motion author-entrepreneurs? Here's good news:...
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Romeo's Hammer (A Mike Romeo Thriller)
by James Scott Bell
She was beautiful and naked and dying... Mike Romeo finds her in the fog, on the beach, staggering around like a drunk. But it's not alcohol that's in her — it's poison. After getting this mysterious woman to the hospital, Romeo figures that's the end of the matter. But it's only the beginning. When the woman goes missing...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
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