Montreal homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of her brother during covert ops in Afghanistan, investigates a fatal hit-and-run, uncovering a terrorist plot to assassinate an American governor, disable New England’s electrical grid, and kill 10,000 hockey fans.
Montreal, Quebec. Homicide detective Sophie Gillette, still mourning the death of her brother during covert military ops in Afghanistan, is dispatched to the scene of a fatal hit-and run during a January snowstorm. Defying easy resolution, the case launches her on a collision course with biker wars, arms smuggling by First Nations warriors and, unexpectedly, a deadly terrorist plot.
For years the CIA has warned Canada’s Security Intelligence Service that Montreal, where almost one in four residents has ties to Muslim or Arabic-speaking homelands, is a hot-bed of Al-Qaeda sleeper cells awaiting the call to jihad.
Gillette, a talented young investigator on the fast track, carries a load of emotional baggage – father and brother both dead of unnatural causes, mother on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Despite her supportive relationship with an RCMP officer, Gillette suffers anxiety, self-doubt and fear of emotional commitments. Meanwhile, her desire to provide justice and closure for a young widow drives her to resolve the hit-and-run case.
In the course of their investigation, Gillette and her partner uncover a cadre of militant student activists, drug financiers, gun-runners and a rogue professor with a PhD in chemical toxicology, all with vague links to a shadowy figure known only as Al-Quebeca.
Dispatched from Paris to strike America and its ally Canada, terrorist Mustafa Nadir is on a bold mission to assassinate an American governor, disable New England’s electrical grid, and kill 10,000 hockey fans. Even as his love for a woman is swept aside by his fanaticism, Gillette pursues him to a brutal confrontation.
A criminal profiler using astrology and palmistry investigates the killing of a New York City heiress, only to discover that her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter- terrorist project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
In the space of one hour, three strangers die violent deaths. A hit-and-run vehicle kills a dot-com millionaire jogging in San Francisco. A car bomb obliterates the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorism project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. An assailant ambushes a New York heiress walking home from Broadway and forces her own pepper spray down her throat.
In all three cases, investigators reach an immediate impasse. Each victim leaves an estate of millions, but their beneficiaries all have perfect out-of-town alibis. Theories swirl around the victims like flies on a corpse – a contract killing for financial gain, a lover’s quarrel spiraled out of control, a domestic al-Qaeda strike…? The police are stymied and the FBI is worried.
Axel Crowe, criminal psychologist, is summoned to New York by the brother of the woman who was murdered. Crowe is a man with an obscure past but a brilliant reputation. Occasionally he consults as a profiler for the police. More commonly, he is a finder of wayward people and stolen possessions. Despite initial stonewalling from the NYPD, Crowe profiles the killer in his own unique way – using astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.
His investigation follows a tangled trail of illicit relationships – from one suspect to another and, eventually, yet another. Ultimately, he learns that all three victims were killed in the space of one hour. But is it coincidence or conspiracy?
Facts are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used to tell him. And although the truth lies buried in the past, Crowe is relentless until he uncovers it.
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Hide In Plain Sight
A man assumes his twin brother’s identity in order to alibi his own wife who’s accidentally killed his brother in an argument. But when he finds himself sharing a bed with his beautiful sister-in-law, he faces bigger challenges and harder choices.
Alex Carson is in mid-life freefall. He owes a quarter million in back taxes, his bipolar wife Connie keeps going off her meds, and his dog’s just died. When his estranged twin brother Dave, a multi-millionaire with a disease that’s reduced him to crutches, invites him for a weekend visit, Alex is so eager to escape his own reality that he accepts, even though his wife decides at the last minute to tag along.
Over drinks that evening, Dave tells them he suspects his wife Kristina of having an affair. Uninterested in Dave’s marital problems, Connie seeks sympathy for Alex’s tax debt and asks for a loan, which Dave refuses. In a fit of anger, Connie knocks Dave down a flight of stairs and accidentally kills him.
Given their motive and opportunity, Alex and Connie fear a murder charge if they inform the police, so he decides to take Dave’s place long enough for her to go home and establish an alibi. In a few days, he’ll engineer Dave’s “death” all over again, and escape to rejoin her. Although she suspects he wants to sleep with Dave’s wife Kristina, she’s forced to go along with the plan.
It’s supposed to be simple but it gets very complicated. Kristina is drop-dead gorgeous, and lying next to her at night gives Alex a libidinous fever. Ironically, when it also comes to light that Dave appears to have been having an affair with their hot-blooded domestic, Alex finds himself trapped in a ménage-a-trois from hell.
And now someone is trying to kill him…
A private investigator searches for the runaway daughter of an aspiring politician only to find that, on or off the campaign trail, honesty is the rarest commodity. As mystery descends into mayhem and murder, he confronts an unsettling truth – the innocents are always the first victims.
Lee Harms is an ex-cop who’s traded financial security and office politics for the tenuous existence of a freelance investigator. He’s divorced and paying child support for a 10-year-old daughter whose affections he must earn, which isn’t easy when his ex-wife bad-mouths him every time he’s late on support payments. So when he gets a lucrative offer to trace a runaway girl, an assignment he generally declines, he goes after her with all the enthusiasm he can muster.
Political hopeful Doctor Reynolds has already paid $50K to suppress a videotape of his daughter in a lesbian porn flick; now there’s a second blackmail demand for $250K and promise of worse revelations to come. He wants her found and put on the next plane to England where she’ll go into rehab and put her life back together before she ruins his.
As Harms learns, she’s been living quite a life already – shoplifting, drug abuse, pornography, and maybe even prostitution. Everywhere he looks, he encounters the human archetypes of moral depravity, and every one of them warns him to drop the case before it gets too hot for him to handle. As stubborn as he is cash-strapped, he eventually locates the daughter at a party thrown by her current lover, a Honduran drug dealer. Although Harms extricates her, things get nasty in the chaos – the drug dealer winds up dead, and a large stash of his cocaine goes missing.
All of a sudden, Harms is in the cross-hairs of a death squad whose sole purpose is to find him and the girl, and kill them both to avenge the dealer’s death. When Harms turns out to be too elusive and tough to dispense with, the Hondurans attack his cop buddy and kidnap Harms’ own daughter to force his surrender. Meanwhile, someone has also killed his client Doctor Reynolds, jeopardizing the whole case, and throwing suspicion on him.
Overcoming huge odds, even as violence endangers everyone near and dear to him, Harms must use all his ingenuity to outwit a vicious drug gang, identify the unknown blackmailer and prove himself innocent of murder.
Lee Harms, free spirit and investigator-for-hire, is on the cusp of an on-again, off-again love affair with longtime confidante and astrologer Celeste when fate serves him a witch’s brew of trouble.
Start with a broth of sexual intrigue, toss in one kidnapped redhead named Liz Reynolds, stir in two kilos of pure cocaine, dissolve a few pages from a psychiatrist’s notebook, and bring to a boil the fury of an underworld gang whose favorite son has died in an all-night bacchanal. Money ignites the fire under this cauldron, but the fuels that keep it bubbling are sex, violence and the darker forces of human nature.
Although Harms has the advantage of Celeste’s astrological insights to guide him, he must rely increasingly on his own wits to out-maneuver crack-crazed thugs, libidinous porn stars, and a deranged young woman with a dark secret. It’s dangerous enough for Harms, but when his own ten-year-old daughter is taken hostage by the underworld, he must pull out all the stops to rescue her from harm’s way.
TUNGSTEN. Nazi Germany is running desperately low on tungsten, a metal essential to the production of their superior anti-tank artillery, the only thing that’s holding back the Allies and the Soviets on two embattled fronts. So when new deposits are discovered in Yugoslavia – enough to hold their advantage and possibly win the war — the SS seize a town and German engineers sink a hasty mine.
COMMANDO RAID. In a bold sabotage plan, four daring Allied soldiers are sent to destroy the newly-built Nazi mine in Dravograd, regardless of whether it is protected by an entire SS regiment. They risk discovery and death — but if they succeed they could defeat Hitler’s armies and save the free world.
YELLOWKNIFE. Put 5,000 men into a shit-hole mining town a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle. Dangle the promise of striking gold on payday, but work them like dogs for it. Stir in a few hookers, add a card shark or two, garnish with liquor and nose candy.
BLOOD BROTHERHOOD. Nick Bowman is as tough as they come, a miner from the wilds of northern Canada, handy with his fists, a knife or a gun. But he’s a good guy, and when he defends a native girl from sexual assault by some drunken rednecks, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s mistaken by the police for a member of the Bearknife Brotherhood, a militant tribe who’ve just robbed Yellowknife Mine of $10M in gold. But when the Brotherhood forces him into service, Bowman decides he’d like to be paid in gold — their gold.
Writing as Alan Marks, published by Tower Publications (now out of print)
D-DAY MINUS TWO. On the night of June 4, 1944, two days before the Normandy invasion, a small and select group of paratroopers sets out on a vital and dangerous mission. Their objective — to knock out a squadron of Messerschmitt 110 night fighters stationed in the Normandy peninsula.
THE SKYRAIDERS. They are the elite of the paratroop battalions whose main assault is scheduled to jump into the war on June 5, 1944 — D-Day minus one. They are hardened fighters who will stop at nothing to achieve their objective — because the fate of the entire Allied airborne assault hangs in the balance.
The Antenna Syndrome
SPACE-AGE SNOOPER. Keith Savage is a private investigator on what seems to be a fairly routine assignment — to find a kidnapped girl. Except it soon develops that someone aside from the kidnapper is determined to prevent her from being found.
ROACH MOTEL. Among the clues Savage discovers are paintings of giant insects done by the missing girl, a swarm of bees the size of beer cans, and several dead bodies with the heads neatly removed. The situation becomes increasingly bizarre, not to mention dangerous, as Savage finds himself pitted against an adversary as indestructible as it is incredible.