Alien Blues

Alien Blues

Alien Blues provides plenty of fast-paced action.... An effective police drama.” —SF Commentary “Hightower tells her story with the cool efficiency of a Mafia hit man.... With its lean, matter-of-fact style, cliff-hanger chapter endings ...

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504021258

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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A jaded homicide detective working a serial murder case is teamed up with a new partner—a law enforcer from an alien race Big-city life in the near future is full of violence and tension for Saigo City homicide detective David Silver. His latest assignment is to track down a serial killer dubbed “Machete Man” because he hacks his victims to pieces. But Silver and his partner Mel Burnett just caught a break: One of Machete Man’s intended victims—an elderly woman who would’ve been number six—escapes. And the killer left some DNA behind. Too bad the bureaucrats in charge have brought in a third wheel to assist the Homicide Task Force. Hailing from a superior race gifted with advanced technology, the Elaki have come to Earth to advise in everything from politics to medicine to big business—and now, it seems, police fieldwork. Standing seven feet tall with scales that ripple in the breeze, String resembles a stingray and smells like fresh lime. But he’s turning out to be an unexpected asset in a case that’s quickly morphing into something even more sinister: a far-reaching conspiracy that could leave a lot more people dead, including Detective Silver. A twisting, complex crime tale with intriguing characters, including Silver’s DEA- turned-enforcer wife, Rose, and an Elaki named the Puzzle Solver, Alien Blues realistically depicts a world in which aliens and humans can coexist.
Categories: Fiction

Alien Eyes

Alien Eyes

Alien Blues provides plenty of fast-paced action.... An effective police drama.” —SF Commentary “Hightower tells her story with the cool efficiency of a Mafia hit man.... With its lean, matter-of-fact style, cliff-hanger chapter endings ...

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504021265

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

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The electrifying second book in Lynn Hightower’s futuristic crime series plunges big-city cop David Silver into a nasty interstellar war Saigo City police detective David Silver and his partner Mel Burnett have been called to an unusual crime scene: a bed where four Elaki pouchlings have been smothered. The killer appears to be the babies’ alien mother, who just shot herself and is in critical condition. But there are rumors the murders were politically motivated and carried out by the Izicho—the Elaki secret police. At the same time, cops are investigating other recent attacks against both humans and Elakis. And if relations between the two species weren’t strained enough, three Elakis have just been added to the Homicide Task Force. Detective Silver immediately focuses his investigation on Angel Eyes. A figure of mystery and legend, she’s an Elaki who emigrated to Earth two years ago. As a freedom fighter and former victim of persecution and torture in her home world, Angel Eyes has achieved a near-mythic status to both humans and Elaki alike. Are the recent killings hate crimes? Is revolution between the increasingly hostile worlds imminent? Once again teaming up with the Elaki called String, Silver chases down leads that make him a moving target. Author Lynn Hightower pulls out all the stops in this multi-layered thriller about hate, fear, and the limits of motherly love.
Categories: Fiction

Alien Heat

Alien Heat

Alien Blues provides plenty of fast-paced action.... An effective police drama.” —SF Commentary “Hightower tells her story with the cool efficiency of a Mafia hit man.... With its lean, matter-of-fact style, cliff-hanger chapter endings ...

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504021272

Category: Fiction

Page: 232

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Homicide cop David Silver and his Elaki partner hunt an arsonist/killer who exterminates humans and aliens alike Saigo City is caught in the grip of a savage murder spree by a perp who kills without compunction, then eliminates the evidence by torching the crime scenes. After a private residence is set on fire, killing two adults and four children, the hunt intensifies for this monster who seems intent on destroying both humans and Elakis. But there may be something else going on. The arsonist is targeting supper clubs, and afterward, the burned-out real estate is being snatched up by members of a sinister cult. With the help of an Elaki law enforcer named String and the alluring female psychic Teddy Blake, homicide detective David Silver follows his instincts and uncovers two startling connections between the arson killings: a shadowy mind institute and the disappearance of a Chicago heiress. As he moves closer to the truth, Silver is thrust into the line of fire. His marriage and life are on the line as he races to unmask the killer before the uneasy peace between humans and Elakis is destroyed forever.
Categories: Fiction

Alien Rites

Alien Rites

Alien Blues provides plenty of fast-paced action.... An effective police drama.” —SF Commentary “Hightower tells her story with the cool efficiency of a Mafia hit man.... With its lean, matter-of-fact style, cliff-hanger chapter endings ...

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504021289

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Homicide cop David Silver and his Elaki partner hunt an arsonist/killer who exterminates humans and aliens alike Saigo City is caught in the grip of a savage murder spree by a perp who kills without compunction, then eliminates the evidence by torching the crime scenes. After a private residence is set on fire, killing two adults and four children, the hunt intensifies for this monster who seems intent on destroying both humans and Elakis. But there may be something else going on. The arsonist is targeting supper clubs, and afterward, the burned-out real estate is being snatched up by members of a sinister cult. With the help of an Elaki law enforcer named String and the alluring female psychic Teddy Blake, homicide detective David Silver follows his instincts and uncovers two startling connections between the arson killings: a shadowy mind institute and the disappearance of a Chicago heiress. As he moves closer to the truth, Silver is thrust into the line of fire. His marriage and life are on the line as he races to unmask the killer before the uneasy peace between humans and Elakis is destroyed forever.
Categories: Fiction

When Secrets Die

When Secrets Die

—Science Fiction Chronicle “An exciting, science-fictional police procedural with truly alien aliens ... An absorbing, well-written book. ... Alien Blues provides plenty of fast-paced action.... An effective police drama.

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504037532

Category: Fiction

Page: 301

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Accused of murdering her child, a suspected sufferer of Munchausen syndrome by proxy seeks help from Southern private eye Lena Padget, in this riveting thriller. Lena Padget has dedicated her life to helping women in trouble, but she’s never dealt with a case as desperate and complex as that of Emma Marsden, who recently lost her infant son to a fatal liver ailment. The pediatrician who treated the child has accused the devastated mother of poisoning her son. Dr. Theodore Tundridge firmly believes that the tragedy was the result of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which can cause sufferers to inflict harm on others to draw attention to themselves. Now Emma is terrified that Children and Family Services will take her teenage daughter away from her. Lena’s search for the truth leads her into the dark, shadowy regions of the medical establishment—where a nightmare of unethical science may be unfolding behind the doors of Dr. Tundridge’s hospital pathology laboratory—and into troubling areas of her enigmatic client’s psyche. What initially appeared to be a case of medical malpractice and character assassination suddenly takes a sharp and dangerously unexpected turn, setting Lena on a race to untangle a twisted web of secrets before more children die. Shamus Award–winning author Lynn Hightower delivers a must-read for fans of Karin Slaughter, Laura Lippman, and Marcia Muller—a powerful story of medicine, motherhood, and madness that will stay with the reader long after the mystery’s surprising denouement. When Secrets Die is the 3rd book in the Lena Padget Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Categories: Fiction

Satan s Lambs

Satan s Lambs

Science Fiction Chronicle “An exciting, science-fictional police procedural with truly alien aliens ... An absorbing, well-written book. ... Alien Blues provides plenty of fast-paced action.... An effective police drama.

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504037518

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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A fearless female private investigator in the South takes on a satanic cult that practices human sacrifice in this gripping Shamus Award–winning mystery. Seven years ago Lena Padget’s life exploded when Jeff Hayes, her devil-worshipping brother-in-law, killed her sister and two-year-old nephew. The horrific double-murder hardened the once-gentle Kentucky native and compelled her to leave graduate school in order to help protect abused and endangered women from human monsters. Now Hayes and his sadistic partner in satanism, Archie Valetta, have been inexplicably released on parole. Lena’s past has returned with a vengeance to haunt her—and to prey on yet another frightened mother and her helpless child. Approached by Valetta’s desperate ex-wife, Eloise, Lena will do everything in her power to prevent history from repeating itself. Otherwise, Eloise’s four-year-old son will be the next innocent victim. Before Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan and Karin Slaughter’s Sara Linton, there was Lena Padget. The winner of the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel, Satan’s Lambs marked the acclaimed debut of author Lynn Hightower’s tough-as-nails, sexy, and smart female sleuth on a fictional PI scene long dominated by male mystery writers and established Hightower as a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction. Satan’s Lambs is the 1st book in the Lena Padget Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Categories: Fiction

Fortunes of the Dead

Fortunes of the Dead

—Science Fiction Chronicle “An exciting, science-fictional police procedural with truly alien aliens ... An absorbing, well-written book. ... Alien Blues provides plenty of fast-paced action.... An effective police drama.

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504037525

Category: Fiction

Page: 310

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Southern PI Lena Padget’s hunt for a missing coed leads her into a deadly mystery born in the fires of the ATF’s Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas. Though still haunted by ghosts from her past, Lena Padget has made a good life for herself in Lexington, Kentucky, as a private eye specializing in cases involving abused women and children. But Lena’s latest case threatens her romantic relationship with her live-in lover, police detective Lt. Joel Mendez. Hired by the family of college student Cheryl Dunkirk, who disappeared while serving as an intern for the US Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Lena is working the same missing person’s case that Joel is officially exploring—albeit from a different angle. But Cheryl’s fate may be linked to a series of mysterious deaths of ATF agents who were involved in the disastrous raid on the Branch Davidian cult’s complex, and Joel and Lena’s personal issues will have to be put aside when an ice-cold serial killer’s insatiable hunger for blood turns their professional competition into something deadly. Fortunes of the Dead chronicles PI Lena Padget’s second gripping excursion into the darkest corners of human experience. A story of blind rage, vengeance, madness, and murder that crackles with suspense, it will appeal to readers of Karin Slaughter and Laura Lippmann. Fortunes of the Dead is the 2nd book in the Lena Padget Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Categories: Fiction

Flashpoint

Flashpoint

Alien Blues provides plenty of fast-paced action.... An effective police drama.” —SF Commentary “Hightower tells her story with the cool efficiency of a Mafia hit man.... With its lean, matter-of-fact style, cliff-hanger chapter endings ...

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504022323

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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A New York Times Notable Book: Cincinnati homicide detective Sonora Blair hunts a serial killer who’s playing with fire in Shamus Award–winning author Lynn Hightower’s chilling thriller A single mother of two children and a police specialist with the Cincinnati Homicide Division, Sonora Blair is still awake in the middle of the night when the call comes in. Mark Daniels has been found in Mount Airy Forest handcuffed to the steering wheel of his car, doused with accelerant, and set on fire. As the hideously burned college student lies dying in the ER, he describes his killer: blond, female, and a total stranger. But Mark may not have been the intended victim. Evidence points to a sexual fixation on his older brother, Keaton, a teacher currently separated from his wife. Then the murderer—who has been dubbed “Flash” by the media—calls Sonora one night, taunting and mocking her. As the investigation heats up, the harassment continues. The female psychopath knows intimate details about Sonora’s family and her past. As the criminal’s monstrous plan becomes chillingly apparent, Sonora must risk everything to corner a cunning killer. Flashpoint is the 1st book in the Sonora Blair Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Categories: Fiction

No Good Deed

No Good Deed

—Science Fiction Chronicle Alien Blues “Hightower takes the setup and delivers a grittily realistic and down-and-dirty serial killer novel.... Impressive ... A very promising first novel.” —Locus “Brilliantly entertaining.

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504022347

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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No killer goes unpunished in this strikingly original thriller set in Kentucky horse country and featuring Cincinnati homicide detective Sonora Blair A fifteen-year-old girl and her horse have vanished from the local stable, leaving behind a splintered fence, a discarded riding boot, and blood—a lot of blood. Joelle Chauncey lived with her father and two siblings in a mobile home. Cincinnati Police Specialist Sonora Blair—who has kids of her own—knows she’s looking at a parent’s worst nightmare. The case has all the earmarks of abduction, even though it happened in broad daylight and no one seems to have witnessed a thing. Was someone after Joelle? Or were they pursuing her mare? When a body turns up at a dumpsite, the investigation becomes a hunt for a killer. As pressure mounts to solve the crime, Sonora struggles to hold everything together on the domestic and romantic fronts. Nothing can prepare her for the truth that will reverberate across many lives, culminating in more violence and unimaginable loss. No Good Deed is the 3rd book in the Sonora Blair Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Categories: Fiction

Eyeshot

Eyeshot

lean, matter-of-fact style, cliff-hanger chapter endings and plentiful (and often comic) dialogue, Alien Blues moves forward at warp speed!” —Lexington HeraldLeader “A great story ... Fast and violent ... Difficult to put down!

Author: Lynn Hightower

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504022330

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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This edge-of-the-seat thriller from Shamus Award–winning author Lynn Hightower plunges Cincinnati homicide detective Sonora Blair into a case with a high-profile suspect—and a chilling link to an unsolved murder There are times when Sonora Blair hates being a cop—for instance, the day distraught husband and father of two Butch Winchell walks into the Cincinnati PD to report his wife missing. A mutilated corpse has been found along Interstate 75 between Kentucky and Tennessee, and the body parts might belong to Julia Winchell. Eight years earlier, when Julia was a student at the University of Cincinnati, she witnessed a murder. When the body disappeared, no one believed her. But Julia never forgot it, and was compiling notes and articles that would point the finger at a shocking suspect. District Attorney Gabe Caplan is Cincinnati’s golden boy—a champion of the underdog, a defender of law and order, and a man shadowed by a tragic past. Eight years ago, his pregnant wife was brutally murdered, leaving behind their two-year-old daughter. Now Gabe is on the verge of scoring a major victory in a high-profile case. Sonora’s gut tells her the two murders are linked, but how can she prove it when she’s up against a DA who knows how to work the system—and whose current pregnant wife could be in mortal danger? Eyeshot is the 2nd book in the Sonora Blair Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Categories: Fiction