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Six J. Carson Black Books $.99 each [Suspense/Thriller/Horror](US) [Amazon]
The first two books in her Laura Cardinal series were originally published by Signet. The last one and her later books by Breakaway Media in ebook only.
At first glance, the shooting death of a police chief in a rundown Florida motel room looks like an assignation gone wrong. But as detective Jolie Burke plumbs deeper into the crime’s murky undercurrents, she unveils a conspiracy shocking in its scope.
In her relentless pursuit of justice, Burke follows a byzantine path that will take her from the lottery-driven fantasies of a yard maintenance worker to a Panama City Beach missing-persons case and finally to the island compound of her estranged uncle---the Attorney General of the United States.
And in a ski chalet in Aspen, Colorado, the table has been set for an orgy of death, destruction, and infamy. As the stakes rise, Jolie finds herself teamed with a killer. Only Jolie and her unlikely partner, assassin Cyril Landry, can dismantle the shadowy entity known only as The Shop---before it strikes again.
DARKSCOPE – A GHOST STORY
After Chelsea McCord’s marriage falls apart, her uncle talks her into a change of scene---Bisbee, Arizona, the scenic mining town with a notorious past. Her great-grandfather, mining magnate Lucas McCord, helped build Bisbee at the turn of the last century.
Chelsea discovers an ancient box camera in a dusty trunk, the film still inside. On a lark she photographs the town. Is it her imagination, or does the stench of death emanate from the camera’s inner workings?
And when Chelsea looks through a viewfinder wavy with age, she sees children in gunny-sack clothes, their eyes dark and grainy. Children from the 1920’s. She sees a young man and woman at a train station that no longer exists.
And as the past superimposes itself on the present, Chelsea learns the secret of her family’s true legacy. With one click of the shutter, she has unleashed a pure and hungry evil that will consume everyone she loves.
Now Chelsea must fight to save her beloved uncle---and herself.
DARK HORSE and Special Bonus Short Story, PONY RIDES
FREE! * * * Special Bonus Section * * * PONY RIDES, the Tucson Weekly Magazine Words and Images Award-winning short story by J. Carson Black
DARK HORSE, a novel of suspense
Despite the accidents plaguing his racing business, horse breeder Coke McCallister was sure that Shameless, his prized filly, would put him back on top. But now Coke is dead, and his daughter Dakota returns to Arizona determined to sell Black Oak. Dakota is not prepared for the bittersweet memories that greet her, and she really isn’t prepared to see her ex-husband, Clay Pearce. Although she has every reason to distrust him, who else can she turn to in an atmosphere fraught with danger? Who else can she confide in when her life is threatened by an unseen stalker?
When Dakota enters the filly Shameless in the All American Futurity, a desperate killer lays a trap. And on the eve of the race, Dakota learns the shattering truth. If she runs the filly to restore her father’s good name, her actions could bring down Black Oak and everything with it.
And she could lose her life.
Laura Cardinal suspense series:
1. Darkness on the Edge of Town
Used to be kids played outdoors until time for dinner, now social media’s the new game in town. These days, they play on their smartphones. But with more freedom comes greater danger. Mobile devices are a conduit into a child’s life, not just for friends but for those who intend harm. This is the message of J. Carson Black’s Daphne du Maurier Award-nominated thriller, DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.
Laura Cardinal, a detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, troubleshoots homicide investigations in small towns where resources are scarce. When Laura investigates the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl found in a town’s park bandshell, she knows immediately what she’s up against: a cunning sexual predator. But why is she plagued by the abduction of a schoolmate eighteen years earlier?
2. Dark Side of the Moon
How do you evacuate a whole city?
The world has already seen what happens when you try to evacuate even a small city like New Orleans.
But what if that city was Las Vegas?
Truckloads of low-level nuclear waste traverse the western highways every day, passing through the heart of at least two large American metropolitan areas. What if one of these trucks ended up in the middle of Las Vegas, C-4 explosives strapped to the undercarriage? In J. Carson Black's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, trucker Bobby Burdette has come up with the ultimate extortion plot, but first he must shake the eco-terrorist group which got him this far. Nothing will stand in his way—nothing and no one—except DPS investigator Laura Cardinal.
A detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Laura Cardinal troubleshoots homicides in small towns. When a young couple on their honeymoon is found shot to death in a campground in Williams, Arizona, the consequences go far beyond a simple murder investigation. Teamed with a partner who is working her last nerve, and visited by the ghost of her mentor, deceased homicide cop Frank Entwistle, Laura is already walking an emotional tightrope. As she investigates this double homicide, Laura uncovers a chilling portrait of the dark side of love. And when she learns of one victim’s ties to an underground organization called the Earth Warriors, she is plunged into a high-stakes conspiracy played out against the unforgiving backdrop of the Mojave Desert---where there are no second chances.
3. The Devil's Hour
In 1997, the disappearance of three young girls rocked the city of Tucson, Arizona. Eleven years later, one of those girls, Micaela Brashear, comes home--alive.
Detective Laura Cardinal worked homicide for Arizona DPS, but now she's been moved to the Open-Unsolved Unit. With a new job and a new partner who questions her every move, Laura pieces together Micaela's fragmented memories in the hope she will learn the whereabouts of the other two children.
When a man walking his dog finds the bones of a child in a shallow grave on the mountain above town, it becomes clear to Laura that Micaela was the lucky one.
But the killer isn't through yet, and after the fiery death of someone close to Laura, she realizes she faces an implacable enemy.