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Want to save a few bucks? Purchase this box set and receive books 5-7 in the Dead Cold Mystery series for less than purchasing the books separately.

Books Included: The Sins of the Father (Book 5), Strange and Sinister Path (Book 6), The Heart to Kill (Book 7).

Book 5: The Sins of the Father
When Silvie Martin moves to New York from Texas with her husband, Simon, and their one year-old daughter, Mary, she is filled with the joy and hope she derives from their shared faith. But no sooner have they moved into their new home, which backs on to their church, than her husband is brutally murdered before her very eyes. The only trouble is, the shock has completely erased her memory…

Now, eighteen years later, Detectives Stone and Dehan have to piece together a crime where their prime witness remembers nothing, and the suspects are as bizarre as they are unlikely: Reverend Paul Truelove, bombastic and irresistible to women, Humberto, the mysterious, shambling freak who speaks a language only he understands, El Chato, the Mexican housebreaker, and even Sylvie herself…

But Stone and Dehan know, where sex and religion mix, nothing is ever simple. And the deeper they investigate, the more convinced they are, there is something they are not seeing…

Book 6: Strange and Sinister Path
There is nothing unusual about a young Catholic girl from the Bronx winding up raped, beaten, strangled and decapitated – unless she winds up that way in Lefthand Canyon, in the Colorado Rockies, where there hasn't been a murder since 1922. Then it's unusual enough to become a problem for the sheriff of Lee County. And when he finds no blood at the scene and no physical evidence, it becomes more than a problem. It becomes a headache – for five long years. 

That's when he bats it back to the Bronx, to the 43rd precinct and right onto Detectives Stone and Dehan's desk. Let them deal with it.

But Lee County is one of the remotest parts of the USA, and Stone finds his pool of suspects limited, to say the least. Was it Greg, the tough, plain-talking rancher? Was it Ingrid and Alfredo, the bitter, puritanical in-laws? Or somebody in the off-grid, dope farming community at the Shack?

Or was it somebody else, somebody completely different…?

Book 7: The Heart to Kill
Dave Thorndike, an investigative reporter on the New York Telegraph, is in the habit of disappearing for weeks at a time. So when he vanishes in the winter of 2008, investigating the story of his life, nobody worries – until he shows up shot in the head with his own 9mm - no laptop and no story.

It wasn't much to go on in 2008, but when Stone and Dehan pick it up ten years later, the case is as cold as the icy winds blowing off the East River. Both his wife and his mistress had motive, but the killing has all the hallmarks of an execution. 

Things get deep when Dehan realizes Thorndike's investigation was into non other than Senator Carol Hennessy, head of the Hennessy Foundation and presidential candidate - a woman whose opponents tended to die young. But that's not the only thing she notices. She also sees Shelly Pierce, the sexy new editor of the NY Telegraph, coming on to Stone. A fact to which Stone seems totally blind…

Mysteries & Thrillers
March 31
Lone Stone Publishing
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

Jckelley08 ,

Page Turners...You Can’t Put them Down

I’m a bookworm. Have been since I was 4. For he last 20 years, all I have read are detective novels. Rex Stout, Robert Parker, Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin...

Blake Banner belongs in that hallowed niche of fine crime writers. Great characters, good plots, stories that pull you in.

I just finished books 5-8,and can’t wait to read 1-4, then 9.

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It’s a winner!!

Dougstorycoach ,

My new favorite crime novelist Blake Banner

I have now read eight books by Blake Banner and want more. Stone and Dehan are a great team of NY Bronx detectives who are fun and witty and in love. The tension and respect they share is delicious and the way they banter and talk is so genuine and realistic it makes me feel like I’m listening to myself talk. Their relationship builds from one story to the next until the blockhead Stone finally makes a move on Carmen Dehan. The crimes are not gory or gross, but very intriguing and hard to solve. This is very good writing and east to follow. I’m a fan.

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