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Publisher Description

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.” 

--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone) 

ONCE PINED is book #6 in the bestselling Riley Paige mystery series, which begins with the #1 bestseller ONCE GONE (Book #1)—a free download with over 700 five star reviews! 

Men and women are turning up dead in the outskirts of Seattle, poisoned by a mysterious chemical. When a pattern is discovered and it becomes clear that a twisted serial killer is on the hunt, the FBI calls in their best asset: Special Agent Riley Paige. Riley is urged to return to the line of duty—but Riley, still reeling from the attacks on her family, is loath to return. Yet as bodies mount, and the murders become more inexplicable, Riley knows she has no choice.

The case takes Riley deep into the unsettling world of nursing homes, of hospitals, of drifting caretakers and psychotic patients. As Riley delves deeper into the mind of the murderer, she realizes she is hunting the most terrifying killer of all: one whose madness knows no depths—and yet who may just appear shockingly ordinary.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE PINED is book #6 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. 

Book #7 in the Riley Paige series is also now available!

Mysteries & Thrillers
December 16
Blake Pierce
Lukeman Literary Management

Customer Reviews

EvilMother ,

Love this series!

Riley is a deep, complex character. If I could change anything it would be that the FBI supported her more, the firing/suspension thing is getting old. Love all the characters except Jilly- that storyline seems forced and out of place.
The serial killers are well thought out and well written, they come off the page.
Looking forward to #8.

Inuvik ,


It’s a age old political nonsense that local police and local authorities don’t like their outsiders. I love how she deals with it and still with a little help from her “friends” cracks the case! Though the struggles of balancing home and work are always there, it’s good to see a devoted mother and awesome case worker put to the test.

Fireguy77 ,


Excellent book as always! I love these characters!

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