[Free eBook] Core of Evil by Nigel McCrery [Synaesthestic Police Procedural]

Core of Evil by British author Nigel McCrery, is the 1st novel in his DCI Mark Lapslie series of police procedural crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in Essex, England, and stars a chief inspector with synaesthesia, a neurological condition which makes his senses respond with additional associations for stimuli (e.g. also experiencing the sight of colours as scents or music).

This installment sees him coping with the new diagnosis of his condition, in addition to trying to figure out what association draws him back to a fatal traffic accident which he is sure is more than it seems.

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[Free eBook] The Fat Death by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Mystery Thriller]

The Fat Death by the late Michael Avallone is the 15th novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1966 by Curtis. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

The case takes place among the New York City fashion world, where an eccentric self-improvement guru has begun a marketing campaign for promoting a dieting scheme, and becomes one of the P.I.’s clients when unexpected fallout from industry espionage leads to mysterious deaths.

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[Free eBook] Loophole by Robert Pollock [Bank Heist Crime Thriller]

Loophole by the late English author Robert Pollock, a soccer player turned journalist and teacher, is his vintage standalone heist crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1972 by Hodder & Stoughton under the title Loophole or How to Rob a Bank and was later adapted into the eponymous 1981 film starring Albert Finney & Martin Sheen. The story stars a recently-downsized architectural firm employee who is approached by a thief planning a bank robbery who thinks he’s found a loophole in the security which he needs a straight man on his team to exploit.

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[Free eBook] Born Bad by Marnie Riches [Crime Thriller Comedy]

Born Bad by by Manchester-resident British author Marnie Riches, is her standalone noir crime thriller novel with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.

This is apparently a darkly comedic gritty tale of (dis)organized crime set in Manchester, as a family-run criminal gang engages in a turf war after their leader is stabbed. NB: both the customer and editorial reviews tend to note that this is very violent, but also very funny. YMMV.

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[Free eBook] Perfect Remains by Helen Fields [Police Procedural]

Perfect Remains by by British author Helen Fields, is the 1st novel in her DI Callanach series of police prodecural serial killer thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.

The series is set in Scotland, starring a Detective Inspector formerly from Interpol, settling into a new job in Edinburgh. This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, out in July.

This first case pits him against a ruthless killer who abducts victims and leaves dead bodies to be identified in their place, while secretly keeping them alive in anticipation of an even more nefarious fate.

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[Free eBook] Harry Doing Good by W. H. Canaway [Literary Crime Thriller]

Harry Doing Good by the late English author W. H. Canaway, a novelist and screenwriter who had one of his own novels adapted into film, is his vintage literary psychological crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1973 by Hutchinson & Co. This is a literary fiction thriller novel which explores the psychological effects of a crime and its aftermath.

The story is centred around a youth club hiking expedition which has the misfortune to interrupt the activities of a group of sheep-stealing psychopaths on a mountain plateau in Wales, leading to an unforgettable encounter that will prove nearly as deadly for its survivors as its victims.

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[Free eBook] Kill Her, You’ll Like It! by Michael Avallone [Pulp Mystery]

Kill Her, You’ll Like It! by the late Michael Avallone is the 26th novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1973 by Curtis. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures. This case pits him against a serial killer who targets strippers, as he tries to protect a client who is one.

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[Free eBook] Lonely Road Murder by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Crime Thriller]

Lonely Road Murder by the late British author John Russell Fearn is his vintage standalone crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of

This was originally published in 1954 by Brown Watson using the pseudonym Elton Westward. The story stars a happy-go-lucky young woman who shockingly finds that her best friend and neighbour has been murdered. To set her troubled mind at ease, she begins to look into matters, whilst the bereaved and lonely widower—a potential culprit who was the last to see his wife alive after an argument—apparently succumbs to his guilty sorrow… or did he, and will she be next?

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[Free eBook] A World I Never Made by James LePore [Literary Crime Thriller]

A World I Never Made by James LePore the 1st novel in his Invictus Cycle quintet of literary noir suspense thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Fiction Studio Books, an imprint created by award-winning editor Lou Aronica, who founded Random House’s Bantam Spectra and HarperCollins’ Avon Eos science fiction/fantasy lines.

The quintet comprises standalone noir suspense thrillers with strong literary fiction elements, which are linked by their exploration of variations upon the theme of organized crime and families trying to be ordinary despite their involvement. This is a dual story, divided betwen the viewpoints of a man teaming up with a detective, on the trail of his estranged daughter who has faked a suicide as a possible cry for help, and the daughter herself, a journalist who has discovered something sinister about a businessman she has a torrid affair with.

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