The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg is is the 1st novel in the Fox & O’Hare series of humorous action/crime thriller novels with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This is their featured Free Audiobook of the Month offer for April and is an unabridged recording, read by award-winning voice actor Scott Brick.
The series stars an FBI special agent teaming up with the international crook she’s chased for years, as he convinces to offer him a job chasing down even bigger crooks. This story sets up the beginning of their shared professional and romantic partnership, as they pursue a corrupt investment banker hiding away overseas.
Offered worldwide until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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As a special tie-in treat to the Jinxword Returns sale, five 1st-in-series #1 issues from assorted Brian Michael Bendis comic book series are being offered free via Comixology.
It’s mostly superhero or superpower-adjacent stuff, including my favourite of his works, Powers, a cartoonily-illustrated police procedural in a superhero world, but there are some more straightforward crime thriller type stories in there as well.
The free #1s are for the following series:
- Brilliant, a thriller drama about college-age geniuses solving the mystery of superpower
- Powers, an Eisner Award-winning police procedural solving crimes in a superhero world
- Scarlet, an action thriller about a mysterious woman fighting back against injustice
- Takio, an all-ages adventure series about sisters who are the only two superheroes in the world
- The United States of Murder Inc., a crime thriller set in a world dominated by organized crime families
Offered worldwide through March 7th until 11 PM EST for the discount sale (the freebie comics might linger a little bit longer as extra promo), available at Comixology.
The Drifter by Nick Petrie is the 1st novel in the Peter Ash series of mystery/suspense action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is their featured monthly free audiobook giveaway for February, and is read by TV actor Stephen Mendel. The series stars a returning US war veteran who finds himself investigating assorted crimes and nefarious plots he comes across, engaging in action-packed confrontations with dangerous opponents.
This story sets him up with an initial homecoming adventure, helping the widow of a former friend in the Marines, whose apparent suicide turns out to be more complicated than it seems.
Offered through February 24th at 12 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to worldwide directly from the publisher.
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66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan is the 1st novel in his Nadia Laksheva series of contemporary spy thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Harlequin UK’s Carina.
This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and if you are interested, there’s a mini-profile of the star character on the author’s website. The series stars an abruptly-orphaned Russian girl who grows up reluctantly following in her ex-Spetsnaz operative father’s footsteps in order to survive.
This adventure sees her working off a long indenture to a dangerous boss with what should be one final mission to go after a military weapon which only embroils her further into global espionage. NB: if you are interested in diving, apparently the author makes use of it in this story, incorporating his own extensive experience.
Offered in the UK and selected other countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
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Psi Hunt by Michael Kurland, perhaps best known as the author of an Edgar Award-nominated series of Moriarty-based Sherlock Holmes pastiches, is his standalone sfnal conspiracy thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1980 by Berkley Books.
The story involves occult supernatural and/or alien elements, starting with the investigation of an incident which may indicate psychic spying upon a secret society in the US Navy by Chinese forces, leading to revelations which could spark a potential war between the two countries.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan is the 1st novel in her Penelope Blue series of mystery/heist/chase thrillers with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.
The series stars a secret cat burglar who is married to an FBI agent who does not (yet) know what she is, and apparently future installments see them pursuing other thieves together. This one begins their flirtatious cat-and-mouse adventures as she takes advantage of his professional connections to keep one step ahead of the law, even as he is trying to catch the elusive jewel thief.
Offered worldwide through August 3rd as part of a special series-introductory promotion, available at multiple retailers.
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Safe From Harm by R. J. Bailey is the 1st novel in their Sam Wylde series of action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series stars a Modesty Blaise-like action heroine who is a former army medic turned bodyguard.
This story sees her take on what looks like it should be a straightforward protection case of the daughter of textile tycoons, only to find their business organization to be more than it seems, placing her charge and herself into harms’ way.
Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.
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Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith, the 2001 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is the 1st novel in her Jani Kilian Chronicles of far-future science fiction thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via the backlist author re-publishing consortium Book View Café.
This was originally published in 1999 by Avon’s Eos imprint. The series contains space opera, MilSF, and political intrigue elements, and stars a disgraced former captain turned fugitive cyborg, The Six Million Dollar Man-style. This installment has a touch of murder mystery in it, as a former lover who managed to track her down asks her to help him find his wife’s killer, and she must secretly return to the Commonwealth she once fled in order to do so.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of March, available directly from the publisher as well as via several other retailers.
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Game of Shadows by Amanda K. Byrne is the 1st novel in her Game of Shadows series of New Adult action/suspense thrillers with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’ Lyrical Underground imprint.
The series stars a university student who has a secret life as a hereditary assassin who is trying to get away from the family business. This installment begins her break away from them, as she tries to take just one last job before quitting, only to find herself saving her target’s life and falling for him in the bargain.
Offered in the US, available at multiple retailers.
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Termination Orders by Leo J. Maloney is the 1st novel in his Dan Morgan series of espionage action thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’ Pinnacle imprint.
The series stars an ex-CIA agent, and this installment features him uncovering a deadly global political conspiracy when attempting to rescue an old friend from a battlezone.
Offered in the US, available at multiple retailers.
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