[Free eBook] The Five-Way Secret Agent by Mack Reynolds [Vintage Science Fiction Mystery]

The Five-Way Secret Agent by the late Mack Reynolds, a prolific multi-genre author who was the first to write an officially licensed Star Trek tie-in novel, is a standalone novel in the Lagrange setting of futuristic science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1969, serialized in the April & May issues of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine and was later reprinted as part of the Ace Doubles flipbook line. If you happen to be interested in vintage science fiction and supporting Wildside Press’ reprint program, they currently have a Kickstarter for Frozen Hell, the newly-rediscovered expanded original novel version of the late John W. Campbell Jr.’s classic 1938 story “Who Goes There?” (basis for The Thing movie franchise). There’s a pretty good deal at the $7 pledge level for 13 ebooks (2 of of the original and new Campbell, 10 Megapack reprint compilations, and 1 brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Campbell including prominent award-winning sfnal genre authors such as Kevin J. Anderson, Pamela Sargent, Alan Dean Foster, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, etc. which is not mentioned in the sidebar listing, but included for all pledge levels according to the project description details).

The setting is a near-future (circa the 1960s) world where a new socioeconomic system known as Meritocracy run by corporate managers has, among other things, virtually eliminated cash and and crimes related to it in the US, in exchange for awarding vote shares proportionate to one’s wealth in “pseudo-dollars”. This story is a humorous hybrid spy thriller, starring a young man trained as a private investigator, who finds recruited to an espionage assignment by competing international interests and of course gets in over his head.

Offered worldwide through November 19th (maybe), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Man from H-to-M by Jacob Hay [Vintage Mystery/Espionage Short]

The Man from H-to-M by the late Jacob Hay is a standalone mystery/spy thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1969 in the May issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story is set during the Cold War, starring a lowly government clerk in Czechoslovakia who impulsively takes a British mail order course on DIY sleuthing and surveillance.

Offered worldwide through October 1st (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Shift by George Foy [Award-Nominated Satirical Sci-Fi Crime Thriller]

The Shift by George Foy, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in literature and known for his pseudonymous genre-bending literary-flavoured works, is the 1st novel in the Shift sequence of futuristic science fiction mystery/crime thrillers with dystopian satire elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1996 by Bantam Books and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

The story is a cyberpunk-flavoured murder mystery technothriller set in a satirically dystopian near future, starring a television writer who draws inspiration for his scripts from a virtual reality simulation of an alternate 19th century New York where he plays the role of a cop chasing a deadly historical serial killer, who becomes even deadlier when he seems to escape from the program into the modern real world.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden [Romantic Suspense]

Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden is the 1st novel in the Dead Wrong series of f/m contemporary romantic suspense with strong thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is apparently heavy on the suspense (half of them are also billed as serial killer thrillers) and tend to be second chance reunion romances, starring persons with trust issues who’ve run afoul of terrible crimes deal with the other party who seemingly betrayed them and now becomes key to their protection, as new dangers target them.

This one stars a woman desperately trying to prove the innocence of her brother, who was arrested by her ex on charges of murder, thereby putting herself in the way of the sadistic killer in his latest case, who may have done the deed instead.

Offered in the UK and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Burn Cards by Christopher Irvin [Noir Crime Thriller]

Burn Cards by Christopher Irvin, an Anthony Award finalist author, is a standalone contemporary noir crime thriller novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was originally published in 2015 by 280 Steps, and if you happen to be interested, there’s an old guest post over on author Chuck Wendig’s blog about the ideas behind and writing of this novella and what he learned from its creative process.

The story is a gritty noir character study set in Reno, Nevada, starring a woman trying to escape her dead-end life, who finds herself in over her head as she inherits her estranged father’s gambling debts in a tough town where the merciless come to collect.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Wink Murder by Ali Knight [Psychological Crime Thriller]

Wink Murder by British author Ali Knight is a psychological suspense/crime thriller novel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hodder & Stoughton.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store.

The story stars a woman whose seemingly perfect life falls apart when she begins to suspect her husband of harbouring a terrible secret after a coworker of his is found murdered.

Offered in the UK, Europe, and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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