Vigilantes are people who appoint themselves to undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority. There is a myriad of ways people can get justice. In these books, characters decide to find answers themselves. After forty-plus years, cold cases are revived and involved parties seek the perpetrator that’s haunted their families. A law professor has to investigate a dangerous case if he wants to bring his goddaughter back home. An unlikely team of vigilantes must hunt down a dangerous serial killer getting a second wind after years of hibernating. There are high-stakes involved for these characters who are diving headfirst into danger. But the rewards may very well be worth all the trouble, at least, if it doesn’t kill them.
Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop.
They follow a lead to Denver and find that drug cartels are rapidly expanding and forming new and terrifying alliances. And back on the reservation, a new tribal council initiative raises uncomfortable questions about money and power. As Virgil starts to link the pieces together, he must face his own demons and reclaim his Native identity. He realizes that being a Native American in the twenty-first century comes at an incredible cost.
Lamont Cranston, or Shadow to a select few, defeated Shiwan Khan and ended Shiwan’s reign of terror in New York over a year ago. The city is starting to rejuvenate, but an evil that’s brewing threatens the entire world. Now, Lamont trots around the globe to assemble a team with exceptional talents. With their combined powers, they’ll attempt to foil an enemy with a fierce determination beyond anyone’s deepest fears.
Jack Queen, aka the “Killer” has been exonerated and freed from prison thanks to retired LAPD officer Cato Hightower, who has a special job for the ex-con. Matilda Finnerty is only fifteen years old and has been diagnosed with leukemia. But it won’t stop her from trying to figure out whether her father was guilty of murder. Genealogist Jeanie Hightower finds herself wrapped up in her soon-to-be ex’s bloody scheme. Four unlikely vigilantes come together against the villain behind California’s coldest case. The bear was a prolific serial killer who disappeared forty years ago. Now, out of hibernation, he’s not satisfied with hunting in the shadows.
A recluse is found murdered with two objects—a stolen Vermeer painting and a leather suitcase with the initials WHL3. These two objects link two FBA cold cases. Twenty years ago, heiress Patricia Lockwood was abducted during a robbery. She escaped, but so did her captors and with stolen items her family was never able to recover. The suitcase and painting all belong to Windsor Horne Lockwood III and his family. The two cases and their connection have baffled the FBI, but Win decides to take matters into his own hands.
Evan Waller has built his fortune from buying and selling anything and anyone. His latest venture could lead to a global catastrophe. Two people are on his tail: Shaw, a mysterious operative from The Whole Truth, and Reggie Campion, an agent for a secret vigilante group. Unaware of each other, they are caught in a deadly duel of nerves and wits. Can they set aside their differences to take down a greedy businessman?
Boady Sanden is a law professor working for the Innocence Project. He agrees to take a look at Elijah Matthews’ case, despite believing there’s not much that can be done for the self-proclaimed prophet who’s been in a psychiatric hospital for the last four years. But as he investigates Elijah’s file further, he finds threads leading back to the death of his colleague and friend, Ben Pruitt. Ben’s daughter, Emma, has been living with Boady and his wife, Dee, since, but now the fourteen-year-old makes a choice that’ll take her far from safety. Boady is forced to solve Elijah’s case if he wants to save his family and free an innocent man.
Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother.
Their foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.
Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her—people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to eliminate the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.
All she has to do is kill a stranger.
Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder.
Every year, Dr. Clark searches for the worst man at Gorman University—professor, student, or otherwise—and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself...but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus. Determined to keep her enemies close, Dr. Clark insinuates herself into the investigation and charms the woman in charge. Everything’s going according to her master plan...until she loses control with her latest victim, putting her secret life at risk of exposure.
Meanwhile, Gorman student Carly Schiller is just trying to survive her freshman year. Finally free of her emotionally abusive father, all Carly wants is to focus on her studies and fade into the background. Her new roommate has other ideas. Allison Hadley is cool and confident—everything Carly wishes she could be—and the two girls quickly form an intense friendship. So when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly becomes obsessed with making the attacker pay...and turning her fantasies about revenge into a reality.
The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle—and takes justice into his own outraged hands. For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's life... and then his own...
The first corpse was found hooded, bound, and naked, kneeling ona bare mattress in a seedy hotel room. This was no ordinary murder but rather the work of a killer driven by something special, somethingspectacular. The fact that the dead man was a convicted rapist recently released from prison only increases the bizarre nature of the gruesome crime ... and the police's reluctance to apprehend the perpetrator. It's the body count that troubles Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, as brutal slaying follows brutal slaying, each victim more deserving than the last. Though he has no sympathy for the dead, Thorne knows he must put an end to a cruelly calculating vigilante's bloody justice before time runs out—and a horrifically efficient serial killer targets a life worth fighting for.
It’s February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town’s men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow.
In the early hours of the morning after Valentine’s Day, fourteen-year-old Gloria Ramírez appears on the front porch of Mary Rose Whitehead’s ranch house, broken and barely alive. The teenager had been viciously attacked in a nearby oil field—an act of brutality that is tried in the churches and barrooms of Odessa before it can reach a court of law. When justice is evasive, the stage is set for a showdown with potentially devastating consequences.
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