Author: Jeff Menapace
PARTICIPATION IS NOT AN OPTION... The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games... The Fannelli brothers are heading to Crescent Lake too. Some stalking, some kidnapping, some murder, definitely some games...though not necessarily the type of games the Lamberts had in mind. But it doesn't matter. The Lamberts are going to play whether they like it or not. An intense psychological thriller, Bad Games has the dark, mind-bending chills of The Bad Seed combined with the fish-out-of-water dread and suspense of Deliverance. So let Jeff Menapace's highly anticipated suspense thriller keep you up all night as it delves into the mystery of nature versus nurture when comprehending the evil in man, along with the will and determination an innocent family must summon to fight back against horrific odds. BONUS! Includes the first chapter of the pulse-pounding sequel, Vengeful Games. *** Praise for Jeff Menapace and his award-winning short fiction: -Winner of the 2011 Red Adept Reviews Indie Award for Horror "I find the author to be ridiculously talented." -MichelleR, Red Adept Reviews "If you liked Jonathan Kellerman's Guilt, you'll love Bad Games. Read on if you dare!" -indiereader.com "This book kept me very lonely at night. Why lonely? My wife wouldn't hang out with me until she was done. So if you liked Bad Games, you might want to check Vengeful Games out!" -Editor, OHFB.com "This psychological thriller will keep you totally captivated and enthralled." -Top Ten Psychological Thrillers
Author: Jeff Menapace
Life in the swamp just got wilder... "The Swamp Massacre." That's what the media dubbed it. A family on a boat tour through the Florida Everglades. Abducted by the infamous Roy family. Forced to endure hell. Five years later, an aspiring filmmaker and her friends are keen on making a documentary about the incident. To venture into the isolated wilds of the Everglades in hopes of capturing footage that will stun the world silent. They're going to get their wish. Unfortunately. In this terrifying follow-up to the critically acclaimed Wildlife, Wildlife: Reckoning plunges us deeper into the darkest corners of the swamp...and reminds us that man is the deadliest animal of all.
Author: Rachel Love Nuwer
Publisher: Da Capo Press
An intrepid investigation of the criminal world of wildlife trafficking--the poachers, the traders, and the customers--and of those fighting against it Journalist Rachel Nuwer plunges the reader into the underground of global wildlife trafficking, a topic she has been investigating for nearly a decade. Our insatiable demand for animals--for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies, and fur--is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the continued existence of countless species. Illegal wildlife trade now ranks among the largest contraband industries in the world, yet compared to drug, arms, or human trafficking, the wildlife crisis has received scant attention and support, leaving it up to passionate individuals fighting on the ground to try to ensure that elephants, tigers, rhinos, and more are still around for future generations. As Reefer Madness (Schlosser) took us into the drug market, or Susan Orlean descended into the swampy obsessions of The Orchid Thief, Nuwer--an award-winning science journalist with a background in ecology--takes readers on a narrative journey to the front lines of the trade: to killing fields in Africa, traditional medicine black markets in China, and wild meat restaurants in Vietnam. Through exhaustive first-hand reporting that took her to ten countries, Nuwer explores the forces currently driving demand for animals and their parts; the toll that demand is extracting on species across the planet; and the conservationists, rangers, and activists who believe it is not too late to stop the impending extinctions. More than a depressing list of statistics, Poached is the story of the people who believe this is a battle that can be won, that our animals are not beyond salvation.
A massage therapist is blackmailed by his sexy client to do her bidding in a black market catering to the rich and depraved.
The Wild Inside
Author: Christine Carbo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A haunting crime novel set in Glacier National Park about a man who finds himself at odds with the dark heart of the wild—and the even darker heart of human nature. It was a clear night in Glacier National Park. Fourteen-year-old Ted Systead and his father were camping beneath the rugged peaks and starlit skies when something unimaginable happened: a grizzly bear attacked Ted’s father and dragged him to his death. Now, twenty years later, as Special Agent for the Department of the Interior, Ted gets called back to investigate a crime that mirrors the horror of that night. Except this time, the victim was tied to a tree before the mauling. Ted teams up with one of the park officers—a man named Monty, whose pleasant exterior masks an all-too-vivid knowledge of the hazardous terrain surrounding them. Residents of the area turn out to be suspicious of outsiders and less than forthcoming. Their intimate connection to the wild forces them to confront nature, and their fellow man, with equal measures of reverence and ruthlessness. As the case progresses with no clear answers, more than human life is at stake—including that of the majestic creature responsible for the attack. Ted’s search for the truth ends up leading him deeper into the wilderness than he ever imagined, on the trail of a killer, until he reaches a shocking and unexpected personal conclusion. As intriguing and alluring as bestselling crime novels by C.J. Box, Louise Penny, and William Kent Krueger, as atmospheric and evocative as the nature writing of John Krakauer and Cheryl Strayed, The Wild Inside is a gripping debut novel about the perilous, unforgiving intersection between man and nature.
The Dark Stuff
Author: Donald S. Murray
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Donald S. Murray spent much of his childhood either playing or working on the moor, chasing sheep across empty acres and cutting and gathering peat for fuel. The Dark Stuff is an examination of how this landscape affected him and others. Donald explores his early life on the Isle of Lewis together with the experiences of those who lived near moors much further afield, from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and even Australia. Examining this environment in all its roles and guises, Donald reflects on the ways that for centuries humans have represented the moor in literature, art and folktale, and he reveals how in some countries, these habitats remain an essential aspect of their industrial heritage and working life today. On his journey, Donald confronts the unexpected – how Europe's peatlands are part of the dark heart of that continent, playing a crucial role in the history of crime and punishment in several countries. He also examines our current perception of moorland, asking how – for the sake, perhaps, of our planet's survival – we can learn to love a landscape we have all too often in our history denigrated, feared and despised.
The Last Wild
Author: Piers Torday
"A hugely inventive adventure." —Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series In a world where animals are slowly fading into extinction, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes feels as if he hardly exists either. He’s been locked away in a home for troubled children and is unable to speak a word. Then one night, a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach come to help him escape, and he discovers that he can speak—to them. And the animals need him. Only Kester, with the aid of a stubborn, curious girl named Polly, can help them survive. The animals saved Kester. But can he save them? "When ninety-nine pigeons smash through the windows of Kester's prison and carry him North to the last of the animals…. it's a moment as thrilling as when James flies off in the Giant Peach. Highly recommended" —The Times (UK) “Combines a great fondness for animals with an appreciation of the freakish…. The reserved narrative tone and tender yet peculiar view of animals give this piece its own offbeat flavor.” —Kirkus Reviews “Alternately somber, thrilling, and silly.” —Publishers Weekly
Author: Richard Ford
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Great Falls, Montana, is where the Rockies end and where, in 1960, the Brinson family hopes to find a better life. Instead, sixteen-year-old Joe Brinson watches his parents discover the limits of their marriage and, at the same time, the unexpected depths of dignity and courage that remain even when love dies. From the Trade Paperback edition.
...THAT BIT ME Calvin Court is a massage therapist with a few secrets. He battles depression. He medicates with too much booze...and he's got the hots for one of his clients. Good thing is, the feeling is mutual. Bad thing is, in order to get the girl, Calvin will have to submerge himself into an underground industry of such depravity his already dark mind won't even know where to begin. Maybe he's just better off at the bar. From Jeff Menapace, author of the acclaimed Bad Games trilogy, comes Hair of the Bitch, a dark and disturbing new thriller with tongue firmly planted in cheek...until it's ripped out.
Author: Jeff Menapace
Hellbent /adj. / 1. very determined to do something, especially when the results might be bad. "The psychopath was hellbent on making him suffer before he died." A year has passed. Marine and security specialist Domino Taylor does not work anymore. His days and nights are spent shadowing the Lambert family, the guilt he feels for the tragic events that unfolded in western Pennsylvania haunting him without mercy. When someone from Domino's past contacts him, she begs him to take on one last job. Find and return her kidnapped son. Domino agrees to help, not knowing that the truth behind the kidnapping is far more sinister than anything he can possibly fathom. It appears there is one final game to play. The host is someone who has been planning a masterpiece of epic proportions for some time now, grooming an unwitting Domino as the star, hellbent on watching him suffer before he dies... BAD GAMES: HELLBENT is the third and final installment in the bestselling BAD GAMES series.
Dark Wild Night
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Book 3 in the Wild Seasons series that began with New York Times bestseller Sweet Filthy Boy. When three besties meet three hot guys in Vegas, anything could-and does-happen. Moving from college into the real world has never been so crazy . . . or fun. Let the Wild Seasons begin. In Dark Wild Night, now that they're only friends, kissing Lola is all Oliver can think about. Trying to forget her with a wild, anonymous hookup, he's simultaneously thrilled and torn: Is this his chance to get over her? Or will this new stranger only pull him in deeper?
Author: James Patrick Kelly
Publisher: Tom Doherty Assoc Llc
Rebelling against her fashion drug designer father, freelance journalist and troubled clone Wynne Cage covers a data-heist that places her in the rank of a thief and must confront the forces of a world with unlimited bio-technological advantages. Reprint.
Originally published: London: Piatkus, 2015.
Author: Diane Les Becquets
When keen outdoorsperson Amy Raye Latour ventures into the wilderness for the last time this season, things turn dangerous. She finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she's flirted with her entire life. When Amy Raye doesn't return to camp, ranger Pru Hathaway responds to the missing person's call. Even after an unexpected snowfall turns the operation into a search and recovery, Pru's discoveries lead her to suspect Amy Raye is still alive. Her search becomes an obsession with a woman whose life is just as mysterious as the clues she has left behind.
Author: Liam Brown
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
Wild Life is the story of paradise turned sour; an exploration of manhood in the modern world, that asks the question – can any of us truly escape the wildness within? New novel from the Guardian Not the Booker shortlisted author of 'Real Monsters'.