Authors Showcase features the thrillers of Marla Madison and Lee Gimenez

The Book: Relative Malice

The Author: Marla Madison

51qiYW0+kVL._SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_The Story: When four family members are found dead after a home invasion, Detective Kendall Halsrud takes charge of the case. In the murder house, she discovers an empty crib with blood drops next to it on the wood floor. The family: a father, mother, teenage daughter, and young son have been fatally shot . . . but where is baby Philly?

The desperate search to find the child derails when a man is arrested for murdering the family and claims to have killed the baby. Suspecting he had an accomplice, Kendall isn’t convinced. Refusing to give up on finding the child, Kendall persists in unearthing the family’s secrets. With the help of a hacker turned spurious fortune-teller and a former cop hired by the missing baby’s uncle, she discovers a furtive pedophile ring is planning on buying and sharing a baby.

Can she stop them while there’s time to save Philly?

Review by NancyofUtah: Right from the start of reading this novel by Author Marla Madison, the murder mystery grabbed me. After Detective Kendall Halsrud’s partner has a heart attack, she becomes the lead detective working on a home invasion crime where the husband, wife, son, and teen-aged daughter are killed.

However, the 10-month old daughter cannot be found. Kendall’s new partner is Ross Alverson, known to be a womanizer. But Kendall is a strong-willed woman who can hold her own when it comes to men. Gray Glausson, brother of the deceased father, wants to find his missing niece. There are complex crimes that seem to be linked together and eventually Kendall works with Gray’s corporation security chief privately to help locate the toddler.

There are numerous characters in this novel, each one having secrets that are eventually revealed by the author. Secrets of the law enforcers as well as the suspects. The author weaves these well-defined characters remarkably well through the story and I had no trouble following each scenario. This mystery novel is intense and moves rapidly along. It’s an exemplary thriller, dynamically written. I highly recommend this compelling novel.

Review by R. Bean: I couldn’t put this book down – it had me totally hooked. Detective Kendall takes charge of a family murder, but the baby is missing and so Kendall digs to find baby Philly dead or alive.

I loved the relationships Kendall formed in the book and hope Marla Madison keeps on writing. I will be watching out for more books from her.

The Book: The Washington Ultimatum

The Author: Lee Gimenez

412r99uXH2L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The Story:  Rogue CIA agent Angel Stone sets off a ‘dirty bomb’ in Honolulu, Hawaii, killing thousands and creating widespread panic. She threatens to do the same to several other American cities, including Washington DC, unless she and her shadowy group of terrorists are paid one billion dollars.

The FBI launches a massive worldwide manhunt to find the elusive, ruthless criminals. Leading the search is FBI Assistant Director Erin Welch. She hires ex-Special Forces operative J.T. Ryan to help hunt down the terrorists.

As the clock winds down to disaster, Ryan sets off in a frantic, heart-pounding chase that takes him across the U.S. and Europe. Can he and Erin foil the deadly plot and avert catastrophe in time?

About the Author: Lee Gimenez ( is the bestselling author of eight novels. His latest thriller, THE WASHINGTON ULTIMATUM, was published by River Ridge Press in July 2013. Several of his novels became eBook bestsellers, including BLACKSNOW ZERO, THE NANOTECH MURDERS, and DEATH ON ZANATH.

His books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Apple Store, Books-A-Million, Books In Motion, Mobipocket, Amazon UK (England), Junglee (India), Amazon CA (Canada), Booku (Australia), Amazon JP (Japan), IBS (Italy), Amazon CH (China), and many other retailers. Visit his website at: You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.




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