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Terry Wagner has one thing going for her most battered wives don't: Ella Russell, her tenacious and loving twin sister. Bold and fearless, she's good with a gun, has powerful friends and a unique weapon she's not afraid to use. With her indomitable spirit, vivid imagination and fierce devotion to her twin, Ella is a formidable adversary. After a brutal beating, it's clearly kill or be killed, so they devise a plan to murder Terry's husband, Bob Wagner. When he demands that Terry accompany him to their remote mountain cabin for a vacation, Bob gives the girls the perfect setting and opportunity. Knowing they need help, Ella discloses their scheme to her fiancé, Jim Sessions. He takes the job of backup man, but he has a better idea and he's not sharing it with the girls. Tension mounts on both sides as the trip approaches. Little do they know Bob Wagner has plans of his own. Hollywood provides the perfect setting for intrigue, nestled among the rich and infamous and filled with dark mysteries. Secret Lives twists and turns its way through one shocking revelation after another, leaving the reader laughing one moment and gasping the next when another impossible tidbit from Bob's past threatens Terry's future.

An invitation to play in a charity golf tournament brings Jim Sessions and the gang to Palm Springs, CA. Looking forward to some serious shopping and a little fun in the sun, their holiday getaway turns deadly when Ella Russell, Jim's fiancée, hears what she thinks is a gunshot. She dismisses it as a car backfiring until later, while enjoying dinner on the patio, the black velvet night erupts in violence and a woman's screams fill the air. Upon returning from a trip to L.A., Joan Chandler finds her husband, Joe, dead in a pool of blood and millions of dollars of fine art stolen from her home. When the police investigation turns up zero, the grieving widow hires Sessions & Browning to find his killer. After Joan and her son, Devon, are kidnapped in an attempt to recover Joe's files, Jim and Lenny are convinced the answer lies in his computer. They decipher his code and through a series of lucky breaks find the key that leads them to the Santa Monica airport, a terrorist plot to kill millions and a little red plane named Valkyrie. Lethal Intent builds to a nail-biting climax that holds the reader enthralled to the last word.

Beth Chapman is abducted from a famous San Diego amusement park by a stranger, Sam Hudson, and taken to a secluded barn high in California's National Forrest. He throws Beth into a dark, windowless room where she meets his first victim, Audrey Sims. The girls take strength from each other and plan their escape from the psychotic rapist's lair. Naked, barefoot and lost in unfamiliar terrain, they wander in the forest, finally coming upon a stream that feeds into a large reservoir. Encouraged, they bathe their bruised and battered bodies in the icy water and after a short rest, continue their trek. The girls follow the trail down the hill and end up finding a large abandoned campsite near the lake. They discover a small stash of food and clothing, including shoes for their bleeding feet, but they're still alone. The eerie silence is disconcerting and unable to rest, they resume their hike, hoping to find people down by the lake. Instead of kids swimming and frolicking in the water, solitude awaits them, a silence so complete even the birds are mute and they realize they are more than just alone. Something is very wrong. Jim Sessions and Lenny Browning, the PI team hired by Beth's parents to find their daughter, are hot on the trail. Through good fortune they catch a break that leads them to Beth's whereabouts, only to arrive at the barn after she and Audrey escape. With the help of their talented Doberman dogs, they begin to track the girls. Tracking them all is a raging, out-of-control wildfire. Jam packed full of adventure, this book leaves you breathless.

Brilliant nuclear scientist, Arnie Baker, is working on the formula that will turn the world's predominant energy source from expensive, polluting fossil fuels to cheap and abundant Helium-3. He's just months from completion when his wife, Candace, is kidnapped by Russian operatives who will stop at nothing to ensure that Arnie does not finish the formula. Baker hires PI's Jim Sessions and Lenny Browning to find her. Just days later, the Russians contact Arnie, offering to exchange him for his wife. They renege on their deal, keeping Arnie and Candace captive in a remote chalet. Unknown to them, Sessions and Browning are hot on their trail. Thus begins a novel of mystery, espionage and intrigue as Jim and Lenny race the clock in an attempt to rescue Dr. Baker and his wife.

COLD FUSION

Through a variety of unlikely events, Cathy Abbott becomes the dangerous obsession of a very disturbed and troubled man. Nathan Stanley leads a precarious life, constantly balancing reality with fantasy. He admires the courage and determination of the blind sculptress, attending her showings and buying various pieces of her work over the years. Painfully shy and retiring, he can only admire her from afar until one night, while enjoying a solitary dinner on his rooftop lanai, he glances across to the next door building and watches a woman dancing in the moonlight. When he recognizes Cathy's face, his feelings for her morph from inhibited admiration to ardent love in one extraordinary move.... Thus begins an overwhelming obsession coupled with dangerous desires that threaten to cause harm to everyone. Rudy Clark, member of the S & B team, agrees to serve as body guard while Cathy adjusts to the loss of her guide-dog, Suzi and acclimates to her new dog, a Doberman named Kip. Blind Trust combines the tender and moving story of two people who thought love had passed them by and a psychotic who yearns to be a part of Cathy's life to the point of murder. Blind Trust is the latest in the Sessions & Browning mystery series.

Dennis pulled himself to his feet with a grunt and pretended to stretch. He watched her make her way to the top of the beach and hesitated. She could be heading for the parking lot or she might be coming out to the pier for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that lined the sand. He waited. She walked toward the parking lot, a swing in her step, long hair waving about her shoulders. As he picked up his pace, a peculiar swishing sound accompanied him. His massive thighs, gelatinous in texture and always raw, rubbed against each other, wrinkling his pants. He rounded the corner just in time to see her get into a bright yellow Mazda Miata. She backed out of the slot and hesitated, as though giving him the chance to read the license. He snickered. LAKATY. A personalized plate. They were all easy to trace, but this was a piece of cake. He pulled his cell from his pocket and started dialing. He watched her turn onto 66 and merge into traffic. She was his. Now or later, but soon. Very soon. He headed for a blue Lexus sedan.

BLIND TRUST

LOUP GAROU

The Retreat has nestled amid lush gardens and trees dripping with Spanish moss, guarding its traditions—and its secrets, unchanged for over a hundred years. To tourists, the antebellum mansion is a crown jewel in the town’s rich but chaotic history. To the residents of New Orleans, it’s a landmark and legend. Darius LaRue sees it as a hunting ground. For the Sessions and Browning team, it’s all fun and games as they head to New Orleans for a much needed vacation, Cajun style. The PI business is thriving, keeping Jim and Lenny hopping and the restaurant has pushed Ella and Terry to the brink. Without a nerve left between the four of them, they give in to the unique lure of the Big Easy, and with visions of romance and intimacy, along with world-class golf, gourmet dining, and great shopping, they head out for two weeks of fun. While they lounge in the balmy and mesmerizing heat drinking Lemon Drop martinis and listening to the alligators roar, they don’t realize what’s going on around them. Detective Lou Perina of the NOPD, is scrambling to solve the disappearances of eight young women reported missing in his jurisdiction and figure out why the trail keeps leading back to The Retreat and his old friend, Louise duBois. In the scant light of the waxing moon, Darius LaRue waits for his beloved cousin and puzzles over his sudden need for a mate. He sits in the shadows and remembers the twins, fantasizing about his future, captivated and enchanted, especially by Ella. “Does everything go according to plan?” he asks his cousin as she joins him in the dark. “Ouí, mon cher. It does.” Darius follows Louise into the house to her private sanctuary and lights the last of the flickering candles. She begins to chant the familiar words of the spell, picks up the effigy of Ella and continues the mantra as she stares at the doll she so painstakingly modeled. A long slender index finger strokes the doll’s burgundy red hair. She raises the doll high above her head, says a final prayer and hands it to Darius. He nods his head. Luminous gold eyes fasten on hers as he takes the doll. With that affirmation, he embarks on an impossible dream, a quest to fulfill his destiny with no hope of success, and yet he cannot give up. After a night of cruising the Mississippi on a paddleboat and a magnificent dinner back at the plantation, Ella disappears from her bed, right under the nose of her guard dog, Amy, an incredible situation that cannot rationally happen, and yet it does. Longtime followers will not be disappointed with Loup Garou, the seventh book in the Sessions and Browning series and the newcomers will be entranced. Farmer delivers a another delicious serving of chill bumps and screaming fear wrapped up in some of the most delectable characters you’ll ever meet and an ending you won’t soon forget. Loup Garou is a powerful story of love and commitment, and in this, her seventh book in the series, Farmer presents an intense and personal story that grabs you from the beginning and does not let go until the last T is crossed.

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