Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Get Back Jack

Hunt For Jack Reacher Mystery Thriller Series

Author: Diane Capri

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USA Today Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI Does It Again! NEW Hunt for Jack Reacher Novel!

"Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Kim Otto is a great, great character - I love her." Lee Child, #1 World Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers

When Jack Reacher Makes Mistakes, Who Handles The Fall-Out?

FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar’s off-the-books assignment leads them to the surviving members of Jack Reacher’s elite military unit. Five years ago, Reacher sorted and destroyed a team of arms dealers before he moved on. But he made mistakes. Now, his bad luck and trouble legacy plunges Otto and Gaspar into the minefield of a grudge war between Reacher’s fearless old friends and chilling new enemies.

When his enemies take women and children hostage for ransom, Kim’s relentless pursuit leads her deeper into the deadly war Reacher failed to finish. Mercenaries and Kim’s unwavering heart push her through -- until she meets the wrong woman with nothing to lose.


What would Jack Reacher do?

Sanchez considered the question again for a moment before he ignored orders and executed the scumbag with a single shot to the head.

At close range, any gun might have done the job. Sanchez had chosen a Glock 19, Gen 4. Utilitarian, tough, reliable. Comfortable grip, controllable recoil, easily concealed. Used by law enforcement because of its stopping power.

A perfect choice for a man anticipating precisely this situation.

Six and a half long seconds later, Sanchez punched the off button on the military grade speakerphone.

Connection terminated.


Twenty-two floors below, the gunshot exploded through the eavesdropper’s equally high-tech headset, traumatizing her eardrums almost as if she’d been standing in front of the bullet.

The crisp audio feed she’d appreciated for the past eighty-seven minutes and seventeen seconds was gone, as though she’d been dropped head first into a vat of clammy marshmallow cream.

Could Sanchez have gone off the rails at the very first obstacle?

She increased the audio to maximum volume and strained to hear his explanation, but heard only the severed connection’s silence.

She jumped up, ripped off her headset with one latex-gloved hand and flung it to the floor of the four-by-four janitor’s closet.


She might have screamed.

Thoughts slammed like racquetballs inside her skull as she stormed back and forth in the hot, tiny closet. Even if she could’ve heard them, her sweat-soaked coveralls and paper boots no longer rustled crisply with each step as they had earlier in the evening. Behind her surgical mask, she sucked deep breaths and shouted silenced, frustrated curses.

She forced herself down into her guerilla training. Allowed fifteen more seconds to assess, analyze, plan, and perform.

Assess and analyze.

O’Donnell should have seen it coming. She felt slightly less stupid because O’Donnell had missed the obvious, too. Sanchez was far wilier (and certainly far crazier) than she’d believed. But O’Donnell had known Sanchez better than she did and O’Donnell was now dead. It was entirely possible that O’Donnell had committed suicide by allowing Sanchez to kill him now instead of torturing him later.

The two remaining targets could disclose what O’Donnell had refused to reveal.

Which meant her goal was still in play.

O’Donnell had made either a stupid blunder or a stupid choice, but his death didn’t compromise her ultimate mission. She could still acquire what she’d come to collect. Her plan was altered, but not irrevocably thwarted.

Still, Sanchez’s unsanctioned killing of O’Donnell was nothing short of disaster. For him. He had to know that, too. Which brought her back to the fact that Sanchez was far from okay. She must have missed something important about him. Something that might present a bigger problem. But what?

She hurried through her recall of the meeting she’d overheard. The erratic shuffling of Sanchez’s shoes as he paced O’Donnell’s office, pouring out his woes. At the time, she’d been impatient, stewing in her own sweat in the airless closet, willing Sanchez to get the hell on with it. She hadn’t paid close attention to his ramblings. Mere impressions stuck in her memory. She ticked them off rapidly.

Sanchez increasingly distraught as he explained his plight, his anger growing while he recounted his five-year ordeal.

O’Donnell expressing shock. (Maybe he wasn’t lying.)

Sanchez blaming O’Donnell, who claimed surprise. (Maybe he’d been a bit contrite.)

She cringed, recalling Sanchez’s sudden switch from rage to whining pleas, begging O’Donnell to save him this time, as O’Donnell and the rest of their crew had failed to make the smallest effort to do five years before.

O’Donnell claimed he couldn’t supply what Sanchez needed. (Almost certainly lying, of course, as thieves everywhere do.)

Sanchez’s ordnance replied.

Then what?

Seven seconds before she’d recovered her wits enough to check the timer.

What happened next?

She’d been partially deafened by the blast. Her experience told her bullets blasted predictably into bony skulls, through gelatinous brain and out again, carrying moist soft facial tissue along with them. She could almost smell the gunshot, the metallic scent of blood.

Now, the office was no doubt a gooey mess, Sanchez was gone, and their perfect plan compromised. She’d failed. She'd need a plausible solution before she reported the damage, but that would come later, when she’d removed herself far enough away from the scene.

Now she was pacing again like an outraged tiger. She rubbed her face, and memory-pain sliced afresh; she jerked both palms away from the long-healed scars as if they’d been inflicted again by Sanchez’s betrayal.

She sat on the janitor’s stepstool, becalmed, ignoring the timer, backhanded the sweat from her brow and then stroked the narrow scar that stretched from the corner of her left upper lip to the outside corner of her left eye. Her index finger rested on the bump of keloid above her cheekbone, massaging absently, seeking comfort and clarity.

Rehearsals proved she could disappear in ninety-five seconds leaving no trace evidence. She should be outside the building in less than three minutes. But then what? Her escape plan was compromised because Sanchez couldn’t be trusted.

Plan and perform.

Eliminate the hostages in Mexico. At least one. Immediately. Sanchez needed to know she was a woman of her word, to believe she’d kill the others if he stepped out of line again.

She’d intended to kill all of the hostages anyway. Right after Sanchez collected what he’d been sent to retrieve. His wife and brats would be of no use then. Sanchez’s failure meant she was forced to revise—terminate one hostage a little early—and delay progress toward the goal, but only slightly.

Damn Sanchez. He was too smart to have failed so spectacularly. He’d no doubt planned everything. What about her hostages? Had Sanchez planned a rescue? Changes were now required there as well.

Sanchez should never have betrayed her. She knew precisely how to deal with him. She challenged herself to remain still, kneading the pea-sized keloid like a prayer bead, while her mind raced methodically as if the devil himself snapped her ass.

Go now. Go now, her intuition prodded with each beat of her pounding heart inside the steamy, sweat-soaked cocoon that enveloped her.

Forty-two seconds after the gunshot, she was ready. She pulled off the wet protective gear, ripped the paper wall coverings down, stuffed it all along with the listening equipment into her oversized litigation bag.

A soaking wet woman fleeing a murder scene would be noticed and remembered in this neighborhood. She’d need fresh clothes immediately. She had none. She shrugged into her overcoat and turned up the collar. For now, she’d alter her planned route as she could and her overcoat must suffice.

She took one last look around the room, satisfied she’d sanitized as well as possible. She flipped off the lights, pressed the knob’s center button to lock the door from the inside, and closed the janitor’s closet solidly behind her. Sliding her gloved hand into her pocket, she slipped down the hall into the lobby and out into the Friday evening pedestrian traffic less than three minutes after Sanchez killed O’Donnell.

Six blocks away, cloaked by the late night crowd waiting for traffic to clear before entering a crosswalk, she heard her own voice murmur, “What the hell was that soldier thinking?”

Her chance to ask him came sooner than she’d expected.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

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Author Description: #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Diane Capri's work, #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child calls "Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too."

Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award-winning MWA Past President, says: "Expertise shines on every page."

And Library Journal raves: "….offers tense legal drama with courtroom overtones, twisty plots, and loads of atmosphere. Recommended."

Diane's new Jess Kimball series kicked off with Fatal Distraction, opening as the #3 Amazon Bestselling Legal Thriller, behind John Grisham. Jess Kimball's second outing, the short story Fatal Enemy was recently released. Diane's new Hunt for Jack Reacher series began with Don't Know Jack, which garnered #1 Amazon Bestseller spots on Mystery, Hard-boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, and Legal Thriller lists both in the U.S. and U.K. Don't Know Jack was followed by two bestselling short stories in the Hunt for Jack Reacher series, Jack in a Box and Jack and Kill. Diane's Bestselling Justice Series suspense mysteries were praised by Romantic Times and garnered the coveted "Top Pick."

Diane is the past Executive Vice President of International Thriller Writers, past member of the Board of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and active in Sisters in Crime and other writing organizations. She comes to writing after a successful legal career and is married to her college sweetheart. She loves her nomadic snowbird existence preferring perpetual summer migrating from Florida to Michigan each year.

Diane says she writes mystery, thriller and suspense for the same reason she reads: to find out what happens, why people do what they do, and how to bring justice to an unjust world. Her books are translated in twenty territories. Diane loves to hear from readers.

Author's Book List
Jack In A Box - Hunt For Jack Reacher Mystery Thriller Series
FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar have received a special off-the-books assignment: build a secret file on Jack Reacher. In this short story, Otto and Gaspar reveal a bit of themselves as they make every effort to put Jack in a Box using legal means John Grisham fans admire. Lee Child and Jack Reacher fans know that no one boxes with Jack and lives to tell about it. Will Otto and Gaspar be the first to succeed where so many have failed?

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Fatal Enemy - Jess Kimball Mystery Thriller
Jess Kimball hadn’t been in the same room with Richard Martin for more than a dozen years. Worse things than Richard had happened to her since she’d seen him last. He’d find out soon enough that she wasn’t a gullible sixteen-year-old anymore. She was his enemy now and he was hers, whether he knew it or not.

Jess decided long ago she would never yield to him again. Richard Martin would make his choice tonight. Would they become fatal enemies? In this tense battle of nerve and guile, who will survive?

Advance Readers love Fatal Enemy and Jess Kimball!

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Fatal Distraction - Jess Kimball Mystery Thriller
Three years ago, beloved Florida Governor Helen Sullivan’s world shattered when her only son died in a senseless car crash, killing his best friend, too. Helen quickly discovered Eric’s crash was no accident and lured the killer to her son’s funeral to be caught. When the shooting ceased in the small country church, Helen believed her nightmare was over. Instead, she’d unwittingly escalated her duel with a cunning and patient assassin.

Now, investigative journalist Jess Kimball is driven to find the horrifying truth. Is the Central Florida Child Killer guilty? Or is the real killer still out there?

Helen and Jess together face the determined killer in a pitched battle of wit and nerve while Helen's husband struggles to live. Who will survive?

Readers love Fatal Distraction and Jess Kimball!

"I finished reading your new book and it is fantastic! Kept me on the edge of my seat. You have another winner! I left a review on Amazon, too. A Jess sequel gets my vote! I'm now reading your Judge Wilhelmina series. :) Thanks!" B.W.

"I'm in the final stages of Fatal Distraction and am on the brink of skipping any obligations I have so I can find out how it ends. Great Book so far-- continues to keep me totally involved-- hope you'll be continuing a series with Jess--" E. F.

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Jack and Kill - Hunt For Jack Reacher Thriller Series
Suspenseful Thrillers with More Justice, Less System

"Diane writes like the maestro of the jigsaw puzzle. Sit back in your favorite easy chair, pour a glass of crisp white wine, and enter her devilishly clever world of high skullduggery."
David Hagberg, New York Times Bestselling Author of Kirk McGarvey Thrillers

Jack Reacher: Friend or Enemy?

FBI Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar get a lead on Jack Reacher. New Hope, Virginia, welcomed him yesterday. Is he there now? Will Otto and Gaspar stand face-to-face with Reacher? Is Reacher a wanted man?

Readers love Bestselling Author Diane Capri and the Hunt for Reacher Series!

"I 'stumbled' on this title and was attracted to it as I am a Jack Reacher fan. Loved the story and the author's writing style. Couldn't wait for more so I purchased Annabelle's Attack and want more Jennifer Lane - please?!Fatal Distraction is also on my Kindle to read list!"

"I have been a Reacher fan for years and was excited when I heard of Diane Capri's take on "Finding Reacher". "Don't Know Jack" is a good companion to Child's Reacher books and recaptures the flavor of the Reacher mystique. I am waiting anxiously for the next book in the series and the next and the next, and so on."

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Raw Justice - Justice Series Mystery Thriller #5
Where Justice Rules!

Three unlikely events explode thrusting young lawyer Jennifer Lane into the abyss of her family's secret history. Family records search, DNA, and more reveal stolen lives and a stolen cure for deadly hepatitis C. A bewildering maze of betrayal, intrigue, and murder, put Jennifer's license to practice law, her heart, and her very life on the line. Judge Willa Carson watches while Jennifer rescues herself from Denton's Raw Justice. Who will survive?

"Well plotted suspense, richly drawn characters and a strong-willed heroine make Jennifer Lane's debut a winner! We readers certainly hope Jennifer will be back!"
Martha Powers, award winning author of Conspiracy of Silence and Death Angel

*formerly titled Annabelle's Attack

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Wasted Justice - Justice Series Mystery Thriller #4
Judge Willa Carson - Where Justice Rules!

"A welcome surprise. It works from the first page to 'The End'."
Larry King

"Fast-paced legal thriller...energetic prose...an appealing heroine...clever and capable supporting cast...[that will] keep readers waiting for the next Willa Carson mystery."
Publisher's Weekly

"...offers tense legal drama with courtroom overtones, twisty plot, and loads of Florida atmosphere. Recommended."
Library Journal

"Swift pacing and ongoing suspense are always present...Willa is a likable protagonist who uses her political connections for a good cause...Readers should eagerly anticipate the next installment in this series."
Top Pick, Romantic Times (refers to prior out of print edition)

The author of Don't Know Jack and the Hunt for Jack Reacher series does it again!

Trey Steam believes his mother was wrongfully convicted of murdering his father in 1972. When no-nonsense Federal Judge Willa Carson is presented with the true facts, she's convinced Billie Jo Steam is innocent.

Determined to right the wrongs of a justice system that is too often about the system and too seldom about justice, Willa pulls out all the stops, including the use of genetic testing and her most distinguished political connections, to give Bille Jo back her family and her freedom. But Willa's road to hell is paved with her good intentions and wasted justice.

The deeper Willa delves into this old crime and the complex relationships that surround it, the more she uncovers pillars of the community, old hippies now in power, friends and coworkers who will do whatever it takes to keep the past buried -- even if they bury Willa, too.

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Secret Justice - Justice Series Mystery Thriller #3
Judge Willa Carson - Where Justice Rules!

During Tampa's annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival, murder chases Judge Willa Carson's beloved secretary into a world of secrets, corruption, bank fraud, and art theft.

Margaret Wheaton becomes mysteriously involved with a smarmy jeweler. When Margaret's husband is killed in Willa's home and the jeweler ends up dead, too, Margaret is the number one suspect. Judge Willa sets out to prove Margaret innocent, dodging killers throughout Tampa's month-long pirate attack until she discovers secret justice.

"I have started putting your [Secret Justice] near the cash wrap and tell people if they want bodies found locally they should read your stories!"
Cindy Bell, Waldenbooks

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Twisted Justice - Justice Series Mystery Thriller #2
Suspenseful Thrillers with More Justice, Less System

War hero General Randall Andrews has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Count and George Carson leads the fight to defeat him. Before the final Senate vote on his nomination, Andrews is found shot to death in his Tampa home and George is arrested for murder. Judge Willa Carson believes with all her heart that her husband is the victim of twisted justice, but why won't he defend himself? George Carson could kill a man. But he didn't kill Andrews. Or did he?

Realistic twists and turns keep readers engaged and guessing until the finale of this tense political thriller!

"In a time when our own justice system often blurs the lines between right and wrong, Judge Willa Carson is a heroine we can all salute. [Twisted Justice] is a taut and thought-provoking mystery that leaves readers both satisfied and looking forward to the next Willa Carson adventure."
P. J. Nunn, The Charlotte Austin Review

*formerly titled George's Game

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Due Justice - Justice Mystery Thriller Series #1
Introducing Judge Willa Carson - Where Justice Rules

The Tampa Tribune says: "Beneath this Judge's robes is a riveting character - she's quick, witty and stubborn. Willa Carson finds out the rich are different, and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that leaves you wanting more!"

When a famous plastic surgeon's decomposed body surfaces in Tampa Bay with a bullet in its head, Federal Judge Willa Carson's "little sister" is caught in a high-stakes game of greedy lawyers, blackmail and deceit. Fiercely independent Carly is the number one suspect. When Carly asks Willa for due justice, Willa has everything to lose. But she risks it all to uncover the conspiracy and keep Carly alive. Can Willa possibly win?

**formerly titled Carly's Conspiracy

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Don't Know Jack - Hunt For Jack Reacher Mystery Thriller
"Diane writes like the maestro of the jigsaw puzzle. Sit back in your favorite easy chair, pour a glass of crisp white wine, and enter her devilishly clever world of high skullduggery."
David Hagberg, New York Times Bestselling Author of Kirk McGarvey Thrillers

Jack Reacher: Friend or Enemy?

It's been a while since we first met Lee Child's Jack Reacher in Killing Floor. Fifteen years and sixteen novels later, Reacher still lives off the grid, until trouble finds him, and then he does whatever it takes, much to the delight of readers and the dismay of villains. Now someone big is looking for him. Who? And why? Hunting Jack Reacher is a dangerous business, as FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are about to find out. Otto and Gaspar are by-the-book hunters who know when it's necessary to break the rules, but they Don't Know Jack. Reacher is a stone cold killer. Is he their friend or their enemy? Only the secrets hidden in Margrave, Georgia will tell them. Is Reacher a wanted man?

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Mistaken Justice - Justice Series Mystery Thriller #6
Where Justice Rules!

"Suspenseful, surprising, and heart-wrenching story. Five stars!"
Larry Thornberry, book reviewer and columnist.

On a rainy night, Darla Nixon drives home alone makes a mistake changing three lives in an instant. A twisty tale worthy of John Grisham unravels between the laws. Darla keeps her fatal secret until it's too late for Jennifer Lane to fix -- or is it?

*formerly titled Darla's Deceit

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Licensed to Thrill - A Diane Capri Mystery Thriller Sampler
#1 Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI Presents Licensed to Thrill!

Open this collection of hefty samples and enjoy great characters, mystery, suspense, thrills, a few laughs, and loads of atmosphere that will have you Thrilled to read more!

Dear Friends,
It might be better if I didn't confess this right up front. But I thought you should know….

WARNING: Licensed to Thrill is a nefarious plot.

How so? We want to entice you to read more of my books the way chocolatiers ply me with irresistible morsels and wineries waft swoon-worthy samples under my nose. Like the famous potato chips, we hope you won't be able to stop after reading this collection of special gems not gathered anywhere else.

Fiendishly clever, isn't it? Exactly.

We need to give you enough to whet your appetite and draw you in, but not so much that you'll no longer be hungry for more. A fine line. Tricky. Challenging. Fun!

Here's what we selected for your reading pleasure in Licensed to Thrill: A Diane Capri Sampler

Fatal Enemy, featuring the new heroine I really love--Jess Kimball. A fiery woman, driven by her own past to fight for crime victims the justice system failed. Jess reminds me of Jack Reacher, only female, smaller, and nicer. Jess is alone in the world wherever she goes. But unlike Reacher, Jess's mission is one only she believes in and only she can complete. In Jess's shoes, could you do what she's done? I wonder….
Jess Kimball's story continues in the sample of Fatal Distraction, which opened as the Amazon #3 Bestselling Legal Thriller, behind John Grisham. What a thrill that was for me. (Why? Hang on -- I'm getting to that.)

Behind the Book scoop on my friendship with #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child who calls my work, "Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too." Lee gave the Hunt for Reacher series an enthusiastic two thumbs up: "Kim Otto is a great, great character. I love her!"

Don't Know Jack garnered #1 Amazon Bestseller spots on the Mystery, Hard-boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, and Legal Thriller lists both in the U.S. and U.K. The sample here should whet your appetite to find out what happens when two F.B.I. agents are tasked with the mysterious and confounding task of hunting Jack Reacher.

What does law have to do with justice? We lawyers are an odd bunch and the law is a very strange mixture of the best and the worst of times for heroes and villains alike in my Justice Series of witty legal suspense mysteries. All six of these are set in Florida, so if it's a bit cold where you are right now, take a little trip with me to the Sunshine State where things are a whole lot warmer. Readers and reviewers alike love this series, but when the mystery reviewers at Romantic Times awarded Wasted Justice their coveted "Top Pick" -- well, all I can say is what a rush!

Licensed to Thrill also includes an excerpt from Lee Child's Reacher Report sharing his views on Don't Know Jack; a humorous piece titled "Diane Capri Reveals Lee Child (not Jack Reacher?)"; and finally--remember what I said earlier about John Grisham?

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