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ANNEX 1: THE JACK REACHER FILES
Could Jack Reacher, former army major and star of books like NEVER GO BACK and PERSONAL by international bestselling author Lee Child, be involved in a plot to overthrow the United States government?
A super-secret government agency called The Circle has sent an operative to investigate.
And his name is Nicholas Colt.
A civilian contractor for the Department of Defense has created an implantable brain-computer interface that will make the fiercest warriors on the planet exponentially smarter, faster, and deadlier.
After years of painstaking research, the device is finally ready for human trials.
Desperate to be reinstated as a Special Forces candidate, Nathan Brennan reluctantly volunteers for the study. Four weeks as a lab rat and his military career will be back on course.
Unfortunately, by the end of day one, he finds himself on the run from the police, the CIA, and a mysterious criminal mastermind named Oberwand.
With no memory of his past, and with little hope for a meaningful future, Brennan must utilize every weapon in his binary arsenal just to stay alive.
Read an excerpt from FUSED. (PDF, 45KB)
Somewhere west of Kokomo, Indiana, in a contained and isolated area, NASA is conducting a secret study on human behavior. Given a set of rules and the promise of a generous compensation package at the end, can several hundred people govern themselves and live in relative harmony for six years?
The experiment, designed to mimic future colonization on a distant planet, appears to be a huge success.
Until something goes terribly wrong…
Two undercover operatives from an ultra-clandestine government agency called The Circle are sent to investigate. When Diana Dawkins and Nicholas Colt discover the shocking truth, it’s clear the experiment must be stopped.
What isn’t clear is if they’ll make it out alive.
Read an excerpt from Sycamore Bluff. (PDF, 38KB)
After last year’s harrowing experience with a gruesome serial killer in Key West, rock-star-turned-PI Nicholas Colt has decided to hang up his investigator hat and settle into a nice quiet life of teaching guitar and spending time with his family. Or so he thinks…
Unfortunately, everything changes when an undercover Department of Defense investigator named Diana Dawkins comes crashing into his life. Diana tells Colt he has been recruited into The Circle, a super-secret organization—a mystery even to the CIA and the Secret Service—charged with protecting the country from terrorists at any cost. The only evidence of his involvement is a tiny spot—a “blood tattoo” on his left foot, invisible to the naked eye—that marks all members of The Circle. Diana needs Colt’s help, and she’s willing to pay him well for it.
Suddenly, Colt finds himself a key player in an elaborate effort to defend the President of the United States against an assassination attempt. His hush-hush missions for Diana and The Circle are becoming increasingly surreal—and deadly. Colt realizes he could lose everything, even the wife he loves. Will he be able to stop the terrorists in time? And at what cost?
Read an excerpt from Blood Tattoo. (PDF, 38KB)
October 21: just an ordinary day, unless you’re a former rock star…
The sole survivor of a plane crash…
A private investigator working out of a camper…
For Nicholas Colt, October 21 is an unlucky day. A day for nightmares. It always has been, and this year is no exception.
Someone is brutally murdering the offspring of an anonymous sperm donor, and Colt’s missing client is next on the list. With less than four days to find the young man—and, with a pair of drug-addicted study partners, a violent motorcycle gang, a stalker ex-girlfriend, and a host of other obstacles standing in his way—Colt faces the most challenging and deadly case of his life.
Read an excerpt from Colt. (PDF, 30KB)
"Key Death is an exhilarating thriller that punches way above its weight. It hits you hard and fast with crackling suspense, hair-raising twists and stunning revelations. Word of advice: don't start on this one unless you're prepared to stay up all night."
—John Ling, author of The Blasphemer
"Creepy goodness wrapped in Florida sunshine, with a side of blues guitar and a bourbon on the rocks. Great fun all around."
—Mark Terry, author of Sins of the Father
He’s a world class guitarist with a crippled hand, and an ace detective with a revoked license. He has a kid in college, a wife working two jobs, and a cash-under-the-table “security consultant” gig that’s gone dry.
Nicholas Colt, it seems, has an identity crisis.
Then one night at a concert, a friend’s friend asks for help. Wanda has a terminal illness, and she wants to meet her biological father before she dies.
Unfortunately, Colt soon discovers that Phineas Carter was shot dead two years ago in his Key West apartment. Now Wanda wants Colt to investigate the murder. Determined to see justice served, she offers to send Colt to Key West for as long as it takes.
Despite protests from his wife and daughter, Colt accepts the case. Maybe it’s just what he needs to jumpstart his life. Maybe it’s his ticket back to usefulness and productivity.
Or maybe it’s a big mistake…
With a serial killer known as The Zombie on the loose, a deranged sociopath who saws the tops of his victims’ heads off, scoops out their brains, and reassembles their skulls with Krazy Glue, Colt might be in for more than he has bargained for.
Read an excerpt from Key Death. (PDF, 16KB)
Snuff Tag 9
“Pure, batshit crazy awesome.”
—Anthony Neil Smith, author of ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS
Nicholas Colt’s career as a lead guitarist ended with a crushed hand, and his career as a licensed private investigator ended with a narcotics conviction. Since then, he’s had some luck making money under the table as a “security consultant.” But good luck has a habit of going bad for Colt. Like when he takes the case of an affluent young accountant who has received a threatening letter—a mandate to come and play an ultraviolent video game called Snuff Tag 9.
Colt figures the letter is a scam, but a psychotic four-hundred-pound billionaire known only as Freeze quickly proves him wrong. Freeze, it seems, is populating his version of the game with real people.
Kidnapped and outfitted with a device that will stop his heart if he refuses to join in, Colt finds himself deep in the Okefenokee Swamp hunting—and being hunted by—eight people he has never met, has nothing against… and must kill to survive.
Read an excerpt from Snuff Tag 9. (PDF, 25KB)
“With Crosscut, Jude Hardin takes the PI novel and psychological suspense to a new, unrestrained level. Fast, fierce, and relentless.”
—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling creator of Rambo
Things are going pretty well for Nicholas Colt. He has a loving relationship with his wife, his blues band has a house gig at a club in Jacksonville, and his adopted daughter is finishing her senior year in high school. He has no intention of reactivating his PI licensee, and he certainly has no plans to travel to Tennessee to investigate a double homicide and an old girlfriend’s missing brother.
Until she tells him something that makes his heart pause and his jaw drop.
Are the Harvest Angels, the white supremacist militia that Colt shut down three years ago, back in business?
Colt makes the trip to the mountains and soon thinks he has it solved: typical copycat case. Unfortunately, another unimaginable atrocity is waiting for him back home in Florida. Colt walks into a bloodbath, and he soon realizes nothing is typical and nothing is solved.
While relentlessly hunting down those responsible, Colt is abducted, drugged, and brainwashed before he can alert the authorities. Now he is a pawn in a heinous scheme that is bigger, badder, and literally more earth-shattering than he could have possibly anticipated.
In this gripping follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Pocket-47, Jude Hardin once again keeps the pace frantic and the suspense nonstop. With the stakes raised exponentially this time, Crosscut is sure to keep thriller lovers turning pages.
Read an excerpt from Crosscut. (PDF, 93KB)
“POCKET-47 sucked me in and held me enthralled. Author Jude Hardin keeps the pace frantic, the thrills non-stop, but best of all is his hero, the wonderfully ironic Nicholas Colt. This is a character I'm eager to follow through many adventures to come.”
—Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of ICE COLD.
Rule #2 in private investigator Nicholas Colt’s Philosophy of Life: If you have a good Tuesday, Wednesday is likely to be a bitch.
Welcome to Wednesday.
Fifteen-year-old Brittney Ryan has taken to the streets. Colt is hired to find her and bring her home.
Piece of cake, he thinks. A surprise visit to the forbidden boyfriend should put this one in the scrapbook.
But something more sinister is behind Brittney’s disappearance, and Colt soon finds himself in an ever-widening maze of deceit, betrayal, and murder.
And, when he learns what the mysterious phrase Pocket-47 means, he is haunted even more by the plane crash that killed his family and rock band twenty years ago--a crash he now realizes might not have been an accident.
Colt is determined to save Brittney and untangle the threads of his own tortured past.
Unfortunately, one of the most heinous and violent criminals in modern history has other ideas.
Which might be okay, because…
Rule #1 in Nicholas Colt’s Philosophy of Life: Screw the rules. Let’s jam.
Read an excerpt from Pocket-47. (PDF, 33KB)