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With a genius IQ, a past career as a circus acrobat, and a black belt in karate, criminology professor Dr. Robert Frederickson—better known as "Mongo the Magnificent"—has a decidedly unusual background for a private investigator. He also just so happens to be a dwarf. Mongo's friend and sensei, Veil Kendry, is pretty magnificent himself. A devoted martial arts instructor and extremely successful abstract artist, Veil single-handedly transformed his shady neighborhood in New York City's Lower East Side into a safe haven from crime and corruption. But when Mongo enters Veil's abandoned apartment and finds a bullet hole, a cryptic oil painting, and an envelope addressed to him containing $10,000, he starts to worry that Veil's reputation as a vigilante has gotten him into the worst sort of trouble. Determined to find his friend, Mongo attempts to rule out any enemies from Veil's past—details of which Veil has never shared with him. But as he uncovers the shocking truth of Veil's time in the Vietnam War—participating in dangerous CIA missions under the call sign "Archangel"—Mongo soon finds enemies aplenty, ones that will do anything to make sure the past remains a secret . . . In addition to creating "the most engaging detective in decades," author George C. Chesbro introduces the character of Veil Kendry, who would go on to have his own series (Library Journal). Two Songs This Archangel Sings is the 5th book in the Mongo Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
With a genius IQ, a past career as a circus acrobat, and a black belt in karate, criminology professor Dr. Robert Frederickson—better known as "Mongo the Magnificent"—has a decidedly unusual background for a private investigator. He also just so happens to be a dwarf. Hired to investigate an audacious theft, Mongo travels to Zurich, Switzerland, where rich philanthropist Emmet P. Neuberger claims terrorist and criminal John "Chant" Sinclair has swindled his charitable organization, the Cornucopia Foundation, out of $10 million. Several agencies, including Interpol, are already on the case, but Neuberger wants a private eye to monitor the situation. It quickly becomes clear it's much more than a simple case of embezzlement. As the bodies pile up and suspicions turn to Mongo himself, the detective decides to hunt down Chant on his own. But the deeper he digs into this peculiar case, the more he begins to think that Chant may not be the one to blame . . . This thrilling entry in the Mongo series introduces international assassin Chant, who goes on to star in his own series of adventures from the author who "writes wonderfully strange mystery novels . . . [with] perfectly calculated nail-biting tension" (Boston Sunday Herald). Dark Chant in a Crimson Key is the 11th book in the Mongo Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When Veil Kendry dreams, he possesses a clarity normal people never experience, along with the power of volition, which allows him to enter the minds of others. Veil's strange gift was invaluable as an operative for the CIA, but now he's left that life behind and instead channels his unusual ability into art. When needed, though, he still applies his supernatural and clandestine skills to helping those in trouble. So when Veil crosses paths with a thief who stole a K'ung tribe religious idol from the same midtown art gallery that exhibits his dream-paintings, he's compelled to get involved—despite threats from a corrupt cop named Carl Nagle. Using his dream powers, Veil attempts to enter the mind of the thief in order to apprehend him. But there are others on the hunt, desperate to possess the artifact— and soon, Veil will find himself fighting just to stay alive.
There are very few people international assassin John "Chant" Sinclair trusts, and even fewer who know his secrets. When his friend, Roman magistrate Vito Biaggi, is violently killed, Chant knows that what Italian authorities are calling a random assault is anything but. With Chant's help, Biaggi had been investigating an international cabal of businessmen who were funding terrorists. Only three weeks prior, he'd revealed the conspiracy's existence and was on the brink of exposing its powerful players. But now Biaggi is dead, and Chant is determined to hunt down the ones responsible. His search exposes a shocking trail of corruption and death, ultimately leading Chant into a secretive world ruled by a madman, where he must face the only adversary he's ever failed to defeat. Code of Blood is the 3rd book in the Chant Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Three very different sleuths—an ex–NYPD cop, a psychic painter and vigilante, and a former priest—handle unusual cases in this collection from the “unlimited imagination” of George C. Chesbro, creator of the one-of-a-kind dwarf detective, Mongo the Magnificent (Publishers Weekly).
When a mad scientist injected him with a rare drug, former policeman Garth Frederickson—brother of Dr. Robert Fredrickson, aka Mongo—developed the power to sense the often-malevolent feelings of those around him . . .
Veil Kendry, ex–CIA agent, Vietnam War veteran, and devoted martial arts instructor, almost died at birth. The damage left him with powerful dreams that have made him a successful abstract painter—and a dangerous vigilante . . .
Brendan Furie was once a priest who carried a Bible, but after a mishandled exorcism forced him out of the church, he became a PI armed with a gun . . .
In Lone Wolves, these unconventional antiheroes take on deadly militias, doomsday cults, East German secret police, alien abductions, telepathy experiments, Chinese street gangs, ghosts, demonic possessions, and more.
The “unlimited imagination” of the creator of Mongo the Magnificent is given free rein in these eleven stories full of suspense and surprises (Publishers Weekly).
An architect can read minds after surviving a fatal car wreck. The lives of schoolteachers are far from ordinary—or safe. A snake charmer visits a busy, fast-food burger joint. Two bumbling friends summon a demon who develops migraines whenever he’s asked to do anything evil. A chess grandmaster plays a game for his life, which takes him from the sea to high in the Alps. A secret organization has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an ex–CIA agent. A bank clerk’s boring life flips upside down when a stranger hands him a thermos in the Madrid airport. Science and religion violently collide on a college campus after a murder. And a man’s dream may be his ultimate nightmare . . .
After a brain infection at birth almost killed him, Veil Kendry developed a unique power: His vivid dreams can transport him to the edges of time and to the minds of other men. A Vietnam veteran, martial arts instructor, and former CIA agent, Veil now makes a living painting landscapes unlike anything anyone has ever seen.
The highly regarded Institute for Human Studies has invited Veil to undergo a battery of tests at their Big Sur facility to better understand his abilities as an artist. Although Veil is game for anything, nothing can prepare him for the secrets hidden behind the walls of the institute—or the ensuing fight to stay alive.
Veil is the 1st book in the Veil Kendry Suspense Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When John “Chant” Sinclair learns his oldest and closest friend has been murdered, there’s only one thing on the professional killer’s mind: revenge. But the man who inflicted Harry Gray’s slow, painful death is no simple thug.
After being thrown out of medical school, Richard Krowl dedicated himself to becoming a highly trained specialist in the art of torture. Now, other sadists attend his seminars, learning the tools of the trade from a “doctor” whose horrifying skills know no bounds.
To avenge his friend, Chant must travel to a remote Pacific island and infiltrate Krowl’s secret facility. What awaits him is more terrifying than most could imagine, but Chant has seen the depths to which humanity can sink—and nothing will stop him from exacting justice by any means necessary.
Silent Killer is the 2nd book in the Chant Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
With a genius IQ, a past career as a circus acrobat, and a black belt in karate, criminology professor Dr. Robert Frederickson—better known as "Mongo the Magnificent"—has a decidedly unusual background for a private investigator. He also just so happens to be a dwarf. Mongo's days as a professional acrobat are long over, but when he learns his former boss is down on his luck—and the circus has been sold—he heads to Florida to rally his fellow ex-performers to help buy back the spectacle they once called home. With seductive snake charmer Harper Rhys-Whitney in tow, Mongo sets out to make a deal with the traveling show's mysterious new owners. But when they track down the talented troupe in America's heartland, Mongo and Harper discover something has shifted under the big top: A string of grisly murders dots the circus's route, causing local tabloids to cry "Werewolf!" Now, if he wants to save his old gig, Mongo will have to get back in the center ring to figure out what's been going bump in the night . . . The Fear in Yesterday's Rings is the 10th book in the Mongo Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
When he wakes up he remembers nothing, not even his own name. He doesn't know why he's squatting in Central Park or why he carries the human femur that earned him the nickname "Bone." He has no idea what he's done over the past year wandering the streets of Manhattan—or what came before. Det. Lt. Perry Lightning suspects that Bone is the serial killer who's been brutalizing the city's homeless population. He also suspects Bone is playing games, pretending to have no knowledge of his life or his actions. But despite what the detective thinks, Bone doesn't remember committing those horrific crimes. With the help of a social worker named Anne and a street performer named Zulu, Bone attempts to discover the truth. But his pursuit of the past is about to take them deep into New York's underground . . . where untold horrors await.
As a Naval intelligence officer stationed in the Middle East, Jade Aden was trusted with secrets that would leave most people shaking in their boots. But after the fallout from an incident during Desert Storm forced her into early retirement, Jade made a new, more pedestrian life for herself and her two children in the picturesque town of Cairn-on-the-Hudson, New York. Employed as a river keeper, Jade monitors pollution created by weekend boaters and commercial tankers. But when something strange surfaces in the river, Jade's dangerous past is dredged up once more. She knows the object strapped to a dead sea lion is a mine from a top-secret weapons system supposedly canceled years ago. Because it was highly classified, Jade is forced to feign ignorance, but her silence soon leads to death and destruction. Determined to do the right thing, Jade must face off against forces willing to kill to protect their own despicable interests.
Rick Peters was one of the CIA's best operatives until the day the dragons—the company's elite covert team—were disbanded. Forced into unwanted retirement, Peters struck out on his own, becoming an assassin. Now, a two-million-dollar payday is on the table if he can take out San Sierran dictator Manuel Salva. Peters intends to make it look like a CIA operation . . . and he has the perfect patsy in mind. Retired for fifteen years, Alexandra Finway has left covert ops behind to raise a family. But when her former partner—and lover—storms back into her life, she finds herself contemplating getting back in the field. Peters claims the CIA wants two of their former dragons to stop a hit on Salva and remove the contract killer from play, all in the interest of international security. A patriot at heart, Finway agrees to take on the mission, unaware Peters has drawn her into a dangerous game of cross and double-cross—and few will make it out alive.