"The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic."
— G.K. Chesterton
"The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic."
— G.K. Chesterton
Marc Liebman is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and Naval Aviator and combat veteran of the Vietnam tanker wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He retired as a Captain after twenty-four years in the Navy and a military career that took him all over the world. Marc has worked with the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and the U.K. Marc has just under 6,000 hours of pilot-in-command/co-pilot flight time in a variety of tactical military, civilian fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In the business world, he has been the CEO of an aerospace and defense manufacturing firm, an associate editor of a national magazine and a copywriter for an advertising agency as well as a senior executive of a global business process management firm.
Liebman retired from the business world in 2015 to become a full time author of the Josh Haman Series, military thrillers from the battle fields of Vietnam, to intelligence operations hunting for rogue CIA operatives. Liebman's a unique perspective from the cockpit of a Search and Rescue helicopter for Naval SEALS during the war, and his novels provide provide readers with a white knuckle ride-a-along in their action-filled scenes.
For more information on the newly released, 2018 editions and Liebman's speaking events, please visit Marc Liebman's website.
John Harmon McElroy: Benjamin Franklin and the Quaker Murders: In September of 1785, everyone in Philadelphia thinks Jacob Maul, the Quaker stonecutter, is a murderer. How could there be any doubt? Two women have been found dead on his property--one of them in his bed--with bruise marks on their throats. The only person who comes to a different conclusion is the city's most famous citizen, Benjamin Franklin.But at seventy-nine years of age, Franklin doesn't want to acquire a reputation for solving his neighbors' problems. Instead, he recruits a younger man, Revolutionary War veteran James Jamison, to make inquiries under his direction and collect information that could prove the Quaker's innocence. Franklin's considerable intelligence guides Jamison, but as the investigation unfolds, details emerge that threaten to dismantle the great man's assumptions.
Steven M. Moore: Rembrandt's Angel. Esther Brookstone’s life is at a crossroads. A Scotland Yard inspector who specializes in stolen art, she’s reluctantly considering retirement. A three-time widow, she can’t quite decide whether paramour and colleague Interpol Agent Bastiann van Coevorden should be husband number four. Decisions are put on hold while she and Bastiann set out to thwart a neo-Nazi conspiracy financed in part by artworks stolen during World War II. Among the stolen art is the masterpiece “An Angel with Titus’ Features,” a work Esther obsesses about recovering.The case sends the intrepid pair on an international hunt spanning several European countries and the Amazon jungle. Evading capture and thwarting death, Esther and Bastiann prove time and again that adrenaline-spiked adventures aren’t just for the young.
Leah Devlin: Spider. When Pamela Dodd arrives in the sleepy Chesapeake village of River Glen to hunt for treasure, she unleashes a summer of chaos and murder. The wake from her speeding motor yacht erodes a cliff, causing an abandoned cottage to topple off the edge--and revealing a mass grave under its foundation. The discovery sends River Glen into a panic. Was Henry Herssen, the reclusive fisherman who owned the cottage, responsible for the killings, or has someone else been burying bodies at the top of the cliff for decades? As Detective Jay Braden and his assistant Will Wilkins investigate the murder site, the clues point to Tolchester College, a small school with secrets of its own. Braden discovers a discarded animal canister with a desiccated spider in a nearby shed. Will stumbles into a hidden pit containing a chair with restraints. It seems one of the professors has been conducting experiments using poisonous Australian funnel spiders. And their version of the scientific method is deadly.
Marc Liebman: Inner Look. After John Walker and Jerry Whitworth are arrested for passing top-secret information to the Soviet Union, the project Inner Look is initiated to determine if there are any other spies operating within the government intelligence agencies. Navy SEAL Marty Cabot and naval aviator Josh Haman are assigned to the project in the hopes that their unconventional approach and out-of-the-box thinking will yield more answers. Cabot and Haman discover that the security leaks go higher up than anyone imagined. Furthermore, the leaks have compromised many of their missions. For Josh and Marty, it's not just about national security, it's personal.Their pursuit turns international, taking them into dangerous waters. Nothing but their skills will keep them alive when the KBG sends assassins to silence the traitor and neutralize the threat they pose.
J.G. Harlond: Local Resistance: On a stormy night in March 1941, Maisie Rose Hawkins leaves her drunk husband, Stan, out in the rain—and he disappears. Detective Sergeant Bob Robbins and young PC Laurie Oliver are called out to investigate and discover that Stan’s small fishing boat is gone, the rope sawn through. As Bob searches for answers, it becomes apparent that in this small Cornish village where everyone knows everything about everybody, nobody quite knows the truth. Beneath the surface of village life, a fierce battle is being waged against wartime deprivations. Shopkeepers quietly evade rationing restrictions. Food inspector Archibald Bantry, charged with enforcing those restrictions, dies in a suspicious car crash. Various leads connect a sea cave full of smuggled black-market goods to the missing Stan Hawkins. And what seems like the work of local malcontents becomes more complex and dangerous when Bob stumbles on the truth in a disused copper mine, where a much deadlier affair is underway.
Leah Devlin: Vital Spark. After eking out a living as an adjunct professor in Washington DC, fisheries ecologist Alex Allaway lands a job running a small marine station back in her hometown. Arriving in River Glen to surprise her grandfather with her the good news, Alex is horrified to discover him dead, a bloody dagger in his heart. His clenched fist grasps a piece of pirate gold and a cryptic map with her name on it. While the police investigate the murder, Alex begins her own search for answers. Aboard the tugboat Vital Spark she sails the Chesapeake in pursuit of treasure that belonged to a distant relative, the pirate Giles Blood-hand. But descendants of a rival pirate family are also looking for the bounty that’s been hidden for over three centuries, and they’ll think nothing of dispatching Alex once they discover she’s in the way. Book 1 in the Chesapeake Tugboat Murders series.
Leah DevlinThe Bends: Maggie May-Nolan, art student and scuba diver, has only weeks until graduation and the promise of a dream job making underwater documentaries when Edward Gripp, the benefactor-architect of her Woods Hole art college, goes missing from a campus party. The missing persons report brings an awkward young detective, Bill Bleach, to campus to investigate Gripp’s disappearance. When Bleach discovers Gripp’s mutilated body hidden in a bizarre labyrinth within the walls of the buildings, all of the evidence points to Maggie. Bleach must navigate a labyrinth of deceptions if he hopes to stop a calculating serial killer from striking again.
Leah Devlin: Ægir’s Curse. A thousand years ago, the Viking colony of Vinland was ravaged by a swift-moving plague. The last surviving Norseman set the encampment and his longboat ablaze to ensure that the disease would die with him and his brethren. In present-day Norway, a distinguished professor is found murdered, his priceless map of Vinland missing. The ensuing investigation leads to Lindsey Nolan, a scientist and recovering alcoholic. Lindsey agrees to help the detective who’s hunting the murderer, but she has a bigger problem on her hands: a mysterious disease that’s spreading like wildfire through the population of Woods Hole.
Leah Devlin: The Bottom Dwellers. Lindsey Nolan has it all: inventions paying large dividends, a dream job in the scientific village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and a stable of eager playmates. But when Lindsey wakes up in rehab with no memory of how she got there, her world is turned upside down. Her roommate, an HIV-positive teenage prostitute named Maggie, is the most volatile patient on the ward. The facility is plagued by disturbing thefts. And another theft unfolds when her competitor, an engineer named Karen Battersby, discovers and steals Lindsey’s astonishing new invention from her Woods Hole lab. Lindsey and Maggie must face the consequences of past transgressions if they hope to deal with present perils and ascend from the desolate world of the Bottom Dwellers.
Susan Boulton: Hand of Glory: Passchendaele, 1917. Captain Giles Hardy is trapped on the wire, wounded in mind and body, convinced he should be dead. This is the beginning of his battle to come home, to bring with him and lay to rest the ghosts of the men who will never leave the fields of Flanders. Giles's fight is not only against the evil of a thief who exploits the grief of the bereaved, it is against a Hand of Glory, the mythical tool of robbers, a collector of lost souls. A new friend, Agnes Reed, and the ghost of an old one, Corporal George Adams, aid Hardy in his battle. Set in the torn fields of Flanders and a small English county town, Hand of Glory tells the story of a battle of hope against an enemy that feeds on despair.
Force 12 in German Bight by James Boschert takes its title from the name of an area regularly referred to in the legendary BBC Shipping Forecast and one which experiences some of the worst weather conditions around the British Isles. It is a fast-paced story which smacks of authenticity in every line. A world of hard men, hard liquor, hard drugs and cold-blooded murder. The reality of the setting and the characters , ex-military men from both sides of the Atlantic, crooked wheeler-dealers, and Danish detectives, male and female, are all in on the action.
Anne Chamberlain: The Book of Wizzy: Eighteen-year-old Brittany Bingham is working as a housekeeper for posh condominiums in Park City when she discovers a body in a hot tub. Dead. Brittany’s parents are serving an LDS mission in Southern California. Whom should she call? Why, her aunt Helen Snow, of course. But Helen has her own problems. She’s still mourning the loss of a daughter with Down syndrome who died fifteen years ago at age three. Though Wizzy’s sweet, angelic spirit visits her every day, no one understands that she’s the source of her inspiration, just as no one can know Helen’s celestial marriage is on the rocks. Should Helen accept her bishop’s call to be Relief Society president and tune out everything else, even Wizzy? Or should she respond to Brittany and learn how handsome Dave Jaramillo died?