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But when he discovers the dead man’s tongue has been amputated Marco realises it’s nothing but routine. More murders in the Polish community take Inspector John Marco and his team into the East European immigrant community and the murky world of people trafficking.
But what is it that links all the deaths together? When the evidence points to one of the city’s criminal and the involvement of a gangster from Poland Marco faces the challenge of gathering evidence from a close knit and secretive community.
And why do the Polish Secret Service seem to be interested? When Marco finds himself entangled emotionally its impossible for him to think clearly. In search of an answer Marco travels to Poland only to find himself implicated in a murder and hoping he can avoid another.
Racing back to Cardiff he hopes he has enough to unravel the case and arrest the perpetrators.
From NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Loofbourrow ...
"... a story that is almost irresistible." SciFi and Scary
Kidnapping. Murder. Betrayal.
Can you ever truly hide from your past?
In a far future US, the once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is now split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.
22 year old Jacqueline Spadros was kidnapped from her mother's brothel and sold to the Spadros syndicate ten years ago. The murder of her best friend Air that night as he tried to save her from them haunts her nightmares. Now unwillingly married to one of the city's biggest drug lords, she finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.
Air's little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the kidnapper disposes of him.
Dark, gritty, multi-layered Victorian-inspired detective neo-noir that keeps the reader guessing to the very end.
What readers say about The Jacq of Spades:
"... a world of family intrigue combined with feuding households across the four quadrants of Bridges..." June Lorraine Roberts, Murder In Common
"This was the first steampunk book that I've read that I actually really loved." Gabby's Honest Book Reviews
"... an intriguing and compelling read ..." Diana Johnson
"... a first-rate mystery." Clabe Polk Mystery & Adventure
"For rich pageantry and a complex culture navigated by a character who feels she’s balanced on the edge between the slums of the Pot and the extravagance of the families, The Jacq of Spades is a hands-down success." Margaret Fisk, Tales To Tide You Over
"Mobsters, corrupt police and a novice private detective. This story was amazing." Allie's Opinions
"... good read for anyone who likes mystery and suspense mixed with science fiction." The Beautyful Word
"The only regret you'll have when you get this book, is the fact that you have to wait for the next one to come out." Shelby Nolan
Lovers of Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Phillip Marlowe, or the Sherlock Holmes mysteries will enjoy this debut novel of the Red Dog Conspiracy series.
The Jacq of Spades was part of the first edition of the Dark Humanity science fiction and fantasy box set, which made #8 on the USA Today bestseller list for February 5, 2017, and #5 on the NY Times bestseller list for February 12, 2017.
Over 23,000 copies of The Jacq of Spades have been sold!
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