Monday, April 4, 2011

Bargain eBooks #162:

The Scavenger's Daughter: A Tyler West Mystery by Mike McIntyre

Genre: Mystery

Price: $2.99

Where to Get It: (Kindle)

A Southern California self-storage unit filled with medieval instruments of torture…

A modern-day Torquemada hell-bent on updating the Spanish Inquisition…

An investigative reporter racing to connect the lurid dots…

Deadline has a whole new meaning.

Tyler West, suspended Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter from the San Diego Sun, is desperate for a scoop that will save his career. Defying a spiteful publisher and a vindictive homicide detective, he investigates the baffling deaths of several of San Diego's powerful, rich and famous. Police call the murders unrelated, but Ty uncovers a common link: torture devices last used during the Dark Ages, including the Iron Maiden, the Pear of Anguish, and the most sinister of all—the Scavenger's Daughter. Ty is plunged into a mysterious world of medieval torture scholars, antiquities collectors, museum curators, and sadomasochists. Aided by photojournalist Melina "Mel" Koric, a former Bosnian War refugee, Ty must break the brilliantly conceived series of slayings that has cast a dark shadow over a city better known for its sun, sand and surf. The elusive killer goes by the name Friar Tom, in tribute to his hero, Tom├ís de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition. As Ty scrambles to unmask the monstrous zealot, he must juggle his investigation with his personal life: He pursues his lost love, Jordan Sinclair, an assistant district attorney, and continues to mentor inner-city kids at his youth golf clinics. With the city caught in an escalating nightmare of medieval mayhem, Ty is drawn into a lethal game of cat and mouse that could cost him everything.

What they're saying about it:

"I read it in one continuous, thrilling five-hour session. It reminds me of my favorite crime series--the Alex Cross novels by James Patterson--only more compelling and convincing."

"...this book is a revelation. From Friar Tom and the Billboard Bandit to the irrepressible Ty West, I love these characters. And the plot device -- which I won't give away -- is nothing short of inspired."

"The Scavenger's Daughter is a hole in one. In addition to suspense, wit and golf wisdom, McIntyre tees up a beautifully nuanced romance."

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