Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
Breathtaking International thriller from a bestselling Scandinavian author.
On the surface Francis Scott-Wren appears like any other rich socialite – tailored suits, old world charm and significant wealth. A man born to privilege. But what only a very few know, is that Scott-Wren has a secret: he uses his wealth and influence to rid the world of greed and selfishness.
Now he has his sights on ruthless power broker George Schwartz, who directs Schwartz Inc. as a vehicle of personal profit and vengeance. Backed by his squad of highly trained agents, including his loyal sidekicks Dhammakarati, a Buddhist monk, and the anti-social female agent Jo, Scott-Wren and his team set off on a collision course with Schwartz that will leave some dead and others exposed.
As the action travels from five-star hotels via Buddhist monasteries to the hallowed halls of the world’s most powerful players, Scott-Wren engages Schwartz in a fierce battle of wits that exposes disturbing similarities between himself and his prey. What remains to be seen is whether they really are so different and how far Scott-Wren is willing to go for victory.
” … fast-paced, enjoyable and well-structured …”Henry Porter, author of The Bell Ringers
Full of action and international intrigue, Charlotte Larsen’s intense thriller is also an examination of significant moral dilemmas including whether the end justifies the means, personal gain versus the greater good, and the righteousness of vigilante justice. An unusual mix of business, action, existential themes, and meditation. Readers will find themselves not only on a journey full of danger and violence but also of self-discovery.
As thought-provoking as it is entertaining, Game of Greed is a riveting standalone crime thriller and a gripping exploration of human nature and the integrity of the world of big business. If you like passionate heroes, spine-chilling suspense, and a fight for justice, then you’ll love Charlotte Larsen’s fast-paced Thriller.
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Selena Grey knows three things that are about to change her life forever…
#1 She’s been kidnapped.
#2 Vampires exist.
#3 Varick Cartwright is the most terrifying guy she’s ever met…but he might be the only one who can save her from what is about to happen.
Forced into a televised game with twenty four other girls, Selena has no choice but to fight for her life.
She’s already a killer, but can she be a survivor too?
The island is ready.
The spectators are watching.
It’s time to play the V Games.
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What would you do if a real prince asked you to be his date…. for an entire weekend?
Jennifer always dreamed she’d graduate law school, and that she’d meet her very own prince charming who would sweep her off her feet, take her away on wild adventures and then live happily ever after.
That was before her parents died in a car accident where her younger sister lost her legs.
Where is she today? Well, life sucks. She just started a job as an escort so she can support her sister and save up for her prosthetic legs. And her dream of a happily ever after? Ha! There’s no time for that. She’s stuck being responsible, doing the adult thing.
That’s until she meets Erik, the Prince of Norway, and he reminds her of what it’s like to feel again, to dare to dream again, and to believe in the dream she has shoved so deep down she thought it was gone.
One touch from him is a jolt to her heart, and suddenly, she’s feeling things she really shouldn’t feel.
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Will she be his toy or his treasure?
It’s the basis for every fairy tale ever written: the handsome, generous, good-hearted prince, and the poor, but beautiful, young girl he takes for his wife.
Except that Jefferson Quinley, while definitely handsome, is neither generous nor good-hearted. He is instead a college playboy, taking advantage of the fact that so many female students are so readily available for his attentions.
Nor is Olivia Bower beautiful. She is, actually, rather plain. And naïve.
Still, she understands what kind of man Jeff is, and, not wanting to be hurt, keeps her distance.
Which presents quite a challenge to the Harvey Benton College senior. Deciding to take up the cause, he pursues her until she finally accepts, and their relationship as a couple continues for a brief while. After the one time he connives her into his bed, however, he is no longer interested, and he drops her flat.
Fast forward ten years to Jeff, who is now a successful financial consultant, living outside of New York City, and wedded to an extremely wealthy society lady. While their marriage may not be made in heaven, on the surface, they manage to keep things going, no matter what troubles lie underneath.
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Just past the Philadelphia city limits there are a cluster of neighborhoods no one on the outside pays much attention to. It’s a nice place to live, with ballfields and takeout joints around every corner. The people who’ve raised their families for generations in the rowhomes and brick houses teach their kids to work hard and keep out of trouble.
But some people aren’t interested in staying out of trouble. There are fortunes to be made in the backstreets and shady barrooms, if you can stay alive long enough to get your hands on it. Here are four stories about the restless souls who have struck out from the safe path and traveled down a long, dark road.
The Devil’s Run
Gaetan was one of the kids that neighborhood parents warned their children to stay away from. He and his friends hung out in the woods by the little creek that cut through town, the one they called the Devil’s Run. Away from prying eyes, they had the fun that only bad boys can know.
But Gaetan isn’t a kid anymore. He’s a veteran of a hundred shady deals, a gangster with skills you only learn from years on the streets. He should be off somewhere enjoying his easy money, but instead he’s back in the old neighborhood. Of all the dark secrets in Gaetan’s past, the one that may destroy him is the one that began when four friends went into the woods for some fun.
The Dead Pond
Sunshine Sam’s was the hottest joint on the Jersey Shore. The rich and powerful partied side by side with bus drivers and soda jerks, all of them moving to the outlaw music called “rock and roll.” To Marty, a poor kid from a farm town, Sunshine Sam’s was more than just a playground. It was the only school he would ever need.
Then one day, Sunshine Sam’s closed it’s doors. Nobody knew why.
Fifty years later, Marty has returned to the Jersey Shore. Now an old man, he is the only one left who knows the secrets of Sunshine Sam’s. The spilled blood and broken dreams follow him around like ghosts. Gorgeous women. Jealous boyfriends. Mafia bosses. The skinny kid survived them all, and today is the day Marty tells the story. (This story was originally published as a standalone.)
Tina and the Big Bad Wolf
Tina is a good stripper, but she has plans. Taking sports bets off her regulars seemed like the perfect way to make some real money. Of course, a petite young woman in a g-string just isn’t intimidating enough to make the troublesome customers cough up the cash, so Tina gets her ex-boyfriend, Joshua, to help her out. In one night, the two of them will try to collect on Tina’s debts without driving one another crazy. (This story was originally published as a standalone.)
The Tarleton Way
Alexander has noticed strange things occurring in the park near his house. Odd people are going in and out of the woods at all hours, driving big trucks and acting in ways Alexander doesn’t understand. That park is the scene of his favorite memories, when his young family had their happiest days. It is also, Alexander hopes, a gift to the future of Tarleton, his struggling hometown.
Things get stranger when Alexander gets a knock on the door from Bobby, a kid from the neighborhood who has returned from an absence of almost thirty years. Now a grown man, Bobby assures Alexander that everything is fine. It’s all being done “the Tarleton way,” under the code of conduct which Alexander and the old folks taught the kids when they were young.
But Alexander is right to worry. In fact, the old man is about to learn that the park, and the past, contain more than he could ever guess. (This story was originally published on the author’s website.)