At fifteen, Jes is no stranger to being the new kid. She’s never stayed in one town long enough to make a true friend. When the latest move lands them in her adopted mom’s hometown, her life quickly becomes a series of lies.No one can know about the people who abandoned her. Or how she’s starting to remember that night. Then there’s the guy she’s falling for, off-limits for more than one reason…
Jes pushes everyone away until she meets a strange new student with secrets of his own. He’s searching for a missing girl who just might be her. As Jes will learn, truth comes at a cost, but will she give up love to find out?
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On a cold December morning in New York City, a man is found dead in Central Park. There are no knife or gunshot wounds to his body and no signs of violence. But beside the body is a box containing a cracked vial. Suspecting he died from some sort of biological attack, a lab team screen the body.
What they find is deeply unsettling and terrifying.
Seven months after he left the ARU, Sam Archer is now a 3rd Grade Detective in the NYPD’s Counter Terrorism Bureau. However, not everything has gone as expected. Most of his new squad have welcomed him. Others haven’t. But when he and the rest of his team are called in urgently and told of the situation all personal differences need to be put aside. It’s been confirmed the man in Central Park was killed by an unknown strain of a toxic pneumonic virus. Once inhaled, there is no chance of survival. The victim dies quickly, violently and in agonising pain. There is no antidote. No one knows where it has come from, who planted it in the Park and why. No ransom demands or threats have been received. Archer and his team are ordered to find out who was responsible, and to locate and secure any other strains of the virus that may exist.
However, they are already almost out of time.
Someone is intending to release more of the virus into the city within the next ninety minutes.
As they desperately search for answers, Archer and the rest of his team quickly discover that the cracked vial in the Park was just the start. They are also not alone in wanting to get their hands on the virus. There are others, people with far more sinister motives who are desperate to acquire the virus and who will kill anyone who gets in their way.
As people around him start going down, Archer must battle to stay one step ahead in the race to find the toxic weapon before it is used again. When he and his team finally realise the full horrifying extent of what they’re dealing with and the potentially devastating effects of its release, Archer must do everything he possibly can to stay alive and secure the lethal virus before many more people die.
However, he is already too late.
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A beautiful, young district attorney tumbles from her balcony to her death.
Police suspect suicide, but the DA’s sister, newspaper reporter Samantha Church, isn’t buying it.
Samantha discovers evidence linking her sister to a drug smuggling case and quickly learns she has stumbled onto a major news story. She must summon the courage to not only face a cartel of criminals, but her own fears and shortcomings when she is confronted by the inescapable specter of a far greater enemy—her addiction to alcohol. Samantha’s dependency has not only cost her job at a major metropolitan daily, but, worse, custody of her daughter, April.
Samantha pursues her sister’s killers, maneuvering through a minefield of intrigue deliberately set out to divert her from the truth. Despite being betrayed, physically beaten and facing the possibility of sharing her sister’s fate, Samantha refuses to stop her investigation. However, when the killers threaten to harm April, Samantha realizes that, for her daughter’s sake, she can no longer continue the investigation on her own. She knows she must swallow her pride and turn to her ex-husband and police detective, Jonathan Church, for help.
Can Samantha ultimately prevail—find her sister’s killer, write the story of her career, confront her drinking problem, and finally begin to change her life, or will she and April become the killer’s next victims?