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The Reliquary by Larry D. Shackelford

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The Reliquary is the second book of The Keresa Headdress crime fiction/action/adventure/romance series by Larry D. Shackelford

 

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The Reliquary is the sequel to The Keresa Headdress. The fast-paced crime fiction novel takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah. The unique cast of characters from the Keresa Headdress are back, along with new team members, to solve another extraordinary criminal investigation involving fossil theft and a psychotic killer.

FBI Special Agent Karen Adams’ career has flat lined since the exciting Keresa Headdress investigation, where she met Special Agent Marcus “Playboy” McCoy and her fiancé, archaeologist Derek Simms. Karen’s supervisor, Roger Miller has since reassigned her to investigating mundane medical waste, fraud and abuse cases. Karen and Marcus are reunited as unlikely partners when a paleontology team goes missing in the remote Morrison Formation near Richfield, Utah.

The missing persons case quickly escalates into a chilling nightmare that no-one could have expected. Karen and Marcus soon discover the murdered scientists along with missing Allosaurus fossils. The violent killer leaves few leads to pursue, and the team enlists Riley, a local polygamist and nudist, along with heavyset homicide detective, Colin Childs, to assist with the investigation. Marcus continues his “Playboy McCoy” antics until he meets Dr. Lisa Gruber, a paleontologist from the University of Utah who is unlike any woman he has ever met.

Dealing with recent personal issues, Karen finds herself in another professional frustrating situation. Unfortunately, she must risk her own life as another case submerges her into the unimaginable underworld of antiquities theft and the criminally insane.




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author-larry-d-shackelford-pictureThe Reliquary is the second installment to The Keresa Headdress. The fast-paced crime fiction novel takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah. The discovery of pristine remains of an Allosaurus fossil in the Morrison Formation is the highlight of a university paleontology team. Six weeks in to the excavation, they have an unexpected visitor. The professor, Dr. Hernandez senses something is not right with this individual. The excavation site is in a remote area, and not easily accessible. The stranger’s story and peculiar interest in the fossil does not add up. The zany casts of characters from the Keresa Headdress are back, along with new team members, to solve another extraordinary criminal investigation involving fossil theft and a psychotic killer. FBI Special Agent Karen Adams’ career has flat lined since the exciting Keresa Headdress investigation, where she met Special Agent Marcus “Playboy” McCoy. Karen’s supervisor has since reassigned her to investigating mundane medical waste, fraud and abuse cases. Karen and Marcus are reunited as unlikely partners when the paleontology team goes missing. The missing persons case quickly escalates into a chilling nightmare that no-one could have expected. Karen and Marcus soon discover the murdered scientists along with missing Allosaurus fossils. The violent killer leaves few leads to pursue, and the team enlists Riley, a local polygamist and nudist, along with heavyset homicide detective, Colin Childs, to assist with the investigation. Marcus continues his “Playboy McCoy” antics until he meets Dr. Lisa Gruber, a paleontologist from the University of Utah who is unlike any woman he has ever met. But, Marcus can’t shake off a feeling that he is missing something vitally important that would help them bring this case to a close. Dealing with recent personal issues, Karen finds herself in another professional frustrating situation. Unfortunately, she must risk her own life as another case submerges her into the unimaginable underworld of antiquities theft and the criminally insane. As the body count rises, Karen is determined to solve the investigation. “Although The Reliquary is the second book in the series, it doesn’t read like one and can very easily stand-alone. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in thrillers, for this book certainly is one. Well done Shackelford, for another wonderful read.” Amazon.com reviewer.

(Larry D. Shackelford, November 2016)

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The Keresa Headdress by Larry D. Shackelford

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The Keresa Headdress is the first book of the crime/action/adventure/romance series of the same name by Larry D. Shackelford

 

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It’s just a routine case at the FBI’s Salt Lake City offices. The young woman’s boyfriend is missing, possibly dead. Agent Karen Adams thinks he’s probably just out with another woman—but then the Royal Canadian Mounted Police come calling. Why would they care about a wayward addict cheating on his girlfriend in Utah? Soon, Karen is involved in a case like nothing she’s ever seen, navigating through an international criminal network of drugs, sex trafficking, murder, and the black market trade of priceless archaeological relics. Her new partner Marcus “Playboy” McCoy—handsome, charming, and almost unbearably crass—is equal parts help and hindrance as she navigates a seamy underworld in the Utah desert. But she also finds assistance from some unusual sources: a graduate student in archaeology, a dissatisfied sister-wife from a polygamous commune, and an undercover Canadian Mountie. Together they become entangled in the web of international crime and the only way out is to find the most priceless artifact of all: the legendary Keresa Headdress.




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author-larry-d-shackelford-pictureFBI Special Agent Karen Adams career with the FBI has been tenuous at best. Unfortunately, she believes her career has taken an even more undesirable direction when a young, distraught woman visits her Salt Lake City office. The woman’s boyfriend is nowhere to be found, and Karen’s instincts tell her there is more to the story. Her intuition is soon confirmed when she is contacted by an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Why would the RCMP care about the young woman and her addict boyfriend? Unwittingly, Karen is thrust into a case like she has never seen; a criminal network of drugs, sex trafficking, murder, and the black market trade of priceless, irreplaceable archaeological artifacts. To complicate the investigation, she is partnered with Marcus McCoy, a handsome, charming, and unbearably crass agent from the Department of the Interior, to help her navigate the seamy underworld in the Utah desert. Thankfully, she is assisted by Derek, a graduate student in archeology, a disgruntled sister-wife from a polygamous commune and an undercover Canadian Mountie. Together, they become entangled in a web of international crime they could have never imagined. Karen is convinced that the only way to solve the investigation is to find the most priceless artifact of all: the legendary Keresa Headdress. “The Keresa Headdress is a thrilling combination of adventure, a murder mystery, a treasure hunt, and romance.” Amazon.com reviewer.

(Larry D. Shackelford, November 2016)

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FBOM by Michael Bosso

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FBOM is the first book of the Eyes of Justice crime/thriller series by Michael Bosso

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There is no pain like the loss of a child. When that pain can be directed at one group, in the hands of a dark and brilliant zealot, there are no prisoners and no survivors–only a wake of destruction and damnation.

This is the story of one such man, the woman who loves him, the detective who hates him, and the country girl who understands him far too well. Who will come out on top as they clash in the dark and dangerous world of ultra-wealthy scions, mob bosses, and corrupt politicians?

Disclaimer: This is a fast paced, dark, brutal story that may trigger those who have experienced abuse, rape, or violence. If you have … know there are people who care and want to stand by you. If you need help, please see the Appendix for helpful resources.




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Author Michael BossoOn the surface, FBoM is a story of vengeance and redemption. If you delve deeper into the story you realize it’s much more. The lives that have been forever changed due to a moments lack of humanity. The women and families that have been affected by the brutality of a terrifying large percentage of men and how some have chosen to deal with the aftermath.
It is my hope that the story opens a dialogue between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and the understanding that rape is rape in its many different forms. The victims are faultless and at times the perpetrators aren’t even aware they have done wrong. Society has allowed a system that continues to allow males to act irresponsibly, and in many cases cruelly, without regard to what happens to their victims afterwards. It’s time to make them understand… It’s time for the Foundation for the Betterment Of Man to make them pay…

(E. Michael Bosso, September 2016)

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I couldn’t put this book down, I wanted to know what was going to happen next and how the characters would evolve and overcome what was thrown at them. The characters are well rounded and complex having their good and bad sides, overcoming trauma is never easy- be prepared for very strong emotions. The book approaches a very actual problem and it is a very good tool to bring attention to it. As more people get conscious about the issue the closer we will get to an eventual solution. Thank you very much Mr. Bosso for the copy provided.

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