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Daily Deals: Hardboiled detective and a legend of a man

Amazon’s Gold Box Deal is a collection of past Kindle Daily Deals between .99 cents and $2.99.  You may want to check it out to see if you’ve missed anything good.

Trace by Warren B. MurphyTrace by Warren Murphy. $ .99

From the Jacket Copy:

Devlin Tracy is a very good insurance investigator in a profession that rewards success. He lives in a luxury condo on the Las Vegas Strip and only works when he feels like it. He also drinks vodka by the pint, cracks wise to damn-near everyone, and has what can charitably be described as a complicated relationship with his girlfriend. None of that matters to the Garrison Fidelity Insurance Company. They’re interested in results. Which is why they keep Trace on retainer.

Problem: A patient at a private clinic died, shortly after making his doctor the beneficiary of his insurance policy. Suspicious. Now a wealthy friend of the Garrison Fidelity is a patient at the same private clinic, and he isn’t doing well. Troubling. Solution: Send Trace, who has a natural way of shaking things up. On the surface everyone’s friendly and nothing points to murder, fraud or larceny. A late-night beatdown from two masked thugs sends a very different message, however, and tells Trace that he’s onto something. If only he could figure out what he’s onto.

Trace is the first in a series of suspense novels featuring the charmingly hardboiled insurance investigator.

Originally published through Penguin in 1983, this book was a 1984 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Paperback and 1984 Shamus Finalist Award for Best Paperback. When Elephants Forget and And 47 Miles of Rope are $2.99 a piece and feature Devlin Tracy.

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Wildest Heart by Rosemary RogersWildest Hearts by Rosemary Rogers. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Rosemary Rogers’s romances are known for their breathtaking pace, exotic locales, violent passions and unforgettable characters. Rowena Dangerfield is the sensual, headstrong and scandalously independent granddaughter of the British governor of a province in India. After his death, she travels to England and then to New Mexico to lay claim to her inheritance. There she discovers an affinity with the wild, untamed frontier and meets Lucas Cord, a devastatingly handsome half-Apache renegade outlaw. When Lucas encounters the beautiful Rowena he knows he must win her, and not even the treachery of desperate enemies can stop him…

PW calls this Rogers “unpolished latest.” Ouch. It’s an epic romance and PW suggests that it is truly a bodice ripper as nearly every romantic encounter with a male reads like an assault. “The plot, meanwhile, moves in fits and starts, and many pages are eaten up with atrocious dialogue (“Listen, you stubborn, bad-natured female! When are you going to realize I want you?”). If you read only one doorstop romance this summer, don’t make it this one.”

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God is an Englishman by R. DelderfieldGod is an Englishman by R. Delderfield. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From master author R. F. Delderfield, the first in the beloved classic God Is an Englishman series.

The first novel in the epic God Is an Englishman series, this book is a stirring saga of England in the 19th century, as the Industrial Revolution takes hold, forever changing the landscape of England and her people.

Adam Swann, scion of an army family, returns home in 1858 after service with Her Majesty’s army in the Crimea and India, determined to build his fortune in the dog-eat-dog world of Victorian commerce. Swann is soon captivated by Henrietta, the high-spirited daughter of a local mill owner. As Swann works to build his name, he and Henrietta share adventures, reversal, and fortune.

A beloved novel by a beloved author, God Is an Englishman is a treasure both for Delderfield fans and the growing legion of fans of historical fiction.

I picked this one because the title is awesome. One review says that it is boring. “Endless details about carting routes throughout England” but I think that if you get this book, you want it for the endless details about England.

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Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee JonesLegend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:


One of an army of human soldiers injected with alien DNA, Michael is a legend within this new race, split between good and evil. Untamable, he has walked on the dark side and returned to the light. Feared and misunderstood, he leaves everything behind, including the one woman destined to be his mate.


Cassandra holds the key to Michael’s power, and his pain. With loyalties divided and against insurmountable odds, Cassandra’s heart propels her to Michael’s side-but can her love do anything but destroy him…

No ordinary woman can control a creature such as Michael, and only one thing is clear-the world will never be the same…

I’ve wanted to read this book for some time. I can’t remember why I didn’t, but the sale jogged my memory. I’m moving it up my TBR list.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Janine
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 13:07:14

    PW calls this Rogers “unpolished latest.”

    Huh? I read this book almost 30 years ago. It was published in the seventies or early eighties.

  2. Sarina
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 14:52:04


    She’s right — first published in 1974 ( )

  3. Kaetrin
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 23:34:32

    I thought the blurb sounded familiar. I think I read it when I was about 15.

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