Paradise Denied by John L. French is now free on Amazon and Smashwords!
If you haven't picked up John L. French's new book Paradise Denied yet, it's time that you did. John's writing is nothing short of amazing, which is why his stories keep showing up inside our anthologies.
If you've been wondering what you'll find inside Paradise Denied, here's a synopsis for each story:
Fast Eddie’s Big Night Out:
Fast Eddie Cromwell is a thief and junkie willing to give up his supplier in exchange for a new start. But when he gets killed before the deal can be made two cops and a voodoo practicing Medical Examiner try to bring him back only to lose his body.
A New House:
Moving into a new house can be a hassle, even to a vampire. Things get worse when an intruder breaks into his new home.
It’s almost the end of the world – the universe is contracting, the dead have risen and the truly good people have been ascended into heaven. In Baltimore it’s business as usual when a zombie walks into a police station and asks a detective to solve a murder – his.
Effect and Cause:
His was a lousy life but when he was accepted into the Pelgimbly Institute he had a chance to change it, by going back in time to kill his father. The worst that could happen was that he would cease to exist – or so he thought.
Pi in the Sky:
A cop with an idea to better identify criminals. A scientist willing to try it. It should have worked but unconsidered circumstances threaten to destroy everything.
The Right Betrayal:
Having the world’s only superhero protecting their city is not enough for the powers that be. They want to know who she is. When the city’s best cop is assigned to uncover her secret, someone will be betrayed. The only question is who.
A Second Away:
Plucked out of time just before he was killed, Jacob Duffy will always be a second away from death. To maintain his continued existence he must decide whether to preserve time’s continuity or to save an innocent life.
Not Wrong at All:
There’s a new drug on the streets of Baltimore, one that literally gets you high by making you float. Detective Beth Steele’s discovery the source of the drug ignites a violent confrontation that could end in a war between worlds.
So Many Lies, So Many Deaths:
A detective in the world of Fairie must find three missing nobles, without incurring the displeasure of his superiors, the suspects or the victims’ family. If he fails he’ll be demoted and disgraced. If he succeeds his fate might be worse.
Matthew Grace was a crime scene investigator for the BPD. Now he’s a private eye with a new client – Santa Claus. There’s a dead elf at the North Pole. Can Grace solve the murder in time fro Christmas?
The Last Convention:
To the three Baltimore cops at a police convention it sounded like a good idea – have a drink in every bar on Ocean City’s Boardwalk. Until somebody turned up dead. Now they have to solve the murder knowing one of them is the killer.
Tissue of Lies:
When Susan Blake learns that her husband has been cheating on her she pretends to go along. Then she plots to get rid of him. But has she planned well enough to fool everyone?
Ivan Gaider is a Russian agent accused of murder. He’s counting on the American legal system to help him get away with it.
Smith is a killer for hire. When he’s betrayed by a client, he does what’s necessary to avoid a death sentence and to mark his betrayer for vengeance.
Inspired by fictional heroes, Darnell takes to the street to make his city safe again. But he quickly learns that real life is different than books and that all acts of violence have consequences.
What Goes Around:
It’s official park policy that no one dies in Gypsy’s Caravan theme park. As head of security it’s Jake Webster’s job to make sure that that policy is followed, even when one of the park’s guests is murdered. Can he protect the theme park’s reputation and get justice for the victim?
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About the author:
John L. French - a crime scene investigator for the Baltimore Police Crime Lab - has seen more than his share of murders, shootings and serious assaults. As a break from the realities of his job, he writes science fiction, pulp, horror, fantasy, and, of course, crime fiction.
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