Synopsis … Thump Gun Hitched by Ross Klavan. Payback leads to the unmarked grave. A freak accident forces two L.A. cops to play out a deadly obsession that takes them from back alley payoffs to hard time in prison, then deep into the tunnel networks south of the border to a murderous town that’s only rumored to exist. Before the last shot is fired, everything they thought was certain proves to be a shadow and everything they trusted opens into a trap.
Smoked by Tim O’Mara. Life was so much simpler for our marijuana-selling narrator when all he had to worry about was keeping his customers, wife, and daughter satisfied. Then came the divorce … and the alimony and child support and extra rent. When he forges a reluctant alliance with his wife’s new lover, he realizes there’s lots of money to be made from smuggling cigarettes. With a truckload of untaxed cigarettes, all he has to do is cross the state border and unload his cargo. Unfortunately, his latest shipment contained some illegal automatic weapons. Now he’s playing with big boys and finds the price of the game way over his head.
Twist of Fate by Charles Salzberg. Trish Sullivan, an ambitious TV reporter working a small, upstate New York market, receives a note from Meg Montgomery, a beautiful young woman convicted of murdering her husband and two children. Montgomery claims she’s innocent and Sullivan, smelling a big story that might finally get her on the national radar, investigates and turns up evidence that the woman has, indeed, been framed. What happens next changes the life of both women in unexpected ways.