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Fourplay, Volume 4 of the Cleary Case Files

“In the fourth book of the Cleary Case Files series, Clark (Third Breath, 2014, etc.) brings back FBI Special Agent Shawn Cleary in a gripping blend of terrorism, serial killers, and even a little romance… A well-crafted thriller that manages to be both timely and timeless.” – Kirkus Reviews

This is the one you’ve been waiting for!!

FBI Agent Shawn Cleary has hunted twin serial killers Trevor and Mitchell Gant since the series began. Their final chess match involves multiple moves as it careens toward a heart-stopping confrontation.

Fourplay, Book Four of the Cleary Case Files, finds FBI Agent Shawn Cleary acting as both guardian and foil. Twin serial killers Trevor and Mitchell Gant have framed her, killed her grandmother, and stalked everyone she cares about with a vow to save her for last.

As Mitchell’s murder trial finally begins, Trevor lurks in the shadows doing everything he can to spring his brother. Nothing is off the table; hiring mercenaries to kidnap children, killing FBI agents, or tampering with the jury. The endgame for Mitchell leaves everyone stunned.

Terrorist threats and the ensuing chaos nearly overwhelm Shawn as she pursues perpetrators from Washington, D.C. to California and finally Alaska. Shawn and her cohorts rush to the scene of a cruise ship attack where the raging fires and climbing death toll create the perfect diversion for Trevor’s checkmate ploy that Shawn can’t possibly anticipate.

“Clark’s greatest gift to readers is her breakneck pacing, which keeps the narrative flying along…it zigs and zags along the way, taking unexpected turns…She doesn’t give short shrift to characterization, though, especially of Shawn, who cares deeply for those she loves while also being a tough agent near the top of her field…A well-crafted thriller that manages to be both timely and timeless.”Kirkus Reviews

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The Cleary Case Files Series

Volume 1: First, Kill All The Lawyers

“… a roller coaster ride through goodness and evil … this is a legal thriller with the accent on thriller … if you like Grisham and Patterson type novels, then get this …

FBI agent Shawn Cleary realizes a cunning killer has taken Shakespeare’s advice literally as the body count of poisoned lawyers rises. Shawn must find a way to work with Sgt. Ed Pulaski of the Washington, D.C. Police Department, who usually works alone because of his irascible personality.

Shawn’s romantic interest and her many relatives lend a humanizing touch to the revelations of dirty politics allowing character development to drive the story. As the evidence begins to implicate Shawn in an elaborate conspiracy perpetrated by a surprising source, Shawn is forced to flee to prove her innocence.

Pulaski is conflicted by an underlying feeling of respect for Shawn and must choose between helping her or her pursuers. The shocking climax occurs at a historic theater, where Shawn confronts an evil enemy while Pulaski wonders if he made the right choice.

Volume 2:Two Kill Again

” … once again, it’s another heart pounding, guessing game that makes me think of what the true definition of the entire thriller genre really is … “

Camping will never be the same! The National Park Slasher’s multiple victims are scattered across the country, adding to the fear that nobody is safe. FBI Agent Shawn Cleary pursues the ruthless killer through some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable to end the nightmare.

This follow up novel further develops Shawn as a complex character with a more empathetic side when she uses her skills as a psychologist to help a horribly injured child recover her memories and identify the killer. Pulaski reveals his softer side as he becomes involved in the newest case from a direction nobody would ever suspect.

Shawn sifts through false clues until a startling discovery after a horrific attack in Yosemite sends her to Glacier National Park with the knowledge that the attacks are more personal than she could have believed. Amid blizzard conditions, Shawn leads her wary team to the treacherous, snow covered trails of Glacier for a stunning confrontation.

Volume 3:Third Breath

” … great plot, vivid characters and unexpected twists and turns … the conclusion is as exciting as it is surprising … Great Read! Can’t wait for the next one… “

Ebola outbreaks occupy the headlines, but the Superbugs created by a monster could be the cause of the next pandemic. Dr. Jamie Carpenter, enlisted by FBI Agent Shawn Cleary, agrees to an undercover assignment to discover the identity of a mass murderer whose goal is death on a global scale.

Meanwhile, Shawn is trying to convince her associates that recent suicides are the result of a criminal conspiracy. She theorizes that a splinter group is mimicking the NSA’s eavesdropping, identifying would be criminals, and cleverly eliminating them. The self-named Patronus prevents a massacre and declares society as its client.

The disparate cases are merged with Cleary acting as a mentor to Carpenter, trying to keep her focused on their common goals-find the perpetrators and prevent a pandemic. The novel races to a surprising conclusion tempting the reader to scan the chapters a second time looking for missed clues.

Now! For a Limited Time! The First Three Full Length Novels in the Cleary Case Files Series!

Volume 1-3 of the Cleary Case Files follows FBI Agent Shawn Cleary as she pursues killers with disparate motives, methods, and signatures. There are no cliffhangers, but there is so much character development in each succeeding volume that reading them in order would enhance the experience.

More books by Patricia Clark

Shooting Star is first and foremost the story of a woman trying to reclaim her shattered identity. Joal Jacoby has an enviable life; a loving husband, a doting mother, a caring boss and best friend. One phone call unravels that tidy world when she is summoned to the bedside of her critically ill mother, whose dying declaration stuns her. She is the adopted daughter of a murdered prostitute with an entire family she’s never met. Only by uncovering the essential truths about the mother she never knew can she put some kind of stability back into her life. These are richly drawn characters who weave an intricate plot from a sleepy town in Indiana to the energy of Vietnam. The desperation of some of the unsavory characters drives the narrative to its inevitable conclusion. Joal puts her life back on track by solving a murder and claiming her place in a family she never knew existed.

Worse Than Being Alone is a riveting tale involving multiple cons, a vicious murder, romance, betrayal, and escape as it vividly explores just how far all of us are prepared to go to avoid being alone. Kitty and Roni are building their fledgling agency by following workers’ comp cheats. Every PI’s dream of catching real criminals seems to be coming true when they begin to suspect one of their targets is engaged in more nefarious activities than just a bogus comp claim. Their cat and mouse game gets twisted when they realize they are the ones being stalked. Surprises abound as Kitty and Roni break up a sex slave ring, thwart a bank robbery, nab a shoplifter, and document a Black Widow’s treachery. A sudden death leaves them stunned as they second-guess their activities, forcing them to confront a murderer.