-Publishers Weekly



Clinical psychologist Tony Hill has had a good run. He and detective Carol Jordan have put away scores of dangerous criminals at a rate that colleagues envy. But there is one serial killer who has shaped and defined their careers, and whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, ex-celebrity and sociopath whose brilliance and utter lack of remorse have never left Tony’s mind in the ten years since his imprisonment. Now Jacko has escaped from prison—even more twisted and cunning than before, and focused on wreaking revenge on Tony and Carol for his years spent in prison.


Tony and Carol have spent their careers protecting others, but now they’ll need all of the resources at their disposal to keep themselves out of harm’s way.







Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Val recommends:



[Editor's Note: Gods and Beasts is available for pre-order now]



NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Val McDermid” to download her bestselling thrillers.


by Francesde1st on ‎09-21-2012 07:55 AM

Thank you for the freebies!

by spec on ‎09-21-2012 08:01 AM
Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Contemporary Fiction
Fragments: Elena Ferrante on Writing, Reading, and Anonymity by Elena Ferrante

Cooking, Food & Wine
Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Slow Cooker Recipes by Gooseberry Patch

Love and War by Patricia Hagan
Love's Rescue by Tammy Barley
Dragon's Kiss (Shadow of the Dragon, Book One) by Tielle St. Clare

Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community by Gil L. Robertson IV

Mystery & Thrillers
Personal Demons: Book One in The Jake Helman Files Series by Gregory Lamberson

Religious Fiction
Springtime of the Spirit (Great War Series #3) by Maureen Lang
The Covenant (Abram's Daughters Series #1) by Beverly Lewis
The Big 5-OH! by Sandra D. Bricker
The Dead Saint by Marilyn Brown Oden
The Fence My Father Built by Linda S. Clare
Griselda Takes Flight: A Novel of Bright's Pond by Joyce Magnin
A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman

Business & Investing
FranklinCovey Style Guide: For Business and Technical Communication by Stephen R. Covey
Power of Communication,The: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively by Helio Fred Garcia
Buy and Hedge: The 5 Iron Rules for Investing Over the Long Term by Jay Pestrichelli, Wayne Ferbert
The Truth About Successful Entrepreneurship (Collection) by Michael D. Solomon, Donna Heckler, Brian D. Till, Bruce Barringer
Investing with Volume Analysis: Identify, Follow, and Profit from Trends by Buff Pelz Dormeier
Improve Your Business Communication (Collection) by Natalie Canavor, Claire Meirowitz, Terry J. Fadem, Jerry Weissman
15 Expert Lessons for Retirement Planning (Collection) by FT Press Delivers, Trent A. Hamm, Liz Weston, Bonnie Kirchner, Steve Weisman

Sex Traders (Sex Slaves Series #1) by Lorie O'Clare


Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by Eros-Ashima on ‎09-21-2012 08:02 AM

Wow, Jeremy! B&N really hit it out of the ballpark on this freebie! One of my favorite authors! Thank you for this early Christmas present and thanks also to all who post free books here. I love my Nook Color and recommend it to everyone I can.

by SamZzz on ‎09-21-2012 08:02 AM

:smileyhappy: Another download for my Nook! Thanks so much for the Free Friday selections! I've missed way too many of these, but I now have a reminder on my calendar at work so I don't miss another! Just another reason by Barnes & Noble ROCKS and makes me glad to have picked Nook over Kindle.

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎09-21-2012 08:04 AM

I love crime thrillers and have never read any of Val McDermid's books, so this is an excellent choice this week for me!  Although it is #7 in the Hill/Jordan series, according to the reviews I have read, the author quickly gets you in the loop, so not having read any of the series doesn't seem to be an issue at all.


Thanks Jeremy and B&N!:smileyvery-happy:

by bwildwoman3 on ‎09-21-2012 08:04 AM

Thank you for free fridays! It has really opened up my world of reading!


by Jude115 on ‎09-21-2012 08:07 AM

Thanks for the Free Fridays and the Recommendations!  Looking forward to reading The Retribution.

by JfroJeff on ‎09-21-2012 08:12 AM

Hey guys sorry I been away, been real busy. Finally got some time to make a list. Enjoy :smileyhappy:




Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon (Orgarlan Saga: Book 1)


A Circle of Iron (Eldernost: Book 1)


A Chunk of Hell


Broken Rule


Another Man's Wife plus 3 Other Tales of Horror


Ashes of Dearen: Book 1


A.S.H.O.S. Eleven: Day One




If Looks Could Kill


A Dream of Death


Murder On The Mind





Sword Bearer




Zombie Island




Discovery Kids Readers: Sharks


Mangoes, Gloves and Coconuts


Teaching Tania - The case of the cat crimewave

by IrishFire on ‎09-21-2012 08:21 AM

Love all the selections!!  Thank you all!!  Have a great Friday!

by jerseygalatheart on ‎09-21-2012 08:25 AM

 Hi everyone. Thanks again for the free books. Sounds good. I have found some free books this week. I hope I found some you don't have already.


A Family Affair Mary Campisi

The Wrecking Crew Mark Chisnell

Under the Olive Tree: A Novella Courtney Miller Santo

Watched  Cindy M. Hogan (YA)

Worlds Unseen Rachel Starr Thomson

A Soldier Reborn Dan McCarty

Iron & Wine Candace Osmond

Green Lake John Raab & Donald Allen Kirch

The Stone Arrow Richard Herley

A Perfect Madness Frank H. Marsh

Motor City Shakedown (Bright and Fletcher) Jonathan Watkinds

Valley of Death, Zombie Trailer Park William Bebb

44 Jools Sinclair





by mikesmartha on ‎09-21-2012 08:25 AM

YES!! My kind of Friday! Thanks all :smileyvery-happy:

by butterflly13 on ‎09-21-2012 08:27 AM

Happy Friday, Nice to see Jeff back.


Heart of Gold  by: Lacy Williams



Chop, Chop    by: L. N.Cronk


Bound   by: Kira Saito


The Vampire Hunters Duaughter  by: Jennifer Malone Wright


All That Was Happy   by: M. M. Wilshire


A Shadow From the Past   by: Sharmila Dey


Capitol Offense  by: Cheryl Bolen


Jennifer's Garden   by: Dianne Venetta


September Story  by: Anna Scott Graham


Someone to Belive in  by: Kathryn Shay


Denver Cereal   by: Claudia Hall Christian


Victoria Gardella  by: Colleen Gleason

by IrishFire on ‎09-21-2012 08:35 AM

Thank you guys and dolls!!!  I love Free Fridays!!

by Baste on ‎09-21-2012 08:36 AM

Thanks Jeremy, Spec, Butterflly13, Jeff, & Jerseygalatheart & any and all others that post list of finds of free books. You all are awesome. Have a great FF everyone and a great reading weekend, enjoy your new books I know I will.

by on ‎09-21-2012 09:00 AM

I found this UF read for free.  I've not read it yet, but did download to check out.


Death's Avatar by SM Reine