Crime and Thriller Novels By New York Times Best-selling Author J. Carson Black

View J. Carson Blacks collection of novels and short stories

Flight 12

A man waits in line to board Skyways Airlines Flight 12 to Rome. His eyes are bleak, his fists clenched. The woman behind him has a very bad feeling. … Months before, DPS detective Laura Cardinal investigates the death of a woman in Arizona, and her prime suspect will turn out to be the man on Flight 12.


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Cry Wolf

When pathological liar Sean Perrin is found dead at a canyon trailhead, he leaves behind a string of lies. From violent death in a sordid motel room to a high-end prostitution ring in Las Vegas, DPS Detective Laura Cardinal follows Sean’s trail across a landscape of broken dreams and convincing lies—until she confronts the true evil behind the mask.

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Dark Side of the Moon

When two newlyweds are found murdered at an Arizona campground, Laura Cardinal’s investigation leads to a man who will stop at nothing, to win—even a nuclear option. Still reeling from a tragedy of her own, she is plunged into a high-stakes conspiracy played out against the unforgiving backdrop of the Mojave Desert, where there are no second chances.

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Darkness on the Edge of Town

Mobile devices are a conduit into a child’s life, not just for friends but for those who intend harm. When Laura Cardinal investigates the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl found in a town’s park bandshell, she knows immediately what she’s up against: a cunning sexual predator. But why is she plagued by the abduction of a schoolmate eighteen years earlier?

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The Devil’s Hour

In 1997, the disappearance of three girls rocked Tucson, Arizona. Years later, one of those girls comes home—alive. Detective Laura Cardinal pieces together Micaela’s fragmented memories in hopes of learning the whereabouts of the other two children. But the killer isn’t through yet, and after the fiery death of someone close to her, Laura must face an implacable enemy.

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The Laura Cardinal Novels

A New York Times and USA Today Best Seller

For the first time in one volume, the three novels that introduced J. Carson Black’s remarkable Arizona DPS investigator, Laura Cardinal.



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