The Cosmic Ray Heresy

The Cosmic Ray Heresy

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

"Two mothers asked me who you were at the PeeWee soccer match yesterday, Frank. I just said, 'Oh him? He's a Catholic priest and a physics professor, cosmic rays—that kind of stuff, and is helping a woman detective catch whoever is trying to kill us. He's also my fiancé.' They gave me a strange look. I don't think they'll be inviting Olivia and Joey over for any more play dates."Frank Donnelly is a physics professor at a Philadelphia university and a Catholic priest; a rare combination but not unique. What may be more unusual is that Frank is also married, one of less than a hundred such priests in the United States. When his wife is killed in a tragic accident Frank is left to raise his young daughter alone. Eventually he falls in love with Vicki Meyers, a young widow mystery. As their love grows, and they struggle with the difficulties of raising children as single parents, Frank and Vicki form a "virtual" family and join with other young families in an endless round of soccer matches, birthday parties, and car pooling while Frank uses with a small boy and a teacher in the parish school where Frank is the weekend assistant. The Vatican is not amused at Frank's petition to marry — and that is not his only problem. He has been receiving threatening emails suggesting that he is not a "true" priest and a woman detective investigating the threats discovers similar ones on the computer of a murdered elderly priest. Could Frank and those he loves be in danger? He and the detective team up to find the murderer and presumed author of the emails. In Frank's physics lab a routine student experiment to observe cosmic rays produces an unusual number of tracks but only when Frank is near the apparatus, and only when he is carrying a Holy Communion wafer. As a scientist Frank is reluctant to consider a supernatural explanation and he and an astrophysicist friend conduct experiments to find a physical explanation of the the cosmic ray phenomenon as "ecclesiastical blackmail" to push the Vatican toward an unprecedented concession.
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Candles for the Dead

Candles for the Dead

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

What could have brought such violence on Beth Smallwood, a woman found beaten to death on the steps of a village church? DCI Neil Paget and his partner DS John Tregalles investigate once again, tugging at the loose ends in this complicated case to unravel the intricate web of deceit and deception at work in this seemingly peaceful Shropshire town.
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A Killing Resurrected

A Killing Resurrected

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

The new DCI Neil Paget Mystery - When scribbled notes written by Barry Grant, a troubled teenager who committed suicide thirteen years ago, come to light, DCI Paget and DS Tregalles reopen the investigation into a series of robberies that ended with the vicious killing of two people. But, just before the house where Barry grew up is due to be searched for clues, an attempt is made to burn it down, and it becomes obvious that someone is dead set against the case ever being solved . . .
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Night Fall

Night Fall

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

The discovery of the body of local photographer Billy Travis leads Detective Inspector Neil Paget into one of the most frustrating cases of his career. The dead man had fallen fifty feet from a bridge onto the railway tracks below. The fact that the corpse is bound and gagged, the letter A carved into his forehead means that the death plunge was no accident.Travis having led a quiet, unremarkable life, the motive for the murder remains a mystery. With no physical evidence, no witnesses and no leads to follow, the investigation stonewalls – much to the frustration of Paget’s new boss, Detective Superintendent Amanda Pierce, who has much to prove in her new role.When a second body shows up, Paget must discover what connects the two victims if he is to have any chance of cracking the case.Review"Paget and his team are all characters we enjoy hanging around with, and readers who are meeting them for the first team here will want to grab the earlier books in the series"Booklist on Night Fall“Paget and Pierce achieve a functioning détente in this smoothly plotted, well-written procedural”Publishers Weekly on Night FallAbout the AuthorFrank Smith has always been fascinated by language. He worked as a journalist in many countries before beginning formal academic studies in Australia. This led to a Ph.D. at Harvard University and further world travel researching, lecturing, and writing on thinking and learning. He has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; the University of Toronto; the University of Victoria, British Columbia; and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has published many articles and books.
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Thread of Evidence

Thread of Evidence

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

In Frank Smith's police procedural Thread of Evidence, Shropshire Detective Chief Inspector Neil Paget leads an investigation into the brutal murder of a leading real estate developer. Discovered stabbed to death in his regular suite at the upscale Tudor Hotel, Jim Bolen has many enemies, both personal and professional. Paget and his motley crew of police officers must trace the movements of this multitude of players who benefited from Bolen's death, including a mysterious young woman seen that night running barefoot from the hotel. What they find will show a family in turmoil as well as a controversial business deal in the making, two arenas where it seems everyone wants to make a killing...
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The Cold Hand of Malice

The Cold Hand of Malice

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

A DCI Neil Paget MysteryWhen Laura Holbrook, co-owner of Holbrook Micro-Engineering Labs, is brutally murdered one evening while her womanizing husband is out, and with little more than a few dog hairs as evidence, it is believed that Laura was killed by burglars. But DCI Paget and DS Tregalles suspect otherwise, and suspicion falls on several potential suspects. It is up to Paget and Tregalles to try to find the true killer...
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[DCI Neil Paget 01] - Fatal Flaw

[DCI Neil Paget 01] - Fatal Flaw

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

At Thornton Hill Girls' School in Shropshire, England, most of the students have gone home for Christmas. All but Monica Shaw - and she is discovered dead in her room Christmas Day, an apparent suicide, and the dutiful Detective Chief Inspector Neil Paget is called to the scene. Though there are a few loose ends, there's little real evidence but the fact that Monica seems to have been an unhappy, unloved teen, and the case is closed. Then a second death, a brutal murder-by-pitchfork at the school's adjoining stables, brings Paget to Thornton Hill again. The victim has a false name - and a snapshot of Dr. Andrea McMillan in his wallet. Paget, a widower in his late thirties who has been dating Andrea for the past few months, learns the hard way that nothing about this case is exactly what it seems. Though he can't believe it, his investigation is leading more and more toward the doctor. Then there's a third murder.... **
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Stone Dead

Stone Dead

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

A routine robbery investigation turns into something much more sinister when a corpse is found in the well of a cottage belonging to photographer Peter Foster. Foster fears the body is the ex-husband of his current girlfriend, a model shooting on location in France. Worse, he fears Lisa may have killed him. But Lisa herself has mysteriously disappeared, and the true identity of the corpse adds a strange twist to the already-convoluted crime. A murder has taken place—but who is the victim, and who is the killer? It seems everyone involved knows something, but not enough to piece together an emerging puzzle of love and hate—until a fatal mistake leads Paget to the shocking solution . . . in Frank Smith's Stone Dead.
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In The Shadow of Evil

In The Shadow of Evil

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

A gruesome discovery sets DCI Neil Paget on a collison course with his superiors . . .|When Antonia Halliday is found dead in a barn, her head and neck slashed with an old-fashioned sickle, Paget and Tregalles attend the scene. The victim is from Bromley Manor, the country home of a highly respected family with links to the chief constable, and Chief Superintendent Brock warns Paget to tread carefully. With all the evidence drawing Paget back to the manor, he soon finds himself at odds with his superiors – and the killer is not quite finished yet . .|?Smith?s quick pacing and clever clueing will delight both procedural fans and cold-case bloodhounds? on A Killing Resurrected
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Breaking Point

Breaking Point

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

The new DCI Neil Paget mystery - When DCI Neil Paget and DS Tregalles investigate an apparently standard missing person case, it soon emerges that Mark Newman, an aspiring journalist, was on the trail of a hot story, and now hes disappeared, along with every scrap of potential evidence . . . But as bodies start to pile up, Paget is struggling to keep his mind on the job, given the erratic behaviour and unexplained absences of his new live-in lover . . .From Publishers WeeklyDCI Neil Paget investigates a missing-persons case in this workmanlike entry in Smith's police procedural series (Acts of Vengeance, etc.). Mark Newman, a jack-of-all-trades who aspires to be a journalist, vanishes after a covert meeting in a generic English pub about a potential story. When Paget learns that Newman's informant, Mickey Doyle, has also disappeared, he concludes that someone attempting to conceal the secret that Doyle stumbled onto has killed them both. Paget's team's efforts soon come closer to the truth than the National Criminal Intelligence Service would like, triggering a jurisdictional dispute that threatens to prevent justice for the missing men. A prologue detailing Newman's failed surveillance of a secluded farmhouse leaves little suspense about his fate. In addition, instead of Paget's uncovering the story Newman was pursuing, an NCIS official simply recounts it to him late in the book. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From BooklistThe latest entry in Smith’s excellent Neil Paget series injects the British police procedural with a real jolt of energy. This time Paget and his team investigate the mysterious disappearance of local handyman and wannabe journalist Mark Newman. When his housemate reports Newman missing, Paget is inclined simply to file a perfunctory “mis-per” report, but when Newman's van is discovered at the bottom of a quarry, and another local man, apparently the last person Newman spoke to before he disappeared, is found dead, Paget knows he has a real case on his hands. After multiple dead ends have been steered around, and just as the case seems about to break wide open, Paget and his team are summarily told to drop their investigation, setting up some genuinely surprising plot twists. In Smith’s talented hands, the procedural formula extends well beyond meticulous description of police work to embrace the kind of plotting pyrotechnics that distinguishes high-concept thrillers. Procedural buffs will find plenty of detail here to please them, but those who enjoy a little Ridley Pearson pizzazz will also be satisfied. --Emily Melton
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Dead Weight

Dead Weight

Frank Smith

Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction & Fantasy

High-flying English Member of Parliament Stephen Lorrimer and his wife Julia are the parents of a bright five-year-old son, Michael, who has severe hearing and speech impediments. Michael is devoted to his carer Justine, and when she disappears he is inconsolable. Julia is quick to report to DCI Neil Paget the girl's failure to return after leaving the house for Sunday service at the local church where she worshipped regularly. Paget and his team try to piece together her movements; but they encounter little hard evidence, and very little in the way of witnesses, so each day that passes without a sighting of the devout and solitary Justine leads to increased fears for her safety.
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