Clocktower Books

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Clocktower Books is the world's first true digital publisher of complete (novel length), proprietary (not public domain) books online for download. We started publishing in April 1996. We innovatively published our novels in weekly serial chapers, 1996-1997. The first such novels were John Argo's This Shoal of Space and Pioneers (both SF) and John Argo's Neon Blue (suspense). More info about this at the Museum pages of Clocktower Books (http://www.clocktowerbooks.com/). A small press with big ideas, in the best U.S. traditions, we stay at the pioneering edge of an exciting new industry.

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Stop By: A Traditional Love Story for the 21st Century
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Pre-release—available November 1, 2014. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,610. Language: English. Published by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Stop By is a sentimental story, as powerful and emotionally sweeping as it is simple and elegant. Author pointedly avoided vulgarity, sex, and violence to bring you a far better story that is unique--a classic for our time, memorable and clean, that will make you feel misty and engaged. The love story totally dominates, on a suspenseful arc to an uplifting, satisfying ending. Preorder@half price.
Runners: Escape Prison World or Die - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,710. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
A man and a woman, strangers, escape from separate POW camps on an alien world and fight their way to a forbidden jungle island where other renegade humans are making a stand against the alien Kaarrk Swarm. Kion and Amela become partners - and pawns - in a galaxy-wide war waged by an inhuman enemy. Can they find their way home to loved ones, through a lost Time Train portal (#1 of planned trilogy)
Robinson Crusoe 1,000,000 A.D. - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,100. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Alex Kirk, the last human, is a clone of a man who died a million years ago. Mankind is long extinct. Alone like no human before him, Alex must survive and find meaning on a strange new earth full of savage and dangerous wonders. Is there a woman Friday? or is he doomed to live and die in silence and solitude? A smudge near the moon one night starts to unveil terrifying but wonderful answers.
Lantern Road - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,580. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A human slave and a beautiful humansh princess on galactic fungal treasure planet Oba, (like feudal Japan) fall into forbidden love, danger, and death. Jory escapes in a hostile galaxy where secret forces work to restore a lost human empire. Jory's genetic gift as astropath makes him a navigator among the stars, a lantern road full of surprises - a rebirth of life and love we never see coming.
Mars the Divine - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,500. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Holy Mother Mars' climate is failing. Can young monk Farr save the world by finding the long-lost oceans of Mars? Wild-eyed heretic Shan's murder sends Farr on a voyage of discovery in the Temporale and distant time with military priestesses Trinity and Singularity. Evading cruel dukes and brutal soldiers, they meet H.G. Wells in Victorian London, on a Time Train system built by long-ago aliens.
This Shoal of Space - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 137,680. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A small California coastal town is haunted by an alien invasion from 100 million years ago. Eager young obit writer Zoe Calla, mom of a very sick boy, wants to become a star reporter. Her big break - a series of hidden murders at the zoo. An interstellar eel with an enigmatic mission lives in her brain, and she falls in love with curator Roger Chatfield. What could be simpler or more delightful?
Pioneers - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,540. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
25 light years from dying Earth, a lush, earth-like world emits thriving starport signals. Paul and Licia (lovers, among the six last surviving humans) make a desperate journey; but find only blue-skinned barbarians and enigmatic ruins; stone age villagers with dim cultural memories of star flight. In an ancient, long sealed mound on a plain lie answers to questions nobody ever thought to ask.
Nebula Express - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,670. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Motto of a lone, crippled starship hurtling in deep space: “Nothing is right near the speed of light.” Not the ship, not the mission, nor its people. Ridge and Brenna are drawn to each other in a powerful passion that defies the deadly madness all around--yet their love, too, is a symptom of all that’s wrong aboard Nebula Express. Evokes Ridley Scott’s Alien but scarier, even more thoughtful.
Monopol City - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,200. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
West Gotha citizen Tedda committed a terrible crime she can't remember. Her memories of the crime, and the love affair that led to it, were wiped. Did she have an affair with the handsome East Gotha spy, Captain Alton Hedrock, her nation’s top enemy? On the run for her life, the world is at stake. Compare virtual reality stories The Matrix, 13th Floor, Inception, John Argo's This Shoal of Space.
Time Train - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,120. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Agent Joe ‘Mack’ Mackinson’s nightmare adventure starts on a lone San Diego desert stakeout. He hopes to snare a Baja drug lord. Instead, he stumbles on a battle between rival UFO agents from the far future, is forced into service under the tyranny of Amerika's Great Shepherd in a neo-Orwellian 2084, and fights to save Carly, the love of his life. Paranoid, philosophical SF thriller for our time.
Doom Spore - Empire of Time
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Series: Empire of Time. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,220. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Doom Spore is chilling, delicious science horror in the summer movie tradition of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. From deep in the Peruvian jungle comes the Offensor spore, courtesy Big Pharma, who lose controlbut keep the nightmare secret. First San Diego, then the world - humans turn into alien spore carriers seeking the next victim. Heroic Lt Linsey Simon leads desperate human defense action.
Vanished Flight 777: A Suspense Thriller and Thought Experiment Based on the True Disappearance of Flight 370 in March 2014
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,570. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
John T. Cullen, scholar and U.S. Army veteran, crafts a rousing thriller that's also a plausible thought experiment. He suggests the missing Flight 370 was hijacked by Islamic terrorists, is being weaponized, and will be used against a horrifying target to outdo 9/11. It's the anniversary of bin Laden's capture, and the terrorists like to use transport methods (eg, planes-MH370) for their crimes
The Christmas Clock, or: Time's River of Dust
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,580. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ray Bradbury sent John T. Cullen a personal note in 2008, thanking him for writing a dark holiday fantasy worthy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, or of Ray Bradbury's macabre yet heartwarming tales. Arthur Latchloose, a miserable, wealthy old banker, has everything--but has nobody. A modern genie with a cell phone, and a wondrous clock made for the Sun King, turn his world upside down.
Doctor Night
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 137,440. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2013 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
An orbital sniper satellite designed to assassinate world leaders is hijacked by world terrorism broker Doctor Night and used for global blackmail. Langley sends in Jack Gray, premier 21st Century American agent of last resort. Jack is a lover and a fighter touched by earlier tragedy. Love awaits in secret, but dare he involve lovely Molly Grace in his dangerous life as he tackles Doctor Night?
Ghosts in the City #2: To The Ends of The Earth (A Halloween Tale)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,180. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2013 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Here's a Halloween special from the Neitherworld, about the Ghosts in the City. A bloody murder, on a long ago Oct. 31, sends ripples down the long & short of time. Ray and Lolo drift apart, each to a lost love. While discovering an alternative, loyal version of his beloved Tamsin who had been cheating on him, Ray hunts a killer to the ends of the world
Ghosts in the City #1: Ray and Lolo
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2013 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In this first tale in the series, we plunge into the Neitherworld, a *while* between time and eternity. We witness the murders of Ray and Lolo, and how they become friends. Ray's living ex has married his best friend, with whom she was having an affair before Ray died, but Lolo cheers him up. The Neitherworld is rich with ghostly people--and sometimes terrifying, but always fascinating events.
Autumn of the Republic: The Generals of October, 20th Anniversary Edition
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,770. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A suspense thriller that makes us think. Article V in the US Constitution lets us hold a convention and revise or throw out the Constitution. Two young Army officers (David and Tory) discover each other while investigating a plot to seize the government. Updates Seven Days in May and other great political thrillers with action, passion, and a plausible crisis out of tomorrow's scary headlines.
The Sibyl's Urn
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 111,160. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Welcome to a mythological dream time in which nothing quite makes sense, yet everything has a logic of its own. Powerful goddesses linger behind curtains--one brushes her fingertips over your eyes, laden with an opiate like bee pollen on a summer's day. This is a fantasy, pieced together by late lamplight from author notes and studies of ancient Rome. Odd spirits keep knocking the inkwell over...
Have Blue
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,730. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
When a man loves an airplane, it's a matter of calculations. When a man loves a woman, everything is up in the air. Paul Owens, in the early 1970s, found an obscure Soviet technical journal—and an inspiration that would save the Free World (based on true history). Paul also falls in love with a beautiful, intelligent young widow named Marsha Kassner, 32, who moves next door with her son Peter, 9.
Night Shots
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,550. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Six atmospheric, suspenseful Night Shots stories with a classic crackle of mystery, a sting of gun smoke, a stifled scream in the night, a page-turning What Happens Next? Not stories for the light of reading or those scared of the dark. Murder is not fun or cozy or an abstract puzzle. Crime is real--but the night is full of strangely spicy, exhilarating moments for prowling animals--and humans.
Strange Doors
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,680. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Clocktower Books presents twelve tales of the weird and chilling. Each dramatic story involves ordinary men and women confronted by things unimaginable, in this world or some other--behind Strange Doors.
Adventures Beyond Time & Space
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,190. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Nine thrilling stories with classic SF Sense of Wonder--each a glimpse into John Argo's sprawling future history, and his vision of boundless time and space in which mankind plays a wondrous role. Meet a dying alien basilica, a planet named Magic, a heroic woman (part cat) fighting for a helium drive after the apocalypse, a far-future harp containing the ghost of a long-dead stewardess...and more.
Neon Blue
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,230. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
In this steamy suspense novel, DEA agent Laurel 'Blue' Humboldt must unravel not only the deadly secrets of an international drug cartel, but also the tender love triangle in which she she's tangled. Does she care more for lovely Chinese-American detective Martha Yee, or handsome millionaire John Connor? She can't think too long, because the cartel's assassin is closing in for slasher-killing.
The Spy's Daughter
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 172,670. Language: American English. Published: July 28, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
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A wealthy French countess has lived a wild life. Now 45, she starts a global, driven search for her lost,mysterious parents and her identity. Her father, who disappeared in 1945, was a dashing, heroic U.S. Naval officer. Her mother was a tragic figure who may have been a triple agent. Stalin used the two women to lure Marianne's father to Siberia, to kill him in revenge for denying him the a-bomb.
The Write Way to Murder
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,030. Language: American English. Published: July 23, 2012 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Marlene Dreyfus, expert technical writer for a cutting-edge Phoenix aerospace firm, is drawn into a maelstrom of terror when her colleague Sam Garfield is found dead in a company hallway. Covered in blood, Sam has a huge knife sticking in his back. Suspects abound, and the clock is ticking. With so many baffling leads and dead ends, Marlene must find the killer before he (or she) strikes again.
Tales of the Raven
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Tales of the Raven (three long, linked stories) is a subset of a series of novels and tales by acclaimed author Deborah Cannon, whose overall series title is The Raven Chronicles. The Raven is a shaman or sorcerer living among the Northwest Coast people of North America (U.S. and Canada) thousands of years ago, but his magic transcends time and space to touch our world today as well as his own.
Rx Alibi (3rd Book in the Pharmacy Sleuth Trilogy)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,460. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Andrea Felder is murdered, pharmacist Ruthie Kantor Morris discovers a prescription drug the police have overlooked. Does it pinpoint the killer or is it a false lead? Suspects include Ruthie's best friend, Denise, and the mysterious Tony--Denise's abusive former boyfriend. Ruthie faces a hostage confrontation at the supermarket pharmacy, which leads her to an even more terrifying situation.
Deadly Rx (2nd Book in the Pharmacy Sleuth Trilogy)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,360. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Did pharmacist Ruthie Kantor Morris make a fatal mistake in filling a teenage girl's prescription or did someone else substitute the blood-thinning medication? Convinced she made no error, the Arizona pharmacist must uncover what really happened to Amy Brookman and restore her professional reputation. As she unearths myriad Brookman family secrets, she faces mortal danger.
Rx for Murder (1st Book in the Pharmacy Sleuth Trilogy)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,710. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Why did his prescription records convince pharmacist Ruthie Kantor Morris that Harry Stokes's death was murder? As family members demand the records from Ruthie, suspicion shifts from the victim's young wife to the pharmacist herself. Ruthie must unmask the murderer--or become the next victim. An authentic behind-the-scenes at pharmacy with a clever, cozy-mystery heroine.
The Paris Gun of 1918
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,810. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » World
A technological marvel, it was also a super-weapon of terror. The Kaiser Cannon of 1918 terrorized Paris during Germany's last desperate campaign to win World War I. The Paris Gun was a marvel of technology. It required astronomers, geographers, physicists, chemists, and other scientific experts to launch each 210-pound shot at Paris from behind German lines--a range of 80 miles (130 km).
Virginal Huntress-Warrior: Her Undying Ice Age Cult
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,200. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » Civilization
Fierce, beautiful, and untouchable, she still today brings with her a breath of Ice Age mystery. With minor variations, she is Athena, Joan of Arc, Marianne of the Barricades, and Rosie the Riveter. We tie together evidence from the Ice Ages through ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, right up to modern times, showing that her cult has been around as long as mankind, and endures today.
The God Page
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,820. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
From the archaic period through the end of her Western empire, Rome was a continuum of three great modalities uniting all faiths. This personal essay looks impartially at the three modalities, and offers a final, surprising modality for modern times. Takes no sectarian sides--readers of all persuasions are welcome. Only the intolerant will be offended. Seekers will have a feast.
Crisis Among The Stars: Coming Shift in Cosmology
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,990. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Cosmos
With a lively history of cosmology, here is a dramatic new conjecture to explain dark matter, dark energy, and the accelerating expansion of the universe. Just 90 years ago, the great debate was still about the sun as center of the universe, which was just the Milky Way. In the 1920s, E. Hubble proved there are myriad galaxies in an unimaginably vast universe. Time for a new paradigm shift...
Sator Enigma: Ancient Roman Mystery Solved
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,990. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » Civilization
For centuries, scholars have been baffled by a mysterious inscription found in ruins across the Roman Empire: at a military headquarters in Syria, a sport complex in Pompeii, two British colonial towns… it must have been a saying or a spell of extraordinary importance in the Roman world. At last, the mystery is solved--and the solution is more meaningful (even today) than anyone imagined.
Holocene Mysteries
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,690. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » Natural history
We live in a geological epoch called the Holocene, which begins 10,000 years ago as the last great glaciers melt away, and with them the 2.58 million years of the Pleistocene fade. But humans only started keeping written records about 5,000 years ago. What happened during that long twilight in the first half of the Holocene? Mute testimonials include Stonehenge, Nebra Sky Disk, and much more...
Our Next Ice Age: Tomorrow
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,540. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Meteorology and Climate
There is no doubt that the Earth is warming up. The only question is: how much of it is part of nature's cycles, and how much is man-caused? But there are startling, counter-intuitive theories today, one of which suggests that global warming will actually cause a new ice age. Not only that, but an even newer hypothesis suggests the cold snap could hit very fast, once the trigger is pulled.
Lethal Journey
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,480. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Based on the famous, true world-class mystery and ghost story set in Coronado, California. The Beautiful Stranger was a young woman who died a violent and mysterious death in 1892, amid rumors of dark crimes and infidelities involving men in high places. She is the famous ghost who haunts the U.S. National Landmark Hotel del Coronado, near San Diego. Kings and presidents figure at the periphery.
Dead Move & Lethal Journey (3rd Edition -120th Anniversary Double - Two Books in One) Kate Morgan and the Haunting Mystery of Coronado
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,140. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2011 by Clocktower Books. Category: Nonfiction » True Crime » Assassinations and Conspiracies
The Beautiful Stranger died a violent and mysterious death in 1892, at the U.S. National Landmark Hotel del Coronado near San Diego. She is the famous ghost that haunts the hotel to this day. She registered under a false name on Thanksgiving Day 1892 and died of a gunshot 5 days later. The mystery has never been solved--until now, in this book. Now includes Lethal Journey (novel; dramatization).


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