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Nominee for the 2015 Silver Falchion Award



When it comes to murder at a convention of killers, everyone is a suspect.


Husband and wife private investigators Jack and Annie Gardner are very good at their jobs. He's a one-handed demolitions expert and bomb disposal specialist. She's a former circus performer and a crack shot. Together they run Gardner Investigations.


Joseph Mozzano is the former head of the Baltimore mob. When his grandson is murdered at a secret annual assassins' convention being held in Baltimore on the QT there is little he can do. He can't go to the cops and the man who runs the convention is too powerful for even his organization to take on. So he goes to the only one who can help—Jack Gardner, the man who years ago put him away.


Jack and Annie reluctantly agree to go undercover among the professional murderers using his skills with explosives and hers with guns to pose as killers. It may be the toughest case of their careers.


About the authors:

Patrick Thomas is the author of over thirty books including the Murphy's Lore fantasy humor series, Startenders, the Dear Cthulhu advice columns and books and a host of paranormal mysteries that include Fairy Rides the LightningDead to RitesLore & Dysorder and the Mystic Investigators series including Once More Upon a Time. His books have been spotted on the CSI television show and his Fairy with a Gun was optioned for film and TV by Laurence Fishburne's Cinema Gypsy Productions. Patrick's website is


John L. French has worked for over thirty years as a crime scene investigator and has seen more than his share of murders, shootings and serious assaults. As a break from the realities of his job, he writes science fiction, pulp, horror, fantasy, and, of course, crime fiction. His books include The Devil of Harbor CityPast SinsSouls on FireHere There Be Monsters and Paradise Denied. John is the editor of Bad Cop, No DonutMermaids 13: Tales of the Sea, and To Hell in a Fast Car: On the Road to Death and Disaster.


The Assassins' Ball is John and Patrick's fourth book together. The others are the pulp era book From the Shadows and the paranormal mysteries Rites of Passage and Bullets & Brimstone.



"The Assassins' Ball is a delightful tongue-in-cheek romp reminiscent of a modern day Thin Man adventure. Jack and Annie Gardner are the new 'first couple' of mystery and suspense." —Michael A. Black, author of Chimes at Midnight and the Executioner series.

THE ASSASSINS' BALL by Patrick Thomas & John L. French

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