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TAHOE CHASE (#11) coming August, 2013

TAHOE TRAP (#10)

When Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna answers his phone early one morning, a young boy named Paco cries out, "Help me!" McKenna talks to Paco and discovers that the boy is trapped in the back of a speeding pickup somewhere in Tahoe. In the front of the truck are two men who have just murdered Paco's foster mother. The men want the boy, but they don't yet know that the boy witnessed the murder and that he hid in their truck. As McKenna races to find Paco, he learns that the two men are contract killers from Las Vegas. Their MO is to use electronic stun guns to immobilize their victims prior to asphyxiating them with plastic rap. While McKenna doesn't have a clue why the killers are after the boy, he knows that if he does nothing, the killers will keep coming for Paco. So McKenna plans to set a trap for them using Paco as bait. McKenna's plan carries a huge risk. If it goes wrong, he will be handing the boy to the killers...

"An open-throttle ride from a murder on the mountain roads of Tahoe" - Wendy Schultz, Placerville Mountain Democrat

"A constantly surprising series of events involving murder, kidnapping, two nasty hired killers from Vegas... and the final motivation of the killer comes as a major surprise. (I love when that happens.)" - Yvette, In So Many Words blog

"I love Todd Borg's books... There is the usual great twist ending (in Tahoe Trap) that I never would have guessed. If you like mysteries, you really need to read this series." - JBonder Book Reviews

"Another wild ride with private investigator Owen McKenna and his dog Spot..." - Taylor Flynn, Tahoe Mountain News

"Super clever!... More twists in the plot toward the end of the book turn the mystery into an even more suspenseful thriller." - Harvee Lau, Book Dilettante

"The plots are high octane and the action is faster than a cheetah on speed" - Cathy Cole, Kittling: Books

"My personal pick for Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books BEST FIND: Todd Borg's Owen McKenna Mystery series." - Laura Davis, LA Books Examiner, Examiner.com

"You will fall in love with the almost-silent, unemotional Paco and feel his pain for the life he has lived for the past ten years." - Elizabeth, Silver's Reviews

"Tahoe Trap offers a chilling thriller..." - Caleb Cage, The Nevada Review

"The chase for the boy is frighteningly fast-paced. In desperation, McKenna sets a trap, with Paco as the bait. And it almost works. The impending catastrophe takes a sudden twist and the reader, as well as young Paco, has one more hair-raising episode before the story ends." - Bookin' With Sunny blog

"A fascinating story with first class writing and, of course, my favorite character, Spot, a Great Dane that steals most of the scenes." - Mary Ligno, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"Once again Todd weaves an exciting murder mystery. I watch for the newest chapters in the ongoing developments of characters like Jack Reacher, Joanna Brady, Dismas Hardy, Peter and Rina Decker, and Alex Cross to name a few. But these days I look forward most to the next installment of Owen McKenna."  - China Gorman blog

ISBN 978-1-931296-20-5 Thriller Press  $16.95     2011

 

TAHOE HIJACK (#9)

When Detective Owen McKenna responds to a boat hijacking on Lake Tahoe, he is confronted by a madman who claims to know the identity of the murderer of Grace Sun, a case that McKenna worked on three years before. McKenna investigates and discovers that before Grace was murdered, she had recently reunited with a daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. The daughter, Anna Quinn, was also targeted by the killer, but barely escaped. Anna has been in hiding for three years. The murderer is still looking for Anna and a treasure that he believes Anna knows about. In order to save Anna's life, McKenna has to find both Anna and the murderer. But McKenna discovers that the killer has ties to a fanatical militia group. McKenna is out-manned and out-gunned, and it looks like nothing will stop the killer from finding Anna first...

"BEGINNING TO READ TAHOE HIJACK IS LIKE FLOOR-BOARDING A RACE CAR..." RATING: A+ - Cathy Cole, Kittling Books

"A THRILLING READ... ANY READER WILL FIND THE PAGES OF HIS THRILLERS IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP TURNING" - Caleb Cage, The Nevada Review

"NOW I'M HOOKED...BORG NOT ONLY OFFERS A GOOD MYSTERY, BUT DOES A TERRIFIC JOB WITH SOME FASCINATING CALIFORNIA HISTORY THAT IS BOTH ENLIGHTENING AND GRIPPING" - Sunny Solomon, Bookin' with Sunny

"THE BOOK CLIMAXES WITH A TWIST THE READER DOESN'T SEE COMING, WORTHY OF MICHAEL CONNELLY" -  Heather Gould, Tahoe Mountain News

"A FASCINATING AND MUCH RECOMMENDED NOVEL" - Midwest Book Review

"I HAD TO HOLD MY BREATH DURING THE LAST PART OF THIS FAST-PACED THRILLER" - Harvee Lau, Book Dilettante

TAHOE HIJACK WAS CHOSEN FOR BOOK DILETTANTE'S LIST OF BEST CRIME READS 2011!

ISBN 978-1-931296-19-9 Thriller Press  $16.95     2011

 

TAHOE HEAT (#8)

Shortly after Ryan Lear gets a note threatening his life, his friend and business partner Eli Nathan dies in a fall at Lake Tahoe's Cave Rock. Ryan calls Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna and tells McKenna that he believes his friend's death was a murder. Ryan tells McKenna about a vision he's had of a wild Mustang roaming Tahoe's forests, far from the safety of the desert where Mustangs normally live. Ryan believes that it is a bad sign. Moments later, Ryan's life is torn apart by a kidnapping. Then Ryan's beloved neighbor dies just after tuning a piano. McKenna hires another tuner to investigate the piano and learns that hidden in the tuning is a type of code. McKenna can't figure out the piano tuning code or the reason why the Mustang has come so far form his home range. But McKenna realizes that both are connected to a vicious killer who is planning to take apart Ryan's life in the worst way possible...

"IN TAHOE HEAT, BORG MASTERFULLY WRITES A SEQUENCE OF EVENTS SO INTENSE THAT IT BELONGS IN AN EARLY TOM CLANCY NOVEL" - Caleb Cage, Nevada Review

"TAHOE HEAT IS A RIVETING THRILLER" - Midwest Book Review

"PLENTY OF ACTION, BEAUTIFUL TAHOE SCENERY, WASHOE INDIAN LORE, WILD MUSTANGS, AND A MYSTERIOUS CODE IN AN OUT-OF-TUNE PIANO WILL KEEP READERS TURNING THE PAGES AS OWEN RACES TO CATCH A VICIOUS KILLER" - Booklist

"THE READER CAN'T HELP BUT ROOT FOR McKENNA as the big, generous, Irish-blooded, street-wise-yet-book-smart former cop" - Taylor Flynn Tahoe Mountain News

"BORG'S TAHOE BOOKS HAVE WON OVER READERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY" Sam Bauman, Nevada Appeal

ISBN 978-1-931296-18-2 Thriller Press  $16.95     2010

 

TAHOE NIGHT (#7)

TV talk show host Leah Printner had a perfect life until a car accident killed her husband and left her face badly scarred, ending her thriving career. After Leah gets out of the hospital, Detective Owen McKenna gets a call from the landlady of Leah's father. The landlady thinks that a man is stalking Leah. She thinks both Leah and her father are in danger. Will McKenna look into it? McKenna is only on the job a few hours before the father is murdered. When he realizes that the killer wants the daughter as well, McKenna rushes Leah into hiding. McKenna discovers that there is more than one killer, and that they are fixated on Grendel, the monster in the ancient, epic poem, Beowulf. McKenna also learns that the crimes are linked to an art forgery of old-master paintings. Under the paralysis of fear and the trauma of injury, Leah's life hits bottom. The woman is broken and maybe beyond saving. But the killers made one fatal mistake. They took down the father and tried to kill the daughter on McKenna's watch...

"AN ACTION-PACKED THRILLER WITH A NICE GUY HERO, AN EVEN NICER DOG and some worthwhile advice based on meticulous research explaining how to forge and frame and Old Master." - Kirkus Reviews

"BORG HAS WRITTEN ANOTHER WHITE-KNUCKLE THRILLER set in California's beautiful Lake Tahoe region. A sure bet for mystery buffs waiting for the next Robert B. Parker and Lee Child novels." - Library Journal

"A KILLER PLOT... Everyone of its 350 pages wants to get turned...fast." - Taylor Flynn, Tahoe Mountain News

"A FASCINATING STORY OF FORGERY, MURDER..." - Nancy Hayden, Tahoe Daily Tribune

"AN EXCELLENT ADDITION TO THIS SERIES." - Gayle Wedgwood, Mystery News

"SOMETHING TO REALLY ENJOY." - Sam Bauman, Nevada Appeal

ISBN 978-1-931296-17-5 Thriller Press  $16.95     2009

 

TAHOE AVALANCHE (#6)

When March Carrera is buried in a monster avalanche at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, Detective Owen McKenna is hired by the victim’s uncle. McKenna and an avalanche rescue dog do a search of the slide area and dig up more than they were looking for. As more victims are buried in the snow, McKenna’s pursuit takes him from the mansions of the super rich, to the seedy world of a Chinese mobster, and up onto Tahoe’s highest mountain to save one last innocent victim before a final avalanche buries a 140 year-old secret forever...

ONE OF THE TOP 5 MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR! - G. Wedgwood, Mystery News 

"BORG IS A SUPERB STORYTELLER...A MASTER OF THE GENRE" - Midwest Book Review 

"TAHOE AVALANCHE WAS SOOOO GOOD...A FASCINATING MYSTERY" - Merry Cutler, Annie's Book Stop, Sharon, Massachusetts 

"EXPLODES INTO A COMPLEX PLOT THAT LEADS TO MURDER AND INTRIGUE" - Nancy Hayden, Tahoe Daily Tribune 

"READERS WILL BE KEPT ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS" - Sheryl McLaughlin, Douglas Times 

"INCLUDE BORG IN THE GROUP OF MYSTERY WRITERS that write with a strong sense of place such as TONY HILLERMAN" - William Clark, The Union

ISBN 978-1-931296-16-8  Thriller Press  $16.95     2008

 
TAHOE SILENCE (#5)

Silence Ramirez is an exceptional artist and, according to one of her teachers, brilliant. She's also autistic and mute and has not spoken a single word in her 17 years. But she has a priceless secret. When Silence is kidnapped on the eve of the Biker Heaven Festival, Detective Owen McKenna and his Great Dane Spot pursue a notorious biker gang and a kidnapper who will stop at nothing, including murder, to get what he wants. Time to save the girl is short. Silence knows the reason why she was kidnapped, but that knowledge is locked up inside her mind...

WINNER BEN FRANKLIN AWARD for BEST MYSTERY OF THE YEAR!

Chosen by both Library Journal and Mystery News reviewer G. Wedgwood as 
ONE OF THE TOP 5 MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR 

"THIS IS ONE ENGROSSING NOVEL...IT IS SUPERB" - Mystery News 

"A HEART-WRENCHING MYSTERY THAT IS ALSO ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS WRITTEN ABOUT AUTISM" - Library Journal  

"A REAL PAGE-TURNER" - Nevada Appeal 

"ANOTHER GREAT READ!" - Midwest Book Review

ISBN 978-1-931296-15-1  Thriller Press  $16.95     2007

 

TAHOE KILLSHOT (#4)

When the pop superstar Glory is killed mountain biking on the world-famous Flume Trail high above the east shore of Lake Tahoe, Detective Owen McKenna is drawn into a harrowing investigation. What first appears to be the carnage of a thrill-killer, begins to look like the fallout from a complicated, multi-million-dollar land scam. Owen and his Great Dane Spot must track down a twisted murderer with a synthetic voice and a penchant for killing in the most unusual ways...

"A GREAT READ" - Midwest Book Review 

"A WONDERFUL BOOK" - Mystery News 

"A WINNER" Mountain Democrat 

"SPOT ROCKS" Tahoe Daily Tribune 

"KEEP 'EM COMING, BORG"  Nevada Appeal 

"BORG BELONGS ON THE BESTSELLER LISTS WITH PARKER, PARETSKY AND COBEN" - Annie's Bookstop

ISBN 1-931296-14-6  Thriller Press  $16.95     2004

 

TAHOE ICE GRAVE (#3)

When a young man named Thos Kahale is brutally murdered in the icy waters of Lake Tahoe, Detective Owen McKenna is hired to investigate. Owen learns that the Hawaiian side of the man's family may have been given a manuscript by Mark Twain when he visited Kauai in 1866. That same manuscript may now be hidden in a cave in Lake Tahoe. Owen tracks a vicious killer who will do anything to obtain the manuscript. Only one person, whose identity is unknown, knows its location. Owen and his Great Dane Spot have to find that person before the killer does, and they are running out of time as they chase the killer up a mountain in a blizzard to a cave of ice and a battle to the death.

Chosen ONE OF THE TOP 5 BOOKS OF THE YEAR by a Mystery News Reviewer G. Wedgwood

"BAFFLING CLUES...CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINS" Kirkus Reviews 

"A BIG THUMBS UP" - Midwest Book Review  

"A CLEVER PLOT" - Booklist  

"GREAT CHARACTERS, LOTS OF ACTION AND CLEVER PLOT TWISTS." - San Jose Mercury News  

"A SPINE-TINGLING CLIMAX." - Bookshelf Bookstore 

 "ONCE YOU READ AN OWEN McKENNA, YOU'RE HOOKED FOR LIFE." - Addison Public Library

ISBN 1-931296-13-8 Thriller Press  &16.95     2002

 

TAHOE BLOWUP (#2)

When an arsonist begins lighting deadly forest fires in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Detective Owen McKenna uncovers in the killer the unmistakable signs of what the FBI calls the Homicidal Trinity: firestarting, bedwetting and animal torture. Before Owen can capture the killer, the firestarter kidnaps Owen's girlfriend and threatens to burn her and hundreds of others in a fire so big that firefighters call it a Blowup.

SILVER MEDAL FINALIST BEN FRANKLIN AWARD FOR BEST MYSTERY OF THE YEAR
WINNER - BEST MYSTERY OF THE YEAR - Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

"RIVETING...A MUST READ FOR MYSTERY FANS!" - Addison Public Library  

"HIGH TENSION" - Tahoe Mountain News  

"A RIVETING MYSTERY" Petaluma Post 

"SUSPENSE-FILLED TALE OF KIDNAP AND ARSON"  - Colfax Area Express 

"A COMPELLING TALE OF ARSON" - The Poisoned Pen  

ISBN 1-931296-12-X  Thriller Press  $16.95     2001

 

TAHOE DEATHFALL (#1)

Disaster struck when twin sisters Jennifer and Melissa went hiking with their grandmother on their sixth birthday. Melissa got lost, fell off a cliff on the rock slide above Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, and died. Eight years later, fourteen-year-old Jennifer wants to hire Detective Owen McKenna to investigate the death, which she believes was murder. When McKenna looks into the circumstances surrounding Melissa's death and uncovers a deadly secret that has caused the murder of several people, he realizes that Jennifer is the next intended victim...

WINNER - BEST NEW FICTION - Cincinnati Public Library; WINNER - BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR 
- Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

"THRILLING EXTENDED RESCUE/CHASE" - Kirkus Reviews 

"A TREMENDOUS READ FROM A GREAT WRITER!" - Midwest Book Review 

"BORG OFFERS A SIMPLY TERRIFIC DOG" - Poisoned Pen 

"TAUT MYSTERY...A SCREECHING CLIMAX." - Addison Public Library 

ISBN 1-931296-11-1  Thriller Press  $16.95     2001

 

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