A Killing Truth
Leine Basso Thrillers Book 1
by DV Berkom
Now available: the chilling start to the high-octane, can't-put-it-down Leine Basso thriller series.
A deadly assassin. A perpetual target. A double-cross she never saw coming…
They say the truth will set you free, but what if it kills you first?
Download A Killing Truth to find out how the story began…
"[Leine Basso] is a sassy, kick-arse, no-nonsense, I'll-eat-your-balls-for-breakfast type of woman. She simply rocks. Berkom's books are ones when you almost forget to breathe. They're fast-paced, taut with tension and sheer joy from start to finish." ~Cath'n'Kindle Book Reviews
"[A Killing Truth] introduces one of modern fiction's deadliest heroes..."~Reviewer Charles A. Ray
"This is my third Leine Basso, and like the others, the action never lets up. Leine is the female Jack Reacher only she does it all without being 6'5" and weighing 265 pounds, so that makes her more incredible. If you like page-turners, you'll love this book." ~ Polly Iyer, bestselling suspense author
"A Killing Truth would make an excellent introduction to D.V. Berkom's writing...she's one of my favorites... love how she just puts you right in the pages and you just don't want to end." ~Hornfan2
"The Leine Basso series by DV Berkom is jam-packed with action and adventure and Leine Basso is one bad*** protagonist..." Fundinmental Book Reviews
"As someone who has read all of the other current Leine Basso books first, I can say that A Killing Truth had me in suspense the entire time." Maranda, Amazon Reviewer
"Non-stop twists and turns. An excellent thriller that pits Leine against not only international criminals but her own boss." ~USMC-Mike
"What the world needs now is more female characters like bad ass Leine Basso. Bought the trio of books that follow this one because of how much I enjoyed the plot and twists along the way." ~shzann
Leine Basso Thrillers Book 2
A former assassin is drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past.
What happens when a reality show turns deadly?
Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure.
When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him...
...and rescue her daughter.
If you like black humor, no-nonsense heroines, and heart-stopping action, you'll love Serial Date. Download it today!
"If you like fast-paced action, great lead characters, and don't mind a few F-bombs and the occasional gore, DV Berkom is the author for you." ~ BloodWrites
"Serial Date has everything a mystery/thriller needs to be successful, fast-paced and action packed, strong and memorable characters and a story that will grab you from beginning to end..." ~ Confessions of a Reader
"Why should you read it? In a nutshell it's a fast-paced, non-linear story with some creepy elements mashed together with a splash of romance and dark humour. What's not to like?" ~Indie eBooks
Leine Basso Thrillers Book 3
Dangerous obsessions take center stage when a former assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she's sold to the highest bidder.
Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn't commit, and required to stay in L.A., retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. Her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted and she's desperate to get her back.
Leine learns from a contact that Mara escaped, but the traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to their powerful client. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.
Praise for BAD TRAFFICK:
"Utterly gripping, compelling, edge-of-your seat writing." ~ Cath 'n' Kindle Book Reviews
"...I was thrilled with this book. I did not want it to end. I was on the edge of my seat at the end! Seriously a nail-bitter!" ~ April Holgate, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer
"Tight dialogue and nonstop action marks a novel that establishes new benchmarks for action thrillers. This is a solid five-star novel that you won't want to miss." ~Ray's Ramblings
"An intelligent thriller worthy of the Big Screen..." ~ BloodWrites
The Body Market
Leine Basso Thrillers Book 4
***Bonus short story, Privilege included***
A retired assassin is called in when a celebration south of the border turns into a nightmare.
Everything's for sale...
Former assassin Leine Basso is hired by a wealthy Beverly Hills power couple to find their missing daughter, Elise, last seen partying with her boyfriend at a club in Tijuana. At first, police believe the two teenagers are the victims of a carjacking. But when Leine finds their missing vehicle with a mutilated body inside, and the local cartel warns her away, she knows if Elise isn’t already dead, she will be soon, or worse.
In the lethal world of organized crime, there’s always a worse.
As Leine races to uncover the reason behind Elise Bennett’s disappearance, she must also battle the powerful interests fighting to keep her from the truth.
Praise for the Leine Basso Thriller series:
"Now this, this is what thrillers are made of: grit, spunk, and no-nonsense unputdownability...Quite simply: Brilliant " ~ Cath 'n Kindle Book Reviews
"...Ms. Berkom gives us a badass heroine that's fun to root for. Once Leine discovers what is happening, there is no stopping her...an edge of your seat thriller that delivers!" ~ Night Owl Reviews
"Without a doubt one of the most engaging, complex and enthralling mysteries that had me totally in its grip..." ~ Confessions of a Reader
"Taken fans will be overjoyed with this gritty thriller...following Basso as she works her tradecraft is a pleasure..." ~ BestThrillers.com
"A really exciting heroine for action thriller fans everywhere, but a long overdue tough and plausible literary role-model for women."~ Ajoobacats Book Reviews
Leine Basso Thrillers Book 5
An adventurous young backpacker, captured and sold. A black market merchant who will stop at nothing to amass the power he craves. The one woman who can stop him before he destroys everything…
Haunted by memories of an op gone bad, former assassin Leine Basso travels to Bangkok in search of a missing backpacker. With help from an old contact, she discovers the man responsible for the girl’s disappearance is connected to a violent Hong Kong triad and is the linchpin of an extensive trafficking network—both animal and human.
Making enemies isn’t new for Leine, but making one in the triad is—she soon finds herself a prisoner on board a cargo ship headed for sub-Saharan Africa. To ensure her survival and to continue her hunt for the missing girl, she must join forces with Derek, an ivory poacher who promises to help her.
For a price.
The Last Deception
Leine Basso Thrillers Book 6
Ready to stay up all night? Everybody's favorite assassin is back with a vengeance in this high-octane, can't-put-it-down espionage thriller.
Espionage. Deception. A nation on the brink of war…
"Sucks you in on page one and doesn't set you free until the end. Another sure-fire winner in a spectacular series." ~Tim Tigner, International Bestselling Author of the Kyle Achilles series
"D.V. Berkom has created one kick-ass heroine in Leine Basso--a woman who can do it all in the dog-kill-dog world of international espionage." ~ J. Carson Black, New York Times Bestselling Author
"Warning: once started, The Last Deception is difficult to put down...[T]he globe-trotting Leine uncovers acts of international espionage that lead her on a desperate hunt for an elusive spy that could bring down the world." Midwest Book Review
Leine Basso Thrillers book 7
A former assassin, battling her demons. A sinister enemy, determined to destroy her. A wily street kid caught in the middle.
Former assassin Leine Basso is fresh off an assignment rescuing an American teenager from a terrorist group in Libya when she thwarts the murder of a street kid in Tripoli. Leine agrees to help the girl, but must first visit a refugee camp to uncover the reason behind a rash of mysterious abductions.
Leaving the camp, Leine comes under a surprise attack--but only a handful of people knew her true mission. The more she discovers about the abductions, the more of a target she becomes, forcing her to revisit a dark and violent past she thought she'd left behind. But it's easy--too easy to fall back into her old ways.
And that could get her killed.
Will Leine be able to survive a dark return?
If you like gritty, fast-paced, can't-put-it-down thrillers with an action-packed story ripped from the headlines, then you'll love Dark Return. Download your copy today!
Praise for Dark Return:
“I couldn’t put it down. My entire Saturday has been spent reading Dark Return.” ~Sharon Simms
“One of the best reads to come out in this genre in quite awhile. You won’t want to put this book down.” ~Yvonne Reddy
“Excellent. There is no other way to describe it. I read it in one go it was that good. Leine is one hell of a badass.” ~Silver Surfer
“Dark Return was a thrill-a-minute, page-turning suspense that never lets up with action and intrigue. The author, DV Berkom, is a master when it comes to character development and the story line.” ~ Paula Lopez
"DV Berkom has honed her skills as writer to such a fine art that it is indeed very difficult to tear yourself away from any of her books." ~Manie Killian
"Fast paced and full of action, this book will keep you both entertained and intrigued from start to finish. Highly recommended!!" ~Derek Williams
"This book will captivate you from the first paragraph to the last. It is full of action and non-stop adventure..." ~txdoc
"Best book in the series, they just keep getting better and better!! Read them from the first in the series or just jump in here. Brilliant read." ~ Sally Sanders
"Berkom has matured as a solid writer with similarities to Mark Greaney, Mark Dawson (John Milton series), and a whisper of Barry Eisler." ~Library Champion
Leine Basso Thrillers Book 8
There’s only one sure way to stop a terrorist…
Former assassin Leine Basso has severed ties with everyone she loves to keep them safe while she hunts for the ruthless terrorist, Salome. There are rumblings that the French-born assassin is planning another attack and Leine’s determined to stop her before it’s too late.
Can Leine thwart her plans, or will Salome’s own twisted vengeance mean the end for Leine and everyone she loves?
From London to Edinburgh to the City of Angels, Salome’s making a comeback—and that comeback includes killing Leine.
Leine Basso Thrillers Book 9
A kidnapped girl. A ruthless criminal who preys on the innocent. Two killers who will stop at nothing to bring him down.
Former assassin Leine Basso was supposed to be in sunny LA, watching the first class of operatives graduate from the new anti-trafficking academy. Instead, she’s in North Dakota in the middle of a brutal winter, helping old friend Derek van der Haar track down and eliminate a deadly group of criminals hell-bent on providing young girls to the highest bidder.
The closer Leine and Derek get to the organization, the more dangerous the mission becomes. Soon, it’s evident that the traffickers are playing for keeps—and don’t care who they kill.
In a story ripped from the headlines, Dakota Burn reveals the dark underbelly of the Bakken oil fields, where human life is a commodity and outlaws still rule.
If you enjoy books by Mark Dawson, Barry Eisler, and Mark Greaney, you’ll love D.V. Berkom. Download this gritty, action-packed thriller today!
And you thought the Wild West was dead…
Leine and Mimi walked outside into the frigid air. Leine squinted against the brilliant blue sky, letting her eyes adjust from the darkness of the barn. Mimi crossed her arms against the cutting wind rattling the dried corn stalks in the field.
They were several feet from the back porch when a car door slammed shut in the front yard. Leine gestured for Mimi to freeze as she withdrew her gun and moved where she could see the driveway.
Four men in tactical vests had just exited a shiny black four-door pickup. The man in the lead had a semiautomatic pistol with a suppressor. The other three were armed with AR-15s. They headed for the door.
The lead gunman made it to the front porch first and signaled the second man, who hung back and waited for the other two to make their move. The first gunman eased his way up the concrete steps, gaze riveted on the door. He paused for a moment, then slowly turned the handle. Cracking the door open, he hesitated, then slipped inside. The second man followed while the third took a position on the steps, face out, scanning for threats. The fourth headed around the side of the house.
Leine sprinted back to Mimi.
“Come with me.”
Mimi’s face drained of color. “Who is it?”
Leine propelled her toward the barn. “Not sure, but they aren’t friendly.” Her terse comment left the young girl silent.
They raced across the yard and around the side of the barn. Leine stopped outside the broken window.
“Derek,” Leine called, her voice low and urgent.
Derek appeared out of the gloom. “What’s wrong?”
“Four gunmen. I’ll hide Mimi, then you and I need to set up.”
He glanced at Mimi. “You okay in the dark?”
“I guess,” she said, the wariness returning. “Why?”
He turned to Leine. “Storm cellar—north side of the barn. She’ll be safe there.”
EXCERPT 2 (Dakota Burn)
Leine waited a moment, but no one came through the rear. She moved to the back door and paused to listen. Not detecting anyone in the kitchen, Leine detached the wire connected to the nails and eased the screen door open. She froze and listened. Nothing. She reconnected the end of the filament wire to an anchor point inside the house and continued into the kitchen, 9mm leading the way.
Once there, she stopped again and listened. The ceiling creaked above her.
She continued into the house, stopping at intervals to listen. When she reached the front room, Derek materialized from her left. The grenade had blown a chunk of the front porch out, leaving shards of glass and wood splinters scattered across the front yard. A bloody gunman lay facedown on the snow-covered yard. The man who’d been covering the front lay face up a few yards from the first. A bullet hole marred his forehead. There wasn’t a third body visible.
She acknowledged Derek and lifted her chin at the ceiling. Derek nodded, and held up one finger, confirming there was one gunman left. He cut a glance toward the kitchen. She signaled to let him know she’d armed the door.
The ceiling creaked again.
EXCERPT 3 (Dakota Burn)
Derek cut the lights as the SUV coasted to a stop. Leine peered at the terrain through a pair of night vision goggles, picking out the gravel drive leading to Sean’s man camp. High, thin clouds partially obscured the moon, giving their dark vehicle sparse cover in the wide expanse of prairie. The low, undulating hills Mimi had pointed out the day before lay between them and the camp.
“Let’s go the rest of the way on foot,” Leine said. “We can split up closer to the objective.”
“Copy that.” Derek parked his new rig, a forest green Suburban, and switched off the engine. He checked the overhead light to make sure it was turned off and then exited the vehicle. Leine did the same.
A field of stars littered the black sky. The crisp air hit her hard and she slid a dark knit cap from her pocket, pulling it on as she walked to the back of the SUV. A pair of tactical gloves went on next. Derek held the back door ajar. He handed her an AR-15 with a two-point sling, and three 30-round magazines, two of which she slid into the side pockets of her cargo pants. The other she snapped into the well of the assault rifle and pulled back the charging handle, chambering a round. She’d already holstered the loaded semiauto and had the hunting knife strapped to her calf.
“Here.” Derek handed her a quick-release tactical vest, which she put on under her down vest. A suppressor and extra magazines for the pistol went into the pockets.
He did the same with his, secured a bolt cutter to his belt, and attached a handful of zip ties to a snap link on the back of his vest.
“Let’s hope we don’t need any of this.”
Derek eased the door closed, and the two of them set off over the frozen ground toward the camp.
A quarter mile from the rig they rounded the base of the rise and caught a glimpse of the camp. Leine and Derek each donned night vision goggles and scanned the area. A chain link fence surrounded the property, with a large gate near the front. Leine counted twelve separate structures. The largest one stood near the gate. No lights were on in the front trailer. Faint music and laughter could be heard somewhere on the other side of the compound.
“Good thing it’s not as big as the oil company man camps,” Derek said. “Those can house hundreds of workers. Way too many witnesses.”
DV Berkom is the USA Today bestselling author of two action-packed thriller series featuring strong female leads (Leine Basso and Kate Jones). Her love of creating resilient, kick-ass women characters stems from a lifelong addiction to reading spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, and longing to find the female equivalent within those pages.
Raised in the Midwest, she earned a BA in political science and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat. Several years and many adventures later, she wrote her first novel and was hooked. The Kate Jones adventure thriller, Bad Spirits, was first published in 2010 as an online serial, and was immediately popular with Kindle and Nook fans. Dead of Winter, Death Rites, and Touring for Death soon followed before she began the far grittier Leine Basso thriller series in early 2012 with Serial Date.
DV currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mark, and several imaginary characters who like to tell her what to do.
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