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The Harbinger Collection: Hard-boiled Mysteries Not for the Faint of Heart (A McCray Crime Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn McCray
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Book Description

Did you know that James Rollins Recommends...
The Harbinger Collection including, Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware, a Top 10 bestseller in both Hard-Boiled Mysteries and Police Procedurals.

Let's see why Rollins recommends the Harbinger Mystery Series...
"Wickedly macabre and blisteringly paced, PLAIN JANE marks the debut of a thriller for the new millennium. Brash, funny, terrifying, and shocking, here is a story best enjoyed with all the lights on. Don't say I didn't warn you!"
James Rollins
NYT Best Seller
Eye of God

"If you think you know what is going to happen, your wrong. I have read so many suspense and crime books that guessing the end gets easier and easier. NOT this time. Be prepared to be hooked from the first page and loose some sleep because you just can't put it down"
Michelle Delgado
Amazon Reviewer

"I am hooked on these stories! Very well-written and entertaining...Very hard to put down! Time to return this set and check out some more."
D. Harris
Amazon Reviewer

Overview: The Harbinger Collection
A Patterson-style set of thrillers with a dash of Hannibal...

This collection includes:
Anatomy: The prequel short story
Plain Jane - The full length first novel of the series
Dark Lullaby - the bridge short between Plain Jane & Wallflower *exclusive to the collection
My Soul to Keep - the Harbinger short story featuring Nicole *exclusive to the collection
Wallflower - the full length sequel to Plain Jane *exclusive to the collection
Shallow Grave - bridge short between Wallflower and Buzz Kill *exclusive to the collection
Buzz Kill - the last book in the Harbinger trilogy
Pallor - the post-Buzz Kill wrap up short story

More Praise for the Harbinger Collection

"When I read on the author's blog that Plain Jane was a "Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal" I knew right away that I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed and in my honest opinion this book is incredible!"
A. Harris
Amazon Reviewer

Just remember to keep the lights on when reading this collection!

Anyone who enjoys mystery/thrillers such as James Patterson, Lee Child, and Patricia Cornwell, The Harbinger series with definitely satisfy your need for suspense!

**Looking for McCray's other #1 Police Procedural series? Check out the Darc Murders Collection

**Looking for McCray's latest Hard Boiled series? Check out the Nursery Rhyme Murders Collection

**Want a collection filled with McCray's other thrillers? Check out Got

Product Details

  • File Size: 8298 KB
  • Print Length: 960 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Off Our Meds MultiMedia (November 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *This is half the collection* June 28, 2013
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First thing's first, this is only 3 stories and not the complete collection. The rest of the collection will come out this coming October of 2013 so for the people that have complained about this, make sure you read the entire page before purchasing a/the book!

I have read The Betrayed and Robin Hood Hacker Series and just finished the availble books of the Harbinger series and here is my take as a fan of Ms. McCray's work.

Some will say that some of the things that hapen in the book are too unbelieveable to be true and couldn't possibly happen in law enforcement... to that I say... "You're reading a FICTION BOOK!".
If you want something that's true, go and read something in the Non-fiction section of this site.
It's called "Suspension of Disbelief" and it's used in TV, Movies, Video Games and yes, I hate to break it to you, but also in Books.

Harbinger is a royaly cocky, pain in the a** BUT he is good at what he does and is passionate about it. As a profiler, he is the best but as a man, he has his issues. That's one of the great things about Harbinger, you hate him for being so stupid but love him for being so smart.

He isn't a perfect hero that has the perfect solution to every situation and he can't fight his way out of a fully armed army with his bare hands and fancy martial arts moves. He is just someone that is smart and has studied to know the human mind better than anyone. This is part of what makes you connect and root for Harbinger.

Read it and enjoy as I did. Make sure to check out her other works.
Next up for me, the Darc Murders Collection.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment March 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you think you know what is going to happen, your wrong. I have read so many suspense and crime books that guessing the end gets easier and easier. NOT this time. Be prepared to be hooked from the fist page and loose some sleep because you just can't put it down
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs work July 25, 2013
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The books themselves are fast-moving and generally fun, but whoever did the editing should be fired or shot. Maybe fired and shot. All those mistakes are really distracting for someone who wants to get lost in the plot but keeps getting yanked out of the setting. As in, crime sight instead of crime site. Really?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Plot Twists; Horrible Editing February 20, 2014
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Each book in the series kept me guessing until the end every time. But I struggled to get through the books, especially Buzz Kill, because of the endless spelling and grammar errors, incorrect word usage, missing words, and incomplete sentences. I won't be reading any future McCray writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Awesome!!! May 15, 2013
By Josh
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I couldn't even think about anything lower than 5 stars. Kent Harbinger just sucks in any reader who is fortunate enough to try and understand him. The profiler is so damn good, funny, and cocky to the point that you just can't put the book down until you think you have figured out how to solve his case for him. But he's never wrong, and yes, he IS that good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series! May 5, 2014
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I originally purchased this collection because it was a special price I couldn't pass up. I had never read this author before so didn't know what to expect. This collection was excellent!!! I couldn't put each book down until I was finished!! Love the characters, loved the story line...just enjoyed the entire series!!!! Can't wait to find more books by this author. If you want to have a whole series of books purchase these..they are awesome
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some people are just sick! May 13, 2013
By cbilbo
Format:Kindle Edition
Another wonderful series from Ms. Carolyn McCray. The Harbinger Collection is just as weird as all the other murder books she has published. The series starts off with's basically a short story that leads into the big book of Plain Jane.

I wouldn't skip over the book Anatomy by any means. It gives you insight into the main characters in the following book, Plain Jane. Anatomy was actaully pretty good. It was faced paced. Very insightful in how the characters meet and start to mesh. I was actually hoping that there was more to it. Then I started the next book in the series and my thoughts and dreams were answered.

Plain Jane

First things first...I'm glad I'm a red head! This book has so many twists and turns that it makes you wonder where things are headed next. The police are hot on the case of a serial killer who has a thing for brunettes. I'm normally good at figuring out "who done it's" but this time I was thrown a curve ball. I can't give you anymore other than be prepared for some pretty gruesome stuff. This isn't for those with a queasy stomach. Once you start reading Plain Jane, you won't be able to put the book's that good!

Dark Lullaby

This is a short story that bridges Plain Jane to the next Soul To Keep. This book puts our detective on the case with Kent Harbinger. We find that a family is twisted and sick and has some major secrets that should not be told. This was a fast read for such a short story...but worth every second!

Soul to Keep

Nicole is on the case without her love and profiler Kent Harbinger. Only problem, she is dealing with her ex Ruben, who is just too obsessed! This is a short story that takes on a family that has one major issue.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Harbinger Collection March 16, 2013
By skeeter
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I just finished The Harbinger Collection. It was a real page turner and if I didn't know that Carolyn McCray is the author, I would think I was reading a James Patterson novel. It definitely isn't for the squeemish! It is like a thrilling roller-coaster ride!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Have not started reading it .
Published 15 hours ago by Debra A Baratta
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Kent Harbinger is an arrogant, pompous, egomaniacal ass. He's also brilliant. This makes him damn near intolerable. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this series from beginning to end. Carolyn McCray does not disappoint.
Published 17 days ago by Christoffer Dunsmuir
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
excellent entertainment
Published 23 days ago by richard cabral
3.0 out of 5 stars Great series, poor spelling and grammar
I really enjoyed the series. The story lines were great. But I was unhappy with the lack of attention to grammar and how Adelene would change to Adeline. Over all it was good.
Published 26 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Harbinger rocks!
I love the character. Action packed and fast paced. I'm going to buy more books in this series. I'm hooked.
Published 29 days ago by Janis Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
I enjoyed the continuing story timeline and characters mystery and drama . I couldn't stop reading. thank you very much
Published 1 month ago by fearless
5.0 out of 5 stars great
well written and very good plot, it was a very interesting read held my interest during the whole time i was reading the book
Published 1 month ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep 'em coming!
As usual Carolyn McCray keeps the mystery and suspense going in this thriller. Harbinger is an odd ball, prolific, profiler who always gets his man. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a good easy read
Enjoyed reading this series. Felt like as each book was read you got to know the characters on a more personal level.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Stitzer
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More About the Author

Carolyn has had a long and extremely interesting road to become a bestseller.

When she head to veterinary school those many years ago she had no idea decades later she would be writing controversial historical thrillers, gut wrenching mysteries and roller coaster-style action/adventure tales!

Born in San Francisco and raised in the beautiful Napa Valley, Carolyn always had an overactive imagination. As a child you could usually find her dragging the neighborhood children out to the haunted barn to make her Nancy Drew-style audio tapes. Oh and did she mention, there was an entire life-sized recreation of the nativity scene in the rafters? Yeah, that wasn't just a little creepy.

Which of course was great practice for writing such blockbusters as Plain Jane: A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal and 30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller.

Carolyn is honored to have a seven book contract with Amazon's mystery and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer along with being one of the eight books during the inaugural launch of Amazon's new Serial program (9th Circle).

With over 250,000 books sold, Carolyn now lives on a beautiful lake in the Pacific Northwest where the fog rolls in over the water, snuffing out all signs of life around her. Yep, she still loves the creepy!


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