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Tiger Paw (an FBI Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Charles A. Cornell , Caroline Smailes
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As a serial killer wreaks havoc on Wall Street, dismantling a corrupt financier’s empire one body at a time, FBI profiler Scott Forrester uncovers the deadly secret of a demon-worshipping Hindu cult that is determined to change the very fabric of society. Firmly in their assassin’s crosshairs, Scott Forrester is forced underground to stop the killing spree. But will he survive the deal he must make with the Devil to thwart their satanic plan?

Best Thriller 2012– Florida Writers Association, Royal Palm Literary Awards
Best Indie Thriller Nominee – Kindle Book Reviews

“A great variation to the thriller genre…the author blended a detective storyline with a thread of the esoteric which makes it stand out from other thrillers. The ending leaves you guessing… a well thought out story, with lots of action. Recommended for all lovers of thrillers and action books.” – Midwest Book Review

“5 Stars! - This book had my juices flowing-my heart pounding, blood boiling, anger, rage, PISSED OFF. It had me thinking of all kinds of things. So applicable to what is going on today. Believable. For a debut novel, I was really impressed.” – Sherry Fundin, Fundinmental Book Reviews

“This book goes far beyond a 5 STAR rating! Charles A. Cornell is a magnificent storyteller and his debut novel is brilliant. Tiger Paw was a very tumultuous read for me. It touches on everything that's wrong in government and Wall Street. I can imagine the challenge he faces when writing the next novels. It will be hard to top this.” – Laura Thomas, FU Only Knew Book Reviews

More on Tiger Paw...

In Charles A Cornell’s critically acclaimed mystery thriller, Tiger Paw, FBI Special Agent Scott Forrester investigates a series of bizarre murders at the center of a Wall Street stock scam. The killer’s most recent victim – billionaire Wall Street mogul Matthew Carleton - was drowned in a bath tub of red wine. The FBI believes the murders are the work of a professional hit man. But the killer leaves behind an indecipherable message that defies explanation.

Scott Forrester teams up with criminal psychologist, Dr. Rajeev Chandra. They decode the killer's cryptic warning. It points to an East Indian cult whose religious icon - an altarpiece lost for centuries and now on display in the US - is haunted by a disturbing past.

As the billionaire financier’s Wall Street empire is dismantled one body at a time, they encounter sinister forces deep inside the corridors of power in Washington that are determined to silence anyone who uncovers their connection with the cult. The conspiracy is spreading like a cancer and is on a mission to change the very fabric of society.

Dogged by his own demons – his troubled brother, a disabled Afghan war veteran; an adversarial boss hell bent to destroy his career; and a failed love life - Scott Forrester follows the trail of the elusive killer as he wreaks havoc from Wyoming to the Bahamas.

Forrester falls into the cult’s carefully laid trap. Exposed to the assassin’s crosshairs and forced to take his fight underground, Scott Forrester must confront the cult’s menace in all its physical and spiritual forms. And the ultimate price to end this nightmare? Cross the no man’s land that divides good from evil… to bargain his soul with the Devil himself.

Tiger Paw is a thriller cloaked in mystery, psychological suspense and international intrigue. A story of people who have sold their souls in exchange for wealth and power. A story of greed, deception, and revenge. And a story of one man’s struggle to triumph against the greatest evil he has ever faced.

Editorial Reviews


Best Thriller, The Florida Writers Association

"A fast-paced, entertaining thriller. An intriguing story. Well researched. Vivid descriptions. Interesting twists and turns. An excellent debut thriller! - Royal Palm Literary Award Judging Panel

"A standout debut novel recommended for all lovers of thrillers and action books. A great variation to the thriller genre. The author blended a detective storyline with a thread of the esoteric. The ending leaves you guessing. A well thought out story, with lots of action." - Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Charles A Cornell was born in England, raised in Canada and now divides his time between Michigan and Florida. After 35 years of global business experience on three continents, Charles A Cornell brings a diverse and unique perspective to his fiction. His novels are mystery thrillers carved from today's headlines, blended with action and intrigue, and cloaked in psychological suspense.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061560224X
  • Publisher: Charles Cornell Creative Partners LLC (February 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DK91FU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very engrossing, very entertaining ... but November 20, 2012
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At times, Tiger Paw was hard to put down; it had me wondering what was going to happen next. At other times I found myself skimming over pages of what I can only call "filler". This would be a five-star book if 50-60 pages were edited out or otherwise shortened.

The story is solid, the writing is excellent, but it suffers from bloat. I am not sure if the author was trying to make the book a certain length or whether he got lost in his own story, but in my opinion if this book had some of the fluff removed it would be more than a good book -- it would be a great book.

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes:

a)Crime Novels
b)Political thrillers
c)Action-packed adventure stories

Since I got Tiger Paw as a free e-book, I have to thank the author for a very entertaining read. My comments about some of the pages in this book that could have been edited out without affecting the story, the characters, or the twisting plot, are my opinion. It's not the first book I've read where I've skimmed page after page because the book started descending into word overkill.

It's a thriller, it's engrossing (most of the time) and it's worth reading. The ending is a surprise and the author dangles little carrots in front of you all the way, but never gives the ending away until the final few pages of the book.

If you're looking for a book to take your mind off your worries, this book will catapult you into a whole other world - sometimes seedy, sometimes disgusting, sometimes off-the-wall, but mostly always entertaining.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding Thriller March 8, 2012
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A spell binding thriller involving the dirty side of Wall Street, a serial murderer, mysterious cults and international intrigue. The book provides an interesting insight into stock scams and the corrupt and powerful people who try to manipulate the market for their own greed. Their demise by a revengeful, evil and unknown terror evokes chilling fear if little sympathy. The hunt for the killer by the FBI agent/hero, Scott Forrester has one anxious if not apprehensive to turn each page. The author's talented use of imagery and suspense hooks you from the beginning and makes it a hard book to put down. A thoroughly enjoyable read with a surprise ending. Looking forward to more from Charles Cornell.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Roaring debut novel August 11, 2012
One million people, a flash mob, have shown up for Occupy Wall Street, efectively shutting down everything from Central Park all the way to Wall Street. One million angry people.
Wall street's biggest and "most high" brokers hide in their towers of glass and steel, fearing bodily harm or even death if they venture out.
The "Roar" of "We are the 99%, Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Ignore" reverberated through Wall Street. It was going to take National Guard troops to disperse this mob, born of frustration and desperation.
FBI Special Agent Scott Forrester is sitting in the Big Sky Bar at Denver Airport watching the National Guard enter New York City on TV. After a four hour delay due to heavy snowfall, Scott's flight to Washington D.C. would be available soon.
Scott's partner, Trish, calls from NYC, the mob in the background so loud he can't quite make out what she is saying. Something about a vintage 1955 Mercedes Gullwing Coupe, a million dollar car, found sitting on top of a garbage barge in the harbor. His orders are clear, forget Washington, catch the FBI jet to East Hampton and a police cruiser will take him where he needs to go.
Scott's ride drops him off at Carleton Mansion, home of billionaire Matthew Carleton. His first thought is "The person who had this built, made one helluva bargain."
It looks like Matthew's bill has come due. He was killed slowly, with his own sin. Left at the crime scene is a message written in a language no one recognized and beside it, a bloody paw print.
Another signature murder. Scott has been chasing this killer for over 6 months, from California to Florida, then Wyoming, and now New York.
His biggest questions are, what is the message and why kill these people?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Grampy
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Remember the name, "Charles A. Cornell". You will be hearing it for many years to come. Tiger Paw is filled with gut-churning suspense, incredible believability, and enough twists and turns to give you motion sickness. I received my e-copy of Tiger Paw from an author giveaway (contest), specifically to read and review, so I am delighted to be able to give it an honest 5 Star rating. I am retired, and have read -- on average -- more than 1 book per day for the past several years. I can honestly say Tiger Paw is one of the top 2 or 3 books I've read during that time. One of the highlights of the book is that while you are reading it, in the back of your mind you are thinking, "Man, this stuff could really happen!" Then, after a whole-body shiver, you remind yourself it's only fiction. But, still.... My near future will be spent in seeking other works by Charles Cornell. NOBODY could write a book this good and just be a one-hit wonder! Pick up a copy for yourself, and see if you don't agree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catch a Tiger by the Tail August 11, 2012
Billionaire Matthew Colton was the fifth victim. He was found in his bathtub filled with red wine and an indecipherable script of symbols and lines ending with a bloody paw print. It was the same symbol left at all the crime scenes. His wine collection was worth over 13 million dollars. He had to watch as the killer dumped it down the drain, then filled the bathtub to drown him in it. Fits in with what's going on today, people's resentment of the rich and their flaunting of their wealth.

Dominic Sant'Angello looked out the window of his fancy 87th floor office of the John Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois. He was CEO and principal shareholder of Sigma Venture Capital. He thought of two of their clients, Deuce Meredith, CEO at Razorback Software and Liang Wong, founder of Silicon Pathways, having been murdered. Now Matthew. Two deaths a coincidence? Not three. He was about to lose everything. Bankruptcy was just a matter of days away. He was finished.

FBI Profiler, Scott Forester had spent six months chasing a killer in Denver. He worked at the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in Quantico, Virginia and had been called back to help when Matthew was killed.The first murder had been done in Florida, then two victims in Wyoming and now the Hampton's.

The killer used the wine to torture Matthew and make him suffer. Was it a part of the killer's ritual? Why? There had to be a pattern to all the murders. What was it? Deuce Meredith had been wounded and left alive, yet his guide had died instantly. Each victim had a specific torture attached to it. Was it a test? A contest? Payback? Was the killer making a statement?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who-Done-It
The serial killer identify is a Who-Done-It until almost the last page in Charles Cornell's 2012 novel Tiger Paw. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very well written, a page turner! Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Published 8 months ago by Billie Crane
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good thriller
This book was definitely action packed and hard to put down. it is one of those books where you think you know what's going to happen next but you find you were wrong. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
WOW what a thriller. I couldn't read it fast enough!! A must read.
Published 8 months ago by Lynda Pharo McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Paw Worth Reading
This was a good mystery to read. Action, who done it, murder and mayhem. One of the few books I have read lately that I did not want to put it down.
Published 9 months ago by tcertain
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Suspenful story throughout
Published 9 months ago by StarCityDad
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Paw - Cornell - One Whopper of a Good Read
A book I had trouble putting down. I picked it up again just as soon as I could. A wild thriller with good suspense, good characterization, and an intriguing struggle between... Read more
Published 9 months ago by whippersnapper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I found the story engaging and it kept my interest
Published 9 months ago by Edward Bowe
1.0 out of 5 stars profanity
Deleted at 5%. Will not read an author that thinks taking God's name in vain is ok. Not a book for me!
Published 9 months ago by ev
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good read.
Published 9 months ago by dblbogie
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More About the Author

I was born in England, raised in Canada and now divide my time between Michigan and Florida. I started writing seriously more than ten years ago. My first published novel, Tiger Paw, won the 2012 Best Thriller Award from the Florida Writers Association. My newest work, the two-part novel, DragonFly ventures into the realm of dieselpunk, a retro-futuristic collision of science fiction and fantasy with overtones of alternative history.

Regardless of what genre I'm writing in, I aim to provide a unique perspective in my fiction, layering hidden meaning inside the protagonist's journey. My debut thriller, Tiger Paw blends action and intrigue with psychological suspense, and asks the questions, how far will someone go to sell his soul to the Devil? And what if the Devil seeks revenge?

My new dieselpunk series, DragonFly explores the incredibly turbulent times during the 1940s and the 'what ifs' that might have been for a generation burdened by the ravages of war. DragonFly follows the journey of Veronica Somerset as she battles the odds to become Britain's first female fighter pilot. DragonFly is not just a novel, it is a whole new world of fantastic technology, dangerous fighting machines and wizards battling across the boundary between good and evil.

I would love to spend more time in Florida and much more time writing, and maybe in the near future, I will get the chance to do both. In the meantime, I live in Michigan with my wife, my rock musician son, and a cat. Most of the time, the cat wonders what the hell is going on as we lead such busy lives. I must write about that some day. From the cat's point of view, of course.

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