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Pinnacle Award for Best Thriller, 2016

Festival of Fear

~ Book 1 in the Paxton Brothers Saga ~

by Ron Parham

Love is in the air but so is murder!

Despite Cold War tensions hovering over the country, love is in the air for football star Nick Paxton and effervescent cheerleader Sarah Rogers. But evil lurks in their midst. Several local girls have gone missing and when they are found dead, Sarah becomes the next target.

The kidnapper is cunning, devious, and determined.

Can anyone find him in time to save Sarah and Nick?

Praise for Festival of Fear

It was amazing!
A master at creating multi-faceted, realistic and unforgettable characters, the author breathes life into a host of colourful personalities like unassuming, observant, and responsible Nick Paxton, who's gifted on the football field and obsessed with uncovering the killer's identity; vivacious and spirited cheerleader Sarah Rogers, who struggles with fear and guilt, unwilling to let it overcome her; and John Walters, the kind, conscientious and trustworthy teacher whose past intrudes on the present. Yet it's the arrogance, cold-heartedness and sense of invulnerability of a thirty-five year old predator, haunted by sexual abuse in his youth, that adds a cold chill and terror to the story.
      As always in a Ron Parham novel, the plot in "Festival of Fear" is riveting and filled with memorable characters. It kept me glued to my chair until the end, and I look forward to reading the next book in this absorbing saga.
~ Wendy Holland

I so enjoy reading the Paxton saga. Could not put the books down once started. Thank you, Ron, for the great stories and suspense and the sense of family and true, good friendships that are part of your novels. Can hardly wait for your next one!
~ Jan Miley Zito

An Excerpt:

He saw lights coming on in the houses beyond, so began walking into the woods, low enough to not be seen, and found a secluded spot in some bushes with a perfect view of the gray and white house, just fifty feet away. He spread his tarp out under the bushes, grabbed his binoculars, and sat down, facing the house.
      He raised the binoculars to his eyes and focused them on the front window, watching for any movement. He scanned the second story, looking for lights on in a bedroom, but it was dark. He saw a light on the ground floor, and focused his attention on that. Nothing. He checked behind and around him to make sure he couldn't be seen, even in the daylight, and was satisfied that he was nearly invisible in the thick brush. He turned back to the house and watched . . . and waited.
      He crouched lower as he saw headlights coming up the street. The car was going very slowly, as though the driver was looking for something or someone. As it got closer, he saw that it was a brown Oak County Sheriff's cruiser. The driver shined a spotlight into the woods, just to the left of him, and he bent down until it passed. The cruiser stopped in front of the Rogers house and parked for ten minutes, every now and then turning the spotlight onto the woods.
      Jimmy sat motionless, not making a sound, until the cruiser started up again and made a U-turn and drove back down the street. Jimmy watched it turn the corner at the bottom of the street.
      When he picked up his binoculars and looked at the house, Jimmy saw someone at the upstairs window, peering out, looking in his direction. The silhouette looked like the cheerleader. His eye began twitching as he kept the binoculars trained on the silhouette in the window. She finally closed the curtains and turned off the light.
      Out of the corner of his eye, he saw the sheriff's cruiser coming up the street again, the spotlight shining on the woods. Damn! This wasn't going to work. Obviously the local cops were aware of what happened on Friday night and were patrolling the area regularly.
      He waited until the cruiser made a U-turn and began driving back down the street before gathering up his tarp and duffel bag, slowly walking to the path and returning to his truck. Throwing everything in the bed of the pickup, he got in and started it up. His eye was twitching, his heart beating fast. He would have to find a replacement for the time being, until things quieted down in Acorn.
      Jimmy backed out of his secluded parking place and returned down Oak Street to the highway, headed for another town to search for his next treasure. But he would be back to get the blonde cheerleader and she would be his ultimate, one that he would keep forever.

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Ron Parham

The Gas Lamp Series

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Ron Parham writes thrillers about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. His fourth novel, To March Into Hell, is the first in the "The Gas Lamp Thrillers" about Jake Delgado, the private investigator from Parham's previous three novels, and his hard-bitten, hard-drinking maverick life in the Gas Lamp Quarter of San Diego.
      Ron is currently writing the next Jake Delgado thriller, which due out in 2018. His thirty years in the global logistics and high-tech industries fueled his passion for writing vivid, exciting novels. He now lives and writes in the Puget Sound area of northwest Washington.

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