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Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a writer of thrillers set in Seattle. Although born and raised in the Seattle area, Audrey now lives with her husband and daughter in Port Stephens, Australia. She is currently writing a psychological thriller.

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Emerald City Thrillers

A collection of gripping crime thriller novels that take place in Seattle

Sergeant Wade McKinnon knows who killed Samantha the moment he arrives at her crime scene. Problem is, he watched her killer die a year ago.

A year after serial killer Michael Rhodes is executed and allowed to donate part of his brain as an organ transplant, Wade gets called to a murder scene that shares uncanny similarities to those of the late Michael Rhodes. Other similar killings happen around Seattle, and Wade seems to be the only person still alive who knows enough about Michael Rhodes’s murders to be able to replicate them. When evidence found at one of the crime scenes points to Wade as the killer, he races to find the real culprit before it’s too late to clear his own name.
Elle is overjoyed when her husband, Brian, gets a second chance at life when he receives a partial brain transplant after suffering a debilitating stroke at the age of thirty-seven. Their lives seem to return to normal, but Elle notices a disturbing change in Brian’s behavior. When Elle learns that her husband’s brain cell transplant came from Michael Rhodes, she fears that Brian now has the mind of a serial killer.


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Praise for The Recipient:

"A chilling debut suspense thriller that blends a clinical murder know-how with riveting characters against a brooding Seattle backdrop. Audrey J. Cole squirrels deep into a serial killer's mind and the at-times fractured minds of those who seek justice for the killer's crimes. A perfect read for fans of Rachel Abbott or The Couple Next Door." ~ Lizzie Harwood, Amazon bestselling author

"It's been a while since I read through a racy and pacy thriller, served piping hot in Robin Cook style. The blurb got me hooked, and I couldn't put this book down until I finished it." ~ R.C. Bean SiMPLiREAD Book Review

A short story Prequel to The Recipient


Michael Rhodes becomes the first man in U.S. history to donate his organs after execution. Sergeant Wade McKinnon watches Rhodes take his last breath from the viewing area to the lethal injection chamber, hoping to be able to move on with his life after Rhodes pays the ultimate penalty for his crimes.

Elle’s world is turned upside down when her husband, Brian, suffers a debilitating stroke at the age of thirty-seven. His only chance at living the life he once led is to receive an experimental brain transplant. When she gets the call that donor brain cells are finally available for Brian’s transplant, she rushes him to the hospital hoping for him to return to the man he was before his stroke.

Detective Blake Stephenson returns with a case of his own in the next Emerald City Thriller



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