CRUISING WITH KATE

Buckle up and enjoy a rollicking ride with Bernard and "Cool Kate," his unflappable wife, on a memorable trip behind the scenes at diverse places such as corporate boardrooms, The Paris Review, and the FBI, with jaunts to Hollywood and the Hamptons and points in between. Watch for the bold-faced names as you rove through Manhattan, from the staid and proper 21 Club to dining with the stars at Elaine's. Follow the insecure Bernard's nouveau riche climb up New York's social ladder on this rags-to-riches literary joyride.

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DANCEHALL

When the well-preserved body of a young woman surfaces from the icy depths of Lake Placid twenty years after her death, the professional and personal life of successful businessman David Powell begins to crumble. Authorities don’t know her identity, only that her death had been violent. For Powell, the discovery fuels deep-seated fears and threatens to uncover secrets he has hidden from his beautiful wife and daughter. Struggling to hold on to his family and business, Powell faces a cunning opponent who threatens everything he’s worked for, even his very life.  A perennial best-seller, Dancehall engages the reader in a tale of intrigue, passion and suspense that captivates to the final page.

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TAILSPIN  THE CASE THAT INSPIRED “THE FUGITIVE”—SOLVED!

In Tailspin: The Strange Case of Major Call, best-selling author Bernard F. Conners presents the story of Major James Arlon Call, a heroic airman whose passion for excitement propelled him into a horrifying life of crime. As a young man, Major James Call had it all—a brilliant mind, devoted wife, dashing good looks, and an illustrious career as a decorated flyer. But Major Call also had a dark side—a penchant for speed, danger, life on the edge and survival at any cost. Haunted by the death of his young wife, Call volunteered for wartime combat “suicide missions,” then for further diversions, turned to gambling and crime. What follows is the captivating story of brazen burglaries, a shootout with the police, and a 106-day manhunt. An unlikely criminal, Call was never charged with many of the crimes he committed including one of the most notorious unsolved murders of the 20th Century—the Sam Sheppard murder case.

Conners, a former FBI agent, employs a dramatized, yet factual, narrative to present a gripping account of his charming but deadly protagonist. Tailspin is based on extraordinary research conducted over a period of decades, and contains over 80 pages of stunning evidence, photographs and exhibits to support the narrative.

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THE HAMPTON SISTERS

In his first novel since Dancehall, Bernard Conners joins company with the sequestered, eccentric, amiably self-indulged WASP establishment of Old Hampton, Long Island, in a riveting story of death and romance.  The sisters of the title are rich, beautiful, single, desirable, but the great shabby-genteel shorefront estate they inhabit reeks of murder and madness.

Lydia, the elder sister, an amateur ornithologist and gentle recluse, wears monogrammed sweaters and sensible shoes.  Emily, the younger, a star amateur tennis player and budding novelist, lives rakishly and divides her seductive attentions between her would-be publisher, and a handsome South Hampton lover, who doubles as a pediatrician in New York.

The action centers on Emily, whose amorous manipulations, take her and her lovers back and forth between the fast-paced publishing world of Manhattan and their leisurely, slightly atrophied country club in Old Hampton.

In a construction as finely detailed as a diamond-encrusted Swiss watch – or a self-destructing Tinguely sculpture – the author keeps the reader in delightful suspense right to the bottom of the last page.

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DON’T EMBARRASS THE BUREAU

Bernard F. Conners was a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than eight years, holding important positions during that time, including supervision of the night operations of the New York and Chicago divisions.  He was involved extensively with espionage and criminal matters and received several personal citations from J. Edgar Hoover commending him for his performance.  In Don’t Embarrass the Bureau he gives an astonishing description of the depth and influence of this agency and its Director and a detailed account, never before told, of the Bureau’s activities at all levels. 

All of this he tells in the form of a compelling suspense novel in which he utilizes his broad knowledge of espionage matters to relate one of the most sophisticated intelligence schemes ever attempted – the infiltration and control of the FBI.

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