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The Laughing Buddha: An Original Short Story

M. J. Rose, Lisa Gardner

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

Lisa Gardner and M.J. Rose - along with their popular characters D.D. Warren and Malachai Samuels - team up for the first time ever in this original short story from the New York Times bestselling anthology Face Off.

Sergeant detective D.D. Warren gets called to a murder scene in Boston's colourful Chinatown neighbourhood. An antiques dealer specializing in ancient Chinese artefacts - ceramics, jade, and stone carvings - is dead from a single gunshot wound. Although he appeared to have no known enemies, Mr. John Wen did have a business card clutched in his cold, dead hand. A card bearing the name Malachai Samuels.

A Jungian therapist specializing in past lives and regression therapy, Samuels has also been named a 'person of interest' in recent criminal cases involving stolen artefacts. And there is an eight-inch, solid jade Buddha statue missing from Wen's office. D.D. Warren will have to pay Malachai Samuels a visit - the question is, is he the killer, or can he simply help her find out who is?

For more exciting short story pairings, don't miss all eleven short stories in Face Off!

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M. J. Rose

M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of 12 novels including Lip Service and In Fidelity. A founding and board member of International Thriller Writers, she also runs two popular blogs: Buzz, Balls & Hype and Backstory. Lip Service became the first e-book and the first self-published novel chosen by the LiteraryGuild/Doubleday Book Club.The author lives in Connecticut with Doug Scofield, a composer, and their very spoiled dog, Winka.

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