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When a federal drug bust goes awry, Luke Garrison must investigate a baffling government cover-up<P> In a remote region of the California hills, Mexican drug lord Reynaldo Juarez has built a fortress, complete with a landing strip long enough for a Boeing 737. He has planned the biggest deal of his long and dangerous career: a $100 million cocaine buy that will make him a legend. With the DEA waiting in the hills, the Feds storm the Juarez compound. Four agents end up dead and the drug lord is shot through the skull. In the aftermath of the disastrous raid, former Santa Barbara District Attorney Luke Garrison is tasked with finding the shooter who killed Reynaldo. He will discover that a strange conspiracy, replete with a sinister cover-up, lies behind the assault on the kingpin's compound. Going up against the DEA is a fearsome prospect, but fearlessness is all that Luke has left.
"A rip-snorting, full-throttle novel . . . It kept me up late into the night." --Stephen King Forced out of his firm, a hard-living attorney takes on one final, highly charged case--defending a notorious gang of bikers against murder charges A few years ago, Will Alexander was the top criminal lawyer in Santa Fe, with a thriving practice, a famously flamboyant courtroom style, and a marriage that landed him on the front page of the society section. Now, though, his wife has left him, and his constant boozing and womanizing have put his career in jeopardy. When Will's partners ask him--forcefully--to take a leave of absence from the firm, his life in law seems finished. He has only one client: a gang of men who call themselves the Scorpions. Four rogue bikers are accused of committing a gruesome murder, and Will is the only one they want for their defense. Although all the evidence points toward their guilt, Will believes them, and it's time for these outlaws to stick together.
Cast out of academia after a failed affair, Fritz Tullis retreats to Maryland, where he tries to photograph a rare whooping crane. Through his lens, however, he witnesses a murder. Suddenly, Fritz stumbles upon a plot involving the State Department, the CIA, and a foreign diplomat. He soon launches his own investigation of one murder that leads to many more--perhaps even his own.
He used to relish putting suspects in jail, but in his latest case, Luke Garrison--now a defense attorney--will stop at nothing to save a man accused of murderDuring a sleepover with her two friends, Emma goes missing. The owners of a local news network, her parents have money and power. As the police scour the city, Emma's father offers a $250,000 reward for his daughter's safe return. Eight days after the abduction, two hikers find her. Emma has been dead for days. After a year's fruitless search, the police make an arrest, picking up the network's star anchorman. As Emma's father brays for blood, Luke Garrison is the only person who dares to stand in his way. Once a merciless District Attorney, Luke became a defender after mistakenly sending a man to the gas chamber. Now he will let no one--not even a bereaved father--rush justice. But is he doing the right thing, or is he fighting to set a killer free?
Prominent archaeologists Walt and Jocelyn Gaines had just completed the latest phase of excavation of a fabulous Mayan ruin when they were waylaid by bandits. In the skirmish, Jocelyn was fatally wounded. The couple's three sons, Clancy, Tom, and Will, are devastated, but the loss is compounded when their father suddenly cuts off all contact without explanation. Together, the trio attempt to reconstruct what happened, and discover their father living a life of surprising affluence with a mysterious young girlfriend. The brothers explore every corner of their parents' lives and eventually end up in Central America to confront their mother's killer. But just when they know enough to suspect the worst, they discover that the truth is actually much more complex than they could have imagined.
"So good it makes the heart leap." --Time A Santa Barbara PI falls in with one of California's most dangerous familiesTwo years ago, Kate Blanchard and her partner failed to stop a tragedy. When a man killed his family and then himself, Kate didn't even fire a shot. Two years later, Kate is divorced, and trying to make it as a private detective. Young, wealthy Laura Sparks hires Kate to look into the suspicious death of her lover, a marijuana smuggler who committed suicide in jail. As Kate gets sucked into the darkness of the Sparks family, she learns that the rich and powerful can be just as dangerous as a madman with a gun.
A public defender must defend the rarest of clients--someone she believes to be innocent Jessica Thompson is training for a marathon, running fifty miles a week not just to stay in shape, but to help her forget that she spends her days in service to some of California's worst criminals. As a public defender in Los Angeles, this is par for the course. But Roberto Salazar is an unusual client: a kind, mild-mannered man with a clean record who has been accused of trafficking stolen goods. Jessica is happy to get this churchgoing gardener acquitted, but she's shocked when he's accused of murder. Roberto is arrested in connection with three savage murders, each committed on the night of a full moon. Is he innocent? Or did Jessica let a madman go free?
To reclaim his integrity, a corporate lawyer takes on an unwinnable case<P> After years at the top of his game, Wyatt Matthews has hit rock bottom. Though his bank account is bursting and his law practice is thriving, Wyatt takes no joy in his work. Seeking meaning, he volunteers for six months as a public defender, where he finds that the legal system is an ugly place for those who can't afford top-notch help. In one of his first cases, he arranges bail for a would-be gangster arrested for armed robbery. At first, Marvin White is just another file. But soon, his case will become a crusade. Not long after his release, Marvin is charged with murder. Seven women have been abducted, raped, and murdered by the "Alley Slasher," and Marvin is found near the scene of the latest atrocity. Though Wyatt got in this business to better his own life, he will stop at nothing to save Marvin's.
In an old Californian house, a young man commits a thoroughly modern crimeMaria Estrada, a hard-partying girl with family ties to some of the toughest gangsters in California, had no idea an old mansion could be so beautiful. The boy who broke into it with her had a feeling she might be impressed. But by the time the night is over, Maria has been brutally killed, and the boy is nowhere to be found. It's up to PI Kate Blanchard and Luke Garrison, a criminal lawyer, to decipher what happened in the grand old mansion. To bring Maria's killer to justice, they must locate the elusive connection between the poverty where she was raised and the affluence of where she died.
After growing up in a hardscrabble Maryland town, a teenage boy will stop at nothing to pursue his dream It's 1957, and fifteen-year-old Roy Poole has again been awakened by the nightly argument between his mother, his sister, and his hard-drinking father. Roy sneaks away after the old man passes out, and hitches a ride to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, to use its brutal obstacle course, which he can run better than most midshipmen. Whenever he's navigating the ropes, gullies, and jumps, Roy finds that he's able to leave his troubles behind. Roy's dream is to join the Academy as a midshipman, but after years of bad grades and mishaps, Annapolis is a long shot. When a chance encounter with a retired admiral sets him on the path to a better life, Roy will face his greatest obstacle yet.
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