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Gone But Not Forgotten
One by one women vanished. The only clue is a single black rose left on a pillow with the note "Gone, but not forgotten". It's up to Betsy to find the killer and nail him. It won't be easy. This killer is impeccible. There are no fingerprints, nothing to give any clues to who he might be. For months, women are dissappearing with no clues as to where they might be. Detectives are only finding dead ends to their searches for them until something goe...
Heartstone
Elaine Murray and Richie Walters, two high school students, are killed at the local teen hangout. There are two very obvious suspects, but the local police can't make a case. Cop Roy Schindler just can't let the case die. Even after being officially removed from the case, he keeps trying to find a way to prove the Coolidge boys guilty. He finally finds a hole when he discovers that Esther Pelagosi was with them when they killed the two students, and ...
Lost Lake
Harper Collins, March 2005, 25.95, 322 pp. ISBN 0060735023 General Morris Wingate is running for his party' presidential nomination against the incumbent president. To the public at large he is a hero who used his security officers from the company he owns to rescue hostages in Afghanistan. What they don't know is that when Wingate ran the agency for intelligence data coordination, he formed a black ops organization and assigned the men to kill...
Sleeping Beauty
HarperCollins, May 2004, 25.95, 329 pp. ISBN: 0060083263 Writer Miles van Meter is on tour promoting his best selling true crime story Sleeping Beauty. The successful book fascinates the public as it provides an account of convicted killer Joshua Maxfield's murders and collateral damage that includes the author's sister. Miles states that in Portland, Oregon, Joshua killed Norman Spencer in the latter's home and raped and murdered high scho...

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The Associate
Daniel Ames is an attorney with the Reed, Briggs firm in Portland, Oregon. He feels lucky to have the job since the partners mainly hire only graduates of ivy league schools and he had to work his way through college. His firm is representing Geller Pharmaceuticals, a company being blamed for birth defects in children whose mothers took a drug called Insufort. Daniel messes up a piece of evidence and soon finds himself fired. He feels like he was set...
The Burning Man
This is about starting over and doing the right thing this time. After failing a case with his father's firm, he's banished and forced to start over in a small town. He's looking for redemption in his father's eyes, so what does he do? How does he do this? Then comes a special case, someone who really needs him. Can he do it? He's never tried a criminal case and this is a Death Penalty case. You won't believe he can at first, but he's determined an...
The Ties That Bind
Amanda Jaffe was a rising legal defense attorney until an encounter with a psychopath left her suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Amanda longs to return to normal, but when a popular senator (and friend of her father's) is murdered, a pimp is arrested for the crime. The police believe that Jon Dupre killed senator Travis over a dispute about a prostitute, and Jon is given a high profile defense attorney. When the attorney is murdereded durin...
The Undertaker's Widow
State Senator Ellen Crease is running for the U.S. Senate when her husband is gunned down in their Portland, Oregon, home. She is able to reach her bedside weapon and shoot the perpetrator. At first it looks like she killed the man in self-defense and for shooting her husband. But further investigation reveals that she may have hired the man to shoot her husband and then she shot him so that she would have no witnesses. She is immediately indicted fo...
Ties That Bind
HarperCollins, March 2003, 25.95, 342 pp. ISBN 0060083247 Life is not easy for New Mexico defense attorney Amanda Jaffe since she almost was killed while being used as bait in a series of murders committed by a surgeon in St. Francis Medical Center. It's been more than a year and she is still suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder complete with flashbacks, spotty sleep and intense flashbacks. The last thing she wants to do is take on a murder...
Wild Justice
A series of brutal murders took place in a cabin near Portland, Oregon. The suspected killer gets loose on a technicality based on an illegal search and seizure. Four years later a nearly identical crime is committed, only the original suspect is dead. Who did it? Or was the suspect set up all along, like he claimed? Both suspects are doctors who would have the medical knowledge and skill to produce death by surgical procedure. Lawyer Amanda Jaffe ...


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