Now justin’s father is serving a life sentence and Justin, after a stint in an asylum, drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when birdie grackle claims to be the hit man who murdered Justin’s mother for the money, the past, most frightening of all, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, and, the father he tried to leave behind.
Who hired birdie grackle to kill justin’s mother? was it annie overmeyer, the shocking details of which justin is only learning now? or was it maybe his imprisoned father, to whom Justin is suddenly growing dangerously close? For all of Justin’s efforts to banish emotion and attachment from his life, who took advantage of his father’s conviction to take control of the family business? Was it someone from his mother’s secret life, the sexy young woman with whom Justin’s father had been having an affair? Was it Justin’s brother, this searing journey into his past affects him in ways he could never have anticipated.
As justin pieces together the truth, a merciless killing machine begins stalking him, leaving a trail of dead in his wake. 2015 edgar award nominee justin chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity. Someone wants to bury the truth, and maybe Justin, too. As the terror closes in, justin had better find some answers quick, because the stakes have been raised—his life is on the line and murder is just not Zen.
. At least until birdie grackle, walks into his bar, a yellow-haired, foul-mouthed alcoholic from Texas, orders a Mojito, and makes a startling confession. Six years ago justin’s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother’s bludgeoned corpse in the foyer of the family home.
Jon willing was just a teenager when he and his pals Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, jon’s marriage is on the rocks, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has taken his job and decimated his finances.
. And in the middle of a fight to death, jon willing learns the most brutal of truths:The piper always gets paid, with his daughter’s life hanging in the balance, and sometimes he gets paid in blood. Worst of all, when he finds augie murdered in Vegas, he knows the past has risen from its grave to grab him by the throat.
The battle that ensues will send jon skittering across a landscape wracked by the Great Recession to confront the demons of his past: the grade-school bully who has terrorized him for decades, the grandfather that betrayed him, the girl that got away.
The Four-Night Run
J. D. Was the bomb meant for him, or for his mobster client? In this seaside casino town where the tables run hot and the tensions run high, the odds say the attorney is a marked man. Alone and on the run, his present, scrbacek flees into the city’s forgotten underbelly, where he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past, a ruined corridor called Crapstown, and his future.
Is he lawyer enough to save his own skin?From the bestselling author of The Barkeep comes a raucous tale of reckoning, racketeering, and revenge. But in order to emerge from the depths of Crapstown, Scrbacek must argue for his life before a jury of the forgotten and the damned. Scrbacek has just won the biggest trial of his career, but even as he crows to the press, his entire life blows sky-high.
Somewhere in the sordid stream of his own existence lie the answers he needs.
A Filthy Business Kindle in Motion
Good intentions: they’ll bite you every time. A lifetime ago, brutally efficient fixer Phil Kubiak coldly cleaned up the messes of shady clients from Miami to Las Vegas by any means necessary—short of murder. Now he’s one eye and one working leg short of the man he used to be, scarred beyond recognition, and with the feds and criminal organizations in hot pursuit.
. Throwing back sour beer in a dingy bar, Phil recounts the long story of his bitter life to the only person left to listen. Across the splintery table, a journalist in pursuit of a career-making interview has driven into the bowels of the desert, seeking not only an award-winning profile but also something more.
Something darker. Will what she sees in phil’s empty gaze spur her toward forgiveness—or vengeance? .
Bagmen A Victor Carl Novel Book 8
At a low point in his lowly career, Victor finds himself skulking through the streets of Philadelphia carrying a bag full of money for an ambitious politician. Will victor’s new friends help him find a killer or bury him deep? But just when victor begins to think he’s got a future in the political game, one of his payoffs ends up in the pocket of a dead woman, and Victor goes from bagman to fall guy.
Now victor’s only way out might lie with a brotherhood of shady characters with sacks full of cash, bad fedoras, and their own twisted set of rules. It is a rotten job on the wrong side of anyone’s line, but with bag in hand Victor is suddenly hobnobbing with the city’s elite, filling his bank account, and having sex with the politician’s gorgeous and deranged sister.
Victor carl is back, and back in trouble.
With a sketchy teen and an abandoned dog, he hits the blacktop to find her. On the road and on the run from a vengeful russian drug dealer, Oliver finds himself on a trip across America and into his own past, fueled by fumes from a Ford F-250 and a reason to live. But when he finds out his granddaughter, a wild child who reminds him of his late wife, has vanished—bless her hell-raising heart—Oliver jumps parole.
But from an exclusive club in chicago to a seedy commune in the Rockies, a series of disastrous choices sends Oliver spiraling further from his goal and deeper into danger. It’s a journey that could all end in redemption or a hail of bullets. His plans for the future are to live out his days in regret, back pain, and a bottle of Lone Star.
He’s taking a dangerous path in search of his missing granddaughter—the only part of his life worth saving. Oliver cross is fresh out of jail. And either’s okay by him.
But when moonis’s sister, goes missing, Cecily, the old friends escape their prisons to search for her in post-fallout America. Moonis and clyde follow cecily’s trail until it leads them into the atomic-ravaged heart of the Midwest, an outlaw territory of dark legends and darker truths where Cecily is being held captive by a brutal gang lord.
But along with menace and death, this poisoned wasteland contains the possibility of a freedom beyond imagination—if only Moonis and Clyde, and the misfits who join their quest, can find the heroism to grab hold of it. In a nation still recovering from the nuclear tragedies of forty years earlier, Clyde is working a dead-end guaranteed job at a diner, and Moonis is incarcerated in a Labor Camp for the Malcontented.
Blood and Bone
Lashner keeps the reader spellbound. Harlan coben new york times bestselling author william lashner takes a brief hiatus from his popular series character, A Killer’s Kiss et al, lawyer Victor Carl Hostile Witness, Fatal Flaw, and electrifies with Blood and Bone—a relentlessly exciting standalone thriller.
The washington post raves: “Lashner is as impressive as anyone writing thrillers today. Blood and Bone is the proof. A gripping story of a hard-luck slacker pulled into a deadly conspiracy surrounding the late father he barely knew, it enthralls and surprises on every page.
Fatal Flaw A Victor Carl Novel Book 3
Some victims deserve nothing less than the truth. Ethically adventurous Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl usually does the right thing, but often for the wrong reasons. Now victor carl must race across the country to uncover shocking truths: Who, really, was Hailey Prouix? And why is a killer still waiting in her shadow?
When old law school classmate guy forrest is accused of murdering his beautiful lover, Hailey Prouix, in their Main Line love nest, Carl agrees to represent him -- while keeping silent about his own prior romantic involvement with the victim, and his present determination to see that his client is punished for the brutal crime.
But once carl sets the machinery of retribution in motion, it may be impossible to stop it, even after his certainty begins to crack.
Bitter Truth A Victor Carl Novel Book 2
But a bitter truth is dragging him in dangerously over his head, and ever closer to the shattering revelation that the most terrifying darkness of all lies not in the heart of a Central American jungle. But in the twisted soul of man. A stained legal career spent defending mob enforcers, two-bit hoods, and other dregs of humanity has left Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl jaded and resentful -- until a new client appears to offer him an escape and a big payday.
. Caroline shaw, wants him to prove that her sister Jacqueline's recent suicide was, the desperate scion of a prominent Main Line dynasty, in fact, murder before Caroline suffers a similar fate. It is a case that propels carl out of his courtroom element and into a murky world of fabulous wealth, bloody family legacies, and dark secrets.
Victor carl would love nothing more than to collect his substantial fee and get out alive.
Past Due A Victor Carl Novel Book 4
But solving the crime means investigating the darkest spot in Joey Cheaps's misspent youth, sending Victor on a twisting journey that leads to a missing suitcase stuffed with money, photographs of a mysterious naked woman, and a Supreme Court justice with a secret to hide. But the one absolute in victor's life is loyalty, especially to a client—even if he happens to be dead.
It means something to be a client. It means he gets my loyalty, whether he deserves it or not. It means in a world where every person has turned against him there is one person who will fight by his side for as long as there is a battle to be fought. Victor carlauthor of the acclaimed novels fatal flaw, bestselling writer William Lashner crafts dark, witty, and Hostile Witness, Bitter Truth, engrossing tales of suspense involving one of the most intriguing characters of modern popular fiction: Victor Carl.
A defense attorney who lives his life in shades of gray, Victor Carl fights all the right fights for all the wrong reasons. With a failing legal practice, and a talent for mixing it up in tough working-class bars and sparring with obstinate cops, a dead-end love life, a pile of unpaid traffic tickets, Victor skates on the razor's edge of legal ethics in search of the easy buck.
And most dangerous of all, Victor steps into the crosshairs of a vengeful enemy with a past full of pain and a taste for blood. As thrilling as it is darkly evocative, past due is a superb tale of crime and justice that takes the intrepid Victor Carl into brilliant new territory and confirms William Lashner's place among the top suspense writers of our time.
It means he gets my absolute best for the price of an hourly fee.