Estranged from his wife and daughter, former undercover cop Mark Mallen has spent the last four years in a haze of heroin. And when his best friend from the academy, Eric Russ, is murdered, all the evidence points to Mallen as the prime suspect.
Now Mallen's former colleagues on the force are turning up the heat and Russ's survivors are in desperate need of answers. But if he wants to serve justice to the real killer, Mallen knows he'll have to get clean. Turning a life around is murder for a junkie, especially when two low-life thugs want him dead. Bruised, battered, and written off by nearly everyone, Mallen must make amends for his damaged past and restore hope for a better future.
"Equally rooted in the struggle for justice and the struggle for sobriety, Lewis' debut makes it clear that there may be no clear right or wrong."--Kirkus Reviews
"Robert Lewis gives Mallen a world that is bleak but never hopeless and Lewis truly delivers in this gritty debut weaving tension with loss and revenge for a story where right still beats wrong no matter how murky the battle."--Sophie Littlefield, Edgar Award-finalist and bestselling author of The Stella Hardesty Crime Series
About the Author
R B once again
uses the setting of his winter home, The Villages, Florida to create his sixth
novel and the second in his Paradise series. In Dreams of Paradise R B taps into several issues in modern
society--the growing gap between the rich and the poor,
drug addiction, and illegal immigration, to create a fast-paced story of
desire, deception, and finally murder.
R B’s novels can be found on all the
dot.coms, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon. They are also available on
Kindle, Nook, and most e-books.
Everyone assumed she’d headed back to New Orleans.
But when an accident at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Run uncovers her body, everyone Venus took for a ride becomes a suspect. The man at the top of that list sees the writing on the wall and hires Fortune to figure out who killed Venus, before he goes to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie start poking around into Venus’s complicated life, hoping to find the killer. And to solve their first official case.
Come celebrate, it’s Halloween.
Sinful, Louisiana, really knows how to throw a party, and it goes all out for Halloween. The weeklong celebration kicks off with a maze of horror in the park built of hay bales. And Fortune has the perfect assignment—the executioner. Her scene comes complete with a head block, a hatchet, and a fake body with removable head. It’s the perfect setup…for a crime.
When Fortune returns from break and realizes the body in her scene is a real one and not the prop, she knows trouble is coming. Before she can shake a broomstick, Celia Arceneaux has raised the alarm and the state police show up to take over the investigation. With Carter on the sidelines and Fortune the prime suspect, Swamp Team 3 sets out to catch a real monster.