Long time grifters Sam and Rachel love two things: each other and the grift. On the run from the mob, the two lovers move from one con to the next, winning some and losing others, but always finding a way to survive.
Episodes 1-3 of Season One begin with The Concrete Smile by series creator and editor, Frank Zafiro. Sam and Rachel try to con the owner of a concrete business in St. Louis, but their past is catching up to them as fast as the stakes of the con are rising. Will they hit it rich, or crash and burn?
JD Rhoades pens Episode 2, People Like Us. When the pair team up with Sam’s old mentor, Aunt Sally, in Raleigh to pass off a phony Civil War relic, it looks like a straightforward job. But things get complicated in a hurry when the buyer, a white supremacist professor, becomes enamored with Rachel, while a contract killer closes in on the couple.
Episode 3, The Whale by Lawrence Kelter, shifts the scene to Manhattan, where Sam poses as a long-absent club member at a posh gentleman’s club. As the two grifters weave their complicated tale to land a big investor, it becomes clear that they are not the only ones working a con. The only question is, whose side are the interlopers on?
Season One continues with Episodes 4-6 in A Grifter’s Song Vol. 2.
Longtime lovers and con artists Sam and Rachel sign on to help Sam’s old mentor, a legendary grifter known as Aunt Sally, pull off a scam that leverages the racist sentiments, gimlet-eyed avarice, and sleazy lust of an odious white supremacist college professor. But the couple has dragged their past behind them, and the Philly mobsters they ripped off not so long ago have set a relentless hunter with a head full of demons on their trail, with a mandate to inflict as much pain as possible before he puts the couple in the ground.
As they put the grift together, Sam and Rachel uncover secrets and surprises about Aunt Sally, her enigmatic partner William, and themselves.
People Like Us is a story of love and loyalty, of the lies that we call history, and of people who fight to live and love outside the walls of normal society.
He isn’t the kind of detective to take no for an answer, but in his most recent case answers are damn hard to come by. Partnered with the conscientious Detective Matt Winslow, Mocha endeavors to solve the murder of the wealthy and beautiful Jessica Shannon, a woman who had every reason to live.
As Mocha and Winslow strive to push forward the hands of time and solve the murder, their imposing lieutenant breathes down their necks, suspects are scarce, and all of the evidence seems to be a dead end.
With the last precious grains of sand falling through the hourglass, Mocha pushes ever forward, determined to make an arrest, even if it means this collar will be his last.
Praise for THE LAST COLLAR:
“Kelter and Zafiro take unforgettable characters on a journey through a world filled with unanswered questions and unforgiving predators.” —J.J. Hensley, author of Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk’s Outline.
“One of the most difficult tasks in constructing works of crime fiction is to develop protagonists who are somewhat true to life, meaning they are not the perfect white knights often portrayed in novels. In The Last Collar, Kelter and Zafiro accomplished that feat by creating gritty detectives who will never be confused for choir boys.” —J.J. Hensley, author of Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk’s Outline.
“For everyone looking for the next Girl Gone on a Train with a Dragon Tattoo, The Last Collar shows there’s still a lot of life left in the traditional police procedural when the execution is done right.” —Dana King, author of the Penns River Crime Series.
“High jingo jams up Detectives ‘Mocha’ and Winslow on what might be their last case together in this fast-paced, crisp police procedural. Rich, beautiful, young Jessica Shannon is strangled to death. Mocha and Winslow are on the case, their fire-breathing boss bearing down on them…especially as Jessica’s father is a well-connected mucky-muck. Mocha’s even more motivated than usual since he’s under the gun, trying to beat the clock on the death sentence of a terminal illness nipping at his heels. Will they be able to solve the case before the clock runs out? Writing duo Lawrence Kelter and Frank Zafiro seamlessly merge their writing styles to create a page turning thriller that will grab you by the ‘collar’ and keep you hooked till the surefire end.” —Shamus Award-winning author Paul D. Marks.
Suzanne Tyler barely knew her father. But when she’s given a series of secret diaries and eight mysterious photographs of women from his possessions, she knows she won’t be able to rest until she knows the truth about him.
To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.
But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death... So why did he have a picture of her?
Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his diaries? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?
Chilling and utterly page-turning, The Serial Killer’s Daughter is a compelling thriller, perfect for fans of C.L. Taylor, Rachel Abbott, and Tom Bale.
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Peter Keys is a multimillionaire real estate developer and the adventurer, who hasn’t been seen or heard from in over a decade. Because of his clandestine nature he is the stuff a con artist’s dreams are made from. Manhattan’s University Club is the spot where the brilliant, wealthy, and uber-accomplished rub their silk-clad elbows. Posing as Keys, Sam attempts to rope a man of incredible wealth into buying, of all things, a diamond mine.
Sam and his beautiful comrade Rachel begin working their con when it become clear that they’re not the only ones working a scam, but it’s unclear just which side of the con this interloper is on, a wrinkle that quickly turns this very complicated con into a nightmare. They’re playing for all the marbles on this one. With so much at stake will they come out on top or will players become the ones who get played?
Inspired by true events, and alternating between intrigue and action, Fallen City captures an iconic era in the history of New York and paints a human story on the canvas of one of its biggest challenges.
From the authors of The Last Collar.