Maya and Josh, two kids as different as black and white, collide in the heat of a North Carolina summer. The billboard leading into town reads Historic Maxton: A Good Place To Live. Though it was good for many, it wasn’t for everyone. It was a place where goodhearted salt-of-the-earth folks lived alongside the narrow-minded and intolerant.
Decades later: Maya and Josh have realized their intellectual potentials teaching and researching genetic engineering at Harvard. Diseases long ignored and vastly underestimated by the World Health Organization now threaten a global pandemic. In their hour of greatest need, the government and private sector turn to Maya and Josh for a solution to the planet’s impending crisis.
As Maya and Josh work to stem the tide of imminent global disaster, they face challenges both personal and professional and are beset upon by forces that seem to defy explanation—a shadowy figure drifts in and out of their lives over the course of decades causing irreparable damage, and the powers who once turned to them for help now seem to conspire against them making Josh’s life a living hell. The weight of the world rests on his shoulders but is he still the altruistic youth who set out to change the world or has he become someone very different, and will the results of his work be those everyone expects?
Praise for ENCRYPTING MAYA:
“This one cracks with tension and imagination from the first page, evoking just the right blend of menace and mayhem. It’s crisply plotted, matching wits and wiles, so take a walk on the perilous side and give it a read.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Malta Exchange
“From the very beginning, there is tension and imagination which will surprise you. Everything about this story is perfect.” —Amazon Reviewer
“Exceptional attention to detail—much like a painter or sculptor creating art—Kelter makes this medical thriller a winner.” —Grady Harp, Hall of Fame, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
There have been many courtroom dramas that glorified the great American legal system. This is not one of them. My Cousin Vinny has been voted the most re-watchable movie of all time. It’s a story about two wrongly accused young men and the wildly inappropriate attorney who must defend them in an Alabama murder trial.
Bill Gambini and Stanley Rothstein, two friends from Brooklyn, are on their way cross-country to UCLA. Taking a southern route through Alabama, they stop at a local convenience store. No sooner do they leave when they are arrested, presumably for inadvertently shoplifting a can of tuna. The two unfortunate youths wind up facing trial for the murder of a store clerk and face a possible death sentence. They have no money for an attorney. The good news is that Bill has a lawyer in his family, his Cousin Vinny. The bad news is that Vinny is an inexperienced attorney who has never been to trial.
Aided by his savvy, firebrand fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito, Vinny must prevail over some very tough opposition in order to prove his clients’ innocence. He must overcome the testimony of three eyewitnesses, a bulldog sheriff, an FBI forensics expert, a very competent district attorney, and an uncompromising judge who’s just aching to prove Vinny a fraud.
If you thought Vinny and Lisa were funny on the big screen, just wait until you start turning pages. Updated with added scenes and even more laughs, this literary version of My Cousin Vinny will have you rolling on the floor. Are we sure? Yeah, we’re pos-i-tive!
In the course of building his practice, Vinny is reunited with Joe, his walking, talking embarrassment of a brother, Lisa’s nudging parents, Ma and Augie, and his dear old friend Judge Henry Molloy, who refers him the mother of all capital murder cases.
Theresa Cototi is young and pretty but far from innocent, and darn her luck … her boyfriend has just been scraped off the pavement after taking a header from eight- stories up. You’d better believe she’s going to trial, charged with murder one.
Aided by Lisa and a ragtag team of misfits, Vinny defends his client against overwhelming odds. Our endearing neophyte attorney must match wits with a cunning DA and a formidable influence peddler, who appears to anticipate his every move. In the balance hangs the life of a woman he believes to be innocent. Or is she?
Yes, Vinny may have finally won his first case but his and Lisa’s story is far from over.
Praise for BACK TO BROOKLYN:
“I’ve been waiting for years to find out what happened to Vinny Gambini and Lisa. Now we know. Top-notch fun.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Order
“Like visiting with old friends, Back to Brooklyn captures the fun and spontaneity of every lawyer’s favorite legal comedy, My Cousin Vinny. As surefooted as a ’63 Pontiac with Positraction.” —William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob
“If you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough of My Cousin Vinny. So what could be more fun than the continuing adventures of Vincent Gambini and Mona Lisa Vito? This is the kind of book you will want to read again and again. I loved it!” —J. Carson Black, New York Timesbestselling author
“I can still remember falling on the floor laughing at My Cousin Vinny. Now, Vinny and Lisa are back thanks to the brilliant mind of Lawrence Kelter. The characters have not only arrived back into my life like long-lost friends, but the novel has got me down on the floor laughing my tail off.” —Vincent Zandri, New York Times bestselling author of The Corruptions
“With Back to Brooklyn Lawrence Kelter turns the traditional mold inside out by taking a screenplay and using it as the basis for a novel. Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? Vinny Gambini litigates a murder case while his sharp-tongued girlfriend, Mona Lisa Vito, investigates. The result is a murder mystery set in Brooklyn that is full of local flavor, twists and turns, and is just plain funny as hell. I loved it!” —Scott Pratt, bestselling author of the Joe Dillard series
“A quarter century and they haven’t aged a day. Vinny and Lisa are still going toe-to-toe in that riotous cat and mouse game we just can’t get enough of. Back to Brooklyn is clever, crisp, fun. I dare you not to laugh.” —Diane Capri, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunt for Jack Reacher series
Praise for Lawrence Kelter …
“Lawrence Kelter is an exciting new novelist, who reminds me of an early Robert Ludlum.” —Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Radiant Angel
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?