Say you’re a wicked woman who calls herself Satin because she thinks she’s smoother than silk. You’re a talent scout for a perverted prince looking for the perfect little girl to be his next “daughter”—a very special girl he can train to fulfill his every twisted fantasy until she grows too old for his taste.
So when you stumble on a runaway seven-year-old in a Portland shopping mall that you know from painful personal experience is a perfect fit, you snatch the kid and cash in, right? Satin tries to do exactly that in Lizzie’s Lullaby, launching a rollercoaster ride through the underside of Portland in the 1990s.
The snatch goes without a hitch, but the process of cashing in reveals that this girl is actually the worst choice possible for this endeavor. She comes complete with Wiley, an imperfect father who would rather die than see her harmed; with Leon, a force of nature who combines the loyalty of a friendship forged in fire with the conscience of a shark; and with her own indomitable belief that she is very precocious for her age—a belief that she proves justified from one end of Lizzie’s Lullaby to the other.
Wiley is also a man who solves problems for his friends. The murder of a young musician who is close to his extended family puts Wiley in a vengeful frame of mind. He follows the evidence through the darkest corners of the city. When the trail points to Hawai’i, a place in which Wiley has never set foot but seems lately to be calling him home, he heads for the land of his ancestors in the hopes of finding justice for his young friend.
Reminiscent of the classic noir masters but with a modern twist all his own, Lono Waiwaiole is increasingly recognized as one of the groundbreaking masters of noir fiction.
Praise for the Wiley series …
“Lono Waiwaiole’s Wiley novels are the past and the future of hardboiled crime fiction rolled up together inside prose that’s as cold and as shiny as the city streets — but there’s hope and redemption there too, glinting like the morning sun on wet pavement. Buy this book.” — Lee Child, author the Jack Reacher thrillers
“[The Wiley books are} intelligent, satisfying, engrossing reads of the kind that are welcome on a rainy Sunday when all you want to do is curl up and go somewhere else in your mind.” — Honolulu Advertiser
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.
Read what everyone is saying about The Serial Killer’s Daughter:
‘Amazing, page turning, tense and twisted… From the first page to the last, the pace doesn't stop at all.’ Stylish Brunette
‘Oh my goodness what a dark and twisted read… Gripping from the first page, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its shocking conclusion… A roller coaster of a thriller… A gripping story of the psychology of evil and the lengths people will go to meet their own needs.’ The Book Review Café
‘An explosive climax.’ Novel Gossip
‘This thriller will have you speeding to the end.’ Books, Books and More Books
‘Had me gripped… I couldn’t tear my eyes away.’ The Writing Garnet
‘Twists and turns galore which kept me gripped from start to finish. The story flows perfectly with numerous shocking truths uncovered along the way. Brilliantly written… I highly recommend.’ Chat About Books
‘A riveting, haunting and twisted family tale.’ Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles
‘The Serial Killer's Daughter is one gripping and absorbing psychological thriller… Lesley Welsh did an excellent job of getting into a serial killer's head. A truly absorbing read for anyone who likes the psychological thriller genre!’ Novel Deelights
‘A fun, twisty-turning read.’ When the Books Hit the Fans
‘Really enjoyed this book, the story line was fascinating. I loved the style of writing… A real page turner that I had a hard job putting down. A solid 6 stars.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk
‘I absolutely ADORED this amazing, page turning, tense and twisted thriller. From the first page to the last, the pace doesn't flag, the writing is tight and spare and yet beautiful, the characters real and flawed. Loved every word. Highly recommend this brilliant read.’ Renita D’Silva
‘It is a seriously dark and disturbing read… As evil as Don is, he still fascinated me and even though I was horrified by his actions, I had to keep reading. Fans of serial killer reads are without a doubt going to love it as it definitely has the shock factor.’ By The Letter Book Reviews
‘The character development in this psychological thriller is sublime… Without doubt one of the most twisted serial killers I’ve encountered… Very twisty.’ It’s All About Books
In LEON’S LEGACY, Waiwaiole goes back to where it all began — back when Wiley and Leon were high school kids pursuing the state basketball championship. Unfortunately, it was also the year that the crack gangs from California began to sink their talons into Portland’s inner city, a juxtaposition that threatens not only their hoop quest but also their lives. An inner-city high school teacher and basketball coach when this actually occurred in Portland, Waiwaiole has a wealth of first-hand exposure to this story and the writing chops to deliver it convincingly.
Praise for LEON’S LEGACY …
“Lono Waiwaiole writes with a command you don’t see much anymore. He is the opposite of the winking hard-boil writer of today. He writes authentically and knowingly about America’s underclass, the streets and being an outsider. Leon’s Legacy is an unexpectedly honest novel about a violent teenage world, peopled with intensely believable characters whose upside down humanity will grab you.”
—Kent Harrington, author of The Red Jungle and Rat Machine
Possible blurbs (most for previous books; not sure about Christgau’s) …
“Lono Waiwaiole’s Wiley novels are the past and the future of hard-boiled crime fiction, rolled up together inside prose that’s as cold and as shiny as the city streets. But there’s hope and redemption there too, glinting like the morning sun on wet pavement.”
“With prose so sharp you can’t even feel the cut, scalpel-like in its precision, and driving to the heart by way of the gut, Lono Waiwaiole is that rarest of writers — brutally honest, unflinchingly brave, and not about to take no for an answer. Neither Wiley nor Waiwaiole are to be missed!”
“Noir fans need to know about Waiwaiole right now. He’s the real thing, and he’s too good to miss.”
—Bill Ott (Booklist starred review)
“A tale of basketball, friendship, and street gang hostility that reads with the pace of a blistering fast break.”
—John Christgau, author of Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948 and The Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball
After the tragic and bloody end to The Cartel’s reign, Carter is forced into isolation to evade the law. With his wife, Miamor, facing federal charges and his dear brother, six feet under, Carter has never been more alone. His empire is at his feet and he has no idea how to rebuild his kingdom. The only thing that is certain is that he has to stay out the way and off the radar of the Feds until he can figure out how to get his lady out of prison.
Miamor’s freedom is guaranteed—provided Carter help create and distribute a drug that will take the streets by storm. Rubbing elbows with the most notorious, ruthless leaders of the underworld will get him what he wants. But can he win at their game of murder and money?
Las Vegas. A city built on obscene wealth and corrupt deals, cunning entrepreneurs, and the ruthless mob. The Cartel's plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but comes with great sacrifice. The stakes have never been this high, and rules of the game have never been this hard to manipulate. And when one dead girl, one scorned wife, and one hole in the desert launch a chain of catastrophic events, The Cartel is sent on a downward spiral as they battle the Arabian mob and fight traitors within their circle. Will the Cartel prevail...or fall victim to the city's black cloud? And if there's one rule in the town of Vegas, it's that when the dust settles, there can only be one winner, in The Cartel 6: The Demise, by New York Times bestselling authors Ashley & JaQuavis.