John Lawrence Reynolds

John Lawrence Reynolds has won several awards for his writing, including two Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Mystery Novel. The past-President of Crime Writers of Canada, he has written extensively on financial and investment matters. He lives in Burlington, Ontario
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An inside look at the secret societies that survive and thrive among us “with more twists and turns than The Da Vinci Code” (Robert J. Sawyer, author of Calculating God).
 
Secret societies generate fear, suspicion, and—above all—fascination. To many, their secrecy suggests sacrilege, crime, and conspiracy. Their loyalties are often accused of undermining governments and tipping the scales of justice. The Freemasons, for example, hold more seats of power in the US government than any other organization. No fewer than sixteen presidents have declared their Masonic affiliation, and there may have been more. Secret societies have infiltrated pop culture as well. Celebrity members of Kabbalah include Madonna, Demi Moore, and Elizabeth Taylor, among others.
 
From the Mafia and the Yakuza to the Priory of Sion, Skull and Bones, and the Templars, Reynolds offers an illuminating exploration of the stories—both confirmed and fabricated—that surround these societies. He also provides detailed information on their origins, initiations, rituals, and secret signs. Dispelling myths and providing gripping revelations—such as a direct historical link between the Assassins of the Middle Ages and today’s Al Qaeda—Secret Societies gives us a smart, surprising look at the best known and least understood covert organizations.
 
“A page-turner.” —Robert J. Sawyer
 
“This offers far more depth and detail than most . . . Excellent.” —Midwest Review of Books
 
“A must-read . . . Written with exceptional skill and competence.” —Ian Markham, dean of Hartford Seminary
Irascible and malcontented, Boston Homicide detective Lieutenant Joe McGuire is one half of the best homicide team in Boston’s history. Led by razor-sharp instincts and a nose for the truth, McGuire leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of ruthless killers in these gritty crime novels.

The Man Who Murdered God

Facing a brutal serial killer with his sights set firmly on the Catholic diocese, Boston homicide detective Lieutenant Joe McGuire—one half of the best homicide team in Boston’s history—is in a race against time to find a killer who seemingly leaves no trace.

And Leave Her Lay Dying

Relegated to reviewing unsolved murders as the result of a courtroom outburst, Boston homicide detective Lieutenant Joe McGuire becomes obsessed with solving the murder of a young woman found in the Boston Fens.

Whisper Death

When a key witness—as well as his partner—are gunned down in broad daylight, Boston homicide detective Lieutenant Joe McGuire swears he will not rest until he finds the killer. But when his investigation threatens to expose an ongoing government investigation into the decades-old theft of a military weapon, McGuire himself becomes the hunted.

Gypsy Sins

Leaving behind the violence of the Boston streets and the politics of the Boston Police Department, homicide detective Joe McGuire is settled in a new life in the Bahamas. But when his closest living relative—his Aunt Cora—dies, McGuire returns home to attend her funeral and settle her estate.

Solitary Dancer

Now a former homicide detective, Joe McGuire spends his days in a drug-induced haze trying to forget the brutal beating that almost cost him his life. Driven by his addiction, McGuire now associates with the kind of criminals he used to bring to justice.

Haunted Hearts

His drug addiction behind him, former Boston homicide detective Joe McGuire is now a private investigator for a prominent law firm, filling his days with open-and-shut cases and his nights with an office romance.

Praise for John Lawrence Reynolds

“One of Canada’s best mystery writers.”—Globe and Mail

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