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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Accounting Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his pals Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it .
They were wrong .
Twenty five years later Jon s marriage is on the rocks his kids are virtual strangers and the recession has taken his job and decimated his finances Worst of all when he finds Augie murdered in Vegas he knows the past has risen from its grave to grab him by the throat .
The battle that ensues will send Jon skittering across a landscape wracked by the Great Recession to confront the demons of his past the grade school bully who has terrorized him for decades the grandfather that betrayed him the girl that got away And in the middle of a fight to death with his daughter s life hanging in the balance Jon Willing learns the most brutal of truths .
The piper always gets paid and sometimes he gets paid in blood
Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep tending bar as he lives his life in a state of Zen serenity until Birdie Grackle a foul mouthed alcoholic walks into his bar and makes a startling confession Six years ago Justin s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother s bludgeoned corpse Now Justin s father is serving a life sentence and Justin drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace But when Birdie claims he murdered Justin s mother for cash Justin is hurled back to the emotions back to the past and most frightening of all back to the father he tried to leave behind WHO HIRED BIRDIE GRACKLE TO KILL JUSTIN S MOTHER As Justin pieces together the truth a killing machine stalks Justin leaving a trail of dead in his wake Someone wants to bury the truth and maybe Justin too Justin had better find some answers quick because murder is just not Zen
Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his pals Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it br br They were wrong br br Twenty five years later Jon s marriage is on the rocks his kids are virtual strangers and the recession has taken his job and decimated his finances Worst of all when he finds Augie murdered in Vegas he knows the past has risen from its grave to grab him by the throat br br The battle that ensues will send Jon skittering across a landscape wracked by the Great Recession to confront the demons of his past the grade school bully who has terrorized him for decades the grandfather that betrayed him the girl that got away And in the middle of a fight to death with his daughter s life hanging in the balance Jon Willing learns the most brutal of truths br br The piper always gets paid and sometimes he gets paid in blood
Hard luck Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl is just itching for the opportunity to sell out Then good fortune comes knocking at his door in the guise of William Prescott III a blue blood attorney from one of the city s most prestigious firms Prescott wants Victor to represent a councilman s aide who is on trial along with his boss for extortion arson and murder It s the juiciest highest profile courtroom extravaganza in years and all Carl has to do is show up shut up and follow Prescott s lead br br But it soon becomes clear that somene s setting him and his client up to take a long hard fall Victor Carl may be desperate and unethical but he s no one s patsy And to survive in this legal snake pit of secrets lies and lethal double crosses he s going to play the game his way
Some victims deserve nothing less than the truth Ethically adventurous Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl usually does the right thing but often for the wrong reasons When old law school classmate Guy Forrest is accused of murdering his beautiful lover Hailey Prouix in their Main Line love nest Carl agrees to represent him while keeping silent about his own prior romantic involvement with the victim and his present determination to see that his client is punished for the brutal crime But once Carl sets the machinery of retribution in motion it may be impossible to stop it even after his certainty begins to crack Now Victor Carl must race across the country to uncover shocking truths Who really was Hailey Prouix And why is a killer still waiting in her shadow
Victor Carl is back and back in trouble At a low point in his lowly career Victor finds himself skulking through the streets of Philadelphia carrying a bag full of money for an ambitious politician It is a rotten job on the wrong side of anyone s line but with bag in hand Victor is suddenly hobnobbing with the city s elite filling his bank account and having sex with the politician s gorgeous and deranged sister But just when Victor begins to think he s got a future in the political game one of his payoffs ends up in the pocket of a dead woman and Victor goes from bagman to fall guy Now Victor s only way out might lie with a brotherhood of shady characters with sacks full of cash bad fedoras and their own twisted set of rules Will Victor s new friends help him find a killer or bury him deep
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em New York Times em bestselling author William Lashner returns with a brilliantly twisty tale that probes the dark side of the law and man br br em Unlike the rest of you I cheerfully admit to my own utter selfishness I am self made self absorbed self serving self referential even self deprecating in a charming sort of way In short I am all the selfs except selfless Yet every so often I run across a force of nature that shakes my sublime self centeredness to its very roots Something that tears through the landscape like a tornado leaving nothing but ruin and reexamination in its wake Something like Bob em br Victor Carl br br A beautiful young woman is dead her husband convicted of the murder In seeking a new trial for the husband defense attorney Victor Carl must confront not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client but also a strange little busybody named Bob br br Bob has the aspiration one could even say compulsion to help those around him And it usually works out well for all concerned except when it ends in blood But Victor doesn t know that yet br br Thanks to Bob Victor is suddenly dressing better dating a stunning woman and both his economic prospects and his teeth are gleaming It s all good until Victor finds a troubling connection between Bob and the murdered wife Is Bob a kind of saint or is this obsessive Good Samaritan in reality a murderer br br Filled with the keen wit deep poignancy twisting suspense and dark realism that has entranced readers impressed reviewers and made William Lashner s previous novels bestsellers Falls the Shadow is a riveting novel sure to leave readers eager for more
It means something to be a client It means he gets my loyalty whether he deserves it or not It means he gets my absolute best for the price of an hourly fee It means in a world where every person has turned against him there is one person who will fight by his side for as long as there is a battle to be fought br Victor Carl br br Author of the acclaimed novels em Fatal Flaw em em Bitter Truth em and em Hostile Witness em bestselling writer William Lashner crafts dark witty engrossing tales of suspense involving one of the most intriguing characters of modern popular fiction Victor Carl br br A defense attorney who lives his life in shades of gray Victor Carl fights all the right fights for all the wrong reasons With a failing legal practice a dead end love life a pile of unpaid traffic tickets and a talent for mixing it up in tough working class bars and sparring with obstinate cops Victor skates on the razor s edge of legal ethics in search of the easy buck But the one absolute in Victor s life is loyalty especially to a client even if he happens to be dead Like Joey Cheaps a no account who takes a knife to the throat down on the waterfront but not before he shares with his lawyer his part in a terrible crime br br With his client murdered Victor must search for a killer But solving the crime means investigating the darkest spot in Joey Cheaps s misspent youth sending Victor on a twisting journey that leads to a missing suitcase stuffed with money photographs of a mysterious naked woman and a Supreme Court justice with a secret to hide And most dangerous of all Victor steps into the crosshairs of a vengeful enemy with a past full of pain and a taste for blood br br As thrilling as it is darkly evocative em Past Due em is a superb tale of crime and justice that takes the intrepid Victor Carl into brilliant new territory and confirms William Lashner s place among the top suspense writers of our time
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing Albert Camus I suppose every hundred million dollars has its own sordid story and the hundred million I am chasing is no exception So begins Veritas William Lashner s riveting follow up to his bestselling debut novel Hostile Witness Victor Carl lawyer loser hapless hero of Hostile Witness and a Philadelphian way out of his element has come to the sweat drenched jungles of Berize to chase his fortune Finding it is something else entirely br br Coerced into defending an unpleasant parade of mob enforcers two bit hoods and other Philadelphian riffraff Carl wants out of his shabby squalid life more than ever So when a terrified young woman offers Carl an unusual but substantial proposition he leaps at the opportunity to trade in his grubby existence for a life of wealthy excess br br The job proving that the recent suicide of wealthy Philadelphian heiress Jacqueline Shaw was not a suicide at all but murder plunges Carl into an eerie shadow world where events buried deep in the past exert an awful weight in the present a world of overturned gravesites gruesome secrets and a haunted lonely estate that houses the broken and dying heirs of a once powerful family br br Simultaneously caught up in an exploding mob war and the machinations of an avaricious cult Carl realizes too late that he s in way over his head as he races against time to collect his fee and get out alive As Carl edges closer to the truth a truth that is concealed in the mists of a bygone era and now awaits him in the rainforests of Belize he learns firsthand that the most terrifying darkness crouches not in theheart of the jungle surrounding him but in the deepest yearnings of the human soul