Seduction and deceit in the Caribbean.

 It's 1987 in South Florida and Sam Hawkins is making a career change -- going from finding missing persons to being a gigolo.  After a demanding Fort Lauderdale night with one woman, Sam gets a message from another -- only she wants Sam for his old line of work.

Sarah Winters' beloved uncle retired to the island of Antigua, but after months of letters and phone calls, she can't get in touch with him.

Tight on cash, Sam figures how hard could this be?  Take a trip to the tropics and find some retired guy.  But the sort of business Uncle Sal was in doesn't let you retire, and causes grave concern if someone comes looking for you.  And while that brings unexpected trouble to Sam, it's the least of his worries once the girlfriend of a rich island businessman comes along.

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Secrets that get you killed.

Four years ago, a sadistic killer called Bright Eyes stalked Baltimore for a harrowing summer until homicide detective Jimmy Griffin shot him in cold blood.  Bright Eyes' body plunged into the harbor and was never found, but the killings stopped.

Now, in the midst of another sweltering Baltimore summer, Griffin uncovers a new Bright Eyes victim, and sets off on a twisted chase complicated by his own lies and deceptions, and the secrets of everyone around him, including his wife.

CITY LIES examines the complex issues that echo from acts of revenge, greed, power, and lust.

Based upon the author's novel, BRIGHT EYES (Onyx, 1996), CITY LIES is a complete recreation of the story that unfolds from that original premise.

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A humorous romp along white sand beaches.

Normally when an Ocean City real estate developer turns up dead, lawyer/one-star-motel owner Dallas Henry is a prime suspect.  After all, no one's signed more petitions against building more than sand castles than Dallas.

And when the dead developer is Reg Waterhouse, add Waterhouse's estranged younger wife, Amanda to the list of those with motive.  Fortunately-or maybe not-at the time of Waterhouse's murder, Dallas and Amanda were both in bed-with each other, as chance would have it.  (Cross his heart, Dallas didn't know she was married.)

Despite these mutual alibis, Police Chief Rupert Dawson isn't convinced of Amanda's innocence, and offers to overlook Dallas' ever-growing stack of parking tickets if he'll keep an eye on the widow.  The chief would also like Dallas' help in finding whoever swiped the old artillery gun from the local VFW hall and is using it to fire live rounds at new real estate projects, blowing up bulldozers and otherwise upsetting the mayor.

BIG BLOW features adulterous real estate developers, gin-swigging octogenarian tree huggers, loony psychiatrists, hundreds of watermelons, a Ferris wheel, a stolen Howitzer, and Dallas' many helpers who, often times, aren't really helping.

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A judge's murder ignites a political scandal..

Nicole Palmer is getting her life back.  At 34, with three young kids, Nicole is in her second year of law school, attending class at night while clerking for Judge Theresa Banks during the day.  Nicole's schedule is grueling, but worth it.  She's adjusting to being divorced and greatly admires Judge Banks, who was Nicole's lawyer before being appointed to the bench.

When Judge Banks is killed on a stormy fall night, Nicole is shocked--not just because her friend and mentor is dead, but that circumstances surrounding her death raise questions about Theresa's integrity and political connections.

The county administrative judge confides in Nicole that hours before Judge Banks' death, she came into the courthouse on a day it was closed to sign an order dismissing a highly-publicized land development case.  And other files of cases assigned to her can't be found.

Determined to find evidence to clear Theresa's name and defend her honor, Nicole ends up in the sites of a veteran Baltimore hit man, Jake Burton.  Jake has his own problems, including getting paid for shooting a lawyer last week and a fiancé who's in jail, but nothing that will keep him from killing Nicole once the group that owns the governor gives the word.

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The love of her life.  The house of her dreams.

Tech entrepreneur Brette Kinney has discovered the perfect place to build the house she's dreamed of since childhood.  Merveille Pointe, a secluded, verdant peninsula on Maryland's Eastern Shore, offers breathtaking views from sunrise to sunset, and night skies abundant with stars and fireflies.

With blueprints for a modern marvel of a house already drafted by a famous architect, all Brette needs is the perfect builder for her perfect home.  And she knows she's found him.  Russell Burch, born and raised in the nearby tidewater town of Dalton, is a local high-school baseball legend who grew up building houses with his father.  After his parents died within months of one another, a heartbroken Russell left Dalton and stayed away for six years before coming back to start a building business of his own.

When Russell turns down Brette's request to build her house, Brette's globetrotting fiancé calls in favors to connect Brette with the hottest trending builder, a winner of international awards.  But Brette isn't willing to give up on Russell, and endeavors to convince him to change his mind.

Over the course of three warm, spring weekends, Brette discovers how the unspoiled appearance of the land she now owns belies its history, and that Russell's own dreams for Merveille Pointe were lost a decade ago.

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How Can One Dead Judge Cause Such A Commotion?

Ah, summer. Dallas Henry's favorite time of year-except for this week when the State Bar Association holds its annual convention in Dallas' beach town, and hundreds of his former legal brethren arrive like a red tide of litigating menace. Dallas has been giving away free rooms at his one-star motel to keep any lawyers from checking in, but suddenly he has bigger problems.

Cranky Judge Crenshaw calls Dallas in the middle of the night and claims someone's trying to kill him, but won't say who he thinks it might be, or why. Convinced the judge is attempting another of his infamous practical jokes, Dallas plays along, only the next day Crenshaw turns up dead and doughy prosecutor Brent Bannister claims Dallas' car was the murder weapon.

Then Dallas' old law school girlfriend shows up, followed by a TV advertising lawyer with bad hair plugs, a felon with bad aim, a bag of steamed crabs, someone digging holes in the judge's back yard, piles of deer pooh, the dead judge's reclusive ex-partner, a former courthouse worker who gets three pension checks, a real estate tycoon hell bent on building a new golf course, and a convention center full of lawyers who want to make Dallas "Attorney of The Year" for running over Judge Crenshaw.

A humorous whodunit from the sunny beaches of Ocean City, Maryland, One Dead Judge is the perfect beach read.

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