Zak Skinner’s hunting for a dangerous truth.
But now another truth is hunting him.
Troubled University of Chicago student, Zak Skinner, accidentally uncovers evidence of an on-campus, organized crime scam involving drugging students, getting them to commit crimes on camera, and blackmailing them to continue under the threat of expulsion. Digging deeper, Zak discovers that the university scam is just the tip of the iceberg, as it’s connected to a broader ring of crimes linked to a darkweb underworld. Following clues, Zak is led to a compound within Chicago’s abandoned Steelworker Park, only to discover that he’s being hunted. While trying to find his way out alive, Zak discovers there’s something much more personal he’s been running from – his past. And now there’s nowhere to hide.
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"A delightfully peculiar, intricate, and engaging mystery."
- Kirkus Reviews
" Enthusiasts of fast-paced thrillers will love Ninety-Five. It is a magnificent piece of work."
- Reader's Favorite
"Punchy narration and pithy dialogue, fast-paced yet introspective fiction. Suspense and technical jargon abound in this internet-age thriller.”
- US Review of Books
"Marked by its striking execution and razor-sharp dialogue, the novel places Towles among the best of the genre. Readers will look forward to more of Towles’s work." - The Prairies Book Review
“A riveting thriller, this book will keep you on your toes and eager to know what will happen next.”
- San Francisco Book Review - 4.5/5 Stars
"A well-written romp through college and adult underworlds… a standout in the genre of new adult thriller reads.”
- Midwest Book Review
“Towles' writing is sharp, witty, and engaging. She sets up an intriguing puzzle that gripped me from the first chapter and wouldn't let go." - M.M. Chouinard, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of the Detective Jo Fournier series
"A wild, intelligent, and imaginative page-turner."
- Sarah Lovett, Bestselling author of Dangerous Attachments and Dante’s Inferno
“Heart-poundingly intense and palpably realistic, Lisa Towles’ new thriller yanks you into a story that you cannot put down.”
- Louis Kirby, MD, Bestselling author of Shadow of Eden
“Ninety-Five is a heart-pounding, non-stop thrill ride with a devilish puzzle at the heart of it. Forget edge-of-your-seat, you'll be up and pacing around the room! Highly recommend."
-Benjamin Bradley, Author of crime thrillers such as Welcome to the Punkhorns
"Lisa Towles has done it again--crafted another page-turning thriller. Already, this novel has taken the top spot on my 'Best Reads of 2021.'"
-Les Edgerton, Author of HARD TIMES, ADRENALINE JUNKIE, and others.
“Crisp dialogue, imaginative storytelling, and humorous introspection deliver a transformative concoction that will leave you wanting more.”
- Leo Bottary, Award-Winning Author of The Power of Peers and others
“An engrossing technothriller with some cryptography in the story, which reminded me of Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress. It has a unique enough setup to stand out in the college fantasy genre.” - Literary Titan
"This sprawling tale of crime and intrigue is a winner and it is hard to not get engaged with the realistic and likeable young protagonist...A compelling thriller and a propulsive read for fans of crime and YA fiction." - The Book Commentary - 5 stars!
"Ninety-Five travels, one might say, at 95 mph, and Lisa Towles breaks up the narrative into sixty seven short chapters, so the pace is relentless. The novel is a dazzling trip into a dystopian techno-nightmare – a place where Alice Through the Looking Glass meets The Matrix, with more than a touch of Twin Peaks." - Fully Booked