RELEASE DATE 06/07/2023
Author: Lisa Towles
Genre: International Thriller | Private Investigator
Series: E&A Investigations | Book Two
Page Count: 250
Word Count: 73,000
Library of Congress Control Number: 2023931215
An international thriller spanning Southern California to the Caribbean
Having established their new official partnership, the private investigation team of Mari Ellwyn and Derek Abernathy are tested to the extreme with two new cases involving high-stakes corporate espionage and eco-terrorism. Someone is trying to sabotage billionaire CEO Jack Darcy’s IPO deal and reputation, and now his glamorous wife – media darling and entrepreneur, has gone missing. Thryve, Darcy’s high-profile environmental startup, is lauded by investors as one of the best innovators of the decade. But a journalist has learned Darcy’s dirty little secret and is hell-bent on exposing it to investors and the world at large.
Pulled from their Southern California headquarters, Derek heads to the Central Valley to investigate two suspicious deaths from an explosion on a local farm. The deeper he digs, the more questions emerge about what the murdered farm workers may have witnessed – toxic chemical dumping linked to an oil and gas company. A shadow witness is gathering evidence but disappears before Derek can get to her. As Mari considers her next move in a much broader conspiracy of corporate corruption and environmental abuse, her partner’s gone undercover to find the missing witness, and now he’s off-grid.
Mari must reckon with powerful ghosts from her past – her missing father and the truth about his double identity and secret agenda. She embarks on her own investigation to the British Virgin Islands, one of her father’s secret haunts during his time as an active CIA operative, and uncovers details too painful to bear – about her father, herself, and her future.
Secrets can’t say buried forever, but now Mari is alone, exposed, and time is running out.
"This book is an intricate, immersive, and riveting thriller, with plenty of surprising twists and turns"
- Readers' Choice
" An often engaging tale of money, danger, and family"
“ An intricate, gorgeously written, character-driven page-turner with some shocking twists”
- Prairies Book Reviews
"An Intoxicating read, hugely entertaining"
- The Book Commentary
“An exceptional thriller and a riveting work of espionage, wrongdoing, and discovery”
- Midwest Book Review
“Towles is a master when it comes to parallel storylines. Readers will love the quick pace and snappy dialogue of this thriller, and Mari is a character who jumps off the page and into your heart."
- Literary Titan
"Likeable, interesting characters and a confident narrative keep the pages turning of this crime thriller, in a series that harkens Evanovich, Grafton, and Millhone."
- RECOMMENDED, The US Review of Books
“Highly recommended for fans of intricately plotted mystery tales, high-stakes action, and dynamic detectives”
– Reader’s Favorite
“Powerful and entertaining, a harrowing journey into the heart of corporate greed”
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