LAWRENCE DE MARIA’S ACCLAIMED THRILLERS AND MYSTERIES HAVE “A TOUCH OF BOURNE, A DASH OF BOND AND A SPRIG OF SPENSER”. (John Crudele, the New York Post)
When Maura Dallas, the head of the powerful Dallassio crime family in San Francisco, asks Jake Scarne to find her kidnapped daughter, the New York private investigator’s first inclination is to say no.
It is not because of who and what the mother is. Many of Scarne’s clients are unsavory. But Scarne believes the surest way of saving the girl is to involve the police and the F.B.I.
But Maura Dallas is adamant. The authorities cannot be involved. And since her daughter, Alana, was taken from a college in New York City – prestigious Barnard – she believes Jake Scarne is the best man for the job. He has contacts in both the police and the underworld, and a reputation for doing the impossible – usually because he will bend, even break, the law to help a client.
Then, Maura Dallas reveals a shocking connection that she and Scarne share. A connection that stirs his memories and emotions.
He takes the case.
Aided by the Dallassio family’s chief enforcer, the fearsome Vincent Anastasia, Scarne begins the hunt for Alana Dallas.
What he eventually discovers is far more terrible than he, or Maura Dallas, could have imagined.
MORE CRITICAL ACCLAIM
FACETS “is a steamroller of action and calculation” that is “notable for snappy dialogue, engaging descriptions of how to work an investigation, boldly drawn characters and vivid settings” and provides “all the ingredients for great entertainment blended just right.” — FLORIDA WEEKLY
“While De Maria may have been an award-winning financial reporter, he’s an awfully good fiction writer as well.” (THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS)
“What is really almost beyond belief is how easily De Maria has transitioned from the dry world of financial reporting to the wild and lavish world of novel writing.” (THE COLLIER CITIZEN)
De Maria is “a master of thriller dialogue.” (THE WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BOOKS)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Winner of an Associated Press award for crime reporting, Lawrence De Maria is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who cut his teeth on financial corruption at The New York Times and Forbes.
“Back to the future”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Wanderer
De Maria, like other good authors, invests a lot of time and emotion in creating memorable characters. Jake Scarne was introduced to readers in his first thriller, Sound of Blood. The detective – oops, private investigator – is defined in many ways by the company he keeps. The police commissioner and a high-level mobster, and other characters with shades of good and bad. These are constants in Scarne’s life. It is the women who are the driving force of his adventures. His first and forever favorite was Alana. Novice writer’s problem: he bumped her off. Not a novice now, with more than a dozen thrillers on the shelf, De Maria decides to bring back his first love. But how? Facets is an intriguing return to De Maria’s roots and a extremely clever way to push Scarne into the future. Like De Maria’s other thrillers, after you’ve finished reading Facets you have one question left: What happens next?
About the Author
Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Marines, Lawrence De Maria became an award-winning crime and financial reporter, earning a Pulitzer nomination at The New York Times.
During his career as a journalist, De Maria met or covered some of the nation’s most-notorious criminals in government, the Mob and Wall Street. He was widely credited and quoted by the international media for being one of the first to expose the multi-billion-dollar Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme.
His fiction writing, grounded in real-life experience, is strongly influenced by Ian Fleming, Robert B. Parker, Ed McBain, P.D. James and John D. MacDonald.
Beginning with SOUND OF BLOOD, which introduced private investigator Jake Scarne, De Maria has created three unique series of thrillers and mysteries, which critics have praised for their grit, humor and character development. The novels often have an international flavor, and occasionally delve into high technology and science. Recurring characters and strong love stories are also hallmarks of the author’s work.