The only sign of life for miles is an empty BMW. Inside the expensive car he finds clothes that fit perfectly, shoes for his tattered feet, a Rolex, and a vehicle registration in the name of Daniel Hayes, resident of Malibu, California. None of it is familiar.

What is he doing here? How did he get into the ocean? Is he Daniel Hayes, and if so, why doesn't he remember? While he searches for answers, the world searches for him—beginning with the cops that kick in the door of his dingy motel, their guns drawn. Lost and alone, the man who might be Daniel Hayes flees into the night.

All he remembers is a woman's face, so he sets off for the only place he might find her. The fantasy of her becomes his home, his world, his hope. And maybe, just maybe, the way back to himself. But that raises the most chilling question of all: What will he find when he gets there?

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THE AMATEURS


Alex is failing as a father. Ian keeps dangerous secrets. Jenn is pining for adventure; Mitch is pining for Jenn. Four friends just scraping by, finding comfort in each other and the hope that things will get better. But as their twenties fade in the rearview mirror, none of them are turning out to be who—or where—they hoped.

In a time when CEOs steal millions while their employees watch savings dwindle, these four are tired of the honest approach. They've decided to stop waiting...and start taking. (more)

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GOOD PEOPLE


A family, and the security to enjoy it: that’s all Tom and Anna Reed ever wanted. But years of infertility treatments have left them with neither. The emotional and financial costs are straining their marriage and endangering their dreams. Then one night everything changes. Offered a chance at a fairy tale ending, they seize it.

But Tom and Anna soon realize that fairy tales never come cheap... (more)

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AT THE CITY'S EDGE


Jason Palmer loved being a soldier. But returned from Iraq with an "other than honorable" discharge, he's finding rebuilding his life the toughest battle yet. Elena Cruz is a talented cop, the first woman to make Chicago's prestigious Gang Intelligence Unit. She's ready for anything the job can throw at her.

Until Jason's brother is murdered in front of his own son... (more)

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THE BLADE ITSELF


Danny Carter has it all: a job with a future, the love of an exceptional woman, and a home on the opposite side of Chicago from the rough streets he came up. He's proud of the life he's made, and wants only to enjoy it in peace.

But Danny wasn't always a good guy. Seven years ago, he made a mistake that changed his life forever. A mistake that haunts his nightmares still.

A mistake that's coming back... (more)

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SHORT STORIES





SCAR TISSUE

SEVEN STORIES OF LOVE AND WOUNDS

Available exclusively as an e-book, SCAR TISSUE collects seven of my favorite short stories (including the five below). Featuring both award-winners and previously unpublished works, these are tales of men and women pushed to—and beyond—the ragged edge.

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THE DESERT HERE AND THE DESERT FAR AWAY


Chosen one of the best stories of 2009 by International Thriller Writers and nominated for a Macavity award, “The Desert Here and the Desert Far Away” is a haunting exploration of the wounds our warriors bear—not all of which are visible.

For one soldier back from Iraq, the war is far from over. When his old squadmate comes to him for help, it triggers a chain of events that will lead him to question everything he believes...and just how far he’s willing to go.

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GRAVITY AND NEED


After you have sex with a total stranger on top of a three-thousand dollar television, what you’re supposed to do is zip up, exchange fake numbers, and never see each other again.

But for two people who prefer that life and love have an edge, that’s just the beginning of a very complicated relationship indeed.

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THE DAYS WHEN YOU WERE ANYTHING ELSE


Frank has been many things: a father, a husband, a protector, a thief. Then a prison term took it all away.

Now his daughter only calls to say that she hates him. He doesn’t blame her. And as long as she keeps calling, there’s hope that maybe, some day, he can make up for the time they lost.

But when a man shows up with a cheap Chinese pistol and the locket his daughter once wore, Frank has to decide how far he will go prove his love—and save her life.

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AS BREATHING


Sammy’s the planner, good with electronics, surveillance, computers. Billy Dexter is the point man, the finisher. For years they were the most sought-after hit team in the country.

Until Dex stopped killing.

But when the woman he loves is in trouble, Dex discovers that murder is an easy habit to return to—for him, it’s as natural as breathing.

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NO ONE


“That’s what this is like. Exhibitionism without risk. No one will hear me. Of course, they say God is always watching, but circumstances being what they are, I’m guessing not.”

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