Lis Wiehl, author and Fox News legal analyst releases Snapshot January 14th, an exciting account of murder and conspiracy with a dash of historical narrative. While past events, photo and Lis's FBI agent father are real, the rest are constructs of this author's remarkable imagination. She begins her fictionalized account years after the original photograph was taken, a picture the main character Lisa now holds in her hand.
Lisa recognized herself as the fair-skinned child in the picture and took pride in the years of hard work and education that led to her career as a federal prosecutor. Yet, in all those years, from her own graduations to her son's birth to his graduation she hadn't heard from her father until he called last week and asked for her help to "right a wrong." Although she hadn't agreed he had sent the picture she now held in her hand.
The faded black and white snapshot showed two little girls sitting on a raised concrete block, surrounded by adults carrying signs that read "Freedom Now" in bright red letters. Lisa remembered the event and the dark skinned girl, especially holding four fingers up to her and saying, "I'm four."
When the little girl did the same the memory of them leaning "close, smiling and talking as if already friends" brought a smile. She couldn't remember the girl's name, wasn't sure she'd ever known it and was certain neither of them understood they were what the "day's event," a 1965 Civil Rights rally, was all about.
However, Lisa's father, Special Agent Waldren was keenly aware of the signs, the marchers and the neighborhood that few white people ventured into as he continued to snap the picture he would one day send to his daughter. Although a trained FBI agent he couldn't know his daughter and her new friend would witness the murder of a well-known African-American and the false accusation of another. Until the first "gunshot pierced the air...then another..." and fear and pandemonium ensued.
Thus begins a fast-paced mystery of an FBI agent father-daughter year’s long estrangement, wrapped around a faded photograph and a man falsely accused and prosecuted just days from execution. Add a missing antique desk, locked drawers, missing keys, family secrets and the assassinations of President Kennedy and his brother Bobby to the mix and the book is impossible to set down until finished!
Snapshot is the twelfth mystery-suspense from this Harvard educated attorney and it's also a non-series title without a co-author like the terrific Triple Threat, East Salem and Mia Quinn series have. Although the series titles are well-done, tension-filled mysteries, Snapshot left me feeling Lis invested more of herself in this book, perhaps because of the picture that inspired the story. There's more depth to the characters and a subtle continuity to the fast-paced narrative and relevant storylines that will not disappoint. I hope this is the first of many "inspired" books from this talented author.
The photographs that motivated the story, a personal note from Lis and thoughts from award-winning journalist, Juan Williams and Fox News television host, Bill O'Reilly complete this entertaining mystery-suspense.
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Snapshot, by Lis Wiehl, Thomas Nelson—Releases January 14, 2014, 320 Pages, 978-1401689520, $26.95
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Snapshot, by Lis Wiehl
Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.
The Civil Rights Movement is less than a distant memory to Lisa Waldren—it is someone else’s memory altogether, passed on to her through the pages of history. Her life as a federal prosecutor in Boston feels utterly remote from the marches in the South that changed her father’s generation—and the entire nation—forever.
But the truth is, she was there.
When a photograph surfaces showing a blond, four-year-old Lisa playing with an African-American girl at a civil rights march in Fort Worth, Lisa is faced with a jarring revelation: the girls may have been the only witnesses who observed the real killer of civil rights leader Benjamin Gray . . . and therefore the only ones who can exonerate the death row inmate falsely accused of the murder.
Soon, Lisa finds herself in the dangerous world her father had shielded her from as a child. After some searching, the Waldren's find the other little girl from the photo and, in the process, uncover conspiracy mere steps away from the likes of Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and J. Edgar Hoover.
Based on real events and a photograph snapped by author Lis Wiehl’s own G-man father, Snapshot is a remarkably original marriage of mystery and history
A Matter of Trust, #1 (A Mia Quinn Mystery), by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
EXAMINER REVIEW: A Matter of Trust
When life is murder, who can you trust?
One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute she hears a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.
Mia’s a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days it’s all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she needs more time with her family, not less—and working Colleen’s case will be especially demanding. But Colleen was her friend, and she needs to keep her job. So Mia reluctantly teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold—even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after her.
Lis Wiehl’s signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series debut . . . with an intriguing cameo from her best-selling Triple Threat series.
“A stunning crime series debut . . . Smart, suspenseful, and full of twists that only an insider like Wiehl could pull off .” —Linda Fairstein, New York Times best-selling author
A Deadly Business, #2 (Mia Quinn Mysteries), by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
If the hours don't kill you, the accused just might.
Mia Quinn is a Seattle prosecutor working on high profile cases in the Violent Crimes unit while juggling the impossible demands of single parenthood. Her husband, Scott, was killed in a car crash that homicide detective Charlie Carlson now believes was no accident. Charlie's instincts and professional record make it impossible for Mia to refute the evidence she'd rather not believe.
When the powers that be refuse to reopen the case, it's up to Mia and Charlie to investigate, all the while trying to deny a growing attraction between them. Was her accountant husband really in league with nefarious criminals? And who is the young woman whose photo they find on his computer?
Uncovering the truth may hurt Mia in more ways than one.
Waking Hours, #1 (The East Salem Trilogy). by Lis Wiehl & Pete Nelson
Welcome to East Salem. A deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened.
A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and the wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl—yet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot—something tied to an ancient evil?
Across town, former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson finds his state-of-the-art security system has been breached by an elderly woman. Mumbling threats in Latin, she attacks him with an uncanny, preternatural strength. Before he has time to process the attack, someone close to him is implicated in the girl’s murder at the park. He agrees to help—and finds himself working with Dani, the only girl who could resist his charm years ago when they were in high school.
A heavy darkness is spreading. Yet a heavenly force is also at work.
Dani and Tommy suspect there’s more to the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance . . . and more to the evil they’re facing than a mere human killer.
Darkness Rising, #2 (The East Salem Trilogy), by Lis Wiehl & Pete Nelson
The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide
in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising.
Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t overcome by either physical strength or his celebrity status.
But as they race to uncover what’s really happening behind the high walls of St. Adrian’s Academy, it becomes clear that supernatural forces have been at work here for generations. And now those forces are intent on making sure Dani and Tommy don’t interfere.
When the unseen becomes seen, faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not just murder and betrayal—but angels and demons.
“Wiehl’s latest is a truly creepy story with supernatural undertones that seem eerily real.” —Romantic Times review of Waking Hours
Fatal Tide, #3 (The East Salem Trilogy), by Lis Wiehl & Pete Nelson
In East Salem, the elite St. Adrian’s Academy is at the nexus of a satanic apocalypse—and the fatal tide is rising.
When Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights is reunited with the pagans who commissioned it, a dark prophecy begins to unfold in East Salem, beginning with a savage double-murder by hellish creatures straight out of the painting itself. The lone survivor of the attack, a seventeen-year-old Brit, finds sanctuary at Tommy Gunderson’s home—and the place is soon surrounded by demons who seem to be biding their time…but for how long?
Tommy’s pond has been contaminated with Provivilan—an insidious drug that could transform New York City’s children into an army of violence-addicted murderers. But for an occult cabal in the upper echelons of Linz Pharmaceuticals, contaminating the water supply is just part of an ancient conspiracy against all of humankind.
As the clouds gather, Tommy and Dani realize they must infiltrate Linz and St. Adrian’s to stop the dissemination of Provivilan. Even then, it could take a tangible eruption of the battle between angels and demons to save humanity from the supernatural evils that have been summoned to East Salem.
Face of Betrayal, #1 by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
EXAMINER REVIEW: Face of Betrayal
FOX News legal correspondent and former Federal Prosecutor
Lis Wiehl has created a suspense series as timely as tomorrow's headlines.
While home on break, a seventeen-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. The resulting media firestorm quickly ensnares television reporter Cassidy Shaw, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. Together, these life-long friends call themselves The Triple Threat—a nickname derived from their favorite dessert as well as their uncanny ability to crack cases from their three unique positions of power.
Together, they must find the one face of betrayal amidst a crowd of growing suspects—including a US Senator—before they become the next victims.
Lis Wiehl's expertise in law, politics, and criminal investigation merges with April Henry's narrative genius to create a gripping mystery filled with rich characters, real danger, and a shocking yet satisfying final twist.
“One of top ten best books of year” —Suspense Magazine
Hand of Fate, #2 (Triple Threat Series), by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
EXAMINER REVIEW: Hand of Fate
When the host of a popular radio talk show is murdered, the suspects almost outnumber his millions of listeners.
Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate dies tragically when poisonous gas fills the studio while his polarizing show, “The Hand of Fate,” is on air.
The triple threat of FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, crime reporter Cassidy Shaw, and Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce must piece together the madness, motive, and mystery of what just happened. And this time, it’s personal since one of the women was secretly dating the host and has access to his home . . . as well as possible evidence.
In the days following Fate’s murder, these three friends confront a betrayal within the team while unearthing the not-so-public life of Jim Fate. Together, they must uncover the stunning truths behind this cold-blooded murder.
Heart of Ice,#3 (A Triple Threat Novel), by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
Elizabeth Avery could easily be the girl next door. But what she has planned will make your blood run cold.
At first glance, the crimes appear random. Arson. Theft. Fraud. Murder. But these are more than random crimes. They’re moves in an increasingly deadly game. And the one element they have in common: a woman who is gorgeous, clever . . . and lethal.
Elizabeth Avery has a winsome smile and flawless figure, but underneath is a heart of ice. She’s a master manipulator, convincing strangers to do the unthinkable. And she orchestrates it all without getting too close. Until now.
When Elizabeth ruthlessly disposes of an inquisitive young reporter, her crime catches the attention of Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, and crime reporter Cassidy Shaw. They know they’re dealing with a cold-blooded murderer who could strike at any time. What they don’t know is that they’re already on a first-name basis with the killer.
And one of them may be next on her list.
Eyes of Justice, #4 (A Triple Threat Novel). by Lis Wiehl & April Henry
EXAMINER REVIEW: Eyes of Justice
When One of the Triple Threat Is Murdered, All Eyes Turn to Justice.
Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight for justice everyday—Cassidy as a crime reporter, Nicole as an FBI agent, and Allison as a federal prosecutor. Together they’re a Triple Threat to be reckoned with. A force that, together, has solved the toughest mysteries. Until a ruthless killer finds a way to isolate and murder one of the three.
When the authorities keep the survivors at arm’s length in the investigation, the women’s desire for justice goes into overdrive. They find an unexpected ally in a quirky private investigator named Ophelia whose unorthodox methods seem to offer a possible breakthrough in the case.
Yet just as the police appear to have the killer in custody and justice within sight, the murderer strikes again. Not knowing whom to trust, the team must engage in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse where nothing can be taken at face value . . . and nothing will ever be the same.A riveting Triple Threat mystery that will leave readers shocked and satisfied.
“[S]hocking, fast-paced . . . For those seeking gal pal tales reminiscent of Tess Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the Triple Threat adventures are a sure bet.” —Publishers Weekly