What if no one ever had to die alone?
In 1923, in the mountains of eastern Peru, a stranger approaches eleven injured men shortly after a battle has ended. He assists only six of the wounded, all of whom die shortly after he sees to their needs; then, without a word or glance toward the other five, he leaves. The remaining men survive the journey home, telling the story of the man with bright-blue eyes and a scar upon his right hand. The tale becomes the legend of El Padre, passed down to their children and their children’s children.
As time goes by, the legend spreads beyond Peru, crossing decades and continents.
In 2008, New York investigative reporter Sam Noll has a front-page political scandal in the works—that is, until his editor reassigns him to chronicle the El Padre sightings. Although he’s frustrated, Sam slowly lets the new article become personal and persuades a quirky colleague, Ira Nevins, to assist him in the search. The discoveries lead Sam to some dangerous destinations and bring him new revelations about El Padre’s intentions—and hopefully his true identity. When Sam uncovers a strange pattern to the sightings, however, it places him on the direct path of a man many believe to be some type of angel.
Although Sam is determined to solve the mystery, he may be facing something more sinister than he originally believed—and finding the answer may be the last thing he ever does.
When a paralegal accidentally encounters a chilling murder, she finds herself in the crosshairs of a terrorist organization searching for stolen plans.
As Teddy Sanderson hurries through the city park, a pedestrian bumps against her—and then falls dead at her feet. When it’s discovered the victim was murdered, the local papers share the details of Teddy’s life, making her vulnerable to attacks from crackpots around town and from her paroled ex-husband, who wants her dead. Due to the notoriety of the case, Teddy becomes entangled in the activities of a secret organization known as the Delphi Alliance and in the work of the FBI as they attempt to curtail Alliance plans.
Meanwhile, everyone is struggling to meet deadlines. A crime reporter is attempting to gain a Pulitzer Prize by writing award-winning page-one stories, the Delphi Alliance has a specific date on which they plan to blow up a power plant, and Teddy’s ex-husband is ready to notify his hit man of the date he wants Teddy exterminated.
When Teddy and the crime reporter are kidnapped, however, the FBI whirls into action, trying to decide who has them—the Alliance or Teddy’s ex-husband—before their time runs out.
Navy physician LT Sarah St. John’s perfect vision of heaven includes horses and no one knows this better than her longtime friend and fellow Naval officer Jessi Colgan. When Jessi secures a week long working vacation to a renowned dude ranch in Montana the two girls couldn’t be happier to spend time at the only ranch in Montan to be built by a German defector who housed and hid German refugees.
Once Jessi and Sarah leave Virginia Beach and arrive at Hidden Mountian Ranch, the two young women find themselves submersed in hard ranch work, good looking cowboys, and even a medical emergency or two. But their vacation turns into a nightmare when Rena, a daughter of one of the ranch hands, goes missing. She’s the third American Indian teenager to be abducted from that area in four weeks’ time.
Jessi and Sarah become embroiled in the drama, which is only amplified by Mother Nature, who steps in to create havoc, leading the friends through a dangerous maze of suspense, deception, and a touch of romance.
Hannah Horne Larkin just wanted to go home, back to West Virginia. Her husband, Bill, obliged. Now, Bill is dead, and the couple’s son is suspected of the murder. Hannah doesn’t know how this happened—how things went so badly. All she wanted was to rekindle the joy of her youth, but now, she finds nothing but pain.
Sergeant Keith McCauley is suspicious about what happened to Bill Larkin and also he is unexpectedly attracted to Bill’s widow, Hannah Larkin. He rarely finds cases to be cut and dry, so he delves deeper into Bill and Hannah’s pasts. Somehow, it would appear Bill’s death has to do with a business corporation, but the sergeant is having trouble making any evidence stick. Meanwhile, Hannah is haunted by her own demons.
“Adda Leah Davis, author of the Lucinda Harmon series, has taken her pen and her readers in a decidedly different direction with A Fatal Web of Deceit. She has crafted a real page-turner, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.
Beckley, West Virginia, a quiet city by most standards, is the setting for Davis’s well-written story of mystery, murder, and deception. It will keep you guessing to the very end, trying to determine who the “good-guys”are or if there are any. “
Written by J. Russell Rose, author of ten books,
member of Appalachian Authors Guild, and The Virginia Writers Club
Adda Leah Davis writes with warmth and passion of both people and places, bringing readers into worlds where journeys prove enlightening. She tells stories worth hearing and makes memories with her words.
Joe Tennis, author of Beach to Bluegrass and contributing editor of Blue Ridge Country
You are a lovely writer who touches the souls of the characters and the readers . . . and that is as good as it gets.
Belle Avery of Apelles Entertainment
Janie Query is an impulsive, nosey, inquisitive busybody-or so people say. She willingly admits to being curious since she is an avid twelve-year-old investigator. Unknowingly Janie helps to keep her small town safe by using her skills of reasoning in solving problems. With the help of her skittish friend, Prudence Leery no crime remains a secret around Curious Janie Query, but in this case she gets in over her head.
One night she and Prudence take a “snooping trip” into the local cemetery, the Garden of Eternal Peace and witnessed a very mysterious event. Two men, one with a rasping whispered voice, were carrying a large crate out of the cemetery. Janie and her friend hide behind a tree because she senses that they are up to no good. One man says they have to return later, so Janie plans to return, too.
Even though, Prudence thinks Janie is crazy to pursue the whispering man, Janie refuses to be deterred. Her curiosity always overrides her caution and Janie tucks her pigtails under her cap and decides to get to the bottom of this cemetery mystery. She could end up a hero-or a permanent resident in the Garden of Eternal Peace.
A giant, ancient statue of Buddha is blown to pieces in Afghanistan, and there is one man to blame: terrorist Habib Khadr. Following this magnificent display of his power, Habib is quiet for decades until he surfaces again in Mexico. He has successfully evaded Interpol, and he now plans to cross the Sierra Madre Plateau into America.
Habib leaves a trail of murders in his wake, but he arrives in North Dakota, where he is reunited with his notoriously powerful wife. Together, they form a plot to rescue their son from Americanization and destroy Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, private investigators—and spouses—Ryan Moar and Joanne Sutter have their own problems.
They investigate a young man named Moe Fouzi, who is about to marry an American heiress, although his intentions are not clear. Moe is not who he appears to be, and their investigation soon takes the detectives into the bloody path of Habib Khadr. Now, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Ryan and Joanne must fight to save America’s most prized monument and their own lives.
Detective Angela Callahan is used to taking on the tough cases. The brutally disturbing cases that no sane cop would ever want and the fiendishly clever ones that those same cops can’t solve. For the last five years, these cases have included tracking down and putting away serial killers. Methodical, maniacal, never stopping until they are caught or dead, killing machines. And so far, she’s gotten them all.
Her latest case is a strange one. Members of San Francisco’s most violent street gang are being murdered by night. One at a time, each by a single, fatal stab to the heart. Seventeen victims so far. Angela has been put on the case along with a new partner, with orders to get it closed as quickly as possible. But she soon realizes that there is much more going on here than meets the eye. As Angela begins to unravel the hidden secrets of the gang, she discovers that there is something deep and dark going on right here in her own city. Playing major parts in it are a dirty politician who will stop at nothing to achieve his dreams and a government organization that no one is supposed to know even exists. Throw in the fact that she can trust no one, not even her own department, and she finds herself facing peril and betrayal at every turn. And the only way to survive may be to put her own life, in the hands of a cold-blooded killer.
In this riveting thriller, a scrappy San Francisco detective must put everything on the line in an attempt to stop a vengeful killer’s murderous rampage that could destroy the political world as we know it.