BURY THE PAST is officially published and out into the wild! It’s only been a year since the first book in the series (AT WHAT COST) landed and I’m feeling a mixture of elation, exhaustion, and caffeinated satisfaction.


BURY THE PAST follows the detective team of John Penley and Paula Newberry on a new investigation–one involving the killing of corrupt ex-cops and the only suspect is already in prison. He has the ultimate alibi.

If you’re in the area, please stop by one of the scheduled book signings:

December 15, 2017 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm Bury the Past Launch Party at Face in a Book bookstore in El Dorado Hills, CA (4359 Town Center Blvd, Unit 113, El Dorado Hills, CA (916) 941-9401)

January 17, 2018 – 10:00 am to noon with the Gold Country Writers at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. “Prison to the Page: Adding Realism to Fiction –How Much is Too Much? (1279 High Street, Auburn, CA)
 January 21,2018 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Book signing and Prison Trivia at Book Passage in Corte Madera. (51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA  (415) 927-0960)
January 27, 2018 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Book signing and Prison Trivia at The Avid Reader at Broadway Station (1945 Broadway, Sacramento, CA (916) 441-4400)
February 3, 2018 – 1:00 to 03:00 pm,  Book signing at Barnes & Noble – Roseville  (Creekside Town Center 1256 Galleria Boulevard, Roseville, CA 95678 916-788-4320)
The reviews are coming in and here’s what they’re saying about BURY THE PAST:

“[A] tight sequel to 2016’s At What Cost..L’Etoile, a former associate prison warden, keeps the suspense high while illuminating the culture of criminals and the ties that bind cops.” — Publishers Weekly

“Hugely entertaining thriller…shrewdly plotted.” — Booklist

“L’Etoile…vividly evokes the chaotic license to kill that pervasive official corruption releases.” — Kirkus

“L’Etoile’s authentic tone and snappy dialog keep the pace sprinting along here. This is one for fans of Karin Slaughter, especially those who enjoy her Will Trent books.”
IndiePicks Magazine
“The plot breaths new life into the police corruption angle, but it is the skillful juggling of the investigation with the home lives of the detectives that makes this novel such a pleasure to read.” –BOLO Books

BURY THE PAST selected as an Award Finalist in the 2017 American Books Awards, Thriller/Adventure category.

Or you can find your copy here:

Amazon (hardbound and Kindle)

Barnes & Noble (hardbound and Nook)

BooksAMillion (hardbound and e-book edition)

IndieBound (for the independent bookstore nearest you)

Face In  A Book El Dorado Hills, CA



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