Least Wanted

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Maryland lawyer Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae has two tough cases that quickly turn worse, when both clients-a poor black girl and a white, middle-class man-are accused of murder. Sam's inquiries into the cases lead her to Washington, DC's suburban ghettos where she discovers an odd link between them: the seamy world of girl gangs and computer pornography.

The stakes rise considerably as more people die at the hands of a maniacal killer who'll do anything to keep Sam from learning ...

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Overview

Maryland lawyer Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae has two tough cases that quickly turn worse, when both clients-a poor black girl and a white, middle-class man-are accused of murder. Sam's inquiries into the cases lead her to Washington, DC's suburban ghettos where she discovers an odd link between them: the seamy world of girl gangs and computer pornography.

The stakes rise considerably as more people die at the hands of a maniacal killer who'll do anything to keep Sam from learning the truth. Sam races to clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/13/2014
Mack’s unconvincing second Sam McRae mystery (after Identity Crisis) finds the Maryland lawyer fighting for two very different clients. Belligerent Shanae Jackson, who has drug problems, hires McRae to defend her 13-year-old daughter, Tina, who broke an old woman’s arm in an attempted purse-snatching. McRae must deal with a bright but uncooperative Tina as well as Rodney Fisher, the girl’s mostly absent and neglectful father. McRae is also assisting in the legal defense of Brad Higgins, who has been accused of embezzlement by his employer, Kozmik Games. As McRae digs into that case, she suspects someone set Higgins up. Meanwhile, Tina risks going to prison after the prosecutor in her case moves to have her tried as an adult. A clue provides an unexpected link between Higgins’s problem and Tina’s predicament. Unlicensed, unorthodox investigator Darius Wilson Jr. provides much-needed help as the twin investigations improbably morph into one deadly situation. (BookLife)
Timothy Hallinan
"LEAST WANTED is a brave, heartbreaking, and thrilling book with a complex plot that takes attorney Sam McRae on a dizzying tour of several circles of urban hell, against a backdrop of white-collar crime. I loved it, and I admire Mack for writing it without flinching or suggesting easy answers. It's a sequel that outdoes IDENTITY CRISIS and holds the promise of a great series."
Scott Nicholson
"Sam McRae is back and as brash as ever, with a colorful cast, a relentless plot, and enough twists to leave you breathless. Debbi Mack has carved her own niche in the mystery pantheon."
Simon Wood
"LEAST WANTED hooks you from the start and never lets go. A fascinating and absorbing mystery."
Austin S. Camacho
"In LEAST WANTED, Debbi Mack serves up a solid mystery plot wired together with high octane suspense. Washington, DC attorney Sam McRae is smart, tough and dedicated, but her latest cases in LEAST WANTED push her to her limits. ... she finds herself dealing with girl gangs, pornography and crazed killers. For mystery and suspense, it's Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan in Baltimore and Robert B. Parker's Spenser in Boston, but Sam McRae is the woman to have at your back in Washington."
Lawrence Kelter
"Sam McRae is not your run of the mill attorney. She is a strong, intelligent, and fiercely committed advocate, who puts her life on the line in the pursuit of justice. Author Debbi Mack brings to the hardboiled genre, a fresh voice and direct writing style that gives this richly layered mystery a feeling of authenticity I found wholly compelling. The multifaceted plot grips the reader like a falcon's talons and never lets go."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982950814
  • Publisher: Renegade Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2011
  • Series: Sam McRae Series , #2
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,125,186
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbi Mack is the author of the Sam McRae mysteries, which include the New York Times ebook bestseller IDENTITY CRISIS and the Kindle bestseller LEAST WANTED. She's published several short stories, one of which was nominated for a Derringer Award in 2010. Her short stories have been published in various anthologies, including one of her own work titled FIVE UNEASY PIECES. The third Sam McRae mystery, ALIEN SHORES, will be released by early 2012. Among her many interests, she enjoys baseball, travel, taking walks, reading, movies, bicycling, cats and chocolate (not necessarily in that order).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2011

    Geeeeeze...

    All we wanted was a review...Not the whole book in a review.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

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    This Book Resonates

    Stephanie Ann McRae ("Sam" to her friends) is a loner.
    Well, heck, you might be, too, if you were born in the biggest ghetto in America, were the only white girl in your class, lost your parents at the age of nine and had been shipped off to live with a distant cousin.
    She also has a propensity for getting herself into trouble.
    But it's not Sam's fault. It only happens because she's a Good Samaritan.
    Do I seem to be making excuses for her?
    Well, yeah, I suppose I am. I am, because I care about Sam - and I believe in her. (Isn't that what we all want from a protagonist? To care about what happens to her, and to believe she could be real?)
    Sam is a lawyer and the creation of Debbi Mack. Debbi, too, is a lawyer and also has degrees in journalism and library science.
    Somewhere along the way (she's not telling how) Debbi also learned a great deal about subjects like child pornography and murder. So much so, in fact, that she's been able to convincingly weave them into the plot of Least Wanted, her second novel to feature Sam's exploits.
    The first was Identity Crisis, first published in 2005, reissued in print and as an e-book in 2009. You don't have to read the books in order, though. Least Wanted stands perfectly well on its own.
    I liked everything about Least Wanted, not the least that the story, like life, doesn't end with everything tied-up in neat little packages.
    By the end of the book, we all know who did what, and why, and how.
    But what about Tina? What's to become of her?
    Least Wanted isn't just the title of the book; it's the essence of what Tina is. And the story begins and ends with her. She's Sam's client, a thirteen-year old girl, abused and impoverished, exploited and mistreated by the very people who were charged with protecting her.
    What kind of a person is she likely to grow up to be?
    Causing us to wonder about that is another good thing about Least Wanted. Debbi doesn't have an answer. Neither do I.
    This book resonates

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

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    enjoyable heroine

    Sam McRae is the kind of star you want in your mystery series--tough but vulnerable, compassionate but with a slightly ruthless streak when necessary. Sam's one of my favorite series characters now and I can hardly wait for the next!

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