Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of over 20 "unputdownable" thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.
Lust, Money & Murder: Book 3, Murder - A Female Secret Service Agent Takes on an International Criminalby Mike Wells
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Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks...or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?
"Revenge, determination and love fuel this thoroughly enjoyable fast paced thriller." – Samuel's Book Reviews.
"You will be hooked! Not since Sidney Sheldon has a male author captured a woman's perspective so well. it has it all -- intrigue, love and realism." – Kathleen Bursaw "bookster"
"Good book for those who like a little mystery, a little intrigue, a little romance and an average person as a heroine. I couldn't put this book down. The tone was light and easy going, story well written and easy to follow. Counterfeiting details seem to be well researched, without being boring and technical." – Christine, at Goodreads
"A fun filled rollercoaster Love, revenge, danger, and pride propel the reader through this excellent novel. The protagonist, Elaine, grows throughout this entire story and at each stage the reader can relate to what she experiences. Fantastic read!" – Theresa Fitzgerald, Book Reviewer
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Book exchanged for an honest review~ Elaine Brogan discovers that she's been betrayed and lied to by Gene Lassiter. Elaine feels like a fool and in danger to boot. Elaine doesn't know who to trust but when a stranger asks to share a cab she figures why not. Giorgio Cattoretti has finally caught Elaine Brogan and is determined to extract her help in creating undetectable counterfeit US $100 bills. Giorgio believes he's got the perfect plan but he doesn't count on Elaine becoming uncooperative at the end. Elaine is in survival mode and will do anything to reach her goals. Elaine needs a plan that will keep her alive long enough to tell Secret Service Agency what is going on. Someone from Elaine's past surprises her. Where can Elaine turn to for help? Will Giorgio get what he wants? Who is back in Elaine's life? Your answers await you in Murder. This series of books is just as much action packed as it is psychological. The characters and story are well crafted, compelling, raw, intriguing, real, and honest. I can't wait to get into the next book in this amazing series.
Author Mike Wells presents BOOK 3: MURDER, the third novel in his international crime thriller series Lust, Money & Murder, in which Elaine finds herself between the proverbial rock and a hard place, working to stay alive no matter what. The previous betrayal against her only worsens, its evil tentacles determined to pursue her and crush her to death in their far-reaching grasp. Part of what drives a thriller forward, at a carefully and deliberately controlled mach speed, are added complications. Book three of Wells's series does nothing if not add new complications to the overall arc of the series. Just when I thought I had things figured out to my satisfaction, there's another component for which I neither planned nor accounted. If you like your fiction to keep you guessing, you'll appreciate this thriller and the series of which it is a part. Ever-present themes in the series include life and death, the value of life, the real definitions of right and wrong and that grey area in between, love and lust and loss and more. The complexities that surround Elaine and her various relationships --- whether with colleagues, friends, or antagonists --- remain the greatest lure through the story. Of note in this third offering is the fact that much of the content is actually backstory rather than anything new about the current cast of characters in the "present" time. Granted, the backstory pertains to one of the main characters in the series and is fascinating to read, but readers who expect the constant forward movement they experienced in the first two books may well be surprised. Stay tuned for my review of the fourth book! # # # Author: Mike Wells Title: BOOK 3: MURDER Series: Lust, Money, & Murder (#3) ASIN: B0055UJSJ4 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.