The Last Witness #1 [NOOK Book]

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Elena Waldren has a secret that she's built fences around for the last twenty-nine years and kept from everyone. Through her work with an aid agency, her fears about the plight of a young girl placed with a nearby family finally set her on a quest to uncover the past that she's pushed away for so long. A quest that leads her into the dangerous heart of Montreal's leading crime family, the Lacailles.

The Lacaille brothers are at odds over their business aims for the future. ...

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The Last Witness #1

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Overview

Elena Waldren has a secret that she's built fences around for the last twenty-nine years and kept from everyone. Through her work with an aid agency, her fears about the plight of a young girl placed with a nearby family finally set her on a quest to uncover the past that she's pushed away for so long. A quest that leads her into the dangerous heart of Montreal's leading crime family, the Lacailles.

The Lacaille brothers are at odds over their business aims for the future. Caught in the middle is the money-man holding the key to legitimizing their enterprises, Georges Donatien. But as much as Donatien could be their saviour, he is also the last witness to a murder that could bring their empire crashing down.

Distinctively written… all the forceful energy of the best thrillers.
- Kirkus Reviews.

Gripping, pulse-racing. A police departments determination to bring down a leading crime family merged with one woman’s quest to uncover a secret past.... Brilliant!
- Evening Herald.

If you think in terms of the sort of ‘woman in jeopardy’ mysteries that Nicci French writes so well, blended with a harder-edged ‘Sopranos’-style thriller, then you’ll have nailed the heart of this story. Strongly sketched characters and emotions make this one stand out from the pack.
- Murder One.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045441902
  • Publisher: John Matthews
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 42,280
  • File size: 296 KB

Meet the Author

As any Hollywood executive will tell you, there are three main acts in a film - and I suppose it could be said that my writing career has followed the same path.The first act was two novels written in my twenties, Basikasingo and Crescents of the Moon. Published by Hutchinson/Arrow Books in London, both did well, selling 100,000 plus. But I became distracted with other publishing ventures and didn't return to writing novels for some while.That return (Act Two, if you will), was with one of my strongest books to date, Past Imperfect. A crime thriller with a difference - think in terms of John Grisham meets Stephen King, but with an atmospheric 1960s French setting - Past Imperfect went on to sell over 500,000 copies in 8 countries. The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser and Ascension Day followed in similar crime-thriller style. This in turn led to me penning a film treatment for Past Imperfect and also a fresh film script, 'Blind School' (Act Three).Part of this has also involved a book in a different style, crossing the mythology-political thriller genre, which has been particularly succesful with foreign rights sales, adding Brazil, Turkey, Portugal and Bulgaria to my existing list of teritories. Putting my back-list on Kindle - which has seen the three titles so far listed all in the top-ten legal thrillers list on Amazon (again!). And finally penning a new novel in collaboration with TV producer Richard Belfield (for which we've become J.R. Mattfeld) to kick-start a crime-detective series set in 1890s New York, the first of which involves Jack the Ripper (yes, you heard right!). More on that later...John Matthews is a leading British author with total sales of 1.2 million books. He is the author of Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Second Amendment, The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser, The Prophet and Letters from a Murderer (with Richard Belfield). Film scripts: Blind School and Of Lesser Angels.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Nice length

    This book is set in Canada. It is a very nice length at over 300 pages. I agree with the other review. This book is very convoluted and boring. I almost quit reading it many times. I got so frustrated, I started skipping pages and then just read the last chapter. All I am going to say is I did not like the plot, the characters or the wording style. There is cursing and adylt topics. I could have skipped this mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Minus stars

    Extremely boring. Made no sense and stopoed reading about page 80. Waste of money even though it was free. Do not recommend at all.

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