When We Were Married - Volume 1 The Long Fall [NOOK Book]

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Four words ended their marriage. Four words ended his life. And changed hers forever. Four words made both of them face terrible truths about their marriage.
After those four words, nothing would ever be the same. For them. For their children.
Those words would touch the lives of cops and criminals, judges and prosecutors and defenders, the best of men and the worst of them.
The ripples cast by those ...
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When We Were Married - Volume 1 The Long Fall

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Overview

Four words ended their marriage. Four words ended his life. And changed hers forever. Four words made both of them face terrible truths about their marriage.
After those four words, nothing would ever be the same. For them. For their children.
Those words would touch the lives of cops and criminals, judges and prosecutors and defenders, the best of men and the worst of them.
The ripples cast by those four words would stretch from the warm waters of the Caribbean to the arid deserts of Mexico, from the government halls of Paris to the moonlit dunes of Matanzas south of St. Augustine.
And, when it was all over, it would finally come down to three lives. And there could be no happy ending.
“When We Were Married" is the story of the death of a marriage of a driven prosecutor and a beautiful professor, and what happens afterward.
It has psychiatrists and assassins and CIA Black Ops teams, the protective head of a deadly Columbian Crime Cartel, a cold blooded and savage murderer who is determined to save the wife and family of the prosecutor who sent him to prison, the Angel of Death, the Shark and the Iceman. It features loyal friends, friendly enemies and really, really bad people.
The first volume of four, "The Long Fall" introduces Bill Maitland, a short, fat, balding Assistant in the Florida State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005. He is married to a tall, gorgeous, blonde big breasted Associate Professor of Economics at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville. Despite his personal shortcomings, he is the man who actually runs the State Attorney’s Office. He’s lost touch with his wife and his two children as the demands of his job have swallowed up his personal life over the past five years he’s spent as the actual top prosecutor for a three-county North Florida circuit.
He is, despite the demands of the job, an ignorantly happy man until the night his wife utters four fatal words. That Freudian slip unleashes his pit-bull instincts upon his wife and results in a discovery that changes both their lives forever.
In this first volume, an 18-year marriage seemingly doomed from the start, blows up. The impact of its destruction on Maitland, his wife, and a host of lawyers, cops, judges, criminals and other occupants of the intertwined worlds of law and order and the criminal underworld is shown.
In the courtroom, Maitland will face baby killers and stone cold drug lords, mercy killers and deadly grannies, killer cops and drug cartels. And in his private life, he will find himself caught in an emotional trap from which he cannot escape.
Against these and all odds, Maitland is armed only with a superb legal mind, the powers of the prosecutor’s office, bulldog stubbornness and a compulsion to do the right thing no matter what the cost. And a basic decency that gives him surprising allies from the Florida underworld to a Columbian crime cartel.
Maitland, if he survives several attempts on his life, will finally have to choose between an old love and a new one, and whichever choice he makes, he is going to lose.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013654587
  • Publisher: WEM Enterprises
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Series: When We Were Married , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 524,428
  • File size: 469 KB

Meet the Author

Daniel Quentin Steele is a Jacksonville author and native Floridian. A former educator, he has been a journalist and public relations professional. He has covered and reported on crime and cops, courts and trials in several Florida cities. He has worked as a speech writer and political and media consultant. He has had one novel published in the U.S. and Great Britain as well as short stories published in the U.S., Canada, Australia and England.
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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    My favorite Story Ever

    The characters are riveting. The story moves at a great pace. The descriptions are vivid what more can you ask For? It's a great book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    An excellent, compelling read

    I read this book continuously over a couple of days, staying up late to finish it, and found it a compelling book. The main characters are complex people and like any good narrative story how you view the characters changes. Unlike many such tales of a couple splitting apart, the author goes into enough depth that you actually start understanding the human feelings at the center of this, this is not the evil spouse leaves the good spouse, the good spouse is devastated then gets their life back together, it is a lot more complex then that, there are nuances, wheels within wheels, that keep you guessing and at least in my case made my change my opinions about the people. I think maybe because I have been married for 23 years and have had my ups and downs and elements of the story remind me of my own life, in many ways it haunted me, made me think about my own feelings and emotions and as a result dug me in deeper.

    Some might find the characters a bit larger then life and maybe some of the background drama could be too much for one person, but keep in mind this is basically a variation on the adult romance novel genre and they always have larger then life characters and situations. On the other hand, the situations themselves are believable enough that if maybe on the other side of common situations, they make for one heck of a read.

    The surrounding characters are interesting, too, and like the main character, there are tons of gray in them, while many of them are decent people, they all have very human traits and frailty, and there is also the element that in the interests of doing the right thing people forget about the harm doing so can cause others or that when faced with difficult choices, sometimes the right choice isn't necessarily the purest one.

    The only hard part is after finishing this book if your experience is the same as mine, you want to be able to race ahead and find out what happens to the characters but of course this is a work in progress, we have 3 more books to get through before we know what happens.

    Mr. Steele's writing is excellent, it isn't overly wordy and the dialog is both jarring at times and realistic, the anger and love and confusion expressed in the words paints a vivid picture of people in turmoil.Defining this book simply based on its category would be like defining a Raymond Chandler story as just another mystery and dismissing it as such without reading it would be a major mistake.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Excellent adventure

    A gripping tale of high energy inter-personal relations

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    highly recommend. plot twists and turns worthy of the best of his genre.

    I have read Mr. Steele's first book in his series, and eagerly await reading the balance. There is a rich texture to his work, and he fills characters out with descriptions that seem to put them exactly in the situations he intends them to be. There is a complexity to his story telling, yet the characters are simple people with everyday, simple needs and aspirations. Their stories are akin to those we see every day, and are very much like people we know. Unfaithful spouses, neglect in marriage, mid-life crisis, rebellious children, not to mention the topics that are in the major reviews. I found the interpersonal dynamics much more compelling than the work environment of William Maitland, protagonist of Mr. Steele's work.
    It is a "can't put down" piece, and one finds oneself hurrying to finish a page to turn to the next, yet savoring each new and different dynamic to its end. As an avid reader, I have found Mr. Steele to be quite accomplished (I believe this to be his first work, but might be mistaken) and well worthy of both time and money.
    Just FYI, I read Stuart Woods, Lee Child, Kellerman, the Alex Cross series, John Sanford, and many others of that genre. I think Mr. Steele is on his way to fitting nicely into that circle. As stated, I do look forward to the series of his "When We Were Married" books.
    WR

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    If you have a mac, don't buy it

    If you have a mac or an IPad, don't waste your money. While the story is grand (I read it elsewhere), the implementation is horrible. On both systems, when the text is two columns, they sometimes overlap making it impossible to read. When reading it in landscape mode (the only that looks like a piece of paper), the right margin sometimes disappears and you lose words/letters. In both implementation, the table of contents is limited to chapter one, page one. All in all, a horrible implementation. DD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    A must read!

    I've read this story and it's one of the most compelling tales I have read in recent times. It's quite the adult tale and, as such, always aproaches any situation acordingly. The writing style is superb, and all the plot twists populating the pages will keep you reading until you complete the last page. Characters very well portrayed and a plot that interested me from begining to end. I highly recommend this book. You won't regret it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    W.W.W.M. is a GREAT read!

    W.W.W.M. is a GREAT read! Story line is very real & true to life. Suspense, murder, love, sex, violence, romance, and a GREAT STORY. It has dark places and high places and in between places and runs you thru all kinds of emotions. Super well written. Simply could not stop reading it once I got started.
    michael77080

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    A very intriguing story - I rate it very highly

    I have read some of this author's earlier work and it is almost always exceptional.
    There is a high degree of appropriate emotion in all of Daniel's work, together with a solid story line and a sizzling sense of expectation - you don't know what's going to happen next but you really DO want to know. He grips your emotions tighter than a violins E-string and you can't wait to turn the page, yet there is a depth to the characters he creates which puts you in the room watching events unfold.
    All in all Mr. Steele is a rare find.
    N

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    Love the book! Can't wait when volume 3 will be available. 5 sta

    Love the book! Can't wait when volume 3 will be available. 5 stars.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    My Favorite Story. Its a Must Read!

    Excellent story line, plot and character development. Ive read this 4x now and each time I dont want to stop till its done. I cant wait for volume 3 and 4.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    A well written and enjoyable read as any novel written by noveli

    A well written and enjoyable read as any novel written by novelist's such as James Patterson, Tom Clancy, Dean R. Koontz, and Clive Cussler. I look forward to parts 3 and 4.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Mr. Steele's writing is excellent this book is like a movie. I s

    Mr. Steele's writing is excellent this book is like a movie.
    I so love the characters there so real I read part 1 4 times on my iPhone I love part 1 as much as part 2 :)

    If you want to read about a guy resing from the ash's like a phoenix this is the book for you

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Great Story-

    I originally read this story on a web site where it was posted a section at a time every 5-6 weeks for over a year. I quickly became addicted to it and quicly found myself anticipating the latest chapter, rereading it until I almost had it memorized. It is the story of a marriage that falls apart and the family that is destroyed by it. This book depicts real life and there is no feel good ending. But it is a must read. Mendon

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    My favorite story from my favorite author!

    A wonderful tale with many interesting stories within! This is a great novel with terrific characters in addition to the main protagonist. I found this story to be like '1001 Arabian Nights' with all of the peripheral characters with their own interesting stories to tell. Be warned, though, this is a book that will keep you up reading long after common sense has told you to put it down and go to bed.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    I not a reader. I don't read a lot of books. I could not stop reading this book. Great plot line and riveting characters. I highly recommend this book to others.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Very well written! It draws you into the story on an emotional basis like few books do!

    This is one of those "can not put it down until you've finished" books. I'm looking forward to the other books in this series.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Real Good Read

    Hard to back away from the screen, just a couple more pages, the next thing you know its really late and your still not asleep.

    Well worth the investment of your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Great read!

    Reminds me of my DA. Never thought of him as the Angel of Death, but the shoe did fit.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    WWWM--where flaws+foibles=excellence.

    Most all the characters have flaws and foibles--much like the rest of us. I have loved the story and read it four times while awaiting Volume Two.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    I highly recomend it

    This is the second time I have read this and it is one of my all time favorites. I also went bank and read another story Separate
    Vacations and it too is great . I enjoy all of the sotories Mr. Steele writes and really look forward to new ones but the When we were Married series is by far his best work. Anyone can relate to the characters and places inn this story he makes it so real you almost feel like you are there and part of the story . I am looking forward to more great stories as soon as possible Larry

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