by William P. Wood


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Gangland by William P. Wood

Hector Molina controls Gangland. From behind prison bars, he rules a ruthless gang of renegades who deal in extortion, drugs, and death. 

U.S. attorney Claude Massingill is determined to expose Gangland. He’s got Molina locked up as a protected witness for a trial that’s sure to make headlines—and Molina couldn’t ask for a better hideout than the one the government is giving him. 

Now, Assistant D.A. Mike Swanson needs to penetrate Gangland . . .  and fast. He’s got to break through the federal fence, get to Molina, and convict the notorious prison ganglord of murder . . . before someone ends up dead. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620454701
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM P. WOOD is the author of eight novels and one nonfiction book. As a deputy district attorney in California he handled thousands of criminal cases ranging from disturbing the peace to murder. He put on over 50 jury trials, many with multiple defendants.

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He bent to the matchbook cover. Its little gray oblong was beginning to sprout dark spots as Molina worked in the morning’s pure white light, the light of inner clarity and certainty, under the changeless sorrow of the Madonna. He moved the nib precisely, as he had learned at DVI and then at Folsom. He could print up to thirty-two characters per line, almost as small as an insect’s tiny footprints. He could print a page inside one matchbook. And there were four this time, four sets of instructions to be handed out and followed when he was taken away from this cell and no longer able to pass them along one by one. He was circumspect in what was said over the phone. He assumed his calls were now being overheard. Massingill’s edginess leant force to the possibility.

He rarely said much to visitors or on the phones anyway. It was to tiny scraps of paper, insignificant bits easily hidden or overlooked, that he committed his thoughts. Like these matchbooks.

A matchbook for Orepeza’s sister, Elisa, in Los Angeles. Two matchbooks, with very specific instructions and threats, leavened by pleas and promises, for his hesitant contact in Santa Maria.

A final one for Alves and Rivera. Kill Swanson. Kill his family. Kill them all. Kill Max.

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