The Bribe

The Bribe

by William P. Wood
The Bribe

The Bribe

by William P. Wood


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He was a war hero and a member of Congress. Now he’s dead—shot down the day after he made a scathing speech blasting corruption in Washington. For Sacramento police detectives Terry Nye and Rose Tafoya, the investigation is a time bomb. They have just twenty-four hours to find out if the congressman was killed because of his speech . . . or something far worse. Dennis Cooper is acting District Attorney during these critical twenty-four hours. He’s in for the fight of his career, with the FBI withholding vital information, a recklessly ambitious U.S. Attorney, and a nation poised on the brink of hysteria. Time is running out for everyone—and they know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620454763
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM P. WOOD is the bestselling author of nine novels and one nonfiction book. As a deputy district attorney in California, he handled thousands of criminal cases and put on over 50 jury trials. Two of Wood’s novels have been produced as motion pictures, including Rampage, filmed by Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist, Rules of Engagement), and Broken Trust, filmed by Jane Fonda Films with the screenplay by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. Wood’s books have been translated into several foreign languages. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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Twilight was coming on quickly, the cool fall darkness that descends utterly in California’s capital. Jamie was glad he only had a couple of miles to carry this guy. He figured he’d dump him out and circle back to the Hyatt’s cab line and see what was going on. Tuesday like this, there were usually a couple of conventions in town and plenty of fares.

The address in midtown was one of the new lofts that had been carved from old auto dealerships or offices and then sold to wealthy retirees who liked the growing excitement of midtown or the younger hustlers who worked the legislature. Jamie was surprised. He hadn’t figured his talkative, graying passenger for this high-priced, showy real estate.

He pulled up, got out, the guy already standing by the cab’s trunk cradling his brown bag and gently rocking it in the crook of his arm. Jamie noticed that the animation had gone out of the guy’s face and he was stone silent suddenly, looking up at the lights of the lofts on the second story. He started whistling a sad tune. A strong breeze rustled through the numberless oaks and elms along the street. A few cars, lights on now, rushed by.

Jamie hauled out the two battered but expensive leather suitcases, the kind you rarely saw anymore. “That’s forty-two even,” he told his passenger, but the guy already had a hundred out. Jamie took it, trying to figure the change when the guy’s sad whistling broke off.

“Jesus!” he heard the guy shout.

Jamie’s head snapped up just as the first shots broke the early night. He dropped some bills, and put his hands in front of his face, vainly trying to protect himself.


Companion book: Wood’s Sudden Impact (Feb. ’14) also features The Bribe's and Pressure Point’s protagonist detectives Nye and Tafoya and their powerhouse teamwork.

New designs: Each backlist will be redesigned with exciting covers to appeal to both established and new generations of readers.

International success: Wood’s books have been translated into several foreign languages including French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Greek, and Polish.

Film: Wood’s nonfiction title, The Bone Garden (Turner, May ‘14), has been featured in multiple books and on the Geraldo Rivera Show and The Discovery Channel. Most of Wood’s novels have been optioned for motion pictures and two were produced. Rampage (June ‘14) was filmed by Academy Award–winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist, Killer Joe) for Miramax and Paramount. It starred Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Abyss). His novel Broken Trust (Sept. ‘14) starred Tom Selleck and Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason. The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne.

Insider’s perspective: As a deputy district attorney who handled thousands of criminal cases, ranging from disturbing the peace to murder, Wood gives readers an accurate, inside look into his genre of writing.

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