THE LAST WITNESS
For Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne, investigating a young woman’s murder in a Society Hill home invasion uncovers an ugly underworld—that of Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob. Foreign girls are being smuggled in to work in the sex trade, and now some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia. Teenage American girls lured from local foster homes have vanished. And the lone living witness has gone into hiding. He knows it’s got to be connected. For Payne, finding that last witness is absolutely critical—before the Russians, the cartels, or anyone else gets to her first.
In Philadelphia homicide is at an all-time high. With each violent crime, tension builds between the police department, the mayor’s office, and the Citizens Police Oversight Committee. The most vocal activist places the blame squarely on Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne. Now Payne must navigate death threats and misdirected public outrage to follow a strange pattern in seemingly unrelated killings. Ordered to stay out of the line of fire, he struggles to solve the murder of a reporter who was just as unwilling as Payne himself to let death threats keep him from his job. As Sergeant Payne looks for justice, journalist Mickey O’Hara looks to finish the story where his fellow reporter left off. Both men know that they cannot back down, though this may be the end of their reputations, their work, and even their lives.
Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne is beginning to think nothing can shock him—until the case of a young socialite’s death lands on his desk. The Camilla Rose Morgan he’d known for years was beautiful and brilliant, juggling charity fund-raisers while working toward the MBA that would let her take her place in the family’s multibillion-dollar company. How was it possible that she’d jumped from the balcony of her penthouse? Her brother tells Payne she’d been battling a lifetime of mental demons, and there is plenty of evidence to support what he says, but something just doesn’t sit right. The more Payne digs, the more complications he discovers, and when someone slips him copies of trust fund papers that Camilla Rose was fighting to have nullified just before her death, an even darker picture begins to emerge. Reputations and lives are on the line. If he takes one step wrong, his own life may be among them.
About the Author
William E. Butterworth III, better known as W.E.B. Griffin (1929-2019), was a remarkably prolific writer of military and detective fiction. He authored seven bestselling book series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and Clandestine Operations. Prior to his writing career, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany shortly after WWII and was recalled to service during the Korean War. That experience informed his bestselling fiction and its trademark historical accuracy, thrilling adventure, and astute understanding of the motivations of a military hero.
Date of Birth:November 10, 1929
Place of Birth:Newark, New Jersey