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Drop By Drop

A Fine and Dangerous Season

The phone rings in the California home of businessman Nate Michaels before the sun is up on October 24, 1962.  An hour later he’s on an Air Force jet to Washington.  Michaels hasn’t seen or spoken to President Kennedy since they met at Stanford in the fall o

1940, but now JFK needs his help opening a back channel to defuse the threat posed by Soviet missiles in Cuba. In both the Pentagon and the Kremlin, pro-war generals want a showdown, not a humiliating compromise.  As the world races toward nuclear holocaust in a fine and dangerous autumn, Michaels finds himself spinning in a maelstrom of statecraft, espionage, love, and betrayal.

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Drop By Drop

Drop By Drop

Stanford professor Sam Rockman suffers the crushing loss of his wife in a bombing at San Francisco Airport. Casting about to find meaning in the ruins of his life, he accepts an offer to come to Washington, D.C. to work for the Senate Intelligence Committee. He finds mighty weird stuff happening in the nation’s capital. Secret documents are showing up on his doorstep. Russians are trying to poison him. A renegade CIA asset is making Florida uninhabitable by strewing nuclear materials up and down Interstate 95. Then comes a groundswell to change the Constitution to enable the current president to stay in office for a third term to handle the crises.

What Sam wants out of his stint in D.C. is revenge for the death of his wife. What he gets as he wades through a swamp of congressional politics, anti-terrorism, and White House chicanery is betrayal. He finds allies among a savvy Kentucky senator, a billionaire investment banker, his wife’s old rabbi, and the president’s national security advisor. Too often, he finds himself thrown together with his counterpart on the other side of the aisle, the whip-smart, six-footer Cecilia Plant. Mourning still for his wife, Sam steels himself against Cecilia’s appeal and remains suspicious of her motives.

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Smasher

When things start to go bad for Ian Michaels, they go really bad. A ruthless billionaire threatens to steal his company. A mysterious black car runs down his wife Rowena. When the police dismiss the attack as an accident, it’s left to Ian to track down the assailant before he strikes again. As Rowena lingers near death, Ian races to an atom smasher at Stanford to fulfill what may be her last wish – that he prove an unsung female physicist was cheated out of a Nobel Prize.

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Dot Dead

Ian Michaels had it all—a high-powered job with one of Silicon Valley's hottest tech firms, a beautiful house, and a bright future. When he discovers a young, beautiful woman stabbed to death in his bed, it takes him a moment to realize that the still-warm corpse is the part-time maid he'd never met face-to-face. Gwendolyn's family and ex-boyfriend insist that she often spoke of Ian, and everyone—including the police—seems to think they were lovers. The evidence points to Ian as a murderer, but Gwendolyn's sister, Rowena, isn't so sure. Together they uncover a trail of secrets, lies, and obsession that provides more questions than answers. Determined not to fall into a trap, Ian's also trying not to fall for Rowena. Because in this dangerous game, someone's getting away with murder—and whoever it is knows Ian very, very well.

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