Jake Stapleton feels like a loser. He’s got no direction or romance in his life, and he misses his late mother. The young man needs help with the mortgage and advertises for a housemate. When the devil, disguised as a middle-aged woman, answers Jake’s ad, all hell breaks loose – but it’s the devil who gets more than she bargained for. “A fiendishly delightful romp!” from award-winning author Laurie Stevens.
I portrayed the devil as a middle-aged woman in my novella "The Devil and Daniela Webster" to play with preconceived notions about strong women and fear. It's a lighthearted piece in which good finds a way to "trick" evil. According to the interviewer, "The characters are so engaging," the book "tackles really big concepts with humor," and is "delightful." You can hear more if you press "Play"
Detective Gabriel McRay investigates a cold case from 1988 involving a missing teenager named Nancy Lewicki. Evidence is sparse and Gabriel has no leads. Much to his dismay, a celebrity psychic, Carmen Jenette, hypes the unsolved case on her television show. Gabriel warns Carmen not to interfere. Meanwhile, strange dreams of water and corpses haunt Gabriel's sleep. They unnerve him as he plans his wedding to LA County Medical Examiner, Dr. Ming Li. When the psychic's life is threatened, Gabriel connects the dots back to the missing girl and realizes his cold case is burning hot. Someone doesn't want Nancy found and will kill to keep her hidden.
The first of the Gabriel McRay Books.
High in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles, grisly murders are taking place. On each of the victim's bodies a note is left for L.A. Sheriff's detective, Gabriel McRay. The killer's identity is locked in the suppressed memory of a horrifying trauma from Gabriel's own childhood.
Teamed with his forensic pathologist girlfriend and his psychiatrist, Gabriel runs two parallel investigations. The first: a dark journey into the terrifying recollections of his past and the second: the hunt for a serial killer who seems to know more about Gabriel... than he knows himself.
In the second pulse-pounding thriller in the series, Detective Gabriel McRay is once again forced to face his inner demons. From the enclaves of the super rich to the kinky underbelly of Los Angeles, women are turning up dead and Gabriel is determined to hunt down the killer. His one and only witness to this string of sexual murders is the beautiful Tara Samuels. Gabriel identifies with Tara. She's a victim... Just like him. But Tara Samuels is not the fragile woman he thinks she is and Gabriel is soon embroiled in the world of her dark fantasy. Realizing he's in too deep, Gabriel knows he must find a sadistic killer before he loses his career, his sanity and his life.
The Blanvalet/Random House German version of The Dark Before Dawn
Gabriel McRay hatte einst den Ruf, der beste Detective des Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department zu sein, doch seit einiger Zeit leidet er unter zunehmend unkontrollierbaren Wutausbrüchen und Erinnerungsaussetzern. Er steht kurz vor der Kündigung, als sich in den Hügeln von Santa Monica eine Reihe von brutalen Morden ereignet. An abgelegenen Orten ersticht der »Malibu-Canyon-Killer« seine Opfer und setzt dann ihre Fahrzeuge in Brand. Jedes Mal hinterlässt er am Tatort einen Umschlag mit einer boshaften, kryptischen Nachricht – adressiert an McRay, der schon bald selbst in den Fokus der Ermittlungen rückt …
Eine grausame Mordserie. Ein Opfer, das etwas zu verbergen scheint. Und ein Ermittler, der mit seinen eigenen Dämonen kämpft.
Blutend und ohne Kleidung wird die wunderschöne Tara Samuels auf einer Straße außerhalb von Los Angeles aufgefunden. Um Haaresbreite ist sie einem sadistischen Killer entkommen, nachdem sie mit ansehen musste, wie er eine andere Frau brutal ermordete. Detective Gabriel McRay ist fest entschlossen, den Täter zu finden, doch geblendet von seinen eigenen Gefühlen für die attraktive Tara, erkennt er nicht, dass diese einiges zu verbergen hat. Als Gabriel endlich eine Verbindung zwischen den Opfern herstellen kann, ist es fast zu spät …
Det. Gabriel McRay confronts his nemesis Victor Archwood at the killer's trial. A surprise twist during the proceedings (and a factor readers might have overlooked in the first book!) sets Archwood free to wreak his vengeance on Gabriel. Part legal thriller, part deadly cat and mouse game, this 3rd book in the series is, according to one blogger, "nothing short of astounding. A psychological thriller of the first caliber, I had to remind myself on more than one occasion to breathe."