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Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011

Harry Bosch, Laurie Stevens, award winning mystery, thriller, suspense, PTSD, Santa Monica

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.


IPPY Award Winner

Santa Monica Mountains, Calabasas, Hollywood, mystery, literary novel, Los Angeles, Sherlock Holmes

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.

Random House Book of the Month

German translation, Germany, great mystery, detective fiction,

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 …

Random House translation of Deep into Dusk

Todes Schuld, Amazon.de, mystery, psycho-suspense, femme fatale, Los Angeles, mysteries, thrillers

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 …

2016 Clue Award Winner

Deep into Dusk, Canyon, psycho, PTSD, psychology, Sherlock Holmes, Moriarity,

The Mask of Midnight is not yet released but finished and coming soon!


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."

Current Project

bible, biblical, Italian, Italy, literay fiction, money, female. mother, daughter, women, recession

Laurie is working on what she's calling her "biblical series."


Do you know the story of Lot? Then you'll remember the angels told Lot to take his family and flee the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels warned the family to run and not look back. Lot's wife looked behind her and turned into a pillar of salt. This book, which focuses on a group of friends prior to and during the Great Recession, explores all the reasons why, when disaster strikes, you can never look back.

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