Elizabeth Webster Books In Publication Order
- Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas (2019)
- Elizabeth Webster and the Portal of Doom (2020)
- Elizabeth Webster and the Chamber of Stolen Ghosts (2021)
Victor Carl Books In Publication Order
- Hostile Witness (1995)
- Bitter Truth / Veritas (1997)
- Fatal Flaw (2003)
- Past Due (2003)
- Falls the Shadow (2005)
- Marked Man (2006)
- A Killer’s Kiss (2007)
- A Bite of Strawberry (2013)
- Bagmen (2014)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Kockroach (2006)
- The Accounting (2013)
- The Barkeep (2014)
- Blood And Bone (2015)
- Guaranteed Heroes (2015)
- The Four-Night Run (2016)
- A Filthy Business (2017)
- Freedom Road (2019)
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William Lashner Books Overview
Hard luck Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl is just itching for the opportunity to sell out. Then good fortune comes knocking at his door in the guise of William Prescott III, a blue blood attorney from one of the city’s most prestigious firms. Prescott wants Victor to represent a councilman’s aide who is on trial, along with his boss, for extortion, arson, and murder. It’s the juiciest, highest profile courtroom extravaganza in years and all Carl has to do is show up, shut up, and follow Prescott’s lead.
But it soon becomes clear that somene’s setting him and his client up to take a long, hard fall. Victor Carl may be desperate and unethical but he’s no one’s patsy. And to survive in this legal snake pit of secrets, lies, and lethal double crosses, he’s going to play the game his way.
Bitter Truth / Veritas
A stained legal career spent defending mob enforcers, two bit hoods, and other dregs of humanity has left Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl jaded and resentful until a new client appears to offer him an escape and a big payday. Caroline Shaw, the desperate scion of a prominent Main Line dynasty, wants him to prove that her sister Jacqueline’s recent suicide was, in fact, murder before Caroline suffers a similar fate.
It is a case that propels Carl out of his courtroom element and into a murky world of fabulous wealth, bloody family legacies, and dark secrets. Victor Carl would love nothing more than to collect his substantial fee and get out alive. But a bitter truth is dragging him in dangerously over his head, and ever closer to the shattering revelation that the most terrifying darkness of all lies not in the heart of a Central American jungle…
but in the twisted soul of man.
‘Lust will make a fool of any man, but it is only love that can truly ruin him.’ So says Victor Carl, the ethically adventurous Philadelphia lawyer who usually ends up doing the right thing, but, as his law partner says, often for all the wrong reasons. Late one night Victor gets a panicked phone call from an old law school classmate. Guy Forrest claims he has just found the body of his fianc e lying murdered in the house they shared. The victim is Hailey Prouix, for whose love Guy had abandoned his children, his job, his wife, his life. Hailey had mesmerized every man she ever met including, unbeknownst to Guy, Victor Carl. Convinced that Guy is Hailey’s killer, Victor agrees to represent him, all the while secretly vowing to see justice done, whatever the cost. The plan would have to be dirty, base, vile, the plan would have to exhibit a complete lack of moral fiber in the soul of the deranged maniac who dreamed it up. I was just the man for the job. But when Victor’s certainty begins to crack, he embarks on a quest that will take him from Philadelphia to Las Vegas to the valleys of West Virginia and back again. He digs further and further into Hailey Prouix’s past and discovers that nothing is as simple as it had seemed, especially the woman he thought he loved. Who was Hailey Prouix? Behind the answer lurks a killer. As Guy’s murder trial heads toward its shattering conclusion, Victor must find the brutal truth before the mechanism of retribution he himself has set into motion falls like a hatchet, smack on his client’s head.
It means something to be a client. It means he gets my loyalty, whether he deserves it or not. It means he gets my absolute best for the price of an hourly fee. It means in a world where every person has turned against him there is one person who will fight by his side for as long as there is a battle to be fought.
Author of the acclaimed novels Fatal Flaw, Bitter Truth, and Hostile Witness, bestselling writer William Lashner crafts dark, witty, engrossing tales of suspense involving one of the most intriguing characters of modern popular fiction: Victor Carl.
A defense attorney who lives his life in shades of gray, Victor Carl fights all the right fights for all the wrong reasons. With a failing legal practice, a dead end love life, a pile of unpaid traffic tickets, and a talent for mixing it up in tough working class bars and sparring with obstinate cops, Victor skates on the razor’s edge of legal ethics in search of the easy buck. But the one absolute in Victor’s life is loyalty, especially to a client even if he happens to be dead. Like Joey Cheaps, a no account who takes a knife to the throat down on the waterfront, but not before he shares with his lawyer his part in a terrible crime.
With his client murdered, Victor must search for a killer. But solving the crime means investigating the darkest spot in Joey Cheaps’s misspent youth, sending Victor on a twisting journey that leads to a missing suitcase stuffed with money, photographs of a mysterious naked woman, and a Supreme Court justice with a secret to hide. And most dangerous of all, Victor steps into the crosshairs of a vengeful enemy with a past full of pain and a taste for blood.
As thrilling as it is darkly evocative, Past Due is a superb tale of crime and justice that takes the intrepid Victor Carl into brilliant new territory and confirms William Lashner’s place among the top suspense writers of our time.
Falls the Shadow
New York Times bestselling author William Lashner returns with a brilliantly twisty tale that probes the dark side of the law and man
Unlike the rest of you, I cheerfully admit to my own utter selfishness. I am self made, self absorbed, self serving, self referential, even self deprecating, in a charming sort of way. In short, I am all the selfs except selfless. Yet every so often, I run across a force of nature that shakes my sublime self centeredness to its very roots. Something that tears through the landscape like a tornado, leaving nothing but ruin and reexamination in its wake. Something like Bob.
A beautiful young woman is dead, her husband convicted of the murder. In seeking a new trial for the husband, defense attorney Victor Carl must confront not only a determined prosecutor and a police detective who might have set up his client, but also a strange little busybody named Bob.
Bob has the aspiration, one could even say compulsion, to help those around him. And it usually works out well for all concerned, except when it ends in blood. But Victor doesn t know that…
Thanks to Bob, Victor is suddenly dressing better, dating a stunning woman, and both his economic prospects and his teeth are gleaming. It’s all good, until Victor finds a troubling connection between Bob and the murdered wife. Is Bob a kind of saint or is this obsessive Good Samaritan, in reality, a murderer?
Filled with the keen wit, deep poignancy, twisting suspense, and dark realism that has entranced readers, impressed reviewers, and made William Lashner s previous novels bestsellers, Falls the Shadow is a riveting novel sure to leave readers eager for more.
It must have been a hell of a night. One of those long, dangerous nights where the world shifts and doors open. A night of bad judgment and wrong turns, of weariness and hilarity and a hard sexual charge that both frightens and compels. A night where your life changes irrevocably, for better or for worse, but who the hell cares, so long as it changes.
It must have been a night just like that, yeah, if only I could remember it.
All Victor Carl knows is that he’s just woken up with his suit in tatters, his socks missing, and a stinging pain in his chest thanks to a new tattoo he doesn’t remember getting: a heart inscribed with the name Chantal Adair.
My apartment is trashed, my partnership is cracking up, I’m drinking too much, flirting with reporters, sleeping with Realtors. Frankly, I’m in desperate need of something hard and clean in my life, and finding Chantal is all I have.
Is Chantal Adair the love of Victor’s life or a terrible drunken mistake? Victor intends to find out, but right now he’s got bigger concerns. His client, a wanted man, needs to come in out of the cold, and he’s got a stolen painting for Victor to use as leverage.
But someone is not happy that the painting has surfaced. Or that the client is threatening to tell all. Or that Victor is sniffing around for information about Chantal Adair. The closer Victor comes to figuring it all out, the deeper into danger he falls, as the ghosts of the past return to claim what’s theirs.
A Killer’s Kiss
‘You want to know what deceit tastes like?
It’s sweet. Like honey.’
Over the course of his shady legal career, Victor Carl has made a host of bad decisions, but letting his ex fianc e, Julia, fall back into his life and into his bed might be the worst. Julia’s husband has just been murdered, her fingerprints are all over the crime scene, and $1.7 million in cash has inexplicably vanished. If Victor didn’t know better, he might think Julia was setting him up.
But Julia is drop dead gorgeous and lust trumps reason 24/7 in Victor Carl’s world. Victor wants to believe the Beatles were right, that all you need is love. But why are the cops accusing Victor of murder? And what is the murder weapon doing in his bedroom? And who is the dead woman in the freezer?
Suddenly, the wary lawyer is no longer fighting to rekindle a lost love…
he’s fighting to save himself.
It is the mid 1950s, and Kockroach, perfectly content with his life infesting a fleabag hotel off Times Square, awakens to discover that somehow he’s been transformed into, of all things, a human. A tragic turn of events, yes, but cockroaches are awesome coping machines, so Kockroach copes. Step by step, he learns the ways of man how to walk, how to talk, and how to wear a jaunty brown fedora. Led by his primitive desires and insectile amorality, he navigates through the bizarre human realms of crime, business, politics, and sex. Will he find success or be squashed flat from above? Will he change humanity, or will humanity change him?
Blood And Bone
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Victor Carl series comes a stunning stand alone novel about a young man forced to confront the dark truths of his past
For a son, every funeral before his father’s death is a rehearsal and every funeral thereafter is a memorial.
Kyle Byrne, the illegitimate son of a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, had to sneak into his father’s funeral when he was fourteen years old. Twelve years later, his father’s death still casts a shadow upon his heart.
Now amiable and handsome, Kyle finds himself drifting through a life of slack. With his house in foreclosure and his part time job lost, he spends his days playing Xbox and his nights in Philly bars, drinking way too much and sleeping with the wrong type of women. Life is, well, actually pretty damn sweet.
But when his father’s former law partner is brutally murdered, the cops see Kyle as a possible suspect and start asking uncomfortable questions about his father’s death. And after a strange encounter with one of his father’s former clients, Kyle enters into a search for answers that leads from his father’s past to the highest pinnacles of power and forces Kyle to lay bare the deceptions and losses in his own life.
Just when it seems he’s close to learning the truth about his father and the murder, Kyle is reminded of that old adage ‘be careful what you wish for.’ Because Kyle Byrne’s most fervent wish is suddenly about to come true with a vengeance.