Gone and Missing

Two Bestselling Books, Gone and Missing, now in a two-book set:

G-M_Cover_w_Titles_600x900It can’t happen.

The campaign for the next President is suspected of murdering one of its own. Worse, a campaign insider may be plotting to assassinate the Candidate. Secret Service agent Annie McCarthy investigates the murder and discovers a bold plot. Can she stop it in time?

When young Secret Service agent, Annie McCarthy, discovers the person she’s been assigned to protect murdered, she vows to run her own investigation. Failing to make progress, under threat of arrest, Annie learns of an audacious plot to assassinate the Candidate. With time gone, Annie gets help from a most unlikely ally to save the nation’s honor. Or is it too late?

Days before the Presidential election, traitors force the Candidate’s plane to land—somewhere. Agent Annie McCarthy is taken prisoner along with the campaign. Did the hijackers fake a plane crash? Can Annie free the hostages? No one on the outside knows what happened—they’re just…missing.

Secret Service agent Annie McCarthy takes down a sniper at a campaign rally. Then the campaign makes a quick swing out west and the Candidate’s plane is forced down, landing in a secret cache. Taken prisoner, Annie goes up against a surprise adversary and witnesses a brutal murder. With time running out until everyone’s executed, Annie digs deep for inspiration. Cut off from the outside world, she has only one chance for victory over cold-blooded killers. It’s sure death if she fails.


A stunning, raven-haired martial arts expert, Annie was raised in the United States Secret Service. Her father killed in the line of duty, all Annie has ever wanted is to serve on a Presidential protection detail. After her heroic actions prevent a nuclear terrorism strike, Annie finally gets her wish, serving on the team guarding the woman most likely to take the highest office. But events beyond her control take her underground, battling forces determined to change the course of history.

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The Control Saga


Seven books, the five novels in the Control Series plus two prequels. Four allies battle a savage mob boss and a deadly terrorist — over 1,400 pages of vigilante justice, conspiracy, revenge, mysteries, a serial killer and espionage, with a nuclear climax.


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Brilliant and ruthless ex-criminal, McKuen has settled down to a regular life. Except…

When he loses his soul mate in an assassination attempt, McKuen fights to recover his life. A psychopathic killer blindsides him with a counterfeiting operation in his bar. Near dead from a car crash, McKuen brings his enemy to justice.

The Greatest Game
Detective Charlotte Coil has only a few things on her mind: a bank robbery, a prison break, and the kidnap-murder of a politician’s brother. Oh, and her boyfriend’s been held hostage by an insane gunman. Can she ride out the tidal wave? It’s a test of tenacity, “the greatest game.”

McKuen’s Revenge (Control, Book 1)
Someone’s after McKuen; for what he doesn’t know. His wife is kidnapped, an heirloom is stolen and the police suspect him of murder. Detective Coil isn’t convinced he’s guilty, and McKuen is determined to turn the tables on a nemesis he can’t see.

Coil’s Cold Justice (Control, Book 2)
When a legendary detective tracks a serial killer, it’s just a question of time, right? Not if the murderer is a detective, too. Trying to nail the killer, Charlotte Coil brings down the boldest smuggling ring in the west and uncovers a haunting memory from her past.

Annie’s War (Control, Book 3)
When young agent, Annie McCarthy, loses the rock of her world, she stops at nothing to track down the suspect. Is she hunting a terrorist? Can she outflank her foe, cunning and cruel, in her quest to avenge the wrong? Her shadow enemy, dominating and deadly, is closing in.

Carla’s Mission: A Techno Thriller (Control, Book 4)
When genius computer hacker, Carla Starr, encounters forces beyond her virtual power, she’s baffled by her inability to defeat them. Is the government her enemy? Her friend? Can she keep her sanity? Can she even stay alive?

Annihilation (Control, Book 5)
A deadly enemy, hidden in plain sight: when a series of murders in Santa Monica rockets into an act of terrorism, Steve McKuen, detective Charlotte Coil, agent Annie McCarthy and hacker Carla Starr are nearly annihilated. Can they outflank their foes, cunning and cruel? As they close in, they’re jolted by a bombshell.

Control includes subplots of conspiracy, kidnapping, serial killers, vigilante justice and terrorism, with a dash of romance.


A true story: when I was a young lad, my father took me aside after dinner one night. It was crisp and cold outside, well under freezing. Because I was young and enthralled to be in his company alone (without siblings), he had my full attention.

We walked a block in silence. The stars were bright and the night was still. As we approached a building that had a square tower with a clock on each of four faces, he pointed at it and said, “What do you see?”

Of course I answered that I saw the clock. He asked what the time was and I said something like ten minutes after eight. We trudged on.

A few minutes later, after we had passed the building, snow crunching under our boots, he stopped and pointed back at the tower. “What do you see now?”

“The clock?”

He asked what else I saw, and I probably said that it was eight fourteen or something. He wondered whether I thought that it looked the same as the first time we saw the tower, and I said no, it was the other side.

We kept walking and he said something that I later realized was meant as a comment on my rude behavior earlier at dinner: “That is perspective. You saw the tower with the clock saying one time, and then you saw it from a different perspective, another side of it at a different time.”

My father didn’t say another word as we continued around the block and finally arrived home. He made no connection between different people having different perspectives, he let me figure that out. To tell you the truth, at the time I thought that he was talking about physical perspective, as in artists’ renderings. But because he was a homespun philosopher, eventually I realized that he meant that instead of attacking my brother and sisters’ opinions, I should probably listen to them and think about them before responding.

What does this have to do with books? Sorry to be vague or mysterious, but you’ll have to read the books to find out.