Books by Max Marquis

Released: June 22, 1994

The felonies keep on coming for Inspector Harry Timberlake (The Twelfth Man, 1992). First, there's the double murder of Ann Pascoe and her daughter Veronica Newman. Timberlake's convinced Veronica's estranged husband, Charles Newman, is responsible, but before he can break an alibi that places sneering Charles in Marseilles the night of the killings, he's taken off the case. Meantime, there's a rabbity runaway motor mechanic whose father wants to beat him into an accountant; a witness against alleged county bribe-taker Lawrence Soper who suddenly decides not to testify; a flood of counterfeit ú1 coins (as one old pro asks, why bother?); and a series of brutal murders of middle-aged women living alone. On the home front, Timberlake, worried that the steam has gone out of his clandestine affair with Officer Sarah Lewis, takes up with predatory actress Lucinda Fordham—not realizing that he and Sarah are in for more stirring times ahead. Brisk and efficient as a poke in the eye. If British procedurals have a prize for mayhem per inch, put Timberlake down as a front-runner. Read full book review >
THE TWELFTH MAN by Max Marquis
Released: May 19, 1992

Detective Inspector Harry Timberlake, of London's Terrace Vale police station, has his hands full with four recent murders on his patch, including a hit-and-run, a shotgun blast, and the more eccentric killings by axe and crossbow. Plus: ``Phantom Flannelfoot,'' a wily burglar, is methodically emptying out well- to-do homes while the owners are way. Will justice prevail before workaholic Harry succumbs to fatigue, and before his relationship with surgical registrar Jenny Long suffers from his absences? A pathologist steers Harry toward believing the murders are connected and, sure enough, all the victims participated in an Old Bailey case. Meanwhile, policewoman Sarah Lewis, another workaholic, is trying to corner Flannelfoot—efforts that bring her to the attention of Harry, with predictable romantic sparks flying. Finally, route investigation leads Harry to the murderer—and then it's a race against time as Harry tries to locate and defuse a delayed-action bomb. A serviceable first effort, with one neat plot-twist that almost offsets the trite who-did-he-choose (Jenny or Sarah?) ending. Still, fans of the small, contained British procedural will be well served and looking for the next. Read full book review >