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J.T. Riggen

Pages: 252
ISBN: 978-145751-956-7
List Price: 15.50
Category: Fiction
Available: May 2013
Edition: perfectbound

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Ex-Detective Mark Kennedy was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for his part in a vicious, mob-related crime. He does what he must to survive prison life, and when he suddenly finds himself free—back amongst old friends and enemies—he is drawn into a life he never thought he would lead again. Rachel Davis is a capable young woman, ready for college and the beginning of her new life, yet she is unprepared for the terror that awaits her on an innocent night out on the town. Detective Will Sutherland thought he had escaped the corruption of his previous job when he moved to Brattleboro, Vermont, but with the sudden rise in local violent crime, he is forced to face his past—and his dangerous obsession with his own investigation.
These characters’ individual stories are woven into a dark tapestry in this captivating new thriller, set against the backdrop of a luxurious, state-of-the-art casino that attracts both high rollers and the lowest of criminals. It’s a world where manipulation means control, and the concept of trust is the difference between life and death. Who is willing to go the furthest and break the rules to achieve justice? And to what degree is justice served when the path to attain it turns sinister and twisted?

Jim Riggen hails from Montpelier, Vermont. After graduating from the University of Vermont, he moved to Miami, Florida, where he attended Barry University’s Physician Assistant Master’s program. The sharp contrasts between his hometown and Miami fascinated him. Especially intriguing was the idea that so many individual life-changing events can occur simultaneously—a birth and a death, a wedding and a kidnapping—and how these different paths can collide unexpectedly, leading Jim to write Uptown, a book founded on these stark contrasts.