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NEW! Click here for the winner of Michele's "Notorious" contest!Notorious

About to bring a famous rap star to trial for murder, Melanie Vargas becomes the sole witness when a car bomb kills the rapper's lawyer. Her career and her safety are on the line, but so is her heart: Melanie's relationship with the charismatic defense lawyer was more than strictly professional.

Determined to hunt down his killer, she finds herself in a dangerous world of subterfuge and double-crosses. The lawyer wasn't what he seemed. A lot of people wanted him dead, and as Melanie zeroes in on the answer, she finds she can't trust anybody -- not even those closest to her.

Click here to read Chapters 1 and 2 of Notorious!

"Taut and edgy, Notorious takes the reader on a wild ride through high-powered law firms, bullet-riddled drug dens and the darker corners of the human heart." -- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner

"[E]xciting" and "engaging" -- Publishers Weekly

"Martinez is at the top of her game [in Notorious]. Her writing sparkles in this exceptionally well-written suspense novel featuring sexy, sharp federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas."
-- Romantic Times Magazine

"Notorious is a fast-paced, tightly-written novel that adeptly captures the reader from the get-go." -- FreshFiction.com

"[B]elievable characters, a perfectly paced plot and a satisfying, if ironic, ending, and you have another winner from an author who has quickly acquired a reputation in the thriller field for consistent excellence." -- Bookreporter.com

"Melanie Vargas is, as always, an engaging lead and her latest Notorious adventure has all the courtroom drama, chills, thrills, romance, and twisty surprises that fans have come to expect from an absorbing series." -- BookLoons.com

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Notorious is now on sale in paperback!

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"Fast, tense, authentic, sexy . . . the Melanie Vargas series is already guilty on all counts, but Cover-Up takes it to a whole new level. Highly recommended."
-- NY Times bestselling author Lee Child

"Martinez's stellar third thriller . . . feature[s] the sharp and sexy federal prosecutor [Melanie Vargas]."
-- Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

"Martinez's latest is intensely riveting from the first page."
-- Romantic Times Magazine (Top Pick)

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The Finishing School

"[The] second Melanie Vargas thriller hits the spot. . . . [A] suspense-filled ride."
-- New York Daily News

"[A] gripping story . . . Martinez goes to the head of the class with The Finishing School."
-- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"[S]mart and gritty."
-- USA Today


The Finishing School
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Most Wanted

The critically acclaimed debut in the Melanie Vargas series of thrillers.

Named one of the "Top 20 Mysteries of 2005" and one of the top fiction debuts of 2005!

"An absolute must read."
--Janet Evanovich


Most Wanted
On sale now in paperback!



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