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About to take a controversial rap star to trial for a past crime, Melanie Vargas receives an important piece of information from his lawyer. In full confidence, on the steps of New York City's federal courthouse, he tells her that his client may have had ties to a wanted fugitive. Moments later, a powerful car bomb blows the man to pieces, with Melanie only steps away.

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As shocking as the murder is, it has other repercussions for Melanie. Her relationship with the victim wasn't strictly professional. While recovering from her breakup with FBI Agent Dan O'Reilly, she had become attracted to the charismatic lawyer. But after his death she realizes that she knew very little about him--including the fact that he was married.

Determined to find the killer, Melanie enters a dangerous world of subterfuge and double-crosses, going as far as the glittering lights of Vegas to discover the truth. But the more she digs, the more she finds troubling about her old friend. More than one person had the motive to end his life.

Meanwhile, the rapper's defense has been taken over by the slickest shark in the business, a man of questionable morals who may have had previous unlawful dealings with his client. But the outcome of the case isn't the only thing on the line. As the sole witness to the murder, Melanie is in danger of losing her own life. It isn't long before she realizes that she can't trust anybody, not even those closest to her.


"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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Published by HarperPaperbacks
February 2009 | Mystery | 368 pages
Paperback | $7.99US | ISBN-13: 978-0-06-089903-5

Published by William Morrow
February 2008 | Mystery | 352 pages
Hardcover | $23.95US | ISBN-13: 978-0-06-089902-8



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