By Michele Martinez
(HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060723996, 416pp.)
Publication Date: December 2005
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A betrayed wife and dedicated mother suddenly forced to raise her six-month-old daughter alone, Melanie Vargas is also an ambitious, hard-working professional who has had to bite and claw for recognition in the federal prosecutor's office. Then, while strolling with her baby girl on a steamy New York night, Melanie stumbles onto the kind of high-profile case that could make a career: the burning townhouse of a wealthy former prosecutor, its owner's tortured, murdered corpse smoldering within. Melanie Vargas wants this chance -- she needs it -- and she'll do whatever it takes to get it.
But a headline-grabbing opportunity of a lifetime could cost Melanie more than she ever imagined, as it pulls her closer to a dangerous affair with a secretive, enigmatic FBI agent -- and closer still to a sadistic human monster moving expertly through the city's darkest shadows.
Michele Martinez, a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, was a federal prosecutor in New York City for eight years. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children.
“Michele Martinez’s Most Wanted is taut and crisp, as well-crafted a mystery as you’ll read this year.”
“Lightning-paced and suspenseful, sexy and fun, brimming with unforgettable characters, Most Wanted is an absolute must read.”
“Most Wanted is an utter page-turner.”
“The pages turn in a blur! Edgy and fresh.”
“First-timer (and former federal prosecutor) Martinez stokes reader interest with a large, attractive cast.”
“Effervescent debut thriller...Martinez has crafted an enormously appealing heroine and a breezy, entertaining tale.”
“Martinez’s debut novel is a breakout.”