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Most Wanted

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Most Wanted

By Michele Martinez

HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780060723996, 407pp.

Publication Date: November 29, 2005


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.

Praise For Most Wanted

“Michele Martinez’s Most Wanted is taut and crisp, as well-crafted a mystery as you’ll read this year.”
---John Lescroart

“Lightning-paced and suspenseful, sexy and fun, brimming with unforgettable characters, Most Wanted is an absolute must read.”
-Janet Evanovich

“Most Wanted is an utter page-turner.”
-Tess Gerritsen

“The pages turn in a blur! Edgy and fresh.”
-Iris Johansen

“First-timer (and former federal prosecutor) Martinez stokes reader interest with a large, attractive cast.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Effervescent debut thriller...Martinez has crafted an enormously appealing heroine and a breezy, entertaining tale.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Martinez’s debut novel is a breakout.”
-USA Today