"There is no disappointment when Brunelle takes a case. From the first page to the last, the reader is drawn ahead, even into the wee hours of the night. The very human and very conflicted lead character seems to reflect a lot about all of us. I can see a little of me in him as he makes decisions concerning his profession and his family. He is one of my favorite characters."
SUBSTANTIAL RISK (Book 5)
A sex club. A dead “submissive.” A “dominant” in custody.
Homicide D.A. Dave Brunelle barely understands the terms. How can he ever hope to understand the bondage subculture well enough to hold a killer responsible for the apparently accidental death of his own girlfriend?
Brunelle embarks on a voyage of discovery, both of himself and things he never even knew existed. In so doing, however, he risks losing not only his case, but everything--and everyone--dear to him.
CORPUS DELICTI (Book 6)
A murder case without a dead body. Even on his best day, Assistant D.A. Dave Brunelle would have trouble winning a homicide case where the police could never find the victim's remains. But it's been a while since Brunelle has had a good day. His love life is a mess and his best friend doesn't want anything to do with him. Throw in a top-notch defense attorney and a defendant with ice in his veins, and it will take everything Brunelle has to hold a killer responsible.
ACCOMPLICE LIABILITY (Book 7)
There is no honor among thieves. But what about murderers?
Seattle homicide prosecutor David Brunelle faces a prosecutorial nightmare. A drug addict-turned-police informant is found murdered, his body dumped publicly as a warning to others. The prime suspect is the drug lord the dead man was snitching out. And the only witnesses to the murder were also accomplices to it.
Decisions have to be made, and deals have to be cut. Brunelle struggles through a maze of coconspirators and defense attorneys to answer the questions at the core of his dilemma: Who deserves a break? Who deserves the full punishment of the law? Will a collection of scared drug addicts and loyal hangers-on be willing to testify against a man who already killed one police informant? And even if they are, will the jury believe anyone whose testimony was purchased with a plea bargain?
Brunelle encounters new friends and past opponents as he tries to hold a killer responsible, both aided and hindered by the doctrine of accomplice liability.
A LACK OF MOTIVE (Book 8)
Motive, means, opportunity. The solution to the classic whodunit. But what if the person "who done it" had no motive at all?
The defendant has everything any person could want: fame, riches, a mansion on the shores of Lake Washington. So why would he murder some nameless drifter in a parking garage under the booming downtown of Seattle's most affluent suburb? His lawyers argue he wouldn't, and therefore he didn't. But the admittedly grainy surveillance video seems to say otherwise.
Homicide D.A. David Brunelle encounters new friends, old flames, and a relentless defense attorney as he tries to hold a killer responsible. But how can he convince the jury that Rappaport committed the crime when he has to admit there's a complete lack of motive?