FINN TELLER MYSTERY SERIES
From Thriller Award-winning author Twist Phelan comes “a new and capable heroine you’ll want to see again.” (Jan Burke, Edgar-winning and New York Times-bestselling author)
Finn Teller is a spy. Her career began at the CIA, but when a black-ops assignment went about as wrong as it possibly could and her supervisor thwarted her efforts to make things right, Finn walked away from the Agency.
She joined an international spy-for-hire agency that turned out to be pretty much the same wolf, albeit in civilian clothing. It does for multinationals, hedge funds, and oligarchs what the CIA does for the US government. The firm has a black-ops division, too—services include kidnap recoveries, terrorist interrogations, political espionage, and unauthorized looks at competitors’ R&D. The company even works for governments, secretly doing what the authorities can’t because it might break the law or rile a trading partner.
Fearless, well-trained by Langley, fluent in several languages, and as much a chameleon off the streets as on, Finn quickly rose through the ranks. Now she travels the world on assignment as her boss’s top operative. Loyal to her clients, she isn’t above bringing her sense of justice to the situation, which often has unintended—and dangerous—consequences.
PINNACLE PEAK MYSTERY SERIES
Lawyer Hannah Dain is an extreme sports enthusiast who is trying to find her way in her family-owned law firm…and with Cooper Smith, her on-again, off-again lover. Whether she’s riding her bike, rock climbing, team roping, or kayak paddling, Hannah always comes through for her clients in the imaginary town of Pinnacle Peak, Arizona.
“Phelan . . . vividly evokes the Arizona desert and thrills with convincing legal detail. . . . Hannah [Dain] makes a sympathetic and appealing heroine likely to have an interesting future.”
“Fans of extreme sports will admire Phelan’s protagonist, lawyer and athlete Hannah Dain, but even those more at home on the couch will still enjoy the brainy heroine. . . . The sports angle makes an intriguing frame, but it’s not really necessary to the success of this series, which boasts a nice mix of desert atmosphere and appealing characters.”
Thirteen award-winning short stories.
From Twist: I like the characters in my novels, but often other voices pop up in my imagination, individuals who don’t have a place in my books but whose stories interest me. I pretty much ignored them until the editor of an anthology called Wall Street Noir asked me to write a story. I jumped at the chance to tell the tale of a commodity futures trader’s dizzy ride on Fortune’s roller coaster. Now I knew what to do with ideas that weren’t book-length and characters who, while remarkable, weren’t folks with whom I’d like to spend the time it takes to write a novel.
This collection of thirteen stories, including two Thriller-Award winners, includes tales told from a variety of viewpoints. Women from teenage to “a certain age” play prominent roles. Three stories feature traders of stocks and commodities (in my world, greed is not good). A farmer, an antiques dealer, blue-collar working men, and a pro athlete also make appearances. And there are four crime-fighting professionals: NYC and West Coast detectives, a US Marshal, and a Seattle prosecutor. I hope you enjoy them!