Crooked Prayers (Max Strong #6)
Sometimes secret exist for a reason.
Sometimes secret exist for a reason.
Every road out takes him right back in.
His past still haunts him, but Max keeps hoping a more peaceful future. He’s moved on again, this time to Philadelphia where he has a job driving nights for a car service. He lives alone, on the fringes, preferring to lay low.
But a late-night pickup, a mysterious box and a woman in a bloody wedding dress conspire to draw him into a dangerous vendetta with a story longer than his own rap sheet. Soon Max finds himself under siege on all sides by cops looking for answers and rival gangs looking for blood. As secrets and agendas collide, the body count rises, and Max is once again forced from the shadows.
Sometimes the only way out is to burn it all down.
Max has finally put some of his ghosts to bed, but that doesn’t mean he can rest easy. He’s still a fugitive on the run from his past. He’s made his way to Prince Creek, a small town on the far eastern edge of Canada, where he’s found some peace working a fishing boat.
When Topher Arnsfeld, the richest man in town, and his wife are brutally murdered in their home, it stirs up long-buried resentments and triggers a list of suspects spanning across the small community. Disturbing rumors emerge as Max is drawn deeper into the case. In the midst of it all, one thing becomes clear: Someone’s going to get revenge, no matter who’s in the way.
Max might be the right guy in the wrong place all over again.
They know he’s coming but can they stop him?
Max Strong tried to lead a quiet life. He tried to do things the right way. He turned himself in. He tried to use the courts to get justice for his family. He went to prison. He did his time and tried to move on. It didn’t work.
Carter came after him before and Max knows he will keep coming. He will never stop. Max will find no peace unless he makes it himself. It’s time to go home and face his demons.
Some debts can only be paid one way…
Max is a wanted man. Again. Only this time he’s innocent. Mostly. Refusing to be the fall guy for the bloody events in Essex, he ran.
Mr. Smith is a man that specializes in discretely taking care of problems. Kate Sanders is a PI that’s going broke and trying to get her dead father’s voice out of her head. Alexei Yushkin is alive but walks with a limp and carries a deep grudge. Carter is just a psycho. Danny is the idiot that crossed Carter.
They all want to find Max.
Out of prison, but still on parole, Max just wants to go to work and get through each day. He doesn’t even care that the program stuck him in Essex – a nice, but nowhere small town. With his head already full of painful memories, he’d like it just fine if his past and future stayed nice and quiet. Too bad the present just got really messy.
A body in a tree. A missing briefcase. A Russian hit man. A DEA agent bent on revenge. Not to mention a sheriff with dangerous ambition and some pissed off bikers. Things are suddenly very busy in sleepy Essex county. Bodies are turning up. Secrets are coming out. Questions are being asked.
It’s not good being the new guy in a small town.
This is Max on the precipice. In 2007, Max is still Michael Sullivan, a young man in Boston working construction. But Michael is no ordinary young man. He has a talent. He can get you anything. He can steal anything. It’s a talent that has brought him to the attention of dangerous people and pushed him deeper into a life of crime.
Growing up on the streets, he never knew another way. You did what you had to do to survive. But now he finally can see a different future. He’s married and will soon be a father. He wants a life for his family far from the dangerous and paranoid Boston underworld. But that world isn’t about to let those special skills go. Not without a fight.
One last job. One chance to escape. One desperate gamble.
It’s not a sin to cheat the devil.
This is Max at the very beginning. Before he was on the run. Before he lost everything. Before he wanted revenge. This is Max when he was just a young man growing up in Boston as Michael Sullivan. His sister is sick. His brother is a screw up. His mom drinks too much. It’s an ordinary life. Most of the time. But not all the time.
Michael Sullivan has a secret and some special skills. It’s those skills that bring him to the attention of Carter, a dangerous man in the Boston underworld with even more dangerous ambitions. Carter has a proposal for the young thief. But Michael has his own plans.
Maybe they can help each other?
But at what price?