The Step Between

The Step Between

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

No matter how hard she tries to live the quiet life, trouble has a way of grabbing Carole Ann Gibson by the throat — and this time all her famous intuition and raw courage might not be enough to save her. In the heartbreaking aftermath of her husband's death, Carole Ann, widely known as "the best damn trial lawyer in D.C.," left her criminal-law practice for what she hoped was a safer, saner life as a partner in her friend Jake's security firm. But when the richest man in Washington, D.C., hires her to find his daughter, she is caught up in a tangle of family relationships in which the stakes are not only money but life itself. Add to that a routine surveillance job that turns up three corpses and the kidnapping of her partner's beloved wife, Grace, and Carole Anne is — once again — in over her head in the kind of trouble that launches an all-out attack on her survival skills. Showcasing her rare talent for mixing the subtlety and complexity of...
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Two Graves Dug

Two Graves Dug

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

Here  is a New York City of narrow village streets and tenements filled with people whose lives are anything but narrow—all kinds and classes and ages of people—people who will, on occasion, need a Private Investigator to...handle things. Here is the Lower East Side and here is native son Phil Rodriquez, PI, a first generation Nuyorican. In Two Graves Dug, Phil is hired to find out who's hurting women in his 'hood: Young ones—little girls being victimized by a serial rapist—and a grown-up woman being harrassed by somebody who doesn't want her back in the old neighborhood she left a lifetime ago. Then rape turns to murder, harrassment turns into terrorism, and somebody is digging up old, ugly secrets from the past. It's enough to make Phil wonder if there's really anything he can do. Then he finds out the cops had info that could have prevented a little girl's rape and murder and a furious Phil puts his...
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Keeping Secrets

Keeping Secrets

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

Someone is murdering wealthy, married, and deeply closeted gay people in Washington, DC—four so far, brutally and always in a dark parking lot. Police lieutenant Gianna Maglione is head of the Hate Crimes Unit and it's her job to find the perp. Except that after four murders, she and her team don't have a single clue and the only thing they know for sure is that there will be another murder. Making Gianna's life even more difficult is investigative newspaper reporter Mimi Patterson who, despite Gianna's best efforts, also is investigating the murders. She knows things that nobody but Gianna's team knows: The names of the victims and method of their murders, and she's going to write a story. Mimi thinks people—especially gay people—should know they could be in danger. As they both pursue the killer following different paths, their growing attracting to each other is a problem neither welcomes. Then there's the fact that the killer has an eye on...
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Paradise Interrupted

Paradise Interrupted

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

She's first G in GGI: Gibson, Graham International, the investigative and security company founded by ex-criminal defense attorney Carole Ann Gibson and ex-DC homicide detective Jacob Graham. It didn't take long for the DC-based company to earn a reputation as one of the best in the business. Their newest job: Guide a newly independent Caribbean nation enter the 21 century. The island nation contracts GGI to do it all—from the establishment of a police force to bringing telephone service to the island to ensuring that modern, international security protocols protect the new president and his ministers as they conduct business. Then the president's two body guards are murdered and GGI must build a police department in a hurry. A fugitive drug dealer from DC is hiding out on the island, construction of a road to the new government building is sabotaged and the foreman murdered, and CA is attacked in the yard of her home on the island. And she's on her own this...
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A Murder Too Close

A Murder Too Close

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

Nothing has been the same in New York City since terrorists destroyed the the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 2001. Everybody feels the pain, especially the inhabitants of the Lower East Side—the East Village, the Bowery, Chinatown, Alphabet City, SoHo—who, every time they look south, are forced to see  the "the hole in the sky." Who is to blame? Who will pay? The easy answer for some is all those who appear "other," even if they are as American as baseball and apple pie. But the distrust of the "others," readily identified by the wardrobes of their religious beliefs—Muslims, Sikhs, even Buddhist monks— turns to dislike, and then to something much more sinister. Nuyorican Private Eye Phil Rodriquez, a man known to do a favor for a neighbor if asked, learns how sinister when he's asked put a hurting on a teenaged boy somebody thinks is a Muslim. Phil and partner Yolanda learn how sinister when they're asked...
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Two Wings to Fly Away

Two Wings to Fly Away

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

In 1856 Philadelphia, runaway slave Genie Oliver uses her dress shop as a front for her work with the Underground Railroad; and reluctant heiress Abby Read runs a rooming house not just because she hates the life of the idle rich society woman, but because she has no intention of ever marrying a man. When the daughter of Abby's free black servant is grabbed by rogue slave catchers, an unlikely group of people come together, first out of necessity, and then, gradually, in friendship. And in the case of Abby and Genie, something much more.
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Night Songs

Night Songs

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

Washingto, DC, the nation's capital, is a magnificently beautiful city—a city divided by race and by class—and no one knows this truth better than Police Lieutenant Gianna Maglione, head of the Hate Crimes Unit, and investigative newspaper reporter Mimi Patterson. Beyond the marble facades of the monuments, on the side streets off the wide, tree-lined avenues, there lurks an ugliness that Mimi and Gianna get paid to scrutinize. Bits and pieces of stories about rich boys who like to hurt women, prostitutes, vulnerable women on the streets alone, at night, making them perfect targets—Gianna has heard the stories, Mimi has heard the stories, and once again the cop and the reporter are on the trail of the same killer. It will be a difficult hunt because rich boys have rich parents who protect them. But who protects an 80-year old concentration camp survivor when Skinhead neo-Nazis camp outside her house in the middle of the night yelling threats? The cops, right? Wrong—when no...
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Love Notes

Love Notes

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

We live in a youth-oriented culture—and nobody knows that better than a 50+year old woman looking for love. Despite all the commercials featuring silver haired characters, film and television still cast 30-year old women as the love interests of 60-year old men, and 60-year old women are hard to find on screen unless a witch or a bag lady is called for. So many 50+women looking for what they see as a last chance at love have taken to the internet. And if she is from a small town, is financially secure, and is willing to relocate—that love is waiting for her in Washington, DC! Lured not really to DC but to is Maryland and Virginia suburbs, and then to secluded lesbian bars where they are total strangers, the confused, lonely women do what confused, lonely people everywhere do: They talk to the bartender. But this bartender really cares about these confused, lonely women, and when the women begin to disappear, the bartender alerts her good friend who just happens to be Lt. Gianna...
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Where to Choose

Where to Choose

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

As the best damn trial lawyer in town, Carole Ann Gibson had defended them all—from the white collar crooks who stole with computers and legal loopholes to the street crooks who dealt drugs and stole with knives and guns. Then the bad guys took her husband's life and CA walked away from her law practice. But what does a lawyer who doesn't practice law do all day, especially if she's still all but paralyzed by grief? What does she do with her wealth if all that money can't buy back her husband's life? She answers a call for help from her mother and runs home to Los Angeles, only to find the beautiful, peaceful community where she grew up—Jacaranda Estates—controlled by violent thugs who prey on the mostly senior residents, and a police department that seems not to care. CA is confused and perplexed by the situation and searches for some kind of logical explanation. Then her mother is attacked and beaten and all logic evaporates. As a long-time martial...
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One Must Wait

One Must Wait

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

Carole Ann Gibson: They call her the best damn trial lawyer in town, and in a town like Washington, DC, that's no small feat. She's a partner in a top tier law firm earning big bucks keeping criminals out of jail. She's so good at her job that she almost blows the case of the first innocent client she's had in years—a rookie DC cop,Tommy Griffin, wrongly accused of being dirty—because she hadn't realized that she'd begun to treat all criminal cases the same. But when the client isn't a criminal? It was exactly the wake-up call she needed: The reminder that it doesn't matter how well you know the law if you've forgotten what justice is. At the same time CA is having her crisis of conscience, a highly paid partner in another big time law firm is having similar feelings about his corporate client criminals.That lawyer is CA's husband, Al. Suppose they didn't defend criminals any more—white collar or no collar? Before they can really...
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Death's Echoes

Death's Echoes

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

Police Lieutenant Gianna Maglione heads up the DC Police Department's Hate Crimes Unit. She investigates those who espouse and perpetrate acts of hatred. She hunts them down and infiltrates their habitats, and then she finds out where they live and work and who their friends are. She learns what their next evil acts are likely to be, and who will be their victims. Then, she must stop the violence—because hatred is almost always violent. But what happens to a cop when one of her officers becomes the victim of a brutal hate crime, and her girlfriend is targeted for a hit? Mimi Patterson is the lead investigative reporter for Washington DC's top newspaper. She's not the kind of reporter who skims the surface of any story—she digs deep, asks the hard questions, leaves no stone unturned. She's looking for facts, for all of them, seeking out the truth. There's nothing fake about the news she reports, and the truth that she uncovers comes at a terrible price. But what happens...
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Belle City

Belle City

Penny Mickelbury

Penny Mickelbury

This interracial, intergenerational saga of love, land and loss is told from the disparate perspectives of Ruth Thatcher, who is Black, and Jonas Thatcher, who is White, and spans nearly a century. The story begins in 1917 when Ruth and Jonas are farm children and ends in 2005 as their descendants struggle to unravel and understand the legacies of this star-crossed pair. During the course of their lifetimes, Ruth and Jonas— and their respective families— have evolved and ultimately have prospered, but it is left for their descendants to come to grips with the long-unacknowledged truth that the two families are actually one.
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