Marked ManBook - 2006
Awakening following a troubled night to find his memory and clothing in tatters and with a strange tattoo on his chest, attorney Victor Carl is faced with his most challenging case ever as he attempts to discover what has happened to him, assist a client in possession of a stolen Rembrandt painting, and deal with an unknown enemy with lethal intentions.
In New York Times bestselling author William Lashner's new thriller, Philly attorney Victor Carl wakes up with a tattoo on his chest and no idea how it got there. Finding the answer will land Carl in very hot water indeed.
It must have been a hell of a night, one of those evenings where the world shifts and doors open and your life changes forever. If only Victor Carl could remember it. One moment he is having a late–night drink in his neighborhood bar and the next he awakens in the early morning hours on the floor of his apartment building's vestibule, his suit in tatters, his socks missing, his eyebrows singed, and a stinging pain he can't quite identify. When he strips off his shirt, he finds a white gauze bandage on his chest. Underneath is a tattoo of a heart and a rose and a name: CHANTAL ADAIR.
So begins the hunt. It leads him inevitably to a strip club, where a dancer named Monica Adair uses the stage name of Chantal. Chantal is her sister, who disappeared years before. This all comes as Victor is in the midst of delicate negotiations to broker a deal for a ex–con who wants to come in out of the cold and has a stolen Rembrandt painting to grease the way.
Someone is not happy that the painting has surfaced and that the ex–con is threatening to tell all, and someone is definitely not happy that questions are being asked about Chantal Adair. The closer Victor comes to figuring it all out, the deeper into danger he falls, as the ghosts of the past return to lay claim to what is theirs.
Blackwell North Amer
It must have been a hell of a night. One of those long, dangerous nights where the world shifts and doors open. A night of bad judgment and wrong turns, of weariness and hilarity and a hard sexual charge that both frightens and compels. A night where your life changes irrevocably, for better or for worse, but who the hell cares, so long as it changes.
All Victor Carl knows is that he's just woken up with his suit in tatters, his socks missing, and a stinging pain in his chest thanks to a new tattoo he doesn't remember getting: a heart inscribed with the name Chantal Adair.
Is Chantal Adair the love of Victor's life or a terrible drunken mistake? Victor intends to find out, but right now he's got bigger concerns. His client, a wanted man, needs to come in out of the cold, and he's got a stolen painting for Victor to use as leverage. But someone is not happy that the painting has surfaced. Or that the client is threatening to tell all. Or that Victor is sniffing around for information about Chantal Adair. The closer Victor comes to figuring it all out, the deeper into danger he falls, as the ghosts of the past return to claim what's theirs.
Awakening following a troubled night to find his memory and clothing in tatters and with a strange tattoo on his chest, attorney Victor Carl is faced with his most challenging case ever as he attempts to discover what has happened to him.