After his father’s sudden death, a college student seeks revenge
Ladd Cunningham never felt comfortable in his father’s office. After high school he went to Stanford University rather than enter the family business, and he planned never to return. But then his father became ill, dying a slow, painful death, and Ladd was forced to come back. Ladd’s new stepfather David Crown presses him, trying to learn if Ladd plans to finish college or take the reins at Cunningham Company. Ladd says nothing, and Crown gives him a box of his father’s effects. Inside the dead man’s planner, Ladd finds a note implicating Crown in his father’s death. Murder is too good for a criminal. Ladd wants vengeance—slow, calculated, and irreversible.


Joseph Wambaugh

Joseph Wambaugh

Joseph Wambaugh began his writing career while a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. He joined the LAPD in 1960 and rose to the rank of Detective Sergeant before retiring in 1974. His first novel, The New Centurions, was a quick success, drawing praise for its realistic action and intelligent characterization. His follow-up, The Blue Knight, was adapted into a miniseries starring William Holden and Lee Remick. 


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