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Lawrence De Maria
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A nun’s murder in Massachusetts brings two homicide detectives to Alton Rhode’s office.

The New York private eye is quickly cleared as a suspect, but he is stunned when he finds out who the victim was. Before she became a nun, the dead woman was his first love – a young girl who disappeared mysteriously, leaving him bereft.

Plagued by long-suppressed memories, Rhode dedicates himself to finding the killer.

But the police are stumped. There are no suspects, clues or obvious motive. But then a pattern emerges, which sets Rhode on a cross-country hunt for a probable serial killer.

What he eventually discovers in SISTER shocks him to the core.


Lawrence De Maria is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who cut his teeth on financial corruption at The New York Times and Forbes. His other thrillers and mysteries do not have to be read in order, but he believes to do so will enhance the reader’s experience.

Capriati’s Blood
Laura Lee
Siren’s Tears
Sound of Blood
Madman’s Thirst
The Viron Conspiracy
Hurricane Fats
The Hadron Escape


According to John Crudele of the New York Post, Alton Rhode has "a touch of Bourne, a dash of Bond and a sprig of Spenser."

“While De Maria may have been an award-winning financial reporter, he's an awfully good fiction writer as well.” (THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS)

“What is really almost beyond belief is how easily De Maria has transitioned from the dry world of financial reporting to the wild and lavish world of novel writing.” (THE COLLIER CITIZEN)

De Maria is “a master of thriller dialogue.” (THE WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BOOKS)

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  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: St. Austin's Press (December 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old girlfriend is always a friend July 8, 2013
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A great solid, well written book. Just the right amount of comedy. Hell. I damned near pissed my pants.

Alton is still minus his better half, Alice Watts. She's still in France.

He's recovered from his near death at the hands of a serial killer. He's also just finished a case involving a less than faithfull spouse. Alton decides its time to go fishing. He's out of touch for the weekend.

On his return he's visited by two Cops. Broderson and Huntley are from Worcester MA. learns about Sister Veronica. She's been murdered. Since Rhode was mentioned in her diary they are there to find out where he was and see if he could be the murderer. Nope. Not Rhode.

Sister Veronica happens to be one "Ronnie Frost" a woman he had lost touch with 20 years earlier. He and she had a pretty good love affair going. She and her family just up and disappeared. He never found out where she went or what the hell happened. Now she's dead. Rhode loved that woman.

So begins one hell of a good story.

Alton is on the trail and his friends on both sides of the law have no problem helping.

Alton miscalculates on this one and before its over he's all over the country checking on murdered religious folks. A serial killer??

Just one great read and well worth those five stars. DeMaria rocks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Telling title October 27, 2014
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This is an enjoyable book, although the title tells you everything you need to know about the victim, the culprit and the motive. Since that is the case, what you're really reading this for is a list of meals (Alton Rhode is fond of his food) and one liners - most of the people he knows are quick on the draw with puns and jokes. I'd call this Mystery Lite, since there's no real suspense, but it is an enjoyable read. You won't get a handle on Rhode's personality, and there are enough references to previous novels in the series that I suspect they should be read in order to get more of a timeline. Alton Rhode, the protagonist, is a private investigator with apparently unlimited means (unspecified in this book), a brilliant girlfriend, and an assortment of motley friends from both sides of the legal track. He doesn't get into any physical trouble in this outing, but it is mentioned several times that he has been in danger before. I found this reasonably well written and a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Girl Friends Never Die July 7, 2013
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If asked about his sex life, Private Investigator Alton Rhode would never say he had none. But he might say he had nun. At least, before the fair Veronica Frost took holy orders. The discovery that an old flame who had scorched his heart 20 years earlier should wind up murdered and then plague his dreams for justice is just the beginning of a dark mystery, leavened with humor and enlivened with plot twists and observations on our shared existence that will have you rereading the prose just to commit Rhode's bon mots to memory so you can palm them off as your own. This is a keeper. DeMaria just keeps getting better and better.

Robert E. Huber, former chief speechwriter to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani
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I guess De Maria has me hooked. Each one of his mysteries snags me early and keeps me interested throughout. The characters, both those who recur and those De Maria kills off, add substance and realism to the sensational-yet-plausible story lines. In Sister, he's gifted readers with a story that links something everyone has experienced - lost young love - with seemingly senseless brutality. The protagonist, private detective Alton Rhode, is driven to wage an unpaid vendetta against a faceless killer, someone who made the mistake of dispatching the woman Rhode once believed would share his life. Tricky twists in the plot lead the reader through clues and red herrings without telegraphing anything, all the way to the aha! ending. Fast moving, unexpected touches of pathos, and a satisfying wrap up. An all-around fine effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series November 10, 2014
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I like most all of Lawrence de Maria's books. The Alton Rhode series is a good, quick read that keeps you coming back for more De Maria. I am an avid reader and appreciate the fast-paced, attention-holding read of these books. Even though they don't compare to a Lee Child or David Baldacci mystery, they are nevertheless good books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good addition to the series. October 12, 2014
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Well paced mystery. The ending is not readily apparent. Another good addition to the series. The main character's "friendship" with the russian mob is a original and interesting feature of the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars December 18, 2014
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Great. I'm reading all this series. Good characters. Good story. It is written with humorous and not dark.
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Another good read from Lawrence De Maria in this always surprising series. This time private eye Alton Rhode heads down memory lane to find the killer of a lost love. The hunt takes him across the country as he find out things about his old college sweetheart he never knew. Lots of blind alleys and a great ending. De Maria's humor and memorable characterizations make this another winner. Can't wait for the next one!
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"A touch of Bourne, a dash of Bond and a sprig of Spenser," says John Crudele of the New York Post, adding to the chorus of media critics who praise the grit and humor of Lawrence De Maria's novels, calling him a "master" of thriller dialogue. Beginning with SOUND OF BLOOD, which introduced private investigator Jake Scarne, De Maria has created three unique series of thrillers and mysteries that have been downloaded by more than 100,000 readers.

There are currently four other Scarne thrillers: MADMAN'S THIRST, KILLERFEST, THE VIRON CONSPIRACY and PEDESTAL. Another private eye protagonist, Alton Rhode, is featured in six mysteries: CAPRIATI'S BLOOD, LAURA LEE, SIREN'S TEARS, SISTER, GUNNER and THE ELSON LEGACY. Cole Sudden, an operative for an ultra-secret C.I.A. unit, is featured in two thrillers: HURRICANE FATS and THE HADRON ESCAPE.

De Maria has also begun a series of children's books set primarily in the Old West. The first book, THE PURLOINED PONIES, introduces Robert James, the famous Cowboy Bob, an elderly former Texas Ranger and frontier detective, who befriends two small kids, Lucy and Kentucky Jones, during the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. James entrances them with tales from his younger days going back to the American Civil War.

Following a stint in the U.S. Marines, De Maria was an award-winning crime and financial reporter, earning a Pulitzer nomination at The New York Times. His fiction writing, loosely grounded in real-life experiences dealing with some of the most notorious criminals in recent American history, is strongly influenced by Ian Fleming, Robert B. Parker, Ed McBain and John D. MacDonald. De Maria reviews books, in all genres, for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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