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San Francisco Review of Books

Mr. 100% by [Morcan, Lance]

An effulgent new novella!

New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Lance Morcan is a former journalist and newspaper editor with over twenty published books to his credit. Often he writes in collaboration with his son James Morcan, but new novel is another solo for Lance. Following the ongoing output of a talented author such as Lance is rewarding in that with each new publication, a different aspect of his talent is evident. Having read almost all of his books, this reviewer believes MR. 100% to be his most polished and creative novel to date – and that is significant given his prodigious tally of works! More acutely than ever, Lance displays a fine gift for creating characters – both central and peripheral. The cast seems familiar, not that anyone has cultured them in the fine style that Lance delivers, but in the fact that they are credible to the point of being visual. 

Setting the tone for this story, the book opens with A Dilemma – ‘On the evening of November 2nd, 1987, in the den of his upmarket Manhattan apartment in New York City, a depressed and intoxicated Madison Harley studied his Glock 17 through the bottom of an empty whiskey glass. The pistol, which rested on the desktop alongside a near-empty bottle of Heaven Hill Bourbon, was loaded. Harley planned to use the Glock to end his life very soon, but not before he drained the bottle. It was, after all, a question of priorities….’ Being witness to a thought of suicide incites the curiosity of the reader to explore this character’s circumstances.

The synopsis of the plot outlines the dilemma without spoiling the tenor of the novel: Hotshot New York defense lawyer Madison Harley only takes on clients he believes innocent. He’s known as ‘Mr. 100%’ because he has never lost a case, and consequently he is Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the police, prosecutors and the media. The bad press has taken a toll on his personal life. His wife has moved out, taking their two young sons with her and instigating divorce proceedings. When his latest client confides that he is guilty of the horrific rape-murder he’s accused of, a depressed and guilt-wracked Harley hires a contract killer to terminate him after the jury delivers a Not Guilty verdict. It’s 1987 and groundbreaking developments in the field of forensic science sees DNA profiling used for the first time in criminal investigations in America. The release of DNA test results causes Harley to rescind his order to carry out the hit on his client. Unfortunately for him, the killer doesn’t change direction once a ‘kill’ order has been placed. The nightmare scenario that follows sees Mr. 100% negotiating for his client’s life, his own life and the lives of his estranged family with a Mafia henchman, stalking a contract killer and acting as a minder for a client who it appears really is innocent and who is oblivious to the mayhem unfolding around him. Throughout it all, Harley is sustained by the affections of a new woman in his life – a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office no less.

Once again Lance Morcan proves he is a master weaver of stories. Not only is this a fine story, but it also adds a depth of knowledge about the impact of DNA profiling, a topic which along with omnipresence of surveillance cameras, facial recognition, and other contemporary invasive legal profundities, deserves exploring! Rich in flavor and fine characterizations, this novel is particularly fine. Highly recommended.

-Review by Amazon Hall of Fame Top 50 reviewer Grady Harp for San Francisco Review of Books http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2020/03/book-review-mr-100-by-lance-morcan.html 

 

Mr. 100%  is exclusive to Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Mr-100-Lance-Morcan-ebook/dp/B085Y89NYQ/ 

 

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My new release book Mr. 100% was launched today on Amazon. Aimed at lovers of the crime thriller/legal thriller genre, it introduces New York defense lawyer Madison ‘Mr. 100%’ Harley.

Mr. 100% cover

Madison Harley has never lost a case and so is Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the NYPD, the District Attorney’s Office and the media. When Harley secures a Not Guilty verdict for a client who confides that he is guilty of the ghastly crimes he was accused of, he sets out to ensure that justice is done. He could never have envisaged the train of events that followed.

Mr. 100% is exclusive to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085Y89NYQ/

 

Other books by Lance Morcan include:

Once Were Brothers https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082Z5FBVZ/

A Gladiator’s Love https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082S2MKN3/

Brooklyn Bankster https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZTT23YK/

The Last Tasmanian Tiger https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082GGKR77/

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Susan Fox was lost in thought as the cab she traveled in negotiated the city’s rush-hour traffic. Her destination was the Sheraton Grand Hotel in South Hope Street – the venue for a celebration of the recent re-election of Los Angeles’ popular mayor, Dean Lopez.

Twenty-two-year-old Susan, or Suzie to friends and colleagues, was attending the function in her capacity as a member of the mayor’s now disbanded election team of voluntary canvassers. That successful exercise, along with a glowing testimonial from an appreciative Mayor Lopez, had helped secure her a sought-after position as an account executive with a prestigious boutique public relations firm. It was her first job, her first real job, since graduating from UCLA where she excelled in the allied fields of communications and journalism.

When the cab stopped for a red light, Suzie reflected on the past week. It was, she thought, the week from hell. And that was saying something. As someone who had been subjected to sexual abuse in her teens, first by an abusive stepfather and then by a corrupt policeman, she’d had some bad times to contend with, but this past week, in her opinion, had to be one of the worst. 

So begins our soon-to-be-released thriller THE ME TOO GIRL. You can check this upcoming book out on Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48390120-the-me-too-girl?

 

The Me Too Girl

Heroine a beacon for The Me Too Movement.

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Sterling Gate Books announces the Amazon launch today of author Lance Morcan’s first solo-authored book, Brooklyn Bankster.

 

Brooklyn Bankster by [Morcan, Lance]

After ageing hippy Bill Hogan is taken hostage during a bank heist in Brooklyn, his captors demand a million-dollar ransom for his safe return. The problem is no-one knows who the hell Bill Hogan is. Does he even exist?

All is not what it seems in this fast-paced, short story.

 

Brooklyn Bankster is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZTT23YK/ 

 

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Here’s a soon-to-be-released book, a high concept drama-thriller, coming soon from Lance & James Morcan, the writers of the critically acclaimed novels Silent Fear, The Ninth Orphan, and The Heathrow Affair

 

The Me Too Girl draft C

In ‘The Me Too Girl’ young Los Angeles public relations exec Suzie Fox is being blackmailed for sex by a bad cop, a senior officer of the LAPD no less. Suzie fights back the only way she knows how, and, in the process, unwittingly becomes a beacon, a shining light, for America’s Me Too movement and for abused women everywhere.

 

The Me Too Girl…coming your way soon on Amazon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48390120-the-me-too-girl? 

#MeToo

 

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“An immensely entertaining romance adventure!” That’s how Amazon Hall of Fame Top 100 reviewer Grady Harp describes our new release aviation thriller-romance THE HEATHROW AFFAIR.

 

The Heathrow Affair by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

New release aviation thriller-romance.

 

Excerpt’s from Grady Harp’s review follow:

The Morcans make their novel very contemporary in feeling and content as the opening suggests: ‘The evening of July 25th was an evening young East Ender John Woods would never forget. It was the end of London’s hottest day ever when the temperature hit an all-time high of 37.9 Celsius, and Britain, like the rest of Europe, sweltered in a heatwave like no other on record. It was also the evening John’s beautiful Cambridge-born wife and childhood sweetheart Sandra announced she was pregnant. That wasn’t the only surprise in store for him, however…’ And with that degree of immediacy of conditions and seeds for intrigue, the novel sets flight on an immensely entertaining romance adventure!

… The novel is short, an exciting two-hour read, and provides a fine diversion for an evening away form the clutter of the world. Lance and James prove they can write romantic novels very well indeed. Recommended.

 

THE HEATHROW AFFAIR is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X8CN6BD/ 

 

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Scared of flying? You may be after reading our new release aviation romance-thriller!

 

The Heathrow Affair by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

The Heathrow Affair… a new release book.

 

Synopsis: 

London aircraft engineering apprentice John Woods has the job of his dreams, is married to his childhood sweetheart and thinks life is pretty good. Everything changes when his wife Sandra announces she’s leaving him for another man. Worse, she also advises him she’s pregnant and the child may not be his.

It turns out the other man is First Officer Richard King, a dashing pilot employed by the same international airline John works for at Heathrow Airport.

When John is blamed for a mid-air incident that has catastrophic consequences for one of the airline’s aircraft and for its co-pilot in particular, he and Sandra are reunited in a way neither could ever have imagined.

But all is not what it seems in this aviation love triangle…

 

THE HEATHROW AFFAIR is available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X8CN6BD/

 

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