BOOK 1: THE MAGICIAN'S SECRETS:
Haunted by broken relationships, defeated by murders left unsolved, FBI Agent Rob Hanson journeys to the North Carolina Outer Banks to mend an old friendship and clear his head. Instead, two old murders come into focus. But a question carelessly asked draws the attention of the quintessential assassin, Copperfield, who's determined to put Rob out of the picture, and all his friends, too.
Intricate, intimate, its characters richly drawn, The Magician's Secrets is a delicious read.
PRAISE FOR THE MAGICIAN'S SECRETS:
"... Sauls has masterfully created a thriller that is as much literary success as it is mystery. This is a must-read book for the summer; especially for those who love the Outer Banks, and love a great story." - Robert Kelly-Goss, The Daily Advance
The Magician's Secrets is a strikingly ambitious debut novel that delivers the real goods - compelling readability, sharply realized characters, a watchspring-tight plot, the perils and the pleasures of memory, the burden of guilt, and the promise of redemption. The real magician here is J. G. Sauls, and that is a secret that no reader will be able to keep for long. -Keith Ferrell, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of History Decoded and Passing Judgment, former Editor-In-Chief, OMNI magazine
BOOK 2: DEVIL'S OATH
In this eagerly anticipated second volume of the Rob Hanson Trilogy, Agent Hanson, having escaped FBI purgatory, returns to instigative duties. But it appears he's been groomed by management for failure. His investigation into a massive fraud is impeded by a lawyer's apparent suicide, but a disabled child claims to have witnessed the lawyer's murder. Characteristically uncompromising, Hanson pursues a controversial solution that may end his career.
PRAISE FOR DEVIL'S OATH:
Devil's Oath, the second book in JG Sauls's Rob Hanson trilogy, continues the story of what I've come to think of as one of my families, that of Rob, Gino, Toby, and Shannon, so descriptively are the characters drawn. Rob continues to get blind-sided by his good works gone wrong. Toby provides the charm of maturing youth, Shannon the carefully-reasoned female perspective, and Rob's childhood friend Gino, rich, handsome, beautifully groomed, complex and lonely.
This is of course a crime trilogy, but so much more, repaying repeated reading for different aspects of Sauls's writing. After the first read, for the crime and resolution, a second read is rich in descriptive detail of the scenes and locales. And the best, re-reading for the character painting and timeless observations on human nature.
The "family" characters are as carefully drawn as the best of Armistead Maupin, the crime as intense as Peter James, the action fast-paced. When I get started, I can't put it down. -- R. Parsons
BOOK 3: DEVIL'S CONQUEST
Release in 2015