This is the story of how college football's most successful, richest and respected program almost lost all three in less than a decade, and entirely of its own doing. (Read more...)
It is a story of hubris, greed, and betrayal, a tale more suited to Wall Street than the world's top public university. Endzone takes you inside the offices, the board rooms, and the locker rooms of the University of Michigan Wolverines to see what happened and why, with countless eye-opening, head-shaking scenes of conflict and conquest.
Endzone is also an inspiring story of redemption and revival. When those who loved Michigan football the most recognized it was being attacked from within, they rallied to reclaim the values that made it great for over a century, values that went deeper than dollars. The list of heroes includes players, students, lettermen, fans and faculty, and the leaders who had the courage to listen to them. Their unprecedented uprising produced a new athletic director, and a new coach (the hottest in the land) who vindicated the fans' faith when he turned down more money and fame to return to the place he loved most: Michigan.
Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. (Read more...)
Aurora's 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. Then there's an even worse discovery, at the kids' last known destination: a dead body.
While the local police and sheriff's department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip's disappearance related to Aurora's father's gambling debts? Is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children?
Regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be? With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother... if he's still alive.
Having investigated his share of gruesome murders, Philadelphia Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne is beginning to think nothing can shock him, until the case of a young socialite's death lands on his desk. (Read more...)
The Camilla Rose Morgan he'd known as a teenager was beautiful and brilliant. How was it possible she'd jumped to her death from her own balcony? Her brother tells Payne she'd tragically been battling a lifetime of mental demons, and there is plenty of evidence of it, but still, something just doesn't sit right.
The more Payne digs, the more complications he discovers. Reputations are on the line here, and lives, and if Payne doesn't tread carefully, one of them may be his own.
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