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Majestic Descending

Majestic Descending

Mitchell Graham

Forge Books




Soon to be a major motion picture

It was supposed to be a vacation…

Katherine Adams is taking a cruise on the fabulous Ocean Majestic, the largest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world. This is exactly the break Katherine needs from her demanding Atlanta legal practice…and it's also a chance to forget the demons that still haunt her, to forget the madman who abducted and tortured her twenty years ago.

On board the Majestic, Katherine meets John Delany, a streetwise ex-NYPD detective who is now a lawyer. Romance is certainly in the air, but all is not quite right aboard the Majestic. Events soon turn Katherine's romantic dream into another grisly nightmare.

Katherine witnesses a violent argument between two men. Then one of them turns up dead. After Katherine and Delany narrowly escape from a disaster of terrifying proportions, she must quickly learn how to survive in the dark and dangerous world of international conspiracy and terrorism. From the blood-smeared decks of the Majestic to the achingly beautiful—and dangerous—countryside of Italy, to the streets of New York City, Katherine finds herself in a desperate race against a ruthless hit man. And, unless she and Delany can unmask the sinister cabal behind the killing, she will certainly become his next victim.

Majestic Descending delivers suspense, captivating characters, romance, and humor—it will haunt you long after you've turned the last page.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Chapter One
May, 2006
When Katherine Adams' telephone rang at seven-twenty in the morning, she opened one sleepy eye and looked at it with a groan. She let it ring twice more before her conscience got the better of her.


Praise for Majestic Descending

“Crisply written…strong characterizations rather than shopworn plot devices propel the story, and Mitchell uses compelling dialogue, rather than clotted passages of exposition, to reveal important information to the reader. A most successful debut.” —Booklist on Majestic Descending

“Mitchell Graham is a terrific new talent who is making a big, big splash with this excellent, literate mystery, the kind you thought they didn't write any more.” —Stephen Coonts on Majestic Descending

Majestic Descending is that rarity, a dialogue-driven tale with a heavyweight punch. All Hollywood has to do is shoot it page for page and clean up at the box office.” —Loren Estleman, author of American Detective

“Mitchell Graham is a new voice in the thriller scene. His novel Majestic Descending opens his career with a healthy bang. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.” —David Hagberg, author of Soldier of God

“Pure fun. . . .The trial scenes are nail-biters and the action set-pieces first-rate. Like all great trips, it offers excitement, adventure, humor, and even a splash of romance... Majestic Descending is First Class all the way.” —JA Konrath, author of Whiskey Sour and Bloody Mary

“Graham delivers murder and characterizations as elegant fashionable cuisine. A titanic Hitchcock cruise all the way!” —Robert W. Walker, author of Absolute Instinct

“I just loved this book. It keeps you guessing until the last moment.” —Tasha Alexander, author of And Only to Deceive

“This is one of the best legal thrillers to come along in years. I stayed up nights reading it.” —Sondra Locke, actress, author, director

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About the author

Mitchell Graham

MITCHELL GRAHAM was born in New York City and practiced law for twenty years. He lives in Marietta, Georgia. He holds a degree in neuropsychology and was a champion fencer with over eighty-two titles in his career.

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