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The Bequest





Released December 3, 2013



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In the wake of a series of flops, two-time Oscar-winning actress Teri Squire's career is in a nosedive.  She needs to find a great screenplay to fuel her comeback, but no working screenwriter wants to commit a masterpiece to someone who is box office poison.  No one, that is, except a despondent and unproduced writer who bequeaths his last script to Teri in his will then plunges off a cliff along the Big Sur coastline of California.  In desperation, Teri accepts the bequest -- and discovers the script is brilliant. After turning it over to her production team, and with the hype surrounding the circumstances of the writer's death, the movie is on target for a blockbuster opening weekend and promises to resurrect Teri's career -- until a mysterious stranger shows up at her doorstep and casts doubt on what really happened that night at Big Sur.  As her comeback descends into chaos, Teri finds herself as the prime suspect in a bizarre murder.

Here's what the critics are saying about The Bequest:

"Wonderfully fast-paced and wildly unpredictable, The Bequest kept me turning the pages like crazy." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of the Rizzoli & Isles thrillers.

"The Bequest is full of twists and turns that will both surprise and delight.  You won't see this plot coming 'til it slaps you in the face.  If you're a fan of mysteries and thrillers, this is a book you need to read.  Get all the chores done before you start reading, because once you start, you won't want to stop." -- William Bernhardt, bestselling author of the Ben Kincaid legal thrillers.

"The Bequest is the kind of thriller that grabs you by the collar, drags you to the precipice, and forces you to look into the abyss.  Clever plotting, nonstop action, and great characters make a fun read." -- Sheldon Russell, bestselling author of the Hook Runyon mystery series.

"Another page-turning winner from Mike Farris.  Once again, readers need to strap in tight as The Bequest thrusts them on a Mach 1 flight filled with white-knuckled suspense and dizzying plot twists." -- Patrick A. Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The General and The Passenger.

"Hollywood may also bid on this story . . . Farris is extremely comfortable with words . . . a crackerjack novel overall . . . few will fault it as they close the book jacket and sigh in the wee hours of the night.  After all, no one will want to put this story down; that much is for sure." -- William Kerns, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

"Mike Farris's The Bequest is a wickedly twisted, fast-paced thriller that will keep readers enthralled first page to last. The plot is cleverly devised with many surprises in store until the suspenseful ending." -- Freshfiction.com.

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