Adam Larsen Mysteries
By Kenneth L. Levinson
The Denver Opera Company's production of Carmen has an unplanned finale when a member of the audience plunges to his death from the top balcony--nearly landing on Denver lawyer Adam Larsen and his paralegal, former Denver Bronco Maurice White. What appears to be a mere accident quickly becomes far more complicated. What was this happily married man doing at the opera with another woman? And why has she disappeared? Much to the irritation of Larsen's nemesis, Sergeant Joe Stone, the victim's wife hires Larsen to represent her in a dispute with her husband's ex-wife and his business partners. But questions continue to arise. Why was the deceased maintaining a secret post office box--and what is so important about it that someone would assault Larsen's significant-whatever-she-is, private investigator Jana Duncan, outside the Cherry Creek Mall? The matter grows more confusing when an ex-cop who had been trailing Larsen is found bludgeoned to death. Larsen's nimble brain and quick sense of humor will sort it all out. If only he can do it in time to save Jana's life...
When Denver lawyer Adam Larsen agrees to defend a malpractice lawsuit against Josie Ballantine, a high-powered real estate broker who also happens to be his girlfriend, he has no idea he is plunging headlong into murder. The plaintiff's counsel, Daniel T. Scadman, is the meanest, most aggressive lawyer in Colorado. Tempers flare during Josie's deposition and Larsen intervenes. During the break that follows, Scadman is found, bludgeoned to death, on the floor of Larsen's conference room. Jack Quinlan, the local furniture mogul who is suing Josie, is outraged by the murder of his lawyer. He hires Scadman's law partner to sue Larsen and the other attorneys who were present when Scadman was killed. As Quinlan's lawsuit against Josie moves close to trial she abruptly fires Larsen, placing her faith -- and apparently much more -- into the eager hands of her young insurance lawyer. Larsen turns his attention to defending himself against Quinlan's second lawsuit, and quickly finds all of the other lawyers in the case aligned against him. Within hours after Larsen's suspicions lead him to confront a corrupt court reporter, she is found dead -- and Larsen must react quickly to keep from being framed for her murder. A vanished malingerer and an old newspaper article begin to cast light on Scadman's death; but before the fog fully clears Larsen receives a desperate plea from Josie. A secret from her past has suddenly emerged, turning the Quinlan real estate trial into a disaster. Having a few secrets of his own, Larsen rushes into the hostile courtroom. Ready or not, he must act.
As Denver lawyer Adam Larsen and his legal assistant enter a wealthy client's mansion for an evening appointment, they are literally blown off their feet. The bomb in her private bathroom killed her instantly--and leaves Adam wondering why she wanted so urgently to meet with him.
Known to her many enemies as The Empress, mining magnate Helen Emerson had been in the midst of a bitter dispute with a coal miners union, and now her children persuade Adam to fight their battle for them. He soon finds himself embroiled in hostile negotiations, receiving death threats, and dealing with a gun-toting femme fatale. And then matters get complicated....
New Year's Eve at a popular Denver night spot. Undercover police officers and a Denver lawyer named Adam Larsen—all pursuing the same drug dealer. Their plans go up in smoke when a bomb kills the police informant. The clock is ticking and the murderer must be identified before the stroke of midnight.
As the unplanned finale of the Denver Opera Company's production of Carmen. A member of the audience plunges to his death from the top balcony, nearly landing on Denver lawyer Adam Larsen and his paralegal, former Denver Bronco Maurice White. What appears to be a mere accident becomes far more complicated when the mystery woman who had accompanied the deceased can't be found. Much to the displeasure of Larsen's nemesis, Sergeant Joe Stone, the dead man's wife Larsen him represent her in dealing with her husband's ex-wife and his accounting partners. But questions begin to arise. Why was this happily married man soliciting the services of a so-called escort service? And what is so important about his secret post office box that someone assaults Larsen's significant-whatever-she-is, private investigator Jana Duncan, outside the Cherry Creek Mall? Only Adam Larsen's nimble brain and quick sense of humor can sort it all out—but can he do it in time to save Jana's life?
When Denver lawyer Adam Larsen agrees to observe a trial at the request of a young--and very attractive--female lawyer whose case is going badly, he has no idea he embarking upon another one of "those" cases, as his paralegal, former Bronco Maurice White, refers to them. Cases that involve murder.
Chief Judge Milton Gumauer refuses to admit key evidence presented by the young lawyer, despite her having laid a proper foundation for admission of the materials. And the judge is inexplicably irked by Larsen's presence in the courtroom. After a verbal confrontation, His Honor orders Larsen to leave the courthouse. As Larsen reaches the exit, a gunshot rings out. Judge Gumauer, alone in his chambers, has been killed—but not before leaving a cryptic message, imploring Larsen to solve a murder.
With no information about the victim, the cause of death or even the time or place of the crime, Larsen has no clue where he would even start--and no particular desire to try. But when the judge's clerk is murdered in her home, Larsen's curiosity begins to simmer. And when he learns that the battered briefcase he noticed in the judge's chambers has vanished, Larsen's interest begins to boil.
He quickly finds himself drawn into a dangerous world of bribery and corruption, where there is no one he dares to trust. Even his old nemesis, Sergeant Joe Stone, has suddenly been placed on administrative leave. Undaunted, Larsen turns to his trusted staff--and, of course, his favorite private investigator, Jana Deacon--to search for the answers. But even when he thinks he has figured it all out, there are still surprises lurking in the shadows.
"Beware the White Horse!" Those were the words of a dying man as he vowed to return from the grave and wreak vengeance on his own malevolent son.
Adam Larsen, the Denver lawyer with a penchant for crime-solving, is attacked on the seventeenth hole of a golf course by a knife-wielding lunatic who claims that his father's ghost has returned to kill him. Later the man is killed when he darts into the path of an oncoming minivan. Larsen finds himself being stalked by a man in gray, the same one who had been haunting Larsen's attacker. Perhaps the dead man's fears had been well-founded. Curious now, Larsen begins investigating the accident and soon encounters Karst, a mysterious "spiritual guide" who clearly knows more than he is telling--and whose cryptic answers only raise more questions.
Meanwhile, Larsen's advice has led his lover and favorite private investigator, Jana Deacon, to uncover a hidden cache of gold coins a domineering husband had been concealing from his wife in a nasty divorce case. When the man begins to threaten his wife--and Jana--Larsen becomes understandably concerned. He discovers the husband is amassing assault gear, including an AK47 and a stockpile of ammunition. It's time, Larson realizes, for him to act. But how can he stop a madman who is hell-bent on murder? And how can he do it without dozens of innocent people getting caught in the cross-fire? Larsen must find a way to out-maneuver an avowed killer before time runs out.
And along the way, he must solve the mystery of the White Horse.