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The Gibson Vaughn Series

Poisonfeather The Short Drop

Book 2


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Gibson Vaughn, hero of the bestselling novel The Short Drop, returns in a smoldering thriller.

When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison.

Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn's life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick's victims' money.

But Gibson isn't the only one on the trail of the hidden fortune.

The promise of billions has drawn a horde of ruthless treasure hunters, including an edgy ex-con, a female bartender with a mysterious history, a Chinese spy with a passion for fly-fishing, and a veritable army of hardened mercenaries. To stay ahead of the sharks and win justice for his mentor, Gibson will need all his formidable skills. But at the end of the road, he'll still have to face "Poisonfeather"—a geopolitical secret that just might get Gibson killed...or worse.

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"FitzSimmons’s complicated hero leaps off the page with intensity and good intentions, while a byzantine plot hums along, ensnaring characters into a tightening web of greed, betrayal, and violent death."
   —Publishers Weekly (read the full review)

"Poisonfeather is a high stakes thriller that kept me guessing until quite literally the last page.... FitzSimmons clearly has a way with words;... The descriptions of everything from the setting to the internal monologue of the characters is in a nutshell, perfection.... True to what seems to be his signature move, FitzSimmons manages to take a cast of seemingly unrelated characters and slowly weave them together until the bombshell of an ending. His books, while intriguing and thrilling, are something to be savored and studied while experiencing the journey alongside his wacky cast of characters. Once again I'm left twiddling my thumbs wondering how to pass the time until the next book is written because DANG IT FITZSIMMONS you do this everytime!"
   —The Suspense is Thrilling Me (read the full review)

Poisonfeather was a pleasure to read from front to back.... This is a top-level mystery/thriller."
   —Brandywine Books (read the full review)

The Short Drop
Book 1

The Short Drop

An Amazon book of the month!

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard's security asks for Gibson's help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard's bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.

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From Chapter One:

Gibson Vaughn sat alone at the bustling counter of the Nighthawk Diner. The breakfast rush was in full swing as customers milled about, waiting for a seat. Gibson barely registered the crescendo of knives and forks on plates or the waitress who set his food down. His eyes were fixed on the television mounted behind the counter. The news was playing the video again. It was ubiquitous, part of the American zeitgeist—dissected and analyzed over the years, referenced in film, television shows, and songs. Like most Americans, Gibson had seen it countless times, and like most Americans he couldn't look away no matter how often it aired. How could he? It was all he had left of Suzanne.

2017 Audie Award Nominee


"...live-wire debut...Hang on and enjoy the ride."
   —People Magazine

"[W]hat makes a thriller a thriller is putting good people in jeopardy, and FitzSimmons has come up with a doozy of a sociopath."
   —Richard Lipez, The Washington Post (read the full review)

"Writing with swift efficiency, FitzSimmons shows why the stakes are high, the heroes suitably tarnished, and the bad guys a pleasure to foil"
   —Kirkus Reviews

"This is a hell of a debut.... There are a lot of moving parts in this complicated story, but FitzSimmons keeps those parts moving with such grace that it seems effortless. And the way those parts all come together will leave you breathless."
   —Crimespree Magazine (read the full review)

“Beyond exceptional. Matthew FitzSimmons is the real deal.”
   —Andrew Peterson, author of the bestselling Nathan McBride series

"The Short Drop is an adrenaline fueled thriller that has it all—political intrigue, murder and suspense. Matthew FitzSimmons weaves a clever plot and deftly leads the reader on a rapid ride to an explosive end."
   —Robert Dugoni, bestselling author of My Sister’s Grave

Thomas & Mercer, hardcover, December 2015, ISBN: 9781503950344
Thomas & Mercer, paperback, December 2015, ISBN: 9781503950252