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After his wife’s suicide, Aaron Wyler quits his job as a detective with the NYPD to focus on caring for his traumatized young son, but he soon gets pulled into investigating a strange death linked to a missing religious artifact, an ancient gemstone mentioned in both The Torah and The Bible. After a second murder, he stumbles upon a shocking conspiracy involving some of the world’s most powerful and influential people. In this first book in the Aaron Wyler detective series, Wyler is forced to confront dark forces he doesn’t fully understand, including his own inner demons, in order to unravel a thrilling mystery from one of history’s hidden footnotes.  

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“This is the book I’ve been looking for! Doria writes deep characters that face down an evil bigger than this world. A real page-turner. I loved every moment of reading it and related to the characters. Doria hits all the genre high notes while exploring a side of detective fiction that breathes humanity and reality into its supernatural roots. Don’t miss this one!”

Richard C. Franklin, author of Defector

“A great read! I literally could not put the book down. It kept me wanting to read more at the end of each chapter!”

M. Goldfarb, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

“I could not turn the pages fast enough! I was led down a path and was so eager to discover where it led me. I love getting lost in a good book. I hope there's a sequel!”

Don Markham, Saratoga Springs, Utah

“Educates and entertains and weaves many different story threads together to an unexpected conclusion. A definite page-turner, it will linger in your thoughts until you race to the end! Great for audiences looking for something good, clean, and entertaining. A great read!”

L. Whipple, Retired Trainer and Personal Coach, Simpsonville, South Carolina

“My nightstand has a stack of books that I start but never finish. Not so with Lights and Shadows! You feel compelled to keep reading. I was so eager to pick up where I left off. Highly recommend this to anyone!”

Justin Hansen, Salt Lake City, Utah

“I don't often read mystery thrillers but I'm damn glad I made an exception for Lights and Shadows. An absolutely smashing read! Kept me turning pages as fast as I could! I guarantee no one will see the ending coming before it does. And when it does--it's a doozy!”

Rick Sherman, author of Night Bus and Make Over

“Joe Doria just made my list of favorite new authors! I found myself very emotionally involved as I got deeper and deeper into the characters and the twists and turns of the plot. I can’t wait to see what happens to Aaron Wyler!”

Danny Brock, Honolulu, Hawaii

“Author Joe Doria weaves a tail of suspense and mystery a thousand years in the making. You’ll not go wrong following ex-New York City cop Aaron Wyler as he sorts through theft, power, suicide, and greed to solve not only the unsolvable crime at hand but also the challenges of raising a son on his own and healing his own heart.”

D.B. Hogan, Bountiful, Utah

“I could not put it down! I finished the book in one weekend because I couldn’t wait to see how the next layer of the story would unfold. This is a great read if you want a message of persistence, hope and connecting to what matters most."

MB, Syracuse, Utah

“Rarely has a book captured my attention and held it from the first to the last page. I literally read this book from start to finish without stopping! Joe Doria is a master storyteller supplying suspense, vivid sights, sounds, and heart stopping details! As a retired law enforcement officer, I enjoyed the realistic writing. I can’t wait to find and read more Aaron Wyler books!”

Michael Baker, Bountiful, Utah


Last Responder

This exciting prequel to Lights & Shadows takes place in the days leading up to the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center. Detective Aaron Wyler has just been assigned to the Counterterrorism Bureau of the NYPD and is involved with security preparations for the upcoming 9/11 commemoration. At the same time, Wyler starts investigating – without authorization – a very unusual cold case: Paul Lambert, a bicycle repairman from Paterson, New Jersey, was shot to death on a residential street in Brooklyn late in the evening on… on September 11th, 2001. It’s the only homicide – other than the terrorist attack – that occurred in New York City on 9/11, and as Wyler digs into the baffling case he encounters forces both outside and inside the NYPD who, for reasons of their own, would rather the murder remain a mystery.     

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