Whiplash River

Nominated for an Edgar and Anthony Award.

"Berney takes his rightful place as heir to Elmore Leonard with this witty and nimble comedic thriller." – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Charles "Shake" Bouchon, professional wheel man and not that bad of a guy for a bad guy, has left behind his old life and now owns a restaurant on a beach in Belize. But running a restaurant is no picnic, and Shake is in debt to Baby Jesus, a cherubically murderous local drug lord. When Shake thwarts an attempted hit on a customer at his place, he learns once again that no good deed goes unpunished.

Next thing Shake knows, his restaurant has gone up in flames and he's on the run not only from Baby Jesus, but also a pair of lovebird assassins and a beautiful but relentless FBI agent. Shake's biggest headache, though, may turn out to be his new best friend – Quinn, the mysterious older gentleman whose life Shake saved. Shake soon finds himself halfway around the world and neck-deep in a dangerous score that he'll never pull off -- unless he can persuade an old friend to help out.

From William Morrow/HarperCollins (2012). Read an
Gutshot Straight

Nominated for a Barry Award. One of Booklist's Top 10 Crime Debuts.

"A fast-paced, sexy novel packed with spine-tingling intrigue and money-induced lust." – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Charles "Shake" Bouchon, professional wheel man is too nice a guy for the life he's led, but not nice enough for any other. So he agrees to run an errand for his former boss and lover, Alexandra Illandryan, formidable pakhan of the Armenian mob in L.A. All Shake has to do is deliver a package to Las Vegas and pick up a briefcase. But the package turns out to be a wholesome young housewife named Gina who's run afoul of Dick "The Whale" Moby, a murderous 300-pound strip club owner.

Shake decides to set Gina free and now the two of them are on the run to Panama, hoping to sell the valuable (and unusual) contents of the briefcase. But first Shake will have to out-maneuver two angry crime bosses, an Armenian thug plagued by erectile super-function, and a devious billionaire swindler. Not to mention, Shake will have to survive his own heart, since he's going to discover that Gina is more complicated than he thought.

From William Morrow/HarperCollins (2010). Read an
The Long and Faraway Gone

Winner of the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.

"As hip, hilarious, and entertaining as it is wrenching, beautiful, and ultimately redemptive." – The Huffington Post

In August of 1986, six employees of a movie theater in Oklahoma City were brutally murdered during an armed robbery. A month later, a teenage girl vanished from the Oklahoma State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

A quarter of century later, the tragedies continue to echo through the lives of two survivors. Wyatt, a private investigator in Las Vegas, takes a case that unexpectedly brings him back to a hometown, and a past, he's tried to escape – and drags him deeper into the mystery of the robbery that left all his friends dead.

Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past – with the day her beautiful older sister disappeared without a trace. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has re-surfaced, she'll stop at nothing to find answers.

From William Morrow/HarperCollins (2015). Read an