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Red Zone

(The third book in the Calvin Watters Mystery series)
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The prodigal son…

Calvin Watters hasn't been back to USC since the day his scholarship and humility were stripped from the former running back. Calvin had cut all ties to the school, but now finds himself pulled back, when a woman's dead body is found on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum football field.

…returns home

Detective Charlene Taylor's new homicide case, a freshman cheerleader’s murder at USC, is complicated. Charlene knows that the USC football team is a close knit family, and getting inside the trusted circle, as a cop, is unlikely.

Calvin Watters is a game-changer…

When Calvin and Charlene meet up on the Coliseum turf, Charlene sees an opportunity to use Calvin to penetrate the Trojan family circle. Little does the detective know, Calvin is now an outsider at USC, no longer welcomed—with many who will go a long way to see the former football star fail.

Can Calvin and Charlene work together to uncover the truth, or will their egos interfere with what could be a powerful partnership?


"Luke Murphy ramps up the thrill factor with RED ZONE—an awesome, gotta-know-what-happens-next novel. Murphy knows how to entertain. I tore through RED ZONE in a single sitting, and didn’t want the book to end. This should be on your Do-Not-Miss list to read this fall."—Linda Castillo, NYT & USA Today bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder series

"Well-drawn characters and an interesting premise—Luke Murphy is a mystery writer to watch."—DV Berkom, USA Today bestselling author of the Leine Basso series

"Red Zone is another winner for Murphy! Thrilling...riveting...a stay-up-all-night-read."--Kim Cresswell, bestselling author of Deadly Shadow

“Luke Murphy creates a gritty and compelling murder mystery with ‘Red Zone’. Calvin Watters and Charlene Taylor are the complex and real characters we search for in our stories, and their lives add the perfect amount of seasoning to the soup. Watching them move through the mystery is just as entertaining as trying to figure out who did the heinous deed…which you won’t, but it’s fun to try. Great story and I hope to see more from this talented author.”—S.L. Shelton, bestselling author of the Scott Wolfe series

"In The Red Zone, Luke Murphy gives us a thoroughly enjoyable read. As authoritative about forensics, college football, cheerleaders and murder in LA as he is in creating richly developed characters, snappy dialogue, and a plot to keep the reader guessing, he takes this story into the end zone for a touchdown."--Peter Clement, bestselling author of the Earl Garnet Series

Genre: Mystery

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"Luke Murphy ramps up the thrill factor with Red Zone." - Linda Castillo

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