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Vail Stampler Series

William Diehl
Show of Evil by William Diehl
Reign in Hell by William Diehl

Vail Stampler Series : Titles in Order

Book 3
William Diehl stunned readers with Primal Fear and Show of Evil, the national bestsellers featuring Chicago lawyer Martin Vail. Now, in his gripping new novel of suspense, Diehl enters uncharted territory, pushing Vail and the legal system he represents to the brink of destruction.

After an ultra-right-wing militia seizes truckloads of highly volatile weapons, the president turns to Illinois attorney general Martin Vail. His job: nail the terrorists in their tracks. Vail plunges into his new, near-impossible mission, one that soon explodes into a personal nightmare as his most chilling adversary, Aaron Stampler, returns–seemingly from the dead–to exact a vengeance that could bring Vail to his knees. . . .
Book 2
It begins with a shocking, unsolved murder. In small town in southern Illinois, the butchered body of Linda Balfour–with a cryptic code printed in blood on the back of her head–forges a gruesome link to the brutal murder of Bishop Rushman, the beloved Chicago clergyman who had been dismembered years before by the angelic-looking altar boy, Aaron Stampler. The same Aaron Stampler whom defense attorney Martin Vail saved from the electric chair…

Now Vail is Chicago’s chief prosecutor, facing the nightmare of his life. If Stampler has been locked away in a high-security institution for the past ten years, how could he have killed Linda Balfour? Then another altar boy turns up dead with a similar inscription in blood on the back of his head. If Aaron Stampler isn’t committing these killings, who is? Martin Vail’s career–maybe even his life–hangs on the answer…

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