Michael Allegretto

Michael Allegretto (b. 1944) is an American author of thrillers and mystery fiction best known for creating Colorado private detective Jacob Lomax. Raised in Colorado, Allegretto spent his youth listening to the stories of his father, a Denver police officer whose experiences he later used as the basis for his first books. He made his debut in 1987 with Death on the Rocks, a story of murder, blackmail, and pornography that introduced Allegretto’s only series character: Jacob Lomax, an ex-cop who becomes a private detective after the brutal murder of his wife.

Lomax would star in four more novels, including Blood Stone (1988), The Dead of Winter (1989), and Grave Doubt (1995). In the early 1990s, Allegretto began writing standalone novels, including the Christmas suspense story Night of Reunion (1990) and the fast-paced family thriller The Watchmen (1991).

“[Allegretto] writes impressively in the tight-lipped school of prose that, handled well, can raise emotional bruises.” —The New York Times

“Quick with his fists, dead accurate with his gun, the (sometimes) personable Lomax makes for solid P.I. reading.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The plot generates more twists than a corkscrew and will captivate readers all the way to its fireball ending.” —Publishers Weekly

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