First Girl Gone (Book 1)

Chestnut hair fans out in the shallow water. Grains of sand decorate the girl’s cheeks like freckles. Her dead body sprawls on the beach.

Kara Dawkins is missing. Taken. A high school girl plucked off the small town streets of Salem Island, Michigan.

For Detective Charlie Winters, this isn’t just a new case. The evidence suggests eerie similarities to a case from Charlie’s past.

Dark secrets haunt the past and present.

Charlie’s sister, Allie, vanished 17 years before when they were teenagers. Though all signs suggested foul play, her body was never found.

Working this new case dredges up all the old memories. Reopens all the old wounds.

For Charlie, her sister’s voice in her head — pushing her to risk everything to seek justice for the innocent — is a painful and constant reminder of what she lost.

Threats lurk beneat the small town veneer. Hide behind every corner.

If she can find Kara and solve this case, can she avenge her sister’s death?

Cryptic emails drip feed Charlie information about the case. But are they helping her or taunting her? Is someone threatening her?

A little black matchbook hidden in a jewelry box is Charlie’s only lead, but the seedy nightclub it comes from provides more questions than answers. She finds more and more darkness hidden away beneath Salem’s Island façade.

Forced at every turn to relive the trauma she ran away from, Charlie’s blood runs cold when a girl’s body is discovered in the exact spot on the water’s edge where the last trace of her sister was found.

It’s clear someone is taunting Charlie, but with other innocent girls’ lives at risk, she has no choice but to take the bait…

Books by LT VARGUS & Tim McBain

The Violet Darger series

er body is broken. Wrapped in plastic. Dumped on the side of the road. She is the first. There will be more. 
A pulse-pounding thriller series following Special Agent Violet Darger.

The Victor Loshak series

He slips through the unlocked window. Creeps down the hall. A shadow standing in the bedroom doorway. Will you wake when death comes ripping?
A dark thriller series featuring Special Agent Victor Loshak.

The Charlotte Winters series

Down the beach, she can just make out the rusting hulk of the Ferris wheel through the dawn mist. The hairs prickle on her neck as she drags her focus back to the chestnut hair fanned out in the shallow water at her feet. To the grains of sand decorating the beautiful girl’s white cheeks like freckles.
A thrilling new series starring Private Detective Charlie Winters.

The Scattered and the Dead series

With 99.7% of the Earth’s population dead and gone, the few who remain struggle to survive in an empty world. The scattered. The leftovers. These are their stories.
A note about reading order: While we intended them to be read in numerical order (Book 0.5, Book 1.0, Book 1.5, etc.), you can technically start with either Book 1 or Book 0.5.

The Awake in the Dark series

A 27-year-old slacker has seizures during which he may or may not be astral projecting. What he learns might have the power to change the world. 
One second JEFF GROBNAGGER is standing in line at the grocery store, and the next he’s in an alley where a hooded figure strangles him to death.
So that sucks.

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