Brian Lutterman


Brian Lutterman is the author of Downfall, which launched the Pen Wilkinson series and is described by Mystery Gazette as “. . . an exhilarating action-packed financial thriller . . .” His other books include Windfall, the highly-praised second Pen Wilkinson novel, and Bound to Die, a Minnesota Book Award runner-up. Lutterman, a former trial and corporate attorney, writes cutting-edge corporate thrillers, bringing to life the genre’s outsized conflicts and characters with breathtaking action and suspense. He lives with his family in the Twin Cities.

Smashwords Interview

What is your background?
I’m a suburban dad who loves to write. After a number of years as an attorney in the corporate world, I wrote two mystery-thrillers, Bound to Die, and Poised to Kill, in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Both were very well received, and writing and promoting the books was a great experience. But I had to put writing aside to deal with family responsibilities and health issues. Now, I’m thrilled to resume my writing, and I believe the Pen Wilkinson “Fall” books—Downfall, Windfall, and Freefall–are my best work yet.
Tell us about the "Fall" books?
As with my first two books, they’re set in the corporate world. My heroine, Pen Wilkinson, is a young attorney who is also a paraplegic. In Downfall, she takes a new job in a faraway city, trying to start over and erase the memories of the tragic accident that crippled her and killed her young niece. She becomes implicated in a corporate scandal, which proves to be the result of a deliberate setup. The book follows her urgent, dangerous quest to clear her name and discover who is behind a program of deliberate, deadly corporate sabotage. In Windfall. Pen is working as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, but just before her first big trial, her star witness, located in Minnesota, disappears. In Freefall, she searches frantically to find her missing nephew, who’s a computer genius, and who holds the key to preventing a worldwide cyber disaster.
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,770. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Paraplegic attorney Pen Wilkinson, fighting through horrific flashback episodes from a prior case, investigates the murder of a candidate for governor, uncovering a plot to ignite racial violence for political gain.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,270. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Paraplegic young attorney Pen Wilkinson begins a new job after a tragic accident, but is soon fired after uncovering a string of sophisticated, deadly corporate sabotage incidents. Her search for the unseen saboteurs who destroyed her life takes her across the country, reaching a terrifying climax, as she finally confronts the real force behind the plot called Downfall.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,830. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When paraplegic young attorney Pen Wilkinson's teenage nephew, a computer prodigy, vanishes, Pen abandons her preparation for a major trial and travels across the country to search for him. She contends with other players, including mercenaries and Russian thugs, in a search for her nephew, who holds the key to preventing a cyber disaster that could send the world economy into . . . Freefall.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,600. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Paraplegic young prosecutor Pen Wilkinson searches frantically for a missing witness as she prepares for the trial of a congressman on corruption charges. At the same time, she must fight to clear her boyfriend, James Carter, after his astonishing arrest for the murder of his former lover.

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corporate    crime    cyber    female    handicapped    legal    legal thiller    minnesota    murder    mystery    mystery women    mysterysuspese    political    racial    sleuth    suspense    suspense crime    thriller    women sleuths    womens