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William Lashner is an American novelist best known for the writing of highly popular thriller and mystery novels. William went to the New York University School of Law, from where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Before embarking on a full-time writing career, Lashner worked with the Department of Justice in Washington DC as a criminal prosecutor. His writing education for the most part consisted of attending the Iowa Writers Workshop. He currently lives with his family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Order of Elizabeth Webster Series

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1 Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas 2019 Description / Buy
2 Elizabeth Webster and the Portal of Doom 2020 Description / Buy
3 Elizabeth Webster and the Chamber of Stolen Ghosts 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Victor Carl Series

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1 Hostile Witness 1995 Description / Buy
2 Bitter Truth / Veritas 1997 Description / Buy
3 Fatal Flaw 2003 Description / Buy
4 Past Due 2003 Description / Buy
5 Falls the Shadow 2005 Description / Buy
6 Marked Man 2006 Description / Buy
7 A Killer's Kiss 2007 Description / Buy
8 A Bite of Strawberry (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
9 Bagmen 2014 Description / Buy

Order of William Lashner Standalone Novels

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1 Kockroach 2006 Description / Buy
2 The Accounting 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Barkeep 2014 Description / Buy
4 Blood And Bone 2015 Description / Buy
5 Guaranteed Heroes 2015 Description / Buy
6 The Four-Night Run 2016 Description / Buy
7 A Filthy Business 2017 Description / Buy
8 Freedom Road 2019 Description / Buy

William Lashner Anthologies

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1 Liar Liar 2011 Description / Buy
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William Lashner is best known for the Victor Carl series of novels. The lead character in the series is Victor Carl, a defense attorney who has been described as one of mystery fiction’s most morally ambiguous and compelling characters. The first novel in the Victor Carl series is the 1995 published title “Hostile Witness”. The series, which has been translated into more than 10 foreign languages across the globe, has also been nominated for several prestigious awards over the years. Lashner has also written the several standalone novels under the pseudonym Tyler Knox.


William Lashner’s “The Barkeeper” that was published in 2014 made the shortlist for the Edgar Award in the same year, and was a Digital Book World and Amazon Kindle bestseller.


Three of William Lashner’s most popular works include:

Falls of the Shadow: The novel is an interesting combination of dark realism, twisting suspense, a deep poignancy, and a keen wit sure to leave readers yearning for more. A husband is convicted of killing his wife, and after having his appeal approved seeks the services of Carl Victor a defense attorney. Victor Carl now has to face up to a crooked police detective that just might have fixed his client, a strong-willed prosecutor, and a busy body who goes by Bob. Bob has the compulsion or even the aspiration to help those who need his help and often succeeds in doing so. Victor does not trust the man nor his intentions seeing him as an irritant. But Bob is persistent and he is soon great friends with the lawyer. Bob helps Victor get his life in order and he suddenly has gleaming teeth, is dating a stunning woman, dressing better and his economic prospects are on the up. Everything seems to be on the up until Carl stumbles on a disconcerting link between the murdered wife and Bob, Could the kindly Samaritan be using his easy-going and kindly personality as a cover for murder.

Fatal Flaw: Ethically ambiguous Philadelphia lawyer, Victor Carl often does the ethical thing, though his reasons for doing so are often questionable. When Guy Forrest, an old law school classmate is the chief suspect in the murder of Hailey Prouix, his beautiful lover in their love nest in Main Line, Carl takes up the case. What the client and the law enforcement officers in the case do not know is that Victor had once been in a romantic relationship with the victim. He is now on a silent warpath – on a quest to make sure Guy Forrest goes down for the death of his old flame. Carl is a determined man and once he sets his heart on something, there is very little anyone can do to stop him. But even as he is determined to see his client go down, a killer appears from the shadows throwing Carl’s life into a spin. His curiosity getting the better of him, he is soon racing across the country uncovering shocking truths that set his head spinning.

Past Due: The fourth novel of the Carl Victor series of novels is a dark and evocative narrative of justice and crime that follows the morally ambiguous Victor Carl. Though he is one of the best when it comes to dealing with obstinate police officers and mingling with the commoners, his love life is in the doldrums and his legal practice is failing. Even as Victor often lives on the edge of legal ethics to earn his living from the law, the one thing he does have in spades is loyalty to his clients. When one his clients is stabbed on the waterfront, he vows to get to the bottom of the murder. Before his death, Joey Cheaps had told him he was a member of a gang that had taken apart in a terrible crime. Now that his client is dead, he will do anything to find his killer, which means going deep into the criminal underworld where Joey grew up and spent most of his adult life. He is now on a quest that sees him confront a Supreme Court Justice with a dirty secret, track down a mysterious woman who he only knows from naked photographs, and a missing suitcase full of money.

When Does The Next William Lashner book come out?

William Lashner doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Elizabeth Webster and the Chamber of Stolen Ghosts and was released on October, 12th 2021. It is the newest book in the Elizabeth Webster Series.


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  1. Just read Fatal Flaw, I loved it and want more of it. I am poor so looking to see what the library has. Looking forward to more good reads.

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