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Before Downfall

Before the Adventures

Before Pen was Pen . . .

Young attorney Pen Wilkinson, broken in body and spirit, is recovering from the accident that left her a paraplegic and killed her young niece. Confined to a dismal rehab facility and abandoned by her family, friends, and fiance, she becomes troubled by signs that the facility is not what it seems. She looks into a series of unexpected deaths among the facility’s residents, including a friend of Pen’s, learning that the deceased residents made large contributions to a local charity. As the unseen perpetrators press her to drop the inquiry, Pen presses on, working to learn the truth, realizing that she, too, has become . . .


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About Brian

A Minnesota farm kid. A former corporate attorney.  And, in recent years, an author. Lutterman coined the term “corporate thriller” to describe his series of suspense-filled novels featuring Pen Wilkinson, a sassy, whip-smart, paraplegic attorney, described by the St. Paul Pioneer Press as “. . . one of the most intriguing new characters on the Minnesota crime scene.” The series began with Downfall, praised by Mystery Gazette as ” . . . an exhilarating, action-packed financial thriller.”  The series’ fourth book, Nightfall, was named 2019 runner-up for Minnesota’s best adult novel in the Minnesota Library Association’s annual competition. Lutterman’s first book, Bound to Die, was a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Brian lives with his family in the Twin Cities.