Those Who Betray

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240 pages

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"Exciting; a true page turner.
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. . . the window shattered.

Mark whirled through the entry. He was halfway to the foot of the stairs when the explosion behind him caused him to stagger. The banister where Mark had grabbed for a final lunge to the landing exploded into splinters. Rounds followed him as he dove to the upper floor, then rolled to his right into the cover of the hallway, crashing into the library table.

He lunged up. Run! You don't go against an Uzi with a pistol, fool. Do it!

But he couldn't. Eva, braced flat against the wall, was watching him with terror-filled eyes from the opposite side of the landing.

Feet pounded up the stairs . . .

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Those Who Betray
by Bob McElwain
ISBN-10: 0-9723737-9-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-9723737-9-1

About this Book

When Mark Rippet gets off the plane at LAX, he's excited about returning home to Los Angeles. But positive feelings are shoved aside when he discovers somebody is trying to kill him. The threat may stem from his murky past, for he's aware of no enemies in L.A.

When Mark meets Eva Starling, an economist of note, she has hard questions about the bankruptcy of Mark's father. He doesn't have all the answers she needs. But her questions lead him to consider he may be marked for death because of something he already knows or may discover.

Both Mark and Eva quickly find themselves struggling to survive. And their chances are slim, for they are pitted against a shadowy group of conspirators with sinister objectives. And nobody will be allowed to deter them.

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About the Author

Bob McElwain, a native of Los Angeles, California, taught mathematics and computer science in secondary schools and colleges there for thirty-two years. Now retired, he lives in Mariposa, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, ten miles west of Yosemite National Park.

Bob has been a fan of fiction since childhood, and is always working on another story. He is the author of Fatal Games (Pageant Press, 1989) and six other novels available from Foremost Press.

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News Release

Intrigue, Betrayal, and Murder
from Foremost Press

A Complimentary Copy Is Available
To Qualified Reviewers.

Cedarburg, Wisconsin - Those Who Betray, by Bob McElwain, a native of Los Angeles, California, has been republished by Foremost Press under the imprint of Action Tales. A complimentary copy and further information, including a sample review, are available at

About the book: Upon returning home to L.A. after a long absence, Mark Rippet discovers someone wants him dead. The reason may lie in his murky past. But when he meets Eva Starling, a noted economist, her questions suggest he has been looking in the wrong direction. Starling has uncovered what may be fraud by a firm manufacturing a new military fighter. Together they discover Starling was right, and further, that both are now marked for death.

About the author: McElwain writes stories in which vivid and startling characters drive the pace quickly. And all is flavored with that dynamic unique to L.A. Tautness is McElwain's watchword. While he never leaves the reader behind, he seldom includes an unnecessary word.

About the publisher: "Those Who Betray was the first book we published," says publisher Mary Holzrichter. "It continues to appeal to many readers. We have republished it to enhance the format of the book, and expect it to remain one of our top sellers."

For further information and/or a complimentary copy for review visit Booksellers can order through distributors from Ingram and Baker & Taylor. Readers can order through local bookstores and at, Amazon and Barnes & ISBN 0-9723737-9-9, 240 pp, $13.97


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A Review

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Intrigue, Betrayal, and Murder
from Foremost Press

Cedarburg, Wisconsin - Those Who Betray by Bob McElwain. The author is a native of Los Angeles, California, and uses this setting for this novel, a tale of betrayal, intrigue and conspiracy.

McElwain's characters drive his stories. They are larger than life, and you come to know each almost as well as you know your neighbors and friends. Here, McElwain has outdone himself by creating a vast array of fascinating characters. In fact, the reader may initially feel there are too many. But as the hopes and dreams of each leads them down their own path, all become closely interwoven in a desperate struggle from which there can be no retreat.

First, Mark Rippet returns to L.A. only to discover someone wants him dead. Has something lurched up from his murky past? Could it relate to the murder of his brother, an L.A. cop? Or in some way to the bankruptcy of Rippet Engineering, his father's company?

Eva Starling, a noted economist, was sent to L.A. to evaluate Darriot, a company bidding to produce a new military fighter. She comes to suspect foul play, but the man behind Rippet Engineering lies in a coma, unable to answer her questions. She turns to his son for answers.

As Rippet considers Starling's questions, it seems likely he faces a far more sinister enemy than he had considered. He becomes convinced he has been marked for death for something he already knows or can discover. And that Starling is also slated to die because she has asked questions some don't want answered. The story rushes on with breakneck speed to an ending that will surprise and delight you.

McElwain's writing is taut and strong. You won't find a wasted word. The fast pace will keep you turning pages quickly. And it may keep you doing so well past your bedtime.

Those Who Betray was published by Foremost Press under the imprint of Action Tales. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at, Amazon and Barnes &
ISBN 0-9723737-9-9, 240 pp, $13.97

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