Crime and Passion in Clarizio’s Latest Book

Door County author and USA Today bestselling author Valerie J. Clarizio has released A Fraudulent Encounter, the third book in her Crime and Passion Stalk City Hall series.

After a drug investigation turned deadly and Daxon Mertz witnessed the murder of his wife and unborn child, he left his big-city job to become the police chief of a small town. He closed his heart and threw himself into his work to forget all he’d lost. 

Natasha Kane lives among the small-town gossips who are still whispering about her cheating ex-husband and the much younger woman he preferred. Building a wall around her heart to avoid further pain and scandal, she fills her days safeguarding taxpayers’ money as the finance director for the town.

When more than a quarter of a million dollars goes missing from the town’s treasury, Dax finds himself investigating Natasha, the person who has access to the treasury – and most recently, his heart. 

Clarizio loves to read, write and spend time at her cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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