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Laws of Annihilation (Martyr Maker #3) by Eriq La Salle


A war is brewing in New York City, and no one can stop it.

With grit, relentless action, and twists you’ll never see coming, Laws of Annihilation is the third installment in the highly-acclaimed Martyr Maker series by Eriq La Salle.

It’s another blistering summer in New York City, and a sweltering heat wave stifles the area. Hostility between the Hasidic and Black communities has been steadily increasing since a tragic incident left a Black teenager dead. When two rabbis are killed in a gruesome attack on their synagogue, it has all the signs of retaliation.

The entire city is on edge.

Through it all, Agent Janet Maclin’s dreams of becoming the FBI’s first female director come crashing down when she receives some devastating news. In spite of it all, she’s determined to help NYPD detectives Quincy Cavanaugh and Phee Freeman find the rabbis’ killer as more hate crimes put the city on the brink of all-out war. As the body count climbs with the temperature and the tensions, time is running out for Maclin in more ways than one.


Holy cow! When I say I devoured this one, I mean I read the whole thing in less than 24 hours!!! 

This is by far the best suspense thriller I’ve read in a long time. The tension and relentless action kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Special Agent Janet Maclin is a captivating protagonist who is not only fighting to solve the case but also struggling with personal demons. Her determination and resilience shine through as she joins forces once again with her New York partners, Quincy and Phee, to prevent a plot that could potentially bring down the entire city. It’s a high-stakes race against time as they navigate through a web of deception and danger.

The characters are well-developed and complicated with an interesting storyline that keeps the reader on their toes. It’s powerful how the stoic and by-the-book Maclin begins to examine and change the trajectory of her life. I can’t wait to go back and read the first two books of this series.

Eriq La Salle’s masterful storytelling and skillful character development make Laws of Annihilation an absolute must-read for any thriller enthusiast. Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled ride that will leave you breathless until the very last page. 


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Actor/Director/Producer/Author Eriq La Salle is best known to worldwide television audiences for his award-winning portrayal of the commanding Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC critically acclaimed and history-making medical drama ER.

Educated at Juilliard and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, his credits range from Broadway to film roles opposite Eddie Murphy in Coming to America, Robin Williams in One Hour Photo, and Hugh Jackman in Logan.  La Salle has maintained a prolific acting career while at the same time working steadily as a director, taking the helm for HBO, Showtime, NBC, Fox and CBS.  He remains a valued member of the Dick Wolf Entertainment camp after 4 years as Executive Producer and director on Chicago PD in addition to directing episodes of Law & Order, and Law and Order Organized Crime.

As a writer, La Salle is the author of several critically acclaimed thrillers published in 2022 and 2023—Laws of DepravityLaws of Wrath, and Laws of Annihilation. He has also written an episode of The Twilight Zone which made WGA’s list of 101 Best Written TV Series. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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