Author(s): William Richter
Compulsive, brilliantly crafted thriller from an amazing debut author. Wallis Stoneman was born Valentina Mayakov. She was adopted by a wealthy American couple as a small child and thrust into a world of luxury in New York. She had a new father and a mother who adored her. But it didn't take long for Wallis to begin questioning her Russian heritage – and wondering who her real parents were. Soon, she began rebelling against a life that didn't feel like her own. Now, a sixteen-year-old Wally has turned street-kid, squatting with a group of fellow runaways in abandoned buildings and hawking stolen goods for money. When, in the search for a fake ID, Wally comes across a clue from her past, her passion for finding her biological parents becomes an obsession. She'll stop at nothing to find her Russian mother. Even though her Russian father, Klesko, is a gangster. And he'll stop at nothing to kill Yalena Mayakov, who gave him a child and stole his fortune. Moreover, he'll kill anyone who gets in his way . . . even his own blood.
William Harlan Richter is a veteran Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor. He currently has several film projects in development, and in the past has produced work for Ron Howard and Tom Hanks, among others. He was nominated for an Emmy Award as Producer of the documentary episode of the HBO mini series "Band of Brothers". He lives in California.