Ransom – Book 3 in the Tom McKenna Series

The daughter, and only child, of the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is kidnapped from a late night DC restaurant.The search for Makela Lewis is McKenna’s most challenging case ever.



Inspired by true events, Mind Games is set against the background of one of the most daring, secret CIA programs of all time.

Tom McKenna is approached by a successful but very disturbed CEO of a Silicon Valley biotech firm, who knows she is being stalked but cannot see the stalker.

Despite a contentious and sometimes volatile relation with his client, McKenna must find the stalker before the woman Stryker loses her sanity, her business and one of the most profound genetic breakthroughs of the century.

Tom McKenna is a private investigator with a biting wit and a romantic flair in the tradition of Robert B. Parker’s Spencer, Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole or Harlen Coben’s Myron Bolitar. But McKenna’s cases tend to fall outside of the customary murder mysteries and often cross paths with the dark side of government intelligence.



The valet at Beverly Hills National Bank is a saucy red head dressed in hot pants, a tux jacket and high heels. No surprise given the bank’s celebrity clientele and super-sized account balances.
When the deposit base starts to shrink and earnings fall after playboy CEO, Jim Robbins refuses to sell the bank to an undisclosed investor group, he chalks it up to a recent earthquake in the Valley.
But when break-ins ensue, which baffle the police, Robbins enlists the services of Tom McKenna, a Berkeley based private eye who happens to be in Los Angeles seeing his lady love, Karen Sanchez. Sanchez, the owner of a music industry PR firm, is both a customer of the bank and a friend of Robbins.

“I loved Tom McKenna. I sure hope this turns into a series. This one reminds me of Lee Child’s Reacher and Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels. Good ones like this don’t come out fast enough for me. Can’t wait to see what’s next.”
-Eric Brackett, Adventure Reader
This is the second Tom McKenna novel by writer John Truman Wolfe. The first, Mind Games, won the Independent Newspapers Golden Plume Award for Fiction.