Troubled University of Chicago student, Zak Skinner, accidentally uncovers evidence of an on-campus, organized crime scam involving drugging students, getting them to commit crimes on camera, and blackmailing them to continue under the threat of expulsion. Digging deeper, Zak discovers that the university scam is just the tip of the iceberg, as it’s connected to a broader ring of crimes linked to a darkweb underworld. Following clues, Zak is led to a compound within Chicago’s abandoned Steelworker Park, only to discover that he’s being hunted. While trying to find his way out alive, Zak discovers there’s something much more personal he’s been running from – his past. And now there’s nowhere to hide.
“A riveting thriller, this book will keep you on your toes and eager to know what will happen next”
Theresa Kadair, SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
“A well-written romp through college and adult underworlds. Hard to put down, and a standout in the genre of new adult thriller reads”
D. Donovan, Sr. Book Reviewer, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
“Towles' writing is sharp, witty, and engaging. She sets up an intriguing puzzle that gripped me from the first chapter and wouldn't let go."
M.M. Chouinard, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of the Detective Jo Fournier series
“Lisa Towles has crafted another page-turning thriller. Already, this novel has taken the top spot on my Best Reads of 2021“
Les Edgerton, Author of Hard Times, Adrenaline Junkie, and others
“Heart-poundingly intense and palpably realistic, Lisa Towles’ new thriller yanks you into a story that you cannot put down”
Louis Kirby, MD, Bestselling author of Shadow of Eden
"Her descriptive character development was among the best I've read. I think Tom Hanks should have a look at this enchanting mystery thriller!"
Don Kirchner, Bestselling author of A Matter of Time
"Award-winning thriller writer Lisa Towles delivers another grand winner with 95. You’ll be rooting for hero Zak Skinner from beginning to end in this wild, intelligent, and imaginative page-turner."
Sarah Lovett, Bestselling author of Dangerous Attachments and Dante’s Inferno
“Ninety-Five is a heart-pounding, non-stop thrill ride with a devilish puzzle at the heart of it. Forget edge-of-your-seat, you'll be up and pacing around the room! Highly recommend."
Benjamin Bradley, author of crime thrillers such as Welcome to the Punkhorns
“Crisp dialogue, imaginative storytelling, and humorous introspection deliver a transformative concoction that will leave you wanting more”
Leo Bottary, Award-Winning Author of The Power of Peers, What Anyone Can Do, and Peernovation
“Every tale Lisa Towles crafts is more engaging and gripping than the last, and 95 is no exception. Put together as beautifully as a fine mosaic, 95 will grip you from the first page and hold on tight until the end.”
Michael Shea, Writer, Artist, Musician
Lisa Towles has 6 mystery/thrillers in print. Her 2019 thriller, The Unseen, was a Finalist in the Thriller category of the Best Book Awards by American Book Fest and her 2017 thriller Choke won a 2017 IPPY and a 2018 NYC Big Book Award for Thriller. Lisa’s published books include The Unseen, Choke, and the following titles published under her previous name, Lisa Polisar: The Ghost of Mary Prairie, Escape, Blackwater Tango, and Knee Deep. She is an active member and frequent Panelist/Speaker of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She has an MBA in IT Management and works full-time in the tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lisa is also a passionate graphic designer and video creator.