Las Vegas forensic facial reconstruction artist Matti James takes more than a professional interest in her work.  Although she gives faces to skeletal remains, Matti needs to find their killers. This dangerous obsession teaches her killers don't want their victims identified. In addition, when Matti  talks to the dead, sometimes they talk back.



Hired to forensically reconstruct faces for the remains of three WW II Allied soldiers in the UK, Matti is unaware of the politically charged nature of her assignment. These soldiers had been shot execution style and left in a shallow grave—not on mainland Europe but in Oxfordshire, England. In more ways than one, Matti must learn who to trust.


Matti’s neighbor, former child star Cathy Britton, is acting strangely. Is it drama, the onset of dementia, or has something sinister been thrown into the mix? Cathy’s nephew steps in to help as he helps himself to her fortune. Matti discovers that clues to the dilemma may have been hidden all along in  Cathy's yard.

​​M. A. R. UNGER


Matti has a new job and the same mob-related neighbors. A winter flash flood slams the body of a female against a chain link fence near Matti's home. The victim's tattoo marks her as a Russian prostitute. Soon the bodies of more murdered women turn up with identical tattoos. Will Matti link the murders to her neighbors  . . . or someone even more dangerous? 


The first in the best-selling series pits Matti against Las Vegas neighbors who are in the Russian mob. In particular, she fears  shadowy Joe Chauncey, yet is physically drawn to him. Her dog digs up a bullet-ridden skull near her property, police discover the rest of the skeleton in a most unlikely place. Matti is hired to give a face to the victim, and her search for the killer leads her into deadly territory.


On a whim, Matti joins her cold-case-solving friends in forming a detective agency. When Vegas headliner Layla Bourne walks in and hires Matti to find out who’s threatening her life, there’s a problem. Layla reportedly burned to death in a plane crash two weeks earlier. Perhaps Matti’s forensic expertise and sleuthing will uncover an inconvenient  truth  that’s  to  die  for.


Discovery of  radioactive skull near Las Vegas shoves anti-nuke activists into the spotlight as the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster approaches. Matti’s forensic reconstruction of the skull identifies the victim as having ties to Chernobyl. She fears a modern-day apocalypse is at hand. Trying prevent disaster, she's stopped by a court order. Has Matti become  expendable?