Craig S Wilson
Lucas Rocha Thriller Series


Download Book 1: Renegade Pawn

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The favelas of Rio de Janeiro may be colorful on the outside, but between the shanty walls, the struggle for survival rages on. In this world of violence, corruption, and poverty, good people must do bad things for the greater good.

Lucas Rocha is an orphaned teen who picks pockets to provide for his younger sisters. When he steals a vacationing DEA agent’s wallet, the lives of these two strangers become permanently—and dangerously—entwined.

Facing down powerful drug lords, Lucas and Daniel Burke, are hell-bent on beating the odds and making things right. But to Lucas, what’s right in a world filled with wrong… especially for this pawn turned renegade?

Book 2 : Crossfire Fugitive

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Lucas Rocha owes Daniel Burke his life – not that it’s worth much. The military police are hunting him. Rio de Janeiro’s most feared drug lord wants him dead. Lucas is caught in the middle while desperately trying to save his younger sisters, one of whom is critically wounded.

Daniel, a DEA agent on leave after a Boston drug bust gone bad, is vacationing in Rio to learn about his birth family. But all he’s uncovered are the grim realities of life in the favelas.

Now it’s Lucas’s turn to rescue Daniel. But as a fugitive who’s caught in the crossfire, how can he possibly succeed?


Book 3 : Journeyman Drug Lord

Lucas Rocha has become the right-hand to Rio de Janeiro’s most feared drug lord, Dez. But Dez is incarcerated, awaiting trial for multiple crimes. Money is no longer a problem for Lucas; staying alive is. Rival gangs want him dead. 

The one person who can help him, undercover DEA agent Daniel Burke, has returned to Brazil to rejoin the woman he loves. Daniel owes Lucas his life, but now his cover hangs in the balance. Lucas, meanwhile, is determined to leave the life of a journeyman drug lord behind. But no one ever retires from a gang; death is the only way out. Now Lucas and Daniel must find a way to beat the odds.


Lucas Rocha has defied death many times in his rapid rise in Rio’s most powerful gang. But corrupt military police are brutally claiming favelas that have become valuable sites for the World Cup. Colombian cartels are battling for the same turf. Lucas and his sisters have nowhere to run.

DEA agent Daniel Burke’s undercover identity has been compromised. His enemies know his every move, and time is running out. Leaving Rio and the one he loves is the only way to keep her alive. 

Lucas and Daniel are speeding out of control on a road to redemption or ruination, and the biggest drug lord in Rio, Dez, could be their only key to survival.


Reader's Favorite

…what promises to be some rollicking good reading in the Rio Crime Thriller Series.

Kirkus Reviews

A commendable genre piece with grounded, convincing characters.


A lively, fast-paced story that looks intimately at the lives of the street people in Rio…

Craig S Wilson


Craig S Wilson is a serial creative who has written 300 songs, three musicals, and three books. He published Dating for Life in 2013, a book describing the four keys to maintaining successful relationships. He is also the author of Gig, a historical fiction that explores the wonderment of teenage romance during the exploding music scene of the 60’s.

He is now launching The Lucas Rocha Crime Thriller Series, a quadrilogy about the quest for survival in the favelas of glorious and gritty Rio de Janeiro.

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