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Publisher's Summary

Accepting her new case assignment may have been the worst decision she had ever made. 

FBI Agent Kari Wheeler's new case has her gathering the evidence to prove that a corrupt city official is accepting bribes and breaking the same adult entertainment laws he's supposed to be enforcing. But when Kari enters the seductive world of high-end clubs and sleazy strip joints she finds herself facing temptations too difficult to resist. Could the investigation end up destroying her career...and her marriage? 

PAY TO PLAY—an FBI thriller about greed and corruption inspired by actual true crime FBI cases featuring extortion, sex, money, and more—is the first book in the Philadelphia FBI crime series. Contains gritty scenes, with strong language. Buy the Kindle Edition, trade paperback or audiobook today! 

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI special agent, jokes that she writes crime fiction in an attempt to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she called on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write Pay to Play

You can find out more about Jerri at jerriwilliams.com. You can also connect with her on Twitter @jerriwilliams1 or Facebook at Jerri Williams Author. 

©2016 Jerri Williams (P)2017 Jerri Williams

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Super entertaining and twisting story

Williams takes her years of Philly FBI experience and weaves a twisty tale of classic city hall corruption along with personal trauma, emotional challenges and political infighting. Great story.

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Great Story From an FBI Insider

Would you listen to Pay to Play again? Why?

Yes. Author knows the inner workings of an investigation, and it is fascinating to see how it really works.

What other book might you compare Pay to Play to and why?

If you like the procedural aspects of Michael Connelly but with a risque edge, you will love Pay to Play.

What does Melissa Reizian Frank bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Superb delivery.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You are very interested in the main character, and want to race through the book to find out her secret.

Any additional comments?

Author has a fantastic podcast that gives you insight into her writing process, and conducts interviews with retired FBI officers that shows she is a respected former FBI agent who knows the intricate details of how investigations are conducted.

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A Wild Ride

Pay to Play took my by surprise. I heard about it through the author on her podcast and was intrigued. The world Mrs. Williams creates is alive. It feels real, tangible, you become fully engulfed in it. It is full personal struggles and vices that the characters endure. You care for them and their families feeling the their plights as you go through the story. Overall, I was very pleased with the book and enjoyed it. There were some moments that were graphic and shocked me, but they lend to the authenticity of the world she creates. Would I recommend her book, yes. But be ready for a wild ride

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Exciting, Emotional, Very Realistic.


You will be excited with insight of actual FBI procedures. That will let you to know what really goes on behind the scenes.
But also the emotion that a well trained Special Agent must experience, and try to control.

There are several wow moments in the book. I have been a truck driver for 35 years, and there were a few scenes in the book that even made me blush 😄.
Pay to Play takes you into a word that many people have never entered before.
This is a great read.

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Great Book!

Enjoyed this book;narrator did a super job; highly recommend-loved the investigation details and suspense

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Awesome listen! Good road trip audio book

I liked the main and supporting characters, they were believable as ordinary humans. The story was very interesting. I had already read the book simply because I love Jerri Williams’ podcast, but I enjoyed listen even more.

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full of unexpected twists and turns

This debut was outstanding. Full of twists and turns which were unpredictable but believable! Every chapter brought a new angle to the thriller. Cant wait to see if this becomes a series with SA Wheeler and sidekick Hildebrand.