Marc Rainer

Returning realism to legal thrillers and crime fiction. Washington, D.C.; Kansas City, MO
About the author

Marc Rainer is the pen name for Charles ("Chuck") Ambrose, Jr. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and is a former Air Force JAG Circuit Prosecutor and former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and in Kansas City, MO. In his more than thirty years of experience, he has tried hundreds of both military and federal (civilian) major cases, including prosecutions of homicide cases, federal conspiracy trials, and mafia and other organized crime prosecutions. He weaves scenes from his investigative and trial experiences into the plot lines of his novels, which have been hailed by those in the criminal justice fields for their realism.His first novel, "Capital Kill," has been an Amazon #1 bestseller in the kindle store for mystery series novels, and his fifth novel, "Death Votes Last," won 1st place in TopShelf Magazine's 2019 book awards for general fiction. He has co-authored a manual on how to try murder cases, which was published by the American Bar Association's Criminal Law Section. He lives in a suburb of a major northwestern city with his wife, a retired Special Agent of the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations (OSI), and their two rescue mutts. His web page may be found at

Genres: International Crime & MysteryPolice ProceduralsPolice & Law Enforcement RomanceCrime & MysteryLegal Thrillers

Books by Marc Rainer

The Jeff Trask Crime Drama Series

Behind the books

I try to use real case and trial experiences as the foundations for my books. I've even incorporated actual trial transcripts into some of the books.

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