Shattered Triangle is a trilogy of books that spring from a brutal Los Angeles murder, centering around three primary characters—twin brothers Giovanni and Giuseppe Lozano and their childhood friend, Tom Moran. As the men grow their careers and interests diverge. Giovanni becomes a priest, Giuseppe a business man turned politician, and Tom a lieutenant in the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Amidst the restrained wealth of Hancock Park, an exclusive neighborhood in L.A., a family is mysteriously murdered. But this is no ordinary killing. Since the sole survivor is a candidate for the U.S. Senate, there are political implications for the entire State of California. The candidate's brother is a Catholic priest and their friend is a police lieutenant. The three men have been friends from childhood but their lives are disrupted by the incomprehensible murder of Giuseppe’s wife and three children, and the relationships among them are strained as the murder investigation unfolds and the truth emerges.

Book one,
A Consequential Murder, is narrated by Lt. Tom Moran. Giuseppe Lozano takes over the narration in book two, Beleaguered Truth, while Giovanni Lozano concludes the trilogy in his narration of book three, Impending Fate.



Three friends, inseparable as children, take very different paths toward adulthood. In spite of the distances that emerge among them, they are thrust together by the tragedy of death. Each affected in different ways.

Giuseppe Lozano, candidate for U.S. Senate, returns home one night to find his wife and three children mysteriously murdered. There seems to be no motive, and little evidence is left at the scene. How will this affect him and his run for office?

Giovanni Lozano, a Catholic priest, is forced to look beyond the violence to find the presence of God. As a brother and uncle, he feels anger and a desire for revenge. As a priest he is torn by the call of a God who loves all people--good and bad. Can he forgive?

Tom Moran, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, is charged with finding the murderer and building a case for justice. He feels no call to forgive. Nor is he driven by ambition. This case is personal. But can he deliver?

Three lives. Three friends. Will the bonds of friendship survive?


Series Review

William Messenger's Shattered Triangle is an amazingly captivating read, and kept me on my toes the entire time. The plots are very intense and twisted, which makes the story of the best. It reflects the world we are immersed in today, looking for power and profit.

—by Manasi Patil
May 7, 2021


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About the author:

William P. Messenger is an award winning author who was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Norwalk about fifteen minutes south of the L.A. civic center. He is a great lover of his home city and all things Southern California. As a child, William grew up in a poor household, but one filled with music and books. His mother taught him and his siblings to read before they entered kindergarten, instilling in all of them a desire for knowledge. She also taught them to learn by questioning, by not accepting pat or rote answers. They were to question authority, as long as it wasn’t hers or their father’s!

William’s parents were dedicated to helping people in need and set an example through their involvement in church and social organizations. These experiences, coupled with his thirst for knowledge led him to pursue the Catholic priesthood. He was ordained in 1977 and spent more than 30 years serving the church throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Besides preaching, he has always had a love of writing, and over the years has authored articles for national publications, and lectured on subjects ranging from justice and peace, to equality and human rights, to politics and international affairs.

In 2010, following a couple of life-threatening accidents, he resigned from active parish ministry and retired to Whittier, California. His friends encouraged him to pursue a new career writing novels. This was the origin of Shattered Triangle.

He has his own website designed for the modern Catholic reader and anyone interested in the religious and social issues that challenge today’s world. Check out this other side of the author at www.billmessenger.com

Author photo by Esteban Rael: esteban.rael@gmail.com


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