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Absolute Liability (Southern Fraud Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J. W. Becton , Jennifer Becton
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Book Description

Meet Julia Jackson. Apparently, she's been abducted....

A woman is taken at gunpoint from the downtown office of Southeastern Insurance, and the police believe the victim is Special Agent Julia Jackson. Only it isn't true.

Now, with the help of her new partner Mark Vincent, state fraud investigator Julia Jackson must find justice for the woman who was taken in her place.

As Vincent and Julia begin to unravel the multimillion-dollar frauds that led to the abduction, they encounter a cast of quirky characters, one of whom will go to desperate lengths to hide a deadly secret.

Things only become more dangerous as bodies begin accumulating around town, and Julia must discover the truth before the abductor comes to rectify his mistake.

Absolute Liability is the first in the six-book Southern Fraud series, which blends suspense, humor, and Southern charm with just a touch of romance. If you enjoy reading humorous mysteries or watching TV crime dramedies like Castle or The Mentalist, you should like Absolute Liability.

* Approximately 77,000 words
* Specially formatted for ebook
* Linked table of contents
* Full-color interior art

The Southern Fraud Series (in order)
Absolute Liability
Death Benefits
At Fault
Moral Hazard
Shock Loss--Coming Soon!

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About the Author

J. W. Becton (a pseudo-pseudonym for Jennifer Becton) has worked for more than twelve years in the traditional publishing industry as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. She is a horse lover and fan of TV crime dramedies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1141 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983782334
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Whiteley Press (June 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058WS28C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Whodunit With Southern Flair July 5, 2011
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I love Jennifer Becton's work, so when I heard she had a mystery out, I bought it immediately for my holiday reading. Mysteries are hit or miss with me--more often than not, the supposedly quirky heroine is only annoying or daft. Cozy mysteries leave me wanting a little more edge, and thrillers keep me up at night. The plot is either way too predictable or the ending is such a surprise that it doesn't make sense looking back. Despite all this, I trusted Becton to navigate the perilous waters to deliver a worthy tale. She did not disappoint.

Julia Jackson's story grabbed me from the opening paragraph. Julia is an insurance fraud investigator who ran out for a cup of coffee. On the way back to the office, she learns she's been abducted. The mystery then focuses on who wanted to abduct Julia, with a suspect list pulled from her current cases. Her employer, the Georgia Department of Insurance, assigns her a partner to finish those pending investigations.

I have to agree with a previous reviewer. Mark Vincent is hot. He's a reserve Naval enlisted man whose specialty is personal defense. Since it doesn't take a genius to see that Julia was obviously the intended target of the abduction, Mark's presence makes sense. The two of them work well together, and there's also a fair amount of chemistry.

Or maybe it was just hot in there--after all, Absolute Liability is set in the South during summer. Becton's setting details were as exquisite as they were subtle. I could feel the heat without being told it was hot. I actually wanted my own glass of sweet tea to cool myself down.

So how did Absolute Liability stack up against my list of typical complaints?

1) Julia was a fantastic heroine.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced thriller July 17, 2011
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I often buy books thinking they will be really good, but somehow I don't get around to reading them soon and they add to my pile of To Be Read books. Absolute Liability sounded interesting and I was intrigued by the contrast between Becton's previous book, Charlotte Collins, a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The story is fast paced and the reader is plunged into the lead character's life quickly, but naturally. Julia is someone from a dysfunctional family caused by her sister's rape in high school, and Julia is determined to find her sister's attacker, a determination which led her to the police academy and into a brief job as a policewoman. Lay-offs changed her course, but she now works as a fraud investigator for an insurance company, a job which still uses some of her police skills, but does not risk her life or require her to carry a gun...or at least that is what she thought.

Becton's characters are finely drawn and reasonable (there is nothing that irritates me more than a woman who decides to go investigate a biker bar...alone...when a person of reasonable intellect would take someone with them, or, better yet, call the police with her idea or clue. I detest having to tell stupid characters to "Don't go in the abandoned house! DON'T GO INTO THE ABANDONED HOUSE!!!!") Becton manages a brisk and believable read that is well paced and if her characters are not totally fleshed out it is because this is the first book of a six book series and I am sure we will get to know the characters at a leisurely pace as the series progresses.

Read this book on the front porch with a tall glass of sweet iced tea and enjoy, then try to curb your impatience for the next one! Oh, but you may not want to read this at bedtime, as I did. I was up until 1 am finishing it!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced weekend read July 4, 2011
By Kaydee
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I love a good mystery. I was spoiled on Agatha Christie and Anne Perry on account of my mother when I was growing up. I was introduced to author Jennifer Becton when I read her debut novel Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Pride and Prejudice so it was with mild surprise that her next published book was a thriller, but hey if Georgette Heyer can write Regencies and then mysteries then so can Jennifer Becton.

Absolute Liability: A Southern Fraud Thriller is the first in what will be a six part series from author Jennifer Becton. I loved every minute of this book. It is a great weekend or beach read and I didn't have a clue who the killer was until practically the end. I found this book to be in the vein of Gemma Halliday another mystery writer who I adore.

The heroine, if you will, of Absolute Liability is Julia Jackson and she investigates insurance fraud. Julia is extremely likable. She can handle herself and yet she still has her vulnerabilities. In the course of her investigations she is abducted---or rather someone abducted what they thought was Julia----which brings out a sense of responsibility and justice in her. So the hunt to unfold the mystery begins. Who really wants Julia Jackson gone?

Throw in Tripp, an ex-high school sweetheart who is just a friend and a cop and a hunky and extremely mysterious Special Agent, named Mark Vincent, sent down especially from Atlanta to partner with Julia and the south just got a bit hotter. I really just want to talk about Mark Vincent. I think I drooled just a little when he was introduced. Mark Vincent was intriguing because he's so mysterious and we don't know much about him. I do hope he turns up again. Yum!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of character detail!
Different. Lots of character detail.
Published 25 days ago by P. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
It wasn't the best book I have read but it was interesting enough to keep me wanting to read more.
Published 1 month ago by Chandos
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended--interesting and enjoyable
A good read, well structured and entertaining. Several well-framed red herrings made the story more interesting. The main characters were nicely developed.
Published 3 months ago by Honey-do-list Master
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much poof.
Too slow and too brainless. How many times does the same questions need to be asked? Give the reader some credit.
Published 4 months ago by Rita Book
4.0 out of 5 stars an absolute must-read delight!
An abduction gone wrong & a mistaken identity cost the lives of people related to Julia Jackson's line of work. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arianne
2.0 out of 5 stars Main story line was good, but the much talked about past was never ...
Main story line was good, but the much talked about past was never resolved. Instead of making me want more, it made me upset. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tammy M. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Another nice mystery series with fun characters
Another nice mystery series with fun characters. Hoping more books are to come to see how things work out for them.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars southern Fraud
Very entertaining, gripping reading. It was hard to put down, I thought about it when I wasn't reading it and I enjoyed it to the end.
Published 7 months ago by Sharon H.
5.0 out of 5 stars the world of insurance fraud
I very much enjoyed this mystery, where insurance fraud turns to murder. Not a cozy and not a gore fest, this book's pacing and increasing danger for the characters was just right. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Intelligent Thriller
Absolute Liability is not my usual reading fare, but I'm glad I finally picked it up. I found likable characters that immediately captured my interest, an engaging mystery that... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Darrell J. Pursiful
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More About the Author

Jennifer worked in the traditional publishing industry for twelve years as a proofreader, copy editor, and freelance writer. In 2010, she accepted the challenge to self-publish her first novel Charlotte Collins: A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Upon discovering the possibilities of the expanding ebook market, she created Whiteley Press, LLC, an independent publishing house.

Jennifer also writes thrillers under the pseudo-pseudonym J. W. Becton ( Absolute Liability, the first in the six-book Southern Fraud Thriller Series, spent eight weeks on the Amazon Kindle Best Sellers list and three nonconsecutive weeks on the Indie Reader Best Sellers list. Death Benefits, At Fault, and Moral Hazard are available now!

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