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Krentz's latest fast-paced, well-plotted romantic thriller takes place in the tiny Napa Valley village of Dunster—perhaps named after the Amanda Quick heroine Emma Dunster. A mysterious e-mail from a childhood friend, Pamela Webb, draws big-city reporter Irene Stenson home, but when Irene arrives, Pamela is dead, apparently of a drug overdose. Handsome but damaged ex-Marine Luke Danner, who owns the lodge where Irene is staying, helps her look into the case. The plot thickens when Pamela's house gets torched shortly after she dies, and soon Irene and Luke follow a trail that leads to Pamela's father, a powerful senator who may have played a role in the death of Irene's parents when she was a young girl. When Senator Webb's PR flack is found murdered after getting caught up in a blackmail scheme and Luke and Irene start their predictable but torrid romance, Krentz sets up a series of compelling confrontations, as Irene comes up with information that could jeopardize Webb's impending White House run. The dialogue, which dominates the book, is strong throughout; the plot is tight. Flaws like secondary-character overload and one-dimensional takes on politics aside, this is an impressive page-turner from a master of the genre. (Jan.)
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Some people have bad memories of their childhood hometowns; Irene Stenson has nightmares. As a teenager, Irene came home late one summer night after being out with her friend Pamela Webb, and discovered that both of her parents had been killed. Irene refused to believe that her father murdered her mother and then committed suicide, and soon afterward left Dunsley. Seventeen years later, Irene, now a journalist, is still haunted by the events of that fateful night, but a cryptic note from Pamela induces her to return home. But before Irene has a chance to meet with her, Pamela dies. When the police rule Pamela's death a suicide, Irene knows intuitively that there is more to the story. With the initially unwanted but soon very much welcomed help of sexy Luke Danner, an ex-marine and the owner of the lodge where Irene is staying, Irene begins her own unofficial investigation into Pamela's death only to discover that someone in Dunsley is keeping secrets that could prove to be deadly. Best-seller Krentz deftly mingles chilling danger and simmering sexual tension. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399153055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399153051
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
At the tender age of fifteen, Irene Stenson's world changed over night. Irene's summer night had been spent with her friend, Pamela Webb, who is U.S. Senator Ryland Webb's wild daughter. Pamela dropped Irene off on that fateful night. Irene entered her dark house to find her parents' bodies in the kitchen. It was labeled a murder-suicide and the case was quickly closed. Irene left the town of Dunsley with a relative, hoping never to return. She could never bring herself to believe that her father, Dunsley's Chief of Police, would murder his wife and then turn the gun upon himself.

It is a little over fifteen years later that Irene is contacted by Pamela via email. Irene is now a reporter for the Glaston Cove Beacon, a small town newspaper. The email message is coded and sounds desperate. Pamela insists that they meet in Dunsley and that the night Irene's parents died is involved. Like it or not, Irene must face the house of blood and darkness that has haunted her dreams for years.

Luke Danner may be out of the Corps, but his mind set is still that of a Marine. Luke saw too much during the last two years of duty and his family fears for Luke's sanity. To get away from everyone and think in solitude, Luke purchased the lodge cabins near the lake in Dunsley and rents them out. There is not much business during this time of year, but he has one tenant, Irene Stenson. To Luke, information and clues are like dots; and he enjoys connecting dots. One thing is for sure, the lady in cabin number five has a lot of dots around her. Being the Marine that he is, Luke barrels his way into her problems and begins connecting some seriously dangerous dots. Luke is with her when Irene finds Pamela's body. It looks like she overdosed on booze and pills, but those dots just do not connect.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Irene Stenson was only fifteen when fate changed her life forever. It was that night that she discovered her parents dead in the family kitchen. Ever since that night Irene has been plagued with fear of the dark having to sleep with lights on. Seventeen years later Irene is forced to face the past all over again when her childhood friend, Pamela, contacts her. Pamela is desperate to talk with Irene, but insists that it has to be in Dunsley, the town she used to live in as a child. Pamela tells her she has to talk to her about the night her parents died. Irene is apprehensive about going back, but knows she has to find out what Pamela knows.

When Irene arrives in Dunsley, she rents a cabin from Luke Danner. Luke may have left the marines, but it is true what they say about once a marine always a marine. He immediately can tell that Irene is troubled after he witnesses her fear of the dark, and appoints himself her protector. As determined Luke is to keep her out of trouble, he is with Irene when they discover Pamela's body. It is apparently a suicide, but neither believe that story especially when her house is burned to the ground shortly after. When they start to dig, it is revealed that Irene's parents may have been murdered like she has suspected for years. Irene and Luke must solve these questionable deaths, or they may not survive to have a future together.

I liked both characters Irene and Luke. They play well off each other, and I was rooting for them to solve this mystery.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the small Northern California town of Dunsley, Irene Stenson missed curfew because her best friend Pamela Webb deliberately kept her out late. When she finally arrives home she sees the murdered bodies of her parents on the kitchen floor. Their deaths were deemed murder-suicide and Irene left town and never returned or spoke to Pamela.

Seventeen years later, Pamela e-mails Irene asking her to come back to Dunsley because she has something important to tell her. She checks in at the Sunrise on the Lake Lodge and is immediately attracted to the owner Luke Danner who finds himself very interested in his boarder. When Irene arrives at Pamela's house, she finds her former friend dead, a bottle of empty pills and liquor near the body. The sheriff rules it a suicide but from the urgency of Pamela's message Irene thinks she was murdered. As a reporter she starts her own investigation because she believes there is a link between her parents' deaths and Pamela's demise. Luke helps her and saves her life quite a few times because it is obvious someone is willing to kill to keep Pamela's secret hidden.

A Jayne Ann Krentz novel is always a joy too read and ALL NIGHT LONG is no exception. The protagonists are drawn true to life and are not as quirky as Ms. Krentz's characters usually are but that is because they are dealing with dark, troubling and dangerous situations and emotions. The mystery is very complex and filled with red herrings and unusual twists and turns. There is a secondary character, one of Luke's brothers, who deserves his own story.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on March 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What can I say? The story's a bit contrived - how many people do you really know whose parents died in what was an appearant murder suicide. And then comes the e-mail from Pamela telling her to come home. And of course there's the altogether predictable romance developing with the host at the hotel where's she's staying. In summary, a great book. The only real problem is that you're likely to stay up 'All Night Long' getting through it.

Ms. Krentz has written some 42 books under various pen names (Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle). The surprising is that even with that many books her novels do not turn out to be formulaic. To be sure there are the standard themes that he likes: romantic relationship, family, the classic heroic virtues like honor, determination and love.

Is this a classic book that like Shakespeare will be around in three hundred years, NO. Is it a good addition to this year's reading, YES.
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