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Lisa Jackson shows yet again why she is one of the best...A pure nail biter. Harlan Coben on YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW Shiveringly good suspense! Lisa Jackson ratchets up the tension as one woman's desperate search for her missing son takes her to the very brink of losing her husband, her sanity, her very self. Each chapter will leave you wondering who to trust. The answer: You don't want to know... Lisa Gardner on YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW Absolutely tension filled... Jackson is on top of her game. Suspense Magazine on TELL ME The spookily atmospheric plot is jam-packed with scary chills and sexy thrills. Booklist on TELL ME a fast moving thriller with plenty of twists and turns, and an easy flowing style that readily catches the reader up in its thrall. Canberra Times on MALICE Gripping... Jackson heightens the creep factor. Publisher's Weekly on MALICE As a beach read, this is a cracker. Read it at night and it certainly will keep you up. For after the prologue, Jackson slips into her real agenda, and out of your comfort zone. Courier Mail, Brisbane on DEEP FREEZE Tense... Suspenseful ... shocking ... will leave readers on the edge of their seats. Booklist on ABSOLUTE FEAR Her latest whodunit hits all the marks, taking readers on a nail-biting roller coaster ride. Library Journal on WITHOUT MERCY Jackson takes creepy to a new level with her latest chilling offering... A frightening tale filled with danger and shocking twists. RT Book Reviews on WITHOUT MERCY Jackson... shows a mastery of the true-crime thriller formula that will please fans Kirkus Reviews on TELL ME Graphic, terrifying suspense and gripping emotion are what makes all of Lisa Jackson's thrillers so unforgettable. THE MORNING AFTER just adds to her growing inventory of terrific page-turners. Romantic Times on THE MORNING AFTER In a word: clever The Herald Sun on CHOSEN TO DIE The highly suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat reads that Lisa Jackson provides are unparalleled Publisher's Weekly on LEFT TO DIE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Lisa Jackson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels, including Ready to Die, Afraid to Die, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She has over twenty million copies of her books in print in nineteen languages. She lives with her family and a rambunctious pug in the Pacific Northwest. Readers can visit her website at, become her friend on Facebook, and check out her blog at --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: An Alvarez & Pescoli Novel (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420118528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420118520
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 NYT and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Jackson started writing after her sister read an article in TIME Magazine in 1981 about how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. Both Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bush, began their writing careers right then, and lo, these many years later Lisa has published seventy-five plus novels and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on July 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Deserves To Die by Lisa Jackson is a great mystery/suspense book. There are actually two mysteries contained in this book. The first is who is killing women and cutting off their ring finger. The second is who is after Jessica/Anne-Marie and why.

There has been a murder in Grizzly Falls, Montana. The body of a young woman is found, and her ring finger and ring is missing. Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescolli are the detectives assigned to the case. Besides having to work the murder, the two detectives are also struggling with the fact that their old captain, who they respect and like, has been shot and they do not know if he is going to survive. Pescolli is also dealing with another potential problem, she is pregnant. Her children are teenagers and she does not know if she wants to travel the baby road again. She is engaged but she is not sure how her fiance will react to the news of her pregnancy. She has a lot on her plate and she is struggling to get by each day. Then another woman is murdered, and again the ring finger and ring are missing. It looks as though there is a serial killer in Grizzly Falls.

Jessica/Anne Marie is on the run and she has come to Grizzly Falls looking for help from the injured captain. She is a master of disguise and although she has totally changed her appearance, she is worried that HE will find her and kill her. But who is He and why does HE want her dead?

Both story lines run side by side throughout the book and at the end they intersect in a big way. The suspense and tension build throughout the entire book, beginning on page one and ending in an explosive conclusion.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Stickney on August 1, 2014
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My aunt first introduced me to Lisa Jackson's novels in high school. I have been an avid reader of all her murder/mystery series ever since. I have been waiting for this book to come out for awhile.

There are quite a few twists and turns in the lastest Pescoli and Alvarez book. Pescoli having some news that she's not to sure will go over very well. Not to mention the entire department is still reeling from the shooting of their beloved Sheriff, Dan Grayson. I must say that I was extremely sad when he was shot in the last book. Like previously stated I have been reading this series for awhile, I have fallen in love with all of the characters and the quirks.

I was also really excited at the appearance of Dective Montoya...yes that's right from the Bentz and Montoya series! Although I was a little disappointed that one of my favorite New Orleans cops wasn't more involved. It was nice to see the two series cross though.

Overall a very gripping read and a fantastic continuation of the Pescoli and Alvarez series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alima Livzletlivz on July 30, 2014
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Lisa Jackson writes some intriguing mystery thrillers and always loved them. I really loved her “McCaffertys” series. In her “To Die” series, Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli take the front seat as detectives in Grizzly Falls, Montana.

There is a lot happening in Grizzly Falls this time. A couple of bodies of young women appearing with their ring fingers missing, keeps Pescoli and Regan on their toes. Added to this, Dan Grayson gets shot in a previous story and now he is in coma with no chance of recovery, and the new fill in sheriff Hooper Blackwater has big shoes to fill and appease the residents of Grizzly Falls.

In parallel, Anna Marie is on the run from her psychotic ex-husband and she seems to have become the mistress of disguise trying to stay safe. Unfortunately her plans to stay safe and get help from Grayson goes down the drain and she realizes, has another past lover boy on her trail as the bounty hunter.

“Deserves To Die” is the sixth in this series. Reading it alone would be more enjoyable as Lisa Jackson tries to bring new developments with the Graysons, changes in Alvarez’s life, but her true fans may not like it as much as the others. It definitely has some exciting moments and the ending was real good. Somehow bringing in Grayson’s family did not sit very well with me, unless it is leading to more in her future books in this series.

All in all, it’s definitely not Lisa’s best, yet it is good enough for a quick read.

Received a copy courtesy Netgalley for a honest review
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maxine (Booklover Catlady) on September 19, 2014
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I have not read anything by Lisa Jackson before, nor was familiar with the main characters in this novel. However, I am an avid reader of crime fiction, it being my most read genre, and have read many styles of crime novels over many years. So I was looking forward to reading this.

In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It's the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez hopes this means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a madman. But then a second body turns up...

The first half of the book was difficult to follow at times, there were a LOT of characters and it was hard to follow who was who apart from the two main Detectives, Alvarez and Pescoli. Whilst the book is partly about their investigation of the death of a woman missing her ring finger, it's also got a lot of side stories weaved in.

There is also a lot of focus on the personal lives of the two detectives, I think some background is good in building up character profiles, but I did feel at times this was TOO much, taking away from the buzz of it essentially being a crime novel. I was wanting to skip some of the sections focused on their homes and relationships (I didn't) and get to the more meaty parts of the book.

A stranger is in town also, on the run, and this character plays a big part in the story too, I felt that this character was one of the better portrayed actually and one that I connected with the most, the most tangible. I struggled to relate at all to either Detective Alvarez of Pescoli, they seemed out of reach to me despite so much private life detail. Like I could not quite touch them in the novel.
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