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The Sex Club (The Detective Jackson Mystery/Thriller Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

L.J. Sellers
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Book Description

Are you looking for a great new mystery/thriller series with compelling characters and distinctive plots? You've found it! Fans of Connelly and Crais love the Detective Jackson series too, and Mystery Scene magazine calls it "thrilling." Soon to be a Thomas & Mercer book.


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When a bomb explodes at a birth-control clinic and a young client turns up dead, Detective Jackson is assigned both cases. But are they connected? Kera, the clinic nurse who discovers that the girl's Bible group is really a sexual free-for-all, thinks they are. But confidentiality keeps her from telling the police, so she digs for the truth on her own and becomes the bomber's new target. Soon another girl is murdered. Can Jackson uncover the killer's shocking identity in time to stop the slaughter?
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"A thrilling, eye-opening read." --Mystery Scene magazine

"A well-plotted suspenseful tale with a pulse-pounding ending."--Midwest Book Review

"I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters were compelling, the procedural work was dead-on, and the story was enthralling. Definitely recommended."--Michelle Gagnon, author of Boneyard

"The Sex Club is a must read!"--Seattle Mystery Bookshop


Editorial Reviews

Review

"A thrilling, eye-opening read." --Mystery Scene magazine

"A well-plotted suspenseful tale with a pulse-pounding ending."--Midwest Book Review

"I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters were compelling, the procedural work was dead-on, and the story was enthralling. Definitely recommended."--Michelle Gagnon, author of Boneyard

"The Sex Club is a must read!"--Seattle Mystery Bookshop

About the Author

L.J. Sellers is an award-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, and Liars, Cheaters & Thieves. Her novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene, Crimespree, and Spinetingler magazines, and the series has been on Amazon Kindle's bestselling police procedural list. L.J. also has four standalone thrillers: The Sex Club (featuring Detective Jackson), The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect. When not plotting murders, she enjoys performing standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She's also been known to jump out of airplanes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spellbinder Press (October 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0014E6PTG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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139 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Darn Good Read December 5, 2007
Format:Paperback
I would normally not have picked up The Sex Club off the shelf, as I'm not much of a mystery fan. However, the masterful and expressive cover caught my eye. Surprise - L.J. Sellers held my interest from first to last, and I hated to see the story end. This is a police procedural, following the steps of the detective as he solves the crimes. The police aspects are well-researed, and the reader rides along with the detective eyes open and cheering. The characters are well drawn, complete with human foibles, and very sympathetic. Thankfully, the author did not stoop to giving the detective more than his share of faults. The tender romance is treated softly, a natural outcome of proximity, but does not overwhelm the crime story. And the crimes! Realistic for today, sadly. As it is set in Eugene, OR, home of my alma mater, that added personal interest, but the setting could Smalltown, anywhere. Living as I do now in a hotbed of Christian conservatism, the issues she brings up of religious fanatacism were very to the point. I am looking forward to the next Detective Wade Jackson novel.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read October 29, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Owning a Kindle has opened my reading list up to a lot of new writers- indie and professional alike. L.J. Sellers has been one of those lovely new discoveries: The Sex Club was my first contact with Det. Jackson and whilst it is not perfect, I look forward to reading Sellers' other titles.

In terms of writing, the quality is right up there with more well-known crime/drama/police-procedural authors. It was an easy read that was hard to put down. Some of the dialogue was a little stiff and formal, but the biggest weakness was the characters- they tended to be black and white, two-dimensional stereotypes. The "baddies" were right-wing and possessed negative traits, the "good guys" tended to be lefty-liberals. It made the book a little predictable. Interstingly, the majority of characters are female.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LJ Delivers September 2, 2008
Format:Paperback
Author LJ Sellers knows how to write a compelling, page-turning, heart-stopping, blood pumping thriller of a story. She has created a vivid and multi-layered cast of believable characters. From promiscuous church-going pubescent teenagers to a lonely and wanting love in her life main heroine that works as a dedicated nurse in a Planned Parenthood clinic, to a religious psychopath with a God-complex blowing up buildings and doing everything she can to exact God's punishment on sinners, the characters jump right out of the pages and take up residence in your head.

LJ has a no frills, concise style of writing with a voice that does not get in the way of the story. Her prose shows the controlled and classic restraint of a veteran writer. The story she writes is so strong and intriguing she has no need of all the bells and whistles of frilly fiction that we so often see in novels, the countless adjectives, adverbs, exclamation points, etc. She just delivers the story, and hits you right over the head with it. She can take a bite out of your heart and stab you in your ear with a few simple words.

I highly recommend The Sex Club. Plan on putting everything aside for a day, because you won't be able to put it down once you get drawn into it, and that happens very quickly. I look forward to reading more from Sellers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great detective novel. June 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book. It was well written and engaging. I only gave it four stars because of the political references in regards to character development; liberal, good; republican, bad.. It was not necessary to plot and narrow minded on the part of the author and offensive to me personally. I have worked for years with teens in family planning, S.T.D., and Maternity clinics with many dedicated and compassionate people and never knew their political associations.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Way too Political January 12, 2011
By Zor2000
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is not a fast read and it was way to political (Mother Jones>>>MSNBC) and the Liberals were good and the Conservatives were bad... way over the top with that stuff ...and really who cares...Tell the story and I can make up my own mind....I hate to be lectured to when I read for pleasure.
Even as a liberal from New England I could not stomach the politics and moralizing of the author.
The characters were not drawn well or likable. They are easily forgotten.
Also the author should develop a sense of humor.
I will not keep this on my new kindle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE SEX CLUB--Not What I Expected January 7, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought THE SEX CLUB for my Kindle with some misgivings. I'm not into overdone sex scenes, having got over curiosity about other peoples' bedroom practices decades ago. Still, I'd heard that the book was good, so I thought I'd try it.
The story was quite different than I expected, to the point that the book almost seems misnamed. It is, however, a good mystery with likeable characters and a well-knit plot.
The sex aspect is indeed shocking, but only because Ms. Sellers reveals what educators like me have known forever: the face that many teens show the world is not real. They hide actions that they think/know adults will disapprove with whatever it takes--smiles, platitudes, and outright lies--as they experiment, bond, and submit to peer pressure. The language is explicit, but again, I've seen the difference between the way some teens talk to adults and the way they communicate with each other.
I like a well-written mystery with a bit of human commentary, and THE SEX CLUB does both things well. I recommend it, but not if you want to keep thinking that your daughter/niece/granddaughter is completely innocent. After all, she's only thirteen. But so was Juliet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The Wade Jackson stories are good. A comfortable read.

Stan
Published 9 days ago by Stan Dufford
3.0 out of 5 stars Moral fanatics vs. reality
This rather uninspired murder mystery, set in Eugene, OR, revolves around the moral fanaticism of a parental/church group and the reality of sexual experimentation of their middle... Read more
Published 13 days ago by J. Grattan
4.0 out of 5 stars THE SEX CLUB BY L.J. SELLERS
GOOD STORY. I ESPECIALLY ENJOYED THE CHARACTERS AND AM LOOKING FORWARD
TO SEEING MORE OF THEM IN THE NEXT BOOK.
Published 16 days ago by Bev Kivett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Makes me remember all the reasons why ...
Great story. Makes me remember all the reasons why I left Eugene. 25 years was too long. Detective Jackson is super and enjoyable to follow.
Published 16 days ago by Sharon Krause
5.0 out of 5 stars A Defenite Best Seller
I really like Detective Jackson. I have read all but two of the series. I would recommend the series to anyone that enjoys a great mystery. Read more
Published 26 days ago by gamecrazy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book!!
Published 1 month ago by Laura Papaliberios
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story. Well plotted and paced with very believable ...
A good story. Well plotted and paced with very believable characters.
Published 1 month ago by joebftsplk
2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
It was okay. Certainly different but far from a nail biter you can't put down. I was a little surprised at how good the reviews were for it but I suppose I just prefer more action. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paige
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
this author writes a good book, I have read several of hers.
Published 1 month ago by Betty A Schmitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ir was fast easy interesting read
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More About the Author

L.J. Sellers writes the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller series--a two-time Readers Favorite Award winner--as well as the Agent Dallas series and provocative standalone thrillers. Her 16 novels have been highly praised by reviewers, and she's one of the highest-rated crime fiction authors on Amazon.

L.J. resides in Eugene, Oregon where many of her novels are set and is an award-winning journalist who earned the Grand Neal. She's also the founder of Housing Help, a charity dedicated to keeping families from becoming homeless. When not plotting murders or working with her foundation, she enjoys standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She's also been known to jump out of airplanes. For more about L.J., visit her website: http://ljsellers.com

Detective Jackson Mysteries
The Sex Club
Secrets to Die For
Thrilled to Death
Passions of the Dead
Dying for Justice
Liars, Cheaters & Thieves
Rules of Crime
Crimes of Memory
Deadly Bonds
Wrongful Death (March, 2105)

Agent Dallas Thrillers
The Trigger
The Target
The Trap (Dec., 2014)

Standalone Thrillers
The Baby Thief
The Gauntlet Assassin
The Lethal Effect

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