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Product Details

  • Series: A Bentz/Montoya Novel (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758225652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758225658
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Someone is strangling novice nuns in Jackson's terrifying if overwrought seventh Bentz and Montoya novel (after Malice). When NOPD homicide detectives Reuben Montoya and Rick Bentz arrive at the first crime scene, the chapel of St. Marguerite's Convent, Montoya recognizes the murder victim, Sister Camille, as his old high school girlfriend, Cammie Renard. In another coincidence, the novice sister who discovered Camille's body, Lucia Costa, once dated Montoya's brother. On top of that, one of the prime suspects is a high school classmate of Montoya's, Fr. Francis O'Toole, who may have had an affair with the victim. As Cammie's sister, Valerie, a former Texas cop now a New Orleans Garden District B&B owner, struggles with a surprise visit from her estranged husband, more nuns succumb to a crazed killer. Val learns more than she bargained for about her past—and Cammie's—at a nearby orphanage in a creepy thriller sure to please Jackson's many fans. (Apr.)
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A fast-paced and surprisingly complex story... . The depiction of the protagonist... reaches an unusual depth, and the crisp, skillful language infuse every sentence with suspense...will keep readers riveted. Publisher's Weekly on WITHOUT MERCY [ALMOST DEAD contains an] excellent subplot revelation that few readers will see coming Sydney Morning Herald on ALMOST DEAD '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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Very interesting story line with good twists and turns, it does keep your interest.
Barbara Swanson
Plot line was a bit convoluted....character formation was a little weak, especially if never having read the author's prior books.
My problem with this book (I have never read another of hers) is that it has much more information than I want.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Camille "Cammie" Renard has always been a troubled soul. An outgoing flirt in high school, she has delighted in flaunting her sexuality and living on the edge. After causing a break-up between her older sister Valerie (Val) and her husband Slade, she reassesses her life by retreating to St. Marguerite's convent in her hometown of New Orleans in search of forgiveness and redemption. Old habits die hard, and Cammie finds it impossible to give up her wild ways.

While at St. Marguerite's, Cammie gets pregnant. She plans to leave, but a twisted killer viciously murders her and her unborn child before she can escape. Cammie's body is found --- dressed in a yellowed bridal gown --- in a chapel at St. Marguerite's by Sister Lucia, a young nun with an unusual gift.

Cammie's older sister, Val, has always been the serious one. Studious and outspoken in high school, and always protective of her younger sister, Val is an insomniac and a worrier. Cammie and Val have parted ways after Cammie got overly friendly with Slade while living with them in East Texas. After Cammie leaves, Val files for divorce and returns to New Orleans, where she opens a bed and breakfast. But Cammie is murdered as the sisters work to repair their strained relationship. Meanwhile, Slade arrives in New Orleans to try to salvage his marriage.

Father Frank O'Toole is at the top of the list of suspects in Cammie's death. Val and Detective Rick Bentz are sure he's the culprit. Father Frank is handsome, strong and athletic. While serving as a priest at St. Marguerite's, impressionable young novice nuns are vulnerable to his arresting good looks.

Detective Reuben Montoya is getting weird vibes while investigating.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donna Simmonds on April 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was the first book by Lisa Jackson I have read. As a mystery/suspense lover I will be reading more of her books in the future. But I was not totally happy with this one. It was very well-written and the story was engaging and made me want to find out who did it. But I didnt really think we got all the answers in the end.

I really liked the Detectives assigned to the case, and I am looking forward to going back and reading more of the books they are in. I love the New Orleans setting. It really is such a great city for a backdrop.

Val and Slade made a great pair. We got plenty of info on their background and relationship and got to watch them in part work though their issues. Although the resolution of their problems did seem a bit rushed and just ok, its over now, lets forget it ever happened type of resolution.

But I didn't feel like we really got to understand the motives behind the Mother Superior and Fr. O'Toole. They have secrets and I don't think we really get to find out what they are. Same thing with the novices. There is such a connection there that can really make another intriguing story. But in this one, assuming we never see these characters again. I'm pretty disappointed. I want to know more of what they are hiding and why, And why did these novices join the convent, they all seem to have a great history behind them before they came. What made them join. Same with the murdered victim, Camille. We know she developed a crush on Slade but that doesnt fully explain why she joined the convent or why she had such a secretive hidden life.

Overall though its a great mystery. And it does get wrapped up in the end. All the main points are covered and explained. I guess I just wanted to know more about the secrets hidden inside the walls. I will definitely be reading more of her books. And will recommend her to others who like this genre. Just maybe not this one first.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katie Lynn on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been a huge fan of Lisa Jackson, but I have been so disappointed in her last several books, especially Devious. I don't know if she isn't writing as well or if my tastes as a reader have changed. I couldn't wait to get to the end of Devious to find out who the killer was, but I was getting so annoyed with the tone of her writing, particularly when the characters are muttering to themselves all the time. No one talks the way she writes. And I was disappointed and confused by the ending, and irritated with the many open ends she left. Obviously it was set up to continue in another book, but there were little things that she didn't wrap up. I agree with the other reviewer who said she described all the woman's hair the same- they all wore a single braid! How about a ponytail once in awhile?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Tapia on April 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit, i was getting bored in certain parts due to all the "mind" talk the characters do. It's a great story and I enjoyed it. No great american novel here just some spooky moments, gruesome killings and fun to read.

Just you know, if you are a LJ fan you know her books merge into one another and I believe there are two stories coming out of this book. Cruz's story and the Father Johh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Kulman on October 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Have read all of her books. Could not wait to finish this bookDevious (Bentz and Montoya)to find out the ending. I probably should have just gone to the end to find out and not have read all the unnecessary pages I went through to get there. Was disapponted. This was not her Lisa Jackson's usual writing.
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More About the Author

#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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