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Double Cross [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Crane
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.

But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will. 

As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.

From the Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews


TOP PICK; 4.5 out of 4.5 stars; "Crane's Midcity novels are full of zinging, compelling heroines and dark and dangerous heroes.  This installment is packed with tension, laughter and the perfect touch of romance!" --RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Carolyn Crane lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daring cats. She enjoys reading and running and loves animals of all kinds. For more than a decade she's made her living as a freelance writer. Double Cross is her second novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553592629
  • Publisher: Spectra (September 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3FJZA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Cross September 28, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
**Possible mild spoilers from the first book in the series if you have not read it**

After reading Carolyn Crane's impressive debut Mind Games, the first book in Disillusionists Trilogy, I was eager to read Double Cross. With all the amazing titles that the urban fantasy genre has to offer these days Ms. Crane had her work cut out for her if I was to be impressed yet again. The bar has certainly been raised for what I expect in urban fantasy and Double Cross is up against some serious heavy hitters in the genre. Carolyn Crane hits it out of the park with this second installment in her Disillusionists Trilogy.

Justine Jones is doing her part to rid Midcity of dangerous `gifted' criminals by disillusioning them. She continues to work with Packard and his group of disillusionists in a effort to rehabilitate and release these criminals that the Mayor of Midcity, Otto Sanchez, has incarcerated using his Highcap abilities. Although Justine has never been a hundred percent comfortable with what she is doing, it seems like she has found a way, with the help of Packard, to manage her hypochondriac episodes and channel them into doing something positive. However with her latest case she is not so certain it's all black and white and she suspects there is a chance her target may actually be innocent. To further complicate things, a small group of serial killers, called the Dorks are picking off Highcaps one by one. Otto, Packard, Justine and the disillusionists must work together to end their reign of terror.

Justine's personal relationships are as confused as ever. Justine and Otto are both hypochondriacs who fear vein star syndrome.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Cross by Carolyn Crane September 28, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
**Spoilers from book one, Mind Games**

Ezmerelda or Ez has been imprisoned in the coat check she works in for three years by the mayor of Midcity, Otto Sanchez. Once Ez touches someone, she can link to that person and invade their dreams - causing them to do violent acts (violent as in cannibalism) while sleepwalking. Now that Otto has her imprisoned behind invisible shields, she hasn't touched anyone for years. Justine Jones, who has just started dating Otto comes into the picture to disillusion Ez. Working under the highcap (someone with special powers) Sterling Packard, Justine and her fellow disillusionists strip down these criminals, until they have nothing, and then build them back up - hopefully making them better people. Justine's specialty is hypochondria, often fearing she is going to dye from a rare brain disorder. Stoking up that fear, Justine is able to "zing" her fear into the target, allowing Justine to revel in a fear-free glory hour and watch the target slowly succumb to the darkness. It is during one of these zinging sessions that Justine touches Ez, while she is also touching Packard, and now Packard and Justine are linked - and Ez will be able to invade them in their dreams until she is stopped.

Meanwhile, a group of people called "The Dorks" (Otto refuses to let criminals have cool names, coming up with a list of pre-chosen names, like hurricanes, to call criminals) have been shooting highcaps. They somehow can determine who is a highcap and who is not. Worse, they are immune to highcap powers. Justine is worried Packard or Otto who are both highcaps could be a target - but she can't decide which one she is worried more for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Cross (Disillusionists Trilogy, book 2) review October 15, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Justine Jones finally has freedom from her hypochondria but it comes at a price. Sterling Packard showed Justine how to zap her fears into others but what he failed to mention was by doing this she would bind herself to him and be subjected to do his bidding. There is no time to dwell on this. There is a group of serial killers in Midcity targeting citizens with powers like Packard's and those of his enemy and Justine's new love, Mayor Otto Sanchez.

Justine hates to zap people with her fear but she will need to in order to help stop the killings. She will also have to choose between her ideal man or a flawed and dark individual who she just can't stay away from.

Justine Jones and the rest of Packard's crew of disillusionists use their mental abilities to zap people into feeling what they want them to and this causes their targets to have a complete melt down. Once this happens they are given the chance to rebuild their lives. Justine's latest assignment is Ezmerelda or Ez. She has been imprisoned by the recently elected mayor Otto Sanchez for heinous crimes. Ez is able to control people through their dreams once she touches them. While working on Ez one evening Justine wasn't careful and Ez is able to form a link with her and also Packard who tried to get Justine away from her. This complicates things not only because Ez will soon be able to control them but because it dredges up feelings between Packard and Justine who recently started seeing Otto. Even though Ez invades Justine's dreams, she can't help feel that Ez isn't as guilty as she may seem. Justine doesn't like zapping people to begin with but the thought that Ez might be innocent really eats away at her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Omg what did I just read.
I am totally in shock. I'm going to get the next book like right now. Why Otto why? just omg!
Published 1 month ago by Chris Ostrander
4.0 out of 5 stars Double betrayal
The second book in the series, and Justine is torn between two men. Mayor Otto Sanchez, the man she has always dreamed of, who shares her hypochondriac tendencies and fear of vein... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Aurian
4.0 out of 5 stars I felt the first was stronger, but this was still a fun read and...
I bought the whole series (including novella) after reading MIND GAMES, cause I really liked it. This one felt a bit weaker in parts, but overall I'd call it good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mir
5.0 out of 5 stars A rating....
My Review:
OMG, OMG, OMG! I cannot believe the way that this book ended. much twisted and changed in this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Smitten with Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING TRILOGY!
*contains spoiler if you haven't read Mind Games!

When I finally finished Double Cross only three words came to mind: OH MY G-D! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Larissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe how great this book is!
I love this series! Such great writing and storytelling! Double Cross maybe my favorite in the series. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Disillusionists Trilogy
This series is excellent, smart, funny, and fast paced. A great read for anyone looking for something a little different. I highly recommend these books!
Published on September 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak 3 stars. Characters are neat, but the plot and events didn't do...
I was pleased and enjoyed the first book in the series. It had fresh ideas. But I wasn't pulled into this book. My mind wanted to wander. I liked the characters. Read more
Published on August 11, 2012 by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Same Ole Gal
So the saga continues with Justine, my favorite hypochondriac. After reading Double Cross, I have to say, Mind Games is still my favorite in the series. Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Reena Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Betrayals galore with a nasty twist!
Second in the Disillusionists Trilogy urban fantasy series revolving around Justine Jones and her circle of "friends".

My Take
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy...oh boy. Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by Kathy Davie
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I am a RITA-winning author of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and other tales of love and adventure. I've been published by Random House and Samhain, and I also go indie.

I love to run and read in bed, I work a straight job as a marketing writer, and I'm passionate about helping animals. I make my home in Minnesota with my husband and two cats. Sign up for my nifty book release alerts at!

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