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Fatal Affair: Book One of The Fatal Series [Kindle Edition]

Marie Force
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Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career--and her confidence--after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O'Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O'Connor's friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can't afford--especially when the bodies keep piling up.
Book 1 in the Fatal Series from NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author Marie Force.

The Fatal Series

Book 1: Fatal Affair

Book 2: Fatal Justice

Book 3: Fatal Consequences

Book 3.5: Fatal Destiny, The Fatal Wedding Novella

Book 4: Fatal Flaw

Book 5: Fatal Deception

Book 6: Fatal Mistake
96,000 words

Editorial Reviews


"Sizzle, mystery and suspense...FATAL AFFAIR has it all! Nick and Sam are a perfect pair and Marie Force is definitely an author to watch!" ----Christy Reece, NYT Bestselling author of the Last Chance Rescue series
"This novel is The O.C. does D.C., and you just can't get enough." --RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars for FATAL AFFAIR
4.5 Stars! "This novel is "The O.C." does D.C., and you just can't get enough."
--Romantic Times

"I loved this book! I read this book in nearly one sitting because from the first page, I couldn't wait to figure out who the killer was and whether Nick and Sam would be able to make it work." --My Thoughts, Your Thoughts

Five Stars! "There will not be an instant of FATAL AFFAIR which you will want to skip, as clues are subtly given yet nothing is concrete until the final staggering revelation." --Single Titles

"The author makes the reader part of the action, effortlessly weaving the world of politics and murder in which the character's come alive on the pages. Drama, passion, suspense, Fatal Affair has it all!" --Book Junkie

Marie Force does it again. Her writing is flawless; her suspense is gripping; her romance is passionate; her characters are real; and the surprise twists in the storyline are some of the book's greatest strengths. --World According to Books

"Sizzle, mystery and suspense...Fatal Affair has it all! Nick and Sam are a perfect pair and Marie Force is definitely an author to watch!" —
- Christy Reece, NYT Bestselling author of the Last Chance Rescue series

From the Author

Thank you readers for your support of the Fatal Series! I'm so glad you're enjoying Sam and Nick's story!

Product Details

  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (June 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7C1G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marie Force Does it again! June 24, 2010
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I've read all the books by Marie Force and I have to say I like them all. This book, is slightly different to her previous books. In my opinion, this book's primary focus was mystery and suspense and the love story was secondary. The combination created a fun and exciting read.

Samantha, a DC Detective is assigned to the murder investigation of a young U.S. Senator. When she goes to the scene of the crime, she learns that the body was discovered by the Senator's best friend and Chief of Staff, Nick. Sam and Nick had previously met six years ago and had a one night stand. They have not seen each other or spoken since then. This unexpected reunion brings back a lot of memories to both of them as they try to work together to solve the murder. I couldn't put the book down trying to figure out who had killed the senator and what was going to happen between Nick and Sam.

This story if filled with lots of characters that were surprisingly well developed considering the length of the book. You come to love a few of them by the end. Some might find parts of this book too gruesome or violent, but if you can see past these, you will find yourself immersed in the plot from start to finish.

The hopeless romantic in me only wished the romance played a slightly bigger part in the book, but I read somewhere both Sam and Nick come back in Ms. Force's next book. So hopefully I will get more romance there and see what happens next! :) I cannot wait for her next book!
I highly recommend this book, it was a highly enjoyable read!
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
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FATAL AFFAIR by Marie Force.

Sam is a police detective. She is assigned the case of murdered Senator John O'Connor. Six years ago she and Nick had a one-night affair. He called her several times afterwards, but her roommate intercepted the calls and never gave her the messages. Sam later married and divorced Peter.

Nick is chief of staff for his best friend John (the senator). When John doesn't show up for work, Nick goes to John's home and discovers the body. He helps Sam throughout her investigation. He also shows her that he loves her and always has. She is reluctant to have a relationship with Nick until after the murder is solved.

A secondary minor story is about the Johnsons. Sam was involved in a crack shooting incident. The Johnson boy was shot and killed. Sam did nothing wrong but felt guilty. The mother threatened to kill Sam. Some attempts are made on Sam's life.

The story is primarily a police procedural. The reader is with Sam as she talks to many different people: cops, medical examiners, witnesses, suspects, the press, etc. We slowly uncover details and secrets about John's life. This was well thought out, no plot holes, no major problems. Sam is an excellent detective. She's strong, competent, and does some smart things while solving the case. Although there are attempts on Sam's life, I didn't feel fear or suspense (which I would have liked). It was more the feeling of old-time hard-boiled detective fiction. I did have one unanswered question. The killer cut off a body part before killing/stabbing John in the neck. Why would John lay in bed naked and be still while the killer cut off his part? There was no evidence of a struggle.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful mysteries keep you riveted July 7, 2010
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The Fatal series starts off with a story of political intrigue, an unexpected romance and plenty of mysteries to solve amid the escalating danger. Marie Force points readers in the direction of numerous suspects, and the road to discovering the identity of the brutal killer is filled with countless barricades to make the investigative journey extremely difficult and definitely compelling. There will not be an instant of FATAL AFFAIR which you will want to skip, as clues are subtly given yet nothing is concrete until the final staggering revelation.

After required to take a leave of absence because of an unfortunate incident during a search, Sergeant Samantha Holland is finally back at work. The Washington, D.C. detective is quickly given a case which could improve her public status, or it might destroy her career completely if she does not handle everything by the book. Senator John O'Connor has been murdered, and it is up to Sam to discover his killer as swiftly as possible. One major obstacle right from the beginning of the investigation is having to repeatedly talk with the senator's chief of staff, Nick Cappuano, a man with whom she spent just one night but has never forgotten.

It has been six years since Nick was with Sam, but his memories of that extraordinary night are still crystal clear. As the investigation proceeds, she knows things must be kept strictly professional between them, yet he seems to be personally affecting her more profoundly with every subsequent meeting. When several startling facts are uncovered plus discrepancies turn up during interviews, Sam knows solving this murder is not going to be at all easy, especially when it takes all her self-discipline to concentrate only on the case and not on her feelings for Nick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So So
This book starts off with a bang but then quickly slides into overly formulaic schlock. You have your beautiful perky single mom in peril and the older physically impaired cop... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Moishele
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was a different read for me in the ...
This book was a different read for me in the political world with the murder of the Senator John O'Connor and the budding romance of Sam and Nick.
Published 2 days ago by daffodil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book. Loved it!
Published 2 days ago by MaggyRose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EEnjoyed this book. Will read more of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fatal affair
This book was every good I like these books that end all in one book but leaded to a mother book.
Published 6 days ago by kenneth young
5.0 out of 5 stars Marie Force did an amazing job with this thriller
Marie Force did an amazing job with this thriller! It keeps you on your whole toes throughout the whole thing! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Brianne's Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars romance & mystery
Kept my attention and involved me into the characters so much that I want to get book 2 of the series!
Published 7 days ago by Bobby Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars First book in the series
I read this book out of sequence. I found another "fatal" book and was intrigued so I went back to the beginning and read this one. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lynne Ober
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Wasn't bad reading. Problem is, I have already forgotten what it was about.
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With more than 3 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 35 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.5 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the New York Times bestselling Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, among other books and series. Watch for Marie's brand-new Quantum Trilogy in 2015, written under the name of M.S. Force! 

While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. 

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