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Gingerbread Man [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Shayne
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,444 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Publisher’s Weekly Raves: “A moving mix of high suspense and romance, this haunting Halloween thriller will propel readers to bolt their doors at night.”

“A gripping story of small town secrets. The suspense will keep you guessing. The characters will steal your heart.” –New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner

Since the day her baby sister was taken, Holly’s mind hasn’t been the same. PTSD, panic attacks, nightmares and blocked memories have plagued her ever since. And now they’ve returned.

Hard-edged Detective Vince O’Malley’s most recent case penetrated even his protective shell. Ordered to take time off to recover, he can’t let go, and on his own, follows the clues to Holly’s small upstate NY town.

His presence stirs ghosts from the past, shadows of a little girl lost, the suspicions of some tight-lipped locals with secrets to hide, and more than that inside Holly’s fragile mind and untouched heart.

“Maggie Shayne's books have a permanent spot on my keeper shelf. She writes wonderful stories combining romance with page-turning thrills, and I highly recommend her to any fan of romantic suspense.” –New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Robards

Want more novels like this one? Look for SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON and WAKE TO DARKNESS, beginning in September 2013. Gingerbread Man includes an exclusive extended excerpt from SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON.

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From Publishers Weekly

After promising a distraught mother he'd find her missing children, Detective Vince O'Mally discovers their mutilated corpses in an abandoned house. Tormented by images of the horrific crime scene, Vince is forced to quit the case by his superiors and take a vacation. Instead, Vince heads to Dilmun, a small town in upstate New York, to follow up a seemingly insignificant lead. At the town's tiny police department, Vince meets Holly Newman, a pretty but troubled woman who has never recovered from losing her own sister to a child killer more than twenty years ago. Convinced the cases are connected, Vince pushes Holly to recall long buried memories; in the process, he falls in love with her. With a killer on their trail and another child's abduction augmenting their sense of urgency, Holly and Vince team up with the local police and the FBI to track down the killer. Shayne's (The Texas Brand, etc.) haunting tale is intricately woven, and her quirky supporting characters including a retired horror movie star, his mysterious young niece and an omnipresent Native American physician will capture the reader's sympathy. A moving mix of high suspense and romance, this haunting Halloween thriller will propel readers to bolt their doors at night.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Maggie Shayne is a national bestselling author who has appeared on the USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller lists. When she's not writing, she spends her time exploring the mysteries of the cosmos, reading Tarot, collecting crystals, and studying the customs and rituals of long-forgotten civilizations. She lives in upstate New York.

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  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0515131679
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  • Language: English
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118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Suspense in the Truest Sense October 3, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In a departure from the fantasy element of earlier novels, Ms. Shayne has delivered one of her best yet, a novel rich with spine-tingling mystery and an abundance of suspense.
Syracuse police detective Vince O'Mally oversteps the bounds of his profession and becomes too involved in his latest case. Two children are found murdered, and the only clue he discovers is an old library edition of THE GINGERBREAD MAN. That one clue leads him to Dilmun, New York, a small town on Cayuga Lake.
There, Vince encounters Holly Newman, last-known borrower of THE GINGERBREAD MAN, and secretary to the Dilmun Chief of Police. Vince and Holly's paths keep crossing, and he senses that she could provide a connection to his recent case. Holly, deftly portrayed as the fragile, yet strong heroine, can't decide whether she is attracted to or disturbed by the very forthright Vince.
Suddenly, many of Holly's old fears return as strange happenings grip the town of Dilmun leaving Holly and Vince in the eye of the storm. With a truly skillful manifestation of clues and possible suspects, the reader is kept guessing as much as any of the players. As Holly and Vince get closer to the truth and to each other, an eerily familiar series of events forces Holly to come to terms with her past. Can they catch the killer before it is too late?
In some novels, the suspense is over long before the book is finished. Not so in this case, as the answer to "who done it?" is made known when it should be, at the novel's conclusion. The nail-biting conclusion will leave readers white-knuckled for some time to come.
True romance readers won't be disappointed, either, as the love scenes become more memorable because they are not overplayed. With sizzling love scenes and suspense that just won't quit, Ms. Shayne has created a praise-worthy novel truly deserving of its classification as romantic suspense.
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91 of 104 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning. Suspense genre. Short sentences. Ahead. August 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm writing this for people who see a free kindle book with mostly 5 star reviews and are about to hit buy. Or for the people who, like me, got a few chapters in and came back to the reviews to see what they missed. I read plenty of books, some written well, but most average or worse. I do not read a lot of traditional suspense, so maybe that is why I find this writing so surprisingly awful. My husband assures me that many books of this genre are written like this; repetitive short sentences, atmospheric cliches -shadows follow the protagonist around like Pig-Pen's cloud of dirt-, and the feeling that this could double as a Lifetime movie script with very little tweaking. Please note that this book may be new to kindle, but it is not a new book. I admit it is my fault for not looking past the kindle store's publishing date, but really, Amazon, why do I have to double check on the website to find out the real date of first publication? If you are a suspense novel junky, this book is probably a good deal. If you prefer to only hear cop procedural cliches said with sardonic wit at the end of a Law and Order scene, read something else.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read! July 19, 2002
By Sophie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Gingerbread Man" by Maggie Shayne is a first-class romantic suspense novel that kept me completely captivated from start to finish. With a thrilling plot full of twists and turns and vivid and sympathetic characters, "The Gingerbread Man" is a book you don't want to miss.
Syracuse Detective Vince O'Mally made a promise he knew was a mistake. When the mother of two missing children made her umpteenth appearance in his office, Vince promised her he would find her son and daughter and bring them home. So when Vince and his partner follow up a tip on a bad smell coming from a run-down house, Vince is shattered when he finds the savaged bodies of little Bobby and Kara Prague. The only clue is a children's book hidden under the floorboards, "The Gingerbread Man", borrowed nearly twenty years ago from a library in a small town called Dilmun in upstate New York.
Vince is haunted by this case day and night, and when the FBI takes the case from the local police, Vince is furious. Concerned with Vince's run-down appearance and obsessive behaviour, the Syracuse Chief of Police orders Vince to either take a month long vacation or see the police psychiatrist for an hour a day until the shrink deems Vince okay. Unable to let this go, Vince takes the forced vacation, traveling to Dilmun to follow up on his only clue.
The small town of Dilmun, located on Cayuga Lake is a close-knit and quiet community. Upon his arrival Vince meets the beautiful and troubled Holly Newman, whose own sister was abducted and murdered twenty years ago while carrying the book "The Gingerbread Man", the very same book found in the house with Bobby and Kara Prague.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Run, run, fast as you can. You can't catch me, December 19, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm the gingerbread man!"
After giving a mother false hope for the return of her two children, Bobby and Kara Prague, detective Vince O'Mally becomes quite distraught after discovering them murdered in a old, dilapidated house in Syracuse. Through his search, however, he comes across a broken floorboard with a book called "The Gingerbread Man" hidden underneath it, which was last checked out at the Dilmun library in upstate New York. Thinking that it might be a possible clue to the crime scene at hand, he secretly stashes it away and continues his search for the killer, even after he's been taken off of the Prague case because of an extensive FBI involvement and because of letting himself get too emotionally attached to Sara Prague and her unfortunate mishap.
Vince O'Mally was prepared for just about anything (mainly due to low expectations of uncovering any incriminating evidence) but what he wasn't prepared for was Holly Newman: a young, fragile beauty with a falsified demeanor as her life was based upon daily habits and continual order. It's when he senses a dark secret suppressed within her carefully constructed facade that her step becomes unsteady as her course is thrown off by the unnerving curiousity of the "stranger" in town, whom is welcomed with a cold shoulder by the small town locals. He manages to weave his way into Holly's life however and steadily unearths a ghastly memory that has haunted her for years. A memory that had once pushed her to take numerous pills and seek ample amounts of therapy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the most frightening kind of monster is human
I have read several of Ms Shayne's vampire stories and really like them. This was quite different. Still excellent character development and plot movement. Read more
Published 3 days ago by William Sims
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okay Romantic Mystery
Maggie Shayne's "The Gingerbread Man" is a pretty good romantic suspense novel. The preliminary setup was quite well done and we understand from the start that Detective Vince... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Hapa Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't catch me!
A good suspenseful story with a small touch of romance for distraction. There are some great twists so that just when you think you've caught on to the answers the plot runs away... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kasj13
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Good start for mystery!
Awesome book. I loved it. Actually surprised me at the end. I pinned it on everyone but still kinda shocked me in the end. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Vanessa
3.0 out of 5 stars Gingerbread Man
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Published 26 days ago by BMW LADY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This author is new to me, but she really held my interest.
Published 26 days ago by poppy
3.0 out of 5 stars The book was good, but I did not like the ending
The book was good, but I did not like the ending. The subject bothered me and gave me nightmares. I am really sensitive though, so overall the book was good and the story line... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jaye L. Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read for Maggie Shayne fans. This one had me from start to finish!
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Sixteen-time RITA Award nominee, One-time RITA winner, former soap writer (Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) and New York Times Bestselling author Maggie Shayne published 61 novels for several major NY Publishers before launching her indie career on her own label, Thunderfoot Publishing, in 2014. That same year saw the release of her final title for Harlequin MIRA, DEADLY OBSESSION, book 4 of her award winning Brown and de Luca series of thrillers, and her first independent original novel, TWILIGHT GUARDIANS, spinning her Wings in the Night Series of vampire romances into part two, Wings in the Night: Reborn.

Maggie has released two western series on her indie label, and they are wildly popular. The Texas Brands Series, and the Oklahoma Brand Series. These two series have delighted more readers than anything Maggie has ever written, and if you like warm, small town, family oriented books, a lot of them with holiday themes, these are for you.

Maggie lives with her husband and soul mate Lance in a tiny town called Taylor (phone exchange: Truxton, mailing address: Cincinnatus, tax map: Cuyler. Smalltown folks understand!) in New York State's little known but sprawling and gorgeous dairy & wine country near the Fingerlakes region. Together they have a pair of Old English Mastiffs (Dozer & Daisy,) a chubby little bulldog (Niblet), an arrogant cat (Glorificus,) a come-lately cat who thinks he's a dog (Butters) and his mother, once we caught her, Luna aka Lulu, a saltwater reef aquariums and a life of utter contentment and joy.

Maggie has a fabulous team behind her. Her indie books, her contests and promotions, her newsletter, her indie cover art and tons more are handled by Jessica Lewis at The Author's Life Saver (.com)

Her proofreading line editing and copy editing for her indie works are handled by Jena O'Connor at Practical Proofing (.com).

She's represented by literary agent Eileen Fallon and her editor for most of the past 20 years at Harlequin was Leslie Wainger (who also has a book doctor business that's thriving on the side.) LeslieWainger-Bookdoctor (.com)

Her street team is headed up by the unsinkable Chelle Olson of Literal Addiction (.com)
Chelle also designs a lot of Shayne Swag at Chelle-Belle Designs.

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