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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442189401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442189409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,945,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Originally from Massachusetts, Darcia Helle now writes in the sunshine of Florida. She lives with her husband, 4 spoiled animals, and a bunch of characters roaming through her head.

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Darcia Helle lives in a fictional world with a husband who is sometimes real. Their house is ruled by spoiled dogs and cats and the occasional dust bunny.

Suspense, random blood spatter and mismatched socks consume Darcia's days. She writes because the characters trespassing through her mind leave her no alternative. Only then are the voices free to haunt someone else's mind.

Join Darcia in her fictional world: http://www.QuietFuryBooks.com
The characters await you.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathy M. Smart on July 7, 2009
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Hit List has so many twists and turns it is sure to be a great read for anyone! An avid reader, I can usually figure the book out in the first three chapters. Not so with Hit List. This book kept me up reading until late in the night, then tying everything up with a blockbuster ending. If you read one book this year, make Hit List that book!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SillyMoose VINE VOICE on August 31, 2009
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Like everybody else, I have my favorite detective novel authors: Dan Brown, Anne Stuart, Robert B. Parker (only his first 10-12 books or so), Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, David Baldacci, Christine Feehan and a few others.
Those among you familiar with these authors can appreciate the mastery with which they craft their books. Most of the books written by them would get 10 out of 10 from me.
When I started reading "Hit List" by Darcia Helle, I quickly realized that this book is placing very high on my list. While no one can come close to Agatha Christie, James Lee Burke and Conan Doyle, she was standing tall right next to Robert Crais, Michael Connolly, Anne Stuart, Christine Feehan and Robert B. Parker.
It was definitely better than "Silver Falls", the last book by Anne Stuart, and right behind her famous Ice Series. Better than everything Parker wrote in the last seven years, and holding its own against Baldacci, Connelly and Sandra Brown.
The story is so well written, and it keeps you guessing until the very end. The characters are literary marvels, no clichés here. Dialogue is authentic, pace is great, there are little smart observations on life scattered throughout the text that make you think you and the author are old pals trading remarks about life over coffee.
My favorite part of it all is the plot: A woman living alone one day goes crazy! The parts of the book that we see out of her head are the best! Her grown son moves in to help take care of her. He resents it somewhat, it is hard to see mom reduced to a drooling idiot, but then it strikes him: What if she is not crazy? What if someone is really out to get her, watching her, planning revenge? He hires a private investigator Lucianna to find out.....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles S. Weinblatt on September 9, 2009
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Hit List is a thrilling story of suspense, intrigue and crime. Author Darcia Helle weaves an elaborate plot of murder, mental illness, passionate love and crooked cops. Revolving around a woman who is believed to be psychotic, Hit List is replete with action, anxiety and adventure. Helle carries the reader through a chilling escapade of crime, conspiracy, passion and homicide.

Ian's mother, Corrine, chanting and rocking, sometimes catatonic, appears to suffer from mental illness. She presents all of the mannerisms of psychosis and paranoid schizophrenia. Corrine's apparently irrational fears and free-floating anxiety seem to be the result of a ravaging psychosis. Or, are they? Only her son, Ian, believes that something might be amiss. He hires a beautiful, vivacious private investigator, Lucianna, to resolve the unanswered, bothersome questions. But, Ian soon finds himself infatuated with the voluptuous private eye.

Lucianna, gruff and all business on the outside, is fragile and vulnerable on the inside. Plagued by the murder/suicide of her own parents, Lucianna is compelled to determine the truth in the case of Corrine. All the while, she is drawn in by the allure of Ian. Something disturbing, deep within the story, draws Lucianna to the case. As she becomes emotionally involved with Ian, the two characters are enveloped first with passion and later with love. Surrounded by treachery and fear, they draw upon each other for strength. Add to the mix, a shady psychiatrist named Endicott, unethical, eavesdropping cops and a crime organization, bent upon eliminating anyone with potential knowledge of their illicit efforts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Lynch on September 9, 2010
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This book starts where mother seems to be losing her mind, forcing her son to move back home and wonder if he should put her into an institution. How can a parent go from "normal" to a babbling child hiding in a closet in just one day? Follow Ian along while he tries to save his mother, with therapists and a private detective agency. Trust me; this book takes you places you never expect to go. There are surprises all the way to the end. This is the first book of Darcia Helle I have read, and I promise you it is not the last! Pick this one up, you will not be disappointment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra McLeod Humphrey on August 17, 2009
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Although there's a little more violence than I usually like in my mysteries, this is still a great read! The plotting is WONDERFUL. Every time I think I know what to expect, Ms. Helle adds a new twist that takes me by surprise. Once I got into this book, I couldn't put it down!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacy L. Daniels on August 16, 2010
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Hit List if full of surprising plot twists and nerve racking suspense. Even though alternating between several different viewpoints, it was not confusing or irritating and served to further the plot and develop the characters. Ian's love for his mother was touching and I liked the fact that he refused to institutionalize her, but instead did everything he could to help her and to find out what caused her sudden insanity. Lucianna was a great character, smart and funny, and I liked how her relationship with Ian progressed. The author built the suspense slowly and everything was finally revealed in the end. Great dialogue, very realistic, excellent plot (there is a bit of language and some references to child prostitution, which is part of the part and is not explicit). I really hope there are more Lucianna stories in the future; especially with her Uncle Vinnie and his friends - they really know how to close a case.
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