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Starred Review. Carefully orchestrated plot twists and engrossing characters combine in Ellison's explosive third Lt. Taylor Jackson investigation (after 2008's 14). Nashville homicide investigator Taylor is called to the scene of a disturbing murder: beautiful, pregnant Corrine Wolff, brutally beaten in front of her young daughter. Signs point to Corinne's husband, Todd, but Taylor has her doubts. When she learns that the Wolffs were making and distributing amateur pornography, other investigators in her office turn up old X-rated footage of Taylor that could destroy her career and her engagement to FBI agent John Baldwin. Meanwhile, an old enemy of John's has resurfaced and is intent on revenge. The story moves at breakneck speed, seamlessly flowing from Taylor's world into John's until they intersect for electrifying results. Flawed yet identifiable characters and genuinely terrifying villains populate this impressive and arresting thriller. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778326292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778326298
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including When Shadows Fall, Edge of Black, and A Deeper Darkness, and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Her work has been published in over twenty countries. Her novel The Cold Room won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original and Where All The Dead Lie was a RITA® Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense. She lives in Nashville with her husband. Visit JTEllison.com for more insight into her wicked imagination, or follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or Facebook.com/JTEllison14.

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Amazing character development Plot twists and turns keep up interest.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. G. Ritts on December 30, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
JUDAS KISS is the third in Ms. Ellison's Taylor Jackson series. Each of the books has built comfortably on the previous ones (ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS and 14) and gotten better. The voice is clear and the plotting first rate. There are enough twists to keep any thriller reader engrossed, and the release of information to the reader about the killer occurs at the most interesting moments.

I am trying to figure out why this author doesn't have a hardback publishing contract yet. Her stories are well worth the time invested. JUDAS KISS is a definite sit down and read it all at once, and also a read it slowly so it doesn't end too soon. Highly recommended -- as I would all J.T. Elllison's books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Driskell on January 23, 2009
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I don't read too many new books (I spend much of my time in books written before my time) but stumbled upon JT Ellison's "All The Pretty Girls" last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. When "14" came out, I devoured it as well. As you might imagine, I was waiting on "Judas Kiss" and--man, oh man--it did not disappoint. While there are many common threads with her previous books, including the protagonist Taylor and the venerable Dr. Baldwin, this book crackles with an excitement and magnitude that makes the reader know that Ellison is onto something special. Reading "Judas Kiss" reminded me of when I first read "The Firm" and "Chiefs"--my first exposure to Grisham and Woods. I remember knowing, about halfway through each book, that the author was going to do great things. "Judas" gave me the exact same feeling.

Prepare yourself for a thrill ride of scares, turn-ons, shockers and twists--you will not want to put it down. It's not too short, not too long. And if you have the time, you'll read it in two days like I did. I hope you enjoy it as much as me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By book_junkie35 on January 14, 2009
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Well developed characters and perfect pacing make this book impossible to put down. Ellison's writing gets tighter and stronger in each installment in her series---and this is without question my favorite so far!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on January 17, 2009
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On a day in early Spring in Nashville, Tennessee, in a brief prologue the reader "sees" Corinne Wolff, lovely, athletic, 26-year-old mother of a beautiful little toddler and seven months pregnant, being bludgeoned to death by a raging killer, apparently her husband, the reader is led to believe. The question of whether that is the correct assumption, however, is not soon resolved. A police investigation is launched, headed by homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson, during the course of which some startling evidence is discovered, with enormous and very personal and professional consequences for Taylor, as well as calling into question the seemingly perfect life of the victim I couldn't help but agree with Taylor, of whom the author says: "It took a lot to shock her. This qualified." And in the background a malevolent presence hovers.

Taylor has a complex back story: She is thirty-five years old, nearly six feet tall, engaged to Dr. John Baldwin, Acting Director of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. She has been on the force for 13 years, the last five in homicide, during which she has had her throat slashed by a suspect, been kidnapped on what was supposed to be her wedding day; and has had to arrest her own father, who had been into money laundering and human trafficking. Plus she has had to shoot her former lover to save her own life.

A key element of the plot is a top-secret covert organization whose very existence and purpose seems less than credible. But as the plot heats up a willing suspension of disbelief becomes easier as the tale inexorably drew me in with some startling twists and turns building up the suspense along two different avenues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on December 29, 2008
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Amazingly, I had never heard of J.T. Ellison before reading this book. After I googled her, I discovered that she has quite a nice selection of books and all appear to have been highly rated.

In Judas Kiss, we find our main character Taylor Jackson back again! She is a tough homicide lientenant and she is called to a particularly gruesome murder scene - one worthy of a media frenzy. The body of a young, pregnant woman by the name of Corinne Wolff is found - lying right next to her toddler, who is thankfully very much alive. So, who killed this young, healthy woman??

After some investigating, it appears that our victim, Corinne was involved in a porn ring. Little does Taylor know that this victim is also connected to another case - one being handled by Taylor's love interest Baldwin.

As Taylor becomes personnally involved in the porn ring investigation, in more ways than she cares to admit, long-held secrets will be revealed, threatening to shatter all that is dear to her.

I really loved this author. She has a way of writing the storyline that kept me holding my breath and I didn't even realize I was doing it! There are twists and turns that I never saw coming and the plotline is intricate enough to have kept me guessing.

I am thrilled that I have found a new author and look forward to going backwards to read all of Ellison's books.
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