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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345453816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345453815
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FBI profiler Avery Delaney has a case that really hits home: she must track down Aunt Carolyn, the woman who raised her, who has disappeared on her way to the spa.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When it comes to gripping novels of unrelenting suspense, Julie Garwood is in a class by herself. In the course of her career, she has mastered the art of creating characters who live and breathe in compelling, page-burning stories that never fail to surprise. As her legion of fans can attest, she strikes the perfect balance between excitement and insight, action and heart. Now, in this breathless new novel, Garwood has written her most electrifying thriller to date.

KILLJOY

Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was eleven, she witnessed her grandmother?s violent death, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.

Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.

Avery?s workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her (hopefully soon-to-be ex) husband sent her the gold embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, not to mention a networking extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for the two weeks of luxury and decadence.

But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false pretenses, she is taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor, and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn?and outmaneuver a brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

It was fast paced and a very enjoyable read.
Cindylouwho
Maybe it's just that I don't particularly like this style but I thought it was a bit too cheesy for my taste.
"kchaos"
The story is well plotted and the character development is also well done.
Kristi Ahlers

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on December 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Garwood first hooked me with her charming historical novels such as the Secret, and Saving Grace. She has since moved on to pen the Romantic Suspense and Killjoy is the third in a series that began with Heartbreaker, and then was followed by Mercy.
Killjoy is the story of Dr. Mike's (heroine in Mercy) bother John Paul. In this story the killer for hire Monk plays a large part in the story. You will remember him from Mercy as well. If you have not read the previous two books that is ok this story still manages to stand alone. This story is fast paced but it is more supsense and on the edge of your seat reading with a little romance on the side. This seems to be more of a mainstream novel then romance so fans of Ms. Garwood may be a little disappointed by this. I found that the lack of romance was not a bad thing and made the romance between John Paul and Avery more believable since they were not falling into bed right away. The story is well plotted and the character development is also well done. The secondary story and characters add to the telling of the story instead of detracting from it. All in all this is a very strong novel and worth the time it takes to read.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Killjoy is another treat for Garwood's fans. For many of us, making the leap with Garwood from historical romantic suspense to contemporary romantic suspense was a bumpy transition with her first effort, Heartbreaker. Mercy was much better, and I was expecting more stories featuring the Buchanan Brood. I was pleasantly surprised to meet some new characters in Killjoy and learn more about an enigmatic character from Mercy.
Avery Delaney, the heroine of Killjoy, is a very likable FBI analyst, who has overcome a troubled past. John Paul Renard, the hero, has his own demons and is desperately in need of someone like Avery in his life. Readers will remember John Paul, the mysterious older brother of Dr. Mike from Garwood's previous contemporary, Mercy. After meeting him in that book, I was interested in finding out where this cynical man's story might go. I was glad with the direction in Killjoy.
Readers will also be pleased to see old friends, like Noah Clayborne, and catch up on the folks in Bowen, LA, but don't expect a repeat of Mercy's down home, bayou vibe. Set in and around the fashionable Aspen, CO mountains, Killjoy has as many twists and turns as the roads and rivers described in the book.
Garwood's well on her way to a dual career in contemporary and historical romantic suspense.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer French on May 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Like many other reviewers on here, I've been a long time fan of Ms. Garwood. Her historical romances are fun, warm, and loving. Once you read "The Secret" or "The Bride," you don't forget the characters.
Over the past three years, Ms. Garwood has gone away from this genre, and into suspence-romance. At first, I was excited. One of my favorite authors was branching out to find a larger audience. However, I bought her first novel "Heartbreaker" and was greatly disappointed. I wasn't going to give up on her though. I bought "Mercy" and thought, this was a little better. Finally, there's "Killjoy."
"Killjoy" is really a story about the heroine's mother, Jilly. This book should have been titled "Jilly's Revenge." The time and effort spent to her was vast, compared to that of the hero in the book. John Paul, who we first met in "Mercy," was not given fair justice in this book. His military background was not explained fully. We understand what initially drove him to move back home, but we don't understand why it took that last assignment to do so. Also, it is unclear how this individual "loner" guy falls in love with someone very opposite of himself.
Overall, "Killjoy" is an okay novel. It isn't the great Ms. Garwood we've had in the past. If you are just getting into Ms. Garwood, I would recommend her earlier work first. Start with "The Secret" and skip these contemporary novels.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Curious George on November 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am a Julie Garwood fan and have read all of her books. Killjoy is the 3rd of her series including Heartbreaker and Mercy. The main man in this book is John Paul, the brother of Dr. "Mike" from Mercy. The storylines from the previous two books are continued in Killjoy, however, it can be read as a stand-alone.
Garwood is a fabulous writer. Once you start one of her books it is difficult to put it down. In my opinion, Killjoy was not as good as her other books. I had been anxiously awaiting a book with John Paul and this didn't live up to my expectations. None of her books are bad, but this just didn't grab me the way her other books did. I reccomend you wait until it comes out in paperback. Don't spend the money on hardback.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Caryn Cash on November 4, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Julie Garwood writes good suspenseful books like Killjoy. I read it in four days, I could not put it down. The characters and the situations they found themselves in are really well written. And I agree with one of the other reviewer's about having Noah Clayborne as the main character in a novel, I would definately buy that one as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on January 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The tension and action is still in abundance in Garwood's third Buchanan installment, "Killjoy." John Paul Renard, who was a minor character in the last novel gets his own story, providing background into why he was so apprehensive of the government and became a recluse.

Avery Delaney is the daughter of Jilly, a truly evil sociopath. Abandoned and raised by her grandmother and aunt Carrie, Avery was left for dead when Jilly's lover killed her grandmother. She managed to survive, though filled with scars, and put him behind bars. Jilly apparently perished in a car accident and escaped punishment. Avery moved to LA with Carrie, who is now a high powered talent agent.

Now an FBI analyst, Avery discovers that Carrie never arrived at the Colorado spa retreat where they were supposed to meet. She is accosted by sexy John Paul, who's tracking the elusive hit-man Monk (last seen killing the arrogant ringleader of the infamous "Sowing Club" from Garwood's "Mercy"). He has tracked Monk to Carrie, also missing are two other women who have no apparent link to Carrie.

Soon they discover that the money behind Monk's latest job is feral mom Jilly, who faked her death, and now is wreaking havoc in a misguided attempt to get justice for her former lover who's rotting in jail because of Avery's testimony. Joining forces and falling in love while on the run eluding Monk, Avery and John Paul unravel the mystery with the aid of charismatic FBI agent Noah Clayborne, who always steals the show, adds humor to the storyline.

Garwood's latest installment in the Buchanan mysteries is an action-packed, suspense-filled romantic romp through the mountains of Colorado. The two protagonists are perfect foils for each other.
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Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Hotshot, Sweet Talk, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.
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