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A vengeful ex-wife appears to have returned from the dead to stalk her ex-husband in this gripping thriller from bestseller Jackson (Absolute Fear). Former LAPD detective Rick Bentz has rebuilt his life with a happy marriage and new career with the New Orleans police 12 years after divorcing his unfaithful first wife, Jennifer, who subsequently died in a car crash. After a freak accident in a lightning storm that left his temporarily paralyzed, Rick starts seeing Jennifer's ghost. When Rick receives an anonymous package mailed from Culver City, Calif., containing recent photos of a woman resembling Jennifer, he goes to California to investigate. In L.A., the Twenty-one killer, who strangles identical twins on their 21st birthday, resurfaces. Rick's last unsolved L.A. case involved victims of this serial killer. Jackson heightens the creep factor by including the viewpoint of a character whose hatred for Rick for past wrongs inspires another extreme killing spree. (Apr.)
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Rick Bentz is lucky to be standing on two feet, even with a crutch. Severely injured in an accident, he is itching to be back at his desk in the New Orleans Police Department Homicide Unit. After he left the Los Angeles Police Department with his reputation in tatters, he was fortunate enough to find a new home in New Orleans, but ever since the accident, things with his new wife haven’t been the same. And Bentz is experiencing sightings of his long-dead ex-wife. After a copy of her death certificate—emblazoned with a question mark—arrives in the mail, he heads cross-country to find out what exactly is going on. As he delves deeper into the mystery, not only does he rekindle ill will among his former colleagues but the sightings become more numerous, and soon after he interviews his ex-wife’s closest confidants, they end up murdered. Bentz is the classic flawed detective whose emotions are real enough to feel, and best-selling Jackson cranks up the suspense to almost unbearable heights in her latest tautly written thriller, one that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. --Maria Hatton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Bentz/Montoya Novel (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821779400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821779408
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 NYT and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Jackson started writing after her sister read an article in TIME Magazine in 1981 about how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. Both Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bush, began their writing careers right then, and lo, these many years later Lisa has published seventy-five plus novels and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker VINE VOICE on May 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
New Orleans detective Rick Bentz is seeing his ex-wife, Jennifer, everywhere. The problem is that Jennifer died in LA twelve years earlier. Bentz knows it's not his imagination, but how could Jennifer be alive? He's the one that identified her body. After receiving an envelope with recently dated photos of Jennifer or someone that's a dead ringer for her, taken in LA looking alive and well, Bentz is off to LA to find out who is messing with him and why.

Malice is the sixth book in Lisa Jackson's New Orleans series. I'm usually a stickler for reading a series in order, but I won a copy of the book and had a time limit to read it and answer some questions. Even though I had not read any of the first five books, I didn't feel like I was missing anything. There was just enough back story for each character for me to feel like I knew them, but not so much that it interfered with the flow of the story. The characters were very well developed. The story was fantastic, fast paced, and filled with suspense. I thought I knew who the culprit was, but I ended up surprised. I always love it when I'm surprised by a suspense/thriller novel because so many of them follow the same pattern and you end up feeling like you've read it a hundred times before. I didn't feel that way with Malice. I've already picked up the first book in the series and hope to get started on it soon.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By KKM on September 6, 2007
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Well, this does it for me. I have no idea what's happened, but a fantastic series just went down the drain. Now I have to wonder who exactly was writing it in the first place, because this is NOT the author I read five years ago. What an absolute mish-mash of junk. HORRIBLE, juvenile, writing style . No point even reviewing the plot. What a shame.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eager Reader on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was not my first Lisa Jackson book, an author I've enjoyed in the past. However, it was my first Rick Benz book. I thought the entire book was just tiresome! If Ms Jackson had done a "word search" or more accurately a "phrase" search, I think she would have realized that she overworked "what am I doing here?", "why am I doing this" a few dozen too many times. And how many times did Rick ask himself, "Did I imagine this?" There was little to explain why Olivia would have tolerated his (in my opinion) insulting behavior toward her by basically leaving her to go chase his ex. Obviously all of his sexual thoughts were centered on Jennifer, not his wife. I also wondered why nearly every person that knew Rick, other than his colleague in the NOPD, and Jonas Hayes, didn't really seem to care for him. And It wasn't long before I really didn't care about him either... Or the book. I found myself hoping that Olivia would escape and dump Benz.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Jenkins on March 10, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read a great deal and rarely want to put a book down before I have finished it..but Malice was one that I had to push through because I felt like I should finish a book when I start it..Ms Jackson repeated and repeated and repeated the condition and situation of the main character to the point that I would skip over the paragraphs over and over..the story was drawn out and I could not wait to finish the fact 3/4 of the way through it I began to serioously skip the pages..
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Waterman on April 6, 2008
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My dismay at the loss of an intelligent, witty mystery series has been tempered by the amusement that comes from how comically bad it has become.

"Malice" is filled with conspirators and mystic happenings. The bands of conspirators include powerful descendents of Celtic smugglers; the Russian Mafia; a band of liberty-loving Constitutionalists; Mole People; Chechen and Islamic terrorists; Basque separatists; a secret federal spy unit; amateur forensic experts; White Supremacists; and a corrupt collegiate athletic association. Where's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

Lucy's dreams and visions while under the influence of peyote drive the plot. A prophecy-quoting homeless guy appears on cue. Totemic owls lead to the victim.

There is enough mayhem and derring-do to stock an Austin Powers film. Attempted garroting, roof-stop struggles, a hijacked ferry-boat, ambushes, Mole People battling terrorists, speedboat interceptions, bombings and fiery death.

Yet despite the thrills, the entire clanking machinery rests on one wafer-thin premise - a minority senator's call for Congressional hearings causes a powerful secret society to fear it will be revealed.

That possibility spurs the conspirators to plan an assassination before millions of witnesses at the climax of the St. Patrick's Day parade.

It made me laugh out loud. Since when does a minority congressman's call for investigation get taken that seriously?

Talk about low stakes - it's like the false rape in "Fury" where the crook suborns perjury and allows herself to be sexually battered, all to get a Master's degree in English.

The foiling of the plot is equally thin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on October 16, 2010
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If you are looking for a suspenseful novel with characters you will care about, do yourself a favor and read one of Faye Kellerman's early books (e.g., The Ritual Bath, Sacred and Profane). The only interesting slaying that happens in Malice is Jackson's masterful murder of her own story.

While the premise of the book is intriguing, Jackson kills any excitement the plot could generate. Jackson's characters are thinly drawn and two-dimensional. She fails to address her characters' psychological conflicts at a deep level, and chooses instead to focus on silly plot twists and exhausting detail about her characters' physical surroundings.

Jackson may want to take a note from Twain and write a book in which the "weather" is presented in an appendix, in order to focus on the critical elements of her story.

I wanted to like this author's work. Unfortunately, I don't know if I have the heart to read another one of Jackson's books regardless of her "New York Times' Bestselling Author" status.
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