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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Rep Rei edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345453832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345453839
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Regan Hamilton Madison is perfect. She’s gorgeous ("a knockout with those full, luscious lips, to say nothing about the soft curves and long legs") but doesn’t seem to be aware of it. She’s rich (her family owns a hotel empire), but as head of her family’s foundation, she spends her time giving money away. She even drives an old car. She doesn’t have a boyfriend, but she does have a stalker, a psychopath bent on killing her. Enter Alec Buchanan, a smart detective who just happens to be perfect himself. He’s gorgeous, "scruffy…sexy…he had impeccable manners, was obviously well-educated, and had a sense of humor." And he doesn’t have a lover either. Regan draws up the titular murder list at the request of a guru/messiah who preys on "rich but lonely vulnerable women" (it’s supposed to be cathartic) and who is the villain of a subplot. Although Regan is much too nice to want to murder anybody, she whimsically makes a list of the people she’d like to remove from her radar screen. When the people on Regan’s list begin to die, though, the plot moves into high gear. By that time the reader is pages ahead of the clearly telegraphed plot developments, and even the real mysteries—why Regan? who is the psycho killer?—are solved by the reader long before the characters see the light. Bestseller Garwood (Killjoy, etc.) has her shining moments, but she serves up a predictable woman-in-peril suspense novel this time around.
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There are few authors who can weave nail-biting thrills, edge-of-your-seat drama, and romantic suspense as masterfully as Julie Garwood. Now she ratchets up the tension with Murder List, in which evil is on the hunt– and proves to be methodically organized and chillingly successful.

When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime position with the FBI, it is the perfect opportunity to leave the Windy City and follow in his brothers' footsteps to the top echelons of law enforcement. But first he must complete one last assignment (and one that he is not too happy about): acting as a glorified bodyguard to hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison. The gorgeous exec has become entangled in some potentially deadly business. Someone has e-mailed her a graphic crime-scene photo–and the victim is no stranger.

Regan suspects that the trouble started when she agreed to help a journalist friend expose a shady self-help guru who preys on lonely, vulnerable women. In fact, the smooth-as-an-oil-slick Dr. Lawrence Shields may be responsible for the death of one of his devotees, which was ruled a suicide. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar.

At the gathering, the doctor persuades his guests to partake in an innocent little "cleansing" exercise. He asks them to make a list of the people who have hurt or deceived them over the years, posing the question: Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist? Treating the exercise as a game, Regan plays along. After ten minutes, Shields instructs the participants to bring their sheets of paper to the fireplace and throw them into the flames. But Regan misses this part of the program when she exits the room to take a call–and barely escapes a menacing individual in the parking lot.

The experience is all but forgotten–until the first person on Regan's list turns up dead. Shock turns to horror when other bodies from the list start to surface, as a harrowing tango of desire and death is set into motion. Now brutal murders seem to stalk her every move–and a growing attraction to Alec may compromise her safety, while stirring up tender emotions she thought she could no longer feel. Yet as the danger intensifies and a serial killer circles ever closer, Regan must discover who has turned her private revenge fantasies into grisly reality.

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Customer Reviews

Unfortunately I found the book lacking in story line, character development and just boring.
N. Hughes
As I was reading the book I was surprized on how little things had progressed as I was getting to the end of the book.
Ronnie
A fabulous read great characters, so well written with the right amount of mystery and suspense / romance.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Book Reader on October 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Being a first time reader of Julie Garwood's books, I thought that this novel was both interesting and captivating, as well as exciting and romantic. The main character has a definite dramatic silly side to her, which most girls can relate to! Unlike many others reviewing this book, I haven't read Garwood's historical romances, so I am not sure how it compares to those. However, if one preferred historical romances, I can understand why they would give this book a poor review. It is exciting and modern and takes place in a very cosmopolitan setting. My preferred reading material is either murder mysteries or modern and light-hearted, bordering on funny, romances. This book did a great job fulfilling both my criteria for a good book and I would recommend it to anyone with similar interests. The characters have great, distinctive personalities, there are a lot of places where the killer could be hiding, the main character has an amusing family, and last but not least, the hero is enough to make a woman weak in the knees... at least if you have as active of an imagination as I do. I hope others have the pleasure of reading this book, and base its merit on what it is, not what the author's past books have been.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Lucas on September 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love Julie's historical romance and it took awhile before I adapted to her romantic suspense writing. I found 'Murder List' to be an enjoyable read and not 100% perdictable in the suspense areas. The friendships and characteristics of the characters where enjoyable and the dialog is always my favorite part of any book. It is fun to not have a perfect heroine but one who developes and grows throughout the book. If you like "Killjoy" by Garwood you should like this one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Matteson VINE VOICE on March 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy reading Julie Garwood and enjoyed this book in spite of the lack of true mystery in one sense of the word. The reader knows who the sociopath is from the beginning. Regan and Alec make a good pair and the setup of her as a "crybaby" through the telling of Regan and her best friends, Cordie and Sophia, meeting in kindergarten to deal with a bully. I too had that nickname in elementary school and I think throwing up on a bully would have been a great thinig to have happened!! Her brothers though teens then did give her pretty good advice.

The trouble is that once she is an adult -- a rather naïve one at that -- her brothers are still trying to control her. When she is with her friends, Regan seems the most believable. I do not think she is a wimp, however, but gets her way through more subtle means.

The Murder List is a great idea and I don't want to spoil how that all comes about. The self-styled guru, Dr. Shields, is also a common type and I loved seeing what happens to him.

A fun but light read!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on September 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge JG fan, which is the main reason why I give this book 3 stars. I have read all of her books and could hardly wait to read this one but half way through the book I had to stop and ask myself "what is this book really about?". It wasn't a painful read but it just seemed so unfocused. Was it a love story between the 2 main characters?, was it a story about friends trying to expose a fraud?, was it a story about a serial killer?, was it story about family relationships? There were alot of story lines going on but they were not tied together very well. To top it off the brother whose action was the root of the main story line was not even developed in the book, only mentioned.

I am still a JG fan but I hope the next book will be back up to the 5 star standard.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Natalie7 on September 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Oh wow, this is painful to write. I never thought that I would give a Julie Garwood book a 3! To me Julie Garwood and 3 stars do not belong in the same sentence. All of her other books are 5's to me! Anyway, like many others I have been waiting for this book for at least a year now. I couldn't wait for August 31 to arrive. I even took the day off from working and studying just so I could sit back, relax, and enjoy my favorite author's new novel.

First off, it wasn't horrible. In fact, if this was to be the first Julie Garwood book for you to read, then you would probably enjoy it. I would definately encourage anyone who is a fan of romance/suspense books to buy it. However, it definately lacks the "magic" that her previous books have and so current Garwood fans may find that this book doesn't stand up to her past best sellers.

I too felt that most of the book was based on the psychiatrist and the chase that Sophie and Cordie were executing. Very little "sparks" between Alec and Regan. You just didn't feel that instant and strong chemistry that is usually there at first meeting between the heros and heroines. And very good point about Walker not even appearing in the book. Only mention of him and yet the major point of the "suspense" was based on him.

And I'm sorry, but I don't even see how it is possible that a Julie Garwood contemporary romance/suspense book can be considered complete without Noah at least making an appearance towards the end of the book (as in Killjoy). I mean come on, he is what brings the humor and the major hearthrop, melt in your mouth, give me the hots kind of hunk that is a necessity to any book associated with the romance genre.
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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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