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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; First Edition edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044617856X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446178563
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this taut potboiler from Crandall (Promises to Keep, etc.), Philadelphia reporter Madison Wade moves to a quiet Tennessee town with her adopted son, Ethan, a tough street kid just starting to get his bearings. Madison is beginning a fledgling romance with the local sheriff, Gabe Wyatt when Ethan goes on a camping trip with his new friend, Jordan, and with Jordan's stepfather and a couple of other boys. The trip ends in tragedy: Jordan's stepfather dies; the evidence points to murder; all suspicion turns toward new kid Ethan. That the reader gets to see things from Ethan's viewpoint drains some of the tension from the plot, but the real drama, nicely turned, is among the adults in their attempts to trust one another. (June)
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'Prepare to be thoroughly captivated by Crandall's PITCH BLACK world!' - Karen Rose '...taut potboiler' - Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Indiana native Susan Crandall's breakout novel, Whistling Past the Graveyard will be released July 2, 2013. Her previous works have garnered national awards, including the coveted RITA(c). With the exception of seven years in Chicago, she's spent her entire life in her Indiana hometown. When not reading, writing or watching movies, Susan spends time with her husband, children and plethora of pets.

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Pitch Black is perfect for all romantic suspense lovers out there.
Yvette Crawford
Maddie, Gabe and Ethan become real to the reader, real enough that you're even more terrified when the unknown villain decides to make life difficult for them.
Karen White
Pitch Black is a suspenseful story that kept me guessing until its thrilling and dramatic end!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judy on June 24, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Crandall's Pitch Black takes a reader on a pulse pounding tale of suspense.

Madison Wade left the big city of Philadelphia to be the editor of The Buckeye Daily Herald. Maddie wanted to give her adopted teenage son a fresh start. Ethan hadn't had the easiest life until she took him into her home. Maddie wants Ethan to fit in and make friends in town so she agrees to let him go camping with a group of friends. When one the boys stepdad is killed on the camping trip, Maddie turns to new friend Sheriff Gabe Wyatt for help.

Gabe Wyatt has been pursuing Maddie for months. Just when he is making some headway with her, her son is the prime suspect in a murder. Gabe doesn't want to believe where the evidence is leading him but with Ethan keeping secrets, Gabe must look into all evidence.

Maddie takes matters into her own hands and hires an investigator. This cause the killer to up the ante and puts her and her son in grave danger

Pitch Black will keep you on the edge and wondering who is behind all the terror. The suspense is fined tuned and chilling. Gabe and Maddie's slow moving romance is funny and sensual. Susan Crandall has another gem on her hands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. on June 22, 2008
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I can't think of enough good things to say about Susan Crandall's romantic suspense, Pitch Black. The plotting was tight and the story fast-paced; I could tell I was in good hands from the opening sentences!

But I think Crandall's greatest strength is her ability to create satisfyingly complex characters with deep feelings, realistic relationships, and compelling motivations.

I didn't so much 'read' this book as inhale it! And I think I may already be hungry for more of what Susan Crandall writes so well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GinRobi on July 2, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought the book was great! Lots of suspense and wondering `whodunnit'. Mind you, I had an idea of who it was about halfway through the book, and even though my hunch was right, it was still good.

I liked the characters. Maddie is a strong woman with a mind of her own, goes along with her own personal drum and does the best she can with a teen who's been by himself too long. She manages to reach into Ethan in a way I don't think many can, with her `no bull' pact she makes with Ethan. Even though he was adopted, you could almost swear that Ethan was Maddie's son in every way/shape/form.

Ethan is your typical teenager, but there's more depth to him than what you'd expect. Seeing as you get snips of his past, you understand why he is the way he is, and I think he's a great kid.

Gabe is your typical sheriff who will do anything to protect those he cares about, even holding out facts until the very end. I loved the banter between Gabe and Maddie - much of it reminded me of my husband and myself, LOL! It was terrific!

I thought it was great and I believe I'll be picking up more from this author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Mississippi, when Mr. McPherson, the stepfather of one of her son's friends Jordon Gray, dies on a camping trip, Buckeye Daily Herald reporter Maddy Wade is worried about the effect on her adopted teenage son Ethan. Attracted to former Philadelphian Maddy, Sheriff Gabe Wyatt wants to help the mother and son become part of the community, but he steps back when he realizes the victim was murdered during the campout.

The four boys who went with McPherson are the suspects. When one the foursome dies in what appears at first to be a tragic coincidental accident, some evidence surfaces that makes Ethan the prime person of interest. Maddy believes her son is innocent and determined to prove it while she wonders if Gabe will help or hang Ethan.

The key to this deep regional romantic mystery is that the homicide investigation (mostly amateur sleuth, but some police procedural) takes front and center over the romance. Thus Gabe and Maddy may be in love, but the murders intrude on their relationship as he finds increasingly growing proof that the wild northern teenage transplant is a dangerous hood while she believes her Ethan is innocent. Susan Crandall provides a strong suspense tale as bias pays a key role on how everyone including his adopted mom decides Ethan's guilt or innocence.

Harriet Klausner
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By diva queen on June 14, 2014
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Could not put this book down! I loved it. Good story line and could relate to life! Just enough mystery to have you guessing!
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By Pam Metropolis on February 26, 2014
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It was a little predictable about half way through. After reading Whistling in the Graveyard, which was one of my favorite books I was a tad disappointed. Nevertheless, I think Susan Crandall is an excellent author and will continue to read all her books.
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By Dolores Madrid on December 23, 2013
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THIS is the first time that I have read a book by this author. I e enjoyed the book, it was a bit different than the books that I usually read. I will read her again.
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By Bella March on January 28, 2012
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After journalist Madison Wade adopts a troubled teen-aged boy, they leave the busy city life of Philadelphia for the quieter life of a small Southern town. Once there, Maddie becomes the editor of the town newspaper and settles into what she hopes will be a better life for her and her son, Ethan. Maddie even accepts the friendship of the local town sheriff, the sinfully handsome Gabe Wyatt, who brings out feelings in her that she thought long buried.

Violence, however, has a way of happening regardless of the location. Ethan is invited to go on a weekend camping trip with his best friend Jordan, Jordan's stepfather and two other school friends. While there, tragedy strikes and Jordan's stepfather is murdered. The only apparent witness to the crime is Jordan who is now in a catatonic state. This leaves many people in the town to suspect Ethan, a young "city" teen with a muddied past.

Maddie refuses to believe that her son is guilty. Trusting Ethan, she's determined to get to the bottom of the crime to clear her new son's name. One minute she's trying to collaborate with Gabe, pooling their investigative talents. The next moment their at odds with each other. She insists her son is innocent, while Gabe as sheriff has to look at all possibilities. Taking risks she might not normally make, Maddie vows to track the killer herself even when it puts herself in danger. Anonymous threats, sinister phone calls and harsh words from the townspeople all make Maddie wonder if she's the next target of a killer--until one dark evening when the threat looms larger than life and removes all doubt.

Susan Crandall has written a nail-biting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense with Pitch Black. Scenes whip by with razor's edge precision.
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