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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420110195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420110197
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Stieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in Burton's taut, well-paced novel of romantic suspense. Eva Rayburn returns home to Alexandria, Va., after serving 10 years in prison for a crime she's not sure she committed--the murder of Josiah Cross--after the terrible night when Josiah, the ex-boyfriend of one of Eva's college sorority sisters, terrorized Eva and the other residents of their sorority house, branding each with a four-pointed star. Now, the women who survived are starting to die at the hands of a serial killer, who first brands each victim with a four-pointed star. Eva joins forces with Deacon Garrison, an Alexandria city homicide detective, to find the revenge killer. Despite their initial distrust, Deacon and Eva end up unable to fight the spark between them. Burton (Dead Ringer) surrounds her appealing protagonist with a strong supporting cast, including a largehearted bar owner, a ruthless crime reporter, and a self-preserving socialite. (Jan.) (c)
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About the Author

Mary Burton is the critically acclaimed author of I'm Watching You, Dead Ringer and Dying Scream - all set in Virginia, USA, where Mary lives with her family. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton has been intrigued by investigative work and the people who do it since Virginia, her home state, was stung by a string of serial killings that spanned more than twenty years. Not surprisingly, many of her suspense novels are fueled by the acts of multiple killers and the people who pursue them, as is YOU'RE NOT SAFE, which completes the trio of stories set in and around Austin she began with The Seventh Victim and continued with No Escape.

The author of twenty-one novels and three novellas, her earlier work includes I'm Watching You, Dead Ringer and Dying Scream, set in her home town of Richmond, and Senseless, Merciless and Before She Dies, set in Alexandria.

Mary's intensive research has led to meetings with key members of law enforcement, to seminars and classes, and to the firing range. She is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen's Academy, and has attended Sisters in Crime's Forensic University program and the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina.

A Richmond native whose family roots run as deep as the nation's, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She graduated from Virginia's Hollins University and had a career in marketing before deciding to write full time. Her first manuscript, a historical romance, was published in 2000.

She is a member of Thriller Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She travels often for signings, speaking engagements and other appearances. She is a frequent speaker regarding writing and genre fiction, and continues to present her "Unraveling Romantic Suspense" workshop and her day-long program "Writing Your Book...The First Step."

Mary is currently finishing work on her new suspense novel, Cover Your Eyes. The first of three thrillers set in Nashville, it is being published in November. In October her novella, A Ranger for Christmas, will be featured in the holiday anthology, Our First Christmas, along with works by Lisa Jackson, Mary Carter and Cathy Lamb.

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Good character development and interesting story.
SENSELESS has strong and compelling characters, along with the right mixture of mystery, romance and suspense.
I thought the plot was very interesting, with a few surprises and lots of suspense.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Gondelman on January 21, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eva Rayburn is in her late twenties (although she looks like she's 16). She's strong, incredibly smart, beautiful, tough, and an ex-con. Ten years earlier, while partying with her sorority sisters, Eva was raped and branded with a star-shaped pendant. A fire is set and she barely escaped with her life. Unfortunately (or depending on how you look at it, fortunately), her rapist, Josiah, dies in the fire, and Eva is convicted of killing him. She is fairly certain she did not kill Josiah, but she can't remember much about that night. Is she a cold-blooded murderer, or did she take the fall for someone else? The fact that her sorority sisters testified against her didn't help much either. Neither are the nightmares and bits and pieces of memories that keep coming back. But she is now trying to rebuild her life by, moving back to Alexandria where she was born and raised. She is working nights at a halfway house as an attendant, afternoons as a bartender, and in between as a process server. While she has grown close to King, (the bar owner who has a secret of his own), and his foster son, Bobby, (who has his own issues, as well), she still hasn't let her sister Angela know that she has been back in town for six months. A sister that she pushed away during her trial in order to protect her from Josiah's father, hell bent on making the person who took away his son suffer.

Now someone is killing Eva's former sorority sisters. Each time a body is found, it has the same star-shape branded into them. The killer leaves the body of the first girl at the halfway house where Eva works, torching the place to boot. Detectives Deacon Garrison and Malcolm Kier are assigned to the case.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Shetrone VINE VOICE on January 2, 2011
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I was pleased with this. It's labeled as a romantic suspense, but the romance happens fairly late in the book. That being said, I think it made it more believable, because we get the time to know Eva and Garrison and root for them to get together. Burton gives us a plot that's thorough without being overly complicated. She's also able to make us wonder about the true motives of almost every character, even those that should be solidly on the good side of things. I actually was unable to guess the true culprit, and that's a rarity for me. The only thing missing is a good sense of the setting. We know it's in Alexandria, since a great deal is made of it, but I can't say that I learned anything about Alexandria. It really could have happened anywhere. But overall, if you enjoy suspense this is a great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kansasyankee on December 28, 2010
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This book hooked me right off the start. Eva is an ex-con that can't remember if she murdered Josiah...the book keeps you wondering who is behind the recent killings of her old friends and why they are branded with a star. Detective Garrison is trying to find out what happend 10 years ago and how it plays in the murders now.
Can' wait for Merciless..the story of Eva's sister Angie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stars VINE VOICE on March 19, 2011
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Eva Rayburn was convicted of manslaughter at the age of seventeen. The police interrogated Eve for thirty-six hours. They coerced Eve into confessing to a murder that she had no memory of committing. When she was brought in, it was evident that she had been beaten and raped, with bruise marks over her entire body. Eve's sorority sister's boyfriend, Josiah Cross, had raped her. Three of Eve's sorority sisters testified in court that Eve killed Josiah and set the fire that burned down Kristen Hall.

After serving ten years in prison, Eve was released and moved back home to Alexandria, Virginia, to resurrect her life and put the pieces together about what had occurred the night of Josiah's death. Eve's memories are coming back; she recalled being drugged. She also recalled that it was one of her sorority sisters who drugged Eve's glass of wine.

Shortly after Eve's release from prison, the three sorority sisters who had testified against her were murdered, one by one. At first, homicide detective Garrison suspected that Eve may have had something to do with the murders. Garrison is attracted to Eve and believes that she was wrongly accused ten years ago by her sorority sisters.

When detectives Garrison and Kier went to question Eve's sister, Angie, whom she had not seen since she went to prison, they told Angie that her sister had been out of prison for six-months and living in Alexandria. This was news to Angie, because Eve had neglected to contact her. Angie, a defense attorney, is no stranger to Det. Kier, who hasn't forgotten how she led him while on the stand during Dixon's trial.

When released from prison, Eve lived at a halfway house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2011
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I really liked the character of Eva Rayburn. Being sent to prison at the tender age of seventeen for killing a local rich boy Josiah Cross who had beaten and raped her and forever imprinted her body with a burn in the shape of a 4-pointed star from a necklace she wore was an injustice no young girl should be forced to endure. Eva could never remember what happened the night Josiah was killed but her three "besties" (ummmm with friends like them - who needs enemies?) at the time testified against her and sealed her fate. Now ten years later and six months out of prison Eva's back on familiar turf in Alexandria with a new last name just trying to get her life back on track.

Eva may have been labelled an ex-con, but she never let that hold her back. She was determined and hard working holding down three jobs because she just wanted to earn enough money so she could go back to school. Eva was off the charts smart with a genius IQ and photographic memory...what she could of done with her life if she hadn't been set up all those years ago for a murder she didn't commit? Unfortunately bodies with the same 4-pointed star branded into their flesh start turning up and coincidence...I think not...they just happen to be the bodies of Eva's former "besties" (what goes around comes around girlfriend!).

Working the case is the delectable Detective Deacon Garrison and his partner Malcolm Kier. It doesn't take long for Detective Garrison to piece together that the bodies piling up are somehow related to Eva and her past. And given her past - she's not exactly off the list of likely suspects knocking off her former classmates. I just want to mention one niggle I had about how the author always referred to Deacon as Garrison and his partner as Malcolm (and not Kier).
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