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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420100505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420100501
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barton (The Murder Game) tangles a pair of reunited high school sweethearts in a fast-paced, intriguing plot. Eighteen months after Catherine Cantrell's husband, a respected minister, was burned to death before her eyes, Cathy is back in her hometown of Dunmore, Ala., struggling to make a new life for herself and her teenage son. Further gruesome deaths among the clergy send police detective Jackson Perdue, Cathy's first love, on a search for a serial killer. Barton cleverly interweaves the family lives and dark secrets of a range of religious leaders while convincingly portraying Jack and Cathy's slowly reviving love. The unwieldy cast of characters can be difficult to keep track of and several plot threads are left irritatingly unresolved, but the balanced and pleasing mix of romance and suspense will keep readers satisfied and looking forward to sequels. (Sept.)
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"Not for the faint of heart! Shocking and terrifying, it will chill you to the bone." Tess Gerritsen 'This gripping crime novel ... [is] not for the faint-hearted ... you'll be guessing until the very end.' Closer 'Barton cleverly interweaves family lives and dark secrets...the balanced and pleasing mix of romance and suspense will keep readers satisfied and looking forward to sequels.' Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An avid reader since childhood, Beverly Barton wrote her first book at the age of nine. Since then, she has gone on to write well over seventy novels and is a New York Times bestselling author. Beverly lives in Alabama in the U.S.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on August 25, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eighteen months ago, something terrible happened in the town of Dunmore. Catherine Cantrell and her pastor husband Mark were relaxing at home, when the doorbell rings. Mark heads to the door to answer it. Suddenly Cathy hears Mark screaming bloody murder. When Cathy arrives at the door, she finds Mark in the front yard engulfed in flames from head to toe.

Cathy has returned to Dunmore. she wants to put the past behind her and get on with her life with her son, Sean. There are two reasons why Cathy shouldn't have returned...one is named Jackson Perdue and the other is that there is a serial killer on the loose.

Jackson has also returned home to Dunmore. He has been offered a job working for the police department. His first case is stopping a serial killer. One that newspaper reporters have dubbed "Fire and Brimstone Killer", because the killer has taken it upon themselves to dish out God's punishment on clergymen who are anything but innocent.

It has been a little while since I have read a Beverly Barton novel. After reading her latest release Silent Killer, I am a 100% convinced that Mrs. Barton can not write a bad book. What I liked about this book is that even though there was clues given bit by bit of the identity of the killer, I still was comeplety surprised when the killer's identity was finally revealed. I love when this happens. This is hard to do as I am a big thriller fan.

There were some loose ends that involved some of the characters in the story. Luckily Mrs. Barton explained that this is because she has already been working on a new novel that will tie up all these loose ends. I can't wait. The killer may be silent but you don't have to by picking up a copy of this book to read for yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Verlen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2010
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I love the Powell Agency series and specifically the relationship between Griffin Powell and Nicole Baxter in the The Murder Game! The two have a few scenes in Silent Killer, but the book itself was a bit of a disappointment.

The story revolves around a mystery that has someone killing ministers by setting them afire. Cathy Cantrell is the wife of one of the first victims. After her husband Mark dies, Cathy ends up in a mental institution and her fifteen year old son goes to live with her in-laws. Now out and much stronger than she was before, Cathy comes home to claim her life and to get her son back from her husband's parents. Jackson Perdue is now a deputy sheriff is assigned the cold cases and together Cathy and Jack are thrown into a religious maelstrom of vengeance and religious fervor to find Mark's killer.

This book was too religious for me. Barton generally delivers a good mystery and this one fell flat. I guess the killer almost immediately and then had to endure the religious dogma to get to the end. There were a few loose ends also. For instance Cathy's husband Mark was killed because the killer saw him with another woman. Another minister is murdered because the killer believes he is a pedophile. Yet it is unclear whether either of these "reasons" were true.

This is definitely not one of Barton's best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agatha Girl on September 25, 2011
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I spent my hard earned money on this book being led to believe it was a mystery/thriller. It turns out to be a romantic novel/very slight thriller. I do not read romantic novels by choice and do not want to be tricked into buying them. Fabio should be on the cover. I do not need or want damsels in distress who are still passed off as strong women, "heaving breasts" and "throbbing members" in my mysteries. Will they or won't they rekindle their romance? Of course they will and who cares? Then there is the incest angle that runs throughout. A good mystery doesn't need this. I would not have chosen this book under any circumstances if it had been marketed the right way. Half way through I could not have cared less about whodunit and I was very reluctant to even continue. There are far too many writers who are passing themselves off as mystery writers these days. Tess Gerritsen who praised this book is one of them. Please put the books in the correct subject category. I can't read a third of the book before I buy it and I'm tired of wasting my money. The most I can hope for now is to trade it to the used book store. I certainly would not pass it on to any of my friends who enjoy a good book. A romance novel by any other name is still a romance novel. It also makes for one lame mystery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
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Losing her preacher husband to a violent fiery death was difficult enough; when another pastor is murdered in the same fashion, it sends Cathy Cantrell over the edge. After spending a year in a clinic recovering from a nervous breakdown, she's ready to regain custody of her teenage son Sean, but her in-laws are reluctant to let her spend time alone with him, let alone give up custody. Also returning to town is the guy she had a brief passionate affair with when she was a teen. Jackson Perdue has just taken a job as a deputy after his career in the military is cut short due to an injury. When they meet again, the same feelings are there, but both are reluctant to pick up where they left off. As Jackson is selected to investigate cold cases, he comes across the murder of Mark Cantrell and soon a third victim is killed and it's finally determined that a serial killer has targeted clergymen throughout the south. As the body count escalates, Jackson is fearful of the effect it will have on Cathy, as the two tentatively start to explore their feelings, much to her son's dismay.

Barton can always be counted on to craft a well written and suspenseful story laced with plenty of passion. She creates some really horrible monsters in her villains, and intersperses characters from previous novels into her storylines (usually with success). Her ability with a red herring is unsurpassed, as I continually second guess whodunit and usually come up wrong. There are a few loose ends that I would have liked to have had explained - such as Mark being the first victim because he was unfaithful, then I realized that the killer often misinterpreted the actions of the clergy before killing them.

I thought that there were too many sub-plots that ended up not being explored.
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