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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439192634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439192634
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It’s assassin vs. assassin in the fourth chapter of Estep’s outstanding Elemental Assassin series. Gin Blanco is one the most intriguing heroines on the scene today. As the action heats up, Estep thoughtfully reveals additional aspects of Gin’s character, showcasing her evolution. If you have not gotten on the Gin bandwagon yet, do so today!"
- Romantic Times, Top Pick! (4 1/2 stars)

“Estep has truly hit the jackpot with this outstanding series!” —Romantic Times

“Gin is an assassin to die for.” —Adrian Phoenix, author of Etched in Bone

About the Author

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider’s Revenge, By a Thread, Widow’s Web, Deadly Sting, Heart of Venom, The Spider, and Poison Promise, along with the e-shorts Thread of Death, Parlor Tricks, and Kiss of Venom, are the other titles in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series are her other works. For more on Jennifer and her books, visit JenniferEstep.com and @Jennifer_Estep.

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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER'S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER'S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, WIDOW'S WEB, DEADLY STING, and HEART OF VENOM.

THREAD OF DEATH and KISS OF VENOM, both e-novellas, are also available.

THE SPIDER, book #10, will be released on Dec. 24.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington.

Books in the series are TOUCH OF FROST, KISS OF FROST, DARK FROST, CRIMSON FROST, and MIDNIGHT FROST. KILLER FROST, the sixth and final book in the series, will be released on Feb. 25, 2014.

FIRST FROST, a prequel e-story, is available, as is SPARTAN FROST, an e-novella.

Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. Books in the superhero-themed series are KARMA GIRL, HOT MAMA, JINX, and NIGHTINGALE.

A KARMA GIRL CHRISTMAS, an e-novella, is also available.

Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer's books can be found at http://www.jenniferestep.com.

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Yasen Nedkov on April 27, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I find myself a bit at a loss how to start this review. There are two ways to approach this book after reading it - glass half full or glass half empty. I'll give you both and you can decide for yourself which fits you best (that was my intention starting the review, didn't work out quite like that. Sorry).

The book is pretty straightforward - the cast is formed by our plucky neighbourhood assassin Gin, her cadre of sidekicks, a classic villain and a damsel in distress. Those combine in the predictable way to ensue a pinch of chaos, action and drama. After some (but not too much) ado the heroine is triumphant, the villain is defeated and even the damsel is still a damsel and in considerably less distress. All good and proper, exactly as expected. Yep. The only problem is that brief outline of the plot I just made is not a brief outline. It is the plot. In its entirety. Mostly the same things form the plots of any similar book but authors are constantly looking for new ways to mix the old ingredients so as to make their books if almost never innovative, then at least sometimes exciting. Introducing such things as a twist to a character or two, a wrinkle in the plot, some mystery as to the outcome or at least a bit of humour to brighten the narrative. Not here. The plot is so wrinkle free you can golf on it. There is nothing to surprise or excite you in the plot of this book. All that is going to happen is made obvious from the start and doesn't deviate from its set course one bit during the book.

As for the characters - we can separate them in two distinct sets - old and new ones. The new ones are just two and one is the villainous villain LaFleur.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ellyn Beale on May 3, 2011
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Half the book is rehashing old information! I like the characters but, good grief, enough of going over everything again and again. I will not be buying the next book.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kale on April 24, 2011
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Your friendly neighborhood assassin is back. But unfortunately for the Spider, there's a new hired hand on Mab's payroll. Renowned assassin LaFleur has come to Ashland, and her number one priority is Gin.

Gin Blanco, humble restaurateur by day, semi retired killer by night, has declared war on Ashland's reining mobster, Mab Monroe. Gin aka the Spider has been systematically taking out low level minions in Mab's organization working her way up to the queen bee. Gin's constant challenge of Mab's authority has the finest sharks in Ashland smelling blood in the water. Frustrated and trying to maintain her hold on the city's underworld, Mab's next move is crucial. Enter Elektra LaFleur. An extremely efficient assassin, and electric elemental, dead set on eliminating the now notorious Spider.

Oh, what Tangled Threads are weaved, but not just on the war front. Estep is taking things a bit further in Gin's love life. Sexy Owen Grayson is making his presence known and quickly finding a place in not only Gin's heart but the readers with his understanding, and determination to stick. No matter how hard Gin tries to shake him. Gone are the days of Detective Caine, but the scars he imposed remain, making Gin all the more skittish. Add in Blanco's tentative relationship with her long lost baby sister Bria, and Gin might make that child size crack in the wall behind the Pork Pit big enough for her adult self to crawl into.

But the Spider's going to have to come out of hiding because LaFleur has added a couple of names to her death list: Spider, Detective Bria Coolidge, and Gin Blanco. With her duel identities in jeopardy Gin might not have the luxury of keeping her secret alter ego intact.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mcfynnan on April 29, 2011
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While I enjoyed the first 3 books, they became increasingly predictable, redundant reviews of past with increasingly idiotic moves by the characters. For example, it's ridiculous how such a supposedly genius intelligence gatherer as Finn makes such incredibly stupid mistakes like trusting information dropped by a bartender he knows is suddenly giving everyone the same tip who walks into his bar. This is not the first or second time Finn has done something like this. There are only 2 things more stupid, the obvious plans Gin makes and the villains for falling into them...No, my mistake, there are also the plans the villains make which Gin nearly falls into except by the skin of her incomparable (actually obvious, basic, seen in many movies) skills learnt from her deceased mentor...and the idiot mistakes she makes by not looking at the information she already has. You can see the so-called twists coming a mile away.

This is my number one problem with these books. Instead of getting better and better, the author goes through the motions with the plot by repeating the same plot devices again and again. It's extremely disappointing when they showed such promise. My number two problem is how the first 100 pages of this book is largely review of previous events through dreams, daydreams, and flashbacks. I feel it's a waste of my time and money. I feel cheated. The dialogue with and between villains is cliched and the assassin is right out of central casting, call her Maggie Q.

After reading the first book or two, I thought the author and this series had real potential through the characters' development and their relationships. Those quickly stagnated. They have not grown at all. Gin and Finn, the Deveraux sisters, her bio sister.... Nothing.
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