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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420125052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420125054
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bestseller Burton (Before She Dies) delivers action-packed tension as a cold case becomes new again . . . a compelling romantic thriller." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Mary Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several historical romance and romantic suspense novels, including Senseless, Dying Scream, and Dead Ringer.

Johanna Parker, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has earned an esteemed Audie Award and three Audie nominations. She has received high praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series (the source material for HBO's True Blood).
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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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Filled with lots of twists and turns, romance and mystery.
Olimpia A. Padula
I'm not finished with the book, but will by the end of tomorrow ... it's keeping me reading and reading and up late trying to get another chapter read.
Karen D. Smith
This book was well written and had appealing characters and an engaging plot with plenty of twists.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on March 5, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bestselling author Mary Burton (BEFORE SHE DIES and MERCILESS) ratchets up the tension in Texas as a cold case thaws. Seven years ago, Lara Church was the Seattle Strangler’s seventh victim, but she survived. Barely. Recalling none of the events, she’s been on the run to distance herself from a homicidal maniac she can’t identify: “For seven years, Lara had lived a gypsy’s life. Fear of settling had kept her moving from town to town.”
Inheriting her grandmother’s house near Austin, where she spent childhood summers, Lara now teaches photography classes. And she has a gruesome hobby: photographing recent murder landscape scenes with a 150-year-old bellows camera. At a kill site, Lara encounters Detective James Beck, who suspects Lara may have altered a crime scene that has the strangler’s M.O. Lara resents Beck’s arrogance, but she notices his “six-foot-six frame coupled with broad shoulders and a lean, muscled body. This close, the restrained power in his body made her skin tingle.”
Now there are startlingly similar homicides in Austin. Are they by a copycat killer? But how could someone in Texas know about an undisclosed specific coin left with each Seattle victim, and where Lara now lives? Those details bring Seattle cop Mike Raines to the Lone Star State. Texas testosterone, however, blurs a thin blue line when Beck muscles Mike out of the jurisdictional picture. There is a truckload of characters, some with motive to continue the Seattle Strangler’s legacy. But does the Texas Ranger with a questionable job suspension and white hat also wear a dark one?
A posh studio, Gallery 101, features Lara’s photographic art, and a newspaper reporter mentions she was the only Seattle victim to survive. The reporter ties in recent local murders.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on June 22, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I say that I found it ok, I will explain why! I love crime books like this, and don't get me wrong, I read this book in one day and didn't really put it down. A few niggles were present however:
1- cliches, it is true as someone stated before, it is a little murder mystery by numbers, Easy to work out the plot line
2- I don't know if I had a special version, but there were mistakes in the editing which bugged me. Points established which weren't, inconsistencies dotted throughout, it made me keep reading back as to whether I had missed something. Also some descriptions were repetitive 'stock of hair' use many time in one chapter

It does hold your attention but some is clunky, don't expect to be surprised at the end. Wouldn't dismiss, but don't pay a fortune
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57 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Stefani140 on February 2, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me tell you a little story about this book. I accidentally requested to get an ARC. I thought that the author was a different author whom I have read and enjoyed before and I jumped out of my chair in joy at thinking she had a new book. After I realized that I was mistaken about who the author was, I ended up not caring too much because the story still sounded really fantastic. Oh, how I was wrong! Despite having an excellent cover and an astounding synopsis, this book was just a mess. I bring you, bullet points!

~Predictable plot is predictable. By the second or third time we have the killer introduced into a scene, I knew who it was. It was so painfully obvious that it was...well painful. Also, by about the halfway point I had figured out what the twist was and by 70% I knew who the twist would revolve around. I don't know whether to credit my obsession with the TV show Criminal Minds for this or maybe the plot was just that obvious and unimaginative.
~Stubborn heroine who insists on protecting herself but seems to be incapable of doing so. Every time we talked to Lara she was insisting that she could take care of herself, but them proceeds to do completely idiotic things that seem to suggest otherwise. For example, going to a recent crime scene when it is nearly dark yourself...with just a camera...and a shotgun (that she left in a locked car). I mean, what good is a shotgun going to do you if it's locked in your car 20 yards away? I'm pretty sure an assailant isn't going to allow you to run 20 yards to the car, unlock the car, get the shotgun, load the shotgun, and then shoot him. She has a darkroom and leaves it unlocked while she is in there with her back to the door and in the dark.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carla Gallway on January 29, 2013
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The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton is Lara Church who is the only victim of the Seattle Strangler to survive and now, seven years later, he is back to try again. Lara runs for many years trying to escape the pain and the fear of what happened to her and to escape the police who constantly hound her because she can't remember anything of the attack. But when her grandmother dies and leaves Lara her home in Austin, Texas, she decides to hide there and try to have a life. Until the day that Texas Ranger, James Beck, tracks her down to tell her the Strangler is still claiming victims and he wants her to keep trying to remember what happened. Little by little, the clues keep pointing in Lara's direction and Beck believes he is back to settle the score. Can Lara remember anything to help find this serial killer?

Mary Burton writes a very compelling and poignant story of how the mind can block out everything it wants to when we really don't want to remember. The story moves quickly and we feel Lara's pain and her desire to try and put her life back together. The suspense of trying to figure out who is after Lara keeps pulling us further and further into the story and just when we think we have it all figured out, a twist ends the story with a big, "Huh, what just happened here?" The story is engrossing and terrifying. Yet through it all, a love story starts to develop and the reader is happy to find that Lara can finally, hopefully, find happiness.

Loved it and definitely a five star read.
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