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Product Details

  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Spellbinder Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979518202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979518201
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (691 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,995,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is much to enjoy in The Sex Club, especially in its deeply-developed characters and timely, intelligent plot. But the major pleasures come from the author s risky decision to tell her story from multiple points of view. Thus we follow Ruth into her kitchen as she bakes cookies and builds more bombs while holding conversations with God, who assures her that the only lives that matter are the lives of the unborn. We follow poor, tortured Kera, who wonders if one of her own young clients is a murderer. Most intriguing of all, we follow the conflicted Jackson as he deals with his alcoholic ex-wife and his own rebellious daughter, who he suspects may be a member of the Sex Club. This chilling book offers a rare insight into the kind of religious fundamentalism which preaches that any horrific act is acceptable if it is carried out in God s name. A thrilling, eye-opening read. -- Mystery Scene magazine

--Mystery Scene magazine

L.J. Sellers rips current social issues from editorial pages, wraps them in exciting, multi-faceted mysteries, and delivers thrilling reads. Pick up any Sellers mystery and you ll find the full package lovable, flawed human beings with interesting, imperfect lives; twisted, mean-spirited villains that we love to hate; good guys who aren't so good; bad guys who have standards; a suspenseful tale with enough plot twists and red herrings to keep the mystery fascinating to the last page and leave the reader begging for more. -- Charlotte Phillips, author of the Eva Baum mysteries --Charlotte Phillips, author of the Eva Baum mysteries

--Charlotte Phillips, author of the Eva Baum mysteries

L.J. Sellers has written a fine debut mystery novel that explores religious fanaticism and its effects on the lives of various people. The characters are well developed, the plot plausible and well executed with an unexpected twist at the end. I look forward to reading more books by this talented author. --Bloodstained Book Reviews --Bloodstained Book Reviews

About the Author

L.J. Sellers is an award-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: SECRETS TO DIE FOR, THRILLED TO DEATH, PASSIONS OF THE DEAD, DYING FOR JUSTICE, and LIARS, CHEATERS & THIEVES. She also has four standalone thrillers: THE SEX CLUB, THE BABY THIEF, THE ARRANGER, and THE SUICIDE EFFECT. When not plotting murders, L.J. enjoys performing standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She's also been known to jump out of airplanes.

More About the Author

L.J. Sellers writes the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller series--a two-time Readers Favorite Award winner--as well as the Agent Dallas series and provocative standalone thrillers. Her 16 novels have been highly praised by reviewers, and she's one of the highest-rated crime fiction authors on Amazon.

L.J. resides in Eugene, Oregon where many of her novels are set and is an award-winning journalist who earned the Grand Neal. She's also the founder of Housing Help, a charity dedicated to keeping families from becoming homeless. When not plotting murders or working with her foundation, she enjoys standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She's also been known to jump out of airplanes. For more about L.J., visit her website: http://ljsellers.com

Detective Jackson Mysteries
The Sex Club
Secrets to Die For
Thrilled to Death
Passions of the Dead
Dying for Justice
Liars, Cheaters & Thieves
Rules of Crime
Crimes of Memory
Deadly Bonds
Wrongful Death (March, 2105)

Agent Dallas Thrillers
The Trigger
The Target
The Trap (Dec., 2014)

Standalone Thrillers
The Baby Thief
The Gauntlet Assassin
The Lethal Effect

Customer Reviews

Very well written with great character development.
OFBAU
It was a fast read with a few twists and turns but it kept to the story line quite well.
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I liked her main characters but did not like the main story/plot.
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139 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Madge Walls on December 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I would normally not have picked up The Sex Club off the shelf, as I'm not much of a mystery fan. However, the masterful and expressive cover caught my eye. Surprise - L.J. Sellers held my interest from first to last, and I hated to see the story end. This is a police procedural, following the steps of the detective as he solves the crimes. The police aspects are well-researed, and the reader rides along with the detective eyes open and cheering. The characters are well drawn, complete with human foibles, and very sympathetic. Thankfully, the author did not stoop to giving the detective more than his share of faults. The tender romance is treated softly, a natural outcome of proximity, but does not overwhelm the crime story. And the crimes! Realistic for today, sadly. As it is set in Eugene, OR, home of my alma mater, that added personal interest, but the setting could Smalltown, anywhere. Living as I do now in a hotbed of Christian conservatism, the issues she brings up of religious fanatacism were very to the point. I am looking forward to the next Detective Wade Jackson novel.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Petrichor on October 29, 2010
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Owning a Kindle has opened my reading list up to a lot of new writers- indie and professional alike. L.J. Sellers has been one of those lovely new discoveries: The Sex Club was my first contact with Det. Jackson and whilst it is not perfect, I look forward to reading Sellers' other titles.

In terms of writing, the quality is right up there with more well-known crime/drama/police-procedural authors. It was an easy read that was hard to put down. Some of the dialogue was a little stiff and formal, but the biggest weakness was the characters- they tended to be black and white, two-dimensional stereotypes. The "baddies" were right-wing and possessed negative traits, the "good guys" tended to be lefty-liberals. It made the book a little predictable. Interstingly, the majority of characters are female.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Marvin D. Wilson on September 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
Author LJ Sellers knows how to write a compelling, page-turning, heart-stopping, blood pumping thriller of a story. She has created a vivid and multi-layered cast of believable characters. From promiscuous church-going pubescent teenagers to a lonely and wanting love in her life main heroine that works as a dedicated nurse in a Planned Parenthood clinic, to a religious psychopath with a God-complex blowing up buildings and doing everything she can to exact God's punishment on sinners, the characters jump right out of the pages and take up residence in your head.

LJ has a no frills, concise style of writing with a voice that does not get in the way of the story. Her prose shows the controlled and classic restraint of a veteran writer. The story she writes is so strong and intriguing she has no need of all the bells and whistles of frilly fiction that we so often see in novels, the countless adjectives, adverbs, exclamation points, etc. She just delivers the story, and hits you right over the head with it. She can take a bite out of your heart and stab you in your ear with a few simple words.

I highly recommend The Sex Club. Plan on putting everything aside for a day, because you won't be able to put it down once you get drawn into it, and that happens very quickly. I look forward to reading more from Sellers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sue Leslie on June 2, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. It was well written and engaging. I only gave it four stars because of the political references in regards to character development; liberal, good; republican, bad.. It was not necessary to plot and narrow minded on the part of the author and offensive to me personally. I have worked for years with teens in family planning, S.T.D., and Maternity clinics with many dedicated and compassionate people and never knew their political associations.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Zor2000 on January 12, 2011
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This is not a fast read and it was way to political (Mother Jones>>>MSNBC) and the Liberals were good and the Conservatives were bad... way over the top with that stuff ...and really who cares...Tell the story and I can make up my own mind....I hate to be lectured to when I read for pleasure.
Even as a liberal from New England I could not stomach the politics and moralizing of the author.
The characters were not drawn well or likable. They are easily forgotten.
Also the author should develop a sense of humor.
I will not keep this on my new kindle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Herring on January 7, 2011
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I bought THE SEX CLUB for my Kindle with some misgivings. I'm not into overdone sex scenes, having got over curiosity about other peoples' bedroom practices decades ago. Still, I'd heard that the book was good, so I thought I'd try it.
The story was quite different than I expected, to the point that the book almost seems misnamed. It is, however, a good mystery with likeable characters and a well-knit plot.
The sex aspect is indeed shocking, but only because Ms. Sellers reveals what educators like me have known forever: the face that many teens show the world is not real. They hide actions that they think/know adults will disapprove with whatever it takes--smiles, platitudes, and outright lies--as they experiment, bond, and submit to peer pressure. The language is explicit, but again, I've seen the difference between the way some teens talk to adults and the way they communicate with each other.
I like a well-written mystery with a bit of human commentary, and THE SEX CLUB does both things well. I recommend it, but not if you want to keep thinking that your daughter/niece/granddaughter is completely innocent. After all, she's only thirteen. But so was Juliet.
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