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The Thief (RC Investigations Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

V.R. Marks
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Book Description

Allie Williams is on the run with incriminating evidence proving her company’s new wonder-drug is lethal. In a last ditch effort to save lives, she races to the safety of her hometown, hiding in plain sight among the close knit community where she'll definitely be innocent until proven guilty.

Ross Carpenter has a reputation for resolving situations people prefer to keep off the police record. When a new client accuses his former high school sweetheart of theft and worse, he's compelled to take the case. Even if it means returning to the hometown he left behind and the woman who stole his heart.

Editorial Reviews


"Fans of romantic suspense are going to adore this debut novel from V.R. Marks." - Award-winning author, Kathy Carmichael
"...characters you really come to care about." - Cindy, SnS Reviews
"Marks hits all the right notes at all the right times in this classic romantic suspense." - Award-winning author, Vicki Hinze

From the Author

RC Investigations: The Back Story
The Thief started with a dinner. Or rather a discussion about geographic profiling during dinner with a few friends who serve in the Army.
Greatly simplified, geographic profiling means if you study the criminal patterns (at the scene or within the case at large), you get clues to point you toward the area where the criminal most likely lives.
It was fascinating and I'm not doing the topic justice (pardon the pun) because I locked on to a different detail. Call it a novelist's quirk (or curse).
The part of their stories that caught my attention were the tales of cooperation (or lack thereof) between law enforcement agencies. Even different departments within the same agency often had trouble sharing the right information to close a case quickly. It became clear (in my imagination at least) that a new type of investigator - or consultant - is emerging in the field of law enforcement.
A team like RC Investigations can use techniques like geographic profiling to connect the dots and get that information out to the right authorities. They are smaller, more mobile, and can assist on baffling cases going cold, or even take on private cases that might not get the right attention through typical legal means.
Granted, the team has its challenges in The Thief, but the goal of the fictitious RC Investigations is to bridge the gap and be a resource for both law enforcement and the general public - if you can afford their expertise.

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  • Language: English
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Ross Carpenter was born and raised in a small town in South Carolina. He struggled with shame due to his father and where he came from but the one good thing he had all though high school was Allie Williams. When Ross left for the Army he thought Allie turned her back on him because she never answered any of his letters. His mind told him it was because she thought he wasn't good enough for her.

Today after being in the Special Forces for years he owns his own private security firm called RC Investigations. His latest client hired them to find and retrieve stolen information. When Ross see's that the person being accused of stealing the information is Allie, Ross's curiosity about what would make the good girl prom queen turn bad makes him take the case.

Allie Williams was a publicity manager for a pharmaceutical firm. When she realizes her boss has been laundering lots of money and plans to release a drug that he knows has dangerous side effects she does the only thing she can think of, takes proof of both and runs. She decides the best place to hide is in plain sight in her hometown at her aunt's house who is away on vacation.

Ross saves her from an attempt on her life but she is wary about why he is there. He hasn't been back to town since he left all those years ago and she hasn't heard a word from him and now he has suddenly shown up as her savior.

Ross chooses not to be totally honest with Allie about many things, like why he is really there and that he is still in love with her even after all of these years. Allie isn't upfront either with truth's from both the past and with what really happened with her boss.

The author did a great job of taking us on the journey with Allie and Ross as they worked through all of their past issues along with running from the assassin's that keep coming for Allie. Ross's teams at RC were great secondary characters and I hope they are going to be getting their own books in the future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Book!!! October 29, 2012
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I have often wondered if a man could write a GOOD romantic suspense novel. And over the years, I have tied a few, but have always been dissatisfied, till now!

V.R. Marks delivers with his book, The Thief.

This book gives readers the.....sitting on the edge of your seat, needing to know what happens next, can't put the damn book down syndrome.

You can't help, but fall in love with both our hero, Ross and heroine, Allie. The rekindling of their high school romance was so tender and ah, so sweet.

As an added bonus, The Thief had some wonderful secondary characters. If Mr. Marks writes their story, you can bet I will be one of the first people to get the books!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE THIEF: Sizzling Suspense and Emotional Romance October 23, 2012
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Fans of romantic suspense are going to adore this debut novel from V.R. Marks. Allie Williams is on the run and her high school boyfriend, Ross Carpenter, is tasked with bringing her in. But Ross quickly discovers things are not as they appear--especially after someone tries to murder Allie.

I'll be on the lookout for more books from this talented newcomer!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Romantic Suspense Must Read!! June 12, 2014
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If you love to read contemporary romantic suspense like I do, then this book is for you!!...I can't imagine anyone giving it less than 3 stars coz it kept me interested & turning pages throughout the whole story :)... This is the first book I've ever read by V.R. Marks & it won't be the last!! ... I can't wait to read more by this talented author :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!!!!! June 25, 2013
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Am so thankful to Debra Webb for tuning me into V,R. Marks. The suspense is thrilling & nail biting & the romancce is tender & sweet. This is a book you can't put down. You fall in love with Allie & Ross & feel as if you are there living this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quick Read December 20, 2012
By J.H.R
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Enjoyed the book, was a quick enjoyable read during the small amount of down time I had, will look for more by the author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed on several levels November 23, 2012
By Sy Lee
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This book has a great plot, good characters, and good editing. I saw none of the typical errors of missing and misused words, etc.

In addition, the romance was a believable conclusion to Ross and Allie's earlier relationship. A BIG plus for me was the implied sex rather than a graphic description. Thank you!

Some of the subcharacters deserve to have their stories told. I'm hoping to see them again soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Strong Romantic Suspense October 4, 2012
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Marks hits all the right notes at all the right times in this classic romantic suspense. An excellent debut novel. I'll be watching for future books!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars allie
PR work can be murder if it involves money and new drugs. First book in this series with many more books coming
Published 1 month ago by Lisatjung@gmail
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
The book started off good, fast and thrilling. The story was better when protector and protectee were at odds with each other. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ising
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Peggy Killam
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man for The Job
This is the first romantic suspense I have read that was written by a male author that I knew about before I started reading the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah53121
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
I love Mr. Marks books and I love this series. He is such a great writer, you can't help but fall in love with the characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marinesgirl77
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
Same old damsel in distress. This same story has been written thousands of times, just changed the names. Everybody is beautiful but doesn't know it!!
Published 14 months ago by Kathy Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this new series!
I found author, V.R. Marks in a boxed set. So, I read the First two books of R.C. Investigations out of order. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mary B. Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thief
I enjoyed all the characters...I did not want to put this book down... the author is a great story teller
Published 17 months ago by Brigitte
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Thief' - well-written but with sexual content. Not recommened for...
This is a steady moving mystery/romance book.
Ross and Allie had been best friends growing up and High School sweethearts. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LAWonder
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More About the Author

According to Alfred Hitchcock, "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." USAToday bestselling author, V.R. Marks feels the same way about writing romantic suspense. After falling in love with the suspense genre during a Hitchcock film festival, Marks combined that with a passion for writing that eventually became adventurous romantic suspense novels readers crave. Marks and his wife live under the rule of two Maine Coon cats who provide regularly scheduled breaks from the keyboard.

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