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The Sex Club (The Detective Jackson Mystery/Thriller Series Book 1) by [Sellers, L.J.]
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"A thrilling, eye-opening read." --Mystery Scene magazine

"A well-plotted suspenseful tale with a pulse-pounding ending."--Midwest Book Review

"I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters were compelling, the procedural work was dead-on, and the story was enthralling. Definitely recommended."--Michelle Gagnon, author of Boneyard

"The Sex Club is a must read!"--Seattle Mystery Bookshop

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. Her novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene, Crimespree, and Spinetingler magazines, and the series has been on Amazon Kindle's bestselling police procedural list. L.J. also has four standalone thrillers: The Sex Club (featuring Detective Jackson), The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect. When not plotting murders, she enjoys performing standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She's also been known to jump out of airplanes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 779 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spellbinder Press (October 17, 2007)
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0014E6PTG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,190,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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Tedious, slow and cheesy for a murder mystery. Predictable and seemed a bit amateurish in writing and plot. One of the many complaints in this book for me is whenever an author writes about a different race or gender and it is clear they should not. The male detective's inner voice was clearly a female writer trying to be inside a male character's head. The idea of teens having sex with each other as a shock value was overestimated and overused, even exploited to poor effect. So many reasons I hated this book
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