- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Warner Forever; hardcover edition (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044661632X
- ISBN-13: 978-0446616324
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,137,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dead Shot Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Solomon hits the ground running with this gripping romantic thriller, pitting an obsessed artist against an even more obsessed fan. Still haunted by the 20-year-old murder of her famous fashion model mother, young photographer Gillian Gray is exhibiting a series of controversial self-portraits that show her posed in various grisly deathscapes. Giving her instant celebrity, the photos have also made her the target of conservative community groups, particularly in her hometown of Nashville. To keep her safe while she's home, Gillian's wealthy family contracts a bodyguard, staid ex-cop Ray Pierce. He realizes he may have his work cut out for him when Gillian kicks off her exhibit by challenging her mother's killer, via a crowd of reporters, to "come and get me." Indeed, it isn't long before someone begins sending out a photographic series of his own, recreating Gillian's images using the genuine article—dead women. Solomon's characters are convincing and compelling, especially Gillian, who makes an engaging heroine: smart, willful and profoundly damaged. Solomon's plot is good, suspenseful fun, but her ending is disappointingly off-target. (Mar.)
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Raised in luxury, Gillian is shaped by tragedy. Her mother, a model, was murdered when Gillian was seven, and her wealthy grandparents raised her. Gillian has made a name for herself as an artist by creating gruesome photographs of herself as a murder victim. She is trying to attract her mother's killer, and now, in her hometown of Nashville, her wish may come true as an exhibit of her artwork has attracted protests and a copycat killer who is reenacting her portraits. Ray Pearce has the unenviable task of trying to protect her. He is a flawed hero who has failed both to save his marriage and anyone dear to him. Yet he willingly becomes Gillian's bodyguard and confronts her death wish, hoping to give her something to live for. Solomon's psychologically rich romantic thriller balances grisly imagery with tender moments and is entertaining, through and through. Patty Engelmann
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Annie Solomon's books always draw me in and keep me glued to the pages and Dead Shot is no exception. Gillian is tormented by her past and is fearful of her future. Ray is haunted by his past and his future is uncertain. Together Gillian and Ray make an intense and often times volatile pair. Dead Shot kept me completely absorbed and on the edge of my seat waiting for what would come next.
Nannette reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
As you can sort of tell from the very short synopsis above, I wasn't crazy about the characters. I sort of see where Gillian is coming from about wanting to catch her mother's killer and trying to draw him out, but it was never explained why she thought that pictures of her dead would do draw this guy out. Not to mention her behavior is suicidal and crazy. I didn't like her at all. And her grandparents were way odd, and never really explained, I just couldn't decide if I liked them or not. And Ray was just annoying, masochistic and wishy-washy. They both sort of had potential but just floundered around. There was just way too many random things going on - the deal about Gillian's father identity, her mother's murder, Ray's ex-wife's family, Ray's idiotic behavior, etc.
Very definitely the worst books I've read by this author. I would not recommend it at all. The only reason I gave it two stars is because I actually finished it (albeit skimming some towards the end). And for some reason I saw potential in the plot if not the execution. I tried other books by this author and while they are not the best books I've ever read they are acceptable. Try one of those - especially the more recent ones. Skip this one, lots of plot holes, too many loose strings and poor follow through.
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