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Kill and Tell : A Novel Hardcover – October 29, 2002

4.3 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the CIA Spies Series

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Linda Howard's romantic suspense Kill and Tell supplies readers with plenty of thrills and chills. As a nurse, Karen Whitlaw has seen more than the average person, but even she isn't prepared to identify the body of the father she hasn't seen since she was 13. The local detective on the case, Marc Chastain, informs Karen that her father, who was homeless, has been murdered. Still grief stricken over the recent death of her mother, Karen isn't prepared to examine her feelings about her father and his absence from her life. She is willing to accept that he was the victim of street crime until her home is burglarized and she becomes the target for some frightening "accidents." Whoever killed her father is after her, and the only hope she has for discovering why must lie in the notebook that Karen's father mailed to her mother shortly before his death. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Iris Johansen Author of Long After Midnight A riveting masterpiece of suspense. Linda Howard is a superbly original storyteller -- Review<br /><br />Karen Whitlaw's mother had been dead for only a few weeks when Karen received a package from a man she hardly knew- her father. Raw from the pain of her recent loss as well as the years of her father's abandonment, Karen puts the package and its papers away without reading them. Months later, Karen is called to New Orleans to identify the body of her father. He was murdered... and soon it becomes apparent that someone is after Karen as well. Detective Marc Chastain's first impression of Karen is negative. But he quickly discovers her apparent lack of feeling is due to the iron control she has over her emotions. Marc quickly revises his opinion of Karen- it's not that she doesn't care, it's that she cares too much. Marc's investigation of Karen's father's death brings the two together and Marc is determined to get to know the lady better. But first he has to keep her alive, and discover who wants her dead, and why. Linda Howard takes readers on an emotion-packed, suspenseful ride through New Orleans. The city comes alive under this talented author's attention to detail, creating a sensual, dangerous atmosphere. Marc Chastain is a perfect hero, as sensual as New Orleans on a rainy night.Fast paced and intriguing! A delicious read from Linda Howard! Linda Howard pens the most sensual stories... she'll make your heart beat a little faster! Romantic suspense has never been better! Linda Howard proves that romance and danger are a heady combination! Kristina Wright -- Copyright © 1998 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved --n/a

Publishers Weeklystarred reviewLinda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension. --n/a

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743453921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743453929
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great story; hot hero. Don't know why so many "reviewers" are gripin' about how unrealistic this romance is. Many romances are not like our actual lives, okay? I mean, the cops I've been ticketed by were in no way similar to our favorite Chief of Police in "Open Season." More's the pity.
And I CAN believe that Karen fell for Marc Chastain so quickly. With her mother's recent death, then having to travel to New Orleans to deal with identifying her estranged father's body, and THIS MOUTHWATERING SOUTHERNER takes charge to assist her with making Dad's funeral arrangements? Heck, I'm not under any of that stress and Marc hasn't given me a shoulder to cry on and I'm already in love with the guy.
I had a friend in college who met and married her husband within a week. They were in their late 20s/early 30s and had two kids when she went back to University to get her degree and I almost had to wear a flame-retardant suit whenever I was in the same room with 'em. No icky PDA, but just that much chemistry between them. So yes, you and I may not have experienced what Karen and Marc do but it DOES happen.
Someone reviewing another author said that some of these reviewers need to get a real life instead of getting off on having their reviews posted on Amazon. That about sums up the way I feel about a lot of folks who really slam a writer's work.
We can agree to disagree; different strokes for different folks. But, people, as a newspaper editor I know how difficult it is to fill up a page with words and there are very few instances that I'll slam someone who's giving it the good old college try.
Linda Howard works her [...] off and it shows in every one of her books. If you don't like it, don't buy her stuff. But don't feel as if you're performing some Mother Teresa act of charity here by posting your catty remarks here.
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Linda Howard's latest, KILL AND TELL, is a surprising deviation from her usual style.
Well-known for her too-gritty, diamond-in-the-rough heros, the author has instead crafted in Marc Chastain a tough, yet startlingly tender hero.
The story begins with heroine Karen Whitlaw and her estranged father Dex, an ex-Viet Nam sniper determined to blackmail someone from his past. Karen, grieving the recent loss of her mother, travels to New Orleans at the behest of Detective Marc Chastain when informed of her father's death.
What follows is Karen's reckoning with her ambiguous feelings about a father who deserted her as a child, as well as her journey into sensuality with Marc. Meanwhile, sinister forces from her father's past seek to destroy Karen and the book her father held over someone's head.
Kudos to Ms. Howard for creating Karen as a self-sufficient woman able to protect herself from the killers by using her intellect and physical strength. When Karen finally does seek protection by returning to Marc, she is clearly an equal partner in their attempts at survival. Additionally, unlike many of Ms. Howard's heros, Marc is neither too rough or forceful in his passion, nor bent on doing what he considers is best for Karen, regardless of her thoughts.
Unfortunately, the book is so short as to be considered incomplete; it's only 300 pages (just 50 more than a series romance novel such as Silhouette Intimate Moments), and nearly half of the story is dedicated to interaction among the secondary characters. There is not nearly enough interaction between the hero and heroine, and I would have appreciated another hundred pages or so of this positive love story, which is a change from the author's often grim stories.
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I'm hooked on Linda Howard! I didn't think I would find another author who writes such entrancing stories (I'm also a Nora Roberts junkie). The main characters are strong, sexy, and smart. The plot is an excellent blend of romance , mystery, and suspense. Howard explores the thoughts and feelings of her characters in more detail than Roberts. Some might think it boring, but I thought it was excellent insight. The whole book was a pleasure to read, I couldn't put it down!!
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I don't understand why anyone would give this book less than 5 stars. It was excellent! Karen goes to New Orleans to identify her estranged father. The detective in charge, Marc is no nonsense man who cares about his cases. The attraction is mutual from the beginning and it got only better. It was refreshing to read about two people who realize early on how they feel about each other instead of the always 'he/she loves me, he/she doesn't' That thinking is getting quite old with some authors. Linda Howard is by far my favorite and I have loved them all.... with the exception of Sarah's Child because the female lead character was too much of a wimp. I wholeheartedly agree with the reader from California... good work Linda!
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I have only recently been reading Linda Howard books and I am a fan. I have decided she is going on my favorite list along side Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krantz, Dara Joy, Donna Fletcher, Lynn Kurland to name a few. She is in great company. Her characters are strong, funny, and she writes a great story. Some people seem to have a problem with the fact some of her characters get together too quickly. People its a story, not real life. its for enjoyment. I have read other books of hers. I like the paranormal stuff as well as her sense of humor. You Go Girl. You have a new and devoted fan.
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