- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345453816
- ISBN-13: 978-0345453815
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Killjoy: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2003
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FBI profiler Avery Delaney has a case that really hits home: she must track down Aunt Carolyn, the woman who raised her, who has disappeared on her way to the spa.
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When it comes to gripping novels of unrelenting suspense, Julie Garwood is in a class by herself. In the course of her career, she has mastered the art of creating characters who live and breathe in compelling, page-burning stories that never fail to surprise. As her legion of fans can attest, she strikes the perfect balance between excitement and insight, action and heart. Now, in this breathless new novel, Garwood has written her most electrifying thriller to date.
Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was eleven, she witnessed her grandmother's violent death, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.
Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.
Avery's workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her (hopefully soon-to-be ex) husband sent her the gold embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, not to mention a networking extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for the two weeks of luxury and decadence.
But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false pretenses, she is taken to anisolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor, and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn--and outmaneuver a brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance.
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Top Customer Reviews
We had been introduced to John Paul in Mercy, but I didn't really like him much in that book. Here, Julie Garwood brings him to life and he is now my favorite contemporary hero. He is honest and has been toughened in life's experiences, and at first you think he is quite cynical. But he has a huge and sensitive heart.
One of the other reviews criticized the fast love affair between John Paul and Avery, but that didn't bother me because I personally believe in love at first sight. Also the author painted a very believable scenario for me. I could feel their connection and easily accepted their love.
I also really enjoyed that this was a suspense filled mystery and not just a love story. And I had a surprise at the end, which is rare - usually I have it all figured out.
Take the time to let yourself fall in love with these 2 endearing characters.
Avery Delaney, the heroine of Killjoy, is a very likable FBI analyst, who has overcome a troubled past. John Paul Renard, the hero, has his own demons and is desperately in need of someone like Avery in his life. Readers will remember John Paul, the mysterious older brother of Dr. Mike from Garwood's previous contemporary, Mercy. After meeting him in that book, I was interested in finding out where this cynical man's story might go. I was glad with the direction in Killjoy.
Readers will also be pleased to see old friends, like Noah Clayborne, and catch up on the folks in Bowen, LA, but don't expect a repeat of Mercy's down home, bayou vibe. Set in and around the fashionable Aspen, CO mountains, Killjoy has as many twists and turns as the roads and rivers described in the book.
Garwood's well on her way to a dual career in contemporary and historical romantic suspense.
Killjoy is the story of Dr. Mike's (heroine in Mercy) bother John Paul. In this story the killer for hire Monk plays a large part in the story. You will remember him from Mercy as well. If you have not read the previous two books that is ok this story still manages to stand alone. This story is fast paced but it is more supsense and on the edge of your seat reading with a little romance on the side. This seems to be more of a mainstream novel then romance so fans of Ms. Garwood may be a little disappointed by this. I found that the lack of romance was not a bad thing and made the romance between John Paul and Avery more believable since they were not falling into bed right away. The story is well plotted and the character development is also well done. The secondary story and characters add to the telling of the story instead of detracting from it. All in all this is a very strong novel and worth the time it takes to read.
Garwood is a fabulous writer. Once you start one of her books it is difficult to put it down. In my opinion, Killjoy was not as good as her other books. I had been anxiously awaiting a book with John Paul and this didn't live up to my expectations. None of her books are bad, but this just didn't grab me the way her other books did. I reccomend you wait until it comes out in paperback. Don't spend the money on hardback.