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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Good book

    This book was well written, with soundly crafted characters. The storyline flowed fine and it was an enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Enjoyed Enjoyed

    Would like to see more of federal prosecutor melanie and federal agent dan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2007

    A thriller

    Martinez has anther hit, anyone that has not discover her yet is missing out, pick up her books and enjoy

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas has seen a lot during her years in New York City, and very little of it has been pretty. [Most Wanted (2005), The finishing School (2006)]. She's a tough, smart gal and there is not much that shocks her. However, that was before the grisly scene in Central Park: 'Melanie gasped and jerked her eyes away, closing them instinctively to shield herself from the monstrous sight. But it stayed with her anyway, vibrating against her eyelids, so after a moment she opened them again, swallowing hard to fight back the sour taste rising in her throat.' Susan Shepard, a once beautiful tabloid television reporter, has been murdered, her body so gruesomely butchered that it could only have been done by a psychopath., soon dubbed the Central Park Butcher. It wasn't any secret that Shepard had enemies she'd made plenty of them in her line of work. But her news beat was celebrities, the rich and famous, who among them could have committed this heinous crime? In her heart of hearts Melanie believes that whoever did it has also done it to other women so she fears he will soon repeat his villiany. At tha time she didn't suspect that she would be his next intended victim. Earlier in the evening she'd been having a romantic tryst with handsome FBI agent Dan O'Reilly, the new love of her life. She's been burned before, is now divorced and learning to trust Dan. Yet love almost fades from her mind when she receives a frightening email from an anonymous sender. The words are chilling. Later emails from the same untraceable source terrify as the writer divulges details about the crime that only he could know. It's obvious that he is the Butcher, and he knows Melanie's every move. Author Martinez has crafted a spine tingling thriller, keeping a cap on the Butcher's identify until the end. After 8 years as a federal prosecutor in New York she well knows the ins and outs of department politics, which become almost a subplot in her story. For this reader the romance wrap-up - Dan's promise of unending fealty didn't quite ring true but the escalating suspense throughout and the shocker ending were extremely well done. Recommended. - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great police procedural

    New York City based TV reporter Suzanne Shepard has made enemies with the people she covers as she seeks only scandals amongst the rich and famous. She exposes celebrities to ridicule. So when she is found raped and murdered in Central Park no one is shocked nor is anyone shedding tears. Federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas and her boyfriend, FBI agent Dan O'Reilly arrive at the Central park crime scene to witness a horrific sight. Someone using a hunting knife carved 'bitch' into Suzanne¿s stomach apparently while she was alive and felt each etch made by the sharp weapon. Whereas the media nickname the culprit the ¿Central Park Butcher¿, a joint police investigation consisting of Dan, Melanie and NYPD Homicide Detective Julian Hay begins only to find a myriad of people with motives even sharper than the murder weapon as suspects run the gamut from stalkers including one observing Melanie to celebrities to everyday service people to friends and lovers with each possible person even aficionados sharing in common a keen loathing of Suzanne. --- This is a great police procedural as the potential motive leads to a sizable part of Manhattan wanting the insidious intrusive reporter dead as Suzanne had no morals or concern over collateral damage when it came to obtaining a story. Melanie is terrific as the prime star though ably supported by her lover and Julian. The investigation ad its related suspense make for a razor-sharp thriller, but it is characters especially Melanie and Suzanne who turn Michele Martinez¿s third Vargas tale (see THE FINISHING SCHOOL and MOST WANTED) into a great read. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted June 26, 2011

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