AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1)

AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1)

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by John W. Mefford

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Alexandra Giordano never knew she had it so good. Until it was all gone in an instant.

As she begins her daunting quest to uncover the black spots on her memory, what she finds isn't sweet or charming or even pleasant. And that's when she begins to question everything, including herself.

Her work as a Special Agent for the FBI is only a distraction, serving as a


Alexandra Giordano never knew she had it so good. Until it was all gone in an instant.

As she begins her daunting quest to uncover the black spots on her memory, what she finds isn't sweet or charming or even pleasant. And that's when she begins to question everything, including herself.

Her work as a Special Agent for the FBI is only a distraction, serving as a mental metronome...anything to crank the gears of her feeble mind.

And then it happens-a bizarre, ritualistic murder. She loses herself in her work, fully immersed in the investigation. Unable to recall even her own kids, she's somehow able to formulate coherent theories on what type of person could pull off such a sickening act.

As her mind slowly plugs a few memory gaps, her emotions are scrambled by the reality of her worlds colliding. And the resulting explosion tears her in two.

Can she pick up all the incendiary fragments to solve the twisted crime while she clings to some semblance of sanity?

One woman can only keep so much...AT Bay.

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Sugar Hill Press
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A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true observer of human and social behavior, bestselling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he's not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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At Bay (Alex Troutt, #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced and hard to put down
MusicLady10 7 months ago
This is my first John W. Mefford book that I've read and I loved it. Great storyline with lots of suspense which grabs you from page one and doesn't let go until you turn that last page. Loved how strong Alex Troutt is, even against all odds with her memory loss. Looking forward to Book 2 in this new series. Now I have to go and read some more Mefford books since I enjoyed this one so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character is unbelievable and that takes so much from the story. The physical punishment she endures ... near fatal car accidents, sniper fire causing broken glass injuries, another car accident, a brawl with a drug crazed man...yet she can perform her regular duties?! Wow...just wow.
Anonymous 20 days ago
I love the book. Hard to put down.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Alex troutt. FBI specialist has a auto accident and can't remember anything about her life or herself. While trying to put the piceces of her life together and help her partner find a seriel killer targeting cheating husbands, and Alex and her husband are the newest target. I highly recommend AT BAY for those who love action, and intense intrigue a thriller that has you begging for more. John w Mefford is a talented multi-facited author that will keep his audience spellbound.
RebelAngel54 5 months ago
This book was sent to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review. Keeps you on your toes. It starts out with one story line and then brings in another story line and other branches along the way. As you go along these merge into one cohesive story. Alex wakes up from a coma with most of her memory gone. The person who she remembers the most about is her ex-partner in the FBI, Nick. Knowing that Alex's inquisitive nature will not let her lie around the house her SSA, Jerry, assigns Nick to keep an eye on her and to take her where ever she needs to go. While Alex tries to catch up with her own cases she gets pulled into a murder investigation that Nick is assigned to. It turns out that one of her cases merges with the murder investigation and this information helps to solve both cases. Her husband, Mark, first comes across as very caring and loving but then he seems to disappear back into his life as though nothing has happened. Her relationship with her children, Erin and Luke, is so typical - one minute they want your love and approval and the next they want nothing to do with you. Their nanny, Sydney, is not a typical nanny and we are left to guess who hired her and why. She treats Alex with total disrespect and encourages the children to rebel against their parents. This shows how out of touch Alex had been with what was going on with her family and in her house. Will she let things continue as they are or will she stand her ground and put a halt to these destructive influences? The murderer is brought to life by listening in on his thoughts and by his actions. His physical description is not mentioned until near the end of the book and it was not what I had in my mind, so be prepared to be surprised. It was hard to put this book down and I throroughly enjoyed reading it. The ending, though, seemed to come too abuptly and I was left with unanswered questions. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
Woodford17 5 months ago
John Medford is without a doubt a talented writer. Alex Troutt is my new favorite heroine. This series has captivated me from the beginning. This series allows me some down time where I feel I'm filly engaged. I was engaged the minute I started and have continued to be drawn to the additional books. This story is set in today's world.
map424 5 months ago
What can one say? Mefford's first book in the Alex Troutt Series is quite a barnburner! This book has it all - it definitely does Not start out boring and continues in that mode all the way to the end. Alex is an FBI agent and at the beginning doesn't know much about herself, for a special reason. Her cases and actions keep you on your toes the whole time, whether about her job, her family or her love life - None of it is boring. A recommended read for those who aren't extremely squeamish! I received this ebook free from the author and was asked in return to leave an honest review of this book, which I have done. That in no way influenced my review.
TKHarrison 5 months ago
I wanna be like Alex when I grow up. LOL What a ballsy dame! This is the best book John Mefford has written to-date. Although I could see the ending of the book before I read it, there was certainly enough twists and turns before then that it still kept me in suspense right up to the final chapter. There is only one way for this book to go and that is up to the moon and back with the next installment of Alex Truett's life of fighting crime, one murderer at a time. Kudos, Mr. Mefford!
LGHudson 5 months ago
DON'T MESS WITH ALEX!! A fast paced, action packed, page turner that keeps you on your toes. You can expect all this & more from John Mefford's AT BAY, the first in his new Alex Troutt Series. Alex is an FBI Agent that you can't help but liking & want to know more about as the book unfolds. I enjoyed how we as readers learn about who Alex is (what makes her tick) at the same time she does as she is recovering from a car crash & head injury that has affected her memory. DON'T MESS WITH ALEX - SHE WILL ALWAYS CATCH THE CULPRIT!
Anonymous 5 months ago
I absolutely LOVE all of Johns works. He keeps me enthralled and I never know what will happen next. Love his characters and his skill at keeping me entertained. WOOOOOTT TY JOHN :)
Frenstatgal 7 months ago
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. John W. Mefford is an amazingly powerful writer. Alex is an FBI agent who lost her memory after a bad car crash. She is working to get her memory back, but it sure doesn’t stop her from doing her job. This is an “I could not put this book down”. You just wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. There are twists and turns and you just don’t know what will happen next. So if you like mystery and suspense you don’t want to miss out on this one. Really a great read. I am looking forward to reading more of this series. Great job John.
Eldeh 7 months ago
I love mysteries and read for an hour or two each night. This man is a great mystery writer as far as I am concerned, and I have loved each and every book I have read. If you have not read any of his works, please do so as soon as you can to find out the way of mystery, intrigue, and the weaving of characters throughout.
C2E 7 months ago
Right from the start it has you going. JW is a great story teller. A must read and can't put down book.
Maijaquips 7 months ago
I loved this first book in a series by John Mefford. Fast moving and very entertaining.
suilyn 7 months ago
I would love to have Alexandra as my best friend! This is a great book and fascinating!!! I stayed up late reading because I didn't want to put it down!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Mefford's writing continues to improve and I enjoy each new book. It is clear that he has a vision for his characters and I love the way he develops them. Another awesome read and can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to the next one. Really good characters interesting storyline. I recommend this book as a good read!
catwoman1a 7 months ago
I could not put this book down. It was like a steam roller that would not stop. The farther I got, the more it would not let me stop reading. Best start to a series that I've read in a long time. Whew! I wonder where Alex Troutt is going next. She's tough and a strong personality. She goes about her business, and she does it exceptionally well. She's got a lot of great possibilities ahead of her.
Char James-Tanny 7 months ago
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I first "met" John Mefford through a free copy of "Streets of Mayhem". When I got the chance to read AT Bay in return for a review, I took it. And I'm glad I did. We meet Alex Troutt when she's in the hospital following a car accident, dealing with amnesia and wondering who all of the people are in her room. They try to tell her about herself...wife, mom, FBI agent...but she remembers none of it, although pieces work their way out of her brain as parts of the "old" Alex respond to various comments. (And she's typically a bit snarky, which is great.) We follow her as she wonders why certain people (like the slutty nanny) are in her life, as she tries to figure out why she was in an accident, and as she tries to learn how to relate to her husband. Her ingrained skills come out as different situations arise, and she starts to realize that she really was a pretty good FBI agent. It's fascinating watching how her brain remembers little things (her former partner was a marathon runner, for example) while not remembering others (why does her daughter dress that way? what kind of mother was she? does she really love her husband?). I'm giving this five stars even though I got tripped up in a couple of places (partly because I live in the area where the story takes place and partly because of a couple of unresolved issues), but those things were really minor. I look forward to reading the next story in the series...Mefford has created a complex female character who will be dealing with a variety of issues for books to come. (Not all characters are as complex, at least not right now.)
tiltron 7 months ago
It is amazing how John Mefford can come up with all these interesting books. Plot involves a talented female FBI agent with an unusual accident induced problem. Makes the plot a little different and fun to read..
KEC200 7 months ago
I really liked this book. It was fast paced with good characters, lots of action and some laughs. I felt the ending was rushed though and that it just kind of ended. Maybe some of that will be addressed in the next book in the series. I will definitely read the next one to find out!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Just finished,could not put down
Anonymous 7 months ago
This was my first book John W. Mettford and definitely not my last. The heroine, Alexandra or Alex, a Special FBI agent, is sassy, classy and has it all. When she wakes up in the hospital with no memory, not even of her children, her world is rocked. Was her wreck intentional? She thinks so and sets out to prove it. This story is action packed, has lots of thrilling suspense and Alex goes through a lot up until the end. I highly recommend At Bay to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought snd read the first two books of this series. I found both of them extremely boring.