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One man murdered. One more dug from his grave. Twelve others missing. This is no coincidence.

Respected Washington, D.C., journalist January DeLena is positive the threads of each victim's disappearance are intertwined. But who's behind these horrific crimes? All signs point to the man who calls himself The Sinner—a disturbed homeless man trawling the streets of the nation's capital luring victims into his fanatical world of salvation and ...

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One man murdered. One more dug from his grave. Twelve others missing. This is no coincidence.

Respected Washington, D.C., journalist January DeLena is positive the threads of each victim's disappearance are intertwined. But who's behind these horrific crimes? All signs point to the man who calls himself The Sinner—a disturbed homeless man trawling the streets of the nation's capital luring victims into his fanatical world of salvation and redemption.

January can't keep her suspicions private. And soon she's got the ear—and the interest—of homicide detective Benjamin North. But January has a secret. One that places her directly in the path of the twisted, self-proclaimed messiah's rage. Suddenly, getting this story has January and Benjamin headed to hell and back.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460308448
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 159,514
  • File size: 663 KB

Meet the Author

Sharon Sala is a native of Oklahoma and a member of Romance Writers of America.  She is a NYT, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, WaldenBooks mass market, Bestselling author of 85 plus books written as Sharon Sala and Dinah McCall.  She's a 7 time RITA finalist, Janet Dailey Award winner, 5 time National Reader's Choice Award winner, 4 time Career Achievement Award from RT Magazine, 4 time winner of Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.

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The Chosen

By Sharon Sala


Copyright © 2005 Sharon Sala
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0778322203

January DeLena was one of Washington, D.C.'s most wellknown journalists. On 911, she'd been onsite and broadcasting only minutes after the plane had flown into the Pentagon. Then the world had watched as she'd abandoned her microphone and begun helping survivors who'd come running out of the building. By the time she'd remembered what she'd been sent there to do, she was covered in soot and blood, and had cursed and cried on air. Normally, that would have gotten her fired, but not that day. That day she'd only voiced what the nation had been feeling. By the end of the week, everyone knew the name of the pretty television journalist who'd called Osama Bin Laden a bad name.

Over time, it became apparent that January DeLena wasn't just a pretty face. When it came to getting a story, she was tenacious, which was why on this night she was on the streets of the redlight district at onethirty in the morning, mingling with the homeless, instead of sleeping in her own bed.

For months, she'd been hearing a rumor about a man who called himself the Sinner and who claimed to have had a neardeath experience. Now she'd heard he was moving among the homeless and the lawless, preaching his own version of eternity. In most cases, this would have been just a story about another religious zealot. However, this story had a unique twist, and unique was the key to January's success.

It had become fashionable to speak of neardeath experiences. Many had written books on the subject, usually claiming that they hadn't wanted to come back, and that they'd felt a great sense of peace in death. But this man had a different story to tell, and one that had tweaked her curiosity. According to the gossip on the street, this man had literally been to hell and back, and lived to tell the tale.

Now January huddled beneath the awning of a secondhand store as wind blew rain against the backs of her legs. She didn't mind so much getting wet, but the stench emanating from the woman with her was overpowering, and getting wet only added to the odor. She turned her back to the wind and tried not to breathe too deeply as she spoke to the woman beside her.

"So, Marjorie, you say you've seen the Sinner yourself?"

Marjorie Culver's fingers curled a little tighter around the push bar on her shopping cart. It had been a long time since anyone had taken notice of her, and the attention made her feel a little disoriented and vulnerable. Still, she felt no threat from this woman and finally nodded. "Yep... I saw him two, maybe three days ago. He was beneath an overpass near the Potomac, passing out coupons for a free fish sandwich from Captain Hook's. He had a whole basket of 'em. Someone said they were probably fakes, but I took one anyway, and they took it at the drivethrough when I gave 'em my order."

Then she laughed, as if struck by the humor of going through a drivethrough on foot.

"Was he preaching?" January asked.

Marjorie shrugged. "I guess you could call it that."

"What do you mean?" January pressed.

"Well, he was holding a Bible and all, but what he was saying sounded pretty radical. I don't think he was quoting any scriptures." She shrugged again. "It didn't really matter, though. No one was paying him any mind. They just wanted the coupon for the free sandwich."

January nodded. She certainly understood. There had been days in her youth when she might have done just about anything for something to eat. Thank God those times were far behind her.

"Do you know where he lives?" January asked. Marjorie frowned. "Nowhere and everywhere, I guess. I wasn't sure, but I got the impression that he was one of us."

"You mean homeless?"

Marjorie glared. "For some, it's a choice, you know." January backed off on her intensity. "I'm not demeaning your existence, Marjorie. I was only asking as a means of locating him so I can talk to him myself."

Marjorie frowned and shoved her cart a little closer to the door she was leaning against. The stuff in her cart was all she owned, although she'd long since forgotten what all was in there.

"Yeah, well...I can't help you any on that. I'm not into addresses myself."

January sighed. She hadn't meant to, but she'd obviously insulted the woman. "All right then," she said, and gave Marjorie's arm a quick squeeze. "Thank you so much for talking to me, Marjorie." Then she slipped a hundred dollars worth of twenties into Marjorie's hand. "Get yourself a room tonight and treat yourself to something good to eat."

Marjorie was taken aback by the money and for a moment thought about being insulted all over again, but then a quick gust of wind blew rain down her neck. She took the bills and stuffed them into one of her countless pockets.

"Yeah...I'll do that," she said, then added, "See you on the TV."

"Absolutely," January said, wondering when Marjorie ever got to watch TV, and made a dash toward her car, which was parked less than half a block away.

Once inside, she locked the doors and breathed a quick sigh of relief that she had a home to go to and a car to get her there. When she turned the key, the sound of the engine starting echoed the jump of her heartbeat. As she turned on the windshield wipers, a tall thin man wearing dirty white pants and a shirt that hung loose to his knees stepped out of the alley in front of her. His clothes were sopping wet. His long hair was equally soaked, and plastered to his face and neck, as was the beard hiding most of his face. There was a brief moment of connection as their gazes met. When he began to smile, she hit the headlights, flipping them on bright. It was his signal to move, which he did, but without shifting his gaze.

The expression in the man's eyes made January shudder. The degradation of the place and its people hit her like a slap in the face, and for the first time in her life made her doubt the wisdom of following this story.

Then she gathered her wits and reminded herself of how far she'd come from the poor little Latino girl from Juarez, Mexico, to the woman she was today. She'd worked long and hard to gain credibility, and apologized for nothing. With renewed vigor, she slammed the car into gear and stomped on the accelerator. Tires squealed as rubber burned. All she needed was a hot bath and a good night's sleep, and she would be fine.


Excerpted from The Chosen by Sharon Sala Copyright © 2005 by Sharon Sala. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    Walking in His footsteps is not so easy.

    January DeLena is a hot shot reporter, with a secret, who is willing to do anything to get the story. When January¿s suspicions turn towards a street preacher who calls himself ¿The Sinner¿ January is determined to see this story through, but when her suspicions put her in a life threatening situation she turns to Ben North. Ben North is a homicide detective who knows there is something ¿fishy¿ going on when he notices more people have been turning up missing, after being seen in a yellow out-law cab, and one man turns up dead in a dumpster behind a Chinese food restaurant, and another man has been dug from his grave. Can all this be related in some way to a street preacher named ¿The Sinner?¿ Jay Carpenter, who calls himself ¿The Sinner,¿ is a cab driver who claims he went to hell when he died, and he is determined not to go back. He claims that after his death experience that God told him that he had to earn his way into Heaven, and the only way he could do this is if he, ¿Lived as He lived.¿ But will Jay¿s determination to re-live the life of Jesus Christ drive him over the edge into a world that he cannot control? And will January¿s secret put her in Jay Carpenter¿s line of fire? When January and Ben team up under unusual circumstances to figure out why 12 people have gone missing and one man is dead, and another dug from his grave, they find out how hard it is to stand on love when it is based on life and death situations.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    graphic crime thriller

    DC TV reporter January DeLena is investigating near death experiences when she uncovers a nasty scenario. Someone using the name Sinner abducts homeless males, but only those whose name is that of an Apostle. She is not sure what this self-anointed preacher has done with THE CHOSEN ones as no major increase in homicides has been reported though Brother John is dead. --- January reports her theory to homicide detective Ben North, who in spite of seeing her recent anger and frustration over the murder of a twelve year old girl not related to this case, rejects her assertion as ridiculous. Instead he assumes that she is just another insensitive muckraker trying to get a reputation through a sensational though untrue story. She continues to dig deeper until the Sinner becomes aware of her actions. He plans a special sacrifice for the nosy woman who somewhat persuades Ben to take a chance on her. Ben still has major doubts, but admits to himself that he desires the reporter she reciprocates but refuses to use her body to convince him that the Sinner exists. --- THE CHOSEN is a graphic crime thriller with a touch of the seemingly paranormal and a romantic subplot that plays a back role to the activities of the Sinner. The story line grips the reader as the Sinner¿s plans start to become known to the audience and January. The lead couple is a likeable pair who is attracted to one another though he does not believe her pleadings as he assumes she is self grandstanding to further her career. Though the biblical references are overkill, fans of dark thrillers will want to read this one, but keep the lights on afterward. --- Harriet Klausner

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