Clean Burn: Introducing Detective Janelle Watkins

Clean Burn: Introducing Detective Janelle Watkins

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by Karen Sandler
     
 

Private investigator Janelle Watkins swore off investigating child abductions four years ago, when she left the San Francisco PD.

But when two clients beg for her help, one to find her missing 11-year-old son and the other to find a toddler who’s vanished, Janelle can’t say no. Even though it means returning to the scene of her nightmares – her

Overview

Private investigator Janelle Watkins swore off investigating child abductions four years ago, when she left the San Francisco PD.

But when two clients beg for her help, one to find her missing 11-year-old son and the other to find a toddler who’s vanished, Janelle can’t say no. Even though it means returning to the scene of her nightmares – her hometown of Greenville.

Janelle enlists the aid of her ex-partner and ex-lover, Greenville County Sheriff Ken Heinz – but in the midst of their investigation, two other children are discovered missing and connected to Greenville.

Then Ken’s niece disappears on her way to school.

Janelle and Ken find themselves in a race against the clock. Will they find the missing children in time, or will history repeat itself?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Karen Sandler's CLEAN BURN is a taut, timely thriller ripped from today's headlines.  Blisteringly paced, authentically told, here is a novel that demands to be read in a single sitting. I can't wait to strap on a side arm and join Watkins for her next case."
-James RollinsNew York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God.

 "CLEAN BURN is a guilty pleasure. Curl up for a snappy pace, and an ex cop P.I. heroine with attitude, and a haunted past.'
- Lynn Hightower, author of The Piper and The Debt Collector.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909223318
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.84(d)

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Meet the Author

Writing has been Karen Sandler's passion since the fourth grade. She took a circuitous route to the writing profession, however. Rather than major in English, she studied mathematics, physics and computer science. After earning a BA in math and and an MS in computer science from UCLA, Karen worked as a software engineer for nearly fifteen years.

With a move from the Los Angeles area to Northern California, Karen and her husband agreed she would stay home with their two sons and write full-time. In 1995, she optioned her first screenplay, and in 1997 she sold her first novel to Kensington Publishing, with several more novels following thereafter. Karen's first young adult book, Tankborn, a dystopian science fiction, was released in September 2011 by Tu Books.

You can find out more about Karen at: www.karensandler.net. The author lives in Northern California.

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Clean Burn: Introducing Detective Janelle Watkins 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
This author is usually known for her romance novels and often when authors hop-skip genres they can't separate them. I am very pleased to say that Sandler has hop-skipped with great skill and precision into the crime/thriller genre without skewing the lines. This story is dark, compelling and gritty. It is realistic and disturbing. It broaches upon many painful topics like child abduction, child abuse and paedophilia. The subject matter has obviously been well researched and gives a disturbing insight into some of the aspects of organised child abduction rings. It also sheds light on the so-called low level risk children that disappear each year but because they are low level nobody realises they are missing. That dark and unknown number of children is never counted with the already horrifically high numbers of children who go missing. The author has managed to deliver the message without the use of gratuitous violence or scenes. The main character is flawed aka human. She isn't a machete swinging ninja expert with the body of a goddess and the looks of an angel. She is a walking billboard for the fractured and abused. Unfortunately she also has a penchant for fire. It just happens to be her addiction, her obsession and her sick safety blanket. This was a gripping and enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next in the series. I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This free book has over 300 pages, is well edited and very noir. There are a lot of disturbing and destressing topics in this book. There is arson, child abuse, children being burned to death, kidnapping, a child drowning, burning as punishment, pedophila, animals being burned alive as sacrifices, self inflicted burning, sex with pretty warm descriptions, insanity, no religion, no homosexuality and no cursing. The author did a very good job of making the characters seem alive and personable. At times, I wanted to slap the heroine around a bit. This book is not for the faint of heart, or the weak of stomach. It is not so much the graphics, but the subject matter. This is not chick lit by any means. Men would like this very hard core, dark mystery, as well as women who enjoy a hard hitting, mystery novel. For Adults only. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes you inside the mind of mentally disturbed people. A little hard to take at times, but I could not put it down. The details are authentic, which makes it even more chilling. My only gripe? The leg-pain, I thought it a little overdone.
Anonymous 6 months ago
We shoulld all know more of this unreported but very real element in out society. It's here everey day in L A. The story didn't need gimp though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite well done for the author's first venture to this genre. The plot got a little contrived, and the insanity seemed more made-for-TV than authentic, but I did like the main character's tone and development - felt very real. A page turner!
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Do more!
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Is a total put down and the increased use of the child in danger is best left to news paper reports. To read this for entertainment demeans the reader and the author. worse it de sensitizes so that the reader requires more and more grafic violence sex language and extremes until they burn out whatever taste buds they had. m.a.@sparta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good very fast read will read this author again