Clean Burn: Introducing Detective Janelle Watkins [NOOK Book]

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.

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Clean Burn: Introducing Detective Janelle Watkins

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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?
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Editorial Reviews

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"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909223325
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,968
  • File size: 355 KB

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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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    This author is usually known for her romance novels and often wh

    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.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Over 300 pages

    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.

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    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    No matter if well written or a new genre the subject matter

    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

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    R.P. Abbey's Review (Boswells:Rom). Dark and captivating

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Awrsome patody funsonggirl!

    Do more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    highly recommend

    very good very fast read will read this author again

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Let It Go Cleaning Parody by FunSongGirl

    The mud is on the living room floor, footprints are everywhere. A room of total disaster, and it looks like it's in my care. Mom was shouting and I think I did too. Couldn't keep it in, if I tried, no one knew. Don't make it worse, it isn't my mess of course, be the good kid you should strive to be. Clean, don't act mean, don't say 'I can't'! Well, I did! Clean it up, clean it up, here is the mop, and here is the broom! Clean it up, clean it up, get this mess out of the room! I don't care if you don't want to, get this mess of the floor! It is really bothering me, by the way. It's funny how small messes, mom can't seem to see, but the ones she says are huge, are really small to me! Its time to see what this mop can do, to see if this broom works too! This isn't right, this is wrong, oh, when can I be free!? Clean it up, clean it up! I'm gonna blow through the roof, clean it up, clean it up! Why can't this mess just go 'poof'?! Here is the mop, and here is the broom, get this mess out of the room! The water and mud are in muddy streams on the ground! Oops-mom's porcelain pitcher lies in tiny fractals all around! My thought crumble like sand! Oh why can't I just go back?! Is the past really in the past!? Clean it up, clean it up! I can't believe I'm done! Clean it up, clean it up! Wait, what happened to the sun?! Here I stand, when it is time for bed, the mess is out of the roooooooooooom! It really didn't bother me, by the way. So, what did you think? I'm doing a 'Do You Wanna Build a Snowman' parody at parody result one, and I might do more! Spread the word of these parodies!

    0 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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