Cold Hearted

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Trusting Her. . .

They all loved her. That was their mistake. Two husbands, her college fiancé, an influential boss—every man who gets close to Jordan Price is made to pay in blood. And the list is growing. . .

Could Be. . .

Hired by the Powell Agency to investigate Senator Dan Price's death, Rick Carson can see at once why people would believe Jordan Price incapable of cold-blooded murder. Slender, pale, and ...

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Overview

Trusting Her. . .

They all loved her. That was their mistake. Two husbands, her college fiancé, an influential boss—every man who gets close to Jordan Price is made to pay in blood. And the list is growing. . .

Could Be. . .

Hired by the Powell Agency to investigate Senator Dan Price's death, Rick Carson can see at once why people would believe Jordan Price incapable of cold-blooded murder. Slender, pale, and elegant, she stands by her late husband's graveside exuding sweet vulnerability. Only Rick notices that she never sheds a tear. And the deeper he delves into the string of deaths from which Jordan has profited handsomely, the more convinced Rick becomes that he is dealing with a callous, cunning, unstoppable killer. . .

The Last Thing You Ever Do. . .

The closer Rick gets to the chilling truth, the more dangerous this game of cat-and-mouse becomes. The targets are changing, and suddenly, nothing and no one is safe. If Jordan is as innocent as she claims, Rick may have placed her in a killer's cross hairs. And if she's guilty, he'll never live to regret it. . .


Prologue

Perhaps the best thing he could do for himself and everyone he loved was to commit suicide.

Dan Price stared at the Glock pistol lying atop his desk. He had bought the 9mm automatic for his wife, but she had refused the gift, politely reminding him of her aversion to guns. But at his insistence, she had gone with him to the practice range and learned to use the weapon, only to please him. But to his knowledge, she had never carried the pistol, never kept it in her room or in her car.

If his sweet Jordan had any idea that he was contemplating taking his own life, she would do her best to convince him that no matter what the future held, she would stand by him. It was her basic integrity and loyalty that had first attracted him to the woman who had become his greatest political asset.

Dan lifted the half-full glass of Kentucky bourbon to his lips and finished off the remainder. The liquor burned a path down his esophagus and hit his belly like fire. He coughed a couple of times, then wiped his mouth, picked up the bottle, and poured himself another drink. If he was going to do this—and he fully intended to end his life tonight—he knew he couldn't do it stone cold sober. He wasn't that courageous. Before he could put the hammer-forged barrel into his mouth and pull the trigger, he needed to be more than a little drunk.

He sipped on the bourbon as he leaned back in the swivel desk chair and let his gaze travel over the room. His private study, as it had been his father's and grandfather's before him. An impressive room inside a 200-year-old antebellum mansion, part of an estate that had been in his family since before the War Between the States. Generations of Price men had served their country, first in wartime and then in local, state, and national politics. In Georgia, the name Price was synonymous with public service. If he killed himself, how would that affect his family's good name? No Price man had ever taken the easy way out of a bad situation.

But could he continue, knowing what the future held for him? Could he condemn Jordan to such a life? And what about Devon? And his brother, Ryan? They would never desert him, and that would mean great sacrifices for each of them.

You don't have to do this tonight. You have time.

But how much time? Six months? A year?

Dan finished off his second drink and poured himself a third.

The grandfather clock in the hall struck twice. Two in the morning.

He unlocked the file cabinet in the bottom drawer of the desk, rummaged through the folders until he found the file he wanted. A copy of his will. His lawyer kept another copy and a third was inside his safe at the house in Bethesda. The contents of his will were not secret to anyone. Everything he possessed would be equally divided among Jordan, Devon and Ryan. Jordan had protested, telling him that she didn't expect such an enormous legacy, but he had quieted her protests with a tender caress.

"I owe you more than I will ever be able to repay," he'd told her.

Dan finished off his third drink.

Minutes ticked by as he contemplated the Glock on his desk. Grandfather Price's antique desk. Family lore claimed the desk had belonged to Jefferson Davis, a contemporary of his ancestor, General John Ryan Price.

Dan poured another glass of bourbon, picked up the bottle and the glass and walked over to the leather Chesterfield sofa. He sat down, placed the bottle on the floor, and considered his options. Death was preferable to the fate that awaited him.

Dan's eyelids flicked open and shut. In the twilight zone of being half-awake/half-asleep, he didn't immediately realize where he was or what had awakened him so abruptly. Woozy from sleep and too much bourbon, Dan recalled that he had contemplated suicide to solve his problems, but in the end, drunk and, oddly enough, thinking more clearly than he had when he'd been sober, he had realized that killing himself would have been the coward's way out.

Dan swatted at something cold against his cheek. His fingertips raked across the metal object. He opened his eyes fully, stared up at the woman leaning over him, and smiled. She did not return his smile. His gaze zipped from her familiar face to his own hand holding the 9mm, its barrel pressed firmly against his head. And it was only when he tried to ease the gun away from his head that he realized her hand covered his, her index finger squeezed tightly over his against the trigger.

"What the—!"

Before he could react, she forced his finger down against the trigger, firing the gun at point blank range directly into his brain.

Dan's last thought was that someone he'd trusted completely had just killed him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Private investigator Rick Carson has been hired to find out who murdered Georgia Sen. Dan Price and finds himself falling for Price's trophy widow, Jordan, even though she's his prime suspect. Gorgeous, steely Jordan stands to inherit a substantial estate and has a history of losing husbands and boyfriends to questionable fatalities, and Price was killed with Jordan's gun. But a sizable cast of quirky hangers-on who rely upon Jordan for room and board complicate matters: any one of them could be responsible for not just the senator's death but also the string of corpses that litter Jordan's past. The more Rick investigates, the more certain he is that the woman he's in love with could be a coldhearted killer. His two minds drive some refreshing twists that leave readers guessing to the end and making the latest from suspense artist Barton a satisfying read. (Sept.)

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Library Journal
PI Rick Carson's instant attraction to the widow of a murdered senator complicates his investigation of the case. Campy, formulaic, and sometimes confusing, Barton's (www.beverlybarton.com) latest title—following The Murder Game (2008)—is intriguing nonetheless. A bit racier than the novels of Mary Higgins Clark, it falls in line with the work of Linda Howard and Tami Hoag. An excellent-quality production admirably performed by actress/voice-over artist Lisa York, especially considering the huge number of characters. [The Zebra Bks. hc, published in 2008, was a New York Times and USA Today best seller.—Ed.]—Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420100495
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 368,698
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times best-selling author BEVERLY BARTON has written over fifty contemporary romance novels and created the popular Protectors series. She is a two-time Maggie Award winner, a two-time National Reader's Choice Award winner, and a recipient of the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Adventure.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Gave this a 3 but it should be a 2 ½

    I figured out the murderer in the first third of the book and frankly I didn¿t care if Jordan ended up one of his/her victims.<BR/><BR/>Jordan was a cold, unfeeling woman with no real passion. She hadn¿t shed a tear in 12 years, even with the death of two husbands and the miscarriage of a child. Yet everyone looked on her as a saint, adored by all. Mother Teresa would pale in comparison. <BR/><BR/>How stupid can you be? Someone in her family of leeches and the weak willed living at ¿Price Manor¿ with her is murdering people; there is no one else that could be doing it. Yet she refuses to accept that any of them did, thereby putting herself and others in danger.<BR/><BR/>I don¿t know why Rick was attracted to her, she had no real personality or depth. <BR/><BR/>I rushed to finish this one as it was so boring and if I¿d heard one more thing about Robby Joe I¿d have run screaming from the room.<BR/><BR/>Beverly Barton¿s books are hit and miss with many more hits than misses so I doubt I will ever stop reading her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. I never would have guested the kill

    I really enjoyed this book. I never would have guested the killer. Kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Shrewfang

    He quickly grasps the Kit. "Ill be back.!" He fled the clearing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Tyro to a wolf

    He whispers"help me!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    TO ALL FORCEMATERS

    You are all filthy washed up losers *she meows and pads out*~ SmokeyFlare of sunclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Forcemate a cat and i will join

    Snowheart at ret res one. I will join if u do that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Incinity

    Ooo a battle!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Tigerkit

    Pads in can i join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Chesiregrin

    "No. They never responded." She said. "I may be evil, but I am still loyal."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Nightshade

    Thats terrible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Phantomkit

    Yelps and gives shrewfang one last scratch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Pride

    Pride rolled his eyes and pads away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Speckledwing

    Wat is it with you cats if this guy wants a mate so bad he would have replied by know. And don't fight and don't hurt me I am the med cat of lightclan.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    To watermint

    Okay, go to "the blue stream" and that will be our den. I will post about me and you will post about you. Then we do whatever.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    COULDN'T WAIT TO BE DONE WITH IT

    JORDAN PRICE ANNOYED THE HECK OUT OF ME. I WAS ALMOST UNABLE TO FINISH THE BOOK BECAUSE OF HER CHARACTER. AROUND THE THIRD CHAPTER I KNEW WHO THE KILLER WAS AND READING THE REST OF THE BOOK WAS JUST A WASTE OF MY TIME. AVOID THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE STRONG, FIESTY FEMALE CHARACTERS LIKE I DO!

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

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    Fantastic, again.

    Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    A chilling thriller

    Everyone who knew the late Senator Dan Price refuse to believe he committed suicide especially since he seemed to have everything now that he married Jordan. His brother Ryan refuses to accept the official declaration that Dan killed himself. He hires the Powell Private Security to uncover the truth. Rick Carson is assigned to head the investigation.---------------- Rick watches the widow grieve at her husband¿s grave and can see why she has supporters amongst Dan¿s family and friends who insists she is a paragon. He wonders if she might be a black widow as he immediately suspects the worst of the twenty-four year old Jordan Price although he also is mesmerized by her. Everyone in Jordan's tightly knit group insists that is impossible, but Rick remains unconvinced, especially when he learns of the other deaths that surround Jordan's past her fiancé Robby Joe Wright in a car accident and her first spouse Boyd Bannon in a hunting accident. Despite his distrust, Rick falls under Jordan's spell as well he becomes her alibi for the murder of the senator's first wife, who he knows was blackmailing his suspect. Rick wonders if he was set up by a brilliant sexy strategist black widow or is there someone even more diabolically clever using her as a victim of sorts. -------------------- Rick makes this thriller work as he falls in love even though he increasingly believes his beloved is a COLD HEARTED black widow. The story line is driven by the relationship between the sleuth and the widow as each is attracted to the other, but she senses his doubts. Fans will enjoy this tense suspense tale as Rick knows any man intimately involved with Jordan has a short life span he hopes his focus is with his upper head, but from the moment he saw her at Dan¿s funeral, his blood went south.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted March 2, 2012

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    Posted December 6, 2011

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    Posted March 26, 2011

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