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Done in One: A Novel
     

Done in One: A Novel

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by Grant Jerkins
 

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One bullet equals one kill.

For SWAT sniper Jake Denton, the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his "kills" are beginning to add up. His wife, his department-ordered psychiatrist, and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health. Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley, his mentor

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One bullet equals one kill.

For SWAT sniper Jake Denton, the bullet casings he saves as grim reminders of his "kills" are beginning to add up. His wife, his department-ordered psychiatrist, and even Jake himself are all beginning to question just how these sanctioned kills are affecting his mental health. Nobody wants him to end up like Lee Staley, his mentor and ex-partner---now out on permanent psych leave, drinking himself to death, and the prime suspect in a series of shootings that have paralyzed Northern California.

Jake doesn't believe that Staley's guilty, but since their job has taught them to kill, how easy would it be for his friend to cross over to the other side? How easy would it be for him?

On every police force in the country, there's a SWAT sniper going about his daily life, acting like an average cop, until the moment when the call comes in. Then they become a hostage's last hope and a criminal's worst nightmare. To some, they are silent heroes---to others, silent killers. Grant Jerkins and Jan Thomas's Done in One pulls back the curtain on their world.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 11/17/2014
Jerkins (The Ninth Step) and debut author Thomas, the wife of a retired police sniper, deliver a high-powered bone-rattler of a novel. As a sniper on the Cameron County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, Jacob Denton stands as an anonymous “man apart,” even in this “brotherhood of the elite few.” After his 17th sanctioned kill, he can no longer ignore the high mental and emotional toll of his job. His wife, Jill, a writing teacher sidelined from her firefighting and EMT work by injury, tries to provide solace. When a shooter starts picking off cops, the strain on Denton increases. The chief suspect is Denton’s mentor and friend, Lee Staley, a sniper who retired after he botched his last job and now lives in derelict Hangtown. Even a contrived plot twist can’t dampen this adrenaline-fueled thriller, which casts Denton and his kind as heroes who still believe the American dream is worth protecting. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Jan.)
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Advance Praise for Done in One

"Done In One is a vivid, visceral look at the world of the police sniper, and it gets your adrenal gland working overtime." —Stephen Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of I, Sniper

"A rare treat -- a lean, fast-paced thriller with touchingly human characters and moments of startling insight." —John Verdon, bestselling author of Think of a Number

"There is a haunting, inescapable lethality to Done In One. Through the scope of a sniper's weapon, we witness both the disturbing simplicity and the infinite complexities of the heroic kill, and are forever changed in the process." —John Burley, author of The Absence of Mercy

"What great entertainment! A plot that screams, characters you care about, all told in vivid detail. Done in One takes you inside the very small world of police snipers and makes it very, very real." —John Gilstrap, author of End Game and the Jonathan Grave thriller series

"Lean and direct, Done in One knows exactly what it is - a shot of adrenaline between two covers, but with enough heart not to leave the reader at arm's length. Jerkins and Thomas don't flinch, and they bring a twisting plot to a bold, satisfying conclusion." —Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full

"Tightens like a noose. I've read Grant Jerkins for years, and pairing with Jan Thomas has only seemed to up his game. A stark, spare thriller that you'll read faster than a bullet flies. If Jack Reacher ever got in touch with his feminine side, you'd have Done in One." —Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow

"A high-powered bone-rattler of a novel." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466857841
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/13/2015
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
12,312
File size:
699 KB

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Meet the Author

GRANT JERKINS is the prize-winning author of A Very Simple Crime, At the End of the Road, and The Ninth Step. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and son.

JAN THOMAS has worked as a firefighter/medic, a role-player at a police academy, a weekly humor columnist and a screenwriter. She lives in Northern California with her husband, a retired law-enforcement sniper, and their two St. Bernards. Done in One is her first novel.


GRANT JERKINS is the prize-winning author of A Very Simple Crime, At the End of the Road, and The Ninth Step. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and son.
JAN THOMAS has worked as a firefighter/medic, a role-player at a police academy, a weekly humor columnist and a screenwriter. She lives in Northern California with her husband, a retired law enforcement sniper, and their two St. Bernards. Done in One is her first novel.

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Done in One: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unexpected characters given the subject. Remarkable couple. Story and action that do not quit and leave little "down-time." Thoroughly engaging. Surprised me...never saw it coming. Want to know so much more about the characters. How about a prequel to show how that amazing relationship developed? Whatever. I have to have more.
LindaJones More than 1 year ago
Great book! The author does a terrific job of giving the reader a view of the inside world of SWAT sniper, the mindset necessary to be good at this job and the importance of a trusted work partner and spouse in such a demanding job. The author tells the story without losing the reader by overdoing descriptions. I enjoy books that I am able to feel that I am a part of the story. I could feel myself in every page! Now, I hope there is another to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling storyline and wonderfulliy written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad I saw this come up in my recommendations...well worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Attention grabbing. Pure craft. No garbage as a filler. If you are looking for some sticky sweet love story, this is not it.