Don't Say a Word

Don't Say a Word

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by Beverly Barton
     
 

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Cross Your Heart. . .

One by one, they will die. He has waited patiently, planning their final moments. Their tortured screams, their pleas for mercy--all will be in vain. . .

And Hope. . .

Homicide detective Julia Cass has witnessed plenty of crime scenes. But the murder of a Chattanooga judge is shocking in its brutality.…  See more details below

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Cross Your Heart. . .

One by one, they will die. He has waited patiently, planning their final moments. Their tortured screams, their pleas for mercy--all will be in vain. . .

And Hope. . .

Homicide detective Julia Cass has witnessed plenty of crime scenes. But the murder of a Chattanooga judge is shocking in its brutality. Teamed with FBI agent Will Brannock, Julia delves into an investigation that soon unearths more bodies--all mutilated in the same way, all left with a gruesome souvenir of a killer's ruthless rage. . .

To Die. . .

The only way to stop the slaughter is to predict the next victim. But when you're dealing with vengeance at its most ruthless, one wrong move can make you a target. . .and the next word you utter could be your last. . .

Praise for the novels of Beverly Barton

"A shivery read. . . Tight twists and hairpin turns will keep readers racing through the pages." --Bookpage on Don't Cry

"Barton delivers a solid mix of romance and terror in her latest thriller." --Publishers Weekly on Don't Cry

"Masterful!" --New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard on Cold Hearted

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420128307
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
120,413
File size:
961 KB

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Don't Say A Word 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
ldosch More than 1 year ago
Awesome thriller! When Homicide Detective Julia Cass transferred to the Chattanooga Police Department to be near her big brother, FBI agent J.D. Cass, she didn’t realize that she would be grabbing her first case on the way home from the airport and that she would be teamed up with her brother’s partner, Will Brannock. The guy looked more like a GQ model than an FBI agent, but once they get to the scene of the grizzly homicide, Will is all business. The killer is definitely trying to send a message cutting out the tongues of his victims. He is exacting vengeance with these murders and Julia and Will need to figure out what the victims have in common if they will have any chance in catching the killer. Another incredible murder mystery which will keep you on your toes. I don’t want to go into too much since the best part of murder mystery is to solve the crime along with the characters, so I don’t want to give anything away. From what I have read recently, I am definitely going to have to throw more thrillers into my TBR pile. :) This is a well written, engrossing story with just a touch of attraction/romance between the main characters to keep things interesting. I usually have a problem when there are too many POVs in the story telling it usually drags the action down, but in this case it was mostly our two main characters and the killer, with only brief changes over to some of the other characters. Nothing that killed the momentum of the story. I will say I only have it a 4 ½ stars since Beverly Barton’s writing is very descriptive, which although it is usually good story writing, but for a thriller I felt taking too much time for example, to describe the decorating of the room where the murder took place, wasn’t really necessary and took your attention away from the important things, like the dead person in the room and the fact gathering. That added to the fact that it was 392 pages. Again, not that the story was not enjoyable and engrossing, but for a thriller, a description of “the furnishing screamed money” would have sufficed rather than the detailing of the damask used on the bedspread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written, engrossing story with just a touch of attraction/romance between the main characters to keep things interesting. I usually have a problem when there are too many POVs in the story telling it usually drags the action down, but in this case it was mostly our two main characters and the killer, with only brief changes over to some of the other characters. Nothing that killed the momentum of the story. I was a great fan of Beverly Barton and mourn the loss the reading public has lost. In my opinion the writing of this, her last book, was very much Beverly Barton style; and I thank her family and fellow author Linda Ladd for their contribution in getting it published. This is another incredible murder mystery which will keep you on your toes. I don't want to go into too much since the best part of murder mystery is to solve the crime along with the characters, so I don't want to give anything away. Fantastic sequel to Don't Cry. When Homicide Detective Julia Cass transferred to the Chattanooga Police Department to be near her big brother, FBI agent J.D. Cass, she didn't realize that she would be grabbing her first case on the way home from the airport and that she would be teamed up with her brother's partner, Will Brannock. The guy looked more like a GQ model than an FBI agent, but once they get to the scene of the grizzly homicide, Will is all business. RIP Beverly Barton.           
nerdyewe More than 1 year ago
This book was not written by Beverly barton. It does not have her tone or style. After reading the first sentence, I stated the words did not seem like they were crafted by Ms. Barton. I trudged my way through the book and sure enough at the end was the thank you to Ms. Ladd for completing the manuscript. I am upset that this book was published. I would have preferred to reread the great works that Ms. Barton had put out while living, than to be left with the taste of this mediorce remembrance of a great storyteller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book!
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Great plot storyline & characters...id luv to see a new series w/ these 2 main characters. Ive read all of her books but these characters together are def in my top favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very saddened to hear of Beverly Barton's death. Her books have always been immediate buy, read and keepers and this was no exception. The plot kept me in suspense and the identity of the killer was a total surprise. The emotonal connections between the leads were very believable. A book not to be missed, but an author who will be greatly missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. The story line about the serial killer was good, and the identity of the villian was a good twist that was unexpected. The writing was just not always up to par. There was no need to refer to the main characters by first and last name as much. I like Beverly Barton's thrillers, but not this one as much as the Cherokee Pointe ones.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Will Brannock from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation picks up his friend J.D. Cass's sister Julia and her bloodhound Jasper at the airport. Julia has joined the Chattanooga police department as a detective. She finds Will to be attractive but she doesn't want to be attracted to him as she had her partner and love die in her arms three years ago. Nonetheless, she and Will find they are soon working together, tracking down a serial killer who kills his victims, one by one, cuts out their tongues, then hangs them, and leaves part of the victim's tongue and a stack of thirty dimes on a scale just under their dangling feet. First to die is Federal Judge Lucien Lockhart who is as corrupt and double-dealing as they come. Then next on the killer's list is shock-jock radio commentator Roc VanVeter. Meanwhile, the killer is still seething but smiles to himself as he sits in a nearby cave. He tapes the tip of each victim's tongue under their picture in a scrapbook he has put together. The late Beverly Barton was a master at writing first-rate thrillers that left readers on the edge of their seats as each page of her books was read and even reread. "Don't Say a Word" is no exception. The characters of Will Brannock, Julia Cass and her brother J.D. and all the many other persons in "Don't Say a Word" are totally believable and work well with each other. The character of the Tongue Slasher, the serial killer, makes complete sense as some never get over horrific losses and strike out as their revenge. The plots' twists and turns are totally believable and the story's ending ties up loose ends perfectly. Linda Ladd should be complimented for helping Beverly Barton's family complete this most excellent of thrillers.
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It was terrible
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First off i love all of mrs, Barton's books up to this one!! This book does not feel like her writing!!! I belive a previous review may be right, i feel this book was written by someone else!! I was very dissapointed in this book!! Don't cry , the prequel to this book was Awsome!! Read her earlier books, they are great reads, skip this one for sure!!!
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After hearing of beverly barton's passing and finishing the griff and nic series, i was sad i wouldnt have anymore books to read from her. Then this book came out and i was ecstatic! I loved it as i do all her books, seeing as i live in the south, anc i just hope there are more manuscripts that other authors will help complete :)
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