Fatal Justice

Fatal Justice

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by Marie Force

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She looked into the dead face of the man she'd dined with the night before…

Standing over the body of a Supreme Court nominee, Lieutenant Sam Holland is hip-deep in another high-profile murder case. The fact that she was one of the last people to see Julian Sinclair alive just complicates things even more. On the plus side, her relationship with

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She looked into the dead face of the man she'd dined with the night before…

Standing over the body of a Supreme Court nominee, Lieutenant Sam Holland is hip-deep in another high-profile murder case. The fact that she was one of the last people to see Julian Sinclair alive just complicates things even more. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano is heating up—but it's also attracting a lot of unwanted media attention and blinding flash bulbs.

The pressure is on for Sam to find Sinclair's killer, but a new lead in her father's unsolved shooting puts her in unexpected danger. When long-buried secrets threaten to derail her relationship with Nick, Sam realizes that while justice is blind, mixing romance with politics has the potential to be fatal…

Book 2 of the Fatal Series by New York Times bestselling author Marie Force

94,000 words

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Carina Press
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Fatal Series , #2
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As Sam raised her right hand to take the oath that would make her a lieutenant, every cell phone and pager in the room began to vibrate.

Tearing her eyes off the city clerk, she ventured a glance at her partner, Detective Freddie Cruz, and noted the grim expression on his handsome face as he checked his pager.

The moment Sam said the final words of the oath, several of the other officers in the room bolted for the doors, calling out that they'd see her later at the party. She heard one of them say, "DD, mass cas."

Ugh, Sam thought, domestic disturbance, multiple casualties—the worst kind of hell for cops.

"...I have tremendous confidence that she'll continue to serve with honor and distinction in her new role," concluded Chief Farnsworth, a man she'd called Uncle Joe when she was a child. "It's my great personal and professional honor to introduce for the first time, Lieutenant Sam Holland."

Contending with a huge lump in her throat, Sam received the thundering applause from the colleagues who remained in the room. Her sisters, Tracy and Angela, stepped forward, followed by their father in his motorized wheelchair.

As her sisters pinned on the gold bars, Sam marveled at the surreal sensation. Thanks to the dyslexia she'd battled all her life, she hadn't allowed herself to imagine this moment. Tears wet her father's cheeks as he watched from his chair. He loved his three girls passionately, but the special bond he shared with Sam was obvious to everyone who knew them.

Once the bars were in place Tracy and Angela stepped back.

Sam leaned forward to rest her head on her father's shoulder, which was a poor substitute for the hug she'd have given anything to receive from him right then. Two long years had passed since he'd last been able to hug her.

"Congratulations, Lieutenant," he said in a gruff tone.

"Thank you, Chief."

He kissed her cheek.

She turned to shake hands with Chief Farnsworth.

Watching the remaining cops leave the room, Sam had to hold herself back.

"It's okay if you want to go with them," Nick said from behind her.

"No way," she said as she turned to him. "I'm off today."



He leaned in and kissed her square on the lips in front of her father, her sisters, the chief and the mayor. The mayor, for God's sake!

"Congratulations, Lieutenant," Nick whispered.

"Thank you," she muttered. She planned to speak to him once again about his inappropriate PDA habit once they were back in that stupid limo he'd insisted on to transport them around the famously congested District of Columbia on their big day.

"The uniform is h-o-t," he whispered in her ear. "I'll need a private viewing later."

"Stop." She pushed at his chest. Even through the suit she could make out the pronounced contours of his muscular pectorals.

His full, sexy mouth lifted into the smile that promised carnal delights, and Sam's panties went damp. That was all it took, and he knew it.

As they partook in the coffee and pastry reception, Sam felt twitchy with anxiety as she waited to hear something—anything—from the scene of the domestic disturbance. Sipping her second diet cola of the day, she watched Nick share a laugh with her father and was grateful that the two of them had bonded over their shared concern for her safety. She wished they were a little less concerned, but hey, at least her father had stopped trying to intimidate Nick every chance he got—something Skip was still quite good at, even from his wheelchair.

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Meet the Author

With more than 3.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the Gansett Island Series, Treading Water Series, Green Mountain Series and new erotic Quantum Trilogy. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com

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Fatal Justice (Fatal Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 205 reviews.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Talented author. Loved all characters especially Sam. couldn't put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the first novella free and it was so attention grabbing, THAT I BOUGHT THE ENTIRE SERIES !!!!!!!!! Well written with believable, lovable characters. I guarantee you will enjoy THIS one AND THE REST OF THE SERIES.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down. Love that Sam and Nicks story continues. On to book three..h.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the first in this series and loved it but it goes downhill from there. The murder/detective story line is great but the cheesy harlequin-type romantic relationship story line is semi gag worthy. I love a good mystery and this one is tarnished by the overly descriptive sex scenes that occur seemingly every other chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't like that Marie pushed her political view on the reader. There are good and bad with both liberals and conservatives. The slant that conservatives are bigots and killers and pro choice is the only way to go turned me off. She is a good writer and should leave the political preaching out.
ShellyRR More than 1 year ago
Great plot. A must read if you like mysteries.
frosty1 More than 1 year ago
A none stop adventure of love, heart ache and justice. This is a must read in the "Fatal" series and one that is definite on the keeper shelf. The nonstop action and suspense was well written and the love story wasn't over the top, but written so that you are rooting not only for the lead couple, but for some of the supporting cast, who also seem to have found love. Mrs. Force keeps you guessing till the end, when the villain isn't who you expect but lives are changed forever.
gudegast More than 1 year ago
I was under the impression that this was detective story but it appears the author could not come up with a full story.  So instead there is a lot of filler.  Horny detectines get laid, politics,  religious guilt, romance, unnecessary story lines and, oh yeah, a couple of people get killed, quick investigation.  The end. I don't care enough about Sam and Nick to follow the series and their way to detailed sex life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! I highly recommend to read the series from the beginning!
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great story and I love the banter between Sam and Nick and enjoy watching them sort out how their respective jobs will have on their love. The secondary characters were great and I liked how they all interacted with one another.
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I really loved the story and the interaction between the characters. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit too sexually descriptive, but still a good story. Kitt :)
DDJTJ More than 1 year ago
Hot sex, hot crimes, I loved FATAL JUSTICE!  This is the first time I have read any of Marie Force's books but what a way to get into a series.  Loved the characters and the action ( in the bedroom and out!)  The mystery kept me interested all the way till the end and it was so go the book went fast.  I cant wait till I can get ahold of more! I received this book from goodreads in exchange for a review
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nooknookSL More than 1 year ago
I love this author and this series. Suspense and romance, it doesn't get any better than this. In this book and others in the series I enjoy a little behind the scenes workings of law enforcement and the lfictional life of a US Senator. Fun read.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing! Marie Force has continued the story of Sam and Nick with another incredible book. With two murder investigations underway and Nick's new senatorial appointment, they seem to have a bit of a hard time connecting. And with one of those investigations involving one of Nick's close friends, there's more than enough stress to go around.  The murders take the story in two different directions at the same time. The main one is of the Supreme Court nominee and most of the story revolves around this case, but in a super close second we have one that may be a lead into Sam's father's case - a very good lead that takes Sam on a roller coaster ride of emotions.  Through all of this their relationship has a whole new set of trials. While they seemed so strong together at the beginning, there were times I was afraid they wouldn't be able to work out a compromise and make it all work. To keep with the romance theme, there are two more hovering in the background just to make sure the reader gets enough, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of them.  An engaging story line with some spectacular characters really seem to bring this series together. I can't wait to see what Sam and Nick have to tackle next in their lives as they try to make their relationship into what they both want and need.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*