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FEAR NEVER DIES

Theodore Glenn loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims and on those who later find the mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets Glenn free, he blazes a freshly bloodied path across San Diego ...

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Overview

FEAR NEVER DIES

Theodore Glenn loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims and on those who later find the mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets Glenn free, he blazes a freshly bloodied path across San Diego County. But the death he craves most is Robin McKenna’s.

Putting aside their past troubled relationship, Will rushes to protect Robin, now a savvy businesswoman operating an upscale club. As the killings mount and Glenn proves a master manipulator, Robin and Will become snared in a twisted web of horror. But the shocking truth is even worse: The evil they are to face is even deadlier than they fear.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345502711
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Series: Prison Break Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 501,449
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Brennan is the author of The Prey, The Hunt, The Kill, Speak No Evil, See No Evil, and Fear No Evil. For thirteen years she worked as a consultant in the California State Legislature before leaving to devote herself fully to her family and writing. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Dan, and their five children.

www.allisonbrennan.com

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One

Present day

Dear Robin:

I think of you every day, dream of you every night. So clear are my visions of your perfect naked body dancing just for me that when I wake each morning I see you at the foot of my bed in this godforsaken prison you sent me to.

I will come for you, but you won’t know the day or the hour. I long for the wonderful moment when I watch your face next to mine, the truth in your eyes as you surrender to me.

Theodore folded the letter and stuffed it back down his pants as he leaned against the fence of San Quentin’s East Block exercise yard. Exercise? Most of the men stood in groups talking or arguing or hiding an illegal smoke, easier in the cold when smoke could be mistaken for breath.

Defeated. That was the expression on most faces. Fated to spend the rest of their miserable lives in a crumbling, foul-smelling prison. Urine, fungi, and the stench Theodore could only describe as “wet dog”—but worse—permeated the interior. But here, in the pathetically small exercise yard, he tasted salt in the air, heard seagulls call, and remembered freedom.

Freedom that had been stolen from him by a stripper whore and the cop she was screwing.

The fog hung like a wet blanket over the exercise yard. Depressing and unnatural—Theodore despised the entire area. He missed the sun of San Diego, its warm beaches and hot days.

His appeal was only two months away, and he wouldn’t be returning to prison no matter what happened in court.

He pulled out the letter to Robin and tore it into tiny pieces. Fucking lying bitch, you will pay for what you did to me!

As Theodore watched the paper float to the ground, the earth began to shake violently, back and forth. It threw him to the ground. What he would remember most about those thirty-two seconds was the overwhelming sound. He’d never realized an earthquake could be so loud.

It wasn’t just the quake that caused the ear-splitting noise, but the collapse of the twenty-foot-high concrete wall separating the condemned inmates from the San Francisco Bay.

There were six guards posted on the catwalk outside the East Block wall, with .223 caliber mini rifles trained on the yard. But if Glenn couldn’t stay upright, they certainly wouldn’t be able to. He was banking on it.

Dust hung heavy in the air, burning his lungs, but Theodore Glenn jumped up and got moving. He’d felt more than seen the collapse of the concrete walls. Right in the middle they’d tumbled down, the weight of the crumbling rock yanking more of the wall to the ground, including at least one of the guards.

He ignored the sirens vibrating through the complex. Freedom was only a dozen yards away—over the concrete rubble. Theodore couldn’t see the guard tower outside the fence. Had that collapsed as well? He could hope. If not, he would hope that enough of the condemned ran and he would not be shot.

Barely heard over the squeal of the alarms, there was erratic gunfire. Shouts from the catwalk caught Theodore’s attention. He looked up, barely able to see the guard at the far south of the walk. The man was limping, but functional. Where were the others? Had they fallen to the other side? Twenty feet probably wouldn’t kill them, but they’d likely be immobile.

Theodore carefully started up the slope that had been the wall. Razor wire, embedded in the destroyed wall, was now everywhere. While his sturdy shoes protected his feet, he couldn’t use his hands for fear of slicing them. If he made it over the debris, he didn’t want open cuts because there was only one way out:

The San Francisco Bay.

He sensed other inmates following him, and two were ahead. He saw the crooked arm of a guard, his green uniform covered in dust. Trapped by the concrete when it fell. Dead? Very likely. Theodore scanned the area for a rifle as he continued moving forward, up the concrete mountain. The weapon must be buried with the dead guard.

A voice from the far side of the catwalk ordered Theodore to stop. He didn’t hesitate, but continued climbing the collapsed wall. He spied another guard near the top of the rubble, this one not dead but injured, blood pouring from a head wound. He kept shaking his head as if to clear it, but held fast to his rifle, which swung erratically to and fro. It didn’t look like the guard could see much of anything, blood covering one eye. His expression was panicked. Fearful.

Theodore realized then that the guard who had ordered him to stop was trapped on the far side of the catwalk, which had partially collapsed, pulled down by the weight of the falling wall. Where were the other guards? The air was thick with dust and fog, Theodore wasn’t sure what he was seeing.

“Stop!” the guard called again, but he was aiming his gun behind Theodore. How many were following him? Why wasn’t the guard shooting? Afraid to hit a fallen officer?

Over the loudspeaker, a voice commanded, “Down! Lay facedown, hands behind your head or you will be shot.”

Theodore ignored the warning. A guard was pursuing him, but the yard guards had nonfatal rubber bullets. Behind him were shouts and screams.

Reaching the wounded guard, without hesitation Theodore ripped the rifle from his shaking hands. The bastard should have shot first, he thought with a tight grin. With the stock of the rifle, Theodore hit the fallen guard twice—wham! wham!—on the head.

He collapsed, unconscious and more likely dead. Gun in hand, Theodore rolled down the far side of the wall.

“You bastard! You didn’t need to kill him!”

Theodore turned to fire the rifle, thinking it was a pursuing guard. Instead, he saw convict Thomas O’Brien, another condemned man recently transferred from North Seg, the country club of death row. O’Brien rolled down behind him, cutting his hand on razor wire.

Theodore aimed the rifle at the traitorous prisoner. He’d had a suspicion about O’Brien ever since he walked into East Block last week.

A bullet whizzed past Theodore. He wished he’d had time to retrieve the guard’s sidearm, but it was buried along with the dead guard’s legs. Instead of killing his fellow prisoner, Theodore turned and returned fire. Enough to give him cover.

The earth rolled beneath him. Aftershock.

He didn’t fall, but O’Brien did. The guard pursuing them also stumbled.

Gunfire echoed around him and he zigzagged through the short open space. He spared a glance toward where the main guard tower should be.

It wasn’t there.

Sirens, shouts, gunfire sounded all around. Theodore ran. The two convicts in front of him jumped into the bay. He followed.

He swam northeast, away from San Francisco and the violence of the bay; toward the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge. If he could reach the bridge, he’d have a better chance of escaping.

The cold water burned his hands. He realized he had cuts all over them, small nicks that the saltwater turned to searing pain.

He slung the gun over his shoulder. It would be worthless in the water, but he could dry it out, use it again, if he was lucky.

He swam. Heard splashes behind him, others following suit. His active, rigorous lifestyle before prison had given him physical strength, which he’d maintained over the last seven years. If anyone could survive the San Francisco Bay, it was him. He was certain of it.

The more convicts on the run, the greater chance he had to escape. They would be slower than him. Already he had passed the two convicts who’d jumped ahead of him.

The water froze and burned, it was early February, light was fading, all he needed was the cover of dark and stamina, and he would be free. He’d been waiting for this opportunity, the first chance to be free. To think he’d wasted the last seven years on appeals when all he’d had to do was relax and wait for an act of God!

He almost laughed. Instead, he gritted his teeth against the pain and cold of the San Francisco Bay, found his rhythm, and swam hard through the choppy water.

Adrenaline surged through his blood, triggering every cell in his body. He’d never felt so alive.

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    Loved It

    Loved the drama and suspense...definite page turner!

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Thrilling

    Hard to put down. Fast paced, edge of your seat book. Killing Fear was incredible if you love a good thriller with a hint of romance. Allison Brennan gives her readers a well written, chilling, hard to put down story. The characters were likable and the story was believable. The villain was scary enough to make you not want to read at night. Will and Robin were great together.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Real Page Turner

    This book was an excellent beach read. Will and Robin needed to sit down and talk from page one, but other than that, the plot line was exciting. I enjoy all her books and this one was especially good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    Killing Fear - Great Piece of Work

    I look forward to reading more of this author's exciting and intensifying thrillers. This book held my attention from start to end. Try the book and if you truly are a mystery/thriller person, you will enjoy this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Pandemonium Biographies

    Only include the following: name, nickname, gender, age, rank, titles, appearance, personality, and family. Also imclude a mate and kits, if applicable. Otherwise, do not include it. (Themesong is okay but not recommendedm)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Shadowscar

    Ok. Whats the evil tjen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Iceheart

    Shadowstar whitepaw can turn to white fire...and i got another prophecy"THE HEART OF ICE WHITE FIRE AND THE PELT THAT CARRIES A RED SCAR WILL RISE UP TOGETHER AND SAVE THE CLANS AGAINST THE EVIL THAT IS RISING."and i think it means me whitepaw and scarpaw.and i think they deseve their warrior names.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Scarletclaw to Shadowstar

    *pads up to the entrance of the leaders den and pauses* Sadowstar? Are you here?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Shadowstar-leaders den

    Underneath sunny rocks, there is a little cave. The cave is made by sunny rocks resting against another rock. The entrance is covered in moss. Inside is cool, and the floor is covered in soft grass. This is where the leader of Fearclan sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    What Happened?

    After reading Brennan's previous books and enjoying all of them, I was excited for her new series to be published. However, this book is unlike her others in that it is boring, has poorly developed characters, and no suspense at all-romantic or otherwise. Maybe Ms. Brennan is burned out after churning out all her other books. She uses flashbooks, tries to develop tension with two characters who were once in love, and throws in a bad guy who is is totally unbelievable (he breaks out of Sing-Sing after an earthquake!). It doesn't work. The 'evil' person in this book isn't well developed either. I am probably not going to finish this book (I'm half way through), and before I buy her next I'll be sure to look at it before ordering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Couldn't put it down!!!

    This is the first of her Prison Break trilogy. I could not put this down. It was great to have Cara Kincads partner Will Hooper front and center. I have read all of Allison Brennan's books and have loved them all. Her characters are believable. It was great to see Will finally find someone for himself and to also hear how some of her characters from the other books are doing, like Patrick is still in a coma and Conner and Julia are still together. I hope to hear more about the Kincade family in the rest of this trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    KILLING FEAR BY ALLISON BRENNAN

    This is the first book in a new trilogy called ¿The Prison Break Series¿. ¿Killing Fear¿ is the first book I have read by this author but it definitely won¿t be the last. Seven years ago Robin McKenna had three of her friends murdered by Theodore Glenn. It is Robin¿s testimony that clinches his conviction and he swears revenge on her. Theodore Glenn escapes prison and Robin¿s nightmare truly begins. She has no doubt that Glenn will seek his revenge on her¿.. the question is how and when? I was very impressed with the intricacy of the plot and sub-plots that were carefully woven together for an unforeseeable conclusion. I thought the well-placed flashbacks really enhanced the suspense as well as allowed the reader to get up to date on the events that took place seven years before when the murders were actually committed. The reader can really sense Robin¿s frustration of wanting to live her life freely vs. her fear of being Glenn¿s next victim. Book 2 in this series, ¿Tempting Evil¿ will be released on 5-27-08 and Book 3 ¿Playing Dead¿ will be released on 9-30-08. Allison Brennan also has 2 other trilogies prior to this one.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is an exciting serial killer cat and mouse game

    Seven years ago club owner and exotic dancer Robin McKenna¿s testimony somewhat helped convict serial killer Theodore Glenn, who defended himself but could not overcome the DNA evidence at the murder scene. He and one other person know the forensic proof that caught him was not left at the scene by him someone probably the dumb detective framed him. That is if you can call a frame when he did commit the homicides. She assumed she would never see the vile psychopath who killed her roommate Anna ever again though he vowed vengeance against those who sent him to prison.--------- An earthquake shakes the Bay area damaging San Quentin. During the turmoil, Glenn escapes. He plans to kill those who convicted him. At the top of his list is Detective Will Hooper. Not only did the cop arrest him and probably framed him, he had the gall to have a tryst with Robin who Glenn believes belongs to the perfect man: him. In fact he considers each new homicide as a gift to Robin. . Glenn is obsessed with Robin and thrills to the pain each new murder causes her. Glenn even leaves several hints that Anna still lives after all this time. Robin and Will relook the evidence though they doubt Anna survived her ordeal, but they begin to think the possibility exists. Will knows that Robin is on Glenn¿s list so he must stop this maniac before anyone else dies.------------- This is an exciting serial killer cat and mouse game in which Glenn is as brilliant and amoral as a person can become as he only feels pleasure when he provides immense pain climaxing in the death of others. The story line is fast-paced once the triangle is set with his escape and never slows down as readers anticipate a final ¿perfect¿ confrontation. However before getting there Allison Brennan takes her audience through spins and twists that add tension to the strong suspense storyline.------------- Harriet Klausner

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