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Last Light: A Beacon Falls Novel, featuring Lucy Guardino
     

Last Light: A Beacon Falls Novel, featuring Lucy Guardino

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by C. J. Lyons
 

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LAST LIGHT: A Beacon Falls Novel, Featuring Lucy Guardino

Lucy Guardino has always seen herself as a normal Pittsburgh soccer mom who happened to have a job chasing the worst of the worst for the FBI. But after a violent predator targets her family and she's injured, Lucy sacrifices her career with the FBI in order to

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LAST LIGHT: A Beacon Falls Novel, Featuring Lucy Guardino

Lucy Guardino has always seen herself as a normal Pittsburgh soccer mom who happened to have a job chasing the worst of the worst for the FBI. But after a violent predator targets her family and she's injured, Lucy sacrifices her career with the FBI in order to keep her family safe.

What is she now that she's no longer a FBI Special Agent? she wonders as she begins her new job with the Beacon Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in cold cases and bringing justice to forgotten victims. Lucy fears she's traded being a kick-ass law enforcement officer for being a civilian mother hen shepherding a team of amateurs.

Her fears appear justified when she's partnered with TK O'Connor, a former Marine MP struggling with her transition to life back home in the US, and sent to rural Texas to investigate a case that's more than cold, it's already been closed with the killers behind bars for the past twenty-nine-years.

But...who really killed Lily Martin, her infant daughter, and husband, leaving her young son permanently impaired? Why was an entire family targeted for annihilation? What price will Lucy pay when she fights to expose a truth people will kill to keep buried?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/25/2016
Thriller Award–winner Lyons’s taut sixth Beacon Falls novel (after Bad Break) finds astute and determined Lucy Guardino retired from the FBI due to injuries sustained in the line of duty. She is now the director of a newly established field investigation team for the Beacon Group, an organization specializing in cold cases. On her first day on the job, after a cursory introductory meeting with her small staff, Lucy heads for Texas to investigate the 1987 torture murder of Lily Martin, her husband, and their eight-month-old baby. Lily’s son, Alan, then six years old, survived, but he suffered brain damage from his horrific ordeal. Lucy’s expert eye examines the case and finds that it’s anything but straightforward: facts are obscured by small-town gossip, fear, and maternal love. Her cold case heats up when she uncovers other crimes that are all too current, including fraud and evidence of a series of murders. Readers will eagerly look forward to Lucy’s next outing. (BookLife)
From the Publisher
Praise for CJ Lyons' Thrillers:
"A high stakes adventure with dire consequences." ~New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
"A compelling new voice in thriller writing...I love how the characters come alive on every page." ~New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver
"Everything a great thriller should be-action packed, authentic, and intense." ~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
"Highly engaging characters, heart-stopping scenes...one great rollercoaster ride that will not be stopping anytime soon." ~Bookreporter.com

"Storylines as hypnotic as the characters are magnetic...(Lyons) delights and satisfies." ~National Examiner
5 out of 5 stars: "CJ Lyons imparts such realism, it is hard not to become emotionally invested. Intense. Edgy. Believable. Highly recommend!" ~Best Fiction Books on SNAKE SKIN

TOP PICK! 4 1/2 Stars: Combine Dirty Harry with a loving wife and mother and you might end up with Lucy Guardino. Fans of Lyons' hospital-set series will love the change of setting and thrilling pace. One note: readers with a fear of snakes should pick up this story carefully. Regardless, you won't be able to put this one down. ~RT Book Reviews on SNAKE SKIN

"An action packed thriller from page one! An amazing fast paced story with characters that jump off the page and capture your heart. A must read!" ~My Book Addiction on BLOOD STAINED

"In true CJ Lyons fashion, this book pulls no punches. It's an in-your-face, no-holds-barred story depicting the cruel world of murder and drugs. As with all of her other books, CJ Lyons never disappoints. This book was a true page turner and I didn't want to put it down. She is a brilliant writer and storyteller both, which is not often found in an author. I am already looking forward to her next novel!" BookingIt.net on KILL ZONE

"This tale is not for the faint of heart, for this is a tale of dark human emotions. A must read for anyone who enjoys high-octane emotions with realistic characters and an intriguing storyline." ~My Book Addiction on HARD FALL

"A powerful taut thriller" ~Mystery Gazette
"Lyons proves once again that she is a master of suspense." ~RT Book Reviews

"Tinged with a compelling sense of dread, there are echoes of Kathy Reichs here, but Lyons has her own distinctive voice, and one that is a little more compassionate. She allows her female protagonist to become much more than just a woman in peril." ~Daily Mail
"Smart and intriguing, and her character development is so incredible that she leaves me literally breathless waiting to see what will happen next." ~Becky Lejeune, Bookbitch.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939038401
Publisher:
Edgy Reads
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Series:
Beacon Falls Series , #1
Pages:
356
Sales rank:
591,049
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
Praise for CJ Lyons’ FBI Thrillers:

"A high stakes adventure with dire consequences." ~New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

"A compelling new voice in thriller writing…I love how the characters come alive on every page." ~New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver

"Everything a great thriller should be—action packed, authentic, and intense." ~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

"Highly engaging characters, heart-stopping scenes…one great rollercoaster ride that will not be stopping anytime soon." ~Bookreporter.com

"Storylines as hypnotic as the characters are magnetic...(Lyons) delights and satisfies." ~National Examiner

5 out of 5 stars: "CJ Lyons imparts such realism, it is hard not to become emotionally invested. Intense. Edgy. Believable. Highly recommend!" ~Best Fiction Books on SNAKE SKIN

TOP PICK! 4 1/2 Stars: Combine Dirty Harry with a loving wife and mother and you might end up with Lucy Guardino. Fans of Lyons’ hospital-set series will love the change of setting and thrilling pace. One note: readers with a fear of snakes should pick up this story carefully. Regardless, you won’t be able to put this one down. ~RT Book Reviews on SNAKE SKIN

"An action packed thriller from page one! An amazing fast paced story with characters that jump off the page and capture your heart. A must read!" ~My Book Addiction on BLOOD STAINED

"In true CJ Lyons fashion, this book pulls no punches. It’s an in-your-face, no-holds-barred story depicting the cruel world of murder and drugs. As with all of her other books, CJ Lyons never disappoints. This book was a true page turner and I didn’t want to put it down. She is a brilliant writer and storyteller both, which is not often found in an author. I am already looking forward to her next novel!" BookingIt.net on KILL ZONE

"This tale is not for the faint of heart, for this is a tale of dark human emotions. A must read for anyone who enjoys high-octane emotions with realistic characters and an intriguing storyline." ~My Book Addiction on HARD FALL

"A powerful taut thriller" ~Mystery Gazette

"Lyons proves once again that she is a master of suspense." ~RT Book Reviews

"Tinged with a compelling sense of dread, there are echoes of Kathy Reichs here, but Lyons has her own distinctive voice, and one that is a little more compassionate. She allows her female protagonist to become much more than just a woman in peril." ~Daily Mail

"Smart and intriguing, and her character development is so incredible that she leaves me literally breathless waiting to see what will happen next." ~Becky Lejeune, Bookbitch.com

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday). Her novels have won the International Thriller Writers' prestigious Thriller Award, the RT Reviewers' Choice Award, the Readers' Choice Award, the RT Seal of Excellence, and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at www.CJLyons.net

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Last Light: A Beacon Falls Novel, featuring Lucy Guardino 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Booklover225 More than 1 year ago
CJ hits it in again with this new era of Lucy's life. Injured severely in her FBI job and unable to physically continue her crusade to rid the world of those who prey on children she embarks on a new path of helping to solve cold cases. In this new career she is apprehensive of the new crew she will lead they are an unorthodox group and she wonders if she made a big mistake. She immediately gets into a cold case on her first day and has to rely on people she doesn't know to have her back and help her. Heading out to another state on her first day she wonders how her daughter and husband will react to "desk job and research" taking her into a dangerous situation immediately. She doesn't have time to ponder she leaves right away and with a girl who clearly resents her as a new boss. I love the new family Lucy is now working with. Their individual stories emerge and their talents become known to Lucy. It's a fresh new story line that is filled with drama, mystery, laughs, intrigue, and new friendships. I highly recommend it! I love all Lucy books and I feel this new story line will continue to develope with strong characters and interesting plots.
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
You will love this book. Lucy took a new job and each page you turn you can`t wait for the next page to see what happens. Lucy has problems with her injury, but she don`t let that stop her. I couldn`t put the book down and I know you will feel the same way. C J has out done herself with this book. You want a great mystery to read then get this
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I love the simple cover for Last Light by C J Lyons and it has all the essentials, telling me the story will be a mystery and I do love my mysteries. It is books like Last Light by C J Lyons that are at the top of must read mountain of reading material. I loved the way the real story began…the hook. Now,.on to how we get there. I meet the characters and feel their realness. I am being drawn into their lives, even though I was already hooked on the storyline. Lucy used to be an FBI agent, who now works with an inexperienced crew she will shape and form to solve Cold Cases. I am a huge fan of the Cold Case Files and other crime shows, fact and fiction. As soon as Lucy and TK got together, I felt they would click, but they both have to prove themselves to each other, above the rest of the ‘team’. I feel these two characters, each with their own flaws, weaknesses and strengths, will become tight. I love Lucy, a person I may have been able to become, but TK is my fave…hard, pushing herself, untrusting, a loner. A person I would come to admire and respect. She is impulsive, loyal, fearless, teachable and learns from her mistakes. A small town with asset forfeiture is a side story that had me very pissed off. It all sounds bad…is it corrupt? I can’t talk about the forfeiture storyline because I want you to experience if for yourself. I do want to mention it, because it really got me going. Just enough of a tease here and there to keep me anticipating the hammer to drop on the gang. The suspects list kept growing and had me guessing. I can see the story playing out and I can hardly wait to get to know how the characters will solve the puzzle. I think they are the true story, above and beyond the mystery. Last Light by C J Lyons did not blow my mind but it does have all the elements for a fantastic read and I want more of Lucy’s adventures. I received a copy of Last Light by C J Lyons in return for an honest review.
Joyce943 More than 1 year ago
Another excellent Lucy adventure. New job gives us a wonderful group of new characters. The pace of the story won't let you put the book down. C.J. Lyons really knows how to pull you in and keep you. While reading this one I have already pre-ordered the next one.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I haven't read any of Lyons' work and was keen to do so, after reading the blurb. I was a bit nervous about joining in, on the series, at the seventh book, but, true to its word, this series can easily be read out of order. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was pleased to have taken a chance on this thriller. I was instantly drawn to the vivid nature of Lyons' writing. It brought the scene to life and really brought out the triller aspect. It was easy to feel a true part of the story, which often meant staying on my toes and ready for the next surprise. I liked Lucy Guardino. She really made the story and excellent read. I was pleased that the main character was smart, fun, interesting and wasn't afraid to jump in and do some of the dirty work to figure out the truth behind the thrilling mystery. I also liked that she really led the story, taking my mind along for the ride. I felt the pace was brilliant. It was fast enough to really and truly keep me on my toes and keep me guessing at what would happen next. I enjoyed that, and really felt that it brought the story to life. I also liked that it meant I flew through the pages, almost unable to put the book down. The overall story was excellent. I liked the detail and thought put into its creation and the time taken to really round out all aspects of the story, from characters to world details. That really made this story for me and I have to say, it has also won me over for this author. I will be reading more of this series. Overall, brilliant read. I highly recommend this book to thriller fans or those who want to delve into thrillers, but don't know where to start. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.