No One Heard Her Scream

No One Heard Her Scream

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by Jordan Dane
     
 

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Burdened by Grief, She Hunts a Killer

They never found her sister's body, but Detective Rebecca Montgomery knows her murderer is still out there. In the five months since Danielle went missing, there have been two more brutal abductions. A savage menace stalks the women of San Antonio, and the relentless detective will do anything to find him.

And a Seductive

Overview

Burdened by Grief, She Hunts a Killer

They never found her sister's body, but Detective Rebecca Montgomery knows her murderer is still out there. In the five months since Danielle went missing, there have been two more brutal abductions. A savage menace stalks the women of San Antonio, and the relentless detective will do anything to find him.

And a Seductive Stranger Shadows Her Every Move

But her latest case—the discovery of a young woman's remains inside the wall of a burned-down theater—plunges Rebecca from her grief into a brand-new nightmare. She soon meets handsome, mysterious Diego Galvan at the crime scene, and his shadowy connections will lead to her first break in both cases. But when Rebecca submits to his considerable powers of seduction, she will leave herself vulnerable to a merciless killer . . . and when he attacks, no one will hear her scream.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In a dynamite debut from Dane, San Antonio Det. Rebecca Montgomery fears the worst when her little sister, Danielle, is abducted during summer break on the Texas Gulf's South Padre Island. Five months later, the discovery of a crime scene saturated with Dani's blood indicates she's been murdered. As more college co-eds go missing, Becca wants to stay on the case, but the department hands her a puzzler involving a young woman's remains found within a wall of the torched Imperial Theater. They belong to Isabel Marquez, who's been missing for almost seven years. Becca finds a surprising ally, and mutual attraction, in Diego Galvan, who works for slimy Hunter Cavanaugh, former owner of the Imperial and a prime suspect. Dane's smooth style, believable characters and intense pacing will remind readers of Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner and Tami Hoag. While Dane's debut is being marketed as romantic suspense, it crosses over into plain thriller country: the tight plotting and the male characters are exceptional, bad guys and good. (Apr.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061252785
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
668,321
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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No One Heard Her Scream

Chapter One

Central Police Station Gymnasium
Downtown San Antonio, five months later

Rebecca Montgomery battered the seventy-pound punching bag in blinding succession, ignoring the price her body would pay. Pain and physical exhaustion dulled the rage and guilt, but nothing would free her from it. Nothing.

Her life balanced on a single point in time—poised at a dead stop—resistant to moving forward and incapable of going back. The night her little sister went missing rocked her world, but in the agonizing time that followed, her life changed forever. Becca could never make it right. Not now.

Danielle's body was never found.

She grimaced at the thought and intensified her workout. Not knowing what had happened tore at her, day by day, driven by her own inability to uncover the truth. Horrific thoughts emerged, dark and disturbing. Being a homicide detective prepared her for the worst-case scenario, but in doing so, it robbed her of hope. And for that, Becca hated herself.

Stay focused. Keep moving. Use the pain.

The initial shock of Dani's disappearance morphed into a flood of emotions, from mind-numbing depression to blinding rage when she thought about the injustice. Nothing made the pain go away. She found herself desperate to regain control of her life. Wanting her body to feel something and her mind to release the demons.

Becca tightened her jaw until it hurt. Push through it. You gotta stay strong.

She welcomed her method of self-inflicted punishment, giving in to its rhythm. Even through elastic wrap and workoutgloves, her fists ached with every jab. The bag swayed with each driving blow. The muscles in her legs burned from the early-morning workout.

Circling, Becca picked up the pace and shifted weight to focus her whole body behind each impact. Her lungs heaved like a machine. Bobbing and weaving, she switched the speed and the combination of her punches—left jab, straight right, left hook. With shoulder-length dark hair pulled back, she ignored the loose strands stuck to her cheeks. Sweat trailed off her body and drenched her cotton T-shirt and shorts. Becca had hit the zone.

Within Central Station on South Frio Street, she exercised most mornings in a large facility located in the basement of police headquarters. But her usual workout had taken on more significance. Like the sputtering vapor whistling from a kettle on the boil, Becca needed to vent. And this was a good place to blow off steam.

She'd grown accustomed to the musk of body odor mixed with the persistent smell off the dank walls of the SAPD gymnasium. The steady clacking of weights and the drone of showers had become nothing more than white noise. Male voices echoed behind her, but one finally stood out.

"Hey, Montgomery! You've been shadowin' my case again, and I don't like it."

Silence spread across the gym. All conversation died, and the clank of weights stopped. She didn't have to turn around to know all eyes were on her.

Becca lowered her arms, gasping from the exertion of her penance. Sweat stung her eyes. After yanking off her gloves, she took her time, running scenarios through her mind. Let it go, Beck. She reached for a nearby towel and wiped it across her face, draping it over her neck. Don't let the jerk get to you. Becca knew what a reasonable person might do, but by the time she turned around, the word "reasonable" vanished from her vocabulary.

"I don't know what you're talking about, Murphy." Her dark eyes took aim like a laser scope on a sniper rifle. "So why don't you mind your own business."

Becca turned her shoulder, but he pulled her around to face him.

"Oh, that's rich, coming from you. You're acting like a damned vigilante, and I'm supposed to mind my own business? Other lives are at risk here."

"I was wondering if you'd noticed that," she said. Moving closer, she picked lint off his T-shirt and lowered her voice, so not many would hear. "You see, I think you picture this case to be a fast track for your career. You probably figure if you play your cards right, this liaison gig to the FBI might impress the feds. But you know what? Time is swirling down the drain, and you got nothin' on my sister's killer or the other abductions. Good luck impressing anyone with that."

"Ooohhh," the men within earshot resounded in unison. Nervous laughter died.

Paul Murphy served as a catalyst to her mounting frustration. All she needed was an excuse to lash out, and he had given it to her. The man didn't know when to quit—a dedicated cop, real determined. Good qualities, except when directed at her. Almost six-foot, the bastard wasn't much taller than she, but he looked like a wall of muscle, broad shoulders and thick neck. A regular fireplug.

"You're a pretty big talker. Maybe you think special treatment is in order, with what happened to your sister and all. But I can't have you stickin' your nose in my business, so knock it off." Murphy stepped closer, close enough for her to see every acne scar. His shoulders and arms glistened with sweat.

Like a chess player, she assessed her next moves. His nose had already been broken once. A second time wouldn't hurt his looks any. She contemplated rearranging his face with a well-placed uppercut, but several of the men drew into a tight circle around him. Although Becca wasn't sure whose side they were on, it didn't matter. Since her sister's case started, she'd made enemies. She'd pushed and pushed until walls were erected, keeping her out of the loop in the investigation that leapt jurisdictional boundaries. So Becca knew—she'd be on her own.

But that didn't stop her from tossing gasoline onto a smoldering fire. She heard the words coming from her mouth, the voice of a stranger.

"I don't expect anything special. I only want you to do your damned job."

No One Heard Her Scream. Copyright © by Jordan Dane. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Ripped from the headlines, Jordan Dane's gritty suspense plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. A thrilling ride of mystery and suspense–all in the first degree! She's a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the International Thriller Writers. Jordan and her husband share their Oklahoma residence with an intelligent canine and two cats of highborn lineage.

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No One Heard Her Scream 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 251 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now, I'm going to be 100% straight-forward and start with the fact that I'm not a huge fan of this genre (crime fiction and romance could both be described as my turn-offs) and would probably never have picked the book up if not for a recommendation from a friend. But this was a novel WELL worth the time I spent reading it. The characters are realistic and easy to like, the plot twists and turns are many. I admit to having been blindsided by what was REALLY going on with the disappearance of all those young girls. The big baddie is sinister enough to send chills down your spine and his lackeys are thuggish enough that you want to shower off after reading about them. Not a straight police procedural, it focuses just as much on the characters as it does on the crimes they investigate, and it does so to good effect. A burgeoning relationship is put to the test when the protagonist can not quite figure out the motives of the bad guy's left hand. And while his motives are not what they appear, they're not what anyone else suspects, either. There are also some scenes that just make you smile (and I will probably spend the rest of my young life pondering a question posed in one such scene: do condoms have expiration dates?). Other scenes make you smile not at their humor but at their sweetness, so this book provides a wonderful combination of gritty crime and action, humor, and sweetness (the latter two frequently being traits all-too-frequently absent from the crime drama genre). Having read this initial offering by Jordan Dane, I'm now absorbed in her second book 'No One Left to Tell' and am eagerly awaiting her next 'No One Lives Forever'. If this debut (and what I've read so far of 'Tell') is any indication, this is an author to watch. I think we'll be hearing a lot about her in the future.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book I enjoyed reading. kept me entertained all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a big book. PleaseB&N START PUTTING BOOK SIZE IN THE OVERVIEW!!!!!!!
Karencoo More than 1 year ago
Something about the way Jordan Dane writes keeps me on the edge of my seat. I can't put the book down. I actually took it in the bathroom with me! The story is excellent and so is the writing. I can't wait for the next one from her, she is now a favorite, as are the other books below.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Plenty of reviews will tell you what the book is about, but I want to talk about how this book made me feel. NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM is in that category of book that you don't want to put down, yet should fate or the vagaries of life require you to, you can't stop thinking about it while you're doing other things. Not only will it interrupt your sleep -- in that delicious way thrillers do -- but it will distract you as you do the dishes, drive to work, walk the dog. 'Or, if you're me, you'll read and walk the dog at the same time!' NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM is fast-paced, with compelling characters and genuinely creepy villains. It grabs you by the throat from the first page and doesn't let go. Becca commands your attention through the wends and winds of her investigation of the death of a young woman found sealed up in a theatre wall even as the mysterious Diego commands hers. Through it all, this disappearance of her sister haunts and drives her. The multiple plots twist and weave, draw you in and hang on tight. My recommendation? Start it when you know you've got enough time to finish it. And then, lucky you 'and lucky me', Jordan Dane's next book is only a month away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story of human trafficking, yet there is a great romance in the mix. Becca, a police officer, attempts to uncover the truth about the human trafficking and death of several young girls. She meets up with Diego, an FBI informant. I picture Mark Consuelos¿Kelly Ripa¿s husband. The plot is so amazing that I hesitate to say much more about it. Books like No One Heard Her Scream are the reason I became an avid reader. I have not read a book so suspenseful in years. The suspense is so great that you will find yourself holding the book with a white-knuckled-grip.
anavidreaderalways220 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by this author, and I loved it. Keeps you in suspense all the way. Good page turner anf full od twists all the way.
Snowflake75 More than 1 year ago
One thing that attracted me to this novel is the fact that heroine is in law enforcement. Finally, there is a romantic suspense novel in which the heroine is a strong woman and not someone waiting to be rescued. Another plus is that Dane takes the time to explain some legal terms for those readers who may not understand them. As it is very detailed, it took me a while to read it, but that is a plus as it made it worth the price I paid for the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read, fast paced action packed, our heroine is quite a girl. recommend this to all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book but when i got the sample it said the book was .99 and so i bough titwhen i got the recipt it said it was 6.99 other thanthat it was the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I knew every "shocking" event before it happened. The characters were cliches. In one chapter I started counting how often the author used the word "grimace." That's how distracting the overuse of a word can be!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found a new author to add to my library.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters, lots of suspense, good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of reading a galley of NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM ... and couldn't put the book down once I'd begun. Jordan knows how to throw one suspenseful party! SCREAM is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller, with a wonderful atmospheric location (San Antonio), fascinating police procedural detail, compelling characters with rich back stories, and believable, well-written romance. The only reason to scream is if you don't buy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very supenceful but had bad language...i wouldnt recommend it for younger kids but i think that adults that like suspence and scary books would enjoy this...I LOVED IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great twist.....recommended read!
cat43 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this very much. It's the kind of story that keeps you in guessing and you want to keep reading until you catch the bad guys. Clean cut romance and mystery. Thanks Jordan Dane for entertaining me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could hardly put this one down. I'm pretty sure it's the best $1.00 I ever spent. I'll be reading more Jordan Dane for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a bit cheesy and under developed, but it was entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touches on modern day slave trade.....great buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me from the first page. A thriller with romance makes for a delightful page turner. I loved the characters and the pace of this book, no boring parts here. Can't wait to read more novels from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like heavy romance, enticing sexual encounters and intriguing suspense then look no farther than ¿No One Heard Her Scream¿, Jordan Dane¿s debut novel. She has achieved a level of symmetry in her writing that allows the reader to experience feelings of intrigue, despair and still feel passion and desire. With accurate forensic details and police procedures this book reads like a cross between FORENSIC FILES AND SEX IN THE CITY. Having qualities that appeal to so many readers, this book is destined to succeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story wasn't very interesting until the very end. It took a very long time to get through the book to the best part.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT WAS A CHEAP BUY IT WAS JUST A BOOK THAT I READ WAITING FOR THE NEXT JAMES PATTERSON BOOK! IT IS HARD FOR ME TO FIND BOOKS THAT CATCH MY INTEREST LIKE JAMES PATTERSON BOOKS HUT IF ALL THESE BOOKS ARE LIKE THIS I WILL BE READING MORE!!!!!! LOOKING FOR A NEW ONE AFTER THIS!!!!! HAPPY READING!!!! THIS WAS WORTH THE READ I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!