Play Dead

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Overview

No one is more familiar with Savannah's dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She's been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: she was abandoned as a baby in one of the city's ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah witch doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise’s new partner. Now someone is terrorizing the city, creating real-life zombies by ...

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Overview

No one is more familiar with Savannah's dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She's been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: she was abandoned as a baby in one of the city's ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah witch doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise’s new partner. Now someone is terrorizing the city, creating real-life zombies by poisoning victims into a conscious paralysis that mimics death. As the chilling case unfolds, Elise is drawn back into the haunted past she's tried so hard to leave behind.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Frasier (Sleep Tight, etc.) has perfected the art of making a reader's skin crawl, which is evident from this book's very first scene, in which a medical examiner discovers in the midst of an autopsy that the cadaver he's working on is really a live person. Set in Savannah, Ga., this exceptional thriller follows the hunt for the deranged person who's drugging people so that their minds remain wide awake even as their bodies resemble death. The creepiness factor increases when Frasier introduces homicide detective Elise Sandburg, who was abandoned in a cemetery as a baby and who knows Gullah spells and culture. Elise's partner, anti-social David Gould, is equally strange; his past holds secrets so dark he should be under psychiatric care. Formerly with the FBI, Gould currently lives in a rundown, foul-smelling apartment and sleeps with a prostitute who works for a voodoo priestess. As the two detectives follow leads to the priestess and the former college professor who researched the drug, they forge a tentative bond and come to terms with their own troubled pasts. Frasier's characters are not only fully realized, but fascinating to boot, and she evokes the dark, mystical side of Savannah with precision and skill. Appropriately, this unsettling tale closes with a grim children's rhyme and a spell for "Elise's Follow-Me-Boy Mojo." Agent, Steve Axelrod. (June) Forecast: With cover praise from Lisa Gardner and Jayne Ann Krentz, this book should have no trouble reaching its target readership. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477849002
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Elise Sandburg Series , #1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 706,902
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Frasier is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-three books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Her career began in 1998 with Amazon Lily, a cult sensation and winner of numerous awards. Her first memoir, The Orchard, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next List, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. She divides her time between the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, and her writing studio in rural Wisconsin.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2006

    Edge-of-your-seat, Hold onto your Voodoo!

    Play Dead is a fast-paced, thrill-filled read that will keep you turning pages faster than your brain can keep up. The characters are both chilling and real. I became fascinated with the reality of the protagonists and how quickly I sympathized with their plights, both career and personal. The twists, which are so important to this genre, are well-measured and believable. The story is strong, the themes developed. Overall, the novel appears seamless. Strong with story and character, Play Dead is never a dull read. I will certainly be lining my shelves with more from Anne Frasier.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    AWESME BOOK!!!

    I couldn't put this book down. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. It had a suprise ending and the killer was someone you didn't expect one bit. I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes reading murder mysteries and watching CSI and Law and Order. Over all great book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Great read

    Interesting charcters, good plot, and suspense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    A great read, and page turner

    I love reading and this book took me a totaly of three to four days...it was amazing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Another Awesome Book

    Anne has done it again. This was an awesome book. I could hardly put it down. It was a real page turner. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Great book!

    Read this quickly, couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Definitely reading the next installment!!!

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I was introduced to Ms. Frasier's work not long ago, and I canno

    I was introduced to Ms. Frasier's work not long ago, and I cannot get enough of her.

    This did not disappoint. It is a fast-paced thriller with so many twists that your head will be spinning like Linda Blair. Mix a little murder with a little voodoo and you've got yourself a super suspenseful read. Ms. Frasier can get just a tad gruesome with her details, so if that kind of stuff bothers you, this is probably not the book for you. If, however, you are like me and devour good murder mysteries, you cannot go wrong with this one. The voodoo aspect puts just enough edge on the plot to make it one you might want to read with the lights on!!

    It is my understanding that there will be a sequel to this book. Cannot wait for it! Hope it comes soon.

    Thanx to Ms. Frasier for an outstanding read! You had me from the beginning and never let go!!

    -- SPeeD

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    Just the right amount of creepy!

    To say I enjoyed this book would be putting it mildly. The characters are delicious and the plot is exciting. If I can imagine a book being made into a movie, it's a hit with me, and that's all I could think of throughout. Anne Frazier is now one of my favorite authors and I've read everything I could find from her. I hope there is more on the horizon!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Compelling, fast-paced and fascinating narrative

    I'm really glad I impulse-bought this book. A great narrative voice drives the story of two likeable but flawed detectives as they seek a killer in the dark underbelly of Savannah. The pages flew by. Recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Crime meets southern witchcraft

    Very well written, easy read. Caught my attention from the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    ?

    Enjoyed this book , Don't let the cover fool you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Enjoyable

    Good mystery and drama...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Twisted in a direction I didn't expect.

    This was a little difficult for me to follow at first because it jumped around a lot, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down! It gets more fast-paced as the book goes on, and takes some turns that even I didn't see coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Fantastic

    Another great story from Anne Frasier. Pulse pounding, edge of your seat excitement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Very true to Savannah culture!

    I loved the the little refrences to the way residents and tourists are in Savannah. Interesting ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Very interesting and good book

    Definately worth a second read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Good book

    I like this author will look for mmore

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Good free read

    Not a bad book at all i thought it was a little to long, but overall a good thriller about a detective finding out her true identity after being abandoned in a cemetary as a child

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Dont normally like down south voodoo mysticism but...

    Really good! Strong character developement, doesnt drag, ramance keeps you hooked. Definately disturbing.... 'simulated death' *shudder. Some sexual situations if you are concerned about that. Minor twist at the end. Def loved the down south vibe!

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Spirit

    Thought it was a very good read, I found the Savannah history mixed in with a very intriguing plot made for a spellbinding ( oops) and interesting book, It really was good, I gave it 5 stars because I thought it was very unique and I don't see many books like this written by a woman, Keep up the good works,,,,,,,,,,

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