A Secret Rage [NOOK Book]

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Former New York City model Nickie Callahan is looking forward to the easy life when she moves to the sleepy college town of Knolls, Tennessee. But the women of Knolls are not safe. And as Nickie gets swept up in a string of brutally violent crimes, she must take matters of justice into her own hands.


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Overview

Former New York City model Nickie Callahan is looking forward to the easy life when she moves to the sleepy college town of Knolls, Tennessee. But the women of Knolls are not safe. And as Nickie gets swept up in a string of brutally violent crimes, she must take matters of justice into her own hands.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This 1984 thriller received praise, although the plot is strictly B-movie fodder. Nickie Callahan returns to her small Tennessee town after a stint as a New York model. Her homecoming is sullied by a string of brutal attacks against a number of women, and she decides to track down the assailant and take revenge (just call her Dirty Nickie).


—Michael Rogers
Booklist
Severn House continues to publish hardcover editions of Harris' early paperback orginals. This time it's a southern gothic, featuring a strong female lead in her late twenties. Former model Nickie returns to her hometown to finish college and moves in with her best friend from boarding school. But coming home means more than going back to school as she must deal with her estranged parents and confront her long suppressed feelings for her best friend's older brother. Matters are complicated by the presence of a rapist on campus who attacks both Nickie and her advisor. Convinced that the assailant is someone she knows, Nickie sets out to track him down. Mixing a touch of romance with a suspenseful thriller plot, Harris turns out a top-notch read with wide appeal to genre fans. She doesn't hesitate to tackle tough issues head-on; her college-town setting is realistically and evocatively portrayed; and her cast of characters is nicely multidimensional. Harris is due to conclude her wildly popular Sookie Stackhouse series later this year. At that point, she might want to consider a return to stand-alones.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101205754
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 95,889
  • File size: 845 KB

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris, who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years, is a native of Mississippi. Born and raised in the Delta, she began training for her career as soon as she could hold a pencil. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and (later) teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, and graduated to books a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris decided to establish a series. She began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, which garnered an Agatha nomination. Harris's protagonist, a diminutive Georgia librarian whose life never turns out quite the way she planned, kept Harris busy for several books, but finally Harris (and Aurora) grew restless.

The result of this restlessness was the much edgier Shakespeare series -- set not in England, but in rural Arkansas. The heroine of the Shakespeare books is Lily Bard, a tough and taciturn woman whose life has been permanently reshaped by a terrible crime and its consequences. In Shakespeare's Landlord, the first in the series, Lily is caught at a moment when the shell she's built around herself is just beginning to crack, and the books capture Lily's emotional re-entry into the world, while also being sound mysteries.

Harris's latest venture is a series about a telepathic barmaid in southern Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony for best paperback mystery of 2001. Each book about Sookie Stackhouse (and her dealings with vampires and werewolves and other creatures of the night) has gathered more readers to enjoy the books' unique blend of mystery, humor, romance, and the supernatural. The Sookie books are also being read in Japan, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain.

In addition to her work as a writer, Harris is married and the mother to three children. A former weight lifter and karate student, she is an avid reader and cinemaphile. She is a member of the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church.

Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. © 2004 Charlaine Harris


Biography

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Charlaine Harris grew up in a family of avid readers (her father was a teacher; her mother a librarian). She attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English and Communication Arts. Although she penned poetry and plays in school, her first serious foray into fiction was with two standalone novels, Sweet and Deadly and A Secret Rage, published (effortlessly!) in the early 1980s.

After her early success, Harris released the first installment in a series of lighthearted mysteries starring spunky, small-town Georgia librarian, true crime enthusiast, and amateur sleuth Aurora Teagarden. When Aurora debuted in Real Murders (1990), Publishers Weekly welcomed "a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James's Cordelia Gray." The book went on to receive an Agatha Award nomination.

Anxious for another challenge, Harris began a second series in 1996. Darker and edgier than the Teagarden novels, these mysteries featured taciturn, 30-something housecleaner Lily Bard, a woman with a complicated past who has moved to the small town of Shakespeare, Arkansas, to find peace and solitude. The first novel, Shakespeare's Landlord, was well-received. BookList raved: "Harris has created an intriguing new character in this solidly plotted story." [Much to the disappointment of her fans, Harris concluded the Lilly Bard sequence in 2001 with Shakespeare's Counselor.]

Although Harris achieved moderate success with these two series (which she laughingly describes as "cozies with teeth"), she would hit the jackpot in 2001 with Dead Until Dark, a sly, spoofy paranormal mystery starring a telepathic Louisiana cocktail waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with a vampire named Bill. The novel, a delightful hybrid of mystery, science fiction, and romance, was an instant hit with critics. ("Harris' Sookie has the potential to attract more readers than Hamilton's Anita Blake," raved the dark fantasy magazine Cemetery Dance.) Readers, too, adored the Southern Vampire Series and have rewarded the author with bestseller after bestseller. (In 2008, the Sookie saga came to HBO in a top-rated television adaptation, True Blood, starring Anna Paquin.)

With 2006's Grave Sight, Harris added yet another fascinating character to her stable -- a young woman named Harper Connelly whose youthful encounter with a lightning bolt has left her with the ability to find corpses and determine how they died. In addition to juggling characters and plots for her popular series, Harris has also contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies of paranormal fantasy fiction.

Good To Know

In our interview, Harris confesses:

"I'm really a boring person. My family (my husband and three children) is the most important thing in my life. I go to bed early, I get up early. I love to go to the movies with my husband. My favorite things about finally making some money as a writer are (a) I can buy as many books as I want, and (b) I can hire a maid. The first job I had was working in an offset darkroom at a very small newspaper. I stood on a concrete floor all day and made minimum wage -- which then was $1.60 an hour. I hated it, and I learned a lot, though not necessarily about working in a darkroom. So being a writer is much better."

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    1. Hometown:
      Southern Arkansas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Tunica, Mississippi
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Great Fast Read!

    I love all of Charlaine Harris's books. This one was a great fast read, but not as suspenseful or dramatic as her other books like the Harper Collins or Sookie Stackhouse books. If you are looking for a quick murder crime/mystery then this is for you, but don't expect any surprises. The main character, Nickie, is not that deep and pretty ordinary as other Charlaine Harris characters. It has strong Southern background to it which can be a little off putting, but nevertheless a good fast read to keep you entertained for a short time.

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    A Secret Rage is the second novel by American author, Charlaine

    A Secret Rage is the second novel by American author, Charlaine Harris. High profile model, Nickie Callahan moves from New York City to small-town Tennessee when her popularity begins to wane. She decides to live with her twice-divorced good friend Mimi Houston in Knolls and complete her college education at Houston College, aiming to become a writer. But it seems that Knolls is no safer than New York, as first a young student and then a college professor are raped. Everyone is on high alert, and yet Nickie herself falls victim to the rapist. When the initial shock abates, Nickie’s rage propels her to join forces with a fellow victim to track down their rapist. This early Harris offering deals with the crime of rape in an insightful manner, giving the reader an excellent mystery with plenty of potential suspects, red herrings, interesting characters, some black humour and a nail-biting climax. Harris’s personal experience and her extensive research are apparent on each page of this highly readable novel.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Full of suspense and suprises!

    Highly recommended, plot twists abound in this quick read of Charlaine's. It's a must if you plan on reading all her great works.

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  • Posted January 12, 2009

    Definitely NOT what I was expecting from Harris...

    I'm a fan of Charlaine Harris... And this is the ONLY book over the past decade that I haven't finished... by ANY author. The book cover indicated there was a murder mystery, in line with her other series' plots... Ok. It didn't imply there was a fairly graphic rape scene, or that the book focused on being raped, and the fallout from it. I found this to be a bit TOO over the top for a mystery book, and felt like Harris was either trying to reach catharsis by discussing it in detail, or like she was getting out her anger by bludgeoning the reader with what rape is like. If the book's teaser had indicated the topic, I'd have given it a a pass.<BR/><BR/>I respect the topic... just not the expression of it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    reprint of a strong stand alone thriller

    She has made plenty of money being a model based in New York City but now Nickie Callahan has to deal with the fact that at twenty seven she is over the hill and her career is finished. Her best friend Mimi invites her to share her home in Knolls, Tennessee and to attend college to finish herEnglish degree. She jumps at the chance. After settling in the she is surprised to hear that one of the students was raped because Knolls is a low crime area. The rapist strikes again and closer to home when he attacks Barbara Tucker, a teacher at the college. Mimi¿s psychologist brother Cully hints there have been more rapes that have gone unreported and the two women should be extra careful. Nickie wakes up one night to find out she is being raped. She lies still as she doesn¿t fight him but the trauma affects her in a different way. She is determined to find out who this monster is so the police can arrest him and she has Barbara helping her. They make a list of who they know who fits the physical description and by elimination only five people remain on it. They are thinking of giving up but when Nickie¿s neighbor is raped and killed, they decide to keep digging knowing they are putting themselves in danger. --- Long before Charlaine Harris wrote the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, she wrote stand alone mysteries in the 1980¿s. This is a reprint of one of those books and readers can see the author¿s trademark quirky characters and red herrings in A SECRET RAGE. Although the heroine doesn¿t act like the typical rape victim, her actions seem plausible including her having a sexual relationship with Cally and her need to take down the monster that harmed her and others. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted February 15, 2012

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    Great read but didnt care for the ending!

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Very good

    This book was dark, but interesting. I have become a big fan of Harris as of late. If you love the author you should check this book out.

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