Silenced (Lucy Kincaid Series #4)
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Silenced (Lucy Kincaid Series #4)

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by Allison Brennan
     
 

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Lucy Kincaid is back—with a vengeance.

A Washington Sex Scandal

It has been seven years since Lucy was attacked—and almost killed—by an online predator. Today, she is well on her way toward a new life.

While waiting to begin her training at the FBI Academy, Lucy's is tireless in her fight against cyber sex crime. Her current

Overview

Lucy Kincaid is back—with a vengeance.

A Washington Sex Scandal

It has been seven years since Lucy was attacked—and almost killed—by an online predator. Today, she is well on her way toward a new life.

While waiting to begin her training at the FBI Academy, Lucy's is tireless in her fight against cyber sex crime. Her current mission: to find out who killed a high-priced call girl linked to a powerful Congressman.

A Cold-Blooded Killer

A number of known prostitutes—with scores of high profile clients—are turning up dead all over D.C. Is this the work of a depraved killer? Or the result of an inside job? Lucy's investigation will take her into an underground network of prostitutes, the chambers of the country's most powerful players, and her own dark past to confront an unknown enemy who's always one step ahead of her. With the help of her P.I. boyfriend Sean Rogan, Lucy must find and protect the only witness who can identify the killer and end the conspiracy, but can the witness be trusted? Lucy will risk everything to expose the truth and ensure justice is served, even if that means putting herself in the line of fire…

"Engrossing."—PublishersWeekly
"Riveting."—RT Book Reviews
"A world-class nail-biter."—Lee Child

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“Engrossing.” —PublishersWeekly

“Riveting.” —RT Book Reviews

“A world-class nail-biter.” —Lee Child

“The evolution of Lucy Kincaid from former victim to instinctive and talented agent continues in Brennan's new heart-stopping thriller. . .From first to last, this story grabs hold and never lets go.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

“Brennan throws a lot of story lines into the air and juggles them like a master. The mystery proves to be both compelling and complex. . .[A] chilling and twisty romantic suspense gem.” —Associated Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250005953
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
Lucy Kincaid Series , #4
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
179,359
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Silenced


By Allison Brennan

Minotaur Books

Copyright © 2012 Allison Brennan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781250005953

CHAPTER ONE
 

Monday

The whore traitor lived in a secure building with live cameras and nosy neighbors. Brian had to wait for her to leave.
Waiting made him antsy. He just wanted to get this job over and done. He didn’t hate the whore. In fact, he had no feelings about her at all. But she’d crossed the line from useful to problem, and problems must be solved.
Two hours of waiting—sitting on the park bench in the heat, pretending to read a book—while watching the main entrance of the condo. He’d watched her often enough in the last three weeks to know her habits. How she left every morning before ten to run in the park. How she took the Metro to visit her johns in whatever five-star hotel she’d chosen for the night. How she’d lied about what she knew and when she knew it.
Washington, DC, sex scandals were a dime a dozen: affairs with interns, sexy mistresses, even a few cougar congresswomen with stables of young studs to service them on the side. But selling sex was still taboo and could take down an elected official as fast as twittering birds would tweet.
She’d lied to protect her ass, but now she couldn’t be trusted. All she had to do was keep her fucking mouth shut while they figured out who had leaked her relationship with Crowley to the press. If the truth came out, everyone would be on the hot seat. But now she was talking to the wrong people and her lies were coming full circle.
The whys didn’t much interest Brian. He was a man of action and opportunity, not a man who pondered motive or psychology.
Brian stood and stretched. It was appropriate behavior, considering he was wearing running shorts and a T-shirt. The cathedral bells chimed in the distance. Soon it would be too hot for her morning run. Unexpected changes in routine were never good.
He bent over and touched his shins, stretching his hamstrings. Sweat stained his underarms. He disliked the smell of body odor, even his own. At this point, all he wanted was to kill the bitch and take a shower.
As the final bell rang the tenth hour, he stood and saw Wendy at the corner, jogging in place, waiting for the light to change. Well, shit, he’d almost missed her, even in her bright pink shorts and white T-shirt with one of those pink ribbons on the back. But her attire would make her easy to spot from a distance.
He called his brother. “I see her. You’re clear.”
“Don’t fuck up.”
“Right back at you.” Brian disconnected, irritated that Ned thought he’d screw up. Ned was the crazy one, not Brian. Ned had a record, not Brian. But just because Ned had a college degree and pretty face, everyone thought he was smarter.
The light changed and Wendy jogged across the street, into the park, and up the path that she always ran.
Good. Routine is good.
Brian kept his distance. Because it was a weekday and edging toward ninety degrees, the trails weren’t crowded. There were a few people running or walking, and the rushing businessmen with those idiotic earpieces, talking as if no one else could hear them.
He’d followed her several times over the last year, important when in business with someone who lied for a living, and so far she’d run the same five-mile route nearly every day. He cut through a narrow patch of trees and trekked up a short, steep embankment so he could cut her off.
At the top, he looked at his watch. It would take her another three to four minutes to reach this spot. Brian stretched and focused on catching his breath after climbing the slope. Just another runner trying to beat the heat. He tilted his head in greeting at a male who jogged past him wearing a million-dollar running suit. The guy passed Brian without acknowledgment. Asshole.
Brian spotted the bright pink shorts as Wendy turned a corner. She’d be winded by now, over three miles into her run. He waited until she was thirty feet away, then ran in the same direction at a slower pace. Don’t make her nervous. Don’t make her think he’s a threat.
A pulse of adrenaline flooded his system. For him, killing was a means to an end, and he never felt more than an initial fear and thrill. But this pulse, this vibration of danger, excited him.
That excitement made it hard to slow down, but he did, letting Wendy run past. She had one ear bud in, one out, classic style of serious runners. He pulled latex gloves from his pocket. Twenty yards ahead the path curved to the left before starting the descent back to the main park. He glanced behind him. A pair of women approached, fast-walking while they chatted. He had one chance.
As soon as Wendy rounded the curve, Brian sprinted and tackled her like a linebacker. She went down hard, opening her mouth to scream, but he’d knocked the wind out of her. She flailed for something in her pockets. He searched her, found a container of Mace on her key chain, and tossed it away.
She gasped for air, and he punched her in the face. He took no pleasure in hitting the woman, he simply needed her silent.
He jumped up and dragged her into the thick shrubs. He rolled her onto her stomach, held his hand over her mouth, and pinned her with his body until the two women were beyond earshot.
His brother had told him to fuck her, then kill her, so her murder would look random, but the fear of getting caught made his cock shrivel.
The longer this job took, the more likely he’d be seen. He didn’t even have the dark of night to hide him.
She fought back, surprisingly strong for a little thing. But he had eight inches and eighty pounds on the bitch. It was almost worth taking his time, to see how long it took her to wear herself out.
But of course he didn’t, because there could be any number of people coming up the path.
Brian sat on her ass and wrapped his gloved hands around her neck. Squeezed. He didn’t need to look at her, didn’t particularly want to, while she died. Her being on her stomach made his job much easier. She couldn’t kick him. She tried to scratch him, but couldn’t reach back far enough. Her death didn’t take long at all, but he kept his hold on her neck for another minute just to make sure.
He was about to get up when he heard a group of runners, pounding the trail, kicking up dirt. He waited, lying on top of dead Wendy. He’d picked a good spot for the kill—if he couldn’t see any passersby, they couldn’t see him. His nerves were on edge, the overwhelming fear of exposure making him want to bolt, but he forced himself to wait.
When he was certain the group was gone, he rolled off her body, disgusted by touching the dead thing. He was about to jump back onto the path when his brother’s words came back to him.
It can’t look like a hit.
Brian removed Wendy’s fanny pack. Robbery, right? He looked inside. License, twenty-dollar bill, pen. Hardly worth killing anyone over.
He stared at Wendy’s body. No fucking way he could rape it. He didn’t even want to be this close to her, not anymore.
But he didn’t have to rape her, right? Just make it look like rape.
He pulled down her shorts and panties, then spread her legs as far as they’d go. She’d hate being found dead like this. How else could he embarrass her?
He looked around, trying to come up with an idea. Then an idea struck him. He grabbed the pen and wrote on her bare ass, chuckling quietly at his own humor.
Brian was back on the trail less than two minutes later. When he was far enough away, he called his brother. “It’s done.”
“We have another problem,” Ned said. “But I’ll take care of it tonight.”
Ned hung up, leaving Brian with no idea what problem Ned had uncovered.

 
Copyright © 2012 by Allison Brennan


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Meet the Author

Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels and many short stories. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, she lives in Northern California with her husband Dan and their five children.

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Silenced 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every thing about this book was great, characters, plot, storyline. I loved the character of Jason, his love and devotion to Lucy was amazing. Poor Lucy was constantly criticized by her superiors, since she was only a rookie. I admired her cool demeanor under the pressure she was under and how she dealt with all the criticisim. At times, I felt she was ready to tell her superiors where they could go, but she had the courage, the will and the grace to forge ahead. I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.
salvadore57 More than 1 year ago
Hot and yet refreshing. allows reader to dream
simple344 More than 1 year ago
There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of them. A great summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I anxiously await each of Allison's books! I'm happy to say I'm never disappointed either.
sweetgran22 More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be a great read. I love the charaters in all Allison Brennans books. However I am wondering if poor Lucy os ever going to find happiness and peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Allision Brennan book!
PDQ11 More than 1 year ago
I really found it impossible to put down. I wasn't able to figure out the ending until the very last page. It was fast paced. Really loved it. Another great book from Allison Brennan.
wudi More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to put down because I became so involved with the characters. I am an avid reader and especially enjoy mysteries. Unfortunately, I can usually figure out the end long before I get there...but that was not the case with this book. The writer brought each of the characters to life to the point I could almost visualize them in mind. Definitely worth the money, and I plan to read more books by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good murdered mystery and I thought the story line was freat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 16 of allison brennan's books and enjoyed each one of them. I loose all track of time when reading her books. My favorite series is the lucy kincaid series , can hardly wait until new book is released.
Shan_Review More than 1 year ago
Allison Brennan is like a warm, comfy blanket. I know what I'm getting when I read her books. It's not Pulitzer Prize material, but it is necessary sometimes to cast aside the heavy, tweed blanket and snuggle up with the old flannel. She paints Lucy, her main character, with authentic flaws and a little bit of atta-girl spunk. Her plot is simple and maybe even a little convenient, but I still find myself pleased at the end of this novel. If you're in the mood, snuggle up!
mrsfozzy More than 1 year ago
this author never disappoints
pas53 More than 1 year ago
This book was able to put me into a part of the world I never think about. Very good plot, and it was a story that I wanted to stay with till the end. Rookie investigator following through with the murders of prostitites in Washington D. C. area, while dealing with her past demons that threaten her career.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read; very hard to put down. I loved it. Allison Brennan is one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as much a page-turner as Murder in the River City, however, I love Lucy and Sean, so never disappointed. Very good read and will continue to read Brennan's books.
Jen_Austen More than 1 year ago
I'm rating this 3.5 out of 5. This is the first book I've read by Allison Brennan and I enjoyed it. Having not read the first three books in this series, I'm sure I missed some nuances of the characters and their relationships with each other but I don't feel like I missed anything important. I was able to get the gist of the past three books: Lucy was kidnapped and raped seven years ago...she is insecure, distrusting, and suffers from panic attacks because of that experience...her dream is to be a FBI agent but her panic attacks have kept her from being accepted into Quantico up to this point. In Silenced, Lucy is three weeks away from entering Quantico. As an analyst, she's allowed to join her mentoring agent on a case (which turns into multiple cases). While this isn't literary fiction type writing, I felt that Brennan did a nice job having her main character connect all the dots without making her seem "super-human" in her intellect and abilities. I do think that fans of the thriller/suspense genre will enjoy this book with all of its twist, turns, and secrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to keep up with the charectors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another one of my favorite authors. I love the FBI series and the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the other books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love all the Lucy Kincaid and Seth Rogan stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another great read in this series! I couldn't read fast enough towards the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago