Something Deadly: Welcome to the Dark Side of Paradise.... [NOOK Book]

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Few could argue that the exclusive island of San Martin is anything less than paradise. In this wealthy enclave, veterinarian Markie Cross has a thriving practice, but her almost psychic connection to animals has made human relationships—especially with men—harder to navigate. Until mystery, murder and something unfathomable shatter her world...

People are dying strange, unexplained deaths. Island medical examiner Declan Quinn is stunned at the unearthly condition of the bodies,...

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Overview

Few could argue that the exclusive island of San Martin is anything less than paradise. In this wealthy enclave, veterinarian Markie Cross has a thriving practice, but her almost psychic connection to animals has made human relationships—especially with men—harder to navigate. Until mystery, murder and something unfathomable shatter her world...

People are dying strange, unexplained deaths. Island medical examiner Declan Quinn is stunned at the unearthly condition of the bodies, and he and Markie share a dark suspicion that something terrifying and impossible is at work here. Something that may not be human.

As a sinister message becomes clearer, Markie and Dec race to understand the tragic history of this island paradise and unlock the true nature of the evil now descending. Because if they can't, Markie may become the next victim....

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Editorial Reviews

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An attention-grabbing prologue narrated by the family dog sets the pace for this supernatural thriller set on a wealthy Caribbean island. When an unseen force rips the life and all the bodily substance from several San Martin citizens, territorial medical examiner Declan Quinn fears the cause may be a deadly disease. But the dogs of San Martin know better, especially Kato, a wolf-husky hybrid owned by the island vet, Markie Cross. The dogs sense what the old-time locals know; evil Annie Black, who has been dead for the past 200 years, is back. A couple of greedy mortals have unwittingly summoned Annie's spirit by searching for her treasure, which is buried on Markie's land. To save Markie from being consumed by Annie's spirit, Declan devises a risky plan that will destroy Annie's ghost but may harm Markie, too. Like Lee's previous offerings (With Malice, etc.), this tale is both entertaining and informative, offering a wealth of information on forensic science, the control of contagious diseases and the emotional and physical attributes of our four-legged friends. With its smartly paced dialogue and seamless interweaving of both canine and human viewpoints, this well-rounded story is sure to be one of Lee's top-selling titles. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426883637
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 11/24/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 520,377
  • File size: 691 KB

Meet the Author

When Rachel Lee was 9 years old, her mother would tell her to go out and play, but, instead, she hid in the basement reading and writing stories. Now, four decades later, Rachel would like to go out and play in the Florida sunshine, but her editors force her to hide in her office and write.

That may be the only straight line in Rachel Lee's life. From anthropology to computer science, from UFOs to Atlantis theories, from egrets and herons on graceful wing to Siberian Huskies pouncing around the living room, there's little that has not or might not attract her inquisitive attention.

Despite varied interests, Rachel is, above all, a student and observer of people. How they stand, whether in couples or casual groups. Facial expressions. Strides. Gestures. And, when talking with people, the question she most commonly asks is, "Why?"

Rachel's wide range of interests, particularly that in people, infuse her books with variety, detail, and a depth of human emotion that draws readers into her imagination and brings her characters to life.

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Something Deadly


By Rachel Lee

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-7783-2004-9


Chapter One

Shadow smelled it first. He lay on the living-room floor at his owner's feet, sprawled on his left side with a rawhide chew bone a whisker's length from his nose. He'd worked the knot for a while earlier, massaging his gums, as close as he was likely to get to the satisfaction of gnawing fresh, warm meat from the bones of a kill. Now the comforting scents - the half-chewed bone; the master's feet wrapped in old leather slippers; the rug still rich with the aroma of pipe tobacco, though the master had long since stopped smoking; beef and potatoes and carrots and red wine in the pot on the stove; the barest remnant of the master's wife's perfume, even though she'd gone out the door; the salt air that was ever-present; loam on the master's slippers from the garden; the varied and precious scents of Shadow's world - were displaced by something else.

He drew in the air in quick, rapid sniffs, emptying his lungs when he could hold no more, repeating the process again and again, focusing, letting his agile mind filter out the familiar to pinpoint the new odor. Cold. Earth. Must. Decay. Chill. Death. Evil.

Woof.

One quick noise, as much to chase the horrid scent from his nostrils as to alert the master. But the smell would not leave. The growl grew low in his chest as he rolled onto his haunches, not yet standing, still sampling the air.

Go away!

"What's wrong, buddy?"

The master's voice, so soothing with its deep rumble, barely reached his mind. In a smooth, graceful motion, he rose and trotted to the front window, his nose still foul with the air. Couldn't the master smell it? Probably not. The master and his wife missed so much of the world.

His pupils widened as he approached the glass, beyond which lay the dark world, full of the rising scents of nighttime. But they held no interest. It was there. It was right out there.

Arrf-arr-arr-arr-arr-arrf!

Begone! This is my master's home! You may not enter!

If it heard him, or understood, it paid him no heed. But his friends in the other houses heard, and understood, taking up the cry.

"What, Shadow?" the master said, now at his side.

Shadow looked up at him, then out the window again, growling an angry warning as it approached.

"There's nothing there, boy! Stop that racket."

The master couldn't see it? Of course he couldn't smell it, but couldn't he see?

ARR-ARR-ARR-ARR-ARRUFF-ARR-ARR-ARRUFFARRUFF!

No! You can't have him! I will die before I let you near him! Begone! Evil! Danger!

Shadow looked up, his teeth bared, as it came through the glass - how could that be? - and leapt up at it, snarling and snapping, clawing at it and finding nothing.

"Calm down, boy!" the master said, though his scent now held the tiniest inkling of fear.

Be afraid, Master! Run!

Shadow grabbed the cuff of his master's pants and pulled.

Run! Please!

The master reached down to push him away. Noooooo! Shadow made one last lunge, then turned to the foul horror that seemed to stab at his nostrils like the quills of a porcupine and let out a savage growl, leaping between it and the master.

But it passed right through and into the master's body, now curling and ripping inside him. The master crumpled to the floor. Shadow pushed at him with his firm nose.

Fight it!

He pawed the master's arm, then his face, carefully, so that only the soft hairs between the pads of his paw touched the skin.

Don't go!

But the awful evil would not be deterred. With a horrible, joyful cry, it tore something deep inside. Shadow heard the ripping sound and saw the light go from his master's eyes.

Noooooo!

But the master's spirit wouldn't listen. It floated up and off, leaving nothing but the limp husk on the floor. Sated, the evil left, though Shadow was only dimly aware of its leaving.

The master's spirit was gone.

No more morning walks to talk to Shadow's neighbors.

No more of his rough hands behind Shadow's ears, working fur and skin and flesh as joy danced in Shadow's heart.

No more easing his feet into the slippers to settle in for dinner with his wife.

Shadow turned his nose to the heavens and howled at the master's soul.

Please don't leave me!

Please don't leave!

Please don't!

Please!

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Something Deadly by Rachel Lee Copyright © 2004 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Great read

    I really enjoyed this book...beginning to end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Two toms

    Names: Applefoot and Frostfang | Genders: Toms | Ages: 17 moons | Descriptions: Applefoot is a ginger tom with a lighter ginger spot over his eye weirdish blue eyes. Frostfang is a striking white tom with striking silver making all over his body he has long white fangs and claws he has icey blue eyes also | Personalitys: Applefoot is sweet, kind, loyal, calm, gentle, and smart. Frostfang on the other paw is completely different. Frostfang is icey cold, mean, scarring, fierce, ambitious, and stubborn | Kin: they are both littermates.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Shiverkit

    *the kit stepped forward. She was gray, but had a slight shade of frosty blue and had stinging ice blue eyes that easily intimidated all who saw her. She had a cold look on her face and was frowning.* id like to join your clan. In fact i wont take no for an answer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Shimmerstream

    Age eighteen moons. Discription pregant shimmerin white an black zebra striped shecat with lime green eyes and shimmer. Pregant qith kits that a destind to save thr cans half of the kits are destind to save the clans. Kits due very soon. Personallity strong kin compassionate caring will fight for te death for my clan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Cafeteria.....vendong machine...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Snowdust

    Name: snowdust Age: 27 moons Gender: she-cat Apperience: a slender and elegant long furred pure white she-cat with a muted ginger patch on her side. Eyes: a kind and gentle soft green Personality: kind bold, stuborn and energetic. She very protectve and stands for what she believes in no matter if shes the only one. Mate: none

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Can I rp Emberkit

    I rp Emberkit. Yeah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Willowpaw

    Name:Willowpaw Rank:Apprentice Description: Small tortiseshell she cat with green eyes and white paws.
    Hope to be medicine cat one day.Can I join.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Bbbz

    Name:Opalfall Gender:shecat Rank:warrior/queen Looks: white/green/blue swirl with green eyes Kits: mother of Saphirekit and Amythystkit, adoptive mother of Amberkit and Dewkit Personalty: kind and gentle with everyone but to enemies... BOOM GOES THE DYNAMYTE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Firespark

    Name: Firespark | Gender: female | Age: 12 moons | description: firery orange with white stripes and black ear tips with green eyes | rank: warrior | mate: none but looking | siblings: none | parents: unknown | personality: sweet kind and gentle but when angry... she is like your worst nightmare :3 |

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Cloverwhisper

    Stops to rest and drink from the river. All of a sudden the queen is attacked by a large fox. It pins her down. But she shoves it off of her and faces it. All of a sudden five more foxes surround her. Surrounded she can do nothing. She faces the leader of the pack and stares at him. All of a sudden she barks like a fox. In fear the foxes run away. Cloverwhisper runs away from that spot. (20 page sixth result)

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Good read

    I really enjoyed this book, and even got scared a couple of times. However the ending left something to be desired, to me it was a letdown after all the buildup.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2005

    Something Deadly

    Dogs howling in unexplained distress all over the island herald the first horrifying death. A middle aged man in seemingly perfect health collapses and dies, his insides liquified. Declan Quinn, the head medical examiner is terrified by this outre event, and feels that it is only the beginning. He's right. Markie Cross, the local vet, is drawn in by her wolf hybrid's strange behavior, and the effect these deaths seem to have on the dogs in the area. Something evil has risen from the grave, something that craves death and revenge. Dec and Markie race against time to stop the ghost of a woman who rivalled Elizabeth Bathory for evilness before she can wipe out the entire island. **** Ms. Lee keeps her readers on the edge of their seats in this taut drama. The fast pace will hold you captivated until the end. ****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    Magical book

    I really enjoyed this book. I LOVE dogs and LOVE wolves, and by best friend and baby is my dog and I love how Markie and Kato are linked the way they are; able to communicate so well. It is suspenseful and thrilling. I couldn't give it five stars because I was a little dissapointed at the ending... It built up the evil character so much, and then just rid of it too easy. i dont get that? I dont wanna give away too much of the story, so i cant really say more. and dont get me wrong it is a good ending, just wanted a little more drama i guess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2003

    interesting thriller

    Veterinarian Markie Cross loves her living and working on the US Caribbean Island Territory of San Martin. Her dog Kato begins acting strange and many of the canines bark as if they are warning their owners to beware of something evil. Kato makes Markie take him out for a walk and stops at the house of a neighbor Carter Shippey. The healthy man suddenly died, but medical examiner Dr. Declan Quinn finds something strange with the corpse when he examines it. The man¿s bones dissolved turning to jelly. Not long afterward, his healthy wife succumbs too. <P>CDC is called in as biohazard level 4 is provoked quarantining the island. No one knows what could have caused the deaths that defy logic. Others die too with only the dogs seemingly aware of what is going on. Soon Kato and Markie connect on some mystical level that allows them to mentally communicate and the human falls in love with her other male companion Declan, but will those be enough to stop a murderess released from beyond the grave. <P>This tale is more a classic style horror tale, but contains medical thriller and romantic suspense elements that enhance the plot. The story line smoothly changes from a medical enigma into from the grave killer tale. Though the Kato-Markie connection adds a fascinating fantasy element that seems over the edge, readers will find SOMETHING DEADLY an interesting thriller. <P>Harriet Klausner

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