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Lucy Kincaid returns—as a killer’s obsession.

IN THE GAME OF CRIME

A new trainee at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Lucy Kincaid has already seen more than her share of murder and mayhem. Still reeling from the sex-crime case that sealed her reputation, she’s found a true friend and mentor in Agent Tony Presidio. No matter what goes down at the Bureau, Tony’s got her back—until ...

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Overview

Lucy Kincaid returns—as a killer’s obsession.

IN THE GAME OF CRIME

A new trainee at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Lucy Kincaid has already seen more than her share of murder and mayhem. Still reeling from the sex-crime case that sealed her reputation, she’s found a true friend and mentor in Agent Tony Presidio. No matter what goes down at the Bureau, Tony’s got her back—until he’s called to New York to help investigate the murder of a reporter with ties to Lucy.

NEVER PLAY THE VICTIM

But the reporter may not be the first victim of a patient killer with a penchant for revenge, and she’s definitely not the last. Connections between closed cases, a missing person, and Tony himself lead Lucy to fear for those she cares for most. When the FBI is rocked by the death of one of their own, Lucy seeks the help of her boyfriend, private investigator Sean Rogan, to help put together the puzzle—and puts her career in jeopardy. But the harder she pushes for answers, the clearer the truth becomes: There’s a killer inside Quantico. Watching her every move. Waiting to kill again…

“Brennan knows how to deliver!”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Allison Brennan

and her bestselling Lucy Kincaid thrillers

“Brennan knows how to deliver!”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

Love Me to Death

“World-class nail-biter . . . Brennan is in the groove.”—Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

“Grabbing the reader by the throat from almost the first page, this pulse-ratcheting romantic suspense from Brennan delivers intense action, multifaceted characters, and a truly creepy bad guy…[A] fast-paced, engrossing read.”—Publishers Weekly

“The suspense builds at just the right pace, with unexpected twists and turns...realism and detail that grabs you by the throat…an excellent beginning to the Lucy Kincaid series.”—Fresh Fiction

“Twists and turns in this dark drama make it creepy and compelling in the extreme!”—RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars

“A page turner, full throttle thriller...One of the best books that I've read in the romantic thriller genre.”—Bewitched Bookworms

“Allison Brennan delivers a page-turner filled with suspense, romance and thrills.”— Night Owl Reviews

Kiss Me, Kill Me

“[A] riveting new series…Lucy continues to be a fascinating and enticing character, and her ongoing development adds depth to an already rich brew of murder and mystery. Brennan rocks!”—RT Book Reviews

If I Should Die

“In bestseller Brennan’s roiling third suspense novel… Rooting out the cancer that infects Spruce Lake reveals a convoluted history of increasingly deadly crime.”—Publishers Weekly

“Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan books are not only excellent procedural thrillers, but also chart the evolution of an intriguing relationship. The peeks into the mind of this heinous killer are all too chilling, making the threat level palpable and the story riveting. Brennan is on a major roll!”—RT Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250005960
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Lucy Kincaid Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 131,420
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nineteen 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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CHAPTER ONE

 

 

Present Day—New York City

Dark cosmic humor was the only explanation as to why FBI Special Agent Suzanne Madeaux was investigating a murder at Citi Field instead of sitting on the first-base line with a beer. Proof that life wasn’t fair.

Suzanne stuffed her thick dark blond hair under her Mets cap and left her cool air-conditioned sedan for the early dawn New York summer. The weather didn’t bother her—she was born and raised in Louisiana, and New York had nothing on the South for humidity—but the noise from nearby LaGuardia grated on her nerves.

She looked up at the Citi Field stadium and sighed. She’d had a ticket to last night’s game and had to give it away because of work. Late to bed, early to rise, no time for her one vice—baseball and beer. Two vices. Now her team was on the road for nearly two weeks and she’d only be able to watch them on television. Sometimes, she hated her job.

She flashed her badge and was let under the crime scene tape. In addition to dragging her out of bed for a case outside of her jurisdiction, her boss had given her no information about why she had to get her ass out to a Queens homicide after working until two a.m. Murder didn’t usually fall under the purview of the FBI, and she had no active serial killer cases.

She’d thought taking the position of liaison with NYPD for multi-jurisdiction violent crimes would be a career boost, but the nominal pay increase didn’t come close to making up for her longer hours or the shit she had to deal with from some of the cops who didn’t like feds. She had the authority to take jurisdiction, run a case jointly, or keep it local. Considering she had tickets to the first Mets game when they returned—against the Red Sox—she definitely planned to let NYPD keep this case.

“Mad Dog!” a male voice called out.

Suzanne cringed at her nickname. She’d earned it years ago when she had a verbal battle with the media over a brutal murder, but she hated when cops used it. She turned to find the jerk in the crowd and give him the evil eye. She’d learned it from her Cajun grandmother and it worked wonders.

Instead, she said, “Shit.”

“Good to see you, Suzi.”

Detective Joe DeLucca. She should have known. Most of the cops didn’t dare call her Mad Dog anymore, but DeLucca was one of the few she couldn’t intimidate. Probably because not only did he know he was sexy, but also he was one of the best detectives on the force. If she was a mad dog, he was a hunting dog—never gave up the trail until he caught the bad guy.

She stared at him. “You can call me Agent Madeaux, or you can call me Suzanne, but if you call me Suzi again, I’ll break your thumb.”

He grinned, all Italian, all cop. “Promise?” A lesser woman would have swooned. Suzanne kept the swooning in check. No use stroking his inflated ego.

DeLucca—one of her ex-boyfriends. Damn, her exes were adding up. Why was she surprised? Was she ever going to learn not to date cops?

Probably not. Cops were some of the few who understood her schedule, her drive, and, well, her. She never had to explain why she was late, never had to talk about her cases unless she wanted to, and never had to curb her language.

But there were certainly problems dating within her profession. Like running into ex-boyfriends at crime scenes.

“Did you call me out here to apologize for being an asshole or because you need the big guns?”

He winked. “Maybe I just wanted to see you again.”

“Good-bye.”

“Hold up. Damn, you’re touchy today.”

“It’s seven in the morning and I haven’t had enough coffee. I’m at Citi Field, but not watching a game. And I was paged in bed, so I didn’t even get to run. No run, not enough coffee, makes me bitchy.”

Thing was, she still liked Joe DeLucca. But he was divorced with a psycho ex-wife and a son his ex used to keep Joe close to the nest. Suzanne couldn’t blame Joe for picking his kid over his girlfriend. She’d do the same thing, if she had a kid. Which as she was single, thirty-five, and had had no long-term relationship in years was fast becoming unlikely.

An airplane from LaGuardia took off, drowning out whatever Joe was saying. He waited, then repeated, “Tell me how your business card found its way into my victim’s pocket.”

“Who’s the victim?”

“No ID, purse stolen. We ran plates on the nearby cars, and we think the woman is Rosemary Weber.”

“You’re not sure?”

“You tell me.”

He lifted the bright yellow tarp to reveal a body. By the extensive pool of drying blood she was killed right here.

“It’s her. What happened?”

He dropped the tarp and stared at Suzanne. “Tell me how you know her.”

“Don’t interrogate me, Joe.” He was just doing his job, but she didn’t appreciate his all-cop tone. “I knew her because she’s writing a damn book on the psycho killer who suffocated four teenage prostitutes between October of last year and February, when SWAT saved the taxpayers the cost of a trial. I worked the case with Vic Panetta.”

“Cinderella Strangler?”

She rolled her eyes. “I hate that name. The killer suffocated the victims, took one of their shoes, and the press’s label on the case stuck.”

“Did you meet with Weber?”

“Twice, because my boss made me. The first time was brief because I was called out to a scene; the second time was the longest hour of my life, where she shared her focus on the book and how she wanted my help. I told her I needed approval from national headquarters before I said one word about the case; then I pleaded with my boss to deny her request. I have no idea where it is in the process.”

Her explanation appeased DeLucca, and he said, “She was stabbed once, below the sternum, bled out fast, according to the coroner’s preliminary exam. He’s getting ready to transport the body, but I wanted you to see the layout first.” He motioned to a uniform near the coroner’s van and made a circular motion with his hands to “wrap it up,” releasing the body to the coroner. He stepped away and Suzanne followed. “Body was found by two fans leaving the game at eleven thirty p.m. Coroner says she died sometime during the game, between ten and eleven. No witnesses, no physical evidence. The crime scene techs have already been through here and they’re on a wider sweep now, I have uniforms canvassing, but what really sucks is that there are no security cameras over here. They have them at entrances and exits, but not covering the lot itself.”

Suzanne knew that, from being a longtime patron of baseball games. Probably anyone who’d ever been to a Mets game could find loopholes in security without much effort.

“Robbery?” Suzanne asked.

“No purse, and it’s obvious the killer removed jewelry, but…” His voice trailed off.

“You don’t think it’s a robbery.”

“I don’t know enough yet, but in a robbery turned south I’d expect defensive wounds.”

“She had none?”

He shook his head.

“You think she knew her attacker.”

“Or he was waiting for her.”

“Meaning she was a specific target.”

DeLucca made a noncommittal grunt, but Suzanne had nailed it.

“She used to be a crime reporter, before she wrote books. I don’t envy you—there’s probably a lot of people she pissed off.”

He narrowed his eyes. “Me?”

“Yeah, you. This is a straight-up homicide, nothing federal about it.”

“Your card was in her pocket. She was writing a book about your investigation. Her murder could have a connection.”

“This isn’t federal.” Though her brain couldn’t help but tick off all the players involved in the Cinderella Strangler case. She wondered if any of them had the capacity for murder. “Now, what do you really want me for?”

“Other than naked in my bed?”

She glared at him, discreetly looking around to make sure none of the uniformed cops heard him. “Knock it off, DeLucca.”

He grinned. “Your help.”

“You don’t need my help.”

“Admitting I’m better at my job?”

“Admitting I’m swamped and don’t need another investigation eating into my free time and costing me tickets to a winning Mets game.”

“You were here last night?”

“Supposed to be here. Got stuck on frickin’ paperwork on a bust I worked with your brothers in blue in Brooklyn.” His dark eyes probed hers, and she said, “Dammit, DeLucca, you don’t need me.”

“Wallet gone, a ring appears to have been taken off her finger—we’ll confirm that with next of kin. But that car she was parked next to? The witnesses said they got here early and tailgated. Went in just before the first pitch. Space next to them was empty because they’d spread out, so she got here after the game started. No ticket stub found on her or in her vehicle.”

“And?”

“She’s in the damn parking lot.”

“Maybe she was going to buy from a scalper. Or at Will Call. Or it’s in her missing purse.”

“We’re looking at everything. But who comes to a game alone?”

Suzanne raised her hand.

“You’re not normal.”

She rolled her eyes. “Joe, I don’t want the case.”

“New stadium, family friendly, no real history of trouble. Break-ins, car theft, but nothing like this. Anything about the Cinderella case that was wonky?”

“No. The killer’s dead, taken out by FBI-SWAT. Clean kill. Weber wanted to write about the whack job’s psycho head.” And she was far too interested in the two civilian “consultants” whose names were supposed to be sealed. Damn, was Weber’s murder connected to her closed case?

“Was Weber working on anything else?”

“Don’t know.”

DeLucca looked at her again with his damn bedroom eyes.

“Fine. You win. You want to split this?”

“I’d rather work side by side.”

“Not going there.”

“Oh yes, you will.” He grinned.

“I’ll take victimology; you take the crime scene. Let me know when the autopsy’s done, and an ETA on trace evidence. If you need the FBI lab, let me know and I’ll expedite for you.”

“Dinner, tonight.”

“Not on your life.” Suzanne started walking away. A plane flew almost directly overhead and she didn’t hear DeLucca.

“Great!” he shouted after her. “See you then!”

She turned around. “I didn’t agree to anything.”

“Sure you did. Seven p.m., Roberta’s.”

“No.”

But she knew she’d be there. Worse, he knew she’d be there. It had been their favorite dinner spot when they were involved. She hadn’t been there in over a year, since they’d split.

But first things first. Time to find out what Rosemary Weber was really doing in the parking lot of Citi Field if she wasn’t going to the game. Joe DeLucca was right—this wasn’t a robbery. This was personal. The killer wanted Rosemary Weber dead. If Suzanne could figure out the why, it would lead them directly to the who.

 

Copyright © 2012 by Allison Brennan

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    Highly Recommended!

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    Allison Brennan ROCKS!!!

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat. It was very hard to put down. I highly recommend this author!!

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    Posted May 31, 2013

    Recommended

    I love this series of books.Can't wait for the six book.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Allison Brennan is awesome Her Lucy Kincaid series are the best. I could read a new one every day. I wash she could write faster Ha

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    Posted January 6, 2013

    So good/ Soo goood

    Read this in a day and love the whole series!

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    Hard to put down

    The author provides enough information to keep you guessing. A sprinkling of relationship challenges while trying to solve murders.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Great Author

    I love Alison Brennan.i have read all of her books and can't wait for more.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Great Series!

    Enjoyed this book and the others in the series.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I like the writing done by Allison Brennan. From her Stalked series and now her Lucy Kincaid series. I have enjoyed the the Lucy Kincaid series a lot and am disappointed that the next book is not due until June of next year. I totally recommend any book written by Allison Brennan.

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    Posted November 27, 2012

    Must read

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    Posted November 27, 2012

    must check out

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    I love reading any books by Allison Brennan

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    don't miss it !!!

    She has become one of my favorite writers. a page turner till the end!

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    Posted November 27, 2012

    Always good.

    Enjoy all this series. Hope they will continue.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Excellent Book

    Allison Brennan is one of my favorite authors. This whole series for the Kincaid family is one of my favorite series that I have read. If you haven't read it start from the first Kincaid book and then move on to the Lucy series. Amazing and page turning.

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    Posted November 11, 2012

    Lucy rocks!

    Love this series and its characters.

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