The Kill List (Jamie Sinclair Series #1)

The Kill List (Jamie Sinclair Series #1)

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by Nichole Christoff
     
 
In this taut debut thriller, Nichole Christoff introduces a savvy private investigator with nerves of steel—and a shattered heart.
 
As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that

Overview

In this taut debut thriller, Nichole Christoff introduces a savvy private investigator with nerves of steel—and a shattered heart.
 
As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive.
 
Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister.

Praise for The Kill List
 
“Intelligent and fast-paced, Nichole Christoff’s debut thriller takes off like a rocket and never slows down! I read The Kill List in a single sitting.”—Karen Rose, New York Times bestselling author of Silent Scream

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101883006
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/02/2014
Series:
Jamie Sinclair Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
3,796
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who has worked on air and behind the scenes producing and promoting content for radio, television news, and the public relations industry across the United States and Canada. Christoff is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also belongs to the Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and three of RWA’s local chapters where she’s served as an officer and a member of the board. In Christoff’s first year as a member of RWA, her first manuscript won the Golden Heart for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Her second manuscript won a 2011 Helen McCloy Scholarship from the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest work, The Kill List, is a 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense nominee.

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The Kill List 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
I rated this book 4.5 out of 5 Stars. An action packed thriller, The Kill List by Nichole Christoff introduces us to Jamie Sinclair, a private investigator and security excerpt willing to break the rules to save her clients.  The daughter of an Army general turned U.S. Senator, Jamie is intelligent, and strong and has lived her life knowing failure is not an option.  Filled with plenty of action, emotional angst, colorful characters and two mysteries, this is a book any mystery or thriller reader will enjoy. Ms. Christoff does a good job developing the primary character for both this book and her new series.  I quickly connected with Jamie Sinclair, a woman who is good at her job and financially successful as a result of it.  Jamie also suffers from self-doubt, fears risking her heart emotionally and has daddy issues.  While helping guard a client from a stalker, and placing herself in the line of fire, Jamie finds herself being pulled into a kidnapping case involving Brooke Thorpe, the three year old daughter of her ex-husband and his new wife.  Helping Tim, her ex, forces Jamie back onto familiar grounds, Fort Leeds, the military base where she grew up.  Forced to work with both the FBI and Military Police, she finds herself in the middle of a turf war over jurisdiction and putting her heart on the line in more ways than one. Ms. Christoff also does a good job developing the secondary characters and I really enjoyed getting to know the men who play a part in Jamie’s life.  From Tim Thorp, Jamie’s cheating ex-husband, to Lt. Colonel Adam Barrett, the military police officer in charge of the case, we get to see two men in the service who serve for very different reasons.  Especially since Jamie was in love with one before, and thinks she is falling for the other one now.  We also get to meet Kevin Jaeger, an FBI agent, who has issues of his own.  The two mysteries in the story are both well developed and take several twists and turns.  While we get to know the identity of one of the villains fairly quickly, the revelation of who else is involved in both of Jamie’s cases is well done and was quite surprising.   Will Jamie be able to rescue and save Brooke Thorp from harm?  Will the stalker who has put Jamie in the center of his fantasy be captured before it’s too late and Jamie becomes his next victim?  You’ll have to read The Kill List to find out.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading The Kill Shot, the next book in this series to be released in March 2015.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book had good bones and it was an interesting idea of the lead character hunting someone whilst being hunted herself. I did find myself skipping paragraphs to just get to the next turn of events. I found the ending to be disappointing, slightly confusing and fairly improbable. A few things I didn't understand: - If Jaime hated her ex-husband so much, why was she almost OBSESSED with finding his missing child? - The whole story line of Jaime and Jaeger was unnecessary to include and had no point in the end. - Jaime fell for Barrett way too fast to be believable. - There were so many characters and plot lines that I never was wondering "who dunnit" but rather "just tell me who did it and get this over". - The amount of injury Jaime sustained throughout the book is not believable for her to continue to function normally
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tone this down a bit. Cut 20 pages. Even my willing suspension of disbelief was taxed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great first book. As a veteran, I loved that the author was spot on about everything military. I liked the fact that there were twists and turns in the plot, plenty of action, and a possible romance in the future. The author wrote a very good book without graphic sex or bad language. I'll be reading future books.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Nichole Christoff in her new book, “The Kill List” Book One in the Jamie Sinclair series published by Alibi introduces us to Jamie Sinclair. From the back cover: In this taut debut thriller, Nichole Christoff introduces a savvy private investigator with nerves of steel—and a shattered heart. As a top private eye turned security specialist, Jamie Sinclair has worked hard to put her broken marriage behind her. But when her lying, cheating ex-husband, army colonel Tim Thorp, calls with the news that his three-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, he begs Jamie to come find her. For the sake of the child, Jamie knows she can’t refuse. Now, despite the past, she’ll do everything in her power to bring little Brooke Thorp home alive. Soon Jamie is back at Fort Leeds—the army base in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens where she grew up, the only child of a two-star general—chasing down leads and forging an uneasy alliance with the stern military police commander and the exacting FBI agent working Brooke’s case. But because Jamie’s father is now a U.S. senator, her recent run-in with a disturbed stalker is all over the news, and when she starts receiving gruesome threats echoing the stalker’s last words, she can’t shake the feeling that her investigation may be about more than a missing girl—and that someone very powerful is hiding something very significant . . . and very sinister. Someone has kidnapped Jamie Sinclair’s ex-husband’s daughter and he is begging that she come and help find her. Now if it were me I am not so sure if I would go running off to go find my ex’s daughter with someone else however Jamie is made of better stuff than I am. This is a kidnapping mystery filled with a high degree of suspense and tension. There are people who do not want Jamie to succeed in her mission and they are willing to kill her to stop her. The Military plays a huge role in this adventure and it is interesting to see how all the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. You will not be able to figure out just what is going on. Fast paced action and betrayal are just some of the ingredients in this rousing actioner. “The Kill List” is a top-notch adventure that will really get your blood flowing as you flip pages trying to find out what is going to happen next. Don’t start this book late at night because you will lose sleep as you cannot put this book down until you finish it. I am so looking forward to the next adventure from this talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a definite keeper. Can't wait for the rest of the series!
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
This title kept me reading and guessing till the end. Filled with intense scenes and a great cast of characters, I had a fun time with this book. Fans of James Patterson, Nelson Demille, and Erica Spindler will have a great time with this as well.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant book - highly recommended! Jamie is the daughter of an ex-army officer who is now a senator. She's also a highly successful security consultant and private investigator. Her cheating ex-husband calls for her help when his daughter is kidnapped from his home on a military base. With military police and FBI also involved, as well as a stalker threatening her, nothing is straightforward or simple for Jamie! This story is full of mystery and intrigue, keeping you on the edge of your seat at the twists and turns. It is excellently written with suspense, misdirection, threats and even romance! The characters are double-dealers, heroes and victims - all beautifully portrayed, warts and all. This is a story that totally engages the reader. The dynamics and relationships between the different characters, their reactions to events make this a 'must read this to the end' book, one you don't want to put down till all is resolved. I highly recommend this book - and will be looking out for other works by this author in future. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
A good read that could be excellent with a bit more editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another reviewer said it well: a good first novel, a bit convoluted, implausable at times & more injuries than any body could function with. Maybe a bit too much poetic license here. Worth a ahot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The setting is an army military installation and has some military characters. I kept on reading to find the solution to the mystery, but at times it was slow and boring. It just didn't catch on with me and it ended too easily. I don't thing I will read another mystery novel by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWFUL!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both The Kill List and The Kill Shot are "can't-put-down." I was caught up in the story immediately. As an Army brat, I had wondered how Ms Christoff always was correct in referring to Army reservations as "posts," (not bases) until I read her bio - thank you. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So bad I couldn't finish it. The author spends very little time developing a plot line about actually trying to locate the missing child, but endlessly tells us about the main character's cashmere sweaters, custom made suits and shoes, expensive car, and how her pulse races every time she looks at the MP. At 99 cents I guess you get what you pay for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No where near 4.5 stars. Characters are likeable but as shallow as credit cards. Predictable and full of flaws. Do not waste .99 cents.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
Her first novel -- and it's great!!  Actually still reading it.  Didn't want to forget to let other readers know they shouldn't miss this one.  The only thing is....I'm losing sleep because I can't put it down.  Will go right on to her second book..The Kill Shot.  Strongly recommend   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. I didn't want to put it down. I am looking forward to her next book coming out in March.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I have enjoyed this book a lot. Great writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good first mystery-romance for this author. Some elements are implausible, but there's a lot going on and the characters are fairly believable. A decent vacation read. by aj west
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the dumbest books ever written. Just dragged senselessly. The female character is a bore
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