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Web of Deceit
     

Web of Deceit

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by Susan Sleeman
 

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Will he help find her sister’s killer . . . or lead the killer to her door?

When FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight discovers her brother-in-law is Vyper—the notorious cyber-criminal and murderer wanted by the FBI—Kait doesn’t question her duty to arrest him. But when he murders her sister in front of her, leaving her infant niece motherless,

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Will he help find her sister’s killer . . . or lead the killer to her door?

When FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight discovers her brother-in-law is Vyper—the notorious cyber-criminal and murderer wanted by the FBI—Kait doesn’t question her duty to arrest him. But when he murders her sister in front of her, leaving her infant niece motherless, Kait vows to hunt him down and bring him to justice while raising the baby.

Three years later, and not even a whisper of a lead in her search, Kait is about to give up hope of ever finding Vyper. All of that changes when he goes on a murderous spree taunting Kait with clues that she and homicide detective Sam Murdock must solve before her devious brother-in-law takes another life.

As the body count rises, Sam discovers the killing spree is really about striking back at Kait. He must put everything on the line—including the relationship he’s developed with Kait—to ensure her safety. The killer is waiting, watching her every move, and he won’t stop until he’s exacted his revenge and reclaims his rights to raise his daughter

Susan Sleeman is a best-selling author of clean read and inspirational romantic suspense books. Awards include Thread of Suspicion, 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award, and No Way Out and The Christmas Witness, Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence finalists. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, but has lived in nine states. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.
susansleeman.com
facebook.com/SusanSleemanBooks
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611946000
Publisher:
BelleBooks, Inc.
Publication date:
03/05/2015
Series:
Agents Under Fire , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
165,650
File size:
3 MB

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Web of Deceit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Web of Deceit is a fast-paced story involving FBI agents, police detectives, multiple murders, love and mourning. You will feel the pain of FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight as she works to catch her murdering, cyber-criminal brother-in-law before he kills her. You will fall for Detective Sam Murdock as he tries to protect Kait and her young niece. This clean read tale is gory and not for the squeamish! I won my copy of Web of Deceit from author Susan Sleeman's Facebook giveaway.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Web of Deceit is the first book in Sleeman’s new “Agents Under Fire” series and I am hooked! Kait and Sam are one of my all-time favorite couples. Sleeman created engaging and fun dialogue between the characters. I loved their chemistry. The opening scene grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. The book is gripping, compelling, and intense. Although Sleeman does not give us the gory details of the kidnapping and killings and the cyber-criminal information is very creepy. Kaitlyn is an FBI agent and trying hard to be a good mom to her niece. She is still searching for her brother in law who killed her sister. Her brother in law, Vyper--the notorious cyber-criminal and murderer. She has had no leads in three years. Clues start to surface about her brother in law and then we have our first murder which is where Sam enters. Sam is a Detective on the Portland Police and had jurisdiction for the murder. I loved the scene when Kait is walking up to Sam at the first murder scene. There is also a very touching scene where she finally tells Sam why she chose the FBI. I don’t want to ruin any of the story because I highly recommend that you read it and then change your passwords  You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Kaitlyn works for the FBI. When she discovers her brother-in-law is a cyber criminal she confronts him. But in the fight he shoots her sister and runs. Three years later Kaitlyn is raising her niece and desperately searching for the man that killed her sister. But Vyper is always one step ahead of her. Sam, a local detective, is brought on when Vyper kills another computer geek. Now the two are racing against time to save lives, including Kaitlyns. If I had to sum up this book in one word it would be chilling. The suspense and drama were high, the author really did her research. The criminal was positively creepy. The characters were intense, but likable. The intensity went well with the plot and the jobs that they had. There was also a small romantic thread woven throughout the story. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing how everything plays out with several of the secondary characters. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Susan Sleeman in her new book, “Web of Deceit” Book One in the Agents Under Fire series published by Bell Bridge Books introduces us to Kaitlyn Knight. From The Back Cover: Will he help find her sister’s killer . . . or lead the killer to her door? When Fbi Agent Kaitlyn Knight discovers her brother-in-law is Vyper-the notorious cyber-criminal and murderer wanted by the Fbi-Kait doesn’t question her duty to arrest him. But when he murders her sister in front of her, leaving her infant niece motherless, Kait vows to hunt him down and bring him to justice while raising the baby. Three years later, and not even a whisper of a lead in her search, Kait is about to give up hope of ever finding Vyper. All of that changes when he goes on a murderous spree taunting Kait with clues that she and homicide detective Sam Murdock must solve before her devious brother-in-law takes another life. As the body count rises, Sam discovers the killing spree is really about striking back at Kait. He must put everything on the line-including the relationship he’s developed with Kait-to ensure her safety. The killer is waiting, watching her every move, and he won’t stop until he’s exacted his revenge and reclaims his rights to raise his daughter Let me start out by saying that “Web of Deceit” maybe Susan Sleeman’s best work yet! Ms. Sleeman has crafted a page turner worthy of the old serials: an exciting event, some story, another exciting event, more story. Kait is an F.B.I. Agent who tries to arrest her brother-in-law. He didn’t want to be arrested and actually wanted to kill Kait but he killed her sister, who was his wife, instead. Now it is three years later and not only does he want revenge but he wants his daughter back. Like I said this is intense! And the wonderful thing is that this is not “R” rated. No Language and nothing graphic. And on top of everything there is romance. Susan Sleeman is a fun author that makes reading enjoyable even if you are sitting on the edge of your chair. Don’t bother bringing a beverage to drink while you read because you will forget it is there the story is that intense. Ms. Sleeman batted a thousand on this one. I highly recommend it. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Suspense Zone. 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.”
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
 Did not want to put the book down.  Has a lot of violence and gory murder scenes but good.  Liked the characters. Can't wait to see what happens in the next two books.  One place named the series Agents Under cover and another called it Agents Under fire.  Agents Under fire fits so much better than under cover.  Kait Knight is one of the main characters.  She had a twin Abby  who died three years ago instead of her.  She is raising her niece Lily.  Kait is a FBI Agent.  Sam Murdock is a homicide detective.  His murder might be Kait's brother-in-law. Fenton.  Sam does not talk about his past heart ache.  Fenton killed his wife by mistake three years ago.  He wants Kait to suffer like he has.  He also wants his daughter three year old Lily.  He is smart and a cyber crook.  This is full of drama, murder, suspense and even some humor.  It is a fast pace to catch the murder before he strikes again.  The setting is Portland, Oregon  Can't wait to read the next book in the series.  I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Bell Bridge Books.  In return I agreed to give honest review of Web of Deceit.
BeckBeckBG More than 1 year ago
Susan Sleeman has done it again...I was hooked from the first page of Web of Deceit! The suspense of Kaitlyn Knight's life delivers ups, downs and many unexpected twists. Kaitlyn is a no nonsense FBI agent who is raising her twin sister's daughter Lily. Kaitlyn's brother in law, Fenton killed her sister. He continues to be a fugitive on the run who has come back to make Kaitlyn pay. The reader follows Kaitlyn on her clockwork life until unexplainable events began to occur and wreck havoc in her daily life. And then walks in Sam Murdock, the detective who helps Kaitlyn rediscover who she really wants to be if she can outlive Fenton's chilling plans.
Xmiler1 More than 1 year ago
FBI Special Agent Kait Knight looks down the barrel of a pistol in the hand of her crazed brother-in-law, Fenton Rhodes. He has overheard her receiving a phone call that named him a massive Internet scammer and murderer, so he plans to kill Kait and make his getaway. But his wife Abby, Kait's twin sister, interrupts the confrontation. Fenton fires to kill Kait, but Abby pushes between them and takes the bullet herself. Fenton flees, and with Abby's last breath she places her daughter Lily in Kait's care. Thus begins Susan Sleeman's thriller Web of Deceit. Fenton disappears for three years. The FBI case against him remains open and Kait remains obsessed with bringing Fenton to justice, but she encounters opposition from her supervisor. A lead on Fenton takes the FBI team to a specific house, but they arrive to find local police detective Sam Murdock investigating a murder there. The victim of the ghastly murder closely resembles Fenton and is connected to Fenton through computer game groups. It becomes increasingly clear that Fenton is behind this murder, that he uses his mastery of computers to toy with the FBI, and that his final objectives include recovery of his daughter and a hideous revenge on Kait. The author skillfully tightens suspense in each scene and chapter, leading to a thrilling climax and satisfying denouement. In the process, she shows a well-researched knowledge in depth of investigative techniques and the latest investigative equipment . The result is a fast-paced, hard-hitting suspense novel that is one of the two or three best I have read in the past two years. Highly recommended.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Entangled in a Wonderfully Satisfying Romantic Suspense... Susan Sleeman's newest romantic suspense quickly wrapped its tangled threads around me and thoroughly encased me, not allowing me to escape from the high tension until I reached "THE END." Intense drama is created by the fact that FBI agent Kaitlyn Knight is frantically searching for her former brother-in-law, Fenton Rhodes. Rhodes is a computer hacker of the highest ability who initially killed his partner to take over his business. As Kait is about to turn Rhodes in to her superiors, Rhodes attacks her, but her twin,Abby, Rhodes's beloved wife, is the one who is killed.Thus begins a horrible cat and mouse game. After 3 years of intense searching for Rhodes, Kate has nearly tracked him down via an incredibly gruesome murder. Detective Sam Murdock, of the Portland Police Bureau, is assigned to the case, but Kate, with personal ties, keeps trying to force her way into the scene. Feeling sorry for her at first, he allows her liberties. However,as they work together and the two agencies also combine forces, Rhodes turns up the heat with grisly actions that cause Kate and Sam to question themselves and each other. Will these two choose self-loathing and shutting down in each other's presence, or will they be able to trust and open up so a real relationship can flourish,providing Fenton is found before the reader's heart gives out! I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I am, however, still shaking in fear. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
LauraJo1 More than 1 year ago
I have truly enjoyed following this author as she perfects her craft! Susan Sleeman’s book, Web of Deceit, will not disappoint. This most recent title is part of her new Agents Under Fire series and it is a great read. The drama unfolds on page one and keeps the reader engrossed until the very end. It quickly becomes apparent that Sleeman has done her research: the investigative protocol and crime scene details are incredibly realistic. Authentic, inspiring characters are formed into a first responder taskforce whose expertise cannot be doubted (although self-doubt and deep reflection creep in unexpectedly). This group of agents pull together under the pressure of time to stop a murderer before he strikes again and again and again. I love how Susan pulls the reader into the narcissistic mind of the serial killer, a cybercrime mastermind. Every reader wants to know ‘why’ a person would willingly commit such heinous violations against humanity? Ms. Sleeman journey’s into the killer’s mind and exposes his irrational thinking which leads to his repulsive conduct. I so appreciate the author’s ability to depict gruesome facts and yet keep the storyline as tasteful as possible when dealing with criminal behavior. This book is a must read if you are a fan of Christian romantic suspense. Highly recommend!
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
Every book I read by Susan Sleeman just gets better and Web of Deceit quickly drew me in, becoming one of my favorites. With plenty of suspense and action mixed with a little romance and relatable characters, this story was everything I look for in a good book. Also, I appreciated that the author wrote about some gruesome scenes without getting too graphic and kept it clean and free of profanity and sex. Plot: FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight learns her brother-in-law, Fenton Rhodes, is the notorious cyber criminal Vyper. When she tries to arrest him, he ends up killing his wife Abby, Kait's identical twin. Fenton manages to escape and Kait is left to take care of their infant daughter. Kait vows to track him down, but for the next three years, Fenton lays low. Then Kait's FBI team gets a lead, which takes them to a body. Is it connected to Fenton? She teams up with Detective Sam Murdock to investigate. Sam first met Kait three years ago at the scene of her sister's murder and is drawn to her. As they get closer to tracking down Fenton, the danger to Kait escalates and Sam must keep her and her niece safe, whether Kait thinks she needs his help or not. Characters: Kait is very focused on her job, and feels inadequate as a mother to her niece. She's the tough agent, but yet is very vulnerable as she's so emotionally attached to this case. Sam was my favorite character. He's out of his element investigating this case as he's not very technologically savvy, but I liked that he wasn't afraid to admit it and ask questions when he didn't understand. Both Kait and Sam have faced big losses in their lives, leaving them both a little wary of a relationship, yet they find themselves fighting the attraction to each other. We're also introduced to Nina and Becca, Kait's fellow FBI agents in this story, setting the scene for the following books. This story is told through multiple points of view, giving the reader a more complete picture of what's happening. While Fenton is the bad guy and completely evil, I'm glad we got to see things from his perspective too. The reader knows before Kait even realizes it, just how close he is to her and how much danger she's in. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and clean reads. Even knowing who the bad guy was at the beginning of the story, it still kept me on the edge of my seat, guessing what would happen next and how they would manage to track him down. Exciting start to the series and I can't wait to see more of these characters in the next book
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
There are some books that just capture you and transport you right along the storyline as if you are watching it unfold in real time. This was one of those books for me. Of course having it set in the Portland area where I reside didn't hurt but you don't have to live in this area to be caught up in the magic that is Susan's writing! I was blown away by this book! I couldn't read it fast enough. It was obvious from every chapter that the author did extensive background research. The realism was amazing which led to the credibility of the storyline. I will never look at my computer or cell phone the same again! Although the main storyline focuses on a heinous crime spree of a serial killer, Fenton Rhodes, the author put so much "humanity" in it with her characters, Kait, the FBI agent, and Sam, the Portland police detective, and of course, Lily, the darling 3 year old niece of Kait. There are many other characters that make this book real and human too. I loved the action-packed scenes and the quiet, reflective scenes - a great balance. How awful Kait feels to know that Fenton, her brother-in-law, is the killer and is doing all this killing as part of a revenge plot to punish her for the loss of his wife, Kait's sister. Kait feels responsible for every death that happens, which drives her harder to catch him but she works for the FBI and they have rules so she has to play by them! Sam, is the detective that gets assigned to the first case so it's natural a task force is soon made between the FBI and the Portland Police Dept. The book continues to follow a real investigation and I really loved that! When I reached "THE END", I literally had to take a breath and just take it all in for awhile! I will be thinking about this book for months to come! It was that good. I would highly recommend it! *I received this book from the publisher for an honest review
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
From the first time Kait and Sam meet in the book, their attraction is palpable. Kait’s guilt over her sister’s death as well as her determination to catch her sister’s murder resonates with readers. Sam’s concern for others, especially Kait and her niece, is evident through his words as well as his actions. Sleeman handles the details of the murders well, giving just enough detail to give the reader an idea of how gruesome the killer’s choice of death is but leaving much to the imagination. And her descriptions of police procedures make you feel like you’re right there with Sam, Kait, and the other law enforcement officials involved in crime scenes. I didn’t want to put the book down as I was drawn into Kait’s world as a cyber criminalist for the FBI. And believe me, I will think twice before clicking on any link in my email from now on.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an intricately woven clean read suspense novel. From the beginning of the book I was caught up in the plot of the story. It starts with FBI Agent Kaitlyn Knight facing off with her brother-in-law as he points a gun at her threatening to kill her. This face-off ends with one dead and Kait devoted to catching the killer. Fast forward 3 years and the killer is now coming after Kait to make her pay for that death. I loved the characters of both Kait and Sam. They are both very human and dealing with wounds from their pasts. They are trying to sort out their feelings and do the very best that they can at their jobs and in relationships with others. I was able to follow through and understand what they were each dealing with as the story progressed. There were also a number of secondary characters that played key roles in the story that were well developed and presented. The plot of the story was very intricate and had lots of twists and turns in it. It kept me guessing as the different key points were revealed. The killer’s evil intent was gradually shown piece by piece even as an onion might be peeled layer by layer.  I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.