by E.V. Stephens


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Bedford Homicide Detective Valerie Benchik understands the toll violent crime takes on those left behind. She was only ten when her best friend was abducted and strangled, and now Val must cope with another devastating loss when her husband is fatally shot.

Normally focused and confident, Val is haunted by images of Dave's last moments and she immerses herself in work when a young attorney is tortured and killed after placing a frantic, untraceable call to 911.

Adriana Ortiz quit her job at Bedford's most prestigious firm to work for Legal Aid and recently had a confrontation with an abusive, drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. With her partner, Greg Jordan, Val tracks down the ex, and after he shoots Val and escapes, his guilt seems certain-until a 911 operator gets a second untraceable call and then a third. The detectives soon come to the chilling realization they're hunting a killer on a mission to hold his victims accountable for their actions.

With the clock ticking on another 911 call, Val is desperate to stop the killer and provide some closure for the relatives, but she allows raw emotions to overrule her cop instincts, and when she pursues a suspect without backup, she finds herself facing the same fate as the other victims.

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ISBN-13: 9781683480099
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 07/25/2016
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.62(d)

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Accountable 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite That satisfying moment when one picks up a cop/detective novel and hears the perfect pitch and perfect sardonic humor of the genre’s best, as one does when opening Accountable by E.V. Stephens, must be like a music lover first hearing a brand new talent hitting all the notes just right. A little “oh boy” escapes the lips, just like an eager kid at the movies … “This is gonna be fun!” The promise of gruesome violence is like the gravy on potatoes. Okay, enough metaphors, or similes. What I’m saying is that Accountable opens fast and hard and strong, with the kind of humorous asides that keep the grimness in its place. Val Benchik, the novel’s homicide detective, recently (and I mean, just the other day) was widowed by a disgruntled bank customer of her husband, and yet she dutifully arrives at a current grisly homicide scene, and though enduring vivid flashbacks of her husband’s violent death, she sets to work doing what she does best. The reader, meanwhile, was quite conveniently hooked at “hello.” E.V. Stephens spends the rest of her taut thriller Accountable reeling you in, sometimes giving you some illusive breathing slack, then ratcheting up the tension and the curiosity even more. I’m not sure that fish think their last rides are fun, but the comparison seems apt. The author does stretch her plot credibility a bit near the book’s finale, but to this point she has been ever faithful to the genre, ever engaging with her characters, ever providing of emotionally satisfying subplots to pull the heartstrings, and one must admit, she does manage to stay just within the bounds of credence. And the honest reader will admit, it doesn’t matter that much anyway. The ride was simply too much fun; the story too well told.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite Accountable by E. V. Stephens is a thrilling murder mystery where a serial killer seems to be targeting the lives of big money corporate employees. The first victim is a young lawyer found stabbed to death in her tub. Having just buried her husband and unable to stay at home with his memories haunting her at every turn, Detective Val Benchik returns to work. Being a homicide detective and having a grisly murder to solve gives Val the ability to focus on something other than her personal life. When the killer strikes again, the evidence leads Val and her partner to the major businessmen in their city. The Commissioner and the Mayor are good friends with their suspects and are not very happy with the direction in which Val is taking her inquiries. As Val follows the available facts and her instincts, city officials may not be the only ones who are disgruntled with her investigation. Laying her life on the line is part of Val's job; will it come to that? Accountable by E. V. Stephens is a stunning murder mystery. I was so caught up in the story that I couldn't put it down until I had reached its exciting conclusion. The storyline is impeccable and the plot spectacular. Val is an outstanding homicide detective and someone that you would want in your corner. She is forceful and tenacious, and behind the rough shell is a caring person. Although the deaths of those she cared for have left her feeling vulnerable and, at times, have compromised her case, her experiences have enhanced her skills and ability to relate to victims and their loved ones. Val is a fantastic protagonist, and I am hoping to meet her and her colleagues again. This sensational novel is comparable to the best-selling murder mysteries by authors such as John Grisham and James Patterson, and I believe we will be seeing this author on a best-seller list soon. Phenomenal story.