Dead Burn

Dead Burn

by Jennifer Chase

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Terrified California residents face the shocking dilemma of yet another serial killer roaming freely in their neighborhoods. However, this time it is an evolving serial killer anomaly that relentlessly searches for, hunts down, and ingeniously traps his victims before unleashing his fiery rage. Always two steps ahead of the cops and fire investigators, the killer hones in on the next sinful target leaving a trail of bones and ashes behind as evidence. It rocks the criminal justice system to the core as a string of arson murders hits inside their turf.

Vigilante detective Emily Stone hunts serial killers and child abductors, covertly and under the law enforcement radar, with her intrinsic skills of criminal profiling and forensic investigation. With Stone’s toughest case yet, the arson serial killer immediately crosses her radar and sends her into the dark territory of a lethal pyromaniac’s mind – to the point of no return.

While following the clues of the relentless firebomber, Stone grabs the attention of a government anti-terrorist organization called GATE that oversees all law enforcement cases across the U.S., which now focuses their sights on her proven abilities. They have very specific plans for her, whether she likes it or not.

Everything teeters on the edge of reality, as Stone must battle for her life between a hired assassin and an arson serial killer. Lines are drawn on both sides of the law. Friendships and lovers are tested.

Everyone Sins… But are you willing to pay for yours?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044511866
Publisher: Jennifer Chase
Publication date: 05/02/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 176,104
File size: 370 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Chase is an award-winning author and consulting criminologist. She has authored five crime fiction novels, including the award-winning Emily Stone thriller series along with a screenwriting workbook. Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in police forensics and a Master's degree in criminology. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

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Dead Burn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
K_Pereira More than 1 year ago
Dead Burn is a thriller where everything revolves around tension, and the writing follows in the footsteps of well-established authors. The story is made interesting through the perspective of multiple POVs that it’s told from. You have the two most intriguing versions of truth from a detective and from a killer. We hear the wind in the trees, a stalker moving in the shadows, a deadly game of cat and mouse, tricks being played on our senses, and other climatic devices that Jennifer Chase brings out in full force. Absorbing, sinister, and suspenseful. I was not disappointed at all with any element of the story. I was impressed by Chase’s ability to describe things using such a powerful vocabulary that I felt as if I were experiencing the moments along with the two main characters both Red and Emily. This is a total pager turner. You find yourself catching a glimpse of the alarm clock at 3:00am, knowing you have to be up in a few hours, and... you just turn the next page.
SPerez3 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Chase has delivered a non-stop, pulse-pounding thrill ride of a book that rivals Dean Koontz’s INTENSITY in its incomparable level of excitement and terror. With multi-dimensional characters, (Mr. Bishop, Jordan, Red and Emily to name a few) agonizing suspense, and a plot filled with more twists than a politician's promise, Chase has secured a high-ranking spot as a storyteller. Emily Stone’s detective work and Red’s darkness take us past the realm of tough choices and into a black, chaotic world that is possibly more realistic that we would like it to be, creating a story we are not going to forget anytime soon. If you can't tell, I really enjoyed this book. Chase’s writing is razor sharp. Just when you think things are going to quiet down a little bit, the author reminds you why you have continued to read well into the night-- Suspense,which never lets up. I would definitely recommend this book.
CMcNulty More than 1 year ago
Opening with a trial where the defendant gets away with a heinous crime and then a murder, and a rescue mission, the plot grabbed me and would not let go. Even though it is a plot driven book, the main characters, Emily Stone and Red the Hitman, are well developed,while some of the others, are not. This is a riveting page-turner, a relentless, roller coaster ride that lasts throughout the entire book. Jennifer Chase’s story is insane and unexpected, thought-provoking and vibrant. She doesn't just write a dime-store novel with a formulaic plot and mannequin-like characters, she writes a thriller, one with an involved storyline and characters who are forced to use their humanity to overcome near-impossible odds. One minute there’s seeming predictability and the next there’s uncertainty that keeps you guessing. Rife with conflict, it's very tough to put this one down.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
Absolutely brilliant! Loved it! This is the first book I’ve read by author Jenifer Chase but I assure you it won’t be the last! Normally I’m not a fan of prologues but this one pulled me right in and refused to let me go. I was hooked! *See it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean!* It sets the tone and stage perfectly and the rest of the book does not disappoint. I was impressed with the author’s ability to weave in so many different angels and elements, and the details that made it seem really authentic. I see on her bio that she has background in criminology and criminal profiling and it definitely shows! I really liked Emily Stone as a lead and look forward to reading about more of her cases. Recommend to fans of JD Robb, Patterson, Michael Prescott, etc… And intense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
JesseThomas More than 1 year ago
So I think I could become easily hooked on this series… I loved “Dead Burn”! Now I want to go back and start the series from the beginning. I know this is a standalone novel but Emily Stone is such a cool character I want to see what other cases she does. In a way it reminds me of a weird mix of Profiler, CSI and Bones, except different, if that makes any sense, lol. Smart, sexy, quick pacing and unexpected action and an unpredictable plot makes this book a tough one to put down. I think this novel might need some light proofreading, but the substance, storyline, and the characters are all first rate. Hats off. Really enjoyed it!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I Read DEAD BURN cover to cover in the span of a few hours. Starts off right away with an inciting incidents that leaves you wanting to know more. The heroine is Emily Stone and she is a tough, smart and witty rogue crime solver who is able to use her skills to track down the killer. As far as she goes, she is a great MC, but I wish we had more background/insight into her as a character. I know this is part of a series so perhaps she is explained better in earlier books. I’ll have to see. But all the characters were described well and are unique in their own right. This didn’t feel like a cut and paste stereotypical procedural thriller. I did like the author’s writing style for the most part, even though there were some grammar and punctuation issues (not entirely uncommon for kindle books). The plot was really original and the action fast paced. Recommend for police/crime thriller fans.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
Dead Burn by Jennifer Chase is a gritty action thriller about a serial arsonist who is killing people in a most gruesome way. Emily Stone is the tough and talented detective hot on the heels of a brilliant and deadly criminal. She is a “vigilante” which makes her heroics even that much more exciting and adds to the drama. In a way it reminds me of a James Patterson novel with the quick pace and the alternating chapters that show the assassin’s POV mixed with Emily’s. Although part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone, but I enjoyed it so much I’m going to read the others!
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
This book totally got me out of a reading slump that I’ve been in lately, so thank you Jennifer Chase! I’ve just found so many things I’ve read lately to be boring and I lose interest rather quickly. Not so with DEAD BURN. I was completely hooked all the way to the end, and was sad when it was over. Too fast! Fortunately there are several more “Emily Stone” novels I can pick up and you can be sure that I will! This isn’t even my usual genre of books, as it deals with killers and crime and I’m more of a romance gal. But it was just so interesting and easy to get lost in! The author does such an amazing job of describing not only the action, but what is happening inside the character’s heads so that you feel like you are a part of the whole process, and you just have to see how it will all play out!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
Warning, once you start reading you won’t want to stop! From the explosive opening pages (literally) to the final climax, this book is a nonstop rollercoaster ride of thrills, danger, action, and drama. I liked that it wasn’t predictable and you can tell that the author really knows her stuff. As far as the plot is concerned I give it five stars easy. But there are some editing issues that although didn’t prevent me from enjoying the story any, it seemed to detract from the overall experience. The author shows great passion and talent and can obviously spin a compelling tale. With the help of a good editor it would be a 5 star book for sure, but with the abundance of typos and incorrect punctuation I just can’t do it here. Recommend for fans who enjoy a thrilling ride and who aren’t picky about the technicalities.
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
Dead Burn by Jennifer Chase wastes no time in getting right to the action with the brutal execution of a sleazy lawyer. Turns out this “assassin” will be targeting more victims and the case is called “Dead Burn”. Emily Stone is a vigilante detective who is hunting the murderer down, and faces challenges she never could have expected. I liked how smart and strong she was, and the way that Ms. Chase keeps the action going and with just enough descriptions to make you feel like you are really there right in the middle of all the action. It wasn’t predictable, and was very easy to read. Could definitely have benefited from some editing/proofreading, but the story is one that I very much enjoyed and was able to overlook the errors. Will be reading the other books in the series very soon and look forward to seeing more from this author!
DMicheli More than 1 year ago
It’s not every day when a writer creates a character powerful enough to drive a novel; when that character is also powerful enough to drive a series, it’s an incredibly rare treat. Jennifer Chase is one of those authors, and Emily Stone, the star of four of her detective novels, is most certainly one of those characters.    Blond and beautiful, Stone has the looks of a swimsuit model, the heart of a vigilante and a mind sharp enough to outwit the craftiest criminals in California. In her view, the only thing worse than those who prey on women and children is a justice system that lets let them get away with it, and that’s precisely what happens in the case of Timothy Devlin.  Devlin believes himself to be untouchable, and when he is acquitted of a brutal rape, it seems he is right. But Devlin is about to find out that there are things a lot worse than a jail cell. Immediately following the trial, a serial killer starts picking off everyone associated with the case, beginning with Devlin’s crafty and completely unethical attorney. The killer considers himself righteous, purging the world of sinners. He traps his victims, then sets them afire, leaving them burnt to a crisp and investigators baffled.      Emily wants nothing more than to catch the arsonist before he strikes again, but she soon finds herself in another equally desperate situation. GATE, a government anti-terrorist unit, wants her to work for them, and to ensure her compliance they have abducted her partner, Rick. Emily will have to use every weapon in her arsenal, and walk both sides of the law, in order to come out of this one alive.   Whether you are a fan of gory slasher stories or the thinking person’s whodunit, Dead Burn will keep you on the edge of your seat.  It is not only an excellent continuation of Stone’s story, but a wonderful stand alone mystery as well.  I promise you this—if you haven’t already read the first three books, you will after reading this Dead Burn!  
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings on this book. On one hand it is a well-conceived, tightly knit plot that feels fresh in a genre rife with generic, formulaic plots. So bravo to that. However, the poor editing was a huge turn off for me. I understand that editing can be quite pricy for an indie author, however, one can simply open any mainstream published book to see how punctuation is done, especially with regards to dialogue. It was wrong in this book about 95% of the time. There are no hard stops (periods) before the “he/she saids” (use a comma), and those words are NEVER capitalized. This is a particular pet peeve of mine and I hope that the author can make some adjustments in her future books because I feel like she does have a real talent for telling a riveting story, but if not edited properly can turn off potential readers who would otherwise enjoy it.