Dead Scared (Lacey Flint Series #2)

Dead Scared (Lacey Flint Series #2)

by Sharon Bolton

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ISBN-13: 9781250022561
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Lacey Flint Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 226,587
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

SHARON BOLTON is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and an ITW Thriller Award, CWA Gold Dagger and Barry Award nominee. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.

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Dead Scared


Friday 11 January (eleven days earlier)


ALL BAR ONE NEAR WATERLOO STATION WAS BUSY, WITH nearly a hundred people shouting to make themselves heard above the music. Smoking has been banned in the UK's public places for years but something seemed to be hovering around these folk, thickening the air, turning the scene around me into an out-of-focus photograph taken on a cheap camera.

I knew instinctively he wasn't there.

No need to look at my watch to know I was sixteen minutes late. I'd timed it to the second. Too late would look rude, or as if I were trying to make a point; too close to the agreed time would seem eager. Calm and professional, that's what I was going to be. A little distant. Being a bit late was part of that. Except now he was the one who was late.

At the bar, I ordered my usual drink-for-difficult-occasions and stretched up on to a vacant bar stool. Sipping the colourless liquid, I could see my reflection in the mirrors behind the bar. I'd come straight from work. Somehow, I'd resisted the temptation to leave early and spend the better part of two hours showering, blow-drying my hair, putting on make-up and choosing clothes. I'd been determined not to look nice for Mark Joesbury.

I fished my laptop out of my bag and put it down on the bar -not actually planning to work, just to make it look that way - and opened a presentation on the UK's laws on pornography that I was due to give the following week to a group of new recruits at Hendon. I opened a slide at random - the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act. The recruits would be surprised to learn, because most people were, that possession of all non-child pornography was perfectly legal in the UK until the 2008 Act outlawed extreme pornographic images. Naturally, they'd want to know what qualified as extreme. Hence the main content of the slide I was looking at.

An extreme pornographic image depicts a sexual act that:

threatens, or appears to threaten, a person's life.

results in serous injury to sexual organs.

involves a human corpse.

involves an animal

I changed a spelling mistake in the second bullet point and added a full stop to the fourth.

Joesbury hadn't arrived. Not that I'd looked round. I would know the minute he walked through the door.

Twenty-four hours earlier I'd had a five-minute briefing with my DI at Southwark Police Station. SCD10, still colloquially known by everyone as SO10, the special crimes directorate of the Metropolitan Police that deals with covert operations, had requested my help with a case. Not just any young female detective constable but me specifically, and the lead officer on the case, DI Mark Joesbury, would meet me the following evening. 'What case?' I'd asked. DI Joesbury would fill me in, I was told. My DI had been tight-lipped and grumpy, probably on account of having his staff filched without being told why.

I checked my watch again. He was twenty-three minutes late, my drink was disappearing too quickly and at half past I was going home.

I couldn't even remember what he looked like, I realized. Oh, I had a vague idea of height, build and colouring, and I remembered those turquoise eyes, but I couldn't conjure up a picture of his face. Which was odd, really, given that he was never out of my head for a second.

'Lacey Flint, as I live and breathe,' said a voice directly behind me.

I took a deep breath and turned round slowly, to see Mark Joesbury, maybe just a fraction over six feet tall, strongly built, suntanned skin even in January, bright turquoise eyes. Wearing a thick, untidy, ginger wig.

'I'm undercover,' he said. And then he winked at me.

DEAD SCARED. Copyright © 2012 by S. J. Bolton. All rights reserved. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

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Dead Scared 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
cj_mayse More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books where the heroine makes a decision and you want to shout, "No, you fool! Don't do it!" Intricate plot, twists and turns. Clever, especially the ending. Nicely done. Want more with this cast.
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Cambo More than 1 year ago
Oh, Boy. Did I ever read a good novel. One of my good friends and I did a buddy read of S. J. Bolton’s Dead Scared, the second in the Lacey Flint series. My friend composed a Google Document and then we would discuss the book after each chapters or every ten or twelve chapters - whatever we decided. It is a really fun way to read a book together. Bolton has delivered another outstanding Lacey Flint police procedural/psychological thriller. She is a master. I have been on a roll picking and reading some very good books in 2016, but this probably is hands down the best novel that I have read in 2016. Dead Scared begins with DI Mark Joesbury meeting with Lacey and requesting her services in the special crimes directorate of the Metropolitan Police that deals with covert operations. There has been a very sharp and sudden spike of girls disappearing and committing suicide at Cambridge. Lacey, cover name Laura Farrow, is to be recruited as a psychology student working with one of the psychological advisors, Evi Oliver. Lacey is being recruited as bait to draw out the bad guys, but is not told this. Bolton is a champion of direction, as in leading the reader, and blindly so, she also becomes an unheralded champion on misdirection. Her background research really pays off, as her knowledge and control of her subject matter that she writes is uncanny. I deeply admire strong character development and a very solid plot structure. Again, Bolton is definitely very adept at both. She amazes me, and I do not believe that I am patronizing her at all. Bolton is that good. Towards the end of Dead Scared, my friend and I had to abandon the Google Document. We just could not put the book down for writing discussion and theory. I did not blame her at all and I am sure it was mutual. The ending really amped up. Bolton had been pointing you this way and that way and we thought that we had a clue, but this was quickly dismissed. Some reviewers did not like the very end, but we loved it. Bolton’s ending was true to real life. It did not end like a Murder She Wrote or a soap opera on Friday where everything is explained away and everything is all wrapped up and neatly tucked away as in a lot of books with no loose ends. Dead Scared ends and the pursuit is still in chase. Fantastic, away from the formula and thinking outside the box. S. J. Bolton’s Dead Scared is a great book and I believe that anyone who enjoys police procedurals/psychological thrillers will enjoy this book. I would have no problem recommending this book to anyone. Dead Scared is a solid 5-star book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is so freaking amazing ! hart to put down . page turner ! omy love love Sharon Bolton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! When you think you've figured it out the plot thickens more!
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He walked in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story by S.J. Bolton. I was drawn in right away and could not pull away. Highly recommend.
nooklooker More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Great plot. Loved it.
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JerseyBoy More than 1 year ago
Fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
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Im scared
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
Pretty much right after I finished Now You See Me, I bought Dead Scared and quickly began reading… Not long after the whole ripper business, Mark Joesbury requests Lucy Flint’s assistance looking into some strange goings-on at Cambridge University. Students, mainly women have been committing suicide in abnormal ways and Lucy is sent there to pose as a student. It is not long before she is targeted and yet again her life and others are put in danger. Lucy just may have gotten more than she bargained for. Dead Scared is the second book in the Lacy Flint novels. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I did her previous book, Now You See Me. This one was a little more predictable than her first story, but there was still a good element of surprise in the story. I was not too keen on the ending of the book…it fell flat…for me at least. It was fine, but I was hoping for an ending with a bit more bite to it I guess. Other than that the plot was entertaining and worthwhile. S.J. Bolton has a way of writing that catches the readers’ attention and gets the mind/imagination working. I love when a writer is able to do that. That is what makes reading fun to me.
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lizzy658 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed Now You Can See Me, the first book in the series, you will like this book. SPOILER (My main problem with the book is the ending in that it feels open ended with no firm conclusions unless there will be a follow up book or leave it up to the reader to assume what happens.)