Edge of Black (Samantha Owens Series #2)

Edge of Black (Samantha Owens Series #2)

by J. T. Ellison
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Edge of Black (Samantha Owens Series #2) by J. T. Ellison

Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She's trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children—but old hurts leave scars.

Before she's even unpacked her office at Georgetown University's forensic pathology department, she's called to consult on a case that's rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died—just three.

A miracle and a puzzle…

Amid the media frenzy and Homeland Security alarm bells, Sam painstakingly dissects the lives of those three victims and makes an unsettling conclusion. This is no textbook terrorist causing mayhem with broad strokes, but an artist wielding a much finer, more pointed instrument of destruction. An assassin, whose motive is deeply personal and far from understandable.

Xander Whitfield, a former army ranger and Sam's new boyfriend, knows about seeing the world in shades of gray. About feeling compelled to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Only his disturbing kinship with a killer can lead Sam to the truth…and once more into the line of fire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778313724
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Series: Samantha Owens Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 117,099
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of 14 critically acclaimed novels and co-writes with #1 NYT bestseller Catherine Coulter. THE COLD ROOM won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original. Visit http://JTEllison.com

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Edge of Black 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
lanalucy More than 1 year ago
This was a solid mystery. I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley. Former ME Sam. Boyfriend Xander. Terrorist attack on subway, airborne. Dead congressman. I liked the way all the pieces came together, and the way the bad guy didn't have everything go his way the whole time  - the glimpses into his thought processes were interesting. Extremely serendipitous that Xander's sister is the exact same size as Sam, right down to shoes. That's a bit outside the range of believability. I liked how the murders of the girls turned out to be related - nice twist. I have read J.T. Ellison before and enjoyed the books. I definitely enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more by this author.
Helen_Ginger More than 1 year ago
The Edge of Black by J.T. Ellison is fast-paced. It moves from Washington to Colorado and back, as Samantha, "Sam", and Xander try to find out who released a pathogen into the Washington Metro, killing three people. Sam and Xander are dating, so they're juggling the start of their relationship with this case that has to be solved before more people die. This is the second in a series starring Samantha Owens, a forensic pathologist. I, however, felt this book had duo lead characters -- Sam and Xander. The two of them work well together and complement each other with their viewpoints and skills. They have to find out who's behind the release of the pathogen and why.  They also have to determine whether this was a mass attack or an assassination. And heating on the back burner is the question of whether their relationship will go to the next level. The Edge of Black is a fast read. Not because it's short, because it's not. It's a fast read because I kept picking it up and reading instead of doing other things that needed to be done.  It has a lot of interesting side characters, action, twists, and just a tad of a growing romance.I give The Edge of Black a rating of Hel-of-a-Situation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author. It was very good. I am now going to purchase and read the first book in the Samantha Owens series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! Kept me guessing until the end! madicnm
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Dr. Samantha Owens is settling into her new life in DC. She still mourns her losses but she’s made new friends, has a new career path and has a new love. And now she also has another disaster on her capable hands. What looks like a terrorist attack on the DC subway is taking a new and devious turn. It seems an unknown substance has been released, one that has killed not hundreds not thousands but three, with no apparent relationship to each other. Her friend detective Darren Fletcher needs a favor, needs her to don her medical examiner persona and find answers to some disturbing questions. The authorities are headed in one direction, but is it the right direction. Will there be more attacks, will more die or is this heinous crime something very different than what it looks like at face value. Sam will use her extensive knowledge as a forensic pathologist to search for answers. It will put she and her lover, former Army Ranger, Xander Whitfield in imminent danger from not only a most allusive and deadly villain but from detective Fletcher and the authorities too. JT Ellison just keeps getting better and better. She turned a co-star from her bestselling Taylor Jackson series, Samantha Owens, into a superstar in her own right. This time she takes us deep into a terrifying ordeal that’s not too far removed from what we all fear today. She gives us a storyline not only realistic, but feasible. Her impeccable research is evident as she takes us through this non-stop action packed terror filled tale using her customary no nonsense narrative in which she deposits some well placed prose which gives more dimension to the novel and to her characters. Her stars we’ve met before but she’s giving us more in depth information about them now, more secrets revealed, more dreams uncovered, making them more approachable and she introduces us to many more characters some good, some bad and some we wonder which side of the fence they’re on. If you love the thrillers of Lisa Gardner or Lisa Jackson, Nelson DeMille or John Sandford you’ll love this new explosive thriller by JT Ellison. JT you never cease to amaze me as you delve into topics that make me shiver and I can’t wait until the next chill.
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All her books deserve 5 stars. They are hard to put down. Wish she could write faster.
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SpeedSD More than 1 year ago
ANOTHER GREAT READ FROM ELLISON! I wasn't sure when I started this series (A Deeper Darkness) whether I would like a series dedicated to Sam's character. Forever a fan of the Taylor Jackson series, I was worried Samantha would not do very well as a lead character. I do believe I was worried for nothing. A fabulous author is a fabulous author regardless of her main character. Ellison is a master of suspense and she just keeps getting better and better. If you never read the Taylor Jackson series, that is OK. You can read this series and not be lost; however, should you be interested, it is an extraordinary series and will give you an insight into who Sam was before tragedy struck her life. In this second book of this series, you get the idea that Sam is working through the worst part of her grieving (with a little help from that handsome devil, Xander). Ellison has really hit in on the head with how grief can truly affect people. Ms. Ellison can get a little graphic in detail at times, so if that kind of thing bothers you, please keep it in mind. Aside from that, this is a fast-moving, plot-twisted, exciting read that will keep you guessing till the very end. Thanx Ms. Ellison for hitting another one out of the park. Please keep them coming! -- SPeeD
SequimSue More than 1 year ago
Smart characters and good story. It was my first of her series and I appreciated how easy it was to follow with her technique of assigning a character to a chapter. I'll read more of her books.
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I'll probably read more by this author. Enjoyed this book.
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CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
I liked the fact the author didn't have the characters dance around the issues of grief. Sam is presented in a realistic way. She suffers from anxiety attacks, OCD and almost compulsive coping mechanisms, which she tries to control when she remembers her dead family or when she is under extreme duress.  Not sure the way Fletcher, Xander and Sam interact with the authorities is completely plausible. They seem to come and go and do whatever they want when they want. There also isn't much forensic pathology going on, so it lacks the factual detailed descriptions that might appeal to some readers.  What it does have is a lot of action even if the timeline of events seems a little construed or convenient at times. One of the sub-plots I found particularly interesting was the survivalists and prepper element.  In the story there is mention of cult like communities that are obsessed with what happens when or if the end of the world is upon us. The author makes the distinction between someone who is prepared for natural catastrophes, national emergencies or worst case scenarios and someone who lives as if the end is nye right here right now.  Nothing wrong with being prepared, I guess the author is saying it matters what lengths you’re willing to go to for scenarios which may never happen.   There are militant sub-groups who count as domestic terrorists and mention is made of hackers whose goal it is to combat capitalism. Fringe movements who sell take-downs to the highest bidder or infiltrate for gain are becoming more frequent but are not to be mistaken for more well-known protesters, who hack to force greedy governments and companies to change their policies. I guess my point is it felt as if all survivalists were being thrown into one big pot of national threat.  It was a fast paced enjoyable read and I wouldn't hesitate to read the next in the series.  I received a copy of this book courtesy of Harlequin UK and MiraUK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Ellison's "Lt. Taylor" books and this one of the Sam the coroner is right in line!!!!!
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: J.T. Ellison Published by: Harlequin MIRA Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Series: Dr. Samantha Owens #2 Rating: 5 Review: "Edge of Black" by J.T. Ellison was a excellent contemporary story of mystery,suspense, thrills, and romance. The author is truly a master at being able to present it all ....'fear, love and hate' all in one outstanding fast paced read. We find from this series that Samantha (Sam) and Xander will be trying to find out who released this pathogen into the Washington Metro area that killed three people. Sam and Xander are dating and working together trying to find out who is'behind the release of the pathogen and why.' Be ready for a lots of action along with twist that will keep you turning the pages. The characters were all well portrayed and so colorful in this well developed series. I found "Edge of Black" was well written story that I would recommend as a excellent read.
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lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
This one is even better than the first Samantha Owens book  Having just read the first book in J.T. Ellison's Samantha Owens series, I was really glad that I had the ARC of the second book, Edge of Black to read next. In this book we find that Sam has sold her house and left her ME job in Nashville to move to DC and take a job as the head of the pathology department at George Washington University. As she begins her first teaching assignment during summer school, fate again intervenes. One of her students becomes ill and when Sam takes her to the hospital for treatment, she becomes involved in the investigation of an act of domestic terrorism.  The first Samantha Owens book that I read was the first book I had ever read by Ellison, and I found it fascinating. I had heard that the second book of the series was even better. Given how much I liked the first book, I found myself doubting that. They were right, though, this book is marginally better than A Deeper Darkness. The plot of this book was more to my liking. I love big, global conspiracies and a home grown domestic terrorism plot caught my attention immediately. The plot of this book seemed to flow just a bit better for me. As often happens in a series while the stories and characters progress, there is more focus on the plot and less time spent defining the main characters, their backgrounds, and the relationships between them.  I was ecstatic here to see that Ellison not only brought back Sam, but Xander was still a major player, as was DC Detective Fletcher. They were by far my three favorite characters from the first book. Once again, Xander is at the heart of this book's mystery. I would imagine that the author can't keep this up for more than a few books, but I am interested to see how she develops Xander's participation in the mystery solving collaboration of Detective Fletcher and Sam.  Along with these three, Ellison again populated this story with an interesting cast of supporting characters. My favorites in this story were Xander's hippie parents and the other inhabitants of the small town in Colorado where he grew up. Like his town nickname, Xander Moon, the people in the town are a wonderful mix of hippy and small town America. I really hope some of them continue to play a role in future books, especially his parents, and the Sheriff and his wife, who are high school friends of Xander's. The next installment in this series can't appear quick enough for me. 
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trabri89 More than 1 year ago
I loved the Taylor Jackson books and wasn't sure how a series with Dr Owens was going to be but I shouldn't have worried -- this is the 2nd book with Dr Owens as the main character. This book took off from page 1. It was hard to put it down. I would recommend ANY of JT ELLISON's books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm always excited to read a new J.T. Ellison book and thoroughly enjoyed reading this one!