by Steven F Freeman


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A disabled ex-Army officer turned world-class cryptographer...a beautiful FBI agent...and a ruthless murderer on the loose in Atlanta.

A heartless killer ambushes and guns down ex-mobster Jay Mancini. Days later, the killer disposes of Mancini's live-in girlfriend in cold blood. Desperate to identify the culprit, Jay's niece Chelsea convinces work colleague and amateur detective Alton Blackwell to help investigate the seemingly run-of-the-mill professional mob hits.

Alton and his girlfriend, FBI Agent Mallory Wilson, race to sequester Chelsea away from wrathful mob gangsters intent on silencing anyone with knowledge of "family activities." But the investigation spirals out of control as a series of new events with no apparent mob connection serves to confound their efforts to identify the assassin. As Alton and Mallory struggle to make sense of scant evidence, unseen danger marches inexorably closer to them and Chelsea, who seems to lie in the vortex of the mayhem. Will Alton and Mallory unravel the mystery in time to avoid becoming the killer's next victims? And will their growing relationship survive the presence of the beautiful Chelsea Mancini?

Combining edge-of-your-seat psychological thrills with a side of romance, RUTHLESS keeps readers guessing until the final clue is revealed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482747058
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/16/2014
Series: Blackwell Files , #2
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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Ruthless 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Billyt1 More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first volume, but still enjoyable. The identity of the killer is well hidden but the motive is kind of crazy. it doesn't seem to justify the multiple killings. the restraint by Mallory and Alton seems to be a bit forced.
Athena002 More than 1 year ago
The first half of this book was much slower than I expected and I don’t know if I would categorize it as a mystery/thriller. Although there were a few chapters indicating a mystery, the mystery wasn’t explained until the last maybe 40 pages of the book. I wish the author had developed a more in-depth back story on the killer.  A good story, just not the psychological/thriller I expected.
Bunni15 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author for a honest review. Most of the time I find that the second book in a series isn't as good as the first, but that's not the case with this one. It was just as good as the first! I love Alton and Mallory together the make an awsome team it always seems like the can solve any problem. They both pay so much attention to the minor details that most people would over look. In this book we got to see that Mallory is just as good as Alton connecting the dots to get the whole picture. I'm looking forward to the next book!