The Vengeful Dead

The Vengeful Dead

by J.N. Duncan
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The Vengeful Dead by J.N. Duncan

She's the FBI's go-to expert on Chicago's most brutal supernatural crimes. But a bloodthirsty, revenge-crazed killer is using her deepest fears as a terrifying weapon. . .

Jackie Rutledge just can't put her past to rest. Her Bureau partner is dead, but not gone. And her sanity is becoming as fragile as her career. Worst of all, a wrenching journey into Deadworld has given her unwanted new abilities—and exhuming memories she hoped to keep buried . . .

Now a merciless force capable of possessing humans is on a killing spree, destroying the guilty and innocent alike. It isn't long before Jackie is a prime suspect, struggling to stay two steps ahead of her savvy new partner, and her undead P.I. and paramour, Nick. But to clear her name, she'll have to take on her greatest challenge yet: confronting an inner darkness as inescapable as the one she hunts—and capable of annihilating more than her soul . . .

Praise for Deadworld

"The perfect dark fantasy." --Kat Richardson


"Bloody, delicious, twisted."--Lilith Saintcrow, New York Times bestselling author of the Jill Kismet, Hunter series

"Duncan's deftly subtle debut creeps up on you like a ghost in the night."
--Mark Henry, author of Happy Hour of the Damned

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758274076
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 761,106
File size: 1 MB

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The Vengeful Dead (Deadworld Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Getting better... Jackie Rutledge is a Chicago FBI agent whose psychic partner was killed by a psychotic vampire. Though Laurel isn’t truly gone since she’s stuck around in ghost form. While in pursuit of the psychotic vampire Jackie died and came back, but brought some of Deadworld with her. She needs to figure out what her freaky new abilities can do, but there’s an enraged ghost on the loose who has possessed a cop. She’s dealing out vengeance to those her killed her and ripped her baby from her womb. Jackie is on leave due to her breakdown after Laurel’s death and her own death-then-come-back-to-life incident, but since she’s climbing the walls she agrees to come in to consult on the paranormal aspect of the case. In Rosa the Enraged Ghost Jackie gets much more than she bargained for. On top of all that, she’s been assigned a new partner, Agent Ryan McManus and she can’t decide if she’s ready to date Nick Anderson the cowboy vampire private investigator. Welcome to Jackie’s life. The writing is good and the plot is fast. Our favorite characters are back and we get a new agent. We don’t learn a whole lot about Jackie’s new abilities, but we do learn a bit and Jackie isn’t quite as unappealing in this book as in Deadworld. She’s still stubborn enough I want to smack her occasionally, but she is slowly growing and adapting to her new circumstances. The whole ghost possession arc is fascinating, but boy is Rosa a piece of work. Yikes! All-in-all I’m enjoying this series very much and look forward to the next case that lands in Jackie’s lap. *Many thanks to Kensington for providing a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series. Jack is coming to terms with the loss of her best friend/partner, when she is drawn back into the world of the supernatural. Thankfully she has Nick to help guide her and keep her safe. This book was a journey through a frightening and chaotic world, and I really enjoyed it. This author keeps me entertained and wanting to read more. I hope everyone else enjoys this book as much as me.
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Duncan has done to again. The characters, mystery, action, friendship, and love kept me reading it straight through!
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Kdoris More than 1 year ago
Jackie Rutledge's life it turned upside down and inside out with the loss of her partner, and after her trip to Deadworld and back. She turns to a bottle of Tequila to help her deal with that loss of her partner and best friend. Jackie soon discovers that she has a new talent since returning from Deadworld. She can see and talk to the dead now. But that is not right, that used to be Laurel's talent not hers and she absolutely does not want it. Nick Anderson, undead PI, is trying to help Jackie with her new gifts, but Jackie finds herself used by the undead for revenge. Jackie finds herself trapped in Deadworld with only one thing in mind, stop the raging ghost using her body before there is no body to return to. I totally loved this book. The characters are totally awesome. There is just something about those damaged heroines that appeals to me. Jackie does realize that she has some issues with her past, and with the loss of her partner and best friend, and does attempt to get help. Nick Anderson is very hot, but what is not to like about a good-looking rich vampire. I am definitely adding J. N. Duncan's next book to my reading list.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Chicago FBI agent Jackie Rutledge struggles with all that has happened to her in a very short time (see Deadworld). She grieves the death of her BFF Laurel Carpenter whose psychic skills apparently reach from the grave as she haunts Jackie in death almost as much as she haunted Jack when they were live partners. Jack also knows she needs help for her Death Valley depression in which she feels stuck in a personal deadly version of Groundhog Day starring herself and Laurel; but choose to avoid the FBI therapist. She also struggles with her new found paranormal skills that she does not want. When a murder victim pregnant Rosa wants revenge, the angry spirit chooses bodies to possess in her thirst. One of Jack's new undesirable talents is to sense ghostly homicides so she knows she must stop Rosa. She ventures back into deadwood to confront The Vengeful Dead Rosa with her team (maybe lover vampiric private investigator Nick Anderson, his vampiric assistant Cynthia and his office manager Shelby the psychic). The second deadwood urban fantasy police procedural is an enjoyable tale that starts slow as much of the first half focus is a deep look at Jack's mental state. About a little more than half way into the story line, the pace suddenly accelerates as the plot stops the mental case scenario to concentrate on the investigation; Jack and her paranormal crew try to prevent The Vengeful Dead with a cause that the kick butt heroine empathizes with from enacting her plan. Harriet Klausner
Brittany_M More than 1 year ago
Agent Jackie Rutledge has been having a hard couple of weeks. She's being haunted by her dead, long-time partner Laurel, gently harassed by the FBI's in-house therapist who wants her to spill her guts, and pursued by a sexy vampire named Nick. All Jackie wants to do is get back to work, but she gets more than she bargained for when she gets called in as a special consultant on a brutal homicide case. A very angry murder victim named Rosa wants revenge and will do anything to get it-including possessing another person's body. Jackie, who's suddenly able to see and channel spirits, may be the only person able to stop the vengeful ghost-that is, if she can stay alive long enough to learn how to use her new abilities. The Vengeful Dead is an action-packed detective novel filled to the brim with blood and guts and violence, not to mention strong paranormal elements. The heroine Jackie, who goes by the nickname "Jack," is very masculine-she's a workaholic who threatens to beat up everyone she meets and could care less about how she looks. While her lack of feminine traits was interesting to read, I would have enjoyed a little more sexual tension between her and Nick, or even between her and her new partner Ryan McManus. The romantic element fell flat for me, but the overall plot was a page-turner.