Saturday, May 9, 2009

Malice ~ Lisa Jackson

Courtesy of Lisa Jackson's website:

The scent is unmistakable—gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he’s recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn’t have been Jennifer. She died twelve years ago…
Once out of the hospital, Bentz begins to see Jennifer everywhere, haunting and taunting him, then vanishing without a trace. Could she still be alive? But it was Bentz who identified Jennifer’s body after her horrible car wreck, and there had been no question in his mind that it was her crumpled form behind the wheel, her clothes, her wedding ring. He’s never doubted it—until now. He can’t tell his new wife, Olivia, about the sightings or his secret fear that he’s losing his mind, even though he knows she suspects something is wrong. But Olivia is also hiding a secret…
When a copy of Jennifer’s death certificate arrives in the mail emblazoned with a red question mark, Bentz follows the postmark trail to Los Angeles, returning to the painful memories he’s tried so hard to forget, and straight into a killer’s web. Reconnecting with his former LAPD colleagues, Bentz begins to piece together Jennifer’s last days, but each new discovery only serves as a chilling reminder of how little he really knew about his first wife. Then the murders begin, each victim a part of Jennifer’s past, each grisly corpse pointing to Bentz as the prime suspect.
Someone’s been waiting patiently, silently. Someone who knows exactly what happened that night twelve years ago and has been anticipating Bentz’s every move. Soon it will be Bentz’s turn to suffer for his sins. But he won’t be the only one made to pay the ultimate price. For a diabolical killer has now made Olivia the prime target...

Lock the doors... Check the windows... Keep a light on... Make that lights on... Let me make sure the deadbolt is in place... just in case... Chocolate!!! Oh, chocolate... it soothes all & fortifies the spirit.

Shhh... it also keeps the evil doers away.

*Gulp* Why do I keep doing this? Why do I keep spooking myself the way I do? Why? Why? Why??? 'Cause it's good, old-fashioned, creepy suspense delivered by Lisa Jackson.

A vindictive ex-wife seems to emerge from the dead to stalk her ex-husband, Former LAPD detective Rick Bentz, in this creepy, enthralling, spine~tingling suspense novel from bestseller Lisa Jackson.

Rick Bentz has worked hard to bury his past & to rebuild his life. He now has a blissful marriage, a career with the New Orleans police, & a new outlook on life, but the past is never buried, now is it?

Lisa Jackson amplifies the disturbing plot by inserting the viewpoint of a character whose dripping venom for Rick infuses an intense carnage.

What was that? Did you hear something? Hello? Hello? Where the heck is Rick Bentz when I need him?

Malice hits stores on March 31, 2009.


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