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After Dark [Mass Market Paperback]

Beverly Barton
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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This sixth-generation Alabamian from the U.S. is a wife, mother, and grandmother. An avid reader since childhood, Beverly wrote her first book at the age of nine. Since then, she has gone on to write well over sixty novels and is a New York Times bestselling author. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Jan. 30 2001
By C. Penn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In her first romantic suspense novel, Beverly Barton tells the story of Johnny Mack Cahill, a redeemable bad boy in AFTER DARK. Set in the small town of Noble's Crossing, the streets roll up after dark leaving a quiet, sleeping town. Nothing wild goes on -- at least in public. Indeed, Noble's Crossing's secrets go on behind closed doors and mostly after dark.
Everyone in town knew that Johnny Mack Cahill was John Graham's illegitimate son, making him Kent Graham's half-brother. Fifteen years ago Kent hated his half-brother with a passion only matched by his determination to marry Lane Noble. When Kent found out about Lane's crush on Johnny Mack, he arranged for his half-brother's murder. Beaten nearly to death by Sheriff Buddy Lawler and his thugs, Johnny Mack was thrown into the cold waters of the Chickasaw River. Only Lane's discovery of his nearly dead body on the river's shore saved his life.
Johnny Mack returns to Noble's Crossing when an anonymous letter arrives stating that he has a son. He's stayed away from Noble's Crossing for fifteen years, but learning that he has son and that Lane stands accused of Kent's murder brings him back. Johnny Mack quickly discovers that fourteen year-old Will's life has been formed by lies, one stacked neatly on top of the next.
A dying woman's letter to adopted father Kent tore Will's world to shreds, revealing not only his adoption, but that his birth father is none other than Johnny Mack. Kent couldn't forgive the boy for being Johnny Mack's son. Nor could he forgive Lane for orchestrating the adoption of Johnny Mack's child.
Johnny Mack can't be scared off. He can't be run off. And he can't be bought off. He doesn't play by the rules and these days he's the one who always wins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read Dec 12 2000
By A Customer
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After Dark is packed with secrets that keep you turning the pages. Just when you think you know whom the killer is, Ms. Barton changes your mind. This is a must read for the Romantic Suspense lovers. It grabs you and won't let go.
The hero, Johnny Mack Cahill is every woman's dream who likes that "Bad Boy" image who makes good. Lane Noble Graham is the perfect heroine to every female who has ever sat on the sidelines and been left out.
Both Lane and Johnny Mack exceed their circumstances and come into their own. Johnny Mack becomes as rich as his persecutors and turns the tables on them. He returns wheeling as much power as they do. They can no longer best him.
It's a success story packed with suspense and secrets and most important of all a love to die for. A warm relationship builds and glows between the three main characters that you will become a part of. You do not want to miss this one. It's wonderful to curl up with next to a lit Christmas tree during the holidays. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could not put this story down until I found out every detail, but I hated for it to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is going to be Ms.Barton's break-out book Nov. 28 2000
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Fifteen years ago Johnny Mack Cahill left his hometown of Noble's Crossing, Alabama, vowing to never return. Johnny settled in the Houston area and became a successful wealthy businessman. Now Johnny has received an anonymous note from his hometown, stating: "Your son needs you. Come home." Johnny never knew he had a child, but the accompanying picture from a newspaper article is that of a younger him. The mother being Lane Noble Graham also mystifies him since she is the only magnolia he failed to score with during his time in town. Finally, he cannot believe that Lane is the prime suspect in the murder of her former spouse as the article also says.

Johnny returns to Noble Crossing to meet his son and to learn the truth about who the biological mother is, who sent the note, and who killed Kent. As he begins his search for answers, a killer will murder again to keep certain secrets hidden. As his love for Lane rekindles and she reciprocates, he remains stubbornly convinced that she is too good for him.

AFTER DARK is an exciting southern romantic suspense tale. The story line is fast-paced as the mystery supplements a wrong side of the track romance. The support cast adds depth, atmosphere, and dark secrets to the stirring plot. The lead couple is the typical "good girl bad boy" mix yet Beverly Barton brings a feel of freshness to that theme in this engaging book.

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1.0 out of 5 stars After Dark Dud Dec 28 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I haven't read this author previously and the book was a disappointment. I will not reiterate the plot as it is well synopsed by previous reviewers. The mystery of who done it and the shocking "secret" were blatantly obvious by the first 100 pages. I read the end to confirm my hunches and tossed the book. The book is a series of cliches, the sex was sleazy, the language grating at times, and the atmosphere non- existent. The author would do well to read early Sandra Brown and Tami Hoag for suspenseful, sultry, southern mystery.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for a true mystery reader Jan. 31 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was a real disappointment to me. I am proud to be a southerner, but the people in this book are portrayed to be sweltering sexaholics. I enjoy my mysteries as more mystery than romance. You can see the "secrets" coming way too early and there are not enough suspects to keep you guessing until the end. However, if you enjoy mindless drivel served up as "romantic suspense" this book is for you. My copy will be waiting for you at the local used book store.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love her style of writing and will get all her books!
Published on Jan. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy Southern Suspense at its finest!
As a hugely popular category romance author, Beverly Barton has proven herself supremely skilled at creating small, scandal-ridden southern towns and three-dimensional southern... Read more
Published on March 5 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Sleazy for a Romantic Suspense!!
I love romantic suspenses, but this didn't come close. The story concept was good, but the characters were so plastic. The sex wasn't romantic, just plain sleazy. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2001 by fjmcmm
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum!
I'm usually a Beverly Barton fan but I found this outing to be extremely disappointing. It was just boring! The characters never really come to life. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, Loved it, LOVED IT!
If you love romantic suspense, then this book is for you. I could NOT put it down! I'm eagerly awaiting Beverly's next romantic suspense, EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES, which is coming... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
After Dark is a can't-put-down read. Compelling characters, beautiful language and Ms. Barton's storytelling skills make it a pleasure to read--especially if you love hot Southern... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
AFTER DARK was a compelling book, atmospheric and impossible to put down. Beverly Barton has a magic touch with the bad boy hero. I highly recommend this book.
Published on Jan. 5 2001
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