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After Dark Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420118935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420118933
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #443,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Close Enough to Kill and The Dying Game: "Not for the faint of heart! Shocking and terrifying, it will chill you to the bone." Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of The Bone Garden `This gripping crime novel â ¦ [is] not for the faint-hearted â ¦ you'll be guessing until the very end.'Closer --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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An avid reader since childhood, Beverly Barton 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 Perfect Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Penn on Jan. 30 2001
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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By A Customer on Dec 12 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on Dec 28 2000
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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By A Customer on Jan. 31 2001
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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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