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Bad Girl: A Novel [Paperback]

Michele Jaffe
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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July 8 2003
She never meant for it to happen. . . .

For Chicago Thomas, aka Windy, it was an offer too good to refuse: the chance to head the forensics lab at the Las Vegas Police Department. With her six-year-old daughter in tow, Windy moves to Sin City hoping to start over with a loving fiancé—far from the sad memories of a first marriage that ended in tragedy. But the job of her dreams is about to take a nightmarish turn.

She wanted to be a good girl. . . .

Though the first murders appear to be random, they are savage in their intensity: an entire family, butchered in their own home. Only a few days later, another family meets the same grisly fate. To Ash Leighton, the enigmatic chief of the Metro Violent Crime Unit, the signs are clear: a serial killer is stalking Las Vegas.

But she just couldn’t help herself. . . .

In a breathless race against time, the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, begin to blur, and Windy and Ash find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. In a town where nothing is what it seems, only the evidence doesn't lie. And Windy may have to pay for the truth with her life. Sometimes being good is dangerous.

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“[A] slick police procedural . . . [with] a take-charge heroine, smart forensic procedures, and a provocative theme.”
—The New York Times Book Review

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“[A] slick police procedural . . . [with] a take-charge heroine, smart forensic procedures, and a provocative theme.”
—The New York Times Book Review

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3.0 out of 5 stars You should never skip breakfast . . . April 28 2004
Format:Paperback
As a rule, I absolutely hate it when I get halfway into a novel and it suddenly changes into something else. This one starts as a very good police procedural murder mystery -- but at almost exactly the midpoint, the author suddenly *tells* you whodunit, and it becomes a thriller instead. Chicago "Windy" Thomas is an almost excessively competent young woman who has just left her job as a sheriff in Virginia to run the forensics lab in Las Vegas. She's trying to track down a particularly gruesome serial killer who wipes out whole families (except for the fathers) and, of course, she becomes a target herself. She has a cute six-year-old daughter and a control-freak boyfriend, but she's also drawn to Ash Laughton, head of the Metro Violent Crime Unit -- who just happens to also be a computer-software-millionaire. (I'm told there are a lot of similarities between the set-up and a top TV series, but I've never seen it.) Jaffe generally does a good job with the characters, except that I find it hard to believe that Windy was ever able to pass the FBI's personality screens. The pace is breathless, the level of detail is almost clinical, and the ending somewhat redeems the plot giveaway.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Our loosely enforced copyright laws Feb. 10 2004
Format:Paperback
Although not a badly written book by any means, author Michele Jaffe has clearly spent too many Thursday evenings watching the hit TV series, CSI. This book comes off as clear cut, out-and-out rip- off of the show. It's set in Las Vegas, about the Police Crime Lab (forensics) and features as the protagonist a single mom with a cute six year old daughter...hmmm, sound familar, anybody?
Even if Ms. Jaffe honestly came up with this idea BEFORE the TV series was created, some changes should have been made to the book at the editorial state to avoid the obvious comparisons and the overwhelming sense that it's just a "rip off".
Ms. Jaffe is a better writer than this and should be embarrassed! "Bad Girl" reads like a piece of fan fiction with just the names changed. When the No. 1 TV series in the US is about the Las Vegas Forensics lab, you really have to excercise more judgement than this if you choose to write about the same topic.
In short: embarrassing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!! Jan. 29 2004
By Gilbert
Format:Paperback
Bad Girl was a fabulous novel! In the book, the main character, Windy takes a job in the police department's forensics lab. In the beginning of the book, she doesn't really get along with her co-workers, but later proves herself to them when she cracks her first case. However, later, one case throws her off a little bit. A serial killer viciously murdered a mother and her kids in their home. When Windy goes after the killer, she puts her daughter in danger, and possibly jeopardizes her own life.
This book came across as very suspenseful, a thriller in fact, with a little burst of romance. I think this book was really well written, and I'm really excited that I discovered this new author. I definitely say, that this novel is a must read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping romantic suspense! Oct. 2 2003
Format:Paperback
Bad Girl is quite a gripping suspense novel. Chicago "Windy" Thomas accepts the offer to head the Las Vegas Police Department's forensics lab. A natural at the aforementioned task, she helps solve various cases at the drop of a hat. That is until she's encountered with one of the most sinister serial killers in recent years. The culprit - whom the press named the "Home Wrecker" - has killed various women and their children. Will Windy be able to solve the complicated case? And are she and her six-year-old daughter in danger? There are various twists and turns throughout the novel.
The dissecting of evidence takes over most of the novel. There were times in which I thought I was watching an episode of CSI. But the second half of the novel floored me till the end. The building of sexual tension between Windy and Ash gives the novel a nice romantic touch. I'm duly impressed with Michele Jaffe's work and I look forward to reading her other books in the future. I highly recommend Bad Girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Girl Oct. 2 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is great! It holds your attention all the way to the end!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Sept. 29 2003
By Angela
Format:Paperback
Much to my surprise this book is catagorized in the romance section at the local B&N. But this book is so much more. The love story takes a back seat to a serial murder story that gave me nightmares for the first two nights. Great characters, great story, great from beginning to end. I literally lost sleep just to read this book. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If Your Looking For A Romantic Suspense.. Sept. 21 2003
Format:Paperback
This novel may not be for you. Although there is romance present it is waaaay back on the back burner. This is more of a mainstream suspense book packed with a lot of twists and turns that leave you wondering who the bad guy really is. Although the answer to that question is answered before the end of the book it is still interesting to see how Windy and her team work to get the same answer.
If your squimish you may want to avoid this story. The author goes into great detail regarding the murder scenes but I feel this only addes to drawing the reader into the story. There are lags in the story but they are few and far between. Still this was a strong novel and should not be missed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Girl, Bad Bad Book Sept. 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Surely this is not the worst book that I ever bought, but it comes close.
The writing style is simplistic; the characters lack development, and most of all, the prolonged descriptions of the decapitations are unnecessary to plot development.
Too bad there's no way to give it no stars.
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