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Bad Girl: A Novel [Paperback]

Michele Jaffe
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining thriller. Aug. 5 2003
By Nick G
Format:Paperback
Chicago "Windy" Thomas has moved, with her young daughter, to Las Vegas. Leaving behind the memories of a marriage that ended in tragedy, Windy hopes for a new beginning with her job as the head of the Las Vegas Police Department's forensics lab, as well as the loving relationship with her new fiance, but all that looks beautiful turns ugly as a brutal murder puts Windy in the sights of a twisted killer.
The first murder seemed to be random, an entire family butchered in their own home, a vicious act by a brutal killer. Several days later another family is slaughtered in the same manner as the previous killing. As Windy investigates the crime scene she finds similar clues that prove the killer is taunting them, and the killings are anything but random...they are carefully planned and executed.
Time is running out for Windy, and with the help of detective Ash Laughton, she must stop the killer before he strikes again because the next time Windy and her daughter will be the targets.
Despite misleading cover art and title 'Bad Girl' is a tough, well written thriller that grabs the reader early on and doesn't let go until every loose end is tied up. Entertaining plot, interesting characters, gruesome murders, and shocking plot twists keep 'Bad Girl' zipping along at a nice pace. Readers may be somewhat surprised by the true style of this novel because it is not the fluffy romantic/thriller it appears to be, but instead a serious forensic police procedural that ranks with some of the best in the genre.
Michele Jaffe has written a fun thriller that should earn her new readers and have much comparison to the novels of Iris Johansen.
Nick Gonnella
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4.0 out of 5 stars tremendous police procedural romance Aug. 3 2003
Format:Paperback
Widow and single mother Chicago "Windy" Thomas takes over as head of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department's Criminalistics Bureau. She immediately shows her value with a murder case impressing Violent Crimes task Force supervisor Ash Laughton with her knowledge and honesty. He asks for her help on a particularly violent murder Mrs. Johnson and her fifteen years old and under three children were ritualistically killed. Windy provides strong assistance in interpreting the photos of the crime scene.
The same MO is repeated with Windy once again furbishing valuable insight to Ash. While trying to solve the homicides, Ash and Windy begin to fall in love although she is engaged to someone else. As a serial killer terrorizes the city, the police led by the dynamic protagonists struggle to bring this malevolent individual to justice before the culprit destroys another family.
The title aside, BAD GIRL is a tremendous police procedural romance that is at its best when Windy provides Holmes-like explanations to crimes and crime scenes. The story line is loaded with action, but owned by Windy, though her bowing to guilt tossed at her by her fiancé seems out of character. Fans who value a strong investigative tale into the mind of a serial killer with a sidebar of romance will enjoy Michele Jaffe's work.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!!
Bad Girl was a fabulous novel! In the book, the main character, Windy takes a job in the police department's forensics lab. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Girl
This book is great! It holds your attention all the way to the end!
Published on Oct. 2 2003 by Erica Baltzersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Much to my surprise this book is catagorized in the romance section at the local B&N. But this book is so much more. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by Angela
3.0 out of 5 stars If Your Looking For A Romantic Suspense..
This novel may not be for you. Although there is romance present it is waaaay back on the back burner. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2003 by Kristi Ahlers
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Girl, Bad Bad Book
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Girl is a good read
Pages kept flowing and I couldn't stop. The ending was given a way a little to soon but overall a good read.
Published on Aug. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun,
Bad Girl by Michele Jaffe was a fun book. I think you might agree. Buy it. Try it. See for yourself.
Published on Aug. 15 2003 by Lucy Boman
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought the book from a radio ad. It started out quite promising, but half way through it took a turn that left me feeling misled. Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2003
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