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Kill and Tell: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Howard
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Oct. 1 2003
Family secrets and murder converge in this captivating and suspenseful romance from New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard.

Some secrets need to be told...

Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

Even if they lead to murder....

For homicide detective Marc Chastain, something about the case of a murdered homeless man just doesn't add up—especially after he meets the victim's daughter. Far from the cold woman he expected, Karen Whitlaw is warm and passionate. She is also in serious danger. A string of "accidents" have shaken Karen to the core, and forced her into the protective embrace of the charming detective she vowed to resist. Together they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murder—and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on her father's secrets.

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Linda Howard's romantic suspense Kill and Tell supplies readers with plenty of thrills and chills. As a nurse, Karen Whitlaw has seen more than the average person, but even she isn't prepared to identify the body of the father she hasn't seen since she was 13. The local detective on the case, Marc Chastain, informs Karen that her father, who was homeless, has been murdered. Still grief stricken over the recent death of her mother, Karen isn't prepared to examine her feelings about her father and his absence from her life. She is willing to accept that he was the victim of street crime until her home is burglarized and she becomes the target for some frightening "accidents." Whoever killed her father is after her, and the only hope she has for discovering why must lie in the notebook that Karen's father mailed to her mother shortly before his death. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Publishers Weekly starred review Linda Howard meshes hot sex, emotional impact, and gripping tension.

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By GinRobi
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I understood how Karen Whitlaw was feeling. While never been in a situation like that, it was close. To lose someone so close to you so quickly, then to lose someone who is supposed to be close to you soon afterwards would have anyone feeling as she felt. A brave woman, she uses her head, her instincts, and her fight for survival to get herself out of whatever situation she finds herself in.

Marc Chastain is one hell of a detective. It's very rare to read about a detective that uses and trusts his intincts so implicitly in everything he does, from interviewing a victim, a witness, to questioning a perp. I love his smooth charm, and the way his inner self becomes so primitive in protecting Karen. While I think the `I love you's came out a little fast, they knew they were perfect for each other really quickly. And the reader knows it - they balance each other beautifully.

The plot could maybe have been a little more inventive, but I liked it. While the reader knows what's what and who's who, the characters in the book don't and they fight for their lives while trying to figure it out. The action scenes are great, especially with Karen. I thing the love scenes were great in their basicness - primitive and no fanfare - completely raw. The suspense is eased a little since the reader knows what's going on, but it in no way takes away from the story.

Excellent! Now I need to get my hands on All The Queen's Men!
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5.0 out of 5 stars flawless Multi-POV makes this a brilliant work Oct. 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Linda Howard has been one of the long time writers on my Keeper Shelf. She just delivers time and again with tales that keep you mesmerised by her talent. This is just another in the line of super reads penned since Howard rebounded from her back troubles in the mid 1990's.
Karen Whitlaw is still having to adjust to losing her mother, when she finds an odd parcel in the mail. A package from the father she has not seen in years. Ever since his return from the Vietnam War, he has been out of her life. Having trouble with accepting her mother's death, she does not want to deal with anything from her absent father. She puts the notebook from the parcel away - and promptly forgets about it. Until she receives another blow - a call from a New Orleans detective saying her father was murdered on their streets. The kind sounding detective, Mac Chastain, just chalks the death up to another street crime, endless violence in the gritty life of a homeless man, so Karen is willing to accept his verdict. Marc is unaware of the death of Karen's mother, and the numb state she is in, so he chalks her up to being cold, heartless when she does not show reaction over her father's death.
Only, slowly Karen becomes aware the crime was made to look like nothing more than senseless violence. Some one breaks into her home, and Karen is convinced they are after the notebook she put aside and dismissed from her mind. Fearful, she examines the book and discovers her father was a sniper in Vietnam. Through the worn pages, she is shocked to discover the book is a list of everyone of his kills.
Karen now feels she is running for her life, because someone wants that book. He has killed once, thus one hesitate to kill again. There is only one person she can trust: Marc Chastain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story March 9 2004
This is your standard Linda Howard storyline. Heroine meets hero, she is being hunted, hero must help keep her alive.
Karen receives a package from her estranged father, a homeless vietnam veteran. Around this same time, she also receives a telephone call from the police in New Orleans informing her that her father was murdered. Karen has to find the strength to pull herself together enough to go to New Orleans to identify her father's body, pay her last respects and find him a final resting place. When Karen arrives in New Orleans she meets Detective Marc Chastain who takes one look at her and her "cold" attitude and decides she is one of those "unfeeling, uncaring, selfish" types who could care less about family or the fact that her father is dead. As Marc helps Karen make an identification of her father, he realizes he has made an error and Karen is actually very hurt but hiding behind a touch facade. He is touched and very attracted to her.
Karen soon finds out that she has even more problems than her father's murder, because someone is trying to kill her. Karen must work with Marc to track down the murderer before she is the next victim.
This was a good solid story. I read in one sitting. I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 star by Linda Howard! June 18 2003
By Jojo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really like how the story never slowed down & was always throwing in new people/new elements that I had to keep up with. No skimming here! You'd definitely miss something!
I can't really call it a murder mystery, although there is lots of murder in it - because I knew who was behind the murders, I just didn't know why. The suspense, however, kept my eyebrows raised more than once. I suppose that the reason I could handle this book with all the murder & gore, when I can't handle others, is because this one didn't have the evil element that so many do. No ritualistic killings, no torture, that kind of stuff - that type of thing IS NOT entertainment to me. This was simply 'Bang - he's dead!' lol However, LH did describe the after effects of the bang.... hence, NOT a light read.
Anyway, the romance was really great also, definitely not fun & light-hearted, but really good (& really hot!) I totally enjoyed LH's descriptions of New Orleans & the atmosphere she was able to conjure up for me. It really made me want to go back to New Orleans & wander slowly through The Quarter. I will have to say that I thought Marc & Karen fell for each other a little too fast for reality.... but I really liked both characters & LH somehow made it ok with me.
Ok, NOT my usual light, fun read.... but Linda Howard had me riveted anyway! This one was just as good as the 2 previous books I read by LH (Mr. Perfect & Open Season) - but it did differ BIG in two ways: The other 2 were mainly romances with a suspense/thriller story thrown in........ Kill and Tell is mainly a suspense/thriller with a romance thrown in; The other way it differed was that it was not a funny one like the other two.
A definite recommend if you do murder/action/adventure/romance! (or whatever you call it! lol)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense from beginning to end
Once I picked this book up, I could not put it down. As usual Linda Howard came through with another riveting book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by marion b
5.0 out of 5 stars Kill andTell
This is the only L:inda Howard I own. Read it on a recommendation from my public library. Enjoyed it very much, knew I would want to read it again, so I bought it.
Published 22 months ago by AvidReader
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
If you like Elizabeth Lowell, you will like Linda Howard for sure. I enjoyed this book but there wasn't any huge twists that made you go "Hmmm, that is an interesting twist that I... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2007 by Lisa E
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up!
This book has both an interesting plot and believable and likeable characters. Karen Whitlaw and New Orleans detective Marc Chastain play off of each other beautifully throughout... Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Felice N. Tixx
5.0 out of 5 stars hotter that sin!
This book was totally awesome! I absolutely loved it from beginning to end. I thought that Marc and Karen had such great chemistry. This hero was sex personified!
Published on Sept. 8 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Intrigue
This book is obviously fiction and we're expected to suspend our reality for the time we are reading it. Despite that, the characters are likeable and believable. Read more
Published on July 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Linda Howard is a great author. In this novel she gives a realistic and romantic story that is unique and interesting.
Published on July 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Linda Howard is a great author. In this novel she gives a realistic and romantic story that is unique and interesting.
Published on July 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifetime TV material
While I concur the characters in this tale weren't fleshed out much, they were fleshed out enough. I knew her, knew him, empathised with their attraction to each other, and... Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by Y. Collins
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