Kill and Tell: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 2003
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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 alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Once again Linda Howard amuses and amazes me. Her character development is excellent. One can imagine the characters and empathize with their issues. I love Linda Howard books.Published 8 months ago by Patricia Emblin
Once I picked this book up, I could not put it down. As usual Linda Howard came through with another riveting book. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2013 by marion b
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 on Dec 18 2012 by AvidReader
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 morePublished on Aug. 10 2007 by Lisa E
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 morePublished on June 6 2004 by Felice N. Tixx
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
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 morePublished on July 28 2003
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