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Fatal Distraction: Jess Kimball Thriller Novel (The Jess Kimball Thrillers Series Book 2) by [Capri, Diane]
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What would you do to find your missing child?

Try the suspense novel readers say is impossible to put down. Ten years ago, Jess Kimball's son was stolen. She'll never rest until she gets him back. Until then, Jess Kimball is on your side.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author DIANE CAPRI returns with another can't-put-it-down novel when two women team up to stop a serial killer before he kills again.

For fans of Lee Child, Jack Reacher, John Grisham and the Women's Murder Club

“Full of thrills and tension – but smart and human too.” —Lee Child, #1 World Wide Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers

Relentless victims’ rights advocate Jess Kimball and Jack Reacher both deliver justice when the legal system fails. Reacher waits until trouble finds him and then he does whatever it takes. But Jess pursues legal justice and draws lines she will not cross. How can she win against killers who refuse to follow the rules?

Three years ago, beloved Florida Governor Helen Sullivan’s world shattered when her only son died in a senseless car crash, killing his best friend, too. Helen quickly discovered Eric’s crash was no accident and lured the killer to her son’s funeral to be caught.

When the shooting ceased in the small country church, Helen believed her nightmare was over. Instead, she’d unwittingly escalated her duel with a cunning and patient assassin.

Now, investigative journalist Jess Kimball is driven to find the horrifying truth. Is the Central Florida Child Killer guilty? Or is the real killer still out there?

Helen and Jess together face the determined killer in a pitched battle of wit and nerve. Who will survive?

About the Author

#1 Amazon Bestselling Author Diane Capri's work, #1 worldwide publishing phenomenon Lee Child calls "Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too." Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award-winning MWA Past President, says: "Expertise shines on every page." And Library Journal raves: "....offers tense legal drama with courtroom overtones, twisty plots, and loads of atmosphere. Recommended." Diane's new Jess Kimball series kicked off with Fatal Distraction, opening as the #3 Amazon Bestselling Legal Thriller, behind John Grisham. Jess Kimball's second outing, the short story Fatal Enemy was recently released. Diane's new Hunt for Jack Reacher series began with Don't Know Jack, which garnered #1 Amazon Bestseller spots on Mystery, Hard-boiled Mystery, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, and Legal Thriller lists both in the U.S. and U.K. Don't Know Jack was followed by two bestselling short stories in the Hunt for Jack Reacher series, Jack in a Box and Jack and Kill. Diane's Bestselling Justice Series suspense mysteries were praised by Romantic Times and garnered the coveted "Top Pick." Diane is the past Executive Vice President of International Thriller Writers, past member of the Board of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and active in Sisters in Crime and other writing organizations. She comes to writing after a successful legal career and is married to her college sweetheart. She loves her nomadic snowbird existence preferring perpetual summer migrating from Florida to Michigan each year. Diane says she writes mystery, thriller and suspense for the same reason she reads: to find out what happens, why people do what they do, and how to bring justice to an unjust world. Her books are translated in twenty territories. Diane loves to hear from readers. Contact her at to receive notice of new releases, subscribe to Diane's blog, or simply connect with her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3437 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AugustBooks (May 5 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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HASH(0xa0766264) out of 5 stars Couldn't wait for the end Sept. 19 2012
By Lucienne R. - Published on
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I started reading Diane Capri's work with the Search for Reacher books. Since I had read all that were available, I tried this one: intriguing title, good premise... Boy was I disappointed! I read as fast as I could just to get to the end of the book so it would be over. It was a good idea, but not believable, whatever anyone else may say. I am a retired technical writer, proofreader and editor, and when I read I cannot help but see grammar mistakes and typos, because they jump off the page at me. As I read, a turn of phrase may catch my attention and my brain automatically rewrites the sentence into proper english. I know, that isn't so important anymore, but I must say that I find it to be a Fatal Distraction when it occurs too many times in one book! As this book drew nearer the end the errors multiplied and the action and characters became more difficult for me to believe.

It could be said that I am too particular, and that I should just enjoy the story for the sake of the story; but that also did not work for me. I do read for the story, but I also enjoy the way a good author handles language. I was disappointed in this book, as I expected to enjoy it just as much as I did the Reacher books. I guess I will wait for the next book in the Search for Reacher series to come along, and confine my enjoyment to that series. After all, besides those, the Lee Child novels, and my other 4 favorite authors, my need to read should be satisfied!
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07664b0) out of 5 stars Compelling, Scary Read May 19 2012
By Louise B - Published on
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Normally, I read romance, but Ms. Capri's thrillers are slowly pulling me over to the dark side. <vbg>

Fatal Distraction was a thoroughly enjoyable book. I couldn't put it down. Looking into the mind and heart of a psychopath is always frightening and Ms. Capri does a good job of keeping the reader on the edge of her seat. She clearly shows the logic and reasoning of a twisted mind. Pitting him against an intelligent and driven reporter and a smart female governor is putting a flame to tinder and it's always fiery.

Tight plotting and Ms Capri's typical well developed characters make this book a compelling read.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07666f0) out of 5 stars Awesome Legal Thriller June 8 2012
By Melinda VanLone - Published on
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I'm so glad I took a break from science fiction and fantasy to read Fatal Distraction. It's smart, fast-paced, personal and, dare I say, thrilling. It's the kind of "this could happen to me" thrill that really chills me to the bone if I think about it too much. I could not put this book down until I found out if everything was going to turn out okay. Does it? Well you'll have to read it and see!

This story features two fantastic women: Jess, a reporter who is on a personal crusade for victim's rights, and Helen, the governor of Florida. I wish all of our politicians were like Helen. She is solid in her beliefs, fair, and she stands for something. She follows the law, even if it doesn't necessarily make her happy. I can respect that. Jess strives for the truth, even if it's painful, and even if she doesn't like the answer. I can respect that too. What hooked me about this story was watching these two women, both with their unique opinions and point of view, each just trying to do the right thing. I think they made quite a team. One I wouldn't mind joining.

The other hook for me was the relationship between Helen and her husband Oliver. I don't want to give away plot twists, but I will say poor Oliver is having one hell of a week. He's still grieving the loss of their son, he's had a stroke, and in general he's not in a happy place. And then he's...well, go read the story. Through it all, Helen stands by his side. That, more than anything, tells you what kind of person she is. I loved this couple for their strength, courage, and dedication to each other. Even in the face of politics, and loss, and crap that life throws their way. We should all be so lucky as to have a relationship like that.

I also love that in the end, both Jess and Helen are two women who can kick some ass. The world needs more ass-kickers.

If you like legal thrillers, and you like strong women, you'll love this. It's Grisham meets a female Jack Reacher, with a twist. Helen is the legal mind. Jess actively seeks situations where she can make a difference. She does that with a sharp mind and pen/computer, instead of lethal force, but the effect is just as devastating to the bad guy in the end.

I'm really hoping they make a movie out of this one. I'm already casting it in my head.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0766894) out of 5 stars Great story, couldn't put it down May 20 2012
By ELIZABETH M FARISH - Published on
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Highly recommend-- kept me on the edge of my seat and I had a hard time putting it down-- Great characters and storyline-- can only hope Diane Capri will make a series out of Jess and Helen-- I do want more
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0766c60) out of 5 stars Too exciting to put down! May 18 2012
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Fatal Distraction was excitingly suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. The people were real, both the good and the bad. I love books with strong female characters and Fatal Distraction has at least two: Helen and Jess. I would love to read more of them and see what happens to them next. Is there a possibility of a sequel? Diane Capri definitely has a new fan in me. I look forward to reading her other books soon.