Merciless by Mary Burton
(Zebra Romantic Suspense)

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No Pity

Each skeleton is flawless--gleaming white and perfectly preserved, a testament to his skill. Every scrap of flesh has been removed to reveal the glistening bone beneath. And the collection is growing. . .

No Compassion

When bleached human bones are identified as belonging to a former patient of Dr. James Dixon, Detective Malcolm Kier suspects the worst. Dixon was recently acquitted of attempted murder, thanks to defense attorney Angie Carlson. But as the body count rises, Kier is convinced that Angie is now the target of a brutal, brilliant psychopath.

No Escape

Angie is no stranger to the dark side of human nature. But nothing has prepared her for the decades-long legacy of madness and murder about to be revealed--or a killer ready to claim her as his ultimate trophy. . .

Praise for the novels of Mary Burton

"A twisted tale. . .I couldn't put it down!" --Lisa Jackson on Dying Scream

"Taut, compelling. . .delivers a page-turner." --Carla Neggers on I'm Watching You"A chilling thriller." --Beverly Barton on Dead Ringer

About Mary Burton

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Mary Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several historical romance and romantic suspense novels, including Senseless, Dying Scream, and Dead Ringer. Her novella Christmas Past appears in the 2008 New York Times bestselling anthology Silver Bells. Her commitment to realism has led to eye-opening interviews with law enforcement, to forensic seminars and to the firing range. She is a graduate of the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen's Academy, and has participated in Sisters in Crime's Forensic University program. Mary lives in Virginia with her family. Johanna Parker, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has earned an esteemed Audie Award and three Audie nominations. She has received high praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series (the source material for HBO's True Blood), of which AudioFile has said, "Parker personifies Harris's perky Southern heroine, Sookie Stackhouse. Her splendid pacing allows listeners time to absorb the action and emotion. Listeners will be enthralled."
Published February 1, 2011 by Zebra. 416 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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If you've ever kept reading a book even though you had the windows closed and the drapes pulled and occasionally you might be read through your fingers because you just had to know how it ended even though you were just a wee bit scared for the characters, then this is the book for you.

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Book Reporter

Because of her connection to another victim --- and the suspected killer --- she’s in danger herself.

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Night Owl Romance

When Kier's investigation leads him into the past and to the museum Carlson's father used to run, Carlson is forced to confront her painful childhood and her dim, childless future.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Merciless by Mary Burton is a sequel to last month's Senseless, featuring many of the same characters, including the Alexandria (VA) homicide unit investigating a series of murders in which only the victims' meticulously cleaned bones found.

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CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Trouble abounds around Eva (SENSELESS) Rayburn’s sister Angie Carlson in Mary Burton’s sequel MERCILESS.

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