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Liars, Cheaters, & Thieves (A Detective Jackson Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

L.J. Sellers
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Book Description

Outside a local bar, a man is drugged and slashed to death with a scalpel. Inside a local bank, a woman suffers a fatal heart attack after learning her life savings have been plundered.

The crimes are as different as the night and day they occur. The vicious murder is a case for Eugene’s Violent Crimes Division, but the more Detective Wade Jackson and his homicide team probe into the death of Rafel Mazari—an Iraq War veteran with disturbing secrets—the more it appears that one crime’s victim may be the other’s perpetrator.

While there’s damning evidence that Mazari died at the hands of his cheating wife, a phantom internet veterans’ charity—the same one that wiped out the heart attack victim’s bank account—keeps cropping up at every turn of Jackson’s investigation. And when Mazari’s best friend turns up murdered in identical fashion, Jackson suspects a motive that’s deeper, darker, and more devastating than broken vows and love turned lethal.

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    About the Author

    L. J. Sellers is a native of Eugene, Oregon, the setting of her thrillers. She is a former award-winning journalist and editor, and current standup comic, cyclist, social networker, and mystery-conference attendee-as well as a skydiving and thrill-seeking fanatic. A long-standing fan of police procedurals, she numbers John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, and Lawrence Sanders among her favorites. Her own novels, featuring Detective Jackson, include The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, Liars, Cheaters, & Thieves, and Rules of Crime. She's also penned three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Lethal Effect.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1634 KB
    • Print Length: 306 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612186211
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (15 Jan. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0089OEI9I
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I'm an award-winning journalist and the author of the Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, and Liars, Cheaters & Thieves. My novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene, Crimespree, and Spinetingler magazines, and all six are on Amazon Kindle's bestselling police procedural list. I also have three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect. When not plotting murders, I enjoy cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. I've also been known to jump out of airplanes.

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    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Plot 24 Mar. 2013
    By tafia
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    I have read all the LJ Sellers (Det. Jackson) Series and wasnt let down by any of the stories. You need to read the series to keep in the flow I have read some comments complaining that nobody has indicated in which order to read them to get the best from the books. I did a little research and was able to email the author who confirmed this order.
    Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, Liars Cheats & Thieves, and finally Rules of Crime.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 5 Feb. 2014
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    This author seems to be well reviewed, but it's only the second book I've ever read that I gave up on before the end, and only the second I've reviewed unfavourably.
    I found it confusingly constructed, the dialogue was stilted and unrealistic, and the characters came across rather like ventriloquists' dummies. Some of the action was almost as though written for those with no imagination..
    It should be possible for the reader to form a mental picture of the main characters, but I found this impossible.
    I see it's had a number of favourable reviews, but I simply can't understand why.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    By Stan
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    If the author intented to confuse readers instead of drawing them into the plot by nimble character positioning then she certainly succeeded with me. Simply awful writing style.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A different case for Wade Jackson. 21 Sept. 2014
    By Hazel
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    Good, solid read from start to finish. L.J. Sellers is a fantastic author and although each novel is a stand-alone book, there are common threads throughout but not overbearing the main story eg. Jackson's relationship with Kera.
    The author makes each character plausible with the help, maybe of allowing us to know they're not white as the driven snow. We get to know hidden flaws about the main characters a little at a time. After all, life isn't perfect and neither are the people who's job it is to protect us. That is what makes the characters come to life.
    Very good plot as always.
    For anyone who hasn't tried any of L.J. Sellers works, I highly recommend you try the author's first novel " The Sex Club" (I know its the first book involving Detective Jackson. Like most it was the title that intrigued me and made me curious to find out more. It can be a little hard changing to a new author you may not have heard of. Maybe agree to read the first 100 pages. I'm quite certain that you will continue on to the very last page.
    Lastly, a piece of advice. Please read these novels in the order that they were written. The second book, especially, reveals important information on "The Sex Club" which only the readers who finished this novel would know. If you're in any doubt about the order of the books, have a look at the back of the book. Only a couple of pages long, the author 'speaks' to the readers and its there that you'll find the true order of the novels where Wade Jackson is the main character.
    On to the next book...
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best in the series 10 Sept. 2012
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    I have read all of the Detective Jackson series.I must admit this is not the best in this series but it becomes almost forgiveable as you recognise and relate to many of the detectives and their lives.The story line is weaker than others in her series and I wouldn't be happy if this novel was my introduction to L J sellers.As I stated..not her best....but she makes comfortable reading and every now and then that's good! Hopefully her next one will be stronger.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Jan. 2012
    By Z.Field
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    I've loved all the Detective Jackson books and eagily awaited this one. A very good, easy read that is a pleasure to read. Sherlock Holmes it isn't but if you want a story to take you in a journey without the need of a dictionary or pausing to catch breath between paragraphs of descriptive stuffing then you will enjoy this. I love the characters and having read all the previous books you feel you know and understand them. Highly recommended book if you are after something that's not too heavy but still a cracking read.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if a little lightweight 30 Nov. 2013
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    This was a decent enough crime story, featuring a middle-aged detective in not the best of health - which meant he was an unusual type of central character, but ultimately a likeable one. I found the story a little bit light at times, bordering on the syrupy and sentimental, and for me, the denouement didn't really satisfy after the build up. The ending generally was a bit abrupt, I thought, and I would have appreciated more of a climax to the tale, which on the whole had been very readable.

    There was also an over-reliance on coffee as a prop - but the author is not alone in this, it is a recurring theme in a great number of novels, especially by American authors, it seems to me. Maybe it's just me, but do we really need to keep being told that the characters are drinking coffee or what they think about the taste?

    Three stars from me, but I am certainly curious enough to check out at least one of Detective Jackson's other adventures, - I just hope it will be a bit stronger next time (like the ubiquitous coffee).
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read, 30 Jun. 2013
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    Once again Jackson comes through a gruelling double murder and a sleepless long weekend. A break up with his girlfriend. A falling out with is teenage daughter, and a serer medical condition which threatens his none stop work life, brilliant read highly recommended. Now for the next book in the series.
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