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A Deeper Darkness (A Samantha Owens Novel - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.T. Ellison
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Book Description

As a medical examiner, Samantha Owens knows her job is to make a certain sense of death with crisp methodology and precision instruments. But the day the Tennessee floods took her husband and children, the light vanished from Sam’s life. She has been pulled into a suffocating grief no amount of workaholic ardor can penetrate—until she receives a peculiar call from Washington, D.C. On the other end of the line is an old boyfriend’s mother, asking Sam to do a second autopsy on her son. Eddie Donovan is officially the victim of a vicious carjacking, but under Sam’s sharp eye the forensics tell a darker story. The ex-Ranger was murdered, though not for his car. Forced to confront the burning memories and feelings about yet another loved one killed brutally, Sam loses herself in the mystery contained within Donovan’s old notes. It leads her to the untouchable Xander, a soldier off-grid since his return from Afghanistan, and then to a series of brutal crimes stretching from that harsh mountainous war zone to this nation’s capital. The tale told between the lines makes it clear that nobody’s hands are clean, and that making sense of murder sometimes means putting yourself in the crosshairs of death.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3773 KB
    • Print Length: 390 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778313204
    • Publisher: MIRA (1 Aug. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00EIE30Y2
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including When Shadows Fall, Edge of Black, and A Deeper Darkness, and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Her work has been published in over twenty countries. Her novel The Cold Room won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original and Where All The Dead Lie was a RITA® Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense. She lives in Nashville with her husband. Visit for more insight into her wicked imagination, or follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or

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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars And then there was one...or two... 10 Nov. 2012
    If you like your murder mysteries with less violence and gore... but enjoy high suspense with a hint of romance...J. T. Ellison is the gal for you!

    A DEEPER DARKNESS is the first Samantha Owens, Tennessee medical examiner, thriller by Ellison (who has written a bunch of mysteries featuring Sam's friend, a homicide detective in Nashville). Samantha's a workaholic professional trying to forget the day a Tennessee flood took her husband and children. She has a great team who understands her aversion for performing autopsies on drowned victims and her incessant hand-washing.

    At the beginning of the tale, we meet retired Ranger Eddie Donovan. It is the day of his death. Eddie has served three tours in Afghanistan and has retired, sick of "nation building," and is working as a security consultant in Washington, DC. He's also taking a day off to be with his wife and daughters....until he gets a call that summons him to his death. Eddie Donovan was a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment Bravo Company in Afghanistan, a proud and loyal member of a band of five "brothers" who served together: King (Perry Fisher), Doc (Donovan), Shaky Guy (William Everett), Mutant (Alexander Whitfield), and Jackel (Harold Croswell). And there's also a young friendly woman with the unit, Maggie Lyons.

    After Eddie's death, Samantha receives a call from his mother to perform a second autopsy. The police are calling the murder a carjacking gone wrong. Sam goes to DC...renews her friendship with her former lover's mother and meets the wife. Along with a gruff detective, she discovers that of the five band of brothers, only one is still living. And that Maggie Lyons is on the run. There's a hint of friendly fire, an illegitimate daughter, an Army coverup...the pages are really turning.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars I like this author 18 July 2014
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    I like this author, have read a view of the Taylor/Baldwin books which are very enjoyable, I therefore expected to feel the same about this. Unfortuanately the character was not as charasmatic as her other characters and I didnt really get into the book like I usually do. It was a good read but somewhat disappointing.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 7 Jun. 2014
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    Like all JT's books. Excellent characters and great story lines. More please; I've read them all now but love Taylor Jackson.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 26 Aug. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Enjoyed the book but did not stand out compared to others in the gendre

    Prefer the work of Deaver, McDermid and Patterson
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 April 2013
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    As with all J T Ellisons books this is a great read. Cannot put the book down the stories are so good
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A different darkness 27 Feb. 2015
    By yasha
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    Think it will take bit of getting used to Sam being the main character, but quite liked it once i got used to it, different but very enjoyable, quite a few moments which kept you guessing looking forward to reading more about Dr Sam Owens
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 29 Nov. 2014
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    A gripping read from the start. Certainly keeps you guessing. Great character's you can relate to and feel for them. I am not going to detail about the book as I would recommend that everyone should read it!!!!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Start 2 Jun. 2013
    By Chelley
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book kept me guessing to the end,i have read a couple fo JT Ellison books previously and have not been disappointed with this
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