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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739429906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345453808
  • ASIN: 0345453808
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,335,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By pufferfish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2002
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This is Ms Garwood's third contemporary novel, and to me, slightly disappointing compared to her previous works. This is the tale of Avery Delaney, an FBI analyst, who discovers that her beloved aunt Carolyn Savetti has disappeared after receiving an invitation to stay at a luxury spa in Colorado. Avery was due to join her workaholic aunt there but is delayed, so when she does arrive at the Utopia Spa, there is no record of Carolyn's arrival, but there is a mysterious man waiting for her. The man is Jean Paul Renard (for those who have read JG's previous book, Michelle's brother in Mercy) who believes that Avery's aunt has been kidnapped by a serial killer and know assassin known as Monk and together they are forced to co-operate to locate and save Carolyn as the killer begins a cat and mouse chase. Unlike most of Ms Garwood's earlier books, there is little afinity for the main characters. The relationship between Avery and Jean Paul seems lukewarm at the best of times and their characters seem somewhat one dimensional. However the secondary characters appear to have more depth to them, or a least are more likeable, but sadly they only appear in the book too briefly. On the plot of the story itself, the storyline is quite clever with a few twists in the end but the book ended somewhat abruptly. It seems that this book attempts to move away from romantic suspense to just a thriller with the plot being driven by lots of action scenes and tense situations and less emphasis on the characters. Overall, if you have not read a Julie Garwood book before, this is not a good one to read first. Her previous books have been clever, witty with excellent, likable protagonists and the odd funny on-liner or situation, they seem missing in this book.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linzi_muffin on 31 May 2006
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Big J.G fan as you can tell by all my reviews...and i must say out of all of her books, this is my least favorite.

It still is an ok book, but to me, incomparision to her others, its not as good

If you're a fan of her it'll want to buy it one day no doubt..if you haven't read anything of hers before...start elsewhere...if comtempory start with heartbreaker
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2003
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The only thing I agree on with the previous reviewer is the rather abrupt ending of this book. Otherwise this was a fast-paced edgy thriller that gripped me from the first page,well, from the first sentence really! I started reading the book as I had to wait at the hairdresser and I was really irritated when I had to put it aside to get my hair done... imagine that :-)
I feel that Julie Garwood has definitely grown along with her contemporary thrillers. I've read both Heartbreaker and Mercy and it is obvious she is now completely at ease in this genre and knows what she's doing! I've been biting my nails in anxiety, I liked both John Paul (hubba hubba) and Avery (feisty, not wimpy! yay!) and though I wasn't completely thrown at the twist in the end it was a commendable effort!! I can hardly wait for the next book (I hope it will feature Noah!!)!!
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By yogarttime on 19 Nov. 2006
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Certainly not on a par with her histroical romantic novels which are outstanding. I have to say that this book is okay, but they're not outstanding.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A Strong Novel By A Great Author! 20 Dec. 2002
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Garwood first hooked me with her charming historical novels such as the Secret, and Saving Grace. She has since moved on to pen the Romantic Suspense and Killjoy is the third in a series that began with Heartbreaker, and then was followed by Mercy.
Killjoy is the story of Dr. Mike's (heroine in Mercy) bother John Paul. In this story the killer for hire Monk plays a large part in the story. You will remember him from Mercy as well. If you have not read the previous two books that is ok this story still manages to stand alone. This story is fast paced but it is more supsense and on the edge of your seat reading with a little romance on the side. This seems to be more of a mainstream novel then romance so fans of Ms. Garwood may be a little disappointed by this. I found that the lack of romance was not a bad thing and made the romance between John Paul and Avery more believable since they were not falling into bed right away. The story is well plotted and the character development is also well done. The secondary story and characters add to the telling of the story instead of detracting from it. All in all this is a very strong novel and worth the time it takes to read.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Great Sunday afternoon read! 13 Oct. 2002
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Format: Hardcover
Killjoy is another treat for Garwood's fans. For many of us, making the leap with Garwood from historical romantic suspense to contemporary romantic suspense was a bumpy transition with her first effort, Heartbreaker. Mercy was much better, and I was expecting more stories featuring the Buchanan Brood. I was pleasantly surprised to meet some new characters in Killjoy and learn more about an enigmatic character from Mercy.
Avery Delaney, the heroine of Killjoy, is a very likable FBI analyst, who has overcome a troubled past. John Paul Renard, the hero, has his own demons and is desperately in need of someone like Avery in his life. Readers will remember John Paul, the mysterious older brother of Dr. Mike from Garwood's previous contemporary, Mercy. After meeting him in that book, I was interested in finding out where this cynical man's story might go. I was glad with the direction in Killjoy.
Readers will also be pleased to see old friends, like Noah Clayborne, and catch up on the folks in Bowen, LA, but don't expect a repeat of Mercy's down home, bayou vibe. Set in and around the fashionable Aspen, CO mountains, Killjoy has as many twists and turns as the roads and rivers described in the book.
Garwood's well on her way to a dual career in contemporary and historical romantic suspense.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not Garwood Great 30 May 2003
By Jennifer French - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like many other reviewers on here, I've been a long time fan of Ms. Garwood. Her historical romances are fun, warm, and loving. Once you read "The Secret" or "The Bride," you don't forget the characters.
Over the past three years, Ms. Garwood has gone away from this genre, and into suspence-romance. At first, I was excited. One of my favorite authors was branching out to find a larger audience. However, I bought her first novel "Heartbreaker" and was greatly disappointed. I wasn't going to give up on her though. I bought "Mercy" and thought, this was a little better. Finally, there's "Killjoy."
"Killjoy" is really a story about the heroine's mother, Jilly. This book should have been titled "Jilly's Revenge." The time and effort spent to her was vast, compared to that of the hero in the book. John Paul, who we first met in "Mercy," was not given fair justice in this book. His military background was not explained fully. We understand what initially drove him to move back home, but we don't understand why it took that last assignment to do so. Also, it is unclear how this individual "loner" guy falls in love with someone very opposite of himself.
Overall, "Killjoy" is an okay novel. It isn't the great Ms. Garwood we've had in the past. If you are just getting into Ms. Garwood, I would recommend her earlier work first. Start with "The Secret" and skip these contemporary novels.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as her other's 20 Nov. 2002
By Curious George - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a Julie Garwood fan and have read all of her books. Killjoy is the 3rd of her series including Heartbreaker and Mercy. The main man in this book is John Paul, the brother of Dr. "Mike" from Mercy. The storylines from the previous two books are continued in Killjoy, however, it can be read as a stand-alone.
Garwood is a fabulous writer. Once you start one of her books it is difficult to put it down. In my opinion, Killjoy was not as good as her other books. I had been anxiously awaiting a book with John Paul and this didn't live up to my expectations. None of her books are bad, but this just didn't grab me the way her other books did. I reccomend you wait until it comes out in paperback. Don't spend the money on hardback.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great romantic suspense 27 Jan. 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The tension and action is still in abundance in Garwood's third Buchanan installment, "Killjoy." John Paul Renard, who was a minor character in the last novel gets his own story, providing background into why he was so apprehensive of the government and became a recluse.

Avery Delaney is the daughter of Jilly, a truly evil sociopath. Abandoned and raised by her grandmother and aunt Carrie, Avery was left for dead when Jilly's lover killed her grandmother. She managed to survive, though filled with scars, and put him behind bars. Jilly apparently perished in a car accident and escaped punishment. Avery moved to LA with Carrie, who is now a high powered talent agent.

Now an FBI analyst, Avery discovers that Carrie never arrived at the Colorado spa retreat where they were supposed to meet. She is accosted by sexy John Paul, who's tracking the elusive hit-man Monk (last seen killing the arrogant ringleader of the infamous "Sowing Club" from Garwood's "Mercy"). He has tracked Monk to Carrie, also missing are two other women who have no apparent link to Carrie.

Soon they discover that the money behind Monk's latest job is feral mom Jilly, who faked her death, and now is wreaking havoc in a misguided attempt to get justice for her former lover who's rotting in jail because of Avery's testimony. Joining forces and falling in love while on the run eluding Monk, Avery and John Paul unravel the mystery with the aid of charismatic FBI agent Noah Clayborne, who always steals the show, adds humor to the storyline.

Garwood's latest installment in the Buchanan mysteries is an action-packed, suspense-filled romantic romp through the mountains of Colorado. The two protagonists are perfect foils for each other.
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