Overkill (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2001
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About the Author
Linda Castillo is the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder novels, including "Sworn to Silence" and "Her Last Breath", crime thrillers set in Amish country. The first book in the series, "Sworn to Silence, "was" "was adapted into a Lifetime Original Movie titled "An Amish Murder" starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder. Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Holt Medallion and a nomination for the RITA. In addition to writing, Castillo s other passion is horses. She lives in Texas with her husband and is currently at work on her next novel.
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Having such a marked reputation Marty was lucky to find work in a small town in Texas, from Clay Settlemeyer, a police chief who believed in second chances. What Clay wasn't looking for was the attraction he felt towards the feisty curly headed officer carrying a huge load of baggage. But when Marty's ex-partner was brutally murdered, evidence started to unravel indicating Marty was next on a vicious killer's hit list.
*** I have two words that are wholly indicative to describe the impact of this story - whew and wow! Castillo has the reputation of writing some powerfully passionate and thrilling romantic suspense novels, and the imagery she captured in OVERKILL definitely held me spellbound.
Marty was a multifaceted heroine who had lost it after she witnessed the horror of what had happened to a nine year old child who had been raped and murdered by a sadistic monster. Her reaction was over the top, but (IMHO) in most peoples minds the beating she gave the man in custody was no more than what he deserved. The aftermath of her actions and how Marty reacted to it, making her hard as nails with a soft heart helped in creating this memorable heroine as well as creating a totally believable plot line.
Clay was a perfect match for Marty a survivor of the war in Iraq, he knew the signs of PTSD having been there himself and recognized them in her. Although, he believed in second chances he worried that he'd made a mistake in giving Marty a chance, when she called in an ambush that his department couldn't see any signs of.
Castillo played on the budding attraction as news of Marty's ex-partner's bizarre murder came to light and other attempts on her life continued, the pieces came together. Clay knew anyone near Marty could be in danger when they understood it was coming from the Russian mafia. Working on Clay's dilemma, the author played his passion for Marty and keeping her safe, while he attempted to protect his cherished daughter at the same time.
The tension and suspense held up remarkably well through the entire story making this a very fast paced book that was hard to put down. Marty, Clay, and the cast of memorable secondary characters all add up to making this one powerful story with thrills and chills aplenty!
Marilyn Rondeau, for [...]
Marty Hogan is a burnt out cop from Chicago. She lost it on video, with a child killer. She beat him almost to death and she is a small woman. But the fallout aka Rodney King, cost her the job and her reputation. Now the only one who will hire her is a small town PD in Texas.
Chief Clay Settlemeyer has been there himself, and without a second chance he wouldn't have made it either. So he takes a chance on an unknown cop. He knows the rest of the story, about the killing of the child. However, he doesn't expect to be attracted to Marty who is suffering from PDST. He has a young daughter to raise.
Marty tries to settle in but shortly is notified that her partner in Chicago has been murdered. She doesn't connect it to herself until almost to late. She is shot at and almost kiddnapped before the pieces start to come togather.
The story held my attention and as I said the beginning and the end were great.
What a page turner! Linda Castillo keeps readers on the edge of their seats with this fast paced tale. I stayed up long past my bedtime to finish this one as I just had to know how it would all resolve. Be forewarned, however, as this is a very gritty tale. Marty is truly on the edge and her journey back to living is not an easy one.
It takes a lot to make a character like Marty likable, as Marty so obviously doesn't like herself. Through the eyes of Clay, we are given a glimpse of the darkness and pain that swirls within Marty and this helps with understanding what she is enduring. Linda Castillo adds a lot of texture to OVERKILL by her inclusion of PTSD and its effects. Marty's plight becomes not only understandable, but almost admirable as fights her way out of the depths she has sunk to.
The setting of Caprock Canyon, Texas, is perfect for OVERKILL. The bleakness of the atmosphere mirrors Marty's soul at the outset. As the story progresses, we begin to see the beauty in Caprock Canyon amidst all that starkness, just as Marty's inner beauty also begins emerging.
OVERKILL is a fantastic entry into the romantic suspense genre. Linda Castillo is an author I haven't read until now but OVERKILL will not be the last book I read by her. Highly recommended!
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**** Even without the minimalist love story, this would be a blazingly fast paced story guaranteed to satisfy your need for vicarious thrills. Marty is an unusual, take no prisoners, both tough and soft heroine who makes herself memorable not only to Clay, but to readers who wish for half her backbone. ****