The Dying Game - Griffin Powell, Bk 3 Author:Beverly Barton Play To Win... — It's the ultimate game -- the adrenaline surge of the hunt, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. For this game, the rules are simple: To win, you only have to kill. To lose, you will have to die... — Play To Scream... — The victims are former beauty queens found with a single rose beside their bodies. Lin... more »dsay McAllister has seen this signature before, when she was a rookie detective with the Chattanooga PD investigating the death of Judd Walker's wife, a murder that sent the handsome lawyer off the deep end. Now, Lindsay has the brutal task of telling Judd that his wife's killer has struck again, and she's going to need his help to outplay their opponent -- because the killer is getting bolder, faster, and more ruthless. The game is escalating, and no one is safe.
Play To Die...
Now as the body count rises, the rules are changing. A killer will do anything to win. And the only way for Lindsay to stop a madman?s twisted game is to play it herself...« less
I really liked The Dying Game! I am a big fan of Beverly Barton's and she delivered on this one. It was suspenseful till the end. By giving some of the victims some of their own story, the suspense was more real and it made the killing that much more scary and sad. The characterizations were thorough and interesting. It wasn't exactly a romance, but more of a love story about healing and dealing with emotional demons. Judd wasn't really a hero in the traditional sense, but a main character who is flawed and unstable. Lindsay was a wonderful heroine who stuck with Judd, right or wrong. His healing and journey back from the bottom he had let himself fall to to reunite with Lindsay was heartwrenching and heartwarming. A lot of the story involved Griffin and Nic and Sanders, which will lead right into their book next year. Griffin was the less likable character in my mind. At this point, I have a hard time picturing him and Nic together, but I will trust Barton to pull it off.
This was an emotional and suspenseful (very graphic and gory also) read that I highly recommend. This was definitely one of Barton's best.
In Chattanooga though her husband Judd would object to her showing off a house at night, realtor Jennifer Walker agrees to take a potential customer and his wife to see an expensive mansion. However, instead of a sale that she would use to furnish a nursery, the man slices off her hands before killing her. He leaves behind a rose and a devastated spouse, who hires his friend's Powell private investigative firm to uncover the identity of the killer.
Over the next three years and eight months, twenty-nine beauty queens starting with Jennifer have been butchered by the Beauty Queen Killer, but so far there is no progress in apprehending the culprit. Judd has stopped living except for his obsession to wrap his hands around the killer's neck. That is until now. Apparently in Williamstown, Kentucky Barbara Jean Hughes visiting her sister saved Gale Ann Cain's life after the killer sliced off her legs. Griff Powell sends former Chattanooga detective, employee Lindsay McAllister to see Judd, whom she fell in love with when she was still a cop while he grieved his loss then but now Judd shows interest as he demands to join the hunt for a deadly deranged predator.
THE DYING GAME is an action-packed cat and mouse thriller with several incredible yet plausible twists that will shake readers into leaving the lights on all night. The story line is fast-paced, but it is the psychologically damaged survivors like Judd and the sisters who make the tale real. A romantic subplot is deftly interwoven into Beverly Barton's tense thriller and readers will look forward to the sequel starring Griff and his FBI enemy combatant.
Lisa K. reviewed The Dying Game (Griffin Powell, Bk 3) on
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I decided to try a new author, and while I very much enjoyed this book, I warn that it isn't for those without an iron stomach. The book can be very graphic, almost gory - but still a good read if you can stomach it.
Jessica (ely) reviewed The Dying Game (Griffin Powell, Bk 3) on
I love this book! I picked it up a whim while waiting to use the copier in the teacher's lounge and have not put it down since! I feel like I know these characters so well they could be old friends of mine. I absolutely cannot wait to get the next book after this one. I would recommend this to fans of the murder mystery/thriller/serial killer genre.