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Killjoy: A Novel (Buchanan / Renard / MacKenna Book 3) by [Julie Garwood]

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FBI profiler Avery Delaney has a case that really hits home: she must track down Aunt Carolyn, the woman who raised her, who has disappeared on her way to the spa.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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When it comes to gripping novels of unrelenting suspense, Julie Garwood is in a class by herself. In the course of her career, she has mastered the art of creating characters who live and breathe in compelling, page-burning stories that never fail to surprise. As her legion of fans can attest, she strikes the perfect balance between excitement and insight, action and heart. Now, in this breathless new novel, Garwood has written her most electrifying thriller to date.


Avery Delaney has always tried to put the past far behind her. Abandoned by her rapacious, conniving mother when she was only three days old, Avery was raised by her grandmother and beloved aunt Carolyn. Then, when she was eleven, she witnessed her grandmother’s violent death, before Avery herself was shot and left for dead. Miraculously she survived. The man responsible is serving time in a Florida prison. This traumatic experience propels Avery into a life of law and order.

Her razor-sharp mind and ability to gather data and decipher evidence has made Avery an expert crime analyst for the FBI. But soon she will have to use every one of her adroit skills on a case that hits painfully close to home.

Avery’s workaholic aunt, Carolyn Salvetti, is certain her (hopefully soon-to-be ex) husband sent her the gold embossed reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. At first she is resistant, but then figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, not to mention a networking extravaganza. Plus she persuades her niece to join her for the two weeks of luxury and decadence.

But Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. Under false pretenses, she is taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile, suave demeanor, and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn—and outmaneuver a brilliant killer who is part of an elaborate plot of madness and lethal vengeance.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000FBFMDE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books (September 17, 2002)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 17, 2002
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2302 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0525618848
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers. The most recent, WIRED, landed at #2. With over 36 million copies in print, her novels take you from the rugged clans of Medieval Scotland to the mind of a modern-day computer hacker, all with her signature humor blended with good helpings of romance and suspense.

For more information and a list of her books visit her website or follow her at or on Twitter @JulieGarwood.

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Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2018
Let me start by saying that this is partially my fault but I HATE when publishing companies re-release books with a different cover and sell it as a “new” book! I Read probably 100+ books a year so can’t always remember the titles but I do remember the cover pictures. Nowhere on the cover does it say that this is a re-release. That being said, the book is just as good as when I read it the first time back in 2002 :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay thriller but disappointing by Garwood standards
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2002
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ken and Barbie dive off a waterfall
Reviewed in Australia on June 28, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars bisher schwächstes Buch, und ich habe viele ihrer Bücher...
Reviewed in Germany on May 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book!
Reviewed in Australia on May 18, 2018
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