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The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1 | [P. M. Steffen]

The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.
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Publisher's Summary

A grisly murder. A six-year-old eyewitness. A gun from the grave.

The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner.

Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate. Thirty-six hours into the investigation, Sky's world turns upside down when she is fired from the Homicide team. They pin the murder on an innocent man, forcing Sky into a life-threatening game of cat and mouse with the real killer. From the stately mansions of Beacon Hill to the flat scrubland of central Texas, Sky keeps the reader on a razor's edge, culminating in a no-holds-barred shoot-out.

The Profiler's Daughter, the first in the Sky Stone Thriller series, introduces a moody, enigmatic, and brilliant female sleuth with the fierce bite of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. As adeptly written as Martin Cruz Smith's complex Arkady Renko novels, this thriller offers an intriguing plot, richly detailed characters, and an astonishing conclusion guaranteed to leave the listener begging for more.

©2012 Paula Moser Steffen (P)2014 Paula Moser Steffen

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    Irene L. Culkeen usa 03-14-14
    Irene L. Culkeen usa 03-14-14

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    "What a great find"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Profiler's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. My wife did and told me I had to download Profilers Daughter as my next listen. I didn't need much of a push as I could tell from how she was reacting when she was reading, it was a real page turner. At least there is one thing we still agree on after 25 years of marriage - Profilers Daughter is a great read!


    What other book might you compare The Profiler's Daughter to and why?

    Defending Jacob


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure but I will look for others. It was a good performance. As you know if you listen to many books, a poor performance can ruin a great book. That did not happen hear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't want to stop listening. iI was frustrating at times as I listen in my car. When I arrived at my destination I would be frustrated because I had to stop....or I would keep listening as I did one night in my drive way from mi-night to quarter to one!


    Any additional comments?

    I was impressed with the character development. Including one particular character I did not like. Steffen really made me despise the character. Not because of something they did...just the way the character"s personality came across. My wife said it was because it reminded me of my old boss. She is probably right. Steffen is descriptive - yet does not over do it just to impress us with an excess of words. The story flows nicely and I was never wondering "OK where is she going now and why is she telling me this" without soon getting the answer.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Linda S. Weaver Woodland Park, CO 03-24-14
    Linda S. Weaver Woodland Park, CO 03-24-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Next?"
    Where does The Profiler's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 5% of my library.


    What does Gabrielle de Cuir bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although the male character's voices were somewhat off, the narration for Sky was right on the mark. I demonstrated a genuine understanding of the regret and angst, as well as the uncertainty, experienced by Sky.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next installment!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Paragould, AR, United States 03-16-14
    Joseph Paragould, AR, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely a Must Listen!"
    What did you love best about The Profiler's Daughter?

    The story line was much more intricate than I expected. I will be honest, as an avid James Patterson (Alex Cross) reader I was blown away with this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Profiler's Daughter?

    For me personally, the most memorable moment was when the book ended and I found myself already looking for the next book in the series, forgetting this one was just released. I know how lame that sounds, but I found myself wanting more of Sky Stone's adventures immediately.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    Gabrielle's voice was easy to listen to. She did an outstanding performance with the multiple character's voices she had to portray.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Profiler's Daughter, the story of Sky Stone.


    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Susan San Francisco, CA, United States 03-06-14
    Susan San Francisco, CA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2010

    Audible is a life-enhancing channel, depending, of course, on choosing mind-enriching books. I mix them up, but even trash can be good.

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    "Great title, poor production value"

    Some wrongly believe you need to suffer through the entire performance, because that's what an audiobook is, before rating it. I couldn't get that far. I'd like to encourage Audible editors to keep its acquisition standards 'high', if not 'higher' to avoid narrators who are terrible at the accents they're attempting, to protect Audible customers from low-quality production values where, for example, the audio editor doesn't take the time to erase the sound of a narrator swallowing between each sentence or dramatically stating each and every sentence to such an extent that it all becomes the same over-dramatized pitch, etc. When Audible does this, we can be more assured of quality (like Breakfast at Tiffany's, say). Because even with the exchange policy, our time is worth something that can not be replaced. Please Audible, be discriminating, offer more guidelines, whatever, but protect us from the poor execution of books.

    37 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Genoa City, WI, United States 04-19-14
    Paula Genoa City, WI, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Where is the next one?"

    I loved the story. An easy listen with fun characters. Waiting for the next one...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 03-31-14
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2003
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    I am looking forward to more from PM Steffen and I am anxious to read the next installment of this series. While I remember the beginning to be a tad slow, somewhere along the way this story totally sucked me in and I had to make myself put the book down and get to sleep. Lucky for me I can listen to a book and work otherwise I think work would have been put on the back burner.
    Even though I think any reader will know who the culprit is, there are enough twists to make you wonder if what you think is right and who the bad guys really are.
    Well worth the credit.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susannah Corona, CA, United States 03-16-14
    Susannah Corona, CA, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2011

    I am musician and mom of several little musicians. Love good narrators. Love good stories. Love Audible.

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    "Wonderful first novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Profiler's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    Well, sometimes the writing ran a bit long; so I think it's better on audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Profiler's Daughter?

    When Sly dons the Balenciaga gown that belonged to her grandmother. Magic.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    Just about everything. I really enjoyed the sections where she talked about Sly's panic attacks and insecurities; the narrator is good at handling these emotional moments without going over the top, and yet she fully explores the emotions. Her accents were very good; having to juggle 5 male Boston cops was amazing; I loved the Grandmother, too. Great Brahmin attitude.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The grandmother made me laugh; as did her sidekick cop who keeps calling her "Darlin." I very much disliked "Jake" her former husband, and really think Sky should move on. But then again, a lot of us want the "bad" guy or gal.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be a TV series. When's the next one?!?!? ;0) So rarely do we get a strong female lead in a novel who has personal issues, too. Knocked one star off story because in the writing there were sometimes there were repetitive phrases (i..e Sly kept putting things in her pockets.) Also, I really disliked Jake. I hope she gets a new boyfirend in the next installment.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie United States 06-09-14
    Debbie United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2013

    Binge Genre reader. Medical & legal thrillers or any truly researched topic ala Chriton's work. Many non-fiction topics, usually not light.

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    "Perfect Title! Exciting Psychological Thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to The Profiler's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    It is the whole package: exciting plot, characters one feels they know, appealing character interactions which are accretive to the story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Profiler's Daughter?

    Quite a few of them - I do not believe I can identify them without giving away too much of the story.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    Just fine


    Any additional comments?

    I could not stop!! A sleepless night!! And where is the next book by this author??

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Char 06-08-14
    Char 06-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Highly recommended! Great Author!"
    If you could sum up The Profiler's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, detailed, addictive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Profiler's Daughter?

    When a character reveals secrets about the main characters past.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for intellectuals who enjoy the depth of David Baldacci's novels. I've found a new author to follow, and I'm looking forward to listening to the next installment of this series and any thing else P.M. Steffen writes!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TL TAMPA, FL, United States 05-02-14
    TL TAMPA, FL, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2005

    h20dog

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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    I am so sorry there are not more books in this series. Great protagonist and a brilliant plot with just enough twists and turns. Narrator does a tremendous job with all of the character voices.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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