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The Reverend Lee Barker went missing 19 years ago. And the people of Stillwater, Mississippi, believe they know why. They're convinced he was murdered by his stepson, Clay Montgomery. But only Clay, his mother, and sisters can say for sure. They were the only ones there that fateful night, the only ones who know what really happened. And they're not talking.

Allie McCormick is a cold-case detective from Chicago. After a particularly difficult divorce, she's returned to Stillwater with her 6-year-old daughter to find the peace she once knew in her hometown, and to work for the local police force while she's starting over. But when Clay's powerful enemies join forces to put him behind bars, Allie feels duty bound to uncover the truth. Her instincts tell her he didn't murder the Reverend Lee Barker.

Maybe Clay's a dark and brooding man with more than his share of secrets, but he was just 16 at the time. And he's not a cold-blooded killer. At least, that's what Allie believes, until she finds proof that behind the preacher's pious demeanor lurked the heart of a monster. Then she has to ask herself whether justice has already been done.

©2007 Brenda Novak (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great!

I enjoyed this very much! I have downloaded the ones in this series and they are great- I was really in to the book- its a good one! enjoy

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robin
  • Douglaston, NY, United States
  • 03-10-08

Great Romance & Narrator

I made the mistake of listening to this trilogy out of order. This is the second story which I listened to first - it is also the best of the three. Listen in order to these although anyone of these stories could stand alone.
The first book, dead silence, is a good story with a good narrator. The second, dead giveaway is an excellent story with a wonderful romance and an amazing amount of suspense. I loved it. This narrator was fabulous and although I understand why they had three different narrators (each representing the sibling whose story was being told) I wish Chris Rimmel had been the narrator for the entire series. His portrayal of the sibling Clay is incredibly sexy and even the female voices were terrific.
The third story has the weakest romance, a terrible narrator and the storyline becomes too sordid (too much distubing detail on pediphiles - not for the faint of heart).
Read them in order - You won't be dissapointed by the first two.
I look forward to seeing what this author creates next!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tracy
  • Allison Park , PA, USA
  • 02-19-08

Great book!

I just got this the other day and I'm almost finished with it. It's a great book and her style reminds me a lot of Nora Roberts.

I chose this for something different and I'd never heard of her before but the reviews were good. So I figured I'd give it a shot, and I like the reader.

My only complaint is that this is the 2nd book in the series and the first one I listened to. I ordered the other two from the library and plan on reading them ASAP.

I wish the other books were read by the same man but I'm still going to give them a shot. It's hard for me to wait and use my credits to order then and not purchase them sooner, even now, my fingers itch to order.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • Frederick, MD, United States
  • 12-13-07

top narrater

Loved the narrator. After belonging to Audible since the beginning, you start to realize how important this is. They can make or break a book and you search to see if he has other books. This narrator makes you care about Clay and he is not grating when he does the women voices. Definitely one to get. The description has made me pass a few times. I didn't get the first one in the series and will now go back and get another. I did see the comment on different readers for the characters and it will be hard to connect after this one. Why do they do this with a series?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

regretable

Bought the book for half price, still regret purchase. Romance novel, hardly a mistery, long drawn dialogs, no suspense, no action.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

Just couldn't put it down. Brenda does and amazing job.
the characters come alive and you can't help but love and hate some of them
Starting last book in the trilogy.

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Narration!

Excellent story, but after listening to the first book with narrator Suzanne Toren, this was terrible to listen to, only finished it to find out the ending. Ruined the book.

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Great story

I Love these characters. Other than the fake southern accents (as a Georgian, I'm a little sensitive about that), the reader was great!

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Suspenseful

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Giveaway to be better than the print version?

Yes,

What did you like best about this story?

Still Clay, although the other are good as well. Glad he was able to find someone to care about him

What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Christian Rummel made the book so real. I will find others that he as read-. He did a stupendous job.

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

Almost, if I had had the opportunity and time, I would have

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 03-07-08

A rare treat

This is one of the few books I've found that works well as both a crime story and a romance. The narrator's excellent job is just an added bonus.