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Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

In the office of a clinical psychologist in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful young woman is in terrible emotional pain. She puts up walls, tells lies, and seems to speak in riddles, but the doctor is determined to help her heal, despite the fact that she claims to have hurt many people. As their sessions escalate, the psychologist feels compelled to reach out to the police, but it might be too late.

In Seattle, a detective gets a call from his son. A dedicated journalist, he wants his father's expertise as he looks into a suspicious death. Together they follow the trail of leads toward a stone-cold hired killer - only to find that death has been closer than either could have imagined.

©2013 Teresa Woods (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Pitch-perfect... Solid characters, unpredictable twists and excellent plotting; a must-read for those who enjoy crime fiction." (Kirkus)

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Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

I really enjoyed this book, what I didn't like was the narrator. Not so much her voice but the sloooooownesssss of her narration. I listened to it at 1.5 speed and it sounded much better!
The book is very good. Woman abused as a child who becomes a semi assassin with a code of morals and a set of criteria who gets blackmailed by someone who ignores her standards. Basically that's the book in a nutshell. But there is a whole story behind that that is very good. You actually don't find out who she is until almost the end of the book as there is another likely person that it could be. Kind of a surprise ending but a good one.
I do RECOMMEND this book and am on the fence about getting the next in the series only because of the narrator but will probably get it and listen to it at the faster speed.
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190 of 199 people found this review helpful

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  • Yvonne
  • Southfield, mi, United States
  • 01-16-17

A great story! A must read!

I have been expanding my genre and have been disappointed in finding a compelling mystery, thriller. In this book, I found a story which met my criteria. The characters are well developed. Lydia, a renowned clinical psychologist with outstanding observational skills. She is beautiful as a makeup/hassle free kinda of woman and would be “gorgeous” if she made the effort. She is withdrawn and wounded while living with the sins of her past.

Mort is a good detective. He is a rarity with his honesty, love for his wife and enjoyment of the job. He enjoys working the Thursday New Yorker crossword puzzle at his favorite bar with his friend. He working partner is the forensic detective with a police dog. Through their years of experience, much of their communication is just by glances. But this is a man who waits every day for his daughter.

Mort and his son stumble upon a string of murders, which, in other circumstances could be called serial murders. Through journalist investigation, they found a common element in the killings, “Always for justice.” The question is who determines justice and what does it cost to bring justice.

Much of the action takes place within the academic community. When you are talking about grants, tenures, publishing, trustees and monetary donations, higher education can be the death of students and faculty.

The action is with the mental twist T. E. Woods provides in the reading. There are a few red herrings and enough characters to paint red. I had gone through a few before I got to the conclusion. When you think of killing for justice, we are looking at our criminal system. Many times, criminals are released due to payoffs, lost/stolen evidence or incompetence. Whatever the reason criminals, can walk the streets. Is a vigilante a murder or righting a wrong? Woods does not have a philosophical discussion, but she does write a gripping story of the Fixer trying to make corrections.

Other reviews mentioned the narration was slow. I did not find that an issue.

A very good book and I will follow the series.

84 of 92 people found this review helpful

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Intriguing

This book started out very suspenseful with an interesting story line that was quite unusual. However by the middle of the book it seemed to get bogged down in numerous unrelated murders & personal story lines that got mixed up & confusing. The rest of the book was spent unraveling the plot. i think the author should have kept things simple. And the animal research was just another "What?" in the whole story line that didn't quite fit in my opinion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Dragged in the middle

I was very excited about the premise and the fact it had a female lead but in the end I stopped caring about the main character -which is a terrible thing. They never explain how she acquires her special skills, other than a 1-hr workout per day. There are several loose threads. Stuck with it until the end, but I wouldn't recommend it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Different all of the way around

Narrator was over the top, so it was a bit hard to get through. There were a lot of of twists, not sure I agree with ending. Also some disturbing material. Explicit, language. I am sensitive so I am struggling about whether the disturbing material was outweighed by the good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Eh

What would have made The Fixer better?

A little more background story.

Has The Fixer turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes but all different characters maybe add a few more narrators to help. It was hard to follow who was talking.

Any additional comments?

There was a lot going on and it was really hard to follow.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 08-04-17

Boring

The idea of a female assassin with morals intrigued me. The first couple hours meandered. I did not care about any characters, and got confused with the characters as my mind wandered. Maybe this novel would have gotten better eventually, but I did not have the patience to wait. The scenes with the therapist were the most interesting, but not enough to keep me listening.

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Fantastic and incredibly inventive , <br />

The author and narrator take you on a journey leaving you wanting more and breathless

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-05-17

Female assassin with strong scruples!

The Fixer story is set around a female psychologist named Lydia Corriger who is also a paid assassin. But she is willing to kill only those she investigates and determines really need killing. She is anonymous and referred to as the fixer. The fixer is actually a sympathetic and likable character. She was abused as a child and trying to help a patient she knew as a teen who was more seriously abused. The situation is unusual if not unique. I suspect the protagonist in the series will be Seattle police detective Morton Grant or maybe his journalist son. The Fixer is novel 1 in the six novel Justice Series. The 2nd novel in the series is titled Red Hot Fix and is available at Audible.

I doubted I would like this novel and was surprised to be drawn in so completely. The novel is well written and character development is excellent. Narration is quite good but a bit slow, but that is easily overcome by listening at higher speeds. Male voices are not handled well. by the narrator. Author T.E. (Teresa) Woods deserves credit for writing a very different but no less interesting suspense thriller. I do recommend The Fixer and I will listen to other novels in the series.

78 of 104 people found this review helpful

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Disgusting, graphic animal cruelty.

What would have made The Fixer better?

I returned this book about 1/3 of the way in to it. It really captivated me at first and I was looking forward to each page - but then the author had to get extremely graphic about a character decapitating an ape. It was just gross and disgusting and most importantly it was not needed to make the point that the bad guy was truly a bad guy. If like GRATUITOUS blood and guts go ahead and waste your money.<br/><br/>We are disgusted.

What could T. E. Woods have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Great story line - don't need to use such graphic, blood and guts descriptions.

What about Christina Delaine’s performance did you like?

The reader did well - although almost overly dramatic.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Interesting story line

Any additional comments?

Just really disappointed.

30 of 40 people found this review helpful