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A Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestseller.

In the fifth book of the multimillion-copy bestselling series, Morgan Dane and Lance Kruger fight for the innocence of a young murder suspect - if only they could find him.

When a retired sheriff’s deputy is shot to death in his home, his troubled teenage stepson, Evan, becomes the prime suspect. Even more incriminating, the boy disappeared from the scene of the crime.

Desperate to find her son, Evan’s mother begs PI Lance Kruger for help. She knows her son is innocent. Kruger and defense attorney Morgan Dane want to believe that too, but the evidence against the boy is damning. Just as the trail goes cold, another deputy vanishes. His shocking connection to Evan’s stepfather throws the investigation into chaos as Lance and Morgan fear the worst...that Evan is the killer’s new target.

With so many secrets to unravel, will Lance and Morgan find him before it’s too late?

©2019 Melinda Leigh (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“A tense, original thriller that perfectly blends the nail-biting suspense and shocks of Silence of the Lambs and Shutter Island.” (John Marrs, best-selling author of When You Disappeared)

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The best yet!!

Well, what can I say? As usual Melinda has given us a book that keeps the pages turning and the reader on the edge of their seat. I’m sure I was NOT alone there.

Morgan and Kruger are on a case, one not too far off from the others that they’ve been on. A son accused of killing his stepdad who happens to be a cop. The evidence and the guy feelings of the troubled twosome send them out to find he truth.

As they usually do, Morgan and Kruger find themselves in a tangled web of lies and secrets that not only put them in more danger but put a crunch on their timeline to find a killer before he strikes again.

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Another E-Ticket Ride!

This author continues to delight with her stories of strong, loyal, and faithful men and women who go to heroic measures to do the right thing. The Morgan Dane series, with whip-smart, strong as steel Morgan and her equally brilliant, tough, and tender PI boyfriend Lance is just the ticket for me.

With each new addition to the series, the diverse cast of characters grows more unique and personable. Some are starting to feel like old friends. Some I wouldn't trust with yesterday's garbage. But all of them combine around a tightly written plot to provide just what I want out of a thriller. The plot twists keep me turning pages (or listening, in my case), there's plenty of suspense and small town idiocy to keep me on my toes, plus a bit of romance between Morgan and Lance. It's a great blend, making this probably my favorite of the series so far.

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Mystery

I just love this author. I just can't stop reading these books. When I am not reading I am trying to figure out the who, what and why. The narration is amazing.

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Excellent, as always!

I love these Morgan Dane novels. They are well thought out, intelligent and humorous. The children are believable, the relationships are endearing, the characters are realistic. This story has many different unraveled strings that need to be pulled together to find the answers. It is great.

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Secrets Never Die Morgan Dane Seris Book 5

I can't believe that each book is action pack from the began of the book to the very end. The boy Evan has shown that he is very smart and his instinct helped him to out smart his stepfather killer. Although he got himself shout he still was able to run and espcaed the killer and the police.

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outstanding book great Arthur love all her books .

outstanding can't wait to read more keep you in suspense great Arthur would love to meet her one day shake her hand does great work

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wow

another great book. It keep you at the end of your seat. I love that shark and Cruz are going to start dating

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Great suspense, live the characters

I just love these books. They are really good. Not V as lol gory, but a really good story. Can’t V wait V to V read the next V one

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Thrilling to the end!

Evan Meade returns home late one night after hanging out with his friends only to witness the brutal murder of his stepfather, a retired deputy sheriff. The 16-year old literally runs for his life with the killer in pursuit. Private Investigator Lance Kruger is called to help by Evan’s mother when she comes home to the carnage and attorney Morgan Dane, his fiancée, accompanies him to the scene. They arrive before law enforcement who makes it clear that Evan is their primary suspect. As Lance and Morgan work to find Evan, they also know finding the actual murderer is paramount to protecting him. However, the deeper they probe, the more confounding and sinister the situation becomes.

The opening of this story was chilling and concern for Evan started immediately. We know he isn’t the killer and that kept me on edge for the rest of the story. It becomes extremely dangerous for Lance, Morgan and fellow investigator Lincoln Sharp who has also involved Olivia Cruz, the reporter who helped them in an earlier case and seems to have attracted Sharp’s attention in a personal way. Things get scary as old connections to Evan’s mother emerge who deserve to be feared.

The pace of the story kept me engaged as there weren’t many decent stopping points. It was exciting and thrilling, though some of the chase scenes got a bit complicated for me. There were softer moments, however, as Lance’s relationship with Morgan’s daughters deepen and he begins to develop paternal bonds. It was a sweet aspect that provided relief to all that tension. I also liked what appears to be something growing between Sharp and Olivia. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving character. As usual, the narrator delivered a fine performance, her storytelling skills put to the test. I enjoyed this one even as it took some time for the facts to unfold.

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Great

Great plot, wonderful characters plenty of action scenes, emotional scenes and suspense. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Narration was wonderfully preformed and I recommend this book.

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  • 07-24-19

Great it really was great i loved every minute

It kept me tied to every word such a tense story all the way through

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  • 05-28-19

another good story

as with others in this series, I enjoyed this crime novel. I listened to it on audio which is a new experience and quite nice for a change. I expect I will read more in the series but first a break.

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  • 12-20-19

we're breaking up

I have rated all the books in this series 3 stars and that's not a good thing. These books are average and I'm done with average so Melinda, this is where you and my money part ways.