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In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she's the final victim.

Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him.

Either Kate made a deadly error, or she's got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is more twisted than it first appeared. Then a second body is found, the mode of death identical to a different case that Kate thought she'd put behind her.

Now Kate and Detective Mazur aren't just working a homicide; the investigative pair is facing a formidable enemy who knows Kate intimately. While Mazur is personally trying to protect Kate, the closer they are drawn to the killer, the clearer it becomes that in this terrifying game, there is only one rule: don't believe everything you see...

©2017 Mary Burton (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I could not stop listening!

The antagonists are as evil as humans can be. The Last Move delivers extreme suspense with a stunning twist at the end. The novel is set in San Antonio Texas where police detective Theo Mazer is working with FBI Special Agent Kate Hayden on a murder case. Mazor's 14 year old daughter plays a significant role. Narration is excellent.

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Mary Burton consistently writes winners!

This is an excellent stand alone police procedural. In this book the protagonist is a very slight woman,FBI agent and at the age of 17 she was a gunshot victim herself while her father was murdered. Now at 34, she is in San Antonio, Tx looking for a copycat to a killer she's already arrested and whose been convicted. As this killer escalates his crimes become more gruesome and depraved as he takes on the persona of other serial killers she has caught.
The antagonist is obviously a rather warped character. Throughout the book you get snippets of his thoughts before or after a kill and what the ultimate goal is. This person has an agenda scripted out in his head and he's following it.
In the interim the man convicted of her father's death has been released from prison.
This is a well told story. There are no lulls and it kept my attention throughout. It moves along at s good pace, is very believable and I liked that it was told from different viewpoints. About 3/4 of the way through the tension ramps up and gives clues to who it might be, and from that point on it's nail biting anticipation waiting to see what he will do before getting caught.
Teri Schnaubelt does and excellent job narrating this book.
I purchased this book using Kindle Unlimited and paid $1.99.
I really enjoyed everything I've read by this author and this one is no different. It has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Burton Delivers

When a story grabs my attention from the beginning and holds me to the end I refuse to get critical. The Last Move did its job!

While it’s part of a series, this book stands on it own. No need to read it in order.

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Enjoyable Story.. NC17 Author!

Mary is a fast-paced author and builds complete characters. The good characters are all flawed in one way or another but do the right thing. The bad characters are truly evil and obsessed with their craft (and themselves).

The only downside is that my 14 year old daughter will have to wait a few years to read these books as they are sexually explicit.

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Ok

Good book. Not great, but good. It always amazes me that a capable female writer has to include the detailed sex act. This book was clearly good without it. If I wanted to hear or read explicit sex I would be a romance buff, not a thriller enthusiast.

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Entertaining police mystery

Kate Hayden is an FBI profiler. She is brilliant and socially awkward. In this stand-alone novel, she deals with two psychopathic killers, one of whom murdered her father and shot her as a teen. As she tries to solve these crimes, where one killer makes it personal for her, she teams up with local cop Theo Mazur. There is some chemistry there. I liked Haysden as a character, and liked Mazur as well. I found the story mildly entertaining, and then it became grippingly fun (and sick) near the end. I'm a guy, and I recommend this for men and women who like exciting police mysteries. It is a bit sadistic at times, so be aware of that. I found this a much better than average mystery.

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Meh...weirdly sexual

Listened to this on a road trip. It was entertaining but awkwardly sexual with a lack luster ending. We had the ending figured out pretty early on. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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A gripping hunt for a serial killer

Theo Mazur is a Chicago homicide detective who moved to San Antonio, six months ago, to stay near his daughter after his ex-wife moved to a San Antonio law firm. He's called to the site of a death on I-35. This death looks very much like a killing by the serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan.

The problem is, FBI profiler Kate Hayden has already caught the Samaritan. He's locked up, awaiting trial. Has she made a deadly mistake, or is there a copycat at work?

Soon Hayden is back in her hometown of San Antonio, for the first time in years, working with Mazur to track down someone who knows entirely too much about Hayden, her cases, and her personal history.

This is an interesting and complex hunt for a serial killer, and an interesting and complicated working relationship between Hayden and Mazur. Mazur has a complicated, stressed relationship with his ex-wife, and is trying to maintain a solid relationship with his teenage daughter, Elisa. Hayden has a very complicated past and a strained relationship with her brother, a Texas Ranger, and past experiences that drove her to become an FBI profiler.

As they work together to solve the death of the woman shot on I-35, and a second death mimicking a different serial killer Hayden has locked up, Mazur has to keep his personal issues from intruding, while Hayden is forced to confront hers in altogether too much detail. It makes for a really absorbing story, and strong characterization made me care about them and those around them.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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The Last Move...WOW

This is the first book I've read by this author...but won't be my last! This had me interested from beginning to end. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen and then the author would throw another twist into it and it would go a different way. Love this! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves thrillers.

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An insulting, annoying book

I listen to audio books at home a good bit of the time, and often my husband will comment on something he's overheard and become interested in. Very rarely does it happen, as it did with this book, that he will say, "That book is really annoying!" The writing style, the story itself, and the narrator combine to really grate on both of our nerves. The narrator isn't particularly bad, but her voice has a nasal quality that does grate and is sometimes a bit difficult to understand, and her characterization of male voices make each man seem adolescent and a bit mentally inadequate, which inadvertently suggests that only the female characters have any true weight or value in the story. In this book, that is a quite a disservice to the plot. Perhaps a different venue would have served her talents more effectively.

The writing style is the most annoying facet of the whole package; I get the feeling that this author is primarily a romance novelist who attempted to write something with a little more weight, a little more interesting that what she normally might, and just didn't have the chops to pull it off. She is very repetitive, often rewording the same information within a single conversation as if she does not expect the reader to either be smart enough or to be paying enough attention to have gotten it the first time. Beyond individual conversations, the entire book is replete with what feels like constant repetition of what she obviously considers to be key points and descriptors; I found each of them to be unworthy of the stress placed upon them. Once was enough in each instance, if necessary at all. Perhaps reminding the reader that this character had a scar or wore boxy clothing would not be quite so annoying if it was at least couched in different terms or made to seem in some way interesting, but there is no nuance, no shading, no evocative language that causes these descriptions to have any impact other than to annoy the reader with its constant reiteration. Beyond that, the Harelquin-Romance-quality sex scene and language are extremely off-putting and derail the plot completely. Yes, the serial killers are twisted and deviant, but their own deviance is couched in cringeworthy sophomoric terms that jar the ear of the reader, and the actual scene between the two protagonists is dull, repetitive, and again, embarrassingly amateurish. Not to mention totally unnecessary to the plot; indeed, it detracts a great deal from both the plot and the characterization of the protagonists themselves.

Overall I would say that this was a very amateur effort on the part of an author who is striving to write something about which she is unfamiliar, which would include any law enforcement background. I am a native Texan and thought it would be fun to read a book set in San Antonio, but I get the feeling the author had only visited the area briefly and completely missed the flavor of the area. Such an interesting city, so rich in atmosphere, but the single oft-repeated description of the area is about the red dust. I have spent a great deal of time in San Antonio and do not remember any red dust, ever. I remember the river, the lush tropical vegetation, the richness of the diversity, the feeling of an exotic metropolitan city with an old-world flavor that, while definitely Texan, has a spice all its own, highly reflective of its Mexican heritage. This is a very disappointing effort which would have been greatly enhanced if it had included knowledge of the setting and of the appropriate procedures regarding the actual tracking of criminals (I am no expert, but I highly suspect that the FBI has more than one agent, or pair of agents, assigned to any given serial killer.) I am left with the feeling that the author had very little respect for her intended audience when she wrote this very mediocre story. As my husband and I discussed at some length, if John Sandford had told the same story, it would have been a 5 star experience. This one is dull and lifeless and frankly a bit insulting, and not worth the listen.

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  • 09-29-17

Very enjoyable

Well read story. Good plot and will read her other books when I want light entertainment.

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  • B. Rawlings
  • 07-14-19

Perfectly adequate crime/thriller

Definitely enjoyed this story, although at no point did I think it was amazing or unforgettable. But, saying that, there wasn't really anything wrong with it either. No annoying characters or irritating habits of the narrator. If you're just looking for a thriller to listen to to pass some time, look no further. This one will do!

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  • Helen
  • 11-11-17

Great book

Really enjoyable characters. Plenty of twists and turns in the plot. I would highly recommend this book as a very good read, I did not want to put the book down.