Violet Darger

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 719 ratings

Dead End Girl Publisher's Summary

Her body is broken. Wrapped in plastic. Dumped on the side of the road. She is the first. There will be more.

A serial killer stalks women in rural Ohio. He is deranged but brilliant, known only by the grotesque nickname the media has given him - The Doll Parts Killer. The name is apt. He dismembers his victims and leaves them in garbage bags in public places. A residential neighborhood. Next to a roller rink. Behind a Burger King.

The investigation is a disaster. No physical evidence. Unreliable witnesses. To make matters worse, the FBI has lost contact with the star profiler working the case. Now rookie agent Violet Darger gets the most important assignment of her career.

When Darger travels to Ohio, she brings along demons of her own. Her last case ended in tragedy. The death of a 16 year old girl. Darger still has nightmares about the bloody scene, still has panic attacks when she remembers. The trauma shattered her core beliefs.

Now she faces a killer unlike anything she's seen. Aggressive. Territorial. If she fails, more will die. He will kill again and again.

Will this case restore her faith? Or push her over the edge?

The victims harbor dark secrets. The clues twist and writhe and refuse to keep still. And the killer watches the investigation on the nightly news, gleeful to relive the violence, knowing that he can't be stopped.

©2017 Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus (P)2017 Smarmy Press
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  • Book 1

    • Dead End Girl

    • Violet Darger, Book 1
    • By: L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
    • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 510
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 443

    A serial killer stalks women in rural Ohio. He is deranged but brilliant, known only by the grotesque nickname the media has given him - The Doll Parts Killer. The name is apt. He dismembers his victims and leaves them in garbage bags in public places. A residential neighborhood. Next to a roller rink. Behind a Burger King. The investigation is a disaster. No physical evidence. Unreliable witnesses. To make matters worse, the FBI has lost contact with the star profiler working the case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting Thriller

    • By Tami Buhl Dallos Wells on 06-16-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 1.5

    • Image in a Cracked Mirror

    • A Violet Darger Novella
    • By: L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
    • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    A family has been massacred in their home, a display of violence both brutal and bizarre. The details prove curious - not only are the bodies savaged way beyond anything found at a normal murder scene, every mirror in the house has been shattered. The spectacle shocks a peaceful island community, and when local police turn to the FBI for assistance, Agent Violet Darger finds herself working another harrowing crime scene. She stares, once more, into the abyss, and mankind's warped reflection stares back.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What does the image in a cracked mirror signify?

    • By Melanie on 01-21-18

    Regular price: $6.95

  • Book 2

    • Killing Season

    • Violet Darger FBI Thriller Book 2
    • By: Tim McBain, L.T. Vargus
    • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    Two days. Fourteen dead. The next victim could be you. The first bullet punches through the windshield of an SUV. A head shot. The driver's death is instantaneous. And it's only the beginning. A sniper along I-20 kills eight and causes a 36 car pileup. Brutal. Efficient. The next morning, the same individual stalks through a grocery store parking lot with a handgun. He takes out six innocent shoppers along with the store's front window before fleeing without a trace. 

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Worst female protagonist ever.

    • By Kara Lou on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2.5

    • The Last Victim

    • A Violet Darger Novella
    • By: L. T. Vargus, Tim McBain
    • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    New crimes lead FBI profiler Victor Loshak to revisit former scenes and witnesses in the Las Vegas area. The evidence suggests the return of a notorious and brutal serial killer from years ago - the one who got away. Loshak conceals his work from his partner, Violet Darger, and tries desperately to stay one step ahead of both her and the murderer. Leonard Stump is back. Maybe. And things are about to get so much worse. 

    Regular price: $6.95

  • Book 3

    • The Girl in the Sand

    • Violet Darger, Volume 3
    • By: L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
    • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Thousands of girls go missing every year in Las Vegas. Taken. Bought and sold. Or worse. These lost girls summon FBI Profiler Violet Darger to Sin City. There are fresh dead to sort through - two bodies burned beyond recognition in the trunk of a sedan - and there’s reason to believe there are missing girls waiting to be saved. Rumors swirl that a legendary killer is responsible for these crimes: an escaped prisoner with a personal grudge against Darger. One who disappeared for 20 years. If Darger finds the killer in time, the girls will live. If not...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Story ruined by surprise ending

    • By Joseph Barth on 08-14-18

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Bad Blood: A Gripping Crime Thriller

    • Violet Darger FBI Thriller, Book 4
    • By: L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
    • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Special Agent Violet Darger must make sense of this savagery - figure out how brutality like this could happen in rural Michigan. The victim had been living the American dream. A small-business owner who built a construction empire. Started a family. Coached youth hockey. He seemed to have it all. But his surface life didn’t tell the full story. He carried dark secrets to the grave. Left clues which offer more questions than answers, clues that seem to lead Darger to Detroit.

    Regular price: $19.95