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Fear and loathing
Norman, Hilary, author.
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First world edition.
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Sutton : Severn House, 2014.

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234 pages ; 22 cm.
"One warm Sunday evening in Miami Beach, a leisurely waterfront barbecue is transformed into a brutal massacre. When the cops arrive, they find four hogtied bodies in a carbon monoxide-filled BMW--and a note on the windshield addressed to Detective Sam Becket, its message personal and menacing. After another similar slaughter, Sam leads a task force dedicated to tracking down the killers. But meantime, in France, someone is stalking his daughter, Cathy, and before long Sam is forced into a decision which he knows could destroy his career. He doesn't know that he's just exposed all his loved ones to horrific danger..."--dust jacket.
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A sickening murder scene draws Detective Sam Becket into an investigation that becomes intensely personal.

All four have been bound, gagged and poisoned to death in Gary's garage in a meticulously planned attack. The killers left no clues except for a threatening note personally addressed to Sam, which suggests the motive may be linked to the mixed marriage of one of the deceased couples. Against the advice of his colleagues, Sam is determined to solve the case, but is he putting his own life, as well as the lives of those he loves most, in grave danger?

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Booklist Review

Being a cop in Miami can be very dangerous. No one knows this better than homicide detective Sam Beckett, whose family has been threatened several times. And his latest case seems destined to expose Sam and his family to danger yet again. Two couples have been found murdered, dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. Chillingly, the killer has left behind a personal message for Sam implying that the murders are racially motivated and that Sam a black man married to a white woman may be next. Brushing the threat aside, Sam starts work on the murder, but almost immediately, another nearly identical killing takes place and then another. Sam is on the case, but there's another crisis on his hands. His adopted daughter, Cathy, discovers she's again being stalked by Thomas Chauvin, a dangerous man who, she thought, was out of her life for good. The stunning conclusion will have readers reeling. Norman's latest features her trademark suspense, intriguing characters, and an intense plot. This fine series just keeps getting better.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Norman's absorbing, disturbing seventh Sam Becket thriller (after 2012's Eclipse), Gary Burton and his Chinese-American wife are entertaining another couple on their Miami Beach patio facing the Intracoastal Waterway when four armed men step off a boat and interrupt the party. The intruders tie up the Burtons and their guests, place them in the garage, and stand by as the victims slowly die of carbon monoxide poisoning. A note left at the scene addressed specifically to Becket, an African-American detective married to a white woman, promises more slayings. Becket and partner Al Martinez dive into the bizarre case with few leads. As the body count increases, so does the threat against Becket-including a separate danger for adopted daughter Cathy, blissfully pursuing her dream job in France. Becket finds himself struggling to keep perspective and protect his loved ones from harm. Tight prose combined with well-drawn characters and skillfully evoked locales ensures a satisfying, high-pressure ride. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.