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Monday, April 18, 2011

Blog Tour De Force Cage Match review + giveaways: plain jane: brunettes beware by Cristyn West

Profiling requires belief. Believe in the profile. Believe in yourself.
- Mandy Patinkin as Jason Gideon (Criminal Minds, CBS)

Plain Jane
the Plain Jane serial killer is on the loose and leaves a trail of vicitms - all brunettes. Detectives Nicole Usher and her partner Ruben Torres are assigned to the case. the Police Department also enlists the help of FBI profiler Kent Harbinger to catch the elusive murderer before the killings continue to escalate.
criminal profiling is one subject matter that piqued my interest since i read Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit and Journey into Darkness by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. these two non-fiction books introduced me to a dark domain people rarely get to visit. it is a world inhabited by innocent and helpless victims, serial killers and the dedicated men and women of the law who track and capture them. these books dealt with facts and i found them very intense, frightening and disturbing.
i can clearly say the same for Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware but thank goodness and what a relief to know that it is just pure fiction and speculation. 
author Cristyn West has written a well-researched novel with very striking characters. profiler Kent Harbinger walks the thin line between madness and genius. Nicole struggles with her mind and heart - torn between her duty and attraction to Kent. Ruben engages in a professional and personal battle with Kent. this triangular interplay of wits and emotions provides further drama to the plot.
everything about this book gripped me from the spine-tingling opening to the hair-raising conclusion.
readers be warned! this book is not for the faint-hearted but crime and thriller aficionados will recognize a veritable winner in their hands.

*Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware is available at Amazon and in multiple formats at Smashwords. for more information about Cristyn West and her work, please visit www.carolynmccray.com

my personal rating is:

Plain Jane contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under

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Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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