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BOOK LIST IN BRIEF:

Stand-alones:

  • The Only Suspect (Kensington), 2005
  • Paradise Falls (Five Star), March 2012
  • Lying With Strangers (Five Star), December 2013

Kate Austen mysteries:

  • Murder Among Neighbors (Kensington), 1994
  • Murder Among Friends (Kensington), 1995
  • Murder Among Us (Kensington), 1998
  • Murder Among Strangers (Kensington), 2000

Kali O'Brien mysteries:

  • Shadow Of Doubt (Kensington), 1996
  • Evidence Of Guilt (Kensington), 1997
  • Motion To Dismiss (Kensington), 1999
  • Witness for the Defense (Kensington), 2001
  • Cold Justice (Kensington), 2002
  • Intent to Harm (Kensington), 2003
  • The Next Victim (Kensington), 2007

Short stories:

  • "Doggone," in Canine Crimes (Ballantine), 1998
  • "Safe Upon the Sand," in Women Before the Bench (Berkley), 2001

 

STAND-ALONE SUSPENSE:

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Lying With Strangers (December 2013) 978-1-4328-2731-1
Lying With Strangers is the provocative story of two very different women and the tragic event that brings them together, opening the door to second chances.

Against her better judgment, Chloe Henderson becomes the unwitting accomplice to a murder committed by her boyfriend. The victim's grief-stricken wife is shocked to discover the lies and secrets her husband has kept from her.

When her young son plows into Chloe with his bike, the women's lives become entwined in ways neither of them could have imagined. Joel Richards, an enthusiastic young journalist covering recent developments in an old murder, has his own reasons for being interested in the victim, and in Chloe.

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Paradise Falls (2012) 978-1-5941-5378-5
Fifteen-year-old Caitlin Whittington, last seen waiting for a ride home from school, is the second girl in Paradise Falls to disappear in five months.  Fears grow that she won't be the last as the town begins to suspect a serial killer might be loose.

With her daughter's disappearance, Grace Whittington makes some surprising and unsettling discoveries about her stepson, Adam.  When she uncovers information that seems to implicate him, the fault lines of a happily blended family crack wide open.

The case falls to Detective Rayna Godwin, who is hampered by memories of her own murdered daughter and the suspicion that there is more to the string of unsolved disappearances than meets the eye.  When her ex-lover, FBI agent Jack Cody, is called in against Rayna's wishes, her job becomes even more difficult.

And Adam, scared and stung by the distrust of those closest to him, is afraid to speak the truth.

Paradise Falls is the riveting and provocative tale of a family torn apart by divided loyalties and a dedicated detective who meets her worst fears head on.  The razor sharp twists and turns will hold readers captive until its final, explosive conclusion.

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The Only Suspect (2005) 978-0-7860-1669-3
Dr. Sam Russell's trial for the murder of his first wife ended in a hung jury.  Now his second wife is missing and Sam has no memory of the night she disappeared.  Detective Hannah Montgomery knows the husband is always suspect, but as she investigates, she discovers that Sam's wife has secrets of her own.

"Putting people you might meet any day into situations you can barely imagine gives Jacobs's latest tingler some powerful momentum." 
-Kirkus, starred review
"Highly entertaining and suspenseful, with an extra layer of depth."
-Booklist

"A topnotch page-turner."
-Chicago Sun Times

"Bedside reading at its best—but don't expect to get any sleep until you finish it."
Chicago Tribune

KALI O'BRIEN MYSTERIES:

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The Next Victim (2007) 978-0-7860-1668-6
Kali is out of town when her brother John tries desperately to reach her. Now he's dead of an apparent suicide, and Kali learns he was the lead suspect in the double homicide of a wealthy heiress and a college coed. When the remains of a third woman, a stripper, are found in a ditch, again with ties to her brother, Kali searches for the street tough runaway who may have the answers she needs.

"Kali's eighth case explores complex human attachments through a sharply focused plot that unfolds with beautifully controlled momentum."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Jacobs deftly juggles a large cast and a multilayered plot while compassionately depicting Kali's struggle with family issues."
-Publishers Weekly

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Intent to Harm (2003) 978-0-7860-1618-3
Following the murder of her mysterious new client, Kali is drawn into the tangle of an old murder and a missing young woman.

"Satisfyingly surprising conclusion."
-Booklist
"Intent to Harm is an excellent investigative thriller, with rapid and suspenseful pacing, a likable heroine, and great secondary characters. Never mind John Grisham; read Jonnie Jacobs instead."
-Chicago Sun

"Jacobs has a keen sense of pacing and a terrific ear for dialogue, and Kali O'Brien is a complex and sympathetic protagonist. Find a comfortable chair, plan to stay up late and enjoy the ride." -Sheldon Siegel, New York Times bestselling author

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Cold Justice (2002) 978-0-7860-1543-8
Kali is asked to join the D.A.'s office in the investigation of new murders bearing the signature of the Bayside Strangler, a serial killer Kali helped convict eight years earlier.
"The pace is fast, the mystery difficult to solve, the twisting plot delivers frequent adrenaline jolts, and the characters are uniformly well developed..."
-Booklist
"A thrill ride that gives readers Kali O'Brien at her best."
-Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

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Witness for the Defense (2001) 978-1-57566-828-9
When a controversial talk-show host claims paternity, a simple adoption becomes a high-profile murder trial involving Kali in ways she hadn't imagined.

"Jacobs has a knack for pacing and making the law suspenseful and compelling."
-Booklist
"...swift pacing, multiple motives and twisting plot lines will satisfy and keep readers guessing."
-Publishers Weekly

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Motion to Dismiss (1999) 978-1-57566-543-3
When a friend's husband is accused of rape, Kali agrees to defend him—and finds herself enmeshed in deceit, betrayal and murder.

"A sizzling page-turner jam-packed with tense courtroom drama and nail-biting suspense... A must read..."
-Booklist
"The best of Jacobs' novels to date."
-Kirkus Reviews
"Jacobs is a master storyteller. Her plot is intricate and compelling."
-The Piedmont Post

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Evidence of Guilt (1997) 978-1-57566-279-5
While defending an uncooperative client charged in the grisly murder of a woman and her young daughter, Kali uncovers a tangle of dangerous secrets—as well as a mysterious link to a long-ago tragedy.

"Slick, fact-paced and cleverly plotted ... gripping entertainment from start to finish."
-Booklist
"A confident, classic whodunit with a smart sleuth."
-San Jose Mercury News

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Shadow of Doubt (1996) 978-1-57566-797-5
(San Francisco Chronicle bestseller)
Despite her doubts, Kali agrees to help a childhood friend accused of murder, but she hadn't counted on the missing teenage girl and the envelope of incriminating photos—or the need to confront her own past.

"Jacobs writes with a sure sense of character."
-Publishers Weekly
"A great, engrossing read. You won't want to put if down until the final page."
-Rendezvous

KATE AUSTEN MYSTERIES:

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Murder Among Strangers (2000) 978-1-57566-647-2
Kate has trouble walking away from people in need, a bit that has landed her in some tight spots. Now it's the narrow confines of a murderer's car trunk.

"Jacobs provides more than a few breathtaking surprises before wrapping up this heart-pounding story."
-Publishers Weekly
"Gripping and dramatic... propels the author into new territory."
-The Contra Costa Times
"...elements of traditional cozies melded with the carefully detailed police procedural"
-Library Journal

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Murder Among Us (1998) 978-1-57566-398-8
The overlapping threads of two murders lead Kate from Cybersex to love sonnets, from a clandestine research project to the deepest of family secrets, and ultimately threaten Kate and those she loves.

"A polished, entertaining mystery that is also thought-provoking."
-Chicago Tribune
"This fine mystery is buoyed by rich characterization and a gripping plot."
-Publishers Weekly
"A facile mix of sleuthing and police procedure."
-Library Journal

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Murder Among Friends (1995) 978-0-7582-0098-6
Was Mona Sterling's death really a suicide? And who was that strange man lurking near Anna's school? As Kate searches for answers, she runs head-on into the unsavory side of suburban living.

"Jonnie Jacobs has taken the suburban mystery to new heights... well plotted and great fun."
-The Tulsa World
"Not to be missed."
-The Montclarion

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Murder Among Neighbors (1994) 978-1-57566-275-2
When her neighbor and fellow car-pooler is strangled, Kate finds herself drawn into the search for the killer—and a web of steamy secrets she'd be safer not knowing.

"Jacobs evokes the suburban milieu with tongue in cheek, and litters the story smartly with clues along the way."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"(A) slice of suburban life... with a dollop of romance and a twist of suspense... An entertaining debut."
-Publishers Weekly

 

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