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Dead End Girl: A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller (Violet Darger FBI Thriller Book 1) by [Vargus, L.T., McBain, Tim]
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Her body is broken. Wrapped in plastic. Dumped on the side of the road. She is the first. There will be more.

The serial killer thriller that "refuses to let go until you've read the last sentence."

The most recent body was discovered in the grease dumpster behind a Burger King. Dismembered. Shoved into two garbage bags and lowered into the murky oil.

Now rookie agent Violet Darger gets the most important assignment of her career. She travels to the Midwest to face a killer unlike anything she's seen. Aggressive. Territorial. Deranged and driven.

Another mutilated corpse was found next to a roller rink. A third in the gutter in a residential neighborhood.

These bold displays of violence shock the rural community and rattle local law enforcement.

Who could carry out such brutality? And why?

Unfortunately for Agent Darger, there's little physical evidence to work with, and the only witnesses prove to be unreliable. The case seems hopeless.

If she fails, more will die. He will kill again and again.

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.

A page-turning thriller packed with heart-stopping suspense. Fans of John Sandford, Jeffery Deaver, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Gardner should get to know Violet Darger.

Praise for Dead End Girl:



"Wow, just wow! If you like scare-you-half-to-death mystery books this is the one for you. It starts with a bang and just doesn't stop." -- Ada Lavin

"Refuses to let go until you have read the last sentence." -- Bloodymummer

"Violet Darger is a unique, incredible character, and I immensely enjoyed taking this journey with her." -- Cat

"If you liked Silence of the Lambs, you'll love Dead End Girl... At the same time, there's so much attention to detail and organic storytelling that this could easily compete with any of Stephen King's longer works. I found myself completely invested in every character, from the authorities to the killer to the victims themselves." -- eden Hudson, author of Jubal Van Zandt & the Revenge of the Bloodslinger

"A fantastic, twisted, full of suspense read." -- lady g

"This book reminds me of some of my favorite books in the crime thriller genre - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, The Collector by John Fowles, the Mr. Mercedes trilogy by Stephen King, and of course Silence of the Lambs. It's not a glimpse...it's a good long look inside the mind of a killer. It's fast paced, it's scary, and it's satisfying." -- Rain

"Dead End Girl is nonstop action and intrigue that will keep you putting off everything until the story is over. This is a must read if you enjoy action & crime genre stories." -- David C. Taylor

"If you are a fan of Silence of the Lambs, this book is a spiritual successor." -- Amazon customer

"Vargas and McBain spin a fine tale with characters I want to climb inside--but not in a weird way." -- Jeanne Tarrants

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2216 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smarmy Press (12 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06Y2H1KM9
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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With 1 series finito and a another just starting to hit it's stride, you would think that Tim and LT would kick back, take a rest and enjoy good life, but no! out of no where we get another hard left in genre's and are presented with a new series, a new character and a new reason to Watch This Space! Not content with being damn fine supernatural fantasy authors or even amazing horror writers, Tim and LT have decided to tackle that great and oftentimes contrite genre of crime thriller.

We join Violet Darger, an FBI profiler on her first major case. Partnered up with a veteran agent who of course, is a lone wolf type and on the hunt for a killer who seems to have a penchant for deconstruction, we are taken on a near 500 page, suspense filled ride done in that style we have all come to know and love!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must-read serial killer thrill ride 13 April 2017
By elfshanx - Published on Amazon.com
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Dead End Girl is a tightly woven, fast-paced, tension-laced thrill ride. How do I know? Because it's 496 pages long and it felt like reading a novella. For pretty much two days I did nothing but read this book and wish it would never end. By the end of the first chapter, Violet felt like an old friend; I just wanted to hang out and watch her solve grisly serial murders forever.

Because of the serial killer and the FBI trainee with the haunted past chasing him, the obvious comparison is Silence of the Lambs—and don't get me wrong, if you liked Silence of the Lambs, you'll love Dead End Girl. But with the story taking an active interest in Violet Darger's life outside of the case, Dead End Girl—and likely all of the Violet Darger series—will also be a favorite among lovers of J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels mysteries. At the same time, there's so much attention to detail and organic storytelling that this could easily compete with any of Stephen King's longer works. I found myself completely invested in every character, from the authorities to the killer to the victims themselves.

Because blood and gore are great, and tracking down sickos is fun, but the living aren't the only characters who haunt the pages of Dead End Girl—the victims come to life, too. The authors have presented us with people, not Doll Parts, individuals who had names, families, flaws, senses of humor, and dreams before death turned them into front page fodder, clickbait, and short appositives that left more room for sensationalizing their grisly end. At its heart, that's what Dead End Girl is all about—forcing us to reevaluate our own voyeuristic interest in death, as well as the snap judgments about people that we make every day.

Dead End Girl is an intriguing and entertaining start to what I hope is a long, long run of Violet Darger novels. If the whole series was available today, I'd buy them all and binge-read them straight through, but since it's not, I'm waiting on the edge of my favorite reading chair for the next one. If you love the serial killer genre, then this is a must-read for you.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the scariest serial killers I've come across! 13 April 2017
By Ada Lavin - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, just wow! If you like scare you half to death mystery books this is the one for you. This is one of the sickest and scariest serial killers I've ever come across. I love a great murder mystery and this is one not to be missed! It starts with a bang and just doesn't stop. Young FBI Agent Violet has her hands full as she wades her way through a difficult first case. Her mentor is no help, the locals are jerks and she has to literally find her way alone through a grisly case that tests the talents of the most seasoned veteran. If he was any help. But why isn't he helping? It's as big a mystery as the case. Treat yourself to a great read from two authors that just keep getting better with every book. Is there nothing these two can't write?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You think your job is stressful? 13 April 2017
By Rain - Published on Amazon.com
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I was reading another book when I started this book. I didn't mean to read it right away, I just wanted to see what it was like. Four hours later I was in bed and should have been asleep for three of those hours and I couldn't sleep. So maybe don't start this book at bedtime...lol. It's a page turner, I didn't notice how long this book is until I finished it.

This book reminds me of some of my favorite books in the crime thriller genre - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, The Collector by John Fowles, the Mr. Mercedes trilogy by Stephen King, and of course Silence of the Lambs. It's not a glimpse...it's a good long look inside the mind of a killer. It's fast paced, it's scary, and it's satisfying.

I love Violet Darger. She has the most stressful job imaginable. Not just because she has to catch a killer, but also because she's a woman working almost exclusively with men, and she has to prove herself every day. I love how she's an expert profiler, but she's also a human being with anxieties who says the wrong things sometimes and wrestles with self doubt. And I identify with her because aren't all women natural born detectives? We can analyze a situation to death and we can usually sniff out people's motives, but we always get caught trusting the wrong person because we feel for them, or saying the wrong thing in the heat of the moment because we are personally invested in the situation.

Don't we all have a grim fascination with the horror of what people are actually capable of? Remember when you first heard about somebody like Ed Kempter or Ted Bundy? Women live with the very real possibility of being stalked, assaulted, or murdered by someone they know every day. And we know that. But even knowing that we sometimes still trust the wrong person. We have all thought about what we think we would do in a situation like that. But you just never know until it happens to you, do you?

What's inside the mind of a killer? We all feel powerless sometimes. We all want to feel a sense of control. Some of us would go much further to assert that control than others, though. Some of us would kill for it.

Everybody is talking about a series and I have to say I had the exact same thought, like what happens to Violet Darger next? I can't wait to find out. Dead End Girl would make a great movie or TV series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome new series from L.T. Vargas & Tim McBain 12 April 2017
By David C Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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Vargus and McBain introduce a new character - Violet Darger - in the guise of an FBI profiler. Once again the authors prove masterful in blending timelines to create a very compelling story.

Dead End Girl is nonstop action and intrigue that will keep you putting off everything until the story is over. This is a must read if you enjoy action & crime genre stories.

I am looking forward to more installments of Violet's adventures as she moves into her profiler role.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just too much. 7 June 2017
By Geoff - Published on Amazon.com
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Who doesn't like a fast paced suspense novel? You know, something that just grabs you from the beginning and won't let go. Well the answer is obviously these authors.
This book was just way too long. About 200 pages too long to be more precise. There was no fast pace and there were way too many times that I said out loud "I just can't read this anymore." Look, I understand the need to be descriptive in psychological thrillers, but describing every bite of a sandwich, every smell in the air and every god knows what minuscule little unnecessary detail is just too much. This just drug on WAY TO LONG. And then......as you would suspect......boom, here's the ending, that's it, nothing more. All that droaning on and on and then the authors finally figured out how to fast pace a book.
So here's the thing. The book (after cutting out 200 pages of irrelevant material) is actually good. Great story line, likable characters, interesting plot, all the makings of a Patterson-esque series. I can only hope that the follow ups to the Violet Darger series undergo some serious editing before publication, otherwise the character will die of boredom before even getting to the plot.