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A Killing Tide (Columbia River Thrillers Book 1) (English Edition) par [Alderman, P.J.]
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Novel

Where there's smoke...
Kaz Jorgensen is used to fear--the anxiety of negotiating treacherous currents as she captains her family's fishing trawlers, the terrifying nightmares of the day she almost lost her life on the river. But now a man is dead, an arsonist has set the Anna Marie ablaze, and her brother is missing.
There's fire...
Michael Chapman knows how to take the heat--as the new fire chief of Astoria, Oregon, he's dealt with more than his share. No way can he afford to get involved with the sister of a suspect. But the scorching attraction between him and Kaz burns out of control, and when someone takes a shot at her, his protective instincts kick in. Whatever happens, he can't allow another woman to die because of him.


" intriguing contemporary romantic suspense with an engrossing plot and lots of mystery that keeps you guessing. With this debut, P.J. Alderman shows that she is clearly an author to look out for." --Fallen Angel Reviews

"The plot twists and turns like a fishing line in a rip tide." --New Mystery Reader

"If P.J. Alderman's first foray into writing is any indication then we should be on the receiving line for some enjoyable books. Her characters are very real and kind of rough around the edges, which is what make them so wonderful to get to know. Even the bad guys have their moments. That was what made it an interesting ride to see who was responsible for the murders, arson and general mayhem. Alderman, who paints a wonderful picture of the lives and trials of the fishermen born into a life aboard the trawlers and have to circumnavigate treacherous waters, brings the story to life." --Fresh Fiction

"For a debut author, P.J. Alderman does a fantastic job of creating intrigue, suspense, drama, romance, and so much more. The plot is well laid out and incredibly plausible with characters who are full and real...if A Killing Tide is P.J.’s debut, a bright future is on the horizon and I can’t wait to see more." --Once Upon a Romance

"Kudos to Ms. Alderman on a job well-done. The edgy THE KILLING TIDE is a fabulous debut, an edge-of-your-seat chiller guaranteed to thrill." --Romance Reader at Heart

Biographie de l'auteur

New York Times bestselling author P. J. Alderman has spent more than two decades in the Pacific Northwest port towns that inspire her romantic thrillers and mysteries. Alderman's contemporary Columbia River thriller, A Killing Tide, was on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for eight weeks. Her Port Chatham cozy mysteries, also bestsellers, take readers on a journey back in time to a lawless nineteenth century waterfront, blending history, murder, and present-day supernatural sleuthery.

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HASH(0x8a61cf84) étoiles sur 5 A phenomenal debut novel combining suspense and romance against the backdrop of the sea 29 novembre 2006
Par Amy Sorter - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Many times, a writer's first novel is good, but can have inconsistencies that are hopefully addressed as the author matures in his or her craft. Maybe one of the characters is underdeveloped. Or a weird glitch in the plot happens that doesn't make sense. Or too much backstory might be crammed into the present tense.

Fortunately for her readers, P.J. Alderman's first novel, A Killing Tide, doesn't suffer first-time jitters. In this suspense novel with a strong romantic subplot, Alderman introduces diverse characters, mixes them up with plots upon subplots, and sets it all against the backdrop of small-town Astoria, Oregon. Better still, she makes it work.

The book's heroine Kaz Jorgenson is a woman who, despite her plushy job as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco, has salt water running through her veins and the love of the ocean in her heart. When Kaz is called home to Astoria to help brother Gary Jorgenson with hot water he's drowning in, she stumbles into more than she'd bargained for. Like . . . a family friend murdered. Like . . . one of her family's trawlers set on fire to cover the dirty deed. Like . . . her brother disappearing and becoming the number-one suspect in the case.

Enter Michael Chapman from Boston who is Astoria's new fire chief and a trained arson investigator to boot. While trying to solve the murder-arson-disappearing brother mystery, he becomes attracted to Kaz. But Michael doesn't want to get involved with Kaz because she's the number-one suspect's sister. And Kaz doesn't want to get involved with Michael because she thinks he's out to bust her brother.

But the book is about more than the hero and heroine playing cat-and-mouse with one another while they sort out their emotions. Michael and Kaz's growing relationship fits seamlessly into the overall whole, making this not a love story with a plot stuck around it for fun, but an intense mystery in which two people are trying to find the truth about a murder, and love develops as a consequence.

Another plus are Alderman's highly likeable characters. Michael is a flawed, tortured hero, but the reader isn't constantly beaten over the head with it. Michael acts like a normal individual who is working through his trauma, rather than someone who constantly descends into sackcloth and ashes for what he did in the past. And Kaz is a strong woman with a good heart who carries her own share of guilt. But again, Alderman achieves balance with her. She isn't some impossible heroine fulfilling some impossible ideal. She's a flesh-and-blood person who -- surprise! -- stumbles occasionally.

Adding to the richness of the novel are the secondary characters. Kaz's best friend Lucy is extremely well-defined; and this writer hopes Alderman will consider a sequel with her in it. Bjorn and Chuck, two of Gary's staunchest allies, are also wonderfully developed and almost strong enough to carry the book on their own. Even Zeke, Michael's German Shepherd, has a winning personality and charm to add a few humorous moments to an otherwise intense story.

In short, Alderman has done very well with this debut novel. If the adage is true that there's nowhere to go but up, her next effort should be well-anticipated and just as strong.
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HASH(0x8a61cfd8) étoiles sur 5 strong investigative romance 9 décembre 2006
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Only for family would Kaz Jorgenson leave her consultanting job in San Francisco to return to her hometown of Astoria, Oregon, but she drops everything when her twin brother Gary needs help. However, her greeting upon her arrival is a fire on one of her family's fishing ships. Once the blaze is contained a bigger shock hits home when the corpse of family friend Ken Lundquist is found on board. The police suspect Gary, who has vanished, killed him and set the fire to hide the evidence.

Michael Chapman left scandal and a suspicious death behind in Boston when he came to Astoria as the new fire chief. He is also an experienced trained arson investigator, who begins making inquiries into the deadly blaze. He and Kaz are attracted to one another, but neither plans to act on their feelings. He refuses to have anything to do with the sister of the prime suspect especially after the fiasco back in New England with his former fiancée; she assumes he wants to hang her brother so she rejects Michael in order to not betray Gary.

The key to this exhilarating romantic whodunit is the strong cast starting with the lead couple who have flaws, struggle with feelings and the investigation, and fear what they will eventually uncover. In other words, they seem very real. The support characters also feel genuine whether they are friends of the family or Gary (mostly seen through the eyes of others). A KILLING TIDE is a strong investigative romance that will bring kudos to new author P.J. Alderman.

Harriet Klausner
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HASH(0x8af3ce04) étoiles sur 5 Terrific Suspense - Fast Paced - Exciting 2 décembre 2006
Par M. Rondeau - Publié sur
Format: Poche
One of the things I like when reading debut authors is they almost always come up with a new angle to tell their stories. In this debut I found that to be true, offering both a fresh voice and an exciting and thrilling edge-of-the seat read.

Kaz Jorgensen had an extremely successful consultation business in California but when a phone call from a childhood friend warned her of trouble brewing in and around her twin brother Gary, she hastened her return home. What she found was a shadow of the former caring and loving brother she once knew, emotionally shut-off - even from her. Kaz began to realize just how dangerous the situation was after one of their two boats was set on fire. With a body on board and her brother missing, all fingers pointed towards his guilt. Why even the newly hired, very sexy new fire chief seemed to think her brother guilty.

Michael Chapman had come to Astoria, Oregon to bury the past. A quiet seaside fishing town held appeal over the frantic pace of Boston and the memories of losing his fiancé to a fire he was too late to prevent. He knew he shouldn't get involved with the sister of a suspect but his attraction could not be denied. So when attempts on Kaz's life began, Michael was not about to let another woman die under his watch.

*** I loved this story - it was fast paced, exciting and fascinating. Alderman's descriptions of the Pacific Northwest town of Astoria, Oregon and the hazards of navigating a boat over the Columbia bars to the open sea of the Pacific were skillfully crafted and absolutely riveting in intensity. Kaz was a remarkable heroine. Not only a highly successful negotiator in the boardroom, but an immensely gifted ships captain whose navigational skills were well respected by her male counterparts. The author brilliantly developed her as a very strong kick-butt heroine fighting to overcome her own fears and guilt over letting her parents die and not about to lose her brother to trumped up charges.

Michael was also a strong lead. Intelligent and capable with his arson smelling canine partner Zeke. He also provided a wonderful romantic element for Kaz employing witty dialog foreplay in building up steam for some lovely sensual interludes in between them dodging physical attacks. Bottom line is Ms. Alderman penned a terrific suspense her first time out utilizing a plethora of prospective suspects culminating in a terrific and intensely thrilling finale. Romantic suspense lovers rejoice - there's a new kid on the block with a fresh new voice!

Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization
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HASH(0x8afce78c) étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 15 octobre 2012
Par Joanne Jacobs - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I wasn't expecting great literature, but I did hope for credible characters, competent writing and a plot. Nope. The obvious villains turned out to be the villains. Perfect Girl and Perfect Guy get together for fantastic, horribly over-written sex-- shortly after she's checked herself out of the hospital after being beaten and choked. Nobody acts sensibly or shares information when it would be darned useful. Everybody has predictable, boring psychic wounds.

At one point, the police chief tells an officer to check out the "rumors" about the fisherman. She never asks, "Rumors about what?" and he never tells her.

Perfect Guy says he's an only child. Then he has brothers.

Perfect Girl recalls identifying her parents' bodies in the morgue after they were swept into the raging deep as their trawler crossing the river bar from the ocean. And their bodies were recovered? (The river bar sounds interesting. An explanation of why it's so dangerous would have been nice.)

Perfect Girl is a successful business consultant in San Francisco who can do her job from Oregon a few hours or minutes a day while helping run the family fishing business.

Perfect Girl's Brother is considered capable of sophisticated arson techniques because he has military training. (And nobody in Astoria ever gives him any respect for being a war hero. They agree with the author that he's damaged goods.)
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HASH(0x8afce738) étoiles sur 5 So disappointing....why the good reviews? 19 septembre 2011
Par Anne - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Don't understand the good reveiws and the nomination for best first book. I love a feisty and independent female lead, but not a stupid or arrogant one. This story takes place in under a week, and 3 times the heroine is "surprised", attacked and beaten up in her home and on her boat. The bad guys apparently are really good at sneaking up on her. Then there is a 4th time when she is in bed with the male lead hours after meeting him(and already they are deeply in love???) when her brother has creeped into her house and is hiding under the bed. What??????? Actually, this brother is about as dumb as she is.

I found the characters to be rather shallow and not particularily likable. The arson sniffing police dog was more interesting, but then again, he let a stranger into the house and under the bed. German Shepherds just don't do that.

The dialog is not particulairly well written, with a lot of word contractions and I was annoyed with the word "cop" used exclusively thoughout the book. I know this may be a minor thing, but since it is a murder mystery you would expect a lot of police characters. And there were. But, I would have liked to have read, "officer", "detective", "police", "leutenent", "captain","investigator" or other relevant words rather than "cops" 3 or 4 times per page.

I think this may be my last .99 purchase. So disappointing.
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