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The Scorpion (English Edition) par [Hill, Gerri]
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Poking a sleeping bear with a sharp stick is foolish. Marty Edwards is about to be very foolish.

Investigative reporter Marty Edwards has found her niche: cold cases. She loves pouring over old notes, hunting down long-forgotten witnesses, and digging down through the layers of an unsolved murder case. But this time, Marty is digging where someone obviously doesn't want her. And that someone might also include the Brownsville Police Department. Why else would they assign Detective Kristen Bailey to baby-sit her?

Barely surviving two attempts on her life, Marty abandons Brownsville and the case. Danger follows her as the case turns red hot. With Detective Bailey along for protection, they race along the Gulf Coast, neither knowing who, if anyone, they can trust. The hardest part is learning to trust each other before it's too late for their hearts--and their lives.

You'll hit the ground running with this exciting race of life-and-death from Golden Crown Literary Award winner Gerri Hill.

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Although it is a very interesting storyline, like those I like a lot in Gerri Hill's books, I had a harder time getting into the story, or mostly, connecting with the characters. Admittedly, the fact that I alternated reading the first half of the book with with studying for a major job interview might have a lot to do with this. I read the second half much faster. Overall a good story, good characters.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another "hit" for Gerri Hill 12 mai 2015
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There are so many good things about Gerri Hill’s novels, including The Scorpion, it’s hard to know where to begin. The writing, from a purely mechanical standpoint, is absolutely sound, and the narrative flows smoothly, the narrative style well-suited to the tale itself. The pacing is just right, the more violent scenes alternating with quieter, sometimes introspective sections in which we learn more about the two main characters and in which they learn more about each other. Despite those relatively calmer passages, there is more than enough suspense to make this a definite page-turner. The plot is interesting, well-executed and logically consistent.
For me, though, the best thing about The Scorpion and the other of Hill’s novels I’ve read is the two main characters. As usual, the two principals are strong women, but not without certain vulnerabilities. (No Mary Sue characters for Hill.) While those traits could apply to any number of the author’s characters, Kristen Bailey is no Tori Hunter, no CJ Johnston, no Andrea Sullivan, nor is Marty Edwards a retread of any of Hill’s other characters. What they are is likeable, well-drawn, realistic (within the context of the story), unselfish and resolute women. Still, they have issues – Kristen’s unwillingness to talk about her father and brother and to address her mother’s death, and Marty’s sexual dysfunction – which help round out their characters and make them easier to relate to. Also, as in Hill’s other works, the characters don’t remain static; they – especially Marty, of course – aren’t the same at the conclusion as when the tale began.
One reviewer claimed she’d like the story better if the two women just remained friends. Sure, that would work, but it would be a vastly different book. And, it wouldn’t be Gerri Hill, not that she couldn’t write such a story, she simply chooses not to, and the genre is the better for it, IMNSHO. I admit I’m not into romance novels per se but I don’t object when romance is an added element in mystery, urban fantasy, or science fiction, as long as the relationship doesn’t seem forced. Here, it’s a natural outgrowth of the women’s interaction and the circumstances into which they’ve been thrown. The unhurried pace at which things develop is what makes it work, I think; thankfully, there’s none of the “instant lesbianism” that’s so detrimental to the worst of lesbian films.
The sex – yes, boys and girls, there’s sex, though not a lot – is explicit without being graphic; if that seems like a contradiction, I mean that you can say “clit” without it being all porn-y. The sex scenes are erotic, but hardly gratuitous. Instead, they’re revelatory; as Katherine V. Forrest wrote many years ago, sex scenes can reveal – pun intended -- things about a character that can’t be shown any other way. Like the emotional relationship between Kristen and Marty, the physical one develops gradually and the latter couldn’t have happened had the former not preceded it.
Another reviewer complained about the vigilante aspect of the plot, calling Kristen “Rambo.” While I think a Charles Bronson type character is closer to the mark, I understand the point, but I think Hill sets things up so that it’s the only solution that works. To the complaint “who knew that police officers were trained in espionage and counter-terrorism,” I’d say that aside from the use of electronic surveillance devices, with which the duo admit they’re not experts, there’s little else of a James Bond nature here: Kristen is, after all, an experienced detective with known undercover experience. As to the counter-terrorism cavil, the novel was written in 2009, well after the 911 attacks and at least some training in the area would be expected in a major metropolitan police force. (Remember, Bailey hasn’t always been a cop in Brownsville; she started her career in Houston.)
If I have one small quibble, it’s with the denouement. It’s the only part of the book where Hill tells rather than shows. Though the “riding off into the sunset” ending works, it seems just sort of tagged on, as if Hill weren’t quite sure how to bring things to a close. That said, The Scorpion is a fast-paced, very well-written, exciting entry in the suspense/romance genre. Admirers of CL Hart’s From a Distance or Baldwin and Alexiou’s Elite Operatives series should love it. It’s deserving of its Goldie Award and of your time as a reader.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Can't Go Wrong With This 5 juillet 2012
Par Vix Reader - Publié sur
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Simply put - I loved this book. The characters are believable and very likeable. They compliment eachother and I became very invested in them. Their relationship is down right sweet and the growing attraction between them is compelling. Their slow journey toward love comes across as authentic and natural and the several love scenes were erotic yet tender. I found the action to be well paced and the escalation in the crime investigation kept me hooked. This was a wonderfull read and reinforces why I like Gerri Hill so much.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Hill at her best 21 juin 2010
Par Sage320 - Publié sur
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Some of Gerri Hill's recent novels haven't been as strong as her earlier ones, but that changes with The Scorpion. Hill has produced one of the strongest books of her career.

Marty Edwards is an investigative reporter who has found her forte in cold case crimes. She enjoys reopening cases, discovering new information and bringing closure to the families. When she is asked to look at a ten year old murder in Brownsville, Texas, it seems to be a routine situation. Kristen Bailey has been a police detective in Brownsville for two years, but she hasn't been accepted by the force. When she is assigned to babysit the evidence Marty wants to look at, she thinks it's just another example of the department not letting her do the work she's capable of. She can't understand why her lieutenant is so paranoid about Marty looking into the case, but her curiosity is roused when someone tries to kill Marty twice. Marty has uncovered the existence of The Scorpion, someone who not only controls the crime in the city, but the police force. When a third murder attempt is aimed at both of them, the women flee along the Gulf Coast. The only way they can save themselves is to go back where they started and solve the crime, but they have no idea who they can trust. It certainly isn't the police.

The best part of The Scorpion is that Hill works the plot so expertly the reader won't know who the kingpin is until the end. Up to that point there is tension and excitement. The book is fast paced, so the reading moves quickly. The awakening that comes between Marty and Bailey is a strong part of the book, but it doesn't overshadow the mystery, as happens in so many novels. While the reader will care about them, the more intriguing question is who the Scorpion is and how he became so powerful.

Gerri Hill has crafted an intriguing crime drama with a touch of romance. It can be a good way to spend a couple of hours of entertaining reading.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 spy movie meets romance 5 juillet 2014
Par Agnes H. Hagadus - Publié sur
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while I enjoyed the humor and a little twist I wasn't expecting of the characters to suffer from, the ending made me wonder if these were the same characters I'd come to grow and love as in the beginning. I saw changes and developments but never would have guessed the ending. while that could be seen as a good thing, in this case I think it went against both characters. it really did feel like a spy movie. the pulse always racing. so the romance was good, the story seemingly developed well. I was just left wondering about the end. still, highly recommend this as with most gerri hill's novellas
5.0 étoiles sur 5 No Spoiners here. 6 février 2013
Par @MM_Gadget_Girl - Publié sur
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I have read a great many of Gerry Hill's books and have yet to be disappointed. This is no exception. It was a great read and a good thriller with lots of suspense, which is what I expect when I read one of her books. Enjoy, I did. I have read a great many of Gerry Hill's books and have yet to be disappointed. This is no exception. It was a great read and a good thriller with lots of suspense, which is what I expect when I read one of her books. Enjoy, I did.

Side note: I only hope she makes more of her books available electronically...There are a few I haven't read, and I have no more shelf space available, so anxiously waiting for some of her newer books to become available...
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