Evil Without a Face
Book #1 (Feb 2009) of the Sweet Justice Series
She sleeps with a Colt Python in her nightstand and her senses on alertJessica Beckett isn't taking any chances. Hiding a chilling secret, living in a world of snitches and felons, good cops and bad dreams, Jessica is a bounty hunter who brings lowlifes to justice. But not even she can imagine what she'll face when she tracks an online predator who has abducted a naive teenage girl.
Making Promises That Can't Be Kept
Former NFL quarterback Payton Archer swore to his sister that he'd find her only child. But the police have no leads and the teen's trail has turned cold. Plagued by personal demons, Payton's never considered himself a hero. But this time he has to be.
And Fighting a Faceless Enemy
Joining forces to save the seventeen-year-old girl, Payton and Jessica discover that she's nothing but a pawn in an insidious, terrifying global conspiracy. They're battling a new kind of criminal. And soon their race for answers will become a dangerous struggle for survival.
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Yay!!! Evil Without A Face won the mainstream category of the National Readers Choice Award (NRCA). Reader judges from all over the country scored the entries. It is a real honor to win in such a unique contest. Special thanks to the contest coordinators, judges, and readers.
Praise for Evil Without a Face
"Jordan Dane crafts nail-biting thrillers with fully-realized but very damaged characters, and plots that twist and turn and double-back to bite the unwary. Her novels are 21st Noir with guts and heart and a wicked sense of humor."
Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO
"This intense thriller establishes Dane as a diva of the flawed, baggage-laden but likable heroine. Heroine Jessica Beckett is a hard-boiled bounty hunter surrounded with a dazzlingly imaginative supporting cast of characters. And Dane pulls out all the stops en route to the dramatic, rose-tinted finale."
"Jordan Dane brings surprising grit and hard-boiled heft to her books. And "Fugitive Recovery Agent" JESSICA BECKETT of EVIL WITHOUT A FACE (2009) is no exception. The hard-boiled Chicago bounty hunter is a real piece of worka take-charge, kick-ass hard-ass with more than a few personal kinks. She's not above running games on bail jumpers that Rockford himself would envy or getting way too personally involved in her cases. But perhaps best of all is Jessica's sheer recklessness and the unadulterated, impulsive fierceness she displays as she closes in on her target. And make no mistake, there are real lives at stake here, as her hunt for a child abuser leads to Alaska with Jessica hot on the trail of a young girl who may have been taken by a multinational organization that traffics in humans. What makes the book work so well is how her own troubled past creeps up on Jessica even as she zeroes in on her prey."
Kevin Burton Smith, The Thrilling Detective Website Founder & Editor
"Four StarsCompelling Page-turner...Hot talent Dane is back with a new series that plumbs the depths of human depravity. In it, three hard-hitting women's lives intersect during the pursuit of a missing Alaskan teen. The primary heroine in this book is scarred both physically and mentallyso much so that she's on a vendetta. Dane really knows how to create tension and turmoil, which add up to high-stakes suspense!"
Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times Magazine
"Jordan Dane made her debut with NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM and has been kicking ass since. Her latest EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is fast paced and has so much energy sparks almost come off the pages while reading. Another great book by Dane."
"When your fingers touch this book EVIL WITHOUT A FACEgrab it and enjoy some shocking suspense."
Sabrina Marino, Fresh Fiction
"After the huge success of her debut No One book series, Jordan begins a new chapter in her career with deeper characters and darker themes. Jordan Dane will make you fear your Internet as Evil Without a Face explores the dark territory of online predators. This book will scare even the seasoned suspense reader. 5 stars!"
Lifetime keeper TOP PICKJessie at Night Owl Romance
"EVIL WITHOUT A FACE opens with a bang and keeps you riveted to the page with a heartbreaking plot and tons of action. There's a selection of Dane's patented tough characters along with a few more fragile, wounded types. Dane is on a roll! EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is top-notch suspense from a new genre star. Don't miss this book!"
TOP ROSE (A Keeper)Heather at Romance Reader at Heart
"EVIL WITHOUT A FACE hits all parents with one of their worst nightmares, their child disappearing. The most chilling part of this story is that such organizations and their actions DO exist. Jordan Dane paints a grizzly plot with such realistic characters that they seem to jump off the pages. Addicting! FIVE STARS!"
HUNTRESS REVIEWS, Detra Fitch
"This book had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Jess and Payton are two people who have been damaged by life, true survivors. Those that enjoy a real thriller of a suspense novel will not be able to put this one down until the very end. I particularly liked the feisty Jess, one of the strongest women characters I have found, even in this genre. Outstanding! Great Read!"
4 CUPS, Maura at Coffee Time Romance
"Jordan Dane's EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is one WOW! of a book. Non-stop action, hold-your-breath suspense, and terrific characters who made it all real. What more could you ask? I can not wait to have the next Jordan Dane in my hot little hands."
Mariah Stewart, New York Times Bestseller
"Jordan Dane is a gifted storyteller whose talent shines on every page. EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is intense, nonstop romantic suspense. Impossible to put down!"
Carla Neggers, New York Times Bestseller
"Sit tight, buckle in, and hold on, EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is a wild ride. The villains take Jessica, Payton, and everyone else on a high-speed chase to save Nikki and stop the bad guys. Outwardly, Jessica is tough as nails. She's scared, strong, and seemingly invincible but inside she's vulnerable and desperately needs some TLC. Payton carries his own internal scars, which is why when they meet, Payton and Jessie connect immediately. They are like kindred spirits, two halves of a whole. Along with the intense relationship that blooms between Payton and Jessie, is the frightening tale of internet predators. With excitement and danger on every page, EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is impossible to put down. Jordan Dane rocks my world once again with EVIL WITHOUT A FACE. I can't wait to read the elusive and mysterious Seth Harper's story next!"
RECOMMENDED READ, Nannette of Joyfully Reviewed
"In EVIL WITHOUT A FACE, Jordan Dane has a gift for creating unusual gritty characters and bringing them together in a manner that crystallizes the emotional impact of crime. In darker romantic suspense, Jordan Dane has a unique vision. She peers into the darker side of crime and indeed the soul, not just of the villains, but of the victims of crime. Her insight transforms the victims and empowers them in the midst of their brokenness.
Unlike many suspense novels with gratuitous violence and cookie-cutter plots, Jordan Dane distinguishes herself in how she writes about the victims of crime. Her victims aren't cardboard characters to be discarded to get to the crime. In her writing, Jordan Dane treats crime victims with the same depth of character as she does those hunting the criminals. From the destructiveness of crime, the author leaves the reader with a sense of goodness or power that goes beyond just solving the crime or capturing the bad guys. Her books have a redemptive element. Jordan Dane breaks new ground in suspense with this novel and defines herself even more clearly as a force within the suspense genre who will shape the genre itself."
Merri Crawford Merrimon Book Reviews/Book Illuminations
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"EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is the first of Dane's Sweet Justice series and her best yet. That's saying a lot."
Becky Lejeune, Bookbitch
"Jessica Beckett is a smart and sassy heroine who will have you laughing and crying with her. EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is a non-stop action thriller that I couldn't put down. Terrific characters, a sound plot, and the right amount of romance make this book a sure winner!"
Wendy at Romance Junkies Reviews
"This exhilarating romantic suspense thriller takes readers on a non-stop action packed tour."
"EVIL WITHOUT A FACE hits the ground running with nonstop action. Once again, author Jordan Dane tells an exciting story in her down-to-earth, gritty style that kept me turning pages way beyond my bedtime. This story has it allterrific plot; fascinating characters; written in a great style; even the heartfelt sigh at the end. With this story, Jordan Dane removes any doubt as to why she is on my auto-buy list."
Chere Gruver at Paranormal Romance.org (read the full review here)
"EVIL WITHOUT A FACE is not for the faint of heart. This edgy thrill ride elevates Jordan Dane into the upper echelon of suspense authors who keep readers coming back for more. Fans of early Tami Hoag and Lisa Jackson will enjoy. FOUR STARS!"
Angela Wilson, PopSyndicate
"Queen of suspense Jordan Dane has done it again with another high-stakes suspense novel. Lucky for readers who crave a well-developed plot and suspense, EVIL WITHOUT A FACE takes you on an intense suspense ride. An exceptional new author with talent that will captivate all readers. A suspenseful cliffhanger with a well-developed plot, realistic exhilarating characters, and a touch of romance without the mush, what more can you ask for? An excellent read!"
Martha Ramirez, BookPleasures