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The scent is unmistakable – gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he’s recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn’t have been Jennifer. She died twelve years ago...

Once out of the hospital, Bentz begins to see Jennifer everywhere. Could she still be alive? But it was Bentz who identified Jennifer’s body after her horrible car wreck, and there had been no question in his mind that it was her crumpled form behind the wheel, her clothes, her wedding ring. He’s never doubted it – until now. He can’t tell his new wife, Olivia, about the sightings or his secret fear that he’s losing his mind. But Olivia is also hiding a secret...

When a copy of Jennifer’s death certificate arrives in the mail, emblazoned with a red question mark, Bentz follows the postmark trail to Los Angeles, returning to the painful memories he’s tried so hard to forget, and straight into a killer’s web.

Someone’s been waiting patiently, silently. Someone who knows exactly what happened that night twelve years ago and has been anticipating Bentz’s every move. Soon it will be Bentz’s turn to suffer for his sins. But he won’t be the only one made to pay the ultimate price. For a diabolical killer has now made Olivia the prime target...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501283413
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: New Orleans Series , #6
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy-five novels, including Shiver, Fatal Burn, Deep Freeze, The Morning After, and Absolute Fear. She has over ten million copies of her books in print. She lives with her family and an eighty-pound dog in the Pacific Northwest.

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Malice 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 273 reviews.
Darsey_spudnick More than 1 year ago
I waited eagerly for Malice to hit the shelves and I wasn't disappointed. It was un-put-downable. Full credit to Lisa Jackson for writing so eloquently of Bentz's frustration (I know he's not real, but his persistence in the face of enmity was particularly well done!). Lisa Jackson's books are very well plotted and her characterisation is exceptional (hence my complete addiction to the New Orleans crew). My measure of a good book is one where time becomes a concept and not some strident intrusion into my pleasure. Malice made me forget everything else and had me glued to every word. Well done Lisa Jackson, but don't waste time sitting on your laurels.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twelve years ago Rick Bentz divorced his cheating wife Jennifer. Soon after ending his marriage, Jennifer died in a car crash. He identified the corpse. Rick left LAPD taking a job with the New Orleans police and remarried Olivia.

While driving during a storm, Rick is involved in an accident that hospitalizes him. He suddenly smells Jennifer¿s sweet perfume and sees her in his hospital room. After being discharged a package containing a death certificate and photos of a woman who looks like Jennifer arrives with a Culver City, California postmark. Deciding he needs to know the truth but conceals from his wife his fear that he is losing his mind, Rick heads to California wondering how she can be alive when he saw her body. At the same he arrives in the Los Angeles area, his last unsolved case at LAPD is reopened as the Twenty-one Killer apparently returns strangling identical twins on their 21st birthday. Bentz knows somehow he is the link, but not by whom or why.

The key to this action-packed suspense thriller is the viewpoint of the Bentz adversary as the audience sees a different perspective as to what happened a dozen years ago and the target of vengeance may be Bentz, but the avenue of achievement is through Olivia. The story line is action-packed from the first time Bentz¿s olfactory sense kicks in and never slows down as the haunting of the sleuth is by someone overflowing with MALICE towards him and his loved ones tales its¿ toll. (see LOST SOULS for his daughter's thriller).

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ragingval More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all the Lisa Jackson I've read so far. What I really like about this one is that I'm 90% done w/ the book, and I STILL haven't figured out who dunnit!
shoemichi More than 1 year ago
This is a great suspense novel, I didn't want to put it down. Lisa Jackson has taken what could be just another suspense novel but added a twist that isn't expected. I strongly recommend it.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
With an impeccable imagination, great characters and the baddest of bad guys Lisa Jackson gives us one impossible to put down novel. In Malice we re-visit Rick Benz Lisa's New Orleans detective who she features in many of her books. He's being haunted by his dead first wife, his current wife is keeping a secret and his life is in shambles due to his injury at the end of the book Lost Souls which features Rick's daughter Kristi. Malice was a thrill a minute keep you up til you finish it read, with lots of action, great suspense and a mind boggling mystery for you to figure out. This book will appeal to all lovers of great mystery, crime or suspense lovers
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
New Orleans detective Rick Bentz is recovering from an accident in a hospital when he smells the scent of gardenias, the same perfume that his first wife, Jennifer, wore. Opening his eyes he sees her in the doorway blowing him a kiss. But Jennifer died twelve years ago. Once released from the hospital Jennifer starts appearing unexpectedly while remaining at a distance. Rick follows a trail of information back to Los Angeles seeking answers into the unexplained appearance of Jennifer while trying to reassure his present wife, Olivia.Maybe it¿s because I listened to the audio version, but the story seemed overly long, with too many instances of Jennifer appearing, too many coincidences, too many unexplained happenings. By the time of the big revelation I knew the answer and when it came to the final disc I was wishing to story would finish. I haven¿t read anything else by this author and I¿m not sure I will.
carycox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
New Orleans detective Rick Bentz has a new job, a new wife and a new life, leaving behind in L.A. his past and his lying, cheating, and now deceased wife. Or at least that¿s what he thought¿When he starts thinking he sees his late wife Jennifer and receives an envelope with recent pictures of her, very much alive, he travels back to California to figure out what¿s going on. That¿s when the murders begin.Lisa Jackson¿s fast-paced, plot-driven novel is a fun read¿a little wordier than necessary, but you can definitely skim over some pages without missing anything (or is that cheating?). A good book for a couple of lazy afternoons.
lulu150 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I have really enjoyed the New Orleans series, this one is my least favorite. I have enjoyed the characters of Rick Bentz and Oliva I just really had a hard time getting into this book and following this "ghost" storyline.
Joybee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book. Detective Rick Bentz is recovering from an accident that left him in a coma and unable to walk. While he can walk now he may never be 100% and his job with the NOPD is in jeopardy. Meanwhile Bentz begins seeing his Ex-wife who committed suicide 12 years ago and is supposed to be dead. While Bentz is waiting in limbo about his job with the NOPD he is drawn back to LA where his Ex-wife died so many years ago to unravel the truth behind her death, could she really be alive? Or is someone trying to get him back to LA? Very fun read, lots of suspense and thrills. I would like to read more of the series.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Usually I don't like stalker stories but this one was very intriguing. Cop on sick leave starts seeing 1st wife who committed suicide 13 yrs earlier. He decides to return to LA to look into her dead while his present wife remains at home in New Orleans and starts getting creepy phone calls. Audiobook was very well done with 2 readers for the different parts.
sjmccreary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been losing interest in this series for a while now, and this book may be the end of it for me. This is about the 6th book in the series featuring Rick Bentz and Rueben Montoya, detectives on the New Orleans police force. Rick Bentz is still on medical leave from the force for injuries sustained in the last book. In fact, it had not been certain that he would even survive his injuries and spent several days in a coma. Upon regaining consciousness, he had a vision of his dead ex-wife in the hospital room, that he shared with his daughter but no one else. During his rehabilitation, he experienced several instances of feeling he was being watched, and of thinking he was seeing Jennifer, his first wife who died in a car accident in Los Angeles 12 years earlier. When he received a package of current photos of Jennifer in locations near their former home in California, he decides that he must go there and investigate. His current wife, Olivia, is becoming more and more frustrated by Rick's obsession with Jennifer and his refusal to consider her desire to have a baby. Hoping it will clear his head, she sends him to California with her blessing. While in Los Angeles, Rick continues to have Jennifer-sightings, the LAPD is not happy to see him back (he left on less-than-good terms to go to New Orleans), some even suspect that he may be involved in several murders that occur after he arrives and which seem to be connected to his investigation. Olivia, Rick's wife back in New Orleans, begins to get harrassing phone calls about Rick. All this is well and fine, and the mystery is actually a pretty good one. What spoiled the book for me was the repetitive thought-scenes where Rick worries that he is going crazy, that he is responsible for the deaths which have occured, that he should just go back home to the wife who is still alive and forget about the one who is dead, etc. And another whole set of similar scenes where Olivia is obsessing about when and how she should tell Bentz that she is already pregnant. They were just too much and didn't do anything but drag the story out. I think that Jackson has inflicted enough personal hells on this cast of characters, and should consider finally letting them live happily ever after.
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the questionable death of his ex-wife Jennifer, Homicide detective Rick Bentz slides into alcohol abuse and is devastated when he is involved in the shooting death of a twelve year old boy and unable to solve the horrific murder of twin girls. He leaves Los Angeles and takes a job in New Orleans where he gets his life back on track and marries Olivia, an independent and beautiful woman.Fast forward twelve years.While recovering from bruised spinal cord and upon waking from a coma, Bentz has a vision. He sees Jennifer - not once, but several times; and then he gets a manila envelope with recent photos of her and a copy of her death certificate with a red question mark written on it. Shaken, Bentz returns to California and quickly becomes embroiled in the old department politics while fresh bodies start turning up¿all connected to him.Lisa Jackson¿s fast paced and newest thriller Malice hit the stores in April. The plot unfolds quickly and readers do not have to wait long for the thrills. This book is all about plot - not a disappointment to readers of this genre.Although I enjoyed the novel (and it was a very quick read for me), it was not without its faults. There were quite a few typos in my finished copy which always annoys me. Also, at times the plot felt a bit contrived - things were not always believable, and the ending was wrapped up pretty neatly. In fairness to Jackson, this type of genre fiction seems to play on the edges of believability with the evil characters being really bad, the benevolent characters being really good, and the plots being a bit exaggerated. That said, Jackson writes this type of story as good as any, having written more than 75 novels and with more than 10 million copies of her books in print.Malice is good escapism reading - a fast moving plot, lots of dialogue, and menace around every corner. For readers who like to curl up with a book of suspense and let their palms sweat, Jackson¿s book is sure to please.
Pam1960ca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the majority of this book and spent most of my time while reading trying to figure out who the phantom stalker (ghost?) was....but I have to say that I wasn't happy with the ending. In the end, it didn't seem believable to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my attention from the beginning !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't want to finish this one, I couldn't put it had me hooked from the beginning to the very end of the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. More please!
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I couldn't put this book down, it kept me guessing to the last page!
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josiegJG More than 1 year ago
Got to know the characters -- highly recommend Lisa Jackson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You just don't see it coming.