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So Close the Hand of Death (Taylor Jackson #6)

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It's a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is backand he's got helpers.

As The Pretender's disciples perpetrate their sick homagesstretc

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Published March 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published February 15th 2011)
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Ryan G
Apr 14, 2011 Ryan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-own
I've somehow gotten myself into a habit of agreeing to review a book without bothering to find out it's actually part of a series. Not only that, but they are tending to be books that occur well into the series and not at the beginning. So Close the Hand of Death is now the third book that I've read recently that fits into that category. It's the sixth book in the Taylor Jackson series, which is now a series I will have to start at the beginning of.

I'm going to assume that much like Love Me to D
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Dotti Elrick
Jan 11, 2015 Dotti Elrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Close the Hand of Death takes place shortly after the events of the last book, The Immortals. Taylor is still not in her right mind after shooting and killing the teenager who was responsible for the deaths of eight other teenagers.
Her friend, father figure and fellow officer Fitz, has just been found wandering down a road in North Carolina after being taken by Taylor's personal nemisis, The Pretender.
Baldwin her fiancee and and an agent with the FBI, and Taylor head to pick up Fitz and bring
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Jane
Feb 20, 2011 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson may finally get her wish. A serial killer who goes by the moniker the Pretender has been stalking her for years. The Pretender has stepped up his game by directly attacking a friend and colleague while dispatching others to cities like Boston and New York to duplicate murders done by other famous serial killers. As usual, Taylor's love interest, FBI agent John Baldwin is on hand to help with the investigation (though he is keeping a professional setba ...more
Victoria
Wow - this is the Taylor Jackson book that I have been waiting for since 14 concluded! This sixth book in the series opens up with a lot of action - the final showdown with the Pretender is on the rise! The book’s pacing is so fast that it almost blurs by - there’s a high body count and a nationwide series of murders. Taylor ventures out from the (relative) safety of Nashville and Baldwin continues to avoid coming clean about his past with her.

The final two hundred pages of this book move so qui
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AvidReader47
May 23, 2011 AvidReader47 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Close the Hand of Death by J.T. Ellison is the sixth Taylor Jackson mystery. Because I have not read all of these books, I was a bit confused as to the different character subplots. However, the suspense was awesome. Ms. Ellison brings back three serial killers to this installment. All are playing a cat and mouse game and want Taylor Jackson to "play." Across the country murders are happening in different states, but all of them are connected in some way. Working against the clock, Ms. Jackso ...more
Saturnus
I över ett år har Nashvilles polis kommisarie Taylor Jackson väntat på att hennes största fiende Tronföljaren ska slå till.
Nu är tiden inne.

Tre nya immatörer, såsom Tronföljaren själv, som kopierade seriemördaren Snövit, har uppstått.
Bostonstryparen, Zodiakmördaren och Son of sam är nu i full gång med att mörda folk.
Taylor förstår direkt vem som lärt upp dom.
För att kunna stoppa alla mördare måste hon hitta Tronföljaren.
Och att Tronföljaren har siktet inställt på henne är till ingen hjälp.
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Kathi Kelley
Feb 19, 2016 Kathi Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was truly an edge-of-your-seat, white-knuckle read! The Pretender, the serial killer who has been stalking Taylor in the background, has launched an all out campaign against her. He and his "team" of apprentice killers start to attack those closest to Taylor, her co-workers and friends before putting an end to Taylor's life.

This book takes place immediately after The Immortals ends. There is no time for Taylor to deal with the emotional, mental and physical after effects of having bee
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Joc
This is only the second book I have read in the series. I started with 14. I enjoy books with dark twisty psychological aspects to them and although this book is not the direct sequel to 14, it seemed to be the next one with the Pretender. I probably should have read The Immortals because this book started with action already in motion. Something very gruesome happens and we are off on a chase from the get.

I would have given this book a 5 star rating but after an excellent twisty beginning I lo
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Jenn
I have to learn to read books in the order they were published. My fault completely. And this series refers back to previous books quite often. I also wasn't a big fan of the relationship between Taylor and Baldwin. Can't quite put my finger on why, and maybe it was the secrets kept, but something isn't healthy in that one.
Naomi
Jun 26, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.T. Ellison simply gets better with each book she writes. I loved this book..it was not as twisted as some of her other ones, but was still incredibly engrossing and warped. I love it when a fellow sister can be this twisted!!!
Lana
I found this one at the local library, and had read Ellison before. I didn't know it was well into a series. I surely wish series books would have the series name and book number referenced plainly on the cover.

While I enjoyed the book, the incessant comma splices kept me from really engaging in the story. I am aware not everybody cares about or even notices these things, but I do, and there were hundreds of them.

I was disappointed in such a stark cliffhanger at the end. Taylor's clearly going t
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Michelle
Mar 06, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Close the Hand of Death is the sixth book in the Taylor Jackson series by J T Ellison and a Thriller from Mira.

Book Blurb:

It's a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back. And he's got helpers.

As The Pretender's disciples perpetrate their sick homages - s
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Joemmama
Apr 22, 2011 Joemmama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pretender, a serial killer is back, and this time he has help. Across the country murders are being carried out by persons unknown.Taylor Jackson, Nashville homicide detective, is being taunted by the message "Let's Play". Her friends and family are in danger, so she wants to work alone.

A blogger is seeing the overview, as she writes her true crime blog. Colleen is the widow of a fallen police officer, working with police departments all over the country. As Taylor is in the midst of a horro
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Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I found out upon reading this book, that it is part of a series of books with Taylor Jackson as the central character. She is a very strong woman and is a homicide lieutenant in Nashville. She lives with her FBI boyfriend John Baldwin. This book read okay as a stand alone, but it did give lots of references to the past, which made me wish that I had read the five books that came before.

The conflict in the story is centered around serial killer who is dubbed the Pretender. (He is also from a pre
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Joe Young
May 24, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story that chronicles the four year struggle between a Nashville Amazon police lieutenant and a psycho serial killer who targeted her and her close friends and family for an imagined slight when she laughed at him when he asked her to dinner after she pulled him over following a police shooting on the Freeway. Police Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her fiance Dr. John Baldwin, an FBI Psychiatrist, worked together to try and stop this serial killer. This twisting story follows the multip ...more
Cheryl
Feb 17, 2011 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
SO CLOSE THE HAND OF DEATH by J.T. Ellison
Published by Harlequin Mira Books
ISBN 9780778329435
I received an ARC-EBook Bound galley Edition from NetGalley, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (borrowed from NetGalley): TALENT BORROWS. GENIUS STEALS. EVIL DELEGATES.
It’s a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicid
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Lori
Feb 25, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, review
The Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer, and the Son of Sam are all back. OK, well maybe not technically, but someone is out there killing in the same gruesome fashion as these notorious serial killers. With the murders happening across the nation it soon becomes apparent that they can-not possibly be the work of one killer, that there is a greater evil out there. An evil all to familiar to Taylor Jackson. The Pretender has returned.

With this book taking place immediately after The Immortals end
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Darcia Helle
When I read Ellison's first book in the Taylor Jackson series - All The Pretty Girls - I was immediately hooked. I loved Ellison's writing, as well as the characters she'd created. This is #6 in the series and, while I still love Ellison's writing, I'm not as enthralled with the direction the series has taken. Detective Taylor Jackson is constantly being persecuted, singled out by serial killers, chased, and otherwise endangered in a personal way. Her friends suffer for the mere fact of being cl ...more
Rhonda
May 24, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing

review I can tell thier were other books in the series before this but I did not feel lost at all.Taylor is homacide LT. in Nashville. Dr. Baldwin works with FbI profiling they are engaged. A serail killer called Pretender is focused on Taylor and wants to play with her. Pretender has helpers he is training they are killing in LA, Boston, NY following different killers mo. He has made all these big plans to draw taylor into. the start of the book he has kidnapped her sargent and took his eyebal
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Debbie
Mar 16, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Close the Hand of Death
J T Ellison
Mira
408 pages
So Close the Hand of Death is the 6th in the Taylor Jackson series.
Taylor Jackson get’s word from her fiancé John Baldwin that her fellow team member and father figure Fitz has been found, alive as she’s spiriting her way to him there is a macabre crime spree going on all across the country and Taylor fears that The Pretender is back that diabolical serial killer that mimics other serial killers and was the student of The Snow White Killer, he’s
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Teri
May 14, 2013 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Once scorned by Taylor Jackson, a serial killer named the "Pretender" is not letting this pass instead he wants revenge. Lieutenant Taylor Jackson is always looking over shoulder and wondering what the "Pretender" has in store for her, leaving little hints letting her know he's watching; He's always one step a head of her and willing to kill anyone who is close or in his way. He manages to kidnap her best friend ME "Sam" and she is worried for her life and her unborn child. Digging deeper, Taylo ...more
Mona
Jun 08, 2011 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may remember when I reviewed Ellison’s The Immortals back in October. Well, this is the next installment in the Taylor Jackson series and it’s just as spine tingling.

Taylor is still a target for The Pretender, a serial killer who’s obsessed with her. She’s still stressed out after having killed a teenage murderer and she knows she’s not as sharp and observant as she needs to be. But there’s just so much going on in her life that it’s hard to take it all in, much less make sense of it.

When
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Melanie Cook
Apr 01, 2012 Melanie Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote my review of this book the other day, and I can't believe that I didn't save it![return]This was the first of J.T. Ellison's books that I've read, but it will most definitely not be the last! I really enjoyed the story, and the characters.[return]I was a little disappointed that I hadn't realised that this wasn't the first in a series before I read it - I felt there were definitely things I should have known about the characters history before reading this, and found myself wondering if ...more
Stephanie Ward
"So Close the Hand of Death" is another superb crime thriller by best-selling author J.T. Ellison. Fans of her earlier novels will not be disappointed with the trouble that heroine Taylor Jackson finds herself in once again. The book is full of surprising plot twists and solid writing. The psychological cat and mouse game that goes on in the novel sets you at the edge of your seat and has you trying to guess what is going to happen until the very end. Ellison's characters are very rounded and bu ...more
Sheila
Jul 15, 2014 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Pretender is back preying on innocent people and has recruited underlings across the country. They are killing people to match famous serial killers like the Zodiac, Son of Sam, Boston Strangler. His ultimate target though Is Lt. Taylor Jackson. To lure her out her best friend Sam has been taken leading to the ultimate showdown.
Katherine
Aug 30, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a relief! I'm glad that story arc is complete. Great read, pretty twisty, very fast paced - a real thrill ride. Taylor and Baldwin face some pretty serious ethical dilemmas in this one. Not a stand alone read by any means. I'm on to the next title in this series - eagerly anticipating what Ms. Ellison delivers!
Adam
RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!

Ellison’s sixth novel featuring homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson is arguably her best book to date. A tense thrill ride filled with secrets, raw emotion and death, newcomers will love it as much as her longtime fans. After completing this one, you will scream for the next book.

Taylor Jackson begins to lose everything she holds dear when a killer known as the Pretender permanently scars someone she loves and leaves her a message: “Game on.” The murders cont
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Courtney
Jan 08, 2015 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. Joins "Judas Kiss" as one of my all-time favorite thrillers. The pacing is frenetic, non-stop, with a clever storyline despite knowing that the showdown between Taylor and the Pretender was inevitable. And the ending? Wow! Saying any more would give too much away. Simply a fantastic work.
Stephanie
May 04, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The saga continues

I am finding these series books have my attention more and more...it's like when you put down a book after reading it you often still think about the characters,now with the series I don't have to do that
Kristi
Mar 23, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoy reading Ellison's books and this one did not disappoint. Ellison is always able to truly craft a great thriller with characters that you grow to like or hate.

So Close the Hand of Death is a continuation of her other books so you might be a little lost when she talks about certain characters. I would definitely recommend reading her books in order. This one wraps up some of her previous writings. The only problem I had with this story is that I wanted more depth to some of the s
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