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One man murdered.
One more dug from his grave.
Twelve others missing.
This is no coincidence.


Respected Washington, D.C. journalist January DeLena is positive the threads of each victim's disappearance are intertwined. But who's behind these horrific crimes? All signs point to the man who calls himself The Sinner - a disturbed homeless man trawling the streets of the nation's
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Mass Market Paperback, Alternate Cover for Isbn 0778322203, 371 pages
Published October 2005 by Mira
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jenjn79
Like just about every other Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall book I've read, this was a good read...but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites by her. It was a quick, enjoyable (if creepy) book, but it wasn't one that captured me.

Reporter January DeLena is always looking for an interesting story. So when she hears about a homeless man calling himself the Sinner who is claiming to have had a near-death experience where he didn't go to heaven, but to hell, she's intrigued. As she investigates, she become
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Margaret
January was after a story and she got much more. This ersatz reporter was following up on an interest in after-life experiences and fell smack dab into a twisted plot hatched by a criminal with a brain tumor. This criminal, in order to escape Hell, was kidnapping homeless people with names of Christ's disciples, trying to 'live as he did' and for those of us who have an understanding of Christian works, doing just the opposite. The journalist provides critical leads to the homicide detectives an ...more
Alison
Warning to those who think this is a cop and bad guy, manhunt, not so much mystery but suspense book, it's a romance novel set to a cop and bad guy, manhunt, not so much mystery but little bit of suspense novel. As an avid mystery/suspense person I was a little let down with this book but as soon as I realized it's a love story I took it for what it was. If you're a big time suspense person and love things like Alex Cross novels, Ludlum and the likes, this will disspoint you as well. If you like ...more
Lyndi
May 27, 2014 Lyndi marked it as d-n-f  ·  review of another edition
Really slow and tedious. Unnecessary scenes that add nothing to the story or the characters. Jumping focus from one person to another too often. And that's just chapter one.

I really don't like female-reporter stories, so I dunno why I bothered trying this one.
Agnes J
It's amazing that the author could take something so ugly and horrific and transmute it into something beautiful!
Tom
A man driven insane by terminal brain cancer decides he is Jesus, and that he must "live as He lived." Which, according to his interpretation, means collecting a following of people who have the same name as Jesus' disciples and other followers. So he kidnaps Simon Peters, Andrew, James, John, etc. along with Mother Mary Teresa, a nun. a TV reporter named January DeLena discovers that a number of people have gone missing, but she along with her boyfriend Ben North, can't track him down. It turns ...more
April
It was a good book. It was an interesting idea and I finished it fast.
Michele
A reporter and a cop - unlikely to become friends, much less lovers but they do. This happens while searching for a serial kidnapper/killer who is trying to walk in the shoes of Jesus. He was a bad person who had a tumor, he died and went to hell - not heaven. He was resuscitated but wasn't cured, they couldn't get all of it so he sets about to redeem himself in the eyes of God. Unfortunately, the tumor makes him rather crazy.
Nice character study and psychological thriller.
Marnie
Oct 12, 2009 Marnie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Julie
Shelves: suspense
This book was very good and a quick easy read. The suspense kept you going with a bizarre outcome. Mixed with a hot little romance. Most definitely a page turner that you can't put down. Surprised I enjoyed so much since this is not a typical kind of book I read alot.
Dawn
May 13, 2011 Dawn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of Sharon Sala's books.
Another great romantic suspense story by Sharon Sala. She is one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints. Interesting suspense story that involves homeless men who go missing.
Julie
This book had too many religious ties to it and I found it very predictable and a bit hard to get through because I knew what was coming. The romance in it was hot though.
Kathy
I loved this thriller.. I could NOT put it down... I had to find out how it ended. Ms. Sala is a great author and can really write books... I am on to another one of hers!
Alisa
Not something I would typically read - I picked up the wrong book. A cheesy romance but a quick entertaining read that requires no brain work.
Kerra
This book was pretty good. Since I'm not really religious, I didn't understand most of what was going on, but still overall an amazing book!
Renna
This one was a bit strange - but serial killers are strange... Very sad to think about the homeless... Not her best - but still very good!
Allyssa
I did a video review of this a few years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNLE3k...
Amy
OK book, interesting mystery, thriller story line with some romance thrown in. Does it always take facing death to walk in Jesus's shoes?
Melissa
One day read.... picked it up and every time I went to put it down something drew me back in....
Pam
Mystery about homeless people that are missing but no one notices for quite a while.
Michelle
Started and could only get through a few chapters. The dialogue was boring and cheesy.
Kaylol
A bit too romantic for me but very well written
Carol Panas
I enjoyed this criminal thriller .
Nikel27
Good read, bookcrossing book
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Sharon Sala has been a published author since 1991, and has also written under the pseudonym Dinah McCall, although the last McCall book was released in March of 2007.
Her 76th book, THE HEALER, was released in April 2008. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and writes mostly romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense for Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Books, and at one time, a
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