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The Dying Game (Griffin Powell #7)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  2,856 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Play To Win...
It's the ultimate game--the adrenaline surge of the hunt, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. For in this game, the rules are simple: To win, you only have to kill. To lose, you will have to die...

Play To Scream...
The victims are former beauty queens found with a single rose beside their bodies. Lindsay McAllister has seen this signature before,
Hardcover, 447 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sep 07, 2008 Christa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
The Dying Game was a very intense and graphic romantic suspense novel that I would give 4.5 stars if possible. I was quickly caught up in the story, and found it captivating all the way through. Judd Walker was among the most tortured heroes that I have encountered, and in the beginning of the book he was not portrayed as a particularly appealing character. Although I felt sympathy for what he had been through, it was hard to imagine how his character could transform into a credible hero. By the ...more
Jan 04, 2009 LibraryLass rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
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Feb 15, 2008 Kathrynn rated it did not like it
This book could not hold my interest. I struggled with it until I was a little more than 3/4 finished and IT was a struggle. Finally, just put it up and got something else.

The lengthy and pointless descriptions were very annoying. This book could have shed about 150 pages by removing the verbal diarrhea. There was a lot of reiteration that I found totally unnecessary and quite frankly, insulting. I got it the first time! The character interaction was horrible. I didn't like ANY of them and it ne
Oct 15, 2015 Forexup rated it really liked it
I couldn't put it down. It was an awesomely scary book that will keep you guessing almost until the end. I was completely unable to guess the identity of the killer and had to wait until the author was ready to reveal whodunit.
Sep 28, 2014 Zeeya rated it did not like it
too graphic with the murders.. *shudders*
May 30, 2009 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-used-new, 2009

I read this novel out of the order of the Griffin Powell series. This is the third book and so I was confused where the relationships and the story's time line was concerned.

The Dying Game is about the Beauty Queen Killer. He's called that because he kills only people whom have been a Beauty Queen in their past. As Lindsay McAllister works to find out who killed Judd Walker's first wife and all the other BQs. As the novel goes on the kills begin to escalate, coming sooner and more brutal. Lindsa
Jan 19, 2011 Rich rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No-one
Downloaded from Amazon for free and still I think this was a waste of money.

This book needed a good editor as so much unnecessary detail could have been thrown away. After introducing each character there were no further interesting developments, the characters remained two-dimensional despite long winded ramblings that went nowhere.

I grew more annoyed at the time I was wasting on this book, the only thing that kept me going was seeing the percentage read decrease and the knowledge that I could
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

possible review when I wrap my head around this one.
Nov 25, 2009 Netha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ngerumpiin griffin powell yukkkk

khas BB selalu ada pembunuhan berantai
kali ini pembunuhan para mantan ratu kencantikan. mereka dibunuh dengan cara sadis...anatomi tubuhnya dibunuh sesuai dengan keahlian mereka.

termasuk jennifer walker, former Miss Tennesse, istri dari Judd Walker V yang terbunuh dengan cara sadis & kedua tangannya terpotong (si jenni pinter maen piano)

kematian jennifer membuat judd kehilangan segalanya. dia berubah total menjadi pribadi yg teramat sangat tidak menyenangkan &
Nara Rain
Kasus pembunuhan berantai seperti biasa. Kali ini korbannya adalah para mantan ratu kecantikan. Permainan maut ini mempertaruhkan segalanya bagi pemainnya, termasuk nyawa mereka sendiri. Di novel ini tidak diberi tahu berapa point yang harus dikumpulkan untuk memenangkan permainan karena point ditentukan berdasaran warna rambut para korbannya. Merah gelap yang tertinggi pointnya yaitu dua puluh karena dianggap sedikit orang yang memiliki warna rambut seperti itu, kemudian pirang, lima belas poin ...more
Adrianus Tirta
May 14, 2016 Adrianus Tirta rated it it was ok
I won't put any explicit spoiler here, so feel free to read my review. :)

As a romance novel, it's pretty much normal. But I don't think it's a good mystery novel.

*I'll start with the things that didn't make me give a higher score:*

Romance Part: It's kinda classic, interesting and intriguing women with interesting and -this is the problem- guessable men. Trust me, men are not that guessable. That part made me a little disappointed, because the male characters are too unique to be real, yet really
Sep 22, 2016 Jodie rated it it was amazing
started and couldnt put it down so good great combination of the actually murder case and the personal life of the people involed
Dyan Eka
Apr 04, 2013 Dyan Eka rated it really liked it
Satu pikiran yang always muncul setiap aku baca novelnya beverly; apa daerah tenesse itu emang banyak psiko? sarang psikopat gila? karena latar tempat yang diceritakan selalu di sekitar situ. Tenesse, Knoxville, Chattanooga....... ya it's oke sih sebenernya, mungkin beverly udah terlalu paham dengan daerah-daerah tersebut, makanya setiap aku baca rasanya detail banget.

Kali ini psikopatnya ada dua. Pinkie dan Pudge. Saudara sepupu yang saling berlomba, mengumpulkan poin dengan cara membunuh, poin
[ book 3 of Griffin Powell Series ]
By Beverly Barton
Copyright © 2007 by Beverly Beaver
Penerbit Dastan Books
Alih Bahasa : Reny Yuniawati & Maria Asri Prahesti
Editor : Mayan Kalingi
Cover by | © photographer : Photooiasson
Cetakan I : Maret 2009 ; 552 hlm
Rate : 4 of 5

Lindsay McCallister dibesarkan dalam lingkungan Kepolisian, mulai dari kakek hingga ayahnya adalah polisi yang berdedikasi, dan tak heran jika ia tumbuh sebagai gadis tomboi yang lebih m
Oct 15, 2007 Lisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes romance, suspense thrillers
Two characters in the book I'm currently reading are Lindsay and Judd. Lindsay is working for Powell Agency. She's investigating on the Beauty Queen case and she and Judd are "partners". Apparently, Judd's wife, Jennifer was former Miss Tennessee and she was brutally murdered by this Beauty Queen Killer. After Judd discovers his wife dead, he vows to hunt down this deadly killer. Lindsay and Judd are neither friends or enemies. I think they're somewhere in between. I like their characters becau ...more
Jay Jessmer
Jun 16, 2015 Jay Jessmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this fantastic book is the fact that I read it 8 years after it was released, meaning that I don't have to wait impatiently for the follow up. As good as this was, more than anything, it simply whetted my appetite for the next installment.
Talk about an addicting read...I just couldn't put this one down. I kept telling myself...."OK, just one more chapter for now." such luck! The pacing was relentless and Ms. Barton's writing was in top notch form. She painted such viv
Fira syarif
Dec 04, 2011 Fira syarif rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Lindsay Mc allister, an ex-police officer was obsessed for a serial killer that had been murdered more than 20 former beauty queens. It became very personal to Mc Allister since she is in love with one of the victim's ex husband, Judd Walker .. well "in love" its not enough. she was crazy for him, and willing to do everything just to win Walker's heart.. though "heart" probably something that is not exist in this man.

Beverly Borton always a little bit cruel in my opinion, but it's good for her.
Apr 10, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
Is it a condemnation if I call this a mediocre book? I hope not and at the same time, I don't believe I could call it anything more than mediocre.

... okay, so maybe it IS a condemnation.

It's just... there are so many strange motivations attached to these characters. And oddly, this story was sort of done by Nora Roberts in Seduction in Death (kind of) and in comparison, Seduction in Death is a work of high literature.

It feels like a sloppy set up for a series of books, she uses too many words in
Rachael Phillips
Oct 06, 2013 Rachael Phillips rated it did not like it
I had one simple rule for my holiday reads this year and that was that I had to stay away from chick-lit since twee, cutesy love stories bored me senseless. So when I saw a book about a serial killer knocking off former beauty queens I thought "this is for me" and downloaded it to my kindle.

Really shouldn't have bothered. After the first chapter (which was surprisingly gripping) it all went down hill and morphed in to the weakest lovely story. The female lead had zero backbone or gumption it boa
Barbara ★
Sep 05, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it really liked it
Lindsay McAllister works for Griffin Powell's investigative agency trying to find the serial killer brutally murdering former beauty queens. She is in love with the husband of one of the victims but he is staunchly resisting. For her own welfare, Judd is horrible to Lindsay but with the best of intentions. He knows that he is incapable of returning her affection and is trying to protect her. The killer is relentless and twisted as hell...killing faster than Griff's team (and the FBI) can handle. ...more
Dita Palupi
Feb 20, 2015 Dita Palupi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ceritanya bagus, alurnya cepat. Jadi tidak terlalu membosankan ketika membaca buku setebal ini karena alurnya tidak bisa diperkirakan begitu saja. Cerita cinta antara Lindsay dan Judd juga sangat menghibur di tengah adanya kasus mengerikan seperti pada cerita. Penjelasan tentang karakteristik tiap karakter juga bagus.

Namun, sayangnya mengapa pencarian seperti dibuat terlalu mengulur-ulur waktu? Apakah karena sang pembunuh terlalu lihai dan pintar? Ataukah karena Powell Agency dan FBI bergerak s
Ingrid Leonard
Jul 28, 2015 Ingrid Leonard rated it really liked it
Slowly but sure, Beverly Barton become 1 of my favorite author. I read her books for years now & even it's not easy to get a copy of her book, but it's worthy to wait & buy once it avaiable on the book store.
I got this book online, when I order to buy Jonathan Stroud's The Screaming Staircase.
This is the 7th series of Griffin Powell (the owner of Powell agency, the PI agency that become center of the story). And the story still trapped me, make me can't wait to finish the next book (sp
nur'aini  tri wahyuni



sekalipun kesel sama kisha cintanya, tapi yaa Tuhaaaan, saya ga nyangka Dastan memutar semua tuduhan akibat kekecewaan dengan terjemahan The Devil's DNA. yang satu ini, perfectly amazing. yang suka romantic thriller harus baca ini. indah banget. mau dari segi pembunuhnya, ada semua kejadian yang bisa bikin otak jahat dalam didi pyscopat bangun, wks. gue aja sampe bayangin rasanya #jahat. sisi romantisnya, duh gue ngebayangin Judd itu tampang bete n
I thought it had great suspense and yes, it was gruesome in parts but we are talking about a serial killer here....

I enjoyed the story of Lindsey and Judd. Furthermore, I could understand why Lindsey would act the way she did (I didn't always agree with it - she sometimes did behave like a doormat). But, we can't always help who we fall in love with, can we? I'm sure this was the case with Lindsey as well.

This was my first book by Barton, but it definitely will not be my last (finished The Murd
Mahareni Sukadi
Critanya baguuus,terjemahannya jg baguuus....Herannya,yg bkin ak suka buku ini justru bkan kisah si Judd+Lindsay,tp jstru porsi kmunculan si Griff yg hmpir sm bsar dg si tokoh utama.Suka bgt bc interaksi antara Griff n anak2 buahnya.Jg perang dingin antara Griff+Nicole.Top deh!

Yg bkin sebel??Griff tdur sm wnita lain alias bukan Nicole (brhub Griff+Nic blm ad hub ap2,sbnrnya sah2 sj).Tp tetep gak relaaaaa...

Btw,si Pinkie+Pudge tu mmg bnr2 gak waras.Ngomongin soal darah+menggal kepala org kyak ngo
♥ Nell ♥
Jul 13, 2012 ♥ Nell ♥ rated it really liked it
This was a good read!! I enjoyed the suspense aspect, though it may be too graphic for some readers. I didn't have a clue on who the killer/s was/were.
The romance part was a bit weird. I sympathized with Judd, but before he started wanting help, he came across as a major jerk.
The romance didn't really get going until the second half of the book.
I liked Lindsay & Judd.
Onto Griff & Nic's story. In this book Nic came across as a major bitch, so I hope there is a good back story for her to m
Feb 23, 2014 Kristy rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2014
This is the only book I've read by this author which may explain why I felt like there were so many unanswered questions, maybe they're answered in other books. I really disliked the characters; Lindsay is pathetic in a similar way to Bella in Twilight, Judd, in mourning or not, is awful. Other characters like Griff, Dr Meng and Sanders had unexplained backgrounds and were just strange. I'm not sure why everyone had to be ridiculously rich either.
Ivy M
Aug 08, 2011 Ivy M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-books-read
This one is so well written and so suspenseful that I had trouble putting it down...I fell asleep with it in my hands because I just did not want to stop reading it. The action kept on coming...trying to figure out who the killer was and how he was killing each victim kept me wanting to keep on reading.
Feb 16, 2011 Marca rated it did not like it
Ugh, too much high-school romance cr*p among adults. (Does he really like me? etc.) Not my thing. Really need to check the genre before buying. There is now a category "romance/mystery" and I get sucked in by the mystery, but the books usually turn out to emphasize the romance. I know there are many romance fans - I am usually not one of them.
Oct 24, 2007 Abigail rated it it was ok
Shelves: 9th-grade
A really chilling read, I was left a little confused about a couple of things. It's basically the creepy tale of a serial killer who brutaly obliterates his victums in multiple ways. And the only way that the detectives can find him is to play his game. But playing such a game is dangerous since who knows when he will strike?
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Beverly Marie Inman was born on 23 December 1946 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA. Daughter of Doris Marie and Walter D. Inman Jr. A born romantic, she fell in love with The Beauty and the Beast epic at an early age, when her grandfather bought her an illustrated copy of the famous fairy tale. Even before she learned to read and write, her vivid imagination created magical words and fabulous characters ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Griffin Powell (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • After Dark (Griffin Powell, #1)
  • The Fifth Victim (Griffin Powell, #2)
  • The Last To Die (Griffin Powell, #3)
  • As Good As Dead (Griffin Powell, #4)
  • Killing Her Softly (Griffin Powell, #5)
  • Close Enough To Kill (Griffin Powell, #6)
  • The Murder Game (Griffin Powell, #8)
  • Cold Hearted (Griffin Powell, #9)
  • Silent Killer (Griffin Powell, #10)
  • Dead By Midnight (Griffin Powell #11)

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