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Close Enough To Kill (Griffin Powell #6)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,337 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Close enough to touch...
He's their secret admirer, wooing them with phone calls, love letters, and special gifts. From a distance, he admires them. Desires them. Despises them. And when he gets close enough, he kills them all.

Close enough to kiss...
Adams County, Alabama, is a small, friendly place where everyone knows each other - but not well enough, it seems, because
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Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Zebra
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Christa
Sep 07, 2008 Christa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Close Enough to Kill was another great book by Beverly Barton. It is a romantic suspense novel that is definitely heavier on the suspense, but still has a satisfying romance. The hero and heroine were both great, thoroughly likeable characters, and they were well suited to one another. I enjoyed the way that their relationship slowly developed with friendship coming first. The storyline was interesting, with a suspenseful plot that kept me captivated.

Jim Norton is a detective who leaves the Memp
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Julie Haigh
Aug 19, 2013 Julie Haigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes crime books eg Richard Montanari/Karin Slaughter
Recommended to Julie by: a friend
This is the first Beverly Barton book I have read-I had never heard of her but someone I knew was reading it and I thought it sounded good so I gave it a go. I looked on Beverly Barton's website and saw that she writes books under the 'Silhouette' label-I thought 'oh no' because I thought these were similar to Mills and Boon. Luckily this didn't put me off because I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of her writing and I will definitely read another of her books. I have read all Richar ...more
Michelle (meshe)
Mar 14, 2009 Michelle (meshe) rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
Author: Beverly Barton
Finished: 03/15/09
Synopsis:

Close Enough To Touch

He’s their secret admirer, wooing them with phone calls, love letters, and special gifts. From a distance, he admires them. Desires them. Despises them. And when he gets close enough, he kills them all.

Close Enough To Kiss

Adams County, Alabama, is a small, friendly place where everyone knows each other -- but not well enough, it seems, because Sheriff Bernie Granger has a serial killer on her hands, a total psycho who stalks,
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Michelle
Oct 24, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok
The previous Beverly Barton book I read was 'Killing Her Softly' and I really enjoyed it. So going into 'Close Enough to Kill' I had bigger expectations, and 'Close Enough to Kill' quickly fell short.

My biggest frustration with it was I'd figured out the "who dunnit" part of the book very quickly, and ended up just page turning to see if indeed my prediction came true--and it did. I also felt there were to many victims. Since the villain lured each of his victims the same way it was like re-read
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Paula Brandon
Oct 27, 2016 Paula Brandon rated it liked it
"Damn, what a pair of tits!"

I laughed and laughed at this quote, which is Jim's internal response when he finally gets to see Bernie naked. He's already had a crack at her promiscuous sister. He's a real catch!

The book is a weird mash-up of a cliched romance and a curiously blunt, gory serial killer thriller. Along with gooey feelings of love, there are women being anally raped with a wooden phallus.

Like I said, weird! Certainly not boring, though!
Lat Leigh
Apr 02, 2015 Lat Leigh rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book. My first by Beverly. I was taken aback by some of her phraseology. Especially the term 'Whores bath'! I enjoyed her style of writing the wonderful adages and vernacular of the south. She never shied away from her plot, some of it hard to read, which made it an experience. I will be reading more of her!
Sandy
Jun 26, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it
Beverly Barton has the same theme to every book. I think she should do something new and unexpected. For this book, she did a good job of making you guess the suspect. I did manage to guess at once but then there were others that came along to make me second-guess it. Good mystery. 3/5 stars.
Kathrynn
Dec 09, 2007 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a wonderful suspense-thriller with a dash of romance. There are some intense and rather graphic scenes, so this may not be for the faint of heart. It was a page turner for me.
Nara Rain
Awalnya saya ingin berhenti membaca novel ini karena heroinnya sepertinya sudah tua (astaga!). Kurang sreg membaca novel yang tokoh wanitanya berumur di atas empat puluh. Nah, dugaan itu sih datangnya karena jabatan dia plus nama yang agak gimana gitu ya. Tetapi semakin ke belakang, saya semakin tertarik untuk lanjut membaca dan akhirnya saya tahu berapa umurnya serta seperti apa karakter dia sebenarnya. Singkat kata, saya menyelesaikan membaca novel ini sehari semalam, kurang lebih ya, kurangny ...more
Bad Girl Bex
Usual run of the mill serial killer guff & gubbins. Had figured out who it was by about page 100, which didn't necessarily take anything away from the pace or suspense, because Barton actually did a good job of dropping in enough red herrings along the way for me to doubt that I'd gotten the perp pegged, on at least two occasions. Obviously this book isn't a serious read. It's pure junk-food for the blackened soul of tragic folks like me who love vivid descriptions of torture and graphic vio ...more
Hobby
Judul Asli : CLOSE ENOUGH TO KILL
[ book 2 of Griffin Powell Series ]
By Beverly Barton
Copyright © 2006 by Beverly Beaver
Penerbit Dastan Books
Alih Bahasa : Bunga Rae Santoso
Editor : Mayan Kalingi
Cover by www.expertoha.com | © photographer : Jean Schweitzer
Cetakan I : September 2008 ; 528 hlm
Rate : 4 of 5

Adams County, Alabama – sebuah kota kecil yang tenang, terusik dengan adanya peristiwa hilangnya seorang wanita muda bernama Stephanie Preston yang baru menikah selama 5 bulan, saat ia berada di k
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Netha
Sep 05, 2008 Netha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kali ini bercerita ttg jim norton, kapten jim norton, detective yg menyelidiki kasusus pembunuhan di buku 1 (killing her softly) yg sekarang pindah ke adam county, alabama mengikuti puteranya, kevin yg diajak sang ibu, mantan istri jim.

ditempatnya yg baru jim menjadi kepala deputi bagian investigasi kriminal. atasan baru jim adalah sheriff bernie granger, seorang wanita.
bernie ini ternyata mengidolakan jim sejak jim & griff masih mrp bintang UT university.

ditempatnya yg baru Jim langsung men
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Victoria McCormick
Feb 13, 2016 Victoria McCormick rated it did not like it
Predictable, outdated and unoriginal.

I picked this book up on a whim, read the rather corny blurb and decided to give it a go. I wouldn't say it's bad, but it's certainly not what I would call good either.

One of the biggest problems for me was the lack of strong female characters. There were bits of it which made me wonder when this book was written, because apart from Bernie, the lead character, all of the women in this book were objects whose sole purpose was to be with a man. Even Bernie at
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Nurliani
Sep 27, 2015 Nurliani rated it liked it
Judul : Close Enough To Kill (Griffin Powel#2)
Penulis : Beverly Barton


Review :

Setelah aku baca ini, aku rasa Beverly Barton selalu mengusung tema yang sama di tiap novelnya. Ini tuh gak jauh-jauh amat sama 'The Dying Game' seluruh korbannya wanita, cantik dan juga populer. Tapi motif pembunuhannya lebih jelas dan masuk akal di Novel ini di banding 'The Dying Game'

Tapi Beverly Barton sukses bikin merinding dan tegang pembaca deh. Dengan cara membunuhnya yang kejam gorok-gorok leher gitu bikin aku
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Dyan Eka
Aug 29, 2014 Dyan Eka rated it it was amazing
Akhirnya novel ini kebeli pake upah asdos kemaren. Wahahaha.

Anyway, as expected, novel ini bagus. Walopun modus operandi killernya masih asikan novel beverly yg The Murder Game.
Ini cerita tentang deputi Scotty Joe yg terus membalas dendam pada wanita berambut coklat, cantik, dan populer. Wanita-wanita diberi hadiah, sketsa, kata-kata romantis. . . .ketika mereka terbuai, tersanjung, mereka diculik, disiksa, dan akhirnya dibunuh. Aksi Scotty Joe ini cukup buat penasaran sebelum identitasnya terun
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Holly
Jan 17, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it
I would like to start this review off with a large and loud I CALLED IT! I feel quite proud that the murderer ended up being one of the roughly three people I had pegged for it. And I know, I probably don't have any right to say "I called it" when I still had two other possible suspects, but it's better than usual for me.

Jim Norton decides he's going to this podunk town in Alabama so he can be closer to the son he barely ever sees and gets wound up in a new serial killer and the sheriff.

I think
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Barbara ★
This book starts out with the brutal rape of Stephanie Preston. Unfortunately for Stephanie this is not the first time she's been raped since she was taken. The killer keeps them for weeks and gets progressively more brutal until he kills them. If you can't read about rape, then do yourself a favor and skip this book. It is about a serial rapist/killer and is very graphic.

Having said that, I must also say it's a really good story with really great characters. I particularly liked Bernie and Jim.
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Mackenzie
May 30, 2009 Mackenzie rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, 2009
This is the second novel I've read by Beverly Barton. It's the second book in the Griffin Powell saga. But Griffin wasn't really in this one as much as he was in the last. I've been reading this saga thingy backwards. I started with The Murder Game cause I didn't realize that the characters really began three books earlier.

I really enjoyed this novel. There was just enough suspense and mystery to keep my curiosity piqued and enough romance and stuff to keep me from being.. bored in a sense. I c
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Kristen
Dec 26, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
If you love steamy romantic suspense novels, you'll love this one from the late Beverly Barton, who passed away almost a year ago this April. In Adams Landing, Alabama, there's a serial killer on the loose, who's admiring women from afar, leaving presents and ghastly sketches. Once he kidnapped them, he tortures and raped them for a week to two weeks ago, and kills them. It's up to Bernadette "Bernie" Granger, the new Sheriff, and her new deputy sheriff, Jim Norton, formerly from the Nashville P ...more
Jay Jessmer
Jun 11, 2015 Jay Jessmer rated it it was amazing
A first rate thriller that never lets up. Extremely likable characters with excellent development throughout. Jim and Bernie's relationship was well-paced and handled very well, while Jim's relationship with his son, Kevin, added a nice human element to the frantic pace of the abductions and investigation.
As per the late Ms. Barton's forte, there are plenty of red herrings along the way, but even the fact that I pegged the bad guy fairly early on did not detract from my enjoyment of this one.
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Chelsea McWhirk
May 08, 2008 Chelsea McWhirk rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone.
Recommended to Chelsea by: Found it at the store
This is an excellent book. I can't stress enough how entartaining it was and how well it kept my interest. A serial killer finds women, and tortures them. It is every womans worst nightmare. After abducting a woman, the serial killer rapes them and makes them say they love him, until he moves on to his next victim. When he finds a new victim, he'll make the woman beg to be "set free" and then they are killed. Sherriff Granger and Lead Investigator Norton are both committed to this case and as th ...more
Ivy M
Jul 29, 2011 Ivy M rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-books-read
This is book 2 of the Griffin Powell series. This one has a serial killer who thinks that each of his victims are his lovers...he courts them as a secret admirer before letting them know who he is.

This book is very well written and kept me turning the pages and wanting to see how the police would figure out who the killer was and how they captured him. My only negative things is that although it is part of the Griffin Powell series you do not hear about Griffin until the book is over half done
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Lindsey
Sep 13, 2009 Lindsey rated it liked it
okay this was dark. my first clue was the rape within a couple of pages - a really clear indication that more brutality would follow.

i pressed on because i found the protagonist to be engagingly atypical. female sheriffs always do it for me - i guess there's a part of me that just roots for the tough chick. ha

whenever a killer's identity is completely camouflaged by deep-seeded craziness, i feel frustrated. a reader can't solve the mystery unless *some* kind of clue is dropped, you know? so if
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Afsana
May 14, 2011 Afsana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Cushnie-Mansour
Jan 19, 2017 Mary Cushnie-Mansour rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookd-2016
Four Stars for Beverly Barton's "Close Enough To Kill."

A fast-paced mystery that will keep you intrigued to discover "who done it?" Although, as a writer, I figured it out quite quickly, the book was still interesting enough to see how the plot unfolded.

Set in a small town in Alabama ... a female sheriff with daddy issues (father was the former and very popular sheriff) ... enter a handsome big city police detective ... a psycho killer looking for the perfect woman, and never quite finding her .
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DeeNee Tuwanakotta
Oct 15, 2009 DeeNee Tuwanakotta rated it it was ok
Shelves: manca
Ceritanya sendiri ga jauh beda ama novel Barton yg laen

Pemuja rahasia yg membunuh wanita dgn tipe2 fisik tertentu akibat dari trauma masa lalu
Trauma nya ya ga laen ga bukan pelecehan seksual di waktu kecil

Wanita2 ini di pilih, kemudian di kasih berbagai hadiah plus sketsa2 gambar yg mengerikan sebelum akhirnya di culik dan di sekap

Dan dah 2 buku yg gw baca ternyata pelakunya malah aparat hukum nya sendiri

Cuma utk buku yg ini, gw sempet nyuri2 baca halaman2 akhirnya utk tau siapa sih pelakunya ..
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Rosalind
Aug 17, 2011 Rosalind rated it really liked it
Another great book by my new favorite author!! I have loved everything I have read so far and highly recommend Beverly Barton to anyone who likes a good thriller. Even though I picked the killer very early in the book, as soon as he was introduced, there were enuf twists and turns through out the plot to have me second guessing myself. But in the end, turns out I was right!! Great characters with Jim and Bernie though, and I look forward to my next Barton book. I read recently that she had passe ...more
Lauren
Jan 12, 2013 Lauren added it
There was quite of a lot of sex in here. Like enough that I felt a little dirty reading it. The romance sub-plot was so super unnecessary cheese-fest that it almost ruined the book for me but the murder mystery part was enough to redeem it. This is a good beach read but don't read it on a plane because your seat mate will almost definitely look over and catch the dirty parts. (And they are dirrrrty)
Notingnothing
Feb 05, 2009 Notingnothing rated it it was ok
Picked this up in the supermarket - hadn't heard of this author before.

Story of a serial killer dubbed "The Secret Admirer" who stalks young women with gifts and drawings before kidnapping, torturing and murdering them. The local sherriff and her newest recruit are trying to catch him.

A weird one this - a bizarre cross between a gory thriller and Mills & Boon. If you can get past the latter, it makes for a compulsive read.
Lisa
Oct 15, 2007 Lisa rated it really liked it
Suspenseful and one of those "watch your back" types of thrillers. I have to admit, I would never read thrillers anywhere by myself. Why? Because I'd be scared to death. Books like this one has that kind of effect in the writing style, yet I still read them. I don't know why, but they tempt me. Dare me to read them even. Maybe it's the suspense that beckons. Who knows until you actually turn the page and start reading.
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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)
  • The Dying Game (Griffin Powell, #7)
  • 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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