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The Sex Club (Detective Jackson Mystery #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,609 Ratings  ·  253 Reviews
A pipe bomb explodes at a birth control clinic, then a young client turns up dead in a dumpster. Kera, the clinic nurse, discovers that the girl's Bible group is sharing more than the Good News. Confidentiality keeps her from telling the police, so she digs for the truth on her own-becoming the bomber's new target. Meanwhile, Detective Jackson races to find the killer, fea ...more
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Published October 19th 2007 by Spellbinder Press (first published September 19th 2007)
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Jul 10, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had some great twists, turns, & more than a few lessons. Confidentiality was on overriding theme that was handled very well. Planned Parenthood was featured well; its work & the perceptions of it by conservative groups. While they believe it is nothing more than an abortion clinic that promotes sex, the reality is very different. Most of its work (97%?) is dealing with contraception & health issues with a shockingly small amount of resources. I was especially touched by the them ...more
Carrie Laben
Jan 07, 2008 Carrie Laben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, beach readers
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J.F. Penn
Mar 19, 2011 J.F. Penn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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* The book has a story that you care about – opens with bombing at a sexual health clinic – that also performs abortion – topic that many people have strong views on.
* Character of Ruth, the religious right-wing bomber – we see scenes in her head as she justifies her violence – interesting to see her point of view.
* The sex club is a group of teens who are using a bible study group as a chance to experiment sexually – and m
May 24, 2011 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lourdes Venard
Mar 08, 2009 Lourdes Venard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karen Syed
May 01, 2008 Karen Syed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-knotch
L.J. Sellers offers readers a vivid and well-displayed look into a very disturbing and all too real trend. The style and dramatic flair of this author lend a wonderful edge to the book.

When an abortion clinic is targeted by "God's Messenger," one woman could hold the key to all of it, and she doesn't even know it. She's had enough loss in her life, so when her patients, young girls, begin dying all around her it takes its toll. Things really get complicated when the entire thing gets "political
Nov 05, 2010 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I have to admit, this book surprised me! I am rather passionate about American Crime Fiction and when “The Sex Club” by L.J. Sellers arrived I attacked it with gusto, uncertain of what I’d find between the covers - I certainly wasn't disappointed. It’s great to get the chance to review an Indie title – I have to make time for more if this is the quality waiting to be read. Available from Amazon.

Forgetting that this is her debut offering, L.J. has without doubt hit the ground running – an intelli
May 03, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sex Club – 5 Paws
L. J. Sellers
Spellbinder Press, 2007, 347 pps.
ISBN No. 978-0-9795182-0-1

A bible study class has turned into a sex club for young teen-agers. A religious zealot is making bombs to bomb Planned Parenthood. A young girl is found naked and suffocated in a dumpster. Are these incidents connected or just separate tragic incidents?

Detective Wade Jackson is trying to discover the answer to these questions. Although bound by confidentiality issues Kera Kollmorgan wants to help him fi
Kimberly Hicks
Jul 18, 2013 Kimberly Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense/Thriller Readers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Amazon
Shelves: read-on-kindle
This is the first book I've read from L.J. Sellers and I'm so glad I chose it. It's hard to believe that young teens are doing the things they do today, but this book clearly demonstrates that.

Kera Kollmorgan is a planned parenthood counselor and she finds herself in a whirlwind of mess with young teens in a sex club. And knowing that confidentiality is the key to keeping her job secure, she finds herself in a huge bind when she meets a young thirteen year old named Nicole.

The connection that N
Dec 26, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the same day that a bomb explodes at a Planned Parenthood clinic, a local teenager is found murdered. Are the two crimes connected? Detective Jackson has his hands full as clues begin to point in politically unfavorable directions. Kera, a nurse at the clinic who is constrained by confidentiality, begins a little investigating of her own and discovers that the local teen bible study group isn't quite what it appears.

The Sex Club has enough intrigue and suspense that you won't want to put it d
Mar 30, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is an engrossing reminder that kids are no longer innocent. If they ever were.

From the time a pipe bomb goes off in a birth control clinic, to the ending I almost didn't see coming, this held my attention.

Supposedly Jackson, the detective, is the protagonist but it's really Kera, the nurse at the clnic who notices several young girls coming in for help with different problems like genital warts. Some say they're from the high school, but she recognizes several from the middle school.

When on
Jul 25, 2008 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Sex Club, L.J. Sellers leads you through fourteen days in the lives of nurse Kera Kollmorgan and Detective Wade Jackson. It starts with a bang, literally, and takes you through the twists and turns of a case involving murder, secrecy, and twisted reasoning. Each new incident pulls you along and keeps you reading. It’s the underlying, unsaid, questions that keep you thinking, like: How does a “good” person get so rigid in their beliefs that they become worse than what they hate? It also be ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Petra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a total surprise. I had been put off by the cover and the title for some time, but as it was free, I finally decided to give it a go. It turned out to be a really well written, engaging crime / police procedural. It introduces Detective Jackson, father of a teenage daughter and recently separated from his wife, who is called in to investigate a bombing at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Then the body of a teenage girl who had visited the clinic is found murdered. Is there a connection? Thi ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SEX CLUB was my first exposure to LJ Sellers and her Detective Jackson mystery series and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised to discover a new writer in the genre that I look forward to reading much more of. I get the same kick out of Sellers that I have in the past from writers like Harlan Coben, Brian Freeman, Lisa Gardner, Laura Lippman, and Jeff Lindsay. Sellers is competent, creating flawed yet believable characters, and knowing instinctively how to plot and build suspense. A fir ...more
Vicki Tyley
Aug 15, 2010 Vicki Tyley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie
“She woke to wailing babies and the sulfur stink of burnt gunpowder. Kera’s temple pulsed with pain, but she ignored it. She pushed herself up, felt a cool October breeze blowing through the lobby, and promptly became so dizzy she had to lie back down.”

This was my first L J Sellers novel, but it certainly won’t be my last. From the title, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the author’s fluid writing style hooked me from the start. Fast-paced with lots of intrigue, The Sex Club is riveting reading
Jenny Hilborne
May 18, 2011 Jenny Hilborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a while, the title put me off buying this book, but I heard so many mentions I gave it a try. Overall, I enjoyed it. I did find the sex activities among the young teens a little disturbing, but, sadly, not unbelievable.
Quite early on, the author reveals the person guilty of the first murder, which spoilt the mystery a little for me, however the second murder remains a mystery up until almost the end and was quite unexpected when it came.

This is my second read of the author's Jackson series
Maureen Mullis
I love mysteries, always try to solve them as I read. This one was great! I was unable to figure it out and I like that. Kept me guessing. Well written, tight mystery with lots of intriguing twists and characters. Can't wait to read the next one. So glad I already have it on my e-reader! If you like mysteries, I highly recommend this book. If the rest of the series is as good as this one, I'm a fan!
Oct 25, 2015 Triinu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-loetud
Ma kahtlesin alguses, kas seda raamatut lugeda või mitte. Tundus jõhker. Prügikastist avastatakse teismelise tüdruku alasti laip. Samas jookseb raamatus veel teinegi liin. Kristlikud aktivistid, kes mõistavad hukka pereplaneerimiskliiniku töö ja üritavad seda pommidega lõpetada. Lugu on äärmiselt põnev ja ma ei tahtnud raamatut enne käest panna, kui läbi on. Ootan nüüd, millal järgmised osad eesti keelde tõlgitakse.
Blood Rose Books
In the first book in the Detective Jackson Series, L. J. Sellers introduces the reader to a killer who is about the self preservation of family, and who thinks they have God on their side to justify their actions.

A bomb rocks a planned parenthood clinic in the city of Salem Oregon, then a young teen is found dead in a dumpster the same day. She was a patient at the clinic that was bombed and one of the nurses Kera Kollmorgan does not think that it is a coincidence. On the other side of the line,
Feb 27, 2016 Giunietta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La mia recensione sul blog:
Kera, la protagonista di questo bel thriller, affronta ogni giorno con passione il suo lavoro come infermiera presso un consultorio che presta assistenza gratuita agli adolescenti, offrendo consigli e cure per i problemi legati alla sessualità. Una mattina apparentemente ordinaria, l'atrio della clinica viene dilaniato da una bomba artigianale. Una donna perde la vita e la stessa Kera rimane ferita, fortunatamente non in maniera
Albert Riehle
Where to begin? There's a lot of good and a lot of bad to report regarding this one. All in all, though, I come away with a positive impression. It's the first book by this author I think most of the issues I had can be chalked up to that fact. Those problems include, what seemed to me, to be a lot of tell-tell-tell storytelling. It was all very matter of fact/just the facts Ma'am in style and that took away from the potential this book had. I also had a very big problem with how some of the cha ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, usa, ebook
To get the obvious out of the way up front - the title isn't quite as sinister as it first seems. Whilst this is a book which has some unsavoury elements to it, the point being made is more about the nature of peer pressure and the unfortunate consequences of denial.

When I was lucky enough to get a copy of THE SEX CLUB for my ereader I wasn't really too sure what to expect. The potential sexual elements of the book were certainly not an issue for me, but combine that with a fundamentalist Christ
The Sex Club is pretty confronting as titles go, I probably would have been too ashamed to borrow it from a library when I was a teenage girl. That happened with Carl Hiaasen's Strip Tease - the title and cover were incredibly enticing but I just didn't have the balls to face the librarian with that one. So later I bought it second hand with less blushing.

Coming from that I have to say I struggled with the premise of a group of barely teenage kids seeing their first porn video and suddenly turni
Apr 22, 2012 Mirrani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s no wonder this book came highly recommended by so many readers. When I was one quarter of the way through, I was already searching for the other books in the series.

The Sex Club is so well written, it’s like you’re reading a transcript of life itself. The characters are unique, but very real and the situations that they come across are equal to any you would happen on in your day to day puttering. When people meet, it is a true, honest meeting of two individuals, when a relationship develop
May 30, 2011 Jenni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime fans
The Sex Club is the second L.J. Seller's novel I have had the pleasure to read, and like The Baby Thief it is a gripping thriller. It starts as a bomb goes off at a Planned Parenthood clinic, which young teen Jessie narrowly misses, however her luck runs out when she is found dead in a dumpster. Planned Parenthood worker Kera is intrigued and begins to uncover a secret 'sex club' amongst the city's young teens. As another teen is found dead, and more bombs are threatened, Kera must discover the ...more
Jul 05, 2009 Marva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next to fantasy/science fiction, I love a mystery. My usual choices in mystery are the women crime solvers, from Agatha Christie to Nora Roberts.

So, I might not have chosen this book off the bookstore or library shelf. Luckily for me, I met L.J. at a local book and art event and I got my copy straight from the author. She says, "People say they can't put it down." Well, I put it down, but only when I was too sleepy to track the words on the page. She's telling the truth when she calls it a page-
Aug 26, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished this book, the first in the Detective Jackson series, and started on book 2 "Secrets to Die for" - which tells its own story?

The books appealed to me as after I had chatted to the author on Twitter, I went off to read about her books. On reading the reviews of them, I was fairly certain I would enjoy them so I immediately went to Amazon and downloaded the whole series to my Kindle. I managed to read the 1st book in a very short time as I found myself picking it up at every o
Aug 27, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, abuse
A female church-goer just bombed a clinic in Eugene Oregon, a clinic which routinely performs abortions. She sees nothing whacked with contorting bible verses to justify her actions and appeases her conscience by telling herself she's doing it for God and if she gets away with her heinous behaviors, hey, that's only confirmation that she's doing His will. She sees murder of the unborn as wrong but what? It's okay for her to murder those in the clinic? Hey, she's a contortionist, twisting God's w ...more
Nikki Bywater
Sep 21, 2011 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kera Kollmorgan works at the Planned Parenting Clinic; she is a trained nurse who is working as a health care worker giving confidential advice to women about contraception and sexual health issues. Some of her clients are young teenage girls. Abortions are carried out at the clinic and this has led to protesters standing regularly outside the building. So security is a top priority at the clinic.

However one quiet Tuesday morning a pipe bomb explodes in the clinic. Causing damage and badly injur
Kathleen Hagen
The Sex Club, Wade Jackson Series Book 1, by L. J. Sellers, A-minus, Narrated by Damon Adallah, produced by Books in Motion, downloaded from

A teenage girl, Jessie, shows up at the Planned Parenthood Clinic. She is treated for vaginal warts caused by the HPV virus. She refuses to take birth control or safe sex information from the nurse and leaves. Inadvertently she leaves her cell phone behind. When the nurse runs after her to try to give it back, Jessie is gone, and the nurse is ju
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