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Everyone Pays

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Before joining homicide, Detective Clara Donner spent years on vice alongside the runaways and vulnerable women who walk San Francisco’s streets. She thinks she’s seen the worst things people can do—until she’s assigned to investigate a particularly ruthless serial killer.

As the body count rises and a pattern emerges—each victim is known for his brutal abuse of women—Donne
Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Violent killings.

First sentence told me who the killer was. And became very clear early in the story. Violent killings in the name of God, definitely didn't like this story.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is with great pleasure that I describe this book in one word: Riveting!

Even though I've grown a bit weary of the back-and-forth chapter format - this time between San Francisco homicide detective Clara Donner and a serial killer - I was reeled in from the get-go and didn't get off the hook until the last page.

A killer, who brutalizes victims as payback to men who abuse women of the street in the worst possible ways, leads Donner and her partner on a not-so-merry chase. I feel obligated to sa
Jay Williams
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has it all: suspense, warm characters, the sad side of San Francisco and a pulse-pounding story. As the story progresses, the detective (and the reader) has to question if the murders of scum that prey on the drugged-up and sad prostitutes of the Tenderloin district are more cleansing then evil. There is no shortage of violence and depravity, but the gory details are included only as necessary to advance the story. The quality of writing is evident on every page, and contributes greatl ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
NOTE: I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley for reviewing purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!

The dialogue in the novel read almost like a hard boiled detective novel, reminiscent of a film noir, spare and terse. Because I'm not used to this kind of dialogue, I kept wanting more – more details, more descriptions, but alas, the author employed this technique throughout the novel. Well, at least that was my impression due to the inner musings
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
We have a gender problem here, and it’s a delicate thing to have to discuss in a review. IMO, this is what happens when a man who doesn’t understand women writes about one. There are plenty of men who write major female characters I love (Jim Hines would be a great example), so please don’t misunderstand me–my problem is just with this one author. Clara has to immediately get in people’s faces, and constantly go on about the problems she faces as a woman in Homicide, even though there don’t seem ...more
Linda Strong
Clare Donner, Homicide Detective, is charged with finding the person responsible for the murders of men known for their savage brutality of women.

Clare and her partner, Hendricks, are not too upset at who the victims are ... but being the dedicated cops they are, they run the gamut of stopping the serial killer. But the bodies keep piling up. And these victims were not discharged from life easily or painlessly.

They eventually find a link between the victims and another young girl. Is this the li
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaways

This was my first time reading a Seth Harwood novel. The plot itself was fairly interesting; someone is torturing and killing men who take particular pleasure in torturing women. It's told from alternating perspectives of the killer and the cop who is chasing him. Sometimes I like this device, but I didn't feel it worked well here; it detracted from, rather than added to the suspense. Most of the characters were rather fl
Beth Peninger
3.5 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.

Harwood's a new-to-me author, his Jack Palms series is on my to read list but I haven't gotten around to it yet. This title seems to be a stand alone but I could easily see it turning into another series.
Clara Donner is a rare sight in the San Francisco PD Homicide Unit. It's a boy's world but she's working to open it up for other women. Her partner, Hendricks, and her
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A female San Francisco Police Homicide Detective and her partner catch a case of a priest on a killing spree taking revenge on men involved in beating and cutting out the tongue of a young drug addicted prostitute. Fr. Michael hears God tell him to cleanse their sins. The detectives work to help the girl who doesn't want their help and to catch the priest without catching too much political heat.
Story is told in alternating voices of the detective and the priest.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great, easy read. I loved the depth of the characters, their individual quirks, and their ways of interacting with one another. I appreciated and began to understand both the “good guys” and “bad guys,” and as someone who works with teens who have been in places like Emily, it definitely hit home in a powerful and meaningful way. I hope more authors will bring awareness to marginalized populations in such a creative way. I’ll definitely be exploring the author’s other books.
Roberta Anderson
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who would expect a priest?

I liked the story. The cops getting away with a civilian casualty wasn't very realistic especially since the guy was on the priest's list. In the real world it doesn't work that way.
Anne Glouner
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Read

Once I started reading, couldn't stop! Read it in one and a half days! Sure hope she hooks up with her man!
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This kept me reading late into the night. Good plot, and the lead character is a woman which I also like.
Patricia Fiorello
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read!

Kept me interested. Fast paced and with a story. Easy to follow. Hard to put down. Good mystery to start. Definitely recommend!
Sheree Gibson
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Great cat and mouse detective story. Character descriptions were immediately evident.

I received this copy via Goodreads giveaways.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clara Donner is a young homicide detective stationed in San Francisco, California. In many ways, she is emulating her father, a hard-nosed New York detective she idolizes and who raised her as a single parent. In many ways, she is defying her father's image of a woman. In his eyes, a woman would never work homicide, but she does, she's good at it, and she loves it. She's also more than a little willing to blur the line between standard operating procedure and doing what must be done to get the p ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
It was hard to decide what to rate this book as – I eventually went with a 3.5 but even now I’m not sure. The book wasn’t bad but I was raving about it either. Would I recommend it? Maybe, but it wouldn’t be at the top of the list.

As far as crime novels go, it held it’s own. There was at least one point in the book where I didn’t want to put it down, though that didn’t last all the way through the book. However, to have a reader feeling like that at some point during the novel is an accomplishme
Angel Hatfield
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First call of the week was to an apartment in the marina. Claire who is a homecide inveswtigator and had spent four years on vice and has been called in. The victim was a male into S and M and bondage. And even had pictures of women he had tortured although one is missing picture is missing. This murder was personal and this time he was the one tortured. That evening Clara needed to blow off some steam and every since Jr H S had been her release valve. So she went to play basketball. Then the bo ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Everyone pays for their crimes is the theme of this book about someone out to avenge the abuse and pimping of girls in San Francisco. Clare Donner, basketball enthusiast and SFPD detective, finds herself leading a task force to find a man who seems to be killing off the pimps and johns. The book follows her and her partner while she wrestles with the case and her own internal debate about how bad a guy can be if he kills bad guys. Alternately, we follow the predator and learn why he is following ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I ran across Seth Harwood work at "" and was hooked right away, I find it interesting
When authors have different genres and can make you believe what your reading could actually have taken place in this world and Seth Harwood accomplished that.
That said I really enjoyed the concept of this book and found myself making time to read it and choose it over a David Baldacci novel I've been reading a number of times. It's a great story that touches on real life issues faced by everyday
Wow, I started this book 6 days ago. Anyone who knows my reading habits knows this is slow for me. I'm not a big fan of reading books that feel like work and I came awfully close to adding this to my "Did Not Finish" pile. I'm sorry to say the blurb was more exciting than the book. Pretty much everything you need to know is there. There were no twists, a complete lack of action, no insights that reading the book actually provides and some pretty one dimensional characters. There was some potenti ...more
Laura Salas
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked Det. Clara Donner and her passion for solving crime and protecting the innocent. But her playing fast and loose with the rules didn't feel right. I'm not sure if it didn't feel authentic or if I just found it unlikable, but the position she puts her partner and other cops in with her dangerous, impulsive actions rubbed me the wrong way. And the alternating points of view--I felt like there was way too much of Father Michael, personally. On a scene by scene level, I can see that it's well ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Note: This book was from a Goodreads/Kindle giveaway.

This is the first novel I have read/heard of from this author. The book was quite enjoyable and I didn't want to put it down. I though the plot was remarkably interesting and suspenseful. I really enjoyed the dual point of views from the investigator and the killer. I liked the contrast between the two main characters. I also like the way that Donner's personality was portrayed because she was not portrayed as a typical female characters. I wi

Charlotte Anderson
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received and advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Meet Detective Clara Donner, who served many years on vice working with runaways and women who walk the streets. Now she is working in homicide, and soon will find out that what she thought was bad is nothing compared to the case where she is following a ruthless serial killer. As more bodies turn up Donner follows the killers trail across the city. Donner finds a girl with links to the killer and his prey
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Detectives Donner and Hendrix feel real as they pursue, and are stalked, by their religious, righteous, multiple-murder fugitive. Gory at times, but not overwhelmingly so, author Seth Harwood leads us through a gutter tour of San Francisco—dead drug dealers, mutilated prostitutes, and all the while our social life-starved, badge-bearing heroes are fighting for their oaths at first, and then for their lives. This is a full-circle, psycho-serial-killer thriller.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I went back and forth on how to rate this book. I liked the story. It kept my interest enough to keep me coming back and wanting to finish the book. I felt like the main character, Clara Donner, could have been written as a male and changed to female at the last minute. It's hard to explain, but the fist bumping and masculine way of thinking just threw me off.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a suspenseful story about two cops tracking down a serial killer. The fact that the killer is killing other bad guys provides an interesting aspect to the story. The pacing of this story was very good. There is a lot of background on the main character, but not so much on her partner. It is also interesting to have chapters told from the perspective of the killer which gives a lot of detail on his motive.

Note that I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jamie Cullen
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great crime novel by Seth Harwood set with a wonderful set of characters. You switch between Donner the Inspector's point of view and the Father's(priest) point of view. This keep me going. I had to keep listening to get to the end. Lets just say you will also want to get there as soon as you can. This is a must read along with The Jack wakes up series and Daylight. Seth just keeps putting out outstanding works
The Badger
Obviously written by a very narrow-minded man. Clara's character is a strange mix of the whiny stereotypical woman counting how many years she has left to breed crossed with LeBron.

Also, this is 2016. Since when does the church offer sanctuary to murdering, kidnapping priests (not that I necessarily disagreed with his actions) and run crying to the bishop when the police obviously show up? (It's not as if they stormed the church with a battering ram and smoke bombs.)
Kate Sherrod
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
More excellent crime fiction from an excellent writer. This is far from my favorite genre, but I will always have time for Seth Harwood, who just keeps on getting better. Bonus points for a solidly constructed and understood female lead character, a woman in a man's world who has no ducks to give about being such 8)
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Seth Harwood received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and went on to build a large readership for his first novel, JACK WAKES UP, by serializing it as a free audiobook online. Currently audio versions of Harwood’s novels and stories have been downloaded over one million times.

He is the author of six additional novels: THE MALTESE JORDANS, EVERYONE PAYS, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, CZECHMA

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