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Dead Witness

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Valerie McCormick is a wife and mother from small town Canada. While visiting Seattle, she becomes the only witness to the brutal seaside murder of two FBI agents. When she flees to the nearest police station to report the crime, she becomes caught up in a web of international intrigue and danger. Suddenly, she and her family are in the sights of ruthless criminals bent on ...more
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2008
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T.B. Markinson
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This is the type of book that keeps me up at night. It’s not horror by any means, but the suspense and fear kept me glued to the book. I can’t imagine being in such a dangerous predicament, but it’s also very easy to imagine and that’s why it scares the crap out of me. If you like well-crafted thrillers, I highly recommend Dead Witness.
Martha Cheves
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dead Witness – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘A long, narrow building, beyond the small shed, blocked her view. Valerie inched past a rusty engine leaning against the hut and peeked around the corner. Two men in black tee shirts and black pants stood at the stern of the sleek cabin cruiser docked at the wharf. Three more men stood on the pier: One young, one old, one dangerously attractive. Facing her, she could see he was perfect, in fact. Except, why was he wearing a
Michele Lee
Mar 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, mystery, reviewed
Valerie McCormick believes in family above all else, a fact that’s obvious when she wins a trip to Seattle and ends up spending it doing research on a boat for her husband’s company. However, on her free trip she witnesses the murder of two FBI agents and is thrust into a multinational court case against a cartel that puts her life in terrible danger.

Dead Witness is a self published debut thriller with a touch of love story. Valerie is understandably upset by her predicament, and surrounded by d
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Valerie McCormick Won A Trip To Seattle. McCormick Construction, Their Logging Business In Prince George Canada Was Struggling With The Bad Economy And Her Husband Asked Her To Take Pictures Of A Boat That Their Client Was Interested In In Hopes To Land His Business. Once At The Marina, She Learned The Boat Was Docked At Pier 7 And She Headed That Way Only To Stumble On A Double Murder That Had Her Running For Her Life And Straight To The Police Knowing That Her Life Would Forever Change........ ...more
Carol J.
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Valerie McCormick witnesses the murder of two FBI agents while visiting in Seattle, Washington. When the FBI lose track of the killer and not only her safety but also that of her family is jeopardized, Valerie escapes from their witness protection program and gets personally involved in the search with a tenacity that mothers everywhere will relate to.

The advice writers are frequently given -- to write what they know -- doesn't always work to their advantage. For author Joylene Butler, however,
Keith Pyeatt
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books I didn't want to end. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Valerie and Canaday, the two main characters. They are vivid and real and somehow compliment the plot, pacing, and twists in Dead Witness. The dialogue in this novel felt a real as it gets, which helped hold me in the story. But yet another reason Dead Witness shines so brightly is the DeOlmos brothers, the bad guys. They're evil but oh so human. Individually, they're scary and believable and sometimes even charmi ...more
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you love steely, handsome heroes? Delicious, suave villains? Suspense? Surprises? Ah! Then "Dead Witness" is the book for you!

On a carefree day while taking random photos at a marina, Valerie stumbles on a murder in progress. The murderer leaves a burning memory in her mind---the darkly handsome, sophisticated Michael De Olmos.

Her innocent discovery unfortunately leads her into a dangerous run for her life from a man who puts not value on human life---a tantalizingly scary villain who will s
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was pretty good! Really, much better than I expected, as it’s the first book I’ve read published by It took me a while to warm up to Valerie and get into the story, but by the time she went to Mexico I was hooked! I didn’t like her husband, Ed, from the start, and was pleased to see him get his just desserts. Canaday is an interesting character, and I found the relationship between him and Valerie to be intriguing. My one complaint is that I didn’t feel like I connected to him eno ...more
Suzanne Montigny
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anything written by Joylene Butler promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. She is the master of suspense. I read her other novel and loved it, and this one is equally good. But I guess the part I like the best about Joylene Butler, is that her stories both take place in Beautiful British Columbia, in the town of Prince George. It's not New York, or LA, or Paris. Just a small B.C. town like I grew up in. ...more
Jamie Ayres
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually pick up suspense novels, but my mom was the lucky winner of Joylene's book and then she passed it on to me! We both thoroughly enjoyed this read :-) ...more
Nanci Arvizu
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: page-readers
A Great read! Joylene knows how to tell a good story.
Christopher Hoare
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Review: Dead Witness: by Joylene Nowell Butler:

When Valerie McCormick stumbles upon the scene of a murder she becomes the only witness who can testify in the trial of crime boss Miguel DeOlmos, and becomes a target for murder herself. While the story unfolds at a thriller pace, author Butler weaves a compelling tale of Valerie, a woman who will risk everything for the sake of her endangered family.

I have to admit to breaking all the rules in this review – Joylene Butler has been an online writi
Sep 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being on an innocent vacation - one that has been won, no less, and suddenly being the unwitting witness to a murder. To top things off, this is not just any murder, but the murder of two undercover FBI Agents, the gunman one of the highest on the most wanted lists and the leader of a powerful Latin drug cartel. Murder is horrible enough, but with these dangerous circumstances, it can be deadly to the witness.

Valerie McCormick, a wife and dotting and loving mother of three precious girl
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Valerie McCormick wins a trip to Seattle, she is eager to step outside her ordinary life as a housewife and mother who lives in Prince George, BC. She and her husband Ed have financial problems, and the humdrum of their lives as they struggle along has robbed them of the closeness they once shared.

But what happens to Valerie on that fateful day in Seattle will inform the rest of her life.

Out of the blue and totally unexpectedly, she witnesses a man killing some other men; when she reports i
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Valerie McCormick had won a Mother’s Day contest for two fun filed days in Seattle. If she had known that winning would have her running for her life then she probably won’t have gone. Valerie went down to the docks to take some pictures when she witnesses the murder of two men. Valerie discovers that the two men were undercover FBI agents who were working a case to bring down of Latin’s most famous drug lord’s Miguel DeOlmos. Now DeOlmos is after Valerie and her family but the FBI is going to t ...more
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great debut book from a fellow Canadian writer. Well worth the read!
Cher Green
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
After witnessing a murder of two FBI agents, Valerie's world is turned upside down. Joylene created wonderful characters for this debut novel. Well worth the read. ...more
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I am Canadian/Métis, the author of suspense novels Dead Witness, Maski: Broken But Not Dead, Break Time, and Matowak. I won the IPPY Silver Medal for Broken But Not Dead in 2012. Born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, (April 25, 1953) I am the youngest of three children of Charles (Charlie) Murray Nowell, veteran, farmer and truck driver, and Gabrielle Frances, (nee Desjardins), a member of the wa ...more

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