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Anything For You

(Valerie Hart #3)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Critically acclaimed author Saul Black returns with a heart-racing thriller in which a brutal murder forces one woman to reckon with her own past--and her future.

On a hot summer night, a watchful neighbor locks eyes with an intruder and unwittingly alerts the police to a vicious crime scene next door: a lavish master bedroom where a man lies dead. His wife is bleeding out
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Tobin Elliott I don't understand your question. How was Lovemurder terrible? Killing Lessons tracks Valerie Hart finding a way out of the miasma of her own self-des…moreI don't understand your question. How was Lovemurder terrible? Killing Lessons tracks Valerie Hart finding a way out of the miasma of her own self-destruction and misery. Its about hope. Lovemurder is about Hart learning to accept that she deserves happiness and to trust allowing a partner into her life. It's about trust. And this latest one shows Hart coming to grips with her new reality and the thoughts of bringing a baby into the world. This one is about loyalty.

Each one, while a little different in which stage of Hart's life we're looking into, is absolutely brilliant, and the writing is well above the standard dreck this genre usually provides.(less)

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Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an extremely difficult book to review. So, please bear with me as I explain...

What I liked: 👍
A captivating police procedural that was next to impossible to set down. So thoroughly absorbed in the characters, I was thrilled to see how this would play out.
Female lead detective Valerie Hart is a tough, gritty, no B.S. character. More than capable of holding her own alongside any male on her team. Valerie also carries a very dark past, touched on repeatedly throughout this book.

This i
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
Anything for You is the third entry in the Valerie Hart series, written by Saul Black, a pseudonym of British author Glen Duncan. The novel reads well as a standalone and I felt that I had not missed details due to not having read the others in the series. I found the first paragraph off-putting but was rewarded for sticking with it: it’s not often that a murder mystery completely stumps the reader. The book deals with sexual assault and incest, difficult subjects certainly but unfortunately, pa ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This thriller by Saul Black (Glen Duncan) is an urbane and muscular novel which is pretty much Black’s style. In addition to being a “who-dun- it”, the main character’s past collides with her present bringing into question her future. Self-loathing aside, I think it is difficult for a male author to effectively write about sex or sexual considerations from a feminine perspective. Being purely subjective, it seems to me that Valerie Hart’s thoughts about sex and her sexuality are derived from a d ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle, series
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Detective Valerie Hart is back in the third title of this series and her investigation into a recent home invasion that turns deadly. The victim, prosecutor Adam Grant and Valerie Hart almost had a one night stand a few years back. Valerie probably should tell her boss about this conflict, but decides to forge ahead with the case. When the crime soon becomes connected to a parolee and a prostitute name
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of those books where I'd like to give a rating for the first half (1 star) and then a different for the last half (maybe 3.5 stars). Warnings for rape/incest/child abuse.

I felt the beginning was just for shock factor, the language and story was extremely crude. I literally felt jarred. I persevered and the story itself got better and more interesting. I was genuinely surprised by the conclusion, which had some unique features. The last 20% of the story held my attention and I sped th
j e w e l s
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
No way. Crude, nasty and offensive. Reminds me of a bad 70's movie. DNF

I've never read this author and if this is a sample of all his work, I don't think I ever will.

Thanks (I guess!) to Netgalley for the advanced galley. Opinion is strictly mine.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Anything For You (Valerie Hart #3) by Saul Black from NetGalley for my honest review.

I tried like heck to finish this book since I requested it. I just can't do it. It is very crude and sexually disgusting for my taste.

I did not finish it.
Lady Heather
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

***Warning: There are triggers for rape, sexual abuse, and drug & alcohol abuse in this story.***

This was such of good suspense-murder-mystery!

Valerie Hart is a wonderfully imperfect, cynical homicide detective.
Detective Hart does not see the world through rose coloured glasses, if anything nothing surprised her anymore and she often expects the worst out of people.
That's what being the Police for so long has done to this investigator.

This mystery was well written with great, complex, interestin
Krystin Rachel
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Opening Hook: Body parts in the desert.
Main Character: Clearly written by a man this time around.
Plot Twisty-ness: What it lacks in thrills, it tries to make up using oral sex.

First things first, if you’ve never read Saul Black before (aka Glen Duncan) do not get to know him by reading this book. I would suggest reading the very first Valerie Hart novel, The Killing Lessons, and if the style works for you, then you’ve got a new thriller series to read!

I say this because Sa
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
SFPD Homicide Detective Valerie Hart returns in Anything For You, book 3 in the Valerie Hart series. This is the first book I've read by this author and since I'm a read-in-order reader, I was hesitate to begin with the 3rd book. However, the author does a great job interspersing background information into the story as it progresses, and I had no issue following the story. Det. Hart is called to a murder scene when prosecutor Adam Grant's body is discovered along side his wife who's near death ...more
I almost didn't get past the first few pages of this book. It first appeared to be nothing more than pornography, and I just wasn't interested in that. However, I finished the chapter, and things got much better after that. However, be aware that throughout the book there are:

***TRIGGERS*** sexual abuse, child abuse, graphic sex and language, rape.

The story itself was well thought out, even clever, and left me guessing as to how the murder of high-profile prosecutor Adam Grant happened and why.
Amy Bruestle
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was actually a really good read! I have never heard of Saul Black prior to this book...and after reading about 3/4 of it, I realized that it is number 3 in a series. However, I was far enough along that I didn’t think it made sense to stop and read books 1 and 2 before continuing, but with that being said, I do still plan on reading them since i enjoyed this one so much! I found book one on Hoopla for fre
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of ANYTHING FOR YOU by Saul Black in exchange for my honest review.***

High class hooker Sophia kills her john. Elsewhere Adam is murdered, his wife Rachel, also stabbed survives. Valerie is charged with investigating the crime and hides she once cheated with Adam. Sophia’s story connects with the murder in a surprising ways.

Saul Black creates an intricate mystery spanning from Philadelphia to San Francisco with a few twists and turns I
Donna Hines
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
A murder mystery like no other forged with sex, lies, and deceit.
The M.O. is written on the wall but it's up to Valerie to uncover the truth now that Adam has passed away.
Adam was a prominent prosecutor and lived a life that many envied but did his wife and daughter truly know the real Adam?
Adam seems to have lived a 'double life' one that made him prime suspect but perhaps this is a 'revenge killing' from an ex con he locked up.
A sexy blonde holds many of the answers and several of the keys to
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The reasons, the motives, the hows and whys -- they were all drawn from the same small human pool: greed; anger; envy; lust; vengeance. Every murder sprang from ordinary sources."

This crime thriller defied my usual expectations in both good and bad ways. At the half-way point, I actually wasn't sure I'd finish it. I was put off by the personality of SFPD Homicide Detective Valerie Hart -- she takes "messed up" to a whole new level. The way she thinks, talks and acts is so deliberately crass and
The Nerd Daily
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren

As gritty and dark as always, Saul Black again drags Detective Valerie Hart through the worst of humanity in order to give the reader another incredible, heart-pounding, tension-filled thriller.

This is Saul Black’s third book (following The Killing Lessons and Love Murder) that features Detective Valerie Hart, but these are three separate stand-alone novels. If you have read all three, you’ve gained just a little extra insight into V
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I think this was not a bad mystery or "whodunit" book.  It was a big case and I think there were some great twists and turns in it for me.  The author goes into detail in the book, so this book is for adults only in my opinion.  I still enjoyed this book for the most part.  Valerie Hart is a good character for a detective.  "This book was given to me for free at my request from NetGalley and I provided this voluntary review."
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
3.5 Stars

I read the first book in this series, The Killing Lessons back in 2015 and really loved it - I wish I had written actual reviews then so I could remember exactly WHY but I do remember thinking Black was an author to watch. I somehow missed out on book 2 of this series but here I am with book 3 - Anything For You. It took a while but as I continued reading, I started remembering Valerie and why I loved her so much in book one.

To be honest, I almost DNF'd this one around the 37% mark... b
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this advance copy from St. Martin's Press via a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to both of them for a nice surprise that also turned out to be an awesome read.

This psychological thriller begins with the violent murder of a respected attorney. His wife is badly injured but survives the attack. The case seems to be an easy slam-dunk for Detective Valerie Hart, but there are some nagging questions and pieces that don't fit. Hart's relentless search for evidence and motive turn up the exi
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
On a hot summer night, a watchful neighbor locks eyes with an intruder and unwittingly alerts the police to a vicious crime scene next door: a lavish master bedroom where a man lies dead. His wife is bleeding out onto the hardwood floor, clinging to life.

The victim, Adam Grant, was a well-known San Francisco prosecutor—a man whose connection to Homicide detective Valerie Hart brings her face-to-face with a life she’s long since left behind. Adam’s career made him an easy target, and forensic evi
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gloria ~ by: NG
Managed to get through a third of this before abandoning it. The gruesome first chapter had me doubting I would like this, but I hate to give up on an ARC when I’ve committed to reviewing it. In this case I had no desire or the stomach to continue.

This was my first by this author but it will be my last. I didn’t like any of the characters, not even the detective Valerie and her husband Nick. The writing did not seem realistic to me as far as the females were crafted. I really don’t believe work
Doug Yonce
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The link from past to present to future can vary from a fine line to a solid cord, but when it is shattered by a murder, tying the loose ends together becomes an impossible task. Enter homicide detective Valerie Hart whose job it is to figure out “whodunit?” Mix in her own history and the task makes for a great read. I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sharon Huether
A murder investigation turns into three cases.

A mixture of spiritual and demonic, the murderer used a symbol on the chests of the victims.

Valeria Hart in investigating officer finds evidence of a mysterious blonde who, she thinks she knows.

The details were shocking.

I won this free book from Goodreads First reads.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Too dark for me. If you like dark sexual issues, this is a 5-star. It’s more like porn.
I don’t think that people are this obsessed with sex. Valerie was very unlikeable. Ick.

Author is very talented.
A smart and robust thriller from Saul Black, Anything For You is the third novel in his Valerie Hart series. My favourite of these – by far – is his debut, The Killing Lessons, which was creepy, atmospheric and crazy good at building tension.

In Anything For You, Valerie is investigating what, at first glance, is your standard issue home invasion. High flying attorney Adam Grant is found – stabbed and bludgeoned in his bed. On the floor next to him is his wife, Rachel, clinging to life after a st
Sep 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF. I just couldn’t do it. Totally not for me. Too crude and just made me feel gross.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Christine (Queen of Books)
Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for a free e-arc for review, and to St. Martin's Press for a physical arc as well.

After tearing through the first two books in the Valerie Hart series, this one took me a bit longer to get into - I'm not sure if I was hooked until around pg. 150. That might be partially because I mostly listened to Killing Lessons and LoveMurder. Saul Black's mysteries tend to be a bit wordy; I think I'd have rather listened to this one too.

That having been said, Any
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Saul Black that I have read and I enjoyed it very much. This is a dark mystery that is full of twists and turns but it was not hard to figure out who did it. I will be reading more of his books in the future
Criminal Element
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anything for You is Saul Black’s third novel in the Valerie Hart series, in which the San Francisco Homicide Detective must revisit her past to solve a gruesome murder.

In my opinion, if you’ve read the first two books, you already understand that to know Valerie is to love her, even if she doesn’t think you should. And she certainly doesn’t think you should. Valerie is a tangle of self-destructive and narcissistic tendencies, along with a very healthy libido. Whether she wants to admit it or no
Tobin Elliott
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to laugh at all the 1-star reviews because the beginning is rude, crude, and sexually explicit at times.

Well...yeah. Read the entire damn book, and you'll understand when you get the payoff at the end. Oh, and you're reading a book about a murderer, so all that death is good, but mention the words "cock" or "anal" or some such shit, and suddenly your heart's all aflutter with barely suppressed rage?


This is, as is usual for Saul Black, an incredibly well-plotted and well-paced n
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SAUL BLACK is a pseudonym used by Glen Duncan, a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. In 1994 he visited India with his father before continuing on to the United States, where he spent several months travelling the country by Amtrak train, writing much of what would become his first novel, Hope, published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atl ...more

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