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Anything For You

(Valerie Hart #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  140 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, 352 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2019)
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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 is
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 ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, 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
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
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,
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
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." ...more
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
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gloria ~ by: NG
Shelves: arcs, crime-fiction
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
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.
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.
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...
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,
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anything for You by Saul Black
This book was different, there was quite a bit of sex, murder, and a twist that being said it was an interesting read if you don't mind the sex and can get around some of the language, which I did and the mystery underneath it was something I didn't see coming at first but I feel as I should have! Story flows and characters are interesting even if I didn't like some of them. Thank you Netgalley and the Publishers St. Martin's Press for this ARC!
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
Sejla Kazaferovic
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When a well-known Francisco prosecutor is found murdered in his bedroom next to his wife, who is clinging to life, his connection to Homicide Detective Valerie Hart brings her face-to-face with her past. As evidence points to an ex-con as the murderer, Valerie uncovers clues that point to a more ominous direction including a mysterious blonde woman who holds the key to a darker story.

Well I’m quite sad to say
Chelsea Hofmann
Usually I can read anything and enjoy it, but I will say this book has some triggers including rape and sexual abuse. I personally don’t really need to hear the graphic details, but if you like things more explicit you will enjoy this book. I’ve always thought that great writers can use more than vulgarity to describe a story, and this book definitely overuses the word “cunt”.

Anything For You has sex, lies, murder, and a great twist. A San Francisco prosecutor is murdered and his wife is left
Casey Wheeler
Boring, unengaing, painful are just a few of the words I would use to describe this book. It is a dull soft porn book masquerading as a crime novel. One can figure out in the first half of the book who done it, but the author drags out the second half to te point that it is a good book for anyone suffering from insomina ( as a couple characters in the book). As it has received a number of favorable reviews it is obviously appealling to some, but I found it an utter waste of time.

I received a
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The summer heat seems to have brought out the criminals in one quiet neighborhood. In the dead of night a watchful, insomniac neighbor locks eyes with an intruder he believes is targeting his house. After calling the police to report the crime he learns that he may have narrowly avoided losing his life. Next door did not see the intruder coming.

Adam Grant, a well-known San Francisco prosecutor has been found dead in his master bedroom. His wife is beside him, clinging to her life with enough
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Not much to say here, I could not get into this book. Other reviewers mentioned how crude it is, and honestly it is. I just couldn't root for the main character, Valerie Hart. I don't know if I would have felt differently if I had read book #1 (The Killing Lessons) and book #2 (LoveMurder). Valerie is obsessed with sex it seems and her ties to this case (a man she almost had sex with is killed during a
Kaleena Zagrzebski
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
ANYTHING FOR YOU centers around the life of Rachel and Adam Grant. An intruder breaks into their home, killing Adam, a well-known prosecutor, and leaves Rachel clinging for her life, while their daughter, Elspeth, is staying at a friends house. Homicide detective, Valerie Hart, steps in to help solve the case, but also has a history with the murder victim that she can’t let impact the case.

I was unsure of this book at first. There was a lot of language used (the “c” word for instance) that I
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Danielle Saint Germain
This was my first ARC and I was so excited to receive it. However it feel short. I loved the idea of the book, the story line was there. I somehow still struggled to get through it though. I cannot say it wasn't a good story.. but something about the way it was written didn't have me turning pages until the wee hours of the night. Some parts are also pretty vulgar. I do not mind this but other reads might, so heads up tp that. Over all it was a great story, not written in a way that captivated ...more
I really enjoyed this third installment in the Valerie Hart series - even more than the sequel, Lovemurder. The plot is intricate - some of the twists are easier to see coming, but there are also some genuine shocks here, too. It's also a surprisingly thought-provoking read for the genre, and again, you can see glimmers of the themes also explored in Black/Duncan's other books, They are nicely woven in.

With shifts in timelines and perspectives, this is an engaging page turner of a read (though I
Johnna Whetstone
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4-5 stars, but probably not for everyone! The more disturbing, the more I love the book, and while not disturbing exactly this one has lots of crudeness and sex. If you like the raunchier and racier books, then grab this one! Very fast paced and hard to put down!
Will let the members of Chapter Chatter Pub know about it’s upcoming release!
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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 ...more

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