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Anything for You

(Valerie Hart #3)

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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  330 ratings  ·  163 reviews
"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. Next to him, 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 ...more
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Expected publication: March 11th 2020 by Thorndike Press Large Print (first published November 12th 2019)
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Kaceey
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5*
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
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Carole
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Tammy
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, series, kindle
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
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Monica
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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j e w e l s
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Selena
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  ·  review of another edition



***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,
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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
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
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Donna Hines
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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
...more
Denise
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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The Nerd Daily
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Aly
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
KATHLEEN
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Edna
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Doug Yonce
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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Heather
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.
Jen
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
...more
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...
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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.
Jennie
Sep 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Lee
Apr 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Anything for You is a super who-done-it thriller that weavers together past present and future in an unforgettable murder mystery. As the story unwinds, there are many surprises, twists and turns that make this an enjoyable read. This heart pounding novel was so captivating, so detailed and intense with strong and intriguing characters that I couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved and highly recommend it. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy of this book in ...more
Dsbook
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Cathy
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jessica
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Debbie
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything for You is book three of the Valerie Hart detective series. I had previously read book #1 The Killing Lessons which I thought was very good. It has been so long since I read book 1 that I actually didn't remember any details about it other than the detective Valerie Hart's name so even though this is a series it is perfectly fine to read alone. I enjoy a good murder mystery but not necessarily one so full of graphic violence and sex - not to mention there was a lot of crude and crass ...more
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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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