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Pitch Black (Black CATs #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  688 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
After a botched investigation left him wounded and disgraced, Special Agent Alec Lambert was forced to transfer onto Wyatt Blackstone's team. This former profiler has lost his edge, buried by the guilt he feels over another agent's death. But he'll need all his skills when he realizes he's getting another crack at a case that has haunted him. A serial killer known as the P ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Signet (first published July 8th 2009)
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Very enjoyable romantic suspense story. Heroine Samantha devotes her time to writing a blog warning of dangers on the internet. Hero Alec, former profiler and newest member of the FBI’s Cyber Action Team (a/k/a the Black CATs), needs Sam’s help on his latest investigation. Murderer, The Professor, is luring his victims through internet scams, which actually end up being a lot creepier than it sounds.

Fast-paced story with just the right mix of suspense and romance. Sexual tension throughout. I re
Aug 16, 2009 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Nearly as good as the first book in the series. Not quite, but definitely close. I have to admit I'm highly impressed with Leslie Kelly's (aka Leslie Parrish's) jump into the romantic suspense genre.

Series Note: this book is the 2nd book in Parrish's Black CATs trilogy - which is about an FBI Cyber Action Team that investigates internet related murder. I would highly recommend read the books in order.

Alex Lambert is new to the Black CATs. He transferred in after an invest
Jul 15, 2015 Ami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking back at my rating/review for the first book, I concluded that this one was not as engaging as its predecessor. Despite the intriguing initial chapters, the story lost its appeal for me after I put it down (what, I need to sleep!)

I wonder if it was because Alec, as the hero, felt more Beta than Alpha man -- and I'm used to Alpha men in Romantic Suspense? I liked that Samantha, the heroine, was written as someone who was a hermit but not because she was shy or lonely woman. In fact, she wa
Two-haiku review:

He's FBI team
She's computer scam expert
Target of killer

Excellent suspense
Flawed characters with good depth
Romance is just right
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Jul 05, 2010 ♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥ rated it really liked it
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Alec Lambert had gotten too close to a witness a few months back. A serious lapse in judgment that had cost Alec a stint in the hospital, his girlfriend, and his dog (taken by the said girlfriend), not to mention the life of a fellow FBI agent...And now, even Alec's certain promotion to Supervising Special Agent in his BAU unit.
Actually he's been brought down a heap of notches, stuck in the new CAT unit lead by Wyatt Blackstone. A unit investigating Internet-related murders. Knowing the Black CA
Aug 01, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
Special Agent Alec Lambert has been on the trail of the Professor for some time. Now working with the FBI's Cyber Action Team, he has once again run across the Professor, a serial killer who lures his victims with Internet scams. Alec soon discovers that the killer has contacted scam expert Samantha Dalton. Recruiting Sam to help the FBI with this case, Alec becomes attracted to her. As they draw closer to discovering the Professor's identity, they realize Sam may be the killer's next target.

Aug 09, 2009 ElaineY rated it really liked it
This second installment of the CAT (Cyber Action Team) series wasn't as good for me as the first one, Fade To Black. Not sure why but it's probably my fault for reading it in fits and starts. Then again, if it had been a page-turner, I know I would have made time for it.

I also found the portions dealing with Lily disruptive and though clearly to set her up for the next book, Black At Heart, overdone. It pulled me out of the main story and that was already getting a little saggy in the middle rig
Shannon C.
Aug 03, 2011 Shannon C. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans, contemporary romance fans
Shelves: suspense-mystery
Wow, great book! I just recently found this author's new paranormal romance series Extrasensory Agents--which I loved--so now I'm going back and reading her earlier Black CATS series.

Couldn't put Pitch Black down--stayed up late finishing it last night! This book had great mystery and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Parrish writes great 'bad guys'--really creepy! I've read a lot of books about the FBI's behavioral analysis agents, violent crimes field agents, etc. It was good to read a something di
3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because the time spent settting up the next book in the series was distracting and, to be honest, I was more interested in that than the current crime/mystery)
Anne OK
Sep 15, 2009 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Thought this series was a great beginning for this new author. I'm a fan of romantic suspense and this series included both!
Lady Heather
Hot, broken, loyal, strong, law enforcement Alpha's....need I say more? ...well yes I will review to follow
Mar 16, 2017 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black CATs #2
I changed my mind to the bad guy was two or three times during the course of this book and I still got it wrong! I love it! It takes a lot to fool me and I am ecstatic that she did! I'm off to read the next book in the series…

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Jun 07, 2017 kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book!

This book is a fast paced, thrill ride from the first chapter. It has everything, murder, mystery, love. The characters are very likable and you'll find yourself reading well into the night! I can't wait to read the next book!!!
May 27, 2017 SandraE rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Another great book in the series. It hooks you right away so make sure you have the time to finish it.
Das war der letzte Band der Reihe für mich.
Nov 11, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~* 4.5 Stars *~
Parrish is Fast Becoming a Favorite of Mine in This Genre!

Leslie Parrish does it again! She's given us the second installment of what I've heard is a Black CATs trilogy (though they're so good, I can't help but hope they continue), and in keeping with the first, Fade to Black, she's knocked the romantic suspense genre on its butt with the well-paced, finely-crafted, and emotionally taut Pitch Black.

Alec Lambert is an FBI profiler who's a bit on the outs with the Bureau after a bu
Jul 16, 2012 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alec Lambert, FBI Agent und neuester Mitstreiter des "Cyber Action Team" um Wyatt Blackstone, ist auf der Spur eines Serienmörders der von der Polizei nur "Der Professor" genannt wird. Einmal ist er ihm schon entwischt doch dieses Mal will der Agent ihn schnappen. Dazu engagieren die Black CAT's die Computerspezialistin Samantha "Sam" Dalton und versuchen so, näher an den Wahnsinnigen heranzukommen, der sich seine Opfer über das Internet aussucht, sie ködert und sie dann kaltblütig in eine
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alec is newly arrived to the cat team. it's the place where agents who screw up are supposedly sent to founder, although the team leader is determined to take a smash on the wrist and turn it in to a positive thing, which is why only the best of the "undesirables" are interviewed for his team. when alec reviews a case that the team is looking at, he realizes it's a killer that he's been after for awhile. the guy seems to be using internet scams in order to lure people in to his murder t
Feb 22, 2012 Mara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of romantic suspense
Recommended to Mara by: Mrs. Giggles
After reading the previous book in the series, I had high expectations for this one. It was not as gripping and suspenseful as Fade to Black, but it was definitely creepier, with a killer who was different from the norm (which is a weird thing to write). The killer is a twisted stalker, and I was glad that he got what he eventually got, as bloodthirsty as that makes me sound. Basically, the suspense/mystery part was well done, like in the previous book.

What I had issues with was the romance. I
Princess Thuy
Dec 02, 2013 Princess Thuy rated it it was amazing
Oh my. Another very suspenseful read. Absolutely loved this second book in the Black CATs series. FBI Special Agent Alec Lambert is chasing after this bad guy they call the Professor for the past three years. One of the leads sends him to Samantha Dalton's door. Since the death of her grandmother Samantha has been an online blogger blogging about the dangers of online scams. She becomes the obsession of the Professor who reveals his name to be Darwin. When Darwin finds out that Samantha is helpi ...more
Dec 16, 2013 Pack52 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think this series could get any better than Fade to Black, but I was wrong. Pitch Black is better. Ms. Kelly is at the top of the game in romantic/suspense.

As in the first book, I was sure I knew who the bad guy was...several times. With all the twists and turns, my suspects were eliminated one by one. The last few chapters flew by as FBI SA Alec Lambert and the CAT closed in on him. That's the suspense part. The romance part between Alec and scam-blogger turned victim, Sam, was electri
Oct 05, 2015 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-goal
'Pitch Black' was just as good, if not better, than the first book 'Fade to Black' in this series, 'Black CATs'. I was somewhat expecting it to be a bit of a continuation of Dean and Stacey's story, but it wasn't. After I started reading it, I was glad the author went in a different direction. The storyline was action packed, full of mystery, suspense and a bit of romance. The way it played out held some 'oh no' moments along with some hot and steamy scenes. Alec was a terrific lead. He started ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This was better than the first book! There are sideline stories, and character build up. The main story and the characters were intense. The internet scams are real etc. It is scarey reading a book about cyber crimes, and email scams etc. We have all had them, but the twists are scarey enough where you would think it's possible they could happen to someone you know. Gawd! I have stuff listed on Craigslist! Spooky! These will end up being the urban legands in 20 years!

The romance build up was go
Black Butterfly
Jan 28, 2015 Black Butterfly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: BOOKBUB
Shelves: romance, suspense, crime, drama
Aiza Chaudry
Dec 06, 2013 Aiza Chaudry rated it it was amazing
Way better than Fade to black...! Enjoyed reading it... n Honestly i was skeptic about this warden informing Sam-the-Spaminator about Jimmy Flynt, about him being a freak..why would a warden be interested ? unless he himself had feelings for the woman!! :P anyways not boring....Agent Alec did a wonderful Job, love Black Cats :P
n Lily, it's not fair showing how vulnerable she really is, or should i say sentimental? Hardworking agent yet not a Bad-Ass!!! I knew it, she survived...:P
Lily's svelte n
Nov 17, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow- where to start? There was so much going on, I was glued to my kindle and about had a heart attack when the low battery started flashing on the screen. Quickly plugging it in, I sat against the wall getting sucked right back into the story. I shouted "NO" and quickly regained my composure telling myself that she was not gone- no way it would end that way. I liked the introduction of Alec to the Black Cat team. I even think that Sam would make a great addition, down the road. Wyatt didn't hav ...more
Tim Mcgurrin
Mar 10, 2014 Tim Mcgurrin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't be deceived by the jacket blurb: this book is a harlequin romance dressed up as a crime novel. It's really too bad because the villain has a ton of potential, but gets shoved aside so that the author can develop a juvenile relationship between the chiselled agent and a gorgeous but damaged divorcee. It's ridiculous and poorly-written. A bunch of other characters are stereotypical and one-dimensional, and a subplot involving catching what is surely the stupidest pedophile on the planet is a ...more
Oct 03, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Recommends it for: "romance thriller" fans, of which I am not one
Recommended to Heather by: it was in my mother's house, but I wouldn't say she recommended
Part of a trilogy, each focusing on a different Devastatingly Handsome FBI agent. The characters were likeable enough that I'm sort of tempted to read the other books, but I don't have much patience for the romantic thriller genre. I particularly don't get how the characters can do and say all kinds of NC-17 things (in terms of both violence and sex), but the narrative language (anything not in quotes) has to stay on a PG level. I mean, come on, a 3-page sex scene in the same book that uses "sca ...more
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Leslie A. Kelly is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than fifty novels in various genres. She writes contemporary romances--usually funny and sexy--as Leslie Kelly. The middle initial--A.--means a thrilling, dark suspense novel, like one of her Black CATs or Veronica Sloan titles.

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