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(New Orleans #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  10,117 ratings  ·  400 reviews
"Taut, twisty. . .Malice displays the skilled Jackson at her best yet." --The Providence Journal

The perfect moment is here at last. The humiliation and pain he put her through is about to be repaid. Soon Rick Bentz will know the torment of losing the person he loves most--and better yet, he'll have to watch. . .

"Gripping. . .Jackson heightens the creep factor." --Publisher

Kindle Edition, 513 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Kim Did you read the whole series in order? I started from the beginning of the series and this helps to answer most questions you will have. While…moreDid you read the whole series in order? I started from the beginning of the series and this helps to answer most questions you will have. While reading the series in order is not necessary to understand this book; it does give a better understanding of the background of Bentz and the other major characters. I’m glad I’m reading the series in order, so that I understand completely all the references that are made in each book about previous facts and events.
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Alex is The Romance Fox
This is the 6th book in the New Orleans Series and we meet Detective Bentz, who has resigned from the LA Police Department after the death of his ex-wife. He moved to Louisiana leaving behind an unresolved murder of twin sisters.

He now works for the New Orleans Police Department and married Olivia, a beautiful woman and living happily together.

Recovering from an accident he starts seeing Jennifer, his dead ex-wife. He begins doubting his sanity and with the help of Detective Montoya….I love this
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I swore off murder books a while ago but every so often I pick one up again just to be reminded why I hate this genre.

Bentz a sexy, successful cop, who apparently no one likes, is recovering from an accident when he starts having visions of his ex-wife, Jennifer. Jennifer was a two-timing skank who cheated on Bentz with his step brother, a priest. Why anyone feels bad about this woman's death is beyond me and yet the characters pretend to so the plot can advance.

Bentz leaves his very nice seco
Mar 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Page 216 - halfway through:
I'm a bit confused - has the actual stalker been introduced yet? Is there any kind of background or will it be brought to light at the end of the book? I'm not a fan of that - you seem to be left in the dark for the entire book with no actual "part to play", no room to guess who these people are or how things are connected. The story seems so disjointed.

The overabundance of adjectives and descriptions for every scene (especially those that hold no true bearing on the
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks-read
I love those mysteries that keep you guessing until the very end; something relatively hard to achieve. This was one of those 'whodunnits' I so enjoy. Sometimes it seemed to rattle on a bit and I would temporarily lose interest, but the story would draw me back in quickly. I didn't realize this book was part of a series until I came here to Goodreads to add it to my read shelf. That it was number 7 in a series totally makes sense as there were parts with references to things I didn't know anythi ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things I liked about this book, but one glaring issue kept pissing me off. I hate repetition - I don't need to be told the story over and over all through the book looking through some other character's eyes. Seriously? This book could have been about 50 pages shorter and nothing would have been lost in the story telling.

Someone has Detective Bentz in their sights, playing with his head and making it so believable. We do learn about Rick Bentz's past history in LA and the woman
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like my suspense more straightforward. I'm not much a fan of police procedure being tampered with either. There were too many things that just didn't really add up here. The characters were sterotypical and one note. It took quite a long time for this book to ramp up and then it meandered along until it was all too hastily and conveniently wrapped up in the last few pages.
May 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What sounded like a promising story sort of degenerated into 'how many bad things can happen to the main character in one single book' by about the third or fourth chapter.

Lisa Jackson definitely has the earmarks of a good writer, but the massive tragedy that was the life of this poor cop in her book ended up detracting from the character and the story far more than adding to it. The setup of his wife cheating on him, then him leaving her, getting back together and her cheating on him again, wit
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but get it anyway!, May 28, 2009

This review is from: Malice (Hardcover)
Yes, this is a formulaic thriller, but it isn't as straightforward and obvious as most. I was hard-pressed to guess the perpetrator of the hoax and I consider myself a pretty good sleuth!

This Lisa Jackson suspense thriller is fast paced and interesting -- Rick Bentz is stalked by a woman posing as his ex-wife -- wreaking havoc and determined to cause him ill. The only problem is -- his ex wife
May 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more from this writer than I received. The mystery centered on a policeman whose first wife supposedly committed suicide, and now that he has relocated and remarried, the first wife starts "appearing" in all sorts of places. Good idea maybe, but the plot line just was so weak and feeble! Plus, the author really, really overused the B@#%$ word, which I found totally unnecessary and boring.
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What is with these authors that have many books in print, but apparently have NO editors? It drives me crazy to read books with spelling, grammatical, or just plain word-usage errors. This was one of those books, and the story wasn't fascinating enough for me to overlook it. Apparently this is the seventh book in a series. I hadn't read any of the others, but I don't think I missed much.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an edge of ure seat gripping crime thriller, I could not put this book down, was completely taken in by the story from beginning to end.

As always I love the characters in this ongoing series of books. :-)
I loved this book!! I am loving this series!! Love this author's books!!
Midnyte Reader
I took this out of the library because I had hopes it would be a ghost story. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t, but I figured I would finish listening because I did become invested in the story and I wanted to find out what was going on.

Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the male protagonist, Rick Bentz. He is emotional and shows his feelings, but I guess I would have liked to have known a more compassionate side of him. I think it may have to do with the fact that the author focused p
Wendy Hines
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before DNA testing was available, victims were identified by their belongings and looks. Rick Bentz is either seeing a ghost, or he buried the wrong woman. Now that DNA testing is available, it may be time for an exhumation.

New Orleans Detective Rick Bentz is recovering from a spinal injury so he is currently off-duty. However, he keeps seeing his ex-wife Jennifer appear everywhere. He can’t believe what his eyes are showing him, as he knows he buried Jennifer twelve years ago. Either someone is
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh what an arduous, strenuous, taxing task it was to get to the end of this book! I'm feel slightly faint from the effort. Alright, I exaggerated a bit, but I actually found the time to read two other books while reading this one. I'll put it this way: have you every listened to a really good story being told by a very LOOOOONG winded orator who gave WAAAAAAAAAAYYY too many details before concluding the story. The story suffers as it looses much of its appeal and becomes quite simply boring. Tha ...more
This is the first book I picked up in the mystery genre so I was definitely surprised at what I was reading. There is so much detail and information piled behind character narration. But I have to say, it literally felt like I was sitting in the senerios and situations with each narrator, how much detail that should be deemed unnecessary, but paints very vivid images of normal moments. I did like Rick Bentz, a lot... though I found it weird that everyone else despised him like he was diseased or ...more
Alasandra Alawine
Rick Bentz wakes from a near fatal accident with a vision of his ex-wife who has been dead for 12 years. As he slowly recovers he spots "Jennifer" more and more until a package it mailed to him with recent pictures of the Jennifer look alike and her death certificate with a huge question mark.

Determined to discover if his ex is still alive he leaves for Los Angeles and begins talking to Jenifer's friends. Each reveals new information about Jennifer and Bentz begins to investigate the leads but t
May 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 999-challenge, audio
I'm a little jumbled over this one. While I liked the book and didn't ever think about stopping, I found myself tuning out. It seemed at times to go on and on and on and on....... I wasn't sure that I'd never make it to the solution of the mystery! I liked that the settings were well defined and the characters were well established, but there seemed to be more detail in places that was necessary. I wanted to shout "get on with it already!" more than once. There were several murders and many twis ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Jackson sure has a penchant for putting the characters in this series through hell. I certainly hope this is the last time she puts anyone in Rick Bentz' family through peril. How many crazed serial killers can this family endure? Okay, if you read books of the romantic suspense genre, you aren't expecting them to be totally realistic. And there is no denying that Jackson knows how to ratchet up the tension and suspense. I really enjoyed the scenes in Southern California, especially those i ...more
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Mysteries are not my favorite genre and this is not a book I would have chosen myself. That said, it was a quick read and kept my interest.

I think that my aversion to mysteries like this is that there isn't enough in-depth story. By nature, there has to be a lot of characters to have a lot of suspects. The multitude of characters can be confusing. In this book, I thought that many of the characters weren't really "fleshed-out." Although the author kept referencing Jennifer's relationship with th
Darren L.
Lisa Jackson at her absolute worst is still pretty darned good. And this is the least favorite novel I've read by her. It just seemed to drag. On and on. I've never struggled with one of her novels until this one. One full year, three startovers and one long push from p. 250 forward, but I did it. Maybe the problem was me. I can't say really, but I know that the other New Orleans novels zipped fast and furious without any pauses. This seemed like it took forever just to go three pages, and the w ...more
I just said this of the book 'The Sixes': This book would have been better if 'damn' was used in the dialogue and narrative less often, it was just repetitive and distracting. All of the characters said it several times so it made the characters seem less individual and unique. It was like listening to just one voice, instead of hearing the thoughts of the different characters. (See how my use of the 'character' over and over is annoying?)

This book was the same - it seems to me that there are se
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.

Malice is the sixth book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in January of 2009. This plot is set three months after the events in Lost Souls and the author brings back her focus on Rick Bentz with Rueben Montoya at his side, who aids him at ever
Aug 27, 2010 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't overly impressed with Lost Souls which was the book before this one in the series. This one I just could not bring myself to finish. I made it to 214 pages before I just couldn't stomach any more. For a hero (though flawed) police officer, the main character was acting too stupid for even a fictional character. It was like watching a bad B rated movie where you're screaming at the TV because the character being such a dumb@ss.

Worries me that I have a number of other books by Jackson in
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read, I did like the book! But I only gave it four stars because it isn't one I am going to run out and buy to have forever. I checked it out at the library after seeing it inthe stores - and it sounded good.

The main characters dead wife all the sudden reappears 12 years later. And its a good page turner, I will admit my suspision all along was wrong. I thought the dead wife had an identical twin no one knew about - so the book did catch me off guard there! I did like this author
Toni Koster
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
Boring. This book is too dragged out and gets you hooked in the beginning but fails to keep you captivated halfway. Way too much unnecessary detail, explaining and dialogue . I expected a lot more when I started reading it. This book is seriously not for everyone, if you have the patience to stick through a plus minus 250-300 page dry spell then by all means attempt this book , otherwise don't waste your time. Also there is a lot of unnecessary police stuff. That in the end just bores the reader
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I cannot finish this book for a couple of reasons:

1. I don't care about any of the characters - no depth to them.
2. The word "damned" appears so many times in this book that I can't stand it anymore - does this bug anyone else? One of the first things we all learn in school is DON'T REPEAT THE SAME WORD OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

This is the first book I have attempted to read by this author and I guess it will be the last. I'm not sure how it got such high ratings. I cannot recommend.
Jahh Love
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish the book, Its boring, all the description and everything , characters portray almost the same personality I cannot really distinguish who's who, there is no individuality among the characters, no spices, definitely lacks that certain aspect that keeps a reader craving for more to turn the page and keep reading , Repetitive first person point of view makes it more confusing for me.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a piece of crap. I suffered through a 500-page book that could have been 300-pages if she stopped explaining every damned thing (SHOW, don't TELL). And every time she used the phrase "oh, god" or some variant, which is about every third sentence, I wanted to beat my head into the wall. Avoid this thing.
Joan Lee
Good read

Keeps you on edge every minute. You will love this series, heart pounding, thrilling, each book gets better and better.
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages. 

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Other books in the series

New Orleans (8 books)
  • Hot Blooded (New Orleans #1)
  • Cold Blooded (New Orleans #2)
  • Shiver (New Orleans, #3)
  • Absolute Fear (New Orleans, #4)
  • Lost Souls (New Orleans, #5)
  • Devious (New Orleans, #7)
  • Never Die Alone (New Orleans, #8)
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