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The Murder Game (Griffin Powell #8)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,389 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
New Game

The game is simple--he is the Hunter. They are the Prey. He gives them a chance to escape. To run. To hide. To outsmart him. But eventually, he catches them. And that's when the game gets really terrifying. . .

New Rules

Private investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers--they took one down together. But this new killer
ebook, 432 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense fans
This was a great read, a book I had a hard time putting down--it was that riveting for me! It had loads of suspense, a really creepy, deranged villain, a brave, kick a** heroine, and a smart, loving, swoon-worthy hero.
Although this book could be read as a stand alone, it is the follow up to a previous book titled, "The Dying Game", in which the hero and heroine of this book had significant roles.
The heroine, FBI agent Nicole Baxter, first meets the hero, Private Investigator Griffin Powell, in "
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who read "The Dying Game"
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
Another good book from Barton. Not utterly fantastic five-star worthy, but a solid 4-star. Which is typical of her books for me. I usually enjoy them quite a bit, but they tend to be give them that extra kick to make them really great.

To read this book, you really have to have read Barton's previous book, The Dying Game. You'll end up a bit lost if you don't. The plots are fairly heavily intertwined. Which relates to one of the minor problems I had with the book.

Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
After reading about the character, Griffin Powell, in several of Barton's books, I was intrigued and ready to read his story. I wasn't disappointed, and found this book to be at least as good as the others. I thought that Griffin made a great hero, and I also enjoyed the heroine, Nicole Baxter. I do not usually find ultra-feminist characters particularly appealing, but I did like Nic. The storyline was interesting, and there was plenty of fast paced action and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed this ...more
Debbie DiFiore
Loved the story. There were a couple of things that bothered me though that were just never explained and I wondered why they were even in there. I thought for sure the villain had injected a tracking device in her shoulder when it kept itching and bleeding but then it was dropped. There was a romance in it but it was meh. He had another bed buddy in the first part of the book but it didn't even need to be in there. He took her to a party with his good friends. They had been dating two months an ...more
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
cerita khusus tentang griffin powell & agen khusus nicole baxter.

penggalan2 cerita awal griff & nic sudah diceritakan di the dying game, yg sejak awal pertemuan sudah tidak ada akur2nya sama sekali.

di the dying game pun sudah diceritakan mengenai si pembunuh.
di the dying game pembunuh beauty queen ada 2 orang (hal yg tidak diketahui oleh siapapun), pinky & pudge.
kita tahu pinky tewas tertembak namun dia mati karena 2 peluru bukan 1 peluru yg berarti 1 peluru lagi ditembakkan oleh pen
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“I am not going to die!... I refuse to give up, to let him win this evil competition..”

The hunter is looking for prey – and when he finds it - all bets are off. From the very first page you’ll be pulled into a deadly game of hunter and hunted.

Miss Barton, cleverly brings back the character Pudge, one of the serial murderers from The Dying Game. He has unfinished business and he’s looking for a new game to play. The game: research and find women who will challenge him as a hunter and then begin
Nara Rain
Keren deh ceritanya.

Pepatah mengatakan, jangan terlalu membenci, nanti kau bisa jatuh cinta. Nah, itu sungguh-sungguh terjadi di novel ini.

Griffin Powell, multijutawan, pemilik Biro Keamanan Swasta, playboy kelas kakap yang menghindari keterikatan dengan seorang wanita, dipertemukan dengan Nicole Baxter, Agen Khusus FBI yang tangguh, mandiri dan keras kepala.

Griff tidak pernah seekstrim Nic saat menyatakan ketidaksukaannya terhadap wanita itu, sementara Nic mengatakan ia akan bunuh diri jika
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of Beverly Barton dari semua novelnya yang udh pernah aku baca
Mike French
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Beverly Barton novel, but definally not my last! A real page turner from the get go !
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found it easy to read but was pretty predictable. Griffin Powell's character was likeable but the same cannot be said for Nicole . The other characters weren't too interesting either. 2.5/5 for suspense.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little gruesome, but I really enjoyed the I want to read more of this series.
Lauren White
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Jodie (JCT)
another fantastic read i am glad i read the dying game first and finaly you know about Griffin, Saunders and Yvette's past though its hinted their more to the story.

i also enjoyed reading more about Nic Braxton a herion who is powerful and strong.
[ book 4 of Griffin Powell Series ]
By Beverly Barton
Copyright © 2008 by Beverly Beaver
Penerbit Dastan Books
Alih Bahasa : Endang Sulistiyowati
Editor : Rika Sylfentri
Cover by | © photographer : Postnikova Kristina Candan
Cetakan I : Juni 2009 ; 528 hlm
Rate : 4 of 5

Agen FBI Nicole Baxter sedang menjalani liburan dari cuti yang tak pernah ia ambil selama ini. Namun masa-masa tenang yang seharusnya ia nikmati, justru membuatnya semakin resah, terutama ka
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FBI agent Nicole and Private investigator Griffin thought when they ended the Beauty Queen killer that the nightmares would end but they were wrong…dead wrong. Nicole Baxter and Griffin Powell team up once again to stop a serial killer only this time it wasn’t by choice. They both received a personal invite by the killer himself. Nicole and Griffin will do everything in their powers to put a final stop to the madness.

The killer or as he likes to call himself “the hunter” is glad that both Griff
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a lot of romance with their crime thrillers
I really wish I would've known two things before starting this book:
1. It's part of a series and this is not the first book.
2. It's technically "romantic suspense" (which I had not even known was a genre until looking this book up on Goodreads).

Regarding the first thing, I would've preferred to read the first book first, but ultimately I didn't have any trouble following along. There were things that I didn't know that someone who'd read the previous books would have, but it didn't matter all t
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before starting this, I read some of the other reviews here and was slightly worried. I haven't read the previous book in the series, but didn't want to put this off any longer so tried it without doing so.

I needn't have worried. Yes there was some previous backstory I wasn't privy to, but I had absolutely no trouble following the story and characters. I was hooked straight away. The storyline was good, strong, and I enjoyed ever minute of it.

I would have given it 5 stars, except errors in the b
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not recommended
Well, I was very excited to try this book - I LOVE reading about very smart, psychopathic serial killers who play games and give clues and the even smarter law enforcement/detective types who stop them (I was, after all, weaned on Sherlock Holmes). But although the characters were interesting and the killer was smart and intriguing, this book really missed the mark with those tasked to stop him. I kept wanting to scream "Call Lincoln Rhyme" for heaven's sake - he'll take soil samples, he'll find ...more
Mirella Grace
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dari seri 1-5 yang sudah saya baca, this is my fave book!! simple aja, I love the story between Nicole and Griffin...

Kalo soal suspense nya, saya salut banget sama Pudge. Gak ada matinya! Udah dari buku sebelumnya (The Dying Games) berani ngebunuh sepupunya hanya karna gak mau kalah dalam kompetisi membunuh, eh, dia malah ngerancang aksi pembunuhan berantai yang gak kalah serunya.

Kalo soal masa lalu Griff Powell, ehmmm gimana ya? agak gak masuk akal buat saya. Tapi kalo emang di luar sono ada
Dyan Eka
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read sequel The Dying Game.
Sebenarnya udah baca ini waktu SMA. Tapi jadinya pengen baca lagi setelah baca yg pertama.

Selama baca, aku selalu mikir kalau aku jadi psikopat gila ini, aku nggak akan sok-sokan menantang FBI. Aku diem-diem aja bermain dengan permainan yg aku buat, bersenang-senang sendiri, mengumpulkan piala sebanyak yg aku mau. Bukankah psiko gila ini begitu berhasil di permainan sebelumnya?
Menyelesaikan permainan beauty killernya tanpa cela, tanpa ketahuan siapapun.

Tapi nyatany
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers
If you like Lisa Jackson, Tami Hoag, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, etc. etc. - then Beverly Barton is definitely in their league...only more clever. It is still a "cookie-cutter" story: Egomaniac is creatively killing and it takes one very sexy cop/detective/agent/investigator/prosecutor to bring the killer to justice. There's a matching of wits, a tete-a-tete, but in the end our hero/heroine prevails - seemingly without any assistance. There is usually a romantic tie-in of some sort - some c ...more
Marlene Chabot
FBI agent Nicole Baxter and PI Griffin Powell have teamed up again despite their dislike of each other when athletic women are randomly being killed once again. Who was this new serial killer? When Powell and Baxter solved another case five years earlier, they saw the serial killer they planned to capture killed in front of their eyes. Nicole always felt another person was involved in what was referred to as the death of the beauty queens, but her boss didn't want to hear it. This serial killer ...more
Jun 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh... another of those thriller type books. I haven't been reading those lately, except for this one. I think this is Barton's latest one, but I highly doubt it.

Anyway, The Murder Game has earned itself an 8 on my thrill-o-meter. I have yet to read a book that hits a 10 on my meter. I love her books, but to understand Barton's complex plot, you have to have read her previous book, The Dying Game. But what i like about this book is that Barton always puts in many twists and turns into the stor
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up on a whim... Never reading Beverly Barton books before I was not sorry. I been reading this series all out of Whack and each book that she has written even though its a series you still can follow...The Murder game hooked me...It was full of action, suspense, romance, just the right touch of everything. So of course I went out seeking more of her books.. I have read about 10 of her books thus far and not one of them has disappointed me.. They might not be as great as the mu ...more
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-used-new, 2009
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Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I did find this book to be a little predictable, and wouldn't say it stands up to crime fiction greats such as Val McDermid or Michael Connelly, I did nonetheless enjoy the story and thought it progressed well. I should point out that I had not previously read any other of Barton's novels, so had not before met Powell as a character. It may be that aspects of the story would be more poignant having done so. In sum, while not something I'd consider a personal favourite, I'd recommend it for ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I even bothered to finish this one (skipped a LOT of pages though). This had a good premise - a psychopathic killer who loves to play games, an FBI detective and a PI, clues and such, but nothing to show for. The description was captivating but the entire story fell short. Griffin and Nicole were just sitting and waiting for the body to turn up but doing nothing to actually capture the killer - the killer's not even smart enough. I've lost neurons on this one, it gave me a heada ...more
Ivy M
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books-read
This book picks up a year after the previous book (The Dying Game) ends off. You get to know who the killer is at the very first part of the book and that is a little bit different then I am use to but it was still a good book. I liked finding out about Griffin's past and how him and Nic get together. I also liked the way they figured out who the killer was and how to find him. He was clever but not clever enough to out smart the FBI or Griffin Powell. I had trouble putting this one down once I ...more
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private security expert, Griffin Powell and FBI Special Agent, Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers. Afterall, they took down the BQ Killer in Barton's last book, "The Dying Game".

Together, they're learning a lot about a "new" killer . . . he likes to play games and he likes to have adversaries to play against. Enter Grif & Nic.

Very interesting! Grif & Nic know this killer, sort of -- they don't know his identity or how to find him, but they do recognize him from previous cases
I loved this book!! Very suspenseful and very loving as well. The characters of Griffin and Nic Baxter are my absolute favorites! I noted that the author stated she would write more books about these characters (and several of the secondary characters) - I personally can't wait!

I would recommend reading The Dying Game first since this one picks up where that one left off. The Dying Game was the first book I've read by Barton, but now that I've read two of her books - I'm definitely looking to r
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Beverly Marie Inman was born on 23 December 1946 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA. Daughter of Doris Marie and Walter D. Inman Jr. A born romantic, she fell in love with The Beauty and the Beast epic at an early age, when her grandfather bought her an illustrated copy of the famous fairy tale. Even before she learned to read and write, her vivid imagination created magical words and fabulous characters ...more
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Griffin Powell (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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