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Unspeakable (Tracers) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Laura Griffin
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29. Juni 2010 Tracers

Elaina McCord’s dream of being an FBI profiler is threatened by her very first case—investigating a string of murders near a Texas beach resort. The victims, all young women, were drugged and brutally murdered, their bodies abandoned in desolate marshland. Elaina’s hunch—met with disbelief by local police—is that these are only the latest offerings from a serial killer who has been perfecting his art for years, growing bolder and more cunning with each strike.

True-crime writer Troy Stockton has a reputation as an irresistible playboy who gets his story at any cost. He’s the last person Elaina should trust, let alone be attracted to. But right now Troy, along with the elite team of forensics experts known as the Tracers, is her only ally in a case that’s turning dangerously personal. A killer is reaching out to Elaina, taunting her, letting her know how ruthless he is and how close he’s getting. Now it’s not just her career that’s in jeopardy—it’s her life. . . .

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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books (29. Juni 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1439152950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439152959
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,2 x 10,6 x 2,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 163.211 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book. Visit her website at LauraGriffin.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor.

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Lito Island, Texas

N 26° 14.895 W 097° 11.280

24 hours later

The police station was quiet.

Alarmingly quiet.

Elaina McCord pulled into the empty lot and parked in the space closest to the entrance. She shoved open the car door and got out, sighing at the faint stirring of air. Not a breeze, exactly, but not too far off. For a moment, she stood beside the Taurus to get her bearings.

She scooped her hair off her neck and twisted it into some semblance of a bun. Her poly-blend Filene’s Basement pantsuit concealed her holster but didn’t breathe. She should have sprung for something silk, but when she’d purchased her career wardrobe, she’d been thinking D.C. or New York. In a million years she never would have guessed she’d end up in Brownsville, Texas—a satellite of a satellite office, a thousand miles from anywhere she wanted to be.

Except today.

Today Lito Island Police Chief Matt Breck had called Brownsville to request federal assistance in solving a string of homicides. Most likely he was expecting a pair of veteran agents in crew cuts and dark suits.

Instead, he was getting a rookie in a Donna Karan knockoff.

Elaina smoothed her lapels and gathered her determination. She slammed the door shut, locked the car, and hiked up half a dozen wooden steps so a cardboard sign could tell her what she already knew.

The place was deserted.

BE BACK SOON. The black hands on the clock had been positioned for ten-thirty. Elaina glanced up at the sun blazing directly down on top of her. She cupped her hand and peered through the tinted glass door to the darkened offices beyond. The place looked to be shut down.

Who shuts down a police station?

What the hell planet was this?

Elaina huffed out a breath and turned around. Beyond the minuscule lot, a row of tall palm trees bordered Highway 106, otherwise known as Lito Highway because it was the only highway in town and ran the entire twenty-two-mile length of the island. The first two miles, Elaina had discovered, were crammed with motels, restaurants, and surf shops. The last twenty miles consisted of God only knew what. From the map, it looked as though the road disappeared into the Lito Island Wildlife Refuge just south of town. She turned her gaze that way now and saw grass and water and what looked like never-ending acres of swamp.

Or estuary. Whatever.

A weathered wooden deck surrounded the dormant police station, and Elaina followed it around to the back, taking care not to let her low black heels catch on the uneven slats. The white adobe station house reflected the sun like a mirror. It backed up to Laguna Madre, the bay that separated Lito from the mainland. Elaina averted her gaze from the glare as she made her way to the back of the building. A speck of movement on the water caught her eye.

A boat. Moving in her direction, too, which meant it was either heading toward the police dock or the cleverly named Lito Island Marina just next door.

The boat drew nearer. Some sort of official logo marked the side of it, and Elaina counted at least four passengers standing behind whoever was at the helm. Her stomach tightened as she thought about the fifth passenger, whom she knew would be lying on the floor.

The boat zipped past the police dock before making a wide turn and gliding up to the marina. The wake splashed up through the wooden slats, soaking Elaina’s shoes.

Water squished through her toes as she picked her way across the thick carpet of Saint Augustine grass separating the station house from the marina. SUVs and pickups crammed the gravel lot. She spotted two police units and a red Suburban with LIFD painted on the side.

Elaina ducked around the side of the corrugated metal building, passing a leathery man toting an empty crab trap, then a pair of teenagers carrying yellow bait buckets. Next to a humming Coke machine, a man stood smoking a cigarette and watching her. She passed a wooden fish sink and a balding, bearded guy who paused in the act of hacking off a fish head to stare at her. Ignoring all the curious gazes, Elaina focused on the end of the pier.

The boat’s captain—Chief Breck?—barked out an order, and a man in a khaki uniform hopped down from the vessel to tie the bowline to a cleat.

Two uniformed men bent down in unison and lifted something off the boat’s floor. Elaina watched, shocked, as they manhandled the long black bundle onto the pier, where they laid it out in the sun. Finally, the captain disembarked.

Elaina strode forward. “Chief Breck?”

His gaze shot up and turned instantly suspicious beneath the bill of his LIPD cap. “Yeah?”

She stopped before him and looked up at the guarded expression in his brown eyes.

“I got no comment at this time,” he stated.

“Excuse me?”

“You’re with the Herald, right?” His gaze skimmed over her suit, pausing on her wet cuffs, then snapped back up to her face. “Or maybe you’re TV? Either way, I got no comment as of yet, so —”

“I’m with the FBI.” Elaina thrust out her hand. “Special Agent Elaina McCord.”

His eyebrows popped up, disappearing beneath the hat.

“You called Brownsville this morning?” she reminded him as his baffled gaze dropped to her hand. “Requested assistance?”

His brow furrowed now, and Elaina gave up on the handshake. He looked her over once again. She peered around him at the body bag laid out on the dock. A white-haired man in street clothes stood beside it. The ME?

“Why don’t you step on over there?” Breck gestured back toward the building. “Someone’ll be with you in a minute.”

Elaina gritted her teeth but complied with his request by stepping back a few paces. It wouldn’t be wise to piss off the police chief in her first homicide investigation. She crossed her arms and looked on as Breck turned his back on her and exchanged words with his officers.

Smoke wafted over to her. Elaina glanced at the Coke machine, where the man with the cigarette still stood, his shoulder propped casually against the door frame. Something about his steady, penetrating look gave her goose bumps.

She glanced away.

A flurry of feathers erupted as the man at the sink tossed some guts into the water and the seagulls scrambled. A giant brown pelican flapped over to snatch away the prize, then perched on the dock as he gobbled it down.

Elaina glanced around, taking mental notes. The teenagers had disappeared but the crabber still lurked nearby, his arms folded over his chest and his trap at his feet while his attention remained fixed on the body bag. Elaina memorized his face, then scanned the rest of the area for suspects. Some perps liked to hang around and observe the aftermath of what they’d done. Elaina counted nine spectators at the moment, including a shirtless, sun-baked twenty-something with blond dreadlocks. He had his arm draped over a young woman’s shoulders, and they watched the end of the pier with morbid fascination.

Elaina checked her watch. She cursed under her breath. Breck and his men stood huddled on the dock, shooting the nonexistent breeze. Elaina felt her temperature rising as the minutes ticked by and the sun glared down.

A large brown bird alighted at the end of the pier and wobbled over on spindly legs to check out the body bag, jabbing at the plastic with a sickle-shaped beak.

Elaina shot past the men and waved her arms. “Shoo! Shoo!” she yelled, and the bird took off.

She whirled around....

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Na ja.... 23. Januar 2011
In diesem zweiten Teil der Serie geht's um Elaina McCord und den Schriftsteller Troy Stockton. Elaina ist die Tochter eines berühmten FBI-Profilers und versucht seinem Beispiel zu folgen. Zu ihrem Entsetzen wird sie gerade bei ihrem ersten offiziellen Einsatz in eine Kleinstadt gesandt und soll dort die örtlichen Behörden bei einer Morduntersuchung unterstützten. Schon bald ist sie davon überzeugt, einem Serienmörder auf der Spur zu sein. Ihr Vater, ihre Vorgesetzten sowie ihre Kollegen werfen ihr jedoch nur Steine in den Weg. Nur Troy ist vom erstem Augenblick an von ihr und ihren Theorien überzeugt und versucht ihre beruflichen Ambitionen zu unterstützen. Elaina weiß nicht so genau was sie von dieser Unterstützung halten soll. Glaubt Troy an ihr Potential oder geht's um was ganz anderes?

Flüssig geschrieben, ohne jedoch am Spannungsbogen des Vorbandes anknüpfen zu können. Weder Elaina noch Troy haben mich als Hauptpersonen fasziniert. Troy hat sich meiner Meinung nach Elaine gegenüber teilweise sogar sehr überheblich und herablassend verhalten, was er in keinem Kapitel des Buches wieder wettmachen konnte.

Das Ende war für meinen Geschmack schon sehr kurz und bündig, ohne richtig "ausgefeilt" zu erscheinen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This book felt flat. I wanted more emotional development, more details, and closure from men who mistreated Elaina. 4. Juli 2010
Von Jane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Elaina is a rookie FBI agent. She studied to be a profiler. She is sent to Texas to gain field experience. She is unwelcome in the male world. Her boss plans to fire her within the year. He sends her to Lito Island, Texas, to work on a serial killer case. The local police chief and Texas Ranger in charge of the case don't like her and don't want her involved. They make things difficult for her. Troy is a local author who became wealthy writing true crime novels. He is interested in the case and helps Elaina even though she doesn't want his help. The killer kidnaps women, kills them with a knife, and dumps their bodies in wildlife refuge areas.

At the end of the book, I felt a number of subjects were incomplete. I wanted to know more about what the killer did to his victims, were they conscious at the time, what his feelings were, and why he did this. I wanted to know more about the killer's involvement with the online game. I wanted to know what the killer was thinking and feeling when he contacted Elaina to give her clues. I wanted to know who and why certain FBI men wanted Elaina to fail. At the end of the book, I was hoping to hear comments from FBI men and the local authorities about being thankful for what Elaina did regarding the case, and/or changing their minds about her, but not enough happened.

I was not emotionally engaged. I had trouble caring about Elaina. I did not like the way she treated Troy. I wasn't in Troy's head to understand why he was attracted to Elaina, other than her long legs. After they had sex, they both treated each other poorly and were angry with each other, which didn't feel right to me. It felt like an excuse to create conflict. The story could have used more romantic emotional development.

Story length: 384 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 9. Setting: current day Texas, Mexico, and Virginia. Copyright: 2010. Genre: romantic suspense.

I've reviewed the following books by Laura Griffin.
4 stars One Last Breath
5 stars Thread of Fear
3 stars One Wrong Step
4  stars Untraceable
4  stars Whisper of Warning
3 stars Unspeakable
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unspeakable 2. November 2010
Von MNix - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Rookie FBI profiler Elaina McCord is struggling on her first case. It seems no one wants her to succeed, and everyone is getting in her way. But Elaina is smart and determined, and she'll do whatever it takes to solve the case.

True-crime writer Troy Stockton can have any woman he wants, but Elaina is proving a challenge. The sparks fly between Troy and Elaina as they try to find and stop a serial killer who preys on innocent women.

Troy is a little arrogant, yet with good cause. He's a man of many talents, and he makes Elaina look even greener than she is. Elaina follows Troy's lead in the beginning, but as the story progresses, they work together, and she manages to level the playing field. She's determined to prove herself, and against all odds, she does. She's intelligent and good at her job. There is little romantic chemistry between Troy and Elaina, although they are attracted to each other. Elaina holds a lot of animosity towards Troy and constantly gives him the cold shoulder, so it's somewhat of a surprise that Troy is so persistent. They do have a very sensual romance and get their happily ever after, though. Unspeakable is exciting, suspenseful, and very well written. I was guessing until the end and surprised at the outcome. The Tracers series is compelling and riveting, and I'm anxiously looking forward to book three. Laura Griffin has quickly joined the ranks of my favorite romantic suspense authors.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen good 2nd in the series 4. August 2010
Von N. Rogers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Laura Griffin's second book in the Tracers series has an excellent serial killer storyline. I also enjoyed Griffin's interesting use of the geocaching phenomenon, but the romance was a bit iffy. I just wasn't quite sure that driven FBI agent Elaina would get involved with true crime novelist Troy given that she wasn't interested in a relationship with anyone in Texas (a place she never wanted to be stationed and planned to leave just as soon as she could) and that she generally seemed annoyed by Troy though he proved helpful at times. Fortunately, the romance is a minor storyline while the murder investigation is at the forefront. The killer's identity came as a shock; it was easy to figure out who he was married to, but his identity was quite the puzzler. It all came together very well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another winner by Laura Griffin 30. Juni 2010
Von Jane Myers Perrine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Elaina McCord is having a bad career day. A new FBI special agent, she had put down her top choices for a post--Baltimore, D.C. and New York--but ends up in the office called the graveyard of careers: Brownsville, TX. Not only does her supervisor dislike her for unknown reasons, but the sheriff she's sent to work with on her first assignment makes it clear he doesn't want her help.

No one listens to Elaina's theory that the most recent victim was killed by a serial killer whose first murder--that of Mary Beth Cooper--took place nine years earlier. That old case has been solved; the culprit imprisoned but the bodies keep coming.

As the investigation into the latest murder begins, Elaina meets Troy Stockton who published a book about the nine-year-old case, attributing the death to the now imprisoned Charles Diggins. A well know writer, Troy interviewed Diggins and obviously doesn't agree with Elaina's theory. Other than that, he's very impressed with the special agent.

Troy is a wonderful character, successful, strong and sexy, who works with Elaina to investigate the most recent murders. As they work together, Elaina discovers her own strengths and recognizes she is a capable agent as she solves the case through hard work and guts. The novel ends with an exciting, suspenseful chase through the channels of the coastal waterway as Troy and Elaina speed after the murderer and his last victim.

Laura Griffin has written another sizzling thriller with unforgettable characters. Nominated for a RITA for Whisper of Warning book, Ms. Griffin has another winner in this exciting tale of love, adventure and learning to trust. If you're looking for great characters, romance and a fast-moving story, you'll love Unspeakable.

Reviewed by Jane Myers Perrine
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Second Book in Series 9. März 2013
Von mommyof3 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Unspeakable by Laura Griffin was a quick, suspenseful and enjoyable read. Elaina and Troy were likeable and they had good chemistry. I would have liked their characters to have been better developed. Perhaps then they would have seemed more real to me. Although I enjoyed the first book in the series, Untraceable, one of the annoying factors for me was that the main characters were not better developed. I was hoping Unspeakable would be different. Perhaps it is just the author's style not to delve into the main characters past too much. With that being said, I still enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.
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