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Lucy’s back! In a story ripped from the headlines, the violence is the worst she’s ever seen, the stakes are higher than ever, and then…things get personal. It’s a vicious, horrific crime: the brutal killing of a teenaged girl. When Pittsburgh detectives call FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino to the scene, their focus is on who and why? Was it the girl’s Afghan fa Lucy’s back! In a story ripped from the headlines, the violence is the worst she’s ever seen, the stakes are higher than ever, and then…things get personal. It’s a vicious, horrific crime: the brutal killing of a teenaged girl. When Pittsburgh detectives call FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino to the scene, their focus is on who and why? Was it the girl’s Afghan father striving to regain his honor after she became too Westernized? Her Jewish boyfriend? Someone from Afghanistan settling an old grudge? Or one of the many drug cartels the father helped the DEA bring down seeking revenge? Former Marine Sergeant Andre Stone has been home a month, but he has yet to leave the safe haven of his grandmother’s house–other than to go to his appointments at the VA’s burn clinic. Andre’s disfiguring physical scars are the least of his worries. The emotional wounds of seeing his men massacred in a DEA raid gone horribly wrong have left him a walking dead man, numb to anything. All he can think about is revenge. On Rashid Raziq, the man behind the raid. When Andre is offered a chance at vengeance, the only question left is: How far will he go to get it? The answers seem clear when Pittsburgh becomes engulfed in flames as a violent narcoterrorist turns the city into a kill zone…But in the dark of night, surrounded by men intent on destroying the truth, Lucy and Andre both learn that secrets hide in shadows.


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Lucy’s back! In a story ripped from the headlines, the violence is the worst she’s ever seen, the stakes are higher than ever, and then…things get personal. It’s a vicious, horrific crime: the brutal killing of a teenaged girl. When Pittsburgh detectives call FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino to the scene, their focus is on who and why? Was it the girl’s Afghan fa Lucy’s back! In a story ripped from the headlines, the violence is the worst she’s ever seen, the stakes are higher than ever, and then…things get personal. It’s a vicious, horrific crime: the brutal killing of a teenaged girl. When Pittsburgh detectives call FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino to the scene, their focus is on who and why? Was it the girl’s Afghan father striving to regain his honor after she became too Westernized? Her Jewish boyfriend? Someone from Afghanistan settling an old grudge? Or one of the many drug cartels the father helped the DEA bring down seeking revenge? Former Marine Sergeant Andre Stone has been home a month, but he has yet to leave the safe haven of his grandmother’s house–other than to go to his appointments at the VA’s burn clinic. Andre’s disfiguring physical scars are the least of his worries. The emotional wounds of seeing his men massacred in a DEA raid gone horribly wrong have left him a walking dead man, numb to anything. All he can think about is revenge. On Rashid Raziq, the man behind the raid. When Andre is offered a chance at vengeance, the only question left is: How far will he go to get it? The answers seem clear when Pittsburgh becomes engulfed in flames as a violent narcoterrorist turns the city into a kill zone…But in the dark of night, surrounded by men intent on destroying the truth, Lucy and Andre both learn that secrets hide in shadows.

30 review for Kill Zone

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)

    Okay, this is the best book in the Lucy Guiardio series yet. The action starts early and never lets up until the last page. Lucy Guiardino has grown much since her last book. There are many likes and most of them are terribly simple. It's just a fun story. Fun stories have lots of things to like in them. Here are some particulars (some of these go through all three books) Lucy - I like her as a strong character, she's complex, she's tough, she's feminine (difficult to write a feminine action hero Okay, this is the best book in the Lucy Guiardio series yet. The action starts early and never lets up until the last page. Lucy Guiardino has grown much since her last book. There are many likes and most of them are terribly simple. It's just a fun story. Fun stories have lots of things to like in them. Here are some particulars (some of these go through all three books) Lucy - I like her as a strong character, she's complex, she's tough, she's feminine (difficult to write a feminine action hero even when it's a woman) and she's in charge. She gets beat up, she makes bad decisions, she takes chances and feels guilty. You do need to read all three to understand her better here because she gets less face time than in the previous books. Lucy's just a winner with me as a pistol totin' tough FBI Agent in Pittsburg. Nick - this is the best image of Nick we've seen yet. He's still the ultra sensitive insightful shrink, but this time we get to see him scared, angry and in danger and, he doesn't fire a shot. With words and wit he faces down gang-bangers and serial killers. He's got a good heart and more than a little hero in him and he cares about his patients (as a therapist). It was refreshing to see Nick as a human for a change and not some insightful priest like figure married to Saint Mary. Jennah- Jenna grows too. She's tougher than she looks and, flawed in very human ways. She's a tough pistol packin' sharp shooting woman. I mean, "don't mess with the US Mail" if you know what's good for you. She's a sour sidekick, with a batman like zeal and she really resnets Lucy which makes for interesting chemistry. Andre - a new figure. A veteran of the Afgahn War with horrible disfiguring burns. I could gush about him for a long time. I'll just say this. Thank you Dr. Lyons for including this kind of human figure of courage and kindness. Morgan - I actually hated Morgan as a character in the last book. I thought she was too young for the role she was cast in. This time, she's a bully, but she grows too, thanks to Nick. It must have been a tough balance to have her change thinking and still keep her sociopathic side. She makes a dark Avenging Angel, as much as a Dark Gardian Angle when she choses to be. And, even when she's being nice, she's scary. She's definately the girl you'd never think was dangerous, until she puts a knife in your gizzard!...or shoots you....or tries to burn you alive... or any number of unpleasant things. Nick - Lucy - I still love the romance, the relationship and the fact that it's still a loving marriage at the end of the book, despite the hardships faced in the middle. It's really great that there's a female heroine out there who's not married to, or in love with a jerk, or single and having to sort through would-be-suitors to find Mr. Right while chasing serial killers and dodging the badguys. Nick's a bit on the perfect side, but, he's growing to meet us on the human side of things. Morgan - Jenna - I liked that Morgan, a young girl, was Jenna's bully. Yes, Bully tactics work on adults too. You just have to "up the antee first." This is a twisted relationship and it's hard to tell if it's Thelma and Louise, Beauty and the beautiful beast or Beastie and the Beastier Beast but what ever they've got going, it only gets more interesting as the book goes buy, ends up just as convoluted and, gave room for both characters to grow and mature without looking like rediculous villains or helpless victims. the Action-... I Mean "HOLY FREAKIN CRAP BATMAN!" Once this took off, it just didn't stop. When it slowed down, the character building scenes and tension kept things as tight as a circus tightrope and it just kept on going. Healing themes - In this one, more than the other two, there are healing themes all over the place. Everybody has a wound, emotional baggage, fears, problems you name it and, most of the characters we've grown to care about find some version of healing and personal growth. Considering how violent this book is, how wicked, racy and lucivious some of the content is, these characters find a way to become closer to whole than they were before. Plot - The plot was perhaps a bit transparent, but the subplots that carried themes over from previous books and new ones started here made ever step complicated and left me wondering "what's going to happen next" even when I had figured out who we were dealing with and even the bad guys next moves. Working the complexity in with all of this balls to the wall action must have been hard. This is a good story. Place - Pittsburg PA? Who'd have thought something like this might happen in Pittsburg? I never did, but, it sure worked. There were times when it had the same confused feel that reminded me of the LA Riots and the Watts Riots even before that. Shooting at firemen trying to put out fires, chaos in the streets. Police as targets. The Little' ol' Grandma's Auxilliary - I loved the ladies with Andre's Grams and the two nuns driving the projects in a pannel van to rescue those caught in the chaos. The little old ladies "We're Skyping" running their own Emergency dispatch unit in Grams's basement. It was a nice touch. Warnings Violence, all kinds of it delivered with lethal intent and vicious means. The Villain(s) are wicked, mean, horrible people who enjoy inflcting pain. The Victims never deserve what they get. It's Mob violence, it's Gang violence, it's police brutality and the D.C. Sniper all rolled into one. I think it's managed well and though there is a lot of it, it's not gratuitus or pointless (which is important to me). I can handle violence that, maybe I don't agree with, but has a human mission to solve or meet a problem head on. Good story, over all 4.5 stars (Rounded up to 5). As good as I thought the first book was, this is better. As much as I liked the second book, this is much better. Best Lucy G story yet.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Layla Darnell

    Love love love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A Psychopathic killer, a Mexican drug cartel, an afghan man and his family, a former marine, and local gangs make for one day of hell in the city of Pittsburgh. Lucy Guardino returns along with Jenna, Walden and Taylor to help save a city from ruins. The murder of two young girls brings Lucy and her team out to investigate but things don't add up and it only gets worse from there as they all fight to save themselves while attempting to protect inn Love love love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A Psychopathic killer, a Mexican drug cartel, an afghan man and his family, a former marine, and local gangs make for one day of hell in the city of Pittsburgh. Lucy Guardino returns along with Jenna, Walden and Taylor to help save a city from ruins. The murder of two young girls brings Lucy and her team out to investigate but things don't add up and it only gets worse from there as they all fight to save themselves while attempting to protect innocent civilians. This dark thriller is a high octane ride packed with action and twists and turns around every corner. The dark subjects in this book may not be for everyone but the author tells a great story and her characters are brave and determined to see justice served at all costs. The storytelling in this book drags you right into this crazy and chaotic world making you feel as if you're experiencing the terror and shock along with the characters. So buckle up and hang on its about to get crazy in Lucy's world! y

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Kill Zone indeed. A fairly face-paced novel which takes place in Pittsburg, PA. A combined group of terrorists create complete chaos and gets many police agencies involved. Then to top it off, the psychopathic teenager from first two books in this series is hanging around on the fringe of this chaotic mess waiting for her chance to contribute. Two young girls are massacred in their home and who happen to be the children of a questionable relocated Afghani. A severely injured, but well on the way Kill Zone indeed. A fairly face-paced novel which takes place in Pittsburg, PA. A combined group of terrorists create complete chaos and gets many police agencies involved. Then to top it off, the psychopathic teenager from first two books in this series is hanging around on the fringe of this chaotic mess waiting for her chance to contribute. Two young girls are massacred in their home and who happen to be the children of a questionable relocated Afghani. A severely injured, but well on the way of recovery (at least physically), marine is thrown into the chaos and literally all hell breaks loose all over town. I liked this book, but had a bit of time with all the characters introduced in such a short time. 2 thumbs up and 4 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sherer

    As a high school freshman I took ancient history, which included, of course, Greek mythology. Learning the names and relationships between all the Titans and then the Olympians who came after (let alone demigods and mortals involved in all those wars) was a daunting task. Adding the name of another goddess in the pantheon of authors who populate the Mt. Olympus of thrillers is just plain pleasurable. Seems to me that these days, some of the best writing, not to mention some of the most ingenious As a high school freshman I took ancient history, which included, of course, Greek mythology. Learning the names and relationships between all the Titans and then the Olympians who came after (let alone demigods and mortals involved in all those wars) was a daunting task. Adding the name of another goddess in the pantheon of authors who populate the Mt. Olympus of thrillers is just plain pleasurable. Seems to me that these days, some of the best writing, not to mention some of the most ingenious premises and unique characters, are coming from the pens (or laptops) of the likes of Alafair Burke, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, Nancy Pickard, JT Ellison, Allison Brennan, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and now CJ Lyons. I met CJ Lyons at a mystery conference some years ago, but had not gotten around to reading her oeuvre (too many authors, too little time!) until I recently got my hands on a copy of KILL ZONE, the third Lucy Guardino FBI thriller. Though she shares a name and vocation with the heroine of another goddess’s series (Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid), she is her own kick-butt character, and this entry in the series solidly establishes her as both an FBI Special Agent and a woman to be reckoned with. From the discovery of the bodies of two girls horrifically murdered that opens the book, the action is nearly non-stop. Lyons knows how to ratchet up the tension by stacking up the odds against the good guys as a Mexican drug cartel and a Philadelphia gang join forces to take over the streets. She throws even more into the mix by bringing in a couple of potentially loose cannons in the form of a teenage serial killer intent upon revenge against Lucy and a former gang member turned Marine who comes back from Afghanistan burned beyond recognition. Lyons cleverly interweaves all these threads into the action, but doesn’t sacrifice her characters’ humanity or individuality to do so. Lucy continues to face down danger ultimately to protect those she loves, and we get to see that first-hand in her relationship with her husband Nick. Lyons calls her books “thrillers with heart,” a play upon the notion that they fit into the sub-genre known as “romantic thrillers.” But KILL ZONE, at least, as I’m sure is true of the rest of the series, plays more like a straight-ahead example of the thriller genre at its best. Which is why CJ, too, is one of the goddesses in the thriller mythology.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Quillracer

    This story had many elements in the beginning that made it hard for me to get caught up in the story. Some of those elements were a bit too ‘over the top’ for me to buy into, making it impossible to accept the story as realistic. Lyons did, however, mesh those multiple elements into a neat and more realistic whole by the end. And the tension is almost unending as the whole story takes place over the afternoon and night of one day. The bad guys and their environs were also a little too ‘right out This story had many elements in the beginning that made it hard for me to get caught up in the story. Some of those elements were a bit too ‘over the top’ for me to buy into, making it impossible to accept the story as realistic. Lyons did, however, mesh those multiple elements into a neat and more realistic whole by the end. And the tension is almost unending as the whole story takes place over the afternoon and night of one day. The bad guys and their environs were also a little too ‘right out of central casting’ to be believable. Many thriller authors have the bad guys outthink and outmaneuver the good guys throughout the book until they suddenly suffer an outbreak of the stupids or the good guys get a sudden infusion of smarts near the end – another thriller convention that I find hard to believe. Lyons made the good and bad guys fairly equal with the edge shifting constantly from one side to the other. One more thing I found a little hard to accept was the complete personality reversal one person underwent. I liked the first book in this series but was a little let down by the second. Sadly, this one didn’t undo that. So, I doubt I’ll be back for more in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabby-Lily Raines

    When I first read via Ms. Lyons' newsletter that a new Lucy Guardino book was coming out, I was quite excited. The titles may be off-putting to some readers, but they make perfect sense in context of the stories and the stories are excellent. What I really love about this story (about all of her books really) is that it's of the edge reading. There is violence, yes, but it isn't gratuitous violence. There is, from my viewpoint, just the right amount to make the story realistic -- if there was eit When I first read via Ms. Lyons' newsletter that a new Lucy Guardino book was coming out, I was quite excited. The titles may be off-putting to some readers, but they make perfect sense in context of the stories and the stories are excellent. What I really love about this story (about all of her books really) is that it's of the edge reading. There is violence, yes, but it isn't gratuitous violence. There is, from my viewpoint, just the right amount to make the story realistic -- if there was either more or less something would be lost. There is mystery, action, and jurisdictional squabbling. The characters also make the story. They are ordinary people you might know. They think, they are tempted, they must choose their paths, and their choices are ones that the reader could -- conceivably IF in the circumstances with that personality -- choose for themselves. Looking forward to the next installment in the series! (Cross-posted to Amazon.com, Librarything, Goodreads, B&N)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    This is my favorite Lucy book yet. Fast paced and nonstop action. I am usually the first to figure out who's the bad guy or good guy. This one had me guessing until the very end. I like that the author doesn't try to make Lucy out to be perfect in every way. She is an FBI Agent, wife, and mother and is very likable but not perfect. In this one a few character's from the 2nd book but gives a brief account of them. However because I love this series would strongly recommend them as well and if pos This is my favorite Lucy book yet. Fast paced and nonstop action. I am usually the first to figure out who's the bad guy or good guy. This one had me guessing until the very end. I like that the author doesn't try to make Lucy out to be perfect in every way. She is an FBI Agent, wife, and mother and is very likable but not perfect. In this one a few character's from the 2nd book but gives a brief account of them. However because I love this series would strongly recommend them as well and if possible, in order. That being said, don't not read this book just because you may not have read the others. It's a good book and I hope this is not the end of Lucy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Kill Zone, like every book written by CJ Lyons is a must read. The book captured my attention and I had a difficult time putting it down. It was great to get to see the next chapter in Lucy Guardino’s life. The book was realistic enough that you could picture it happening. The drug cartels in Mexico are not for the faint of heart and neither is this book. It takes things we read about and watch in the news and places it in our backyard. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you en Kill Zone, like every book written by CJ Lyons is a must read. The book captured my attention and I had a difficult time putting it down. It was great to get to see the next chapter in Lucy Guardino’s life. The book was realistic enough that you could picture it happening. The drug cartels in Mexico are not for the faint of heart and neither is this book. It takes things we read about and watch in the news and places it in our backyard. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you enjoy fast paced, with kick butt characters I would recommend this book for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    My favorite series of the year. I hope there will be more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    4.5/5!!! I LOVE this series! It's based on true events and is fabulous. Hiiiiighly recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Todd Wilkinson

    The book starts off with a horrific crime, which grabbed my attention immediately, and gave me hope for a great read. But the remaining pages were filled with the ridiculously implausible, which left me wondering where Lucy Guardino hides her Supergirl cape. Drug cartels, gangs, a 13-year old psychopath, nuns, and a zoo all play a role in this 1 day of action. I've read a few other CJ Lyons books and enjoyed them some, but these aren't on my must read list. I'll read more as time and opportunity The book starts off with a horrific crime, which grabbed my attention immediately, and gave me hope for a great read. But the remaining pages were filled with the ridiculously implausible, which left me wondering where Lucy Guardino hides her Supergirl cape. Drug cartels, gangs, a 13-year old psychopath, nuns, and a zoo all play a role in this 1 day of action. I've read a few other CJ Lyons books and enjoyed them some, but these aren't on my must read list. I'll read more as time and opportunity allow, but this wasn't the great read I was looking for.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bob Burch

    In the prologue, the author said she had to reduce the level of violence so that readers would find it believable for good old USofA. Ironically, a couple of weeks before I started reading this book, I'd been offered employment in the US. I declined it because I won't live in, or visit, a country where lunatics have guns ... this book confirmed I made the correct decision.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniela

    This was the best one of the series (IMO). Action packed from word one and didn't stop until the epilogue. I didn't really care for Jenna in the previous book and that just intensified in this one. That girl's got issues!!!! Morgan is a very scary character. On to the next.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Addie

    So entertaining! I’m so happy I’ve found this series! The reads are quickly and so engaging. I love the formatting as well. The reader gets to sort of experience the thrill from the perspective of different characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Neena Christianson Martin

    Take over. That's what is happening when a drug cartel and gangbangers team up to take over Pittsburgh. It's up to Lucy and her team and some committed civilians to stop them before more lives are lost.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda D. Keenan

    Interesting but tedious reading. Took a long r one to read. Book was good but very tedious to read more than a couple of chapters at a time. I dislike the ending but will take a break before reading anymore of this author's books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie

    Great read. Fast paced thriller. Intriguing characters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sadia X

    Book was good, not the ending I expected. Book was a little slow in the middle but it picked up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Definitely the best of the three books I’ve read in this series. Action right from the start and a great blending of three different story lines to form one complete adventure. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bernie

    Kill Zone is the third book in the Lucy Guardino F. B. I. thriller series written by author C. J. Lyons.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Mcnally

    Great book plenty of twist and turns.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ‘Sup?

    4.5* KILL ZONE is the third instalment in C.J. Lyons’s Lucy Guardino FBI thriller series and is best read after the other two (SNAKE SKIN and BLOOD STAINED, in that order), but can be enjoyed as a standalone as well. Having read and truly enjoyed her medical (Angels of Mercy) and romantic suspense (Hart & Drake) series, and being a big fan of thrillers (romantic or otherwise), I loaded up the first two Lucy Guardino books on my Kindle for a cross-country trip. I started reading SNAKE SKIN whilst 4.5* KILL ZONE is the third instalment in C.J. Lyons’s Lucy Guardino FBI thriller series and is best read after the other two (SNAKE SKIN and BLOOD STAINED, in that order), but can be enjoyed as a standalone as well. Having read and truly enjoyed her medical (Angels of Mercy) and romantic suspense (Hart & Drake) series, and being a big fan of thrillers (romantic or otherwise), I loaded up the first two Lucy Guardino books on my Kindle for a cross-country trip. I started reading SNAKE SKIN whilst waiting at the gate at the airport and was immediately engrossed in the story. The poor flight attendant got little more than a noncommittal grunt in response to her offer for an in-flight beverage because I was so busy reading, and the story was much the same on the return trip with BLOOD STAINED. Best flights I’ve had in recent memory! ☺ The Lucy Guardino books are straight thrillers (as opposed to romantic suspense) and not for the faint of heart, since they often deal with very dark subjects and delve into the disturbing depravity of the evil of the human psyche. As Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Squad, Lucy works some of the most disturbing cases around and must balance the darkness & dangers of her job—coupled with her almost single-minded drive to see the perpetrators apprehended, no matter the risk—with a successful marriage and raising a teenage daughter. And she does it whilst kicking ass, taking names, and bending the rules in the pursuit of justice. KILL ZONE is another high-octane, fast-paced page-turner boasting components of every recent chilling news headline seamlessly woven together into an intricate plot. Homegrown gang violence? Check. Possible honour killing? Check. Horrifying cartel brutality & narcoterrorism? Check. A city under siege? Double check. And on top of all that: the return of everyone’s favourite teenage psychopath, Morgan Ames from BLOOD STAINED. In addition to the edge-of-your-seat excitement of the plot and tight writing, KILL ZONE sports a great cast of secondary characters. Watching gun-toting US Postal Inspector Jenna Galloway try to recover from her traumatising experiences in BLOOD STAINED and battle her disdain for and admiration of Lucy (along with a host of other issues) whilst walking the fine line between vengeance and justice will leave no one indifferent—regardless of whether you like Jenna or approve of her motivations. And the scenes featuring Morgan provide further insight into the most ambiguous of psyches: a child’s vulnerabilities coupled with a capacity for great evil, which makes for a fascinating character. KILL ZONE is a great addition to the Lucy Guardino FBI thriller series, and a great read for Lucy and thriller fans alike. [An eARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review—no monetary compensation whatsoever was involved. I have read and enjoyed most of C.J.’s work but have also been lukewarm (and vocal about it in reviews) about a couple of books, so this review is not simply the product of fangirlism]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jon Borah

    KILL ZONE selected as one of Suspense Magazine's Best of 2012 Books! Lucy's back! In a story ripped from the headlines, the violence is the worst she's ever seen, the stakes are higher than ever, and then...things get personal. It's a vicious, horrific crime: the brutal killing of a teenaged girl. When Pittsburgh detectives call FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino to the scene, their focus is on who and why? Was it the girl's Afghan father striving to regain his honor after she became to KILL ZONE selected as one of Suspense Magazine's Best of 2012 Books! Lucy's back! In a story ripped from the headlines, the violence is the worst she's ever seen, the stakes are higher than ever, and then...things get personal. It's a vicious, horrific crime: the brutal killing of a teenaged girl. When Pittsburgh detectives call FBI Supervisory Special Agent Lucy Guardino to the scene, their focus is on who and why? Was it the girl's Afghan father striving to regain his honor after she became too Westernized? Her Jewish boyfriend? Someone from Afghanistan settling an old grudge? Or one of the many drug cartels the father helped the DEA bring down seeking revenge? Former Marine Sergeant Andre Stone has been home a month, but he has yet to leave the safe haven of his grandmother's house--other than to go to his appointments at the VA's burn clinic. Andre's disfiguring physical scars are the least of his worries. The emotional wounds of seeing his men massacred in a DEA raid gone horribly wrong have left him a walking dead man, numb to anything. All he can think about is revenge. On Rashid Raziq, the man behind the raid. When Andre is offered a chance at vengeance, the only question left is: How far will he go to get it? The answers seem clear when Pittsburgh becomes engulfed in flames as a violent narcoterrorist turns the city into a kill zone...But in the dark of night, surrounded by men intent on destroying the truth, Lucy and Andre both learn that secrets hide in shadows. Think you have what it takes to handle Lucy? Order KILL ZONE today! New to Lucy? Check out her first two adventures in SNAKE SKIN and BLOOD STAINED! Praise for New York Times Bestseller CJ Lyons and her Thrillers with Heart: "Everything a great thriller should be--action packed, authentic, and intense." #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child "A compelling new voice in thriller writing...I love how the characters come alive on every page." New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver "Top Pick! A fascinating and intense thriller." RT Book Reviews "An intense, emotional thriller...(that) climbs to the edge of intensity." National Examiner "A perfect blend of romance and suspense. My kind of read." #1 New York Times Bestselling author Sandra Brown "Highly engaging characters, heart-stopping scenes...one great rollercoaster ride that will not be stopping anytime soon." Bookreporter.com "Adrenalin pumping." The Mystery Gazette "Riveting." Publishers Weekly Beyond Her Book Lyons "is a master within the genre." Pittsburgh Magazine "Will leave you breathless and begging for more." Romance Novel TV "A great fast-paced read....Not to be missed." Book Addict "Breathtakingly fast-paced." Publishers Weekly "Simply superb...riveting drama...a perfect ten." Romance Reviews Today "Characters with beating hearts and three dimensions." Newsday "A pulse-pounding adrenalin rush!" Lisa Gardner

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Chestnut

    I thought this was great, mainly because I really like super smart, rational people like Lucy. Although the action was a little far-fetched, it certainly kept the plot moving. I like how the author anticipates reader reaction - for example, when I wondered if Lucy was just too perfect, that whole idea was explored through one of the character's interactions with "Saint Lucy." Or, when I was concerned that having a 13 yo (14?) as Lucy's arch-nemesis was kind of ridiculous, there was a plot twist I thought this was great, mainly because I really like super smart, rational people like Lucy. Although the action was a little far-fetched, it certainly kept the plot moving. I like how the author anticipates reader reaction - for example, when I wondered if Lucy was just too perfect, that whole idea was explored through one of the character's interactions with "Saint Lucy." Or, when I was concerned that having a 13 yo (14?) as Lucy's arch-nemesis was kind of ridiculous, there was a plot twist that took care of this. Speaking of Morgan - is that a Luther shout out? Anyway, this was a quick, enjoyable read and I heartily recommend it. Although there are many references to prior book developments and a familiarity with those prior books is helpful, this certainly can be read and enjoyed on its own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    J.F. Penn

    This book will definitely keep you racing through to the end! The action takes place in just one night, with a horrific double murder just the beginning as the city of Pittsburgh erupts into violence sparked by drug gangs. The body count is huge, the pace is super-fast and Lucy Guardino and her team must rescue hostages and save lives as they dodge bullets and bombs along the way. I liked the character of Andre, a burned ex-Marine who must fight his own demons in the flames. Definitely a series This book will definitely keep you racing through to the end! The action takes place in just one night, with a horrific double murder just the beginning as the city of Pittsburgh erupts into violence sparked by drug gangs. The body count is huge, the pace is super-fast and Lucy Guardino and her team must rescue hostages and save lives as they dodge bullets and bombs along the way. I liked the character of Andre, a burned ex-Marine who must fight his own demons in the flames. Definitely a series to watch!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ann Reinhold

    Lucy begins the investigation into a brutal murder of two children. These murders are just the beginning as the city explodes into a war zone! Another fast paced thriller that has you out of breath as Lucy rushes to save the lives of a mother and her child while being smack in the middle of the fight! These books are addicting....you can't read just one :-) I love C.J. Lyons style and so far each book has kept me glued to it to the end!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Although it took me awhile to get into this one I ended up loving it. Lots of death and mystery! I really didn't like Morgan in the last book but I do believe that she redeemed herself somewhat in Kill Zone. It was good to see that Nick got a little taste of what Lucy deals with day in and day out. I loved the addition of Andre he and Jenna are a good fit. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pearl Drolet

    This was an excellent book! The characters from her previous novels were developed even more and great new characters added. The plot was unpredictable and had enough twists and turns to keep me wanting more. It is the story of drug lords fighting in the city and also of the kidnapping of a woman and her baby that are connected to it. Murder and mayhem fill the pages, but in keeping with the plot. I would highly recommend this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Another great story from Lyons about FBI Agent Lucy Guardino, her psychiatrist husband, Nick, and the members of her squad. Set in Pittsburgh, PA, this book shows what happens when a city is attacked. A story full of gangs and international drug dealers, this will stay with you long after you turn the last page.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Pretty violent because of a vicious Mexican drug cartel where it seems the sky is the limit on terror teamed up with an afghani terrorist and a black gang. The cops are dealing with multiple diversions while lucy and her team are looking for murderers of two girls who are actually the afghani terrorist's daughters. Interesting concept which I pray never comes to pass and a good read.

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