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~ Early praise for NOTHING SACRED ~ "Superb, chilling, visceral, raw, a masterpiece..." NOTHING SACRED Helen White Goodreads review "NOTHING SACRED is the enthralling, emotionally charged and evocative prequel to [Wickard's] powerful thriller ENCOUNTER. It will captivate, unsettle, evoke deep and passionate feelings and haunt you long after the final page is read." Pat O ~ Early praise for NOTHING SACRED ~ "Superb, chilling, visceral, raw, a masterpiece..." NOTHING SACRED Helen White Goodreads review "NOTHING SACRED is the enthralling, emotionally charged and evocative prequel to [Wickard's] powerful thriller ENCOUNTER. It will captivate, unsettle, evoke deep and passionate feelings and haunt you long after the final page is read." Pat O'Meara Goodreads Review "Mr. Wickard is a master at scene setting. All the senses are used when a new scene is revealed." Dana Griffin author of COERCED and THE COVER UP "Mr. Wickard is fast making his place in history as one of THE best authors out there." Melanie Adkins ~ Have You Heard My Book Reviews A sacred practice... A rite of passage... A ritual ceremony passed down from generation to generation. One hundred million of the world's women are currently affected by this brutal practice. In Douglas Wickard's chilling, controversial new novel NOTHING SACRED, a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of contemporary Charleston, South Carolina...this vicious act comes home. Is there nothing sacred?


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~ Early praise for NOTHING SACRED ~ "Superb, chilling, visceral, raw, a masterpiece..." NOTHING SACRED Helen White Goodreads review "NOTHING SACRED is the enthralling, emotionally charged and evocative prequel to [Wickard's] powerful thriller ENCOUNTER. It will captivate, unsettle, evoke deep and passionate feelings and haunt you long after the final page is read." Pat O ~ Early praise for NOTHING SACRED ~ "Superb, chilling, visceral, raw, a masterpiece..." NOTHING SACRED Helen White Goodreads review "NOTHING SACRED is the enthralling, emotionally charged and evocative prequel to [Wickard's] powerful thriller ENCOUNTER. It will captivate, unsettle, evoke deep and passionate feelings and haunt you long after the final page is read." Pat O'Meara Goodreads Review "Mr. Wickard is a master at scene setting. All the senses are used when a new scene is revealed." Dana Griffin author of COERCED and THE COVER UP "Mr. Wickard is fast making his place in history as one of THE best authors out there." Melanie Adkins ~ Have You Heard My Book Reviews A sacred practice... A rite of passage... A ritual ceremony passed down from generation to generation. One hundred million of the world's women are currently affected by this brutal practice. In Douglas Wickard's chilling, controversial new novel NOTHING SACRED, a psychological thriller set against the backdrop of contemporary Charleston, South Carolina...this vicious act comes home. Is there nothing sacred?

30 review for Nothing Sacred (FBI Agent Dan Hammer Series Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Adkins

    Someone is killing young girls. Not just killing them, mutilating them. There doesn't seem to be a link between them other than age. George Madden found Angie Kessler running near Old Towne Road. She was covered with blood and he knew she needed a hospital immediately. It became apparent they needed the FBI to help find this killer. What happens next will surprise even the most hardened reader. Douglas Wickard does it again! He's spun a story and brought attention to a situation that is long ov Someone is killing young girls. Not just killing them, mutilating them. There doesn't seem to be a link between them other than age. George Madden found Angie Kessler running near Old Towne Road. She was covered with blood and he knew she needed a hospital immediately. It became apparent they needed the FBI to help find this killer. What happens next will surprise even the most hardened reader. Douglas Wickard does it again! He's spun a story and brought attention to a situation that is long over do. Well written and characters you'll identify with, this book is one you need to have in your collection. Mr. Wickard is fast making his place in history as one of THE best authors out there. Personally I felt Mr. Wickard held back in this book. His books are usually a whole lot more powerful and engaging. It is still a great book though. The over use of the word "Jake" got to me also. I gave this one four cheers out of 5 because it's a terrific book and the story should be told. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Nothing Sacred by Douglas Wickard is the enthralling, emotionally charged and evocative prequel to his powerful psychological thriller Encounter. It will captivate, unsettle, evoke deep and passionate feelings and stay with you long after the last page has been read and the book closed. Detective Dan Hammer of the Charleston Police Department is lead investigator in the mysterious case of a girl found mutilated and half dead on a back road late one night. Dr Sydia Garrison, a beautiful and brillia Nothing Sacred by Douglas Wickard is the enthralling, emotionally charged and evocative prequel to his powerful psychological thriller Encounter. It will captivate, unsettle, evoke deep and passionate feelings and stay with you long after the last page has been read and the book closed. Detective Dan Hammer of the Charleston Police Department is lead investigator in the mysterious case of a girl found mutilated and half dead on a back road late one night. Dr Sydia Garrison, a beautiful and brilliant young surgeon at the Medical University operates on her and saves the girls life. FBI Special Agent Harry Wright, a profiler from the Behavioural Science Unit at Quantico, is brought in to help when another victim is found and a task force is formed. The scene is set, the main characters are in place and a first class psychological thrill ride begins with plot twists, intense action, suspense, drama and deep rooted wounds from the past that will have far reaching consequences for the future. Having read all that Douglas has written I wasn’t expecting any divergence from the masterly and compelling style that is in all his work. I was certainly right in that expectation. It just strengthens my respect for, and appreciation of, his amazing storytelling and creative talents. Nothing Sacred comes highly recommended. Brilliant job Mr Wickard- very much look forward to more from you in the future. I received a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen Needles

    "Choosing?" "I love choosing." And so begins Nothing Sacred, Mr. Wickard's latest psychological thriller, which I highly recommend you choose to read. Mr. Wickard, as with previous books, brilliantly intertwines creative storytelling with imagery, details, and in-depth research that are compelling and leaves the reader wanting to read more. This is the second book in the Dan Hammer FBI Series. The first, Encounter, where we are introduced to Detective Dan "Hammerhead" Hammer, takes place in San Fr "Choosing?" "I love choosing." And so begins Nothing Sacred, Mr. Wickard's latest psychological thriller, which I highly recommend you choose to read. Mr. Wickard, as with previous books, brilliantly intertwines creative storytelling with imagery, details, and in-depth research that are compelling and leaves the reader wanting to read more. This is the second book in the Dan Hammer FBI Series. The first, Encounter, where we are introduced to Detective Dan "Hammerhead" Hammer, takes place in San Francisco, CA. Nothing Sacred locates us in Charleston,SC. Two coastal areas, brutal killings in both; or, this time, is it a killer on the loose, or a mutilator? Detective Hammer is united, once again, with Harry Wright, FBI Agent and killer profiler. We now learn more about both men's personal lives, and empathize with Wright as he leaves the bedside of his dying wife to go to Charleston. Also, returning characters are Hammer's ex-wife, Gina, and their young daughter, Alexandra. We meet many new supporting, yet significant characters in Nothing Sacred. We also meet Dr. Sydia Garrison, a stunning and gifted resident surgeon; Janice, a seemingly 24/7 local newspaper reporter seeking her big story; George Madden and his wife, Edna; and, the "chosen" young female victims and their families. What immerses me in Mr. Wickard's writing is his mastery of character development. He does not force the characters to be who they are not. The reader is given intricate behaviors and habits connected to each character's personality. They are believable,and it's easy to become invested in their lives. For me, in Nothing Sacred, even a nondescript car jack in the trunk of a car, found by a trapped and panicked victim, takes on its own character as it becomes revered as a means for hopeful escape and survival. Mr. Wickard has a knack for using one or two word zingers; appropriate, and even amusing at times. He gives the reader "A-ha" moments. I was well into the story, and thoroughly engaged, when an "A-ha" moment appeared and I realized, then, just who the killer was. I had no previous suspicions of that person. I applaud Mr. Wickard's skill in writing psychological thriller fiction that includes bringing awareness to the reading public of subject matter that might be controversial, or even uncomfortable, for some. In Nothing Sacred, the reader is informed of an appalling cultural tradition among young girls that still exists in some countries; unspoken, yet condoned. Mr. Wickard's acknowledgement of acclaimed author, Alice Walker, and book dedication are commendable; and, to this reader, artistic respect. Congratulations, Mr. Wickard, on another absorbing read. I look forward to your next book launch.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana Griffin

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I was given an advance copy to read for an honest review. This is the fourth book of Mr. Wickard’s that I’ve read and enjoyed the most. Not that his others aren’t good, they great, but this one captured me from the beginning and didn’t let up till the end. The writing flows keeping this reviewer engaged and finishing the book in a couple of days. The characters are believable and faults exposed so that the reader feels they are a friend by the end of the book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I was given an advance copy to read for an honest review. This is the fourth book of Mr. Wickard’s that I’ve read and enjoyed the most. Not that his others aren’t good, they great, but this one captured me from the beginning and didn’t let up till the end. The writing flows keeping this reviewer engaged and finishing the book in a couple of days. The characters are believable and faults exposed so that the reader feels they are a friend by the end of the book. The victims in the story you get to know so that when their death comes, you feel as bad about it as if they had really died. One thing Mr. Wickard is a master at is scene setting. All the senses are used when a new scene is revealed. I was shocked when I learned the identity of the killer near the end, as it was someone I hadn’t suspected, and I’m usually pretty good at figuring out early who the killer is. Readers of serial-killer mysteries, or those who love well written stories will love this book I look forward to more of Mr. Wickards novels.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Silk

    "An Awesome Psychological Crime Thriller" This is the fourth exciting novel by talented author Douglas Wickard. He certainly knows how to make your spine tingle. He stands with the most popular authors of this genre as he writes another gripping suspense. Sacred rituals await a teenaged girl as the villain scopes her out at the mall watching her dance around her boyfriend. That evening George Madden drops off his wife, Edna, at the weekly prayer meeting. As usual, he has his own weekly meeting at "An Awesome Psychological Crime Thriller" This is the fourth exciting novel by talented author Douglas Wickard. He certainly knows how to make your spine tingle. He stands with the most popular authors of this genre as he writes another gripping suspense. Sacred rituals await a teenaged girl as the villain scopes her out at the mall watching her dance around her boyfriend. That evening George Madden drops off his wife, Edna, at the weekly prayer meeting. As usual, he has his own weekly meeting at the prostitute club, "Silk Stockings." After he gets his satisfaction, it's hard for him to see while driving on the dark country road at night. However, as he glances toward a stand of trees, he notices a person dressed in all white running and stumbling through the trees. He stops, grabs a flashlight, and works his way through the brambles to find a young girl, barely breathing, laying on the ground. He hoists her over his shoulder to his car and takes her to the hospital. He feels he's likely to be in deep do-do when he has to explain this to his wife Edna. Doctor Sydia Garrison who specializes in surgery at Medical University of South Carolina is sickened by the barbaric assault on this young teenager. A local news reporter, Janice Porter, gets a tip from a fellow who works at the hospital, so she quickly attempts to be the lead reporter and goes to the hospital. There she sees the infamous Detective Dan Hammer who has a strong dislike for reporters, which only hampers her a bit to get a report to her boss. Very soon, as the police search the area where George found the mutilated girl, another young girl's body is found. This leads to FBI Agent Harry Wright into the fast moving investigation of the serial killer tagged, "The Mutilator." This is very compelling story, with the characters well defined, in fast reading style of writing by the author. One can't help read this story non-stop to the very end to see when and if the trauma ends. Highly recommend this suspenseful thriller.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Helen White

    Nothing Scared is the preview to Encounter and features Detective Dan Hammer while he is still part of the local police force. A suspected serial killer is abducting and mutilating young women, but one survives. In what is quite simply a master stroke Wickard uses clinical medical terminology to describe the mutilations; for example a Doctor describes her examination findings on the survivor in medical terminology, later a technical description of the mutilation is given as part of the autopsy o Nothing Scared is the preview to Encounter and features Detective Dan Hammer while he is still part of the local police force. A suspected serial killer is abducting and mutilating young women, but one survives. In what is quite simply a master stroke Wickard uses clinical medical terminology to describe the mutilations; for example a Doctor describes her examination findings on the survivor in medical terminology, later a technical description of the mutilation is given as part of the autopsy on a victim. This methodology is superbly chilling, and excellently highlights the sheer horror and repulsion of the crimes. At times I found myself making noises of distress as the extent of the mutilation became apparent. Twice I almost wanted to put the book down to recover from it's assault on my psyche, but the writing is so fast paced and compelling that I was unable to tear myself away. The plot twists and turns like a sidewinder, and one particular act should, if interpreted correctly, have pointed straight to the killer but such is the sheer class of this tale of suspense and terror that the reader only sees this in the aftermath. The character of Dan Hammer is well crafted, lent humanity by small insights. His almost obsessive need to see his daughter, the raw, visceral physical explosion of lust and desire on the way to a crime scene, the way his weariness and cynicism contrasts with his near hero worship for the FBI profiler sent to assist. All in all superb, chilling, visceral, raw, and a masterpiece. Wickard deserves a place amongst the key writers of suspenseful thrilling crime writing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Rager

    The pace of this book is fabulous it moves right along and keeps you interested. The characters are real and speak with a few clichés, just the way real people often do and it works. The characters have a hometown feel and you like them. You even like the twisted predator and how he thinks. I like the way Wickard has the book laid out and set up in terms of structure, it keeps the plot moving. I will definitely be reading the rest of Wickard's books. I love a good FBI thriller. The pace of this book is fabulous it moves right along and keeps you interested. The characters are real and speak with a few clichés, just the way real people often do and it works. The characters have a hometown feel and you like them. You even like the twisted predator and how he thinks. I like the way Wickard has the book laid out and set up in terms of structure, it keeps the plot moving. I will definitely be reading the rest of Wickard's books. I love a good FBI thriller.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This was a great mystery. The characters were interesting: Janice Porter, reporter, Dr. Sydia Garrison, surgeon, Dan Hammer, detective and Dr. Marjorie Dunlap, medical examiner. I really liked the insertion of thoughts from the killer throughout the story. They added to the suspense and gave subtle clues as to the killer's identity. Leave enough time for reading because once you get started you won't want to stop until the story is over. This was a great mystery. The characters were interesting: Janice Porter, reporter, Dr. Sydia Garrison, surgeon, Dan Hammer, detective and Dr. Marjorie Dunlap, medical examiner. I really liked the insertion of thoughts from the killer throughout the story. They added to the suspense and gave subtle clues as to the killer's identity. Leave enough time for reading because once you get started you won't want to stop until the story is over.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Erickson

    Very Well Done! I started reading this book at 11pm, intending to maybe read for an hour, then go to sleep. It is now 6am, and I just finished the book. It grabs you, and does NOT let you go. Great characters, excellent research, and strong story line. I need to go look for more of Mr. Wickard's work! I highly recommend you do so also. Lydia Erickson Very Well Done! I started reading this book at 11pm, intending to maybe read for an hour, then go to sleep. It is now 6am, and I just finished the book. It grabs you, and does NOT let you go. Great characters, excellent research, and strong story line. I need to go look for more of Mr. Wickard's work! I highly recommend you do so also. Lydia Erickson

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Klomp

    Blood-n-guts Everywhere! I was tempted to do only two stars. However upon consideration I decided that the book held my attention despite all the blood and guts. And, I know some folks find B and G to be really cool stuff - thus the 3 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.p. Sitler

    Wickedly written, suspense full read with engaging characters. You won't believe who the killer is! Wickedly written, suspense full read with engaging characters. You won't believe who the killer is!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Jones

    I absolutely loved this book. Mr. Wickard does an awesome job of keeping the reader guessing who did it. Seriously, I was reading this book and kept thinking I had it all figured out. Then wham, he throws me for a loop and I have to rethink it all over again. This book is definitely not your typical thriller where you can figure out the whole book from the very beginning. Douglas Wickard is a brilliant author who keeps the readers entertained and enthralled in his books. This book is very descri I absolutely loved this book. Mr. Wickard does an awesome job of keeping the reader guessing who did it. Seriously, I was reading this book and kept thinking I had it all figured out. Then wham, he throws me for a loop and I have to rethink it all over again. This book is definitely not your typical thriller where you can figure out the whole book from the very beginning. Douglas Wickard is a brilliant author who keeps the readers entertained and enthralled in his books. This book is very descriptive, clear and precise, and an absolute must read. I can not wait for the next book from him. I give it 5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ROBERT W. DARST

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elif Akyol

  16. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Burr

  17. 4 out of 5

    Billy Linville

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly L. Day

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

  20. 4 out of 5

    William taylor

  21. 5 out of 5

    Norma

  22. 5 out of 5

    Delene Vrey

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Coleman

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly Thomas

  26. 5 out of 5

    nichole smith

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mike Jones

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

  29. 5 out of 5

    kartikeya

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ken

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