A serial killer is terrorizing San Antonio, and the method of murder is beyond macabre. As Ivy Nash is pulled into the case by her police detective friend, Stan, there appears to be one intersecting point between the victims—Ivy herself.
Meanwhile, Ivy and her new organization, ECHO, take on a case for a run-away teen whose parents have disappeared. Was it self-imposed, or is something more nefarious going on?
Moving at a break-neck pace, the parallel trails to stop the killer and to find the missing parents seem both murky and crystal clear. But just as Ivy believes the end is near, past transgressions are slammed in her face—and nothing will be the same.
A man wants retribution. And he’ll even saw off his own leg if it means Ivy will suffer.
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“Rife with deceit and deception and characters that leap off the page, this story is told with confidence through a sure hand, engaging both the mind and the heart. A compelling treat.” — Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author
“I love the way that Mefford writes, seamlessly jumping between characters and time frames with no confusion, and he is extremely descriptive of the setting . You almost feel like you are watching a movie instead of reading a book!” — Hilary Mahoney, Elusive Red Tiger
“Mefford wrote her character with depth and you can feel her passion for her job throughout the entire book.” — Shelly Maynard, Lynchburg Mama
Above reviews from An Ivy Nash Thriller, Book 1, IN Defiance
Books in the Alex Troutt Thriller Series:
AT Bay AT Large
Books in the Ivy Nash Thriller Series:
IN The End
Q&A with author John W. Mefford:
Q: What do the Ivy Nash Thrillers have to do with the Redemption Thriller Series?
JWM: The Ivy Nash Thrillers comprise the second sub-series in the Redemption Thriller Series. The Alex Troutt Thrillers are the first sub-series. While I’ll eventually write a series that connects the major characters and plots from all the sub-series, you don’t have to read the AT books prior to the IN books. But I have to say, the AT thrillers are darn good.
Q: So you’re saying you don’t have to read the Alex Troutt Thrillers before the Ivy Nash Thrillers?
JWM: Nope. While a few of the characters might occasionally overlap between the series, they can be read as stand-alone. And then I’ll wrap everything up in a final set of six novels that connects all of the main characters and stories from each sub-series. If you haven’t read any of the Alex Troutt thrillers yet, you can try out the first three at a pretty nice discount. Just search for Alex Troutt Box Set.
Q: Can you give some insight into how Ivy Nash might connect to Alex Troutt down the line?
JWM: Sure…and then I’ll send over a hit squad. Seriously, I’ll be sprinkling in a few clues along the way for those who pay close attention to the details, but it will all come together in that final six novels of the Redemption Thriller Series. And it will be explosive and gut-wrenching at the same time.
Q: How many different sub-series are you planning to have in the Redemption Thriller Series?
JWM: Right now, I see four sub-series in the Redemption Thriller Series, with six novels in each. It’s the most challenging and fulfilling creative endeavor I’ve undertaken. I hope you enjoy the journey.
About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.
John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.
When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.
John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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IN Pursuit sees Ivy face the demons from her past in order to track down her kidnapper from book 1. After leaving her CPS job her new organization, ECHO, is beginning to take off when she takes on a case from a girl Anika that Christine who now works for Ivy knows from the street – Anika is looking for her parents, not what ECHO is all about but Ivy agrees to help her find them. Something about her seemed a little off to me and my suspicions were right when the reason comes out as to why she is looking for parents after being on the streets for 5 years and now worrying about them until now.
Whilst this is going on Ivy has to deal with a murderer who is taking out people she knows or has had dealings with, he is leaving a sadistic calling card by writing on their lower backs – remnants to what happened to Ivy when she was kidnapped, the way in which he kills is gruesome and just the thought of it when reading had me shudder with fear and disgust.
There were a few hairy scary, heart in mouth moments that had me going “NOOOOOOO!” leaving me unable to stop reading no matter how late in the night it was – much to the chagrin of hubby!
You will not want to put this book down and when it ends you will want to jump straight into the next one – unfortunately we have to wait but I wish I could start it now!
This was a bloody (pun intended) good read! And you begin to get the subtle dots connecting these books to the Alex Troutt books and already I am imagining how Ivy and Alex come together – I am probably way off but I can’t wait to find out! Whilst you can read it as a stand along I recommend you read book 1 to get a feel for Ivy and her background as well as it more in depth than in this book and also we get the first dealings with the kidnapper.
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