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Publisher:  SynergEbooks ISBN-10:  0970662246 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2001

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The Silicon Valley Writers
The Silicon Valley Writer

The story THE DEADLY THORN, a suspense novel evolves around SALLY OLIVER, an abused wife, who discovers that her husband of only three months, JIMMY OLIVER, has murdered two previous wives, making their deaths look accidental so he could collect the double indemnity insurance. Sally flees for her life with the aid of her friend, JULIA EVANS.

Jimmy is obsessed with getting Sally back. But never bothered to find out that she and Julia are both top female pistol marksman of their county. He follows her and Julia to Seattle. Even with detectives WILLIAMS and O’BRIAN on the job, Jimmy still manages to kidnap Sally twice. The first time she toys with the idea of using her gun, but finds a way to escape and spends a horrifying night in a dark industrial area.

The police place Jimmy under guard at his motel, but he gets away through the attic, steals a car and disappears. When he reappears, he discovers EVA LINDSAY, his third wife is helping the police. He visits her apartment and tries his abuse tactics, but she fights back and injures him with a fireplace poker. The three women take matters into their own hands and disguise themselves to track Jimmy down. But he evades the police and abducts Sally yet again, taking her to Spokane on the back of a motorcycle. He keeps her tied up with duct tape in the motel rooms.

I recommend you read THE DEADLY THORN to discover the fast moving and action packed climax of this novel.



When the phone rang, she flinched, figuring Jimmy wanted to harass her more. If she ignored it, he’d make her pay later. On the third ring, she hesitantly picked up the receiver and took a deep breath.


“May I speak with Mrs. Randy Oliver?

Hearing the feminine voice, Sally relaxed. “Speaking.”

“Are you alone?”

She knitted her brows not liking the sound of the question. At this time, she certainly didn’t need a prank call. “Look, I’m very busy.”

“Your life’s in danger. So please, don’t hang up.”

“What!” Sally exclaimed, entwining the phone cord around her fingers.

“I want you to listen closely. I’m Jimmy’s third wife and I want to tell you what happened to his first two.”

The cord dropped from her fingers. “Is this some sort of a sick joke?”

“Check the marriage records if you don’t believe me. Jimmy killed his first two wives.”

Sally sank down on the edge of the bed, gripping the receiver to her ear.

Professional Reviews


The Deadly Thorn

by Betty Sullivan LaPierre


ISBN 0-9706622-4-6

Published by E-Pub2000 copyrighted (c) 2001

file size depends on format Price $8.95 on Sale at $5.00

Move over Charlie's Angels! This is suspense writing at its very best. I liked everything about this novel. Lots of fast action and page scrolling danger. Jimmy Oliver is a con man, who seduces, marries, insures and murders his wives. Two of them with the help of a friend (a woman who is a national shooting champion) are about to get even.

I really enjoyed the flow of this story. Everything is touch and go from the very beginning and the reader is hauled along breathlessly for the ride. There are real world issues in this book as well. Domestic violence and the strength and courage to overcome physical abuse are an important part of Ms LaPierre's story telling.

Not since "Good Bye Earl" has an abusing man gotten what he so richly deserved. But the ladies are in danger and Jimmy is fearless in his efforts to get at them. The end result is that there are some parcarious moments that will light up your monitor and cause you to scroll just a little faster.

The climax of this novel is one of the fastest moving and action motivated moments I have ever read. I highly recommend that you read The Deadly Thorn.

Jonathan David Masters


Murder Mystery

The Deadly Thorn

By Betty Sullivan LaPierre

An ePub2000 Book

Sally Oliver stood at the bedroom window and watched her husband of three

months climb into his pickup. When the dark green truck turned the corner

and disappeared, her body sagged with relief. Shivering, she wrapped her

arms around herself. The temperature inside the house matched that of the

outdoors, but she didn't dare ask Jimmy to light the furnace. What had

happened to the kind, sweet man she d married? Before their marriage, Jimmy

had courted her with red roses, candy and gifts. He'd always been gentle and

kind. But now the romance had disappeared along with the tender love-

making. When the phone rang, she flinched, figuring Jimmy wanted to harass

her more.

"Your life's in danger. So please, don 't hang up."

"What!" Sally exclaimed, entwining the phone cord around her fingers.

"I want you to listen closely. I'm Jimmy's third wife and I want to tell

you what happened to his first two."

Sally Oliver is a well-educated, sensible, young newlywed. Hearing these

words pushes her from troubling doubt into full-fledged panic. After

packing a small bag and disappearing from home, she assesses her position

and decides she must locate the caller in order to verify the truth of the

accusations. Fortunately, her close friend and colleague Julia insists on

going along. The quest takes them up Interstate 5, north to Seattle, where

several surprises await Sally. The two women uncover some frightening

particulars concerning Jimmy's life insurance policy. They discover facts

about Jimmy's past which are highly disturbing, including, among other

things, the ex-wife, Eva, who had kindly called to warn Sally. When the

three women form a partnership in the chase to bring Jimmy down, they

become a formidable power.

Jimmy, however, has his own ways, and wheedling information from people is

something he does well, if not nicely. Discovering Sally's whereabouts, he

follows and sets about trying to win her back, but he's abused her one too

many times and she is having none of it. What he doesn't realize is how

strong the survival instinct is in his ex-wives. He didn't bargain for the

force with which they can fight him.

Along with crafting a cozy mystery, author Betty Sullivan LaPierre explores

abuse victims' thoughts and emotions in The Deadly Thorn, helping readers

understand the psychological impact that accompanies the physical threat.

Read this book and journey with Sally from nagging hesitancy to horrified

belief and, ultimately, final resolve.

Kate Ayers, Reviewer

Sue Hartigan
By: Betty Sullivan La Pierre
ISBN 1-59109-220-5
Print $14.00 (Inc S&H)
Diskette: PDF, PRC, LIT $8.95
Paperback $14.95
Review by: Sue Hartigan
Member of RIO
All About Murder Reviews
4 daggers

I can’t get over it. Whether it be a stand alone, such as THE DEADLY
THORN, or part of her Hawkman series, Ms La Pierre never ceases to amaze
me with her talent.

Jimmy and Sally Oliver had been married just three months, and Sally
couldn’t figure out what had gone wrong. Before they were married,
Jimmy had courted her with roses, and had been so gentle. But after
they had said their “I do’s” things started to go so wrong. He became
totally controlling, and hit her for things that she didn’t understand.
And it was getting worse. But she still loved him, and thought that
things would get better.

That was until she received a phone call from a woman who professed to
be Jimmy’s third wife. Third wife! Sally didn’t even know that there
had been one previous wife, much less three of them. It seems,
according to the woman who called, that two of the previous wives had
both died in “accidents”. Accidents in which Jimmy collected rather
large insurance proceeds. The “wife” on the phone said that she had
found an insurance policy taken out on her, while married to Jimmy, and
had run away, changing her name, in order to protect her life. She
suggested that Sally do the same before it was too late.

Sally searched the house, and found an insurance policy, taken out on
her. She didn’t waste any time running. She ran to her brother, and
he in turn let her close friend, and colleague, Julia Evans, know where
Sally was. Sally decided to go to Seattle and inform the insurance
company about what was going on, and perhaps find out about the previous
wives. Fortunately, Julia insists on going along.

What happens from this point on is so scary. The reason being is that
this can, and does happen across America every day. It will keep you on

the edge of your seat.

Ms. La Pierre has done a wonderful job in bringing you into the world of
domestic violence. A world that most of us cannot comprehend, as we
have not lived it. She has shown why a woman would not leave the
situation, and stay to be hurt, physically, and/or mentally, and even
perhaps killed.

Ms. La Pierre also shows that there is help for women caught up in this
cycle of violence. But mostly she shows how important it is to have
support, and help, from both family and friends. With this support, the
cycle can be broken.

I cannot recommend this book too highly. It is one that has an awesome
story, one that will keep you up all night reading it. You will not be
able to put this book down even for a minute. The characters are so
real. From greasy, egotistical, sick Jimmy, to Eva Lindsay, who has
found the strength to help Sally, and perhaps find out what really
happened to the first two wives.

Ms. La Pierre does an excellent job exploring what happens to abuse
victims, both emotionally and physically. She has woven this very
important subject into a gripping story that is both very spellbinding,
and at the same time very educational. One that you just have to read.

My only problem with THE DEADLY THORN is the fact that Ms. Sullivan
hasn’t come up with a new book yet. So I will just have to wait until
she does, because believe me I will not miss any book she writes. She
is one awesome, talented, author.

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Betty Sullivan La Pierre

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