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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michele Martinez Narrator: Nanette Savar Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Melanie Vargas Series Release Date:
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Television reporter Suzanne Shepard was a ruthless celebrity scandalmonger with a roster of high-profile enemies. But which one left her mutilated, lifeless body in the dark recesses of New York’s Central Park? Federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas needs to find out.

Was it the sinister Park Avenue plastic surgeon with a secret past? Or the trendy personal trainer selling recreational drugs to his rich clients? Or the ambitious city power broker who also happens to be the father of one of Melanie’s best friends? Sifting through the scandals that fueled the dead reporter’s career is what keeps Melanie from obsessing about her own intense affair with sexy FBI agent Dan O’Reilly.

But there’s more at risk than Melanie’s heart. She’s been receiving chilling e-mails from an anonymous “admirer” who knows way too much about the murder—and about Melanie’s every move. If Melanie doesn’t find the killer soon, it will be her own death that makes headlines.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast, tense, authentic, sexy…the Melanie Vargas series is already guilty on all counts, but Cover-Up takes it to a whole new level. Highly recommended.”

    Lee Child

  • “A dazzling storyteller who’ll keep you up way past your bedtime.”

    Janet Evanovich

  • “Martinez’s latest is intensely riveting from the first page.”

    RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

  • “The brutal rape and murder of Suzanne Shepard, a scandal-mongering New York City TV journalist, provides a welcome high-profile case for Melanie Vargas in Martinez’s stellar third thriller to feature the sharp and sexy federal prosecutor…Martinez, herself a former federal prosecutor, supplies plenty of insider savvy as she juggles the large cast with élan.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is by far the best in an already top-notch series…Cover-Up is one more reason to add, and keep, Martinez on your must-read list.”


  • “Martinez hypnotically holds the reader’s attention [in Cover-Up] by moving the action at breakneck speed, never stopping for speed bumps or coffee breaks. Her years of experience as a federal prosecutor, where she handled cases involving murders, kidnappings, home invasions and other acts of violence, give her writing credibility and her book a strong dose of reality that carries the novel to the upper echelon of suspense thrillers.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Fast-paced, suspenseful…sexy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 10/11/2013

    " Much better than the first two in the series...really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Beth Marion | 7/21/2013

    " I really like this series. It's edgy enough to keep me interested, but not horrifyingly graphic. I like the secondary characters and they way they interact, and I like the fact that things are not always clear-cut. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of Linda Fairstein and Karin Slaughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ellany Kincross | 11/10/2012

    " She's a good writer. She was a good story. Definitely a page-turner. I will seek out other books by her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Vivian | 11/1/2011

    " With cartoon characters and cliched prose, this book was awful and is the last Michele Martinez novel that I will try to read. No more wasting time, she's finally off my list of authors to read. "

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About the Author
Author Michele Martinez

Michele Martinez, a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, was a federal prosecutor in New York City for eight years. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children.

About the Narrator

Nanette Savard is an accomplished stage and film actress. She is an active voice-over performer who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks in every genre, garnering much critical acclaim.