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"Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster. For, when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." (Friedrich Nietzsche)

The Violet Darger series continues with this gripping novella Into the Abyss.

Will Violet Darger agree to a face-to-face meeting with the man who shot her? Still awaiting trial, the infamous serial killer Leonard Stump has hinted at the locations of additional bodies - more desert graves waiting to be uncovered. He wants to talk, but he has one condition. Violet Darger must be present at the interview. 

Now, the pressure is on. Should Darger head to Vegas and sit down with Stump? Everyone else seems to think so.

It’s a chance to close some cases and give families closure, they say. A chance to learn something crucial about the criminal mind, they say. A chance to do something good.

So, why does Darger feel like it’s all going to go terribly wrong?

While the Violet Darger novels can be listened to in any order, we recommend listening to this short after having listened to the earlier books in the series.

©2019 L.T. Vargus & Tim McBain (P)2020 L.T. Vargus & Tim McBain

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Another great tale of Violet Darger

Violet Darger, ex FBI BSU officer, is working for a private investigation service. In this book she has to revisit an old adversary who nearly killed her at their last meeting so understandably she has reservations about interviewing him in prison, where he is awaiting trial for being a serial killer.
This book is again well written by McBain and Vargus and draws us into Violet’s world. It is bought to life by Kate Marcin who has previously narrated the Darger books and made a great job of it.
If you enjoy serial killer, thriller type books then this could be a great choice for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is the latest in a series of Violet Darger books so it may be worth while checking out the previous ones first especially with this particular book as there are references to other books in the series.

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  • ms violet
  • 19-05-20

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TRUST

I enjoyed this short book. I feel like I have an ending to an unfinished story. Violet is a woman after my own heart. YOU GO VIOLET!

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  • Jaynie S
  • 27-05-20

Darger is a joy

I enjoy reading Violet Darger adventures. The audible version is top notch. I listened to this thriller while walking. No spoilers here, just wanted to share my delight with this thriller. I received a copy of this book from the authors.

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  • Ada Lavin
  • 13-05-20

Darger closes a door.

What do you do when a narcissist true to holds you bound to them. And that's your boss.

While in hiatus from the FBI Violet works for Prescott Consulting. Only to find herself face to face with serial killer Leonard Stumpf. Once again playing a psychological game of cat and mouse. This time will end their relationship.

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  • tamsin
  • 08-05-20

More Darger!

I have absolutely loved Violet's story and this installment did not disappoint. It was engaging and as always Violet's perspective is funny and real. The narrator helps bring the story to life.

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  • Conni J
  • 08-05-20

Love the Darger/Loshak Stories

Once again Vargus and McBain grab you by the throat and drag you into the world of serial killers and the people who hunt them.

The story is a page-turner, which forgives the slightly less wonderful narrator. A little cardboard for my personal preference.

Well worth a listen. Waiting anxiously for the next book in the series.

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  • erobbins33
  • 07-05-20

Well done!


As a shorter story, this one packed a lot of emotion and action into the two and a half hours. it was akin to watching a good movie: lots of stimulating action packed into a day's entertainment. The narrator is top tier.

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  • David C Taylor
  • 06-05-20

Violet closes the Leonard Stumpf chapter

Into the Abyss follows Violet Darger in her continued employment with Prescott Consulting and her indecision about going back to the FBI. However, her latest assignment has her confronting Leonard Stumpf, to say any more about this story would risk providing spoilers, and as a Violet Darger fan that would be unconscionable. If you are a fan of the Violet Darger stories this is a must read, while it is a quick read it is filled with content that cannot be missed! As always, Kate Marcin's narration truly brings this story to life.