Exposed Fury

Exposed Fury

Annie Fitch, a former police detective, struggles to make ends meet as a private investigator in the sleepy town of Leesburg, Virginia. On partial disability because of gunshot injuries, she’s relegated to doing surveillance gigs and background checks. But things are looking up, since her on-again, off-again relationship is back on and might stay that way. When Annie is hi...

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Author:Marie Flanigan
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  • Julie

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We meet former detective, Annie Fitch while she is dealing with the aftermath of serious injuries sustained in the line of duty. At the same time, she is facing financial burdens and seeking normalcy in her life while also working to solve a particularly challenging murder.

    It’s not unusual to enjoy meeting a character and to look forward to learning more about her.

    What is unusual with Exposed Fury is that the introduction of Annie’s friends and family makes me equ

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We meet former detective, Annie Fitch while she is dealing with the aftermath of serious injuries sustained in the line of duty. At the same time, she is facing financial burdens and seeking normalcy in her life while also working to solve a particularly challenging murder.

    It’s not unusual to enjoy meeting a character and to look forward to learning more about her.

    What is unusual with Exposed Fury is that the introduction of Annie’s friends and family makes me equally intrigued about each their back stories.

    I do hope this book is the beginning of a series!

  • Kristin Brown

    My love of mysteries goes back to the days when I discovered Sue Grafton's A is for Alibi - the first book of a series I loved not only because of the interesting characters but the geography in which the stories are set. I enjoyed the same thing in Exposed Fury - the Northern Virginia community in which the story takes place is as nicely written as the main character herself - and something I particularly appreciate, as it happens to be where I live. The protagonist is likably flawed, and the m

    My love of mysteries goes back to the days when I discovered Sue Grafton's A is for Alibi - the first book of a series I loved not only because of the interesting characters but the geography in which the stories are set. I enjoyed the same thing in Exposed Fury - the Northern Virginia community in which the story takes place is as nicely written as the main character herself - and something I particularly appreciate, as it happens to be where I live. The protagonist is likably flawed, and the mystery is compelling plotted and not easily guessed - it kept me engaged through the end.

    If you're a fan of procedurals and looking for an end-of-summer beach read, I definitely recommend!

  • Nancy Silk

    "A Captivating Murder Investigative Mystery"

    In the quiet town of Leesburg, Virginia, Annie Fitch is a former police detective struggling now as a private investigator. She had been seriously injured while serving the local police department and her tasks now are limited to surveillance and office background checks for companies. A recent widow, Laura Carlton, hires Annie to seek evidence of her husband's cheating. Nick Carlton was wealthy and had numerous benefits such as being addicted to casua

    "A Captivating Murder Investigative Mystery"

    In the quiet town of Leesburg, Virginia, Annie Fitch is a former police detective struggling now as a private investigator. She had been seriously injured while serving the local police department and her tasks now are limited to surveillance and office background checks for companies. A recent widow, Laura Carlton, hires Annie to seek evidence of her husband's cheating. Nick Carlton was wealthy and had numerous benefits such as being addicted to casual sex. That is until he had been found dead in an alley from a rock blow to his head. This is a very well written, enticing novel with a great story line. A fast story to keep you moving and guessing who the murderer is. Highly recommend.

  • Dan Santos

    Annie Fitch is a former police detective still recuperating from the shooting that cost her job and who is now eking out a living as a private investigator. She and her dog discover the remains of a man who the police subsequently determine was a victim of foul play. It turns out to be a man whose wife hired Annie to find out if he was cheating on her. What starts as a common plot for a whodunit ends right there.

    Flanigan’s detailed description of Northern Virginia's Loudon Country caught my atte

    Annie Fitch is a former police detective still recuperating from the shooting that cost her job and who is now eking out a living as a private investigator. She and her dog discover the remains of a man who the police subsequently determine was a victim of foul play. It turns out to be a man whose wife hired Annie to find out if he was cheating on her. What starts as a common plot for a whodunit ends right there.

    Flanigan’s detailed description of Northern Virginia's Loudon Country caught my attention since I am very familiar with the area and had used it for my first novel. While I initially looked for inaccuracies, with the tinge of jealousy a competing writer could fall prey to, the plot and compelling character development pulled me out of that mode soon enough.

    Annie became a flesh and blood woman I could admire, with a boyfriend involved in special operations, a terrier who ruled her daily schedule, an overprotective father and a mildly disapproving best friend. Private investigators don’t do murder investigations but her infidelity client convinced her to do so, turning plot and subplots into a maze worthy of a classical sleuth.

    Marie Flanigan entertains, which is why I read. She easily falls into the class that defines the work of Christopher Greyson: the reader feels comfort in departing from reality. Moreover, “Exposed Fury” compels me to read more Flanigan novels, which is the sign of a good writer.

    I have no problem giving “Exposed Fury” five stars.

  • Cath

    Annie Fitch used to be a police detective, until being injured in a shooting and now living on partial disability from the police and started a private investigator to make ends meet. Most of her current work is doing background checks and surveillance jobs. Not quite what she wants her work life to consist of, but she had to re-evaluate her capabilities after her injuries from the shooting.

    She is still undergoing physio for her leg and Hand and also has problems due to a head injury. She misse

    Annie Fitch used to be a police detective, until being injured in a shooting and now living on partial disability from the police and started a private investigator to make ends meet. Most of her current work is doing background checks and surveillance jobs. Not quite what she wants her work life to consist of, but she had to re-evaluate her capabilities after her injuries from the shooting.

    She is still undergoing physio for her leg and Hand and also has problems due to a head injury. She misses her old job, but has come to realise she isn’t able to do it due to her new limitations. She has to pace herself better now, get enough sleep and make time to eat, matters not easy to juggle on 12 hour or more shifts on police cases.

    Her current PI case is to follow the husband of her client, Laura Carlton, who suspects her husband of cheating on her. Laura asks Annie to follow her husband for a week and get evidence of his cheating. The husband, Nick, has a long history of sex addiction, since his school days, and grew up with wealth and a life of privilege.

    Annie has just been hired by the wife to follow Nick for another week when matters take a bad turn. She takes her dog for a late night walk, a few blocks from her home, when she practically falls over a body and finds out it is her clients husband, her current target. Her first thought is to call her old partner, Gunnar, rather than 911.

    She ends up working with Gunnar, in a unpaid consultant role, to further investigate her target and to find out more about the women he was meeting for his lunch time trysts and if there was any more serious love interests. Add in Nick’s business partner, a shop owner and a good few other suspects and you have a good murder mystery with tons of suspects and not the most obvious one, the wife being the prime suspect.

    A great mix of a previous homicide detective, turned PI through injury, joining up with her old partner on the force, to solve a murder of someone she was following. When she and her dog, Chester, also find the murder weapon, she could be a suspect herself. I loved the fact that this is a woman who has been injured and unable to continue the only job she ever wanted to do, has picked herself up and started anew. She has limitations on what she can do, but aims to do her best and keep improving where possible.

    This was a book you just want to keep on reading, until you see where it finally leads Annie, her absent boyfriend, her ex-partner Gunnar and all those involved in the plot. Matters are not given away too easily and it has lots of twists and turns to keep your interest. I hope the author will write some more Annie Fitch PI books as I am looking forward to them. I received an ARC copy of the book from Hidden Gems and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above. I also bought a copy of the book, I liked it so much. I have added the author to my favourites list and following her on Amazon, so I will find out when another book comes out. Can’t wait.

  • Pamela Peerce-Landers

    I did not want to put down “Exposed Fury.” It kept me guessing and wanting more. It flowed and was easy to read. Author Marie Flanigan does a masterful job of weaving a story about the killing of Nick Carlton, a financial professional in Leesburg, VA. Annie Fitch’s dog, Chester, finds Nick’s body in an alley during their morning walk.

    Annie is a former cop who retired from the Leesburg PD after being shot by a meth dealer. After finding the body, she calls her former partner, Gunnar. Soon after,

    I did not want to put down “Exposed Fury.” It kept me guessing and wanting more. It flowed and was easy to read. Author Marie Flanigan does a masterful job of weaving a story about the killing of Nick Carlton, a financial professional in Leesburg, VA. Annie Fitch’s dog, Chester, finds Nick’s body in an alley during their morning walk.

    Annie is a former cop who retired from the Leesburg PD after being shot by a meth dealer. After finding the body, she calls her former partner, Gunnar. Soon after, she and Chester find the murder weapon. Hmm. And, her client is the wife of the victim who had hired her to find evidence of Nick’s infidelity. And, Nick was member of an expensive group that specialized in hook-ups. He had had sex with about 200 different women members. The list of potential suspects was daunting, but Nick’s wife believes the cops are focusing on her, so she hires Annie to find the killer, knowing that Annie will not withhold evidence from the police even if it points at her.

    I was surprised by the ending. The title, “Exposed Fury” is very apt and something to keep in mind if you like trying to guess who the killer is.

    Many authors write a great story for the first 95% of their books and cave at the end, trying to quickly tie everything up. Marie Flanigan is not one of those writers. “Exposed Fury” is a 100% book.

  • R.W. Lang

    Overall this was a good read, albeit I found it a little slow getting started. The character, Ford is a mystery from beginning to end and seems to be more of a prop than a contributing factor. Flanigan has a smooth style and a clear, concise voice throughout.

  • Sue

    Former police detective Annie Fitch is trying to start a new life as a private investigator after being injured on the job which left her temporarily maimed and no longer fit for active duty. She has been hired by a new client that would like her husband followed. The client believes her husband is cheating on her and wants all the evidence she can get to divorce him. Annie somehow stumbles across a dead body in the alley and soon discovers it is her client’s cheating husband.

    Annie and her forme

    Former police detective Annie Fitch is trying to start a new life as a private investigator after being injured on the job which left her temporarily maimed and no longer fit for active duty. She has been hired by a new client that would like her husband followed. The client believes her husband is cheating on her and wants all the evidence she can get to divorce him. Annie somehow stumbles across a dead body in the alley and soon discovers it is her client’s cheating husband.

    Annie and her former police partner Gunnar find themselves working the case together and it is not an easy one. Apparently the deceased was not your average cheating husband, instead, he had a sex addiction that goes back all the way to high school. This means more suspects and tons of reasons why anyone would want to see him dead.

    This well-written book is filled with lots of layers and suspense. Just as you think you know who killed Nick and why another clue is uncovered. This new discovery leads Annie and Gunnar into yet another direction with lots of twists and turns. What I enjoyed most about this book is that not only is the writer great at creating a compelling and suspenseful mystery, but she has a great grasp and understanding of her multidimensional characters. I sure hope this turns into a series!

  • Jennifer

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    I really enjoyed Exposed Fury. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and getting to know these characters. Really I got to the end and was hoping there would be more, that this will be a series as I would definitely read more about Annie and her adventures.

    Annie is a former police detective that was forced to find something else to do when she was injured on the job. She still goes to physical therapy and gets stiff at times, but she

    This review was originally posted to

    I really enjoyed Exposed Fury. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on and getting to know these characters. Really I got to the end and was hoping there would be more, that this will be a series as I would definitely read more about Annie and her adventures.

    Annie is a former police detective that was forced to find something else to do when she was injured on the job. She still goes to physical therapy and gets stiff at times, but she is much better than when she was first injured. She is trying to make it as a private investigator and normally it is uneventful and she enjoys the sitting and waiting and watching that she needs to do for her clients. Sitting and waiting for a husband to come out of a building with a mistress or whatever. She used to be more go go go, but now she is happy to relax a bit, even if she does miss her police work.

    Everything is going fine for her until she finds a body of the guy she is supposed to be following and she gets involved in the investigation. She is still friendly with her former partner and it was interesting seeing the case unfold from two different fronts. Figuring out who the murderer is and her issues in her personal life and getting back to normal.

    Now the only part of the story that was just good instead of great for me was the romantic aspect with Annie and Ford. It might be because you don't see very much of them and I never really saw the connection between them. That and Annie is terrible at communicating so I'm not sure how the two of them will work out. He travels a lot for his job that he can't talk about and Annie hates that, but never mentions it. They have been together for a long time so there should be something there, I just wanted more. I wanted to see a stronger connection between the two.

    Overall this was a great read. I really enjoyed watching Annie try and figure out what is going on and all the ups and downs that came with it.

    *Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

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