The Blonde Heiress, a Carter A. Johnson Thriller

Rated 4.85/5 based on 13 reviews
Staging two perfect murders and planning a third horrific crime was child's play for the brilliant defense attorney. Then a relentless stranger began searching for evidence to nail the despotic monster.
As the killer cleaned up loose ends the body count increased almost daily. Carter remained one step behind the diabolical killer until he decided to dispense his own brand of justice. More

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About Robert Schobernd

Robert Schobernd has published nine novels and two short stories. His favorite genres are hard core crime, but he ventured to the horror genre with a short story and a zombie apocalypse tale. Robert and his wife live NE of St. Louis, Missouri, where he pursues his passion for writing.

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Rable reviewed on on Nov. 4, 2017

The hero, Carter A. Johnson is a vigilante who investigates the court decision that freed a woman accused of murdering her husband. He learned the identity of the killer and was always a step behind until the action-packed ending. If you’re an action addict read this.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Lomar reviewed on on Oct. 6, 2017

The story seemed short, but the action is non-stop. Carters introduction was good and laid out his background that qualified him to be approached by a vigilante organization. Harrison Withers was an interesting character in his own right. The killer was a truly cold blooded, diabolical person who deserved vigilante justice.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
SCader reviewed on on Aug. 15, 2017

I enjoyed this story. The lead in as to how an ex L.A. detective turned to vigilantism was well thought out and made sense. Carter Johnson was never a man who stood back and let bad guys go free. The move to the no name group was a natural evolution for him. When the investigation into the charges against the Blond Heiress was a dead end, events arose that put Carter on a whole different path. Unfortunately, he chased behind the multiple murder suspect until he had eliminated all those who could testify against him. Then the vigilante took over. A good fast past paced action filled read.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
VigilantReader1 reviewed on on Feb. 15, 2017

Title – The Blonde Heiress
Author – Robert Schobernd
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Vigilante
135 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 2/15/17
No. 34 - 2017

Main Characters:
Carter A. Johnson, ex-cop who is hired as a vigilante.
Harrison J. Withers, the mysterious man who contacts Carter to join a vigilante group.
Mayna Mortinson, ex video porn star, a widow until she married her defense attorney
Edward J. Smalley, defense attorney, Mayna’s husband

The novella length story opens with Carter A. Johnson awaiting a jury’s decision to send him to prison or find him innocent. Of course, he is innocent and leaves the court to submit his resignation from the Los Angeles Police Department.
While on a train headed out of town, he is contacted by Harrison J. Withers who hints at a job offer to be presented when they meet. Before meeting Harrison, Carter plots to get even with the five police officers who framed him. And get even he does.
His first case with the vigilante group is to investigate the murder of two people and the court decision to free the wife accused of the murders. He quickly gets a feeling in his gut that things aren’t as they appear. When Mayna, the blonde heiress, dies mysteriously he knows he is on the trail of a sadistic murderer. But knowing who the killer is and having evidence to present to a prosecutor are two different things. In the end, Carter gets his man and resorts to vigilante justice to prevent the killer from leaving the country.

I enjoyed the plot and the story and recommend it to those readers who are not put off by vigilante justice or descriptions of violent murders.

The editing, sentence structure and character development are good.
There are enough details to carry the plot and paint a clear picture of the characters and surroundings.
Research of Las Vegas and the surrounding area is apparent.
The plot is fast paced and interesting.
The writing style is crisp and fast moving.

This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Nora Lee reviewed on on Jan. 5, 2015

I have enjoyed The Blonde Heiress thoroughly, so much that I read it twice. The editing is good and character development is great, especially the way Carter A. Johnson was introduced and shown to be a stubborn and focused contrarian. The action scenes are well thought out and detailed. The plot and dialog are believable and fast paced. I look forward to reading the next book.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
Clair Roxanna reviewed on on Nov. 27, 2014

The first part of this novella took some time to introduce the character. Then it was flat out pedal to the metal. How Carter got his name was neat. The mean guy is really mean and the final scene was great. It's short but I liked it enough to download the second book.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Jay Patterson reviewed on on Oct. 30, 2014

A lot of plot and action is crammed into this novella. Carter is a tough vigilante who is one step behind the antagonist until the end. The fight scenes and gun fights are believable and well executed. I highly recommend this story if you like a lot of action from a kick ass vigilante.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
I. Readalot reviewed on on Oct. 1, 2014

This author has been one of my favorites since I read his trilogy Irrevocable Change. The description of action sequences is again great and I can imagine each move as it flows from start to finish. The lead character comes across as being real and is a modern day intelligent tough guy with feelings. The story moves quickly as Carter gathers information and is always one step behind the villain. The role of a vigilante to right the wrongs of the judicial system is interesting and is the main theme in this novella. For a first book in a series I thought it was a bit short, but it's free and is an introduction of the main character in a series. I'm buying the follow up story.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
Luke Short reviewed on on Aug. 2, 2014

This author is good. Someone commented on grammar and punctuation issues. I noticed one or two but was not bothered by it.

Great Story. Great Read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Lillith Dunn reviewed on on July 29, 2014

I loved it. It is short but a lot of action is packed into it. I'm looking forward to the follow up book and I recommend The Blonde Heiress to other action readers. Also, the editing is good.
(review of free book)
dj mcpherson reviewed on on Jan. 29, 2013

This book was fast paced and kept me intrigued until the end. If you like action, this is for you!
(review of free book)
Elizabeth Young reviewed on on Aug. 12, 2012
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i really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. 5 stars! but i'd really like to see better cover art for this story. i almost passed it up thinking it was not such a great read based on the artwork.
(review of free book)
Ske Stanley reviewed on on March 10, 2012

A good fast moving story with some good twists, maybe there is justice after all.
(review of free book)
Kristi (Books N Beans) reviewed on on Nov. 29, 2011

Absolutely gripping story! How could it not be? The Blonde Heiress starts in a courtroom with Carter A. Johnson (interesting tidbit how he got his name) receiving an innocent verdict for murder and other charges, he resigns from the police force due to corruption amongst his peers, and he's offered a job with a secretive and elite group (with no name) who want him to carry out vigilante justice for those who have escaped through normal legal channels. Why did they choose him? Well, let's just say the idea of being a vigilante isn't offensive to him.

Now we jump into the current investigation, which creates a bit of a lull in the otherwise fast-paced story. Don't dispare though, just as things get a little quiet up pops an action scene. Oh yeah, this one fits all the criteria for any stereotypical action-loving guy. There are bullets flying, hot girls, car chasing, and a touch of murder just to keep it interesting.

Then the ending! Fantastic!

On a side note, for the more technical of you, there is quite a bit of punctuation issues, a few grammar mishaps, and a word here and there that don't fit as they should in the sentence. But honestly, who cares? It was a great read!

Sadly, to the best of my knowledge, this title is only available on Smashwords. Not that Smashwords is bad, it just limits accessbility for readers to one site. However, it's highly recommended for anyone that loves a good action packed book to head on over and get it!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
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