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Before I Sleep [Mass Market Paperback]

Rachel Lee
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July 1 1999
Carey Justice is doing her call-in radio show when she learns that the governor has signed a death warrant for John Otis, a man she helped convict as an assistant prosecutor five years earlier. Convinced of his innocence, she attempts to save him before it's too late. Her ex-lover, the cop who arrested Otis, is the only man who can help her clear him.

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In Lee's contemporary romantic suspense novel set in Tampa Bay, Fla., former prosecutor Carissa Stover is now radio talk-show host Carey Justice, a syndicated success with left-of-center leanings. Learning that John Otis, a man she once prosecuted for murder, is set to die in three weeks, and unsure about his guilt, she begins a crusade to prove his innocence and save his life. For help, she turns to her ex-lover Detective Seamus Rourke. Will they be able to save Otis? Is the maniac who's now stalking those involved in Otis's conviction the real killer? Will Carey and Seamus get beyond their problems and build a new life together? Readers will likely have closed the book before these questions are answered. The romance becomes mired in excessive introspection about the ex-lovers' painful pasts, and pacing problems mar the suspense angleAthe few days left to save Otis seem an eternity. The novel's only saving grace is Otis himself, a man able to make beautiful poetry out of a lifetime of sorrow. Lee is the author of the Conard County series and also writes and publishes as Sue Civil-Brown. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent romantic intrigue May 9 1999
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Florida Governor Howell signs the death warrant that legally allows the state to execute John William Otis in three weeks for the vicious killings of his stepparents. When she hears the news, radio talk show host Carey Justice, a member of the prosecution team during the Otis trial five years ago, feels justice was never served. She knows Otis was convicted because no one substantiated his alibi and the murders duplicated the killing of his biological father that John committed as a child.
Unable to live with herself, Carey turns to her former lover, St. Petersburg police detective, Seamus Rourke to help her find out the truth. Since the Otis case, which ended their relationship, Seamus has lived his life through his work and listening to Carey on the radio every night. He needs her assistance on a legal matter and reluctantly agrees to do some tentative inquiries. However, as the duo renews their love for each other, the clock ticks away for John William Otis.
Best selling author Rachel Lee is renowned for her wonderful Conard County romances and her take no prisoners intrigue tales. Her latest release, BEFORE I SLEEP, may be Ms. Lee's best novel to date. The time line plot moves extremely fast as the lead protagonists struggle with each other and the mounting evidence that the death row convict is innocent. Emotions from the lead players are extremely raw, especially when countered against the calm acceptance of Mr. Otis. Underlying the moving tale is Ms. Lee's condemnation of the futility behind the death penalty, which exposes its inherent weakness of being a final solution. Fans of romantic intrigue will be CAUGHT by this novel that provides immense pleasure.

Harriet Klausner
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It has been five years since Carey Justice was a hotshot prosecutor. Now she is the hottest radio talk show hostess. Carey has just found out that one of the men she had helped convict for murder is innocent, and there are three weeks until he is electrocuted. Using the power of the media, she broadcasts a series of shows on the case, and she enlists the help of her former lover, Seamus Rourke. A well written piece of mainstream romantic suspense, Before I Sleep is tight and dramatic. Before I Sleep is a melodrama filled with the sense of impending doom.
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I felt this book was preaching against the death penalty. I don't mind an author having an opinion but I don't like to be preached at during the whole book which I felt she did. I did not like this book at all. I usually buy books by the authors that I like. Rachel Lee was one of these but I will hesitate to purchase her next book. I also did not like the use of foul language in this book. I thought it was unnecessary. In the past her books have made me cry, laugh and just feel good. I had to force myself to finish this book.
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