Before I Sleep Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
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)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I've been a fan of Ms. Lee's for some time now and really like her stories. This one was very good also, even though I figured out the killer about half way through the book. Read morePublished on July 21 1999 by B. Kimble
this was my first rachel lee book and i thought it was fantastic. i liked how it took place in florida where i live it was nice to identify with places. Read morePublished on July 5 1999