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NOTORIOUS Hardcover – Jan 1 1990


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385412576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385412575
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,611,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Again, an intriguing, fun read with a foreign flavour. Well-written and well worth reading. It kept me reading cover to cover.
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Before they were suspense bestselling authors, many writers wrote genre novels. Iris Johansen is no exception. She wrote a bunch of historical and a bunch of contemporary romances, and it is my guess that this is one of the contemporary novels given a new cover in order to benefit from Ms. Johansen's now broader appeal. (Also, a 1990 copyright date kind of gives it away!).

Mallory Thane was not found guilty of the murder of her husband. But during the whole length of the trial, her brother in law seemed intent on burning her to the ground with his hard look. When a new acting opportunity arises for Mallory, she takes it, never imagining that the whole thing has been plotted in order to trap her into an arrangement with Sabin Wyatt, who believes something is due to him out of all this.

First off, the characters are not all that easy to relate. Mallory has a good nature, but she is frightfully naive. The kind of naive you find in Harlequin series when they have to make everything fit in a number of pages, and the building up of characters gets the shaft to suit the plot. Mallory has an exceptional sense of fair-play about kidapping and (some might not see it that way) but almost sexual assault. (Sure the author made it so that she didn't say no, thanks to an alcohol and drug cocktail, and also courtesy of Mallory feeling instant animal attraction to Sabin, but let's just say it's debatable). If you can get over that, then you have to deal with Sabin and his over the top alpha man routine, his obsessive behaviour and his jerk-like sense of self-entitlement. Later developments explain why Sabin is finding it hard to come to terms with his emotional self and sense of commitment, but it won't feel as though it's not been clichéd by a thousand former clichés before.
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NOTORIOUS - Iris Johansen
It didn't matter to Sabin Wyatt that the jury had acquitted gorgeous actress Mallory Thane of his stepbrother's murder. She had become his obsession. He cleverly gets her to Sedikhan and confronts her with a demand that she tell him the truth about her marriage. When she does, he refuses to believe her story. He will believe only what he can feel: primitive, consuming desire for Mallory... Convinced that Mallory returns his passion, Sabin takes her in fiery and unforgettable moments.
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An incredibly moving tale of a man obsessed with lust and revenge with his brother's wife. Sabin Wyatt blames Mallory Thane for his stepbrother's murder and lures her with a movie role in Sedikhan. There he found out that not all things were as they seemed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Awful - way too 80s romance Oct. 2 2008
By bijou2311 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A court finds Mallory not guilty of murdering Sabin's brother, but he is still obsessed with her and blames her. So, what does he do - he convinces someone to entice her to Sedikhan with the promise of a movie role. It all goes downhill. I love Johansen's newer novels, but I'd recommend avoiding the old ones. The plot has holes in it big enough to drive a truck through, and the characters are very annoying. I didn't like ANY of them, which is sad. They all rolled over for Sabin, even and especially Mallory, and it got old fast - yes you can kidnap me and basically hold me prisoner, but I'll still have sex with you. Even when I don't know you...

Awful - skip this one; don't even bother checking it out from the library.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste your time Sept. 28 2010
By Jorge Frid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first third of the book was good and fast paced but as you keep reading the book gets dull and boring. I really don't know why I finished it. Maybe 20 years ago it was a blockbuster but I don't think it is now.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Short but OK June 7 2012
By Helen Hancox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The last couple of Iris Johansen books that I have read were very disappointing for me. It appears that the publishing company are re-issuing some older books which in many cases haven't stood the test of time well. Notorious is 22 years old so could have been like this but, fortunately, didn't show its age too badly.

One thing to say is that this is a fairly short book. Although the page count of the story was 268 pages, it's printed in a fairly large font with a wide line spacing - it felt more like a 150 page normal book, so don't expect this to take more than a couple of sittings to read.

It's the story of a beautiful actress Mallory Thane who, as the story commences, is the defendant in a murder trial - the victim was her husband Ben. However Mallory's defence lawyer is successful in securing an acquittal and Mallory is free to go, although unsure whether she will ever get work as an actress again.

Ben's brother Sabin, whom she hadn't met during her short marriage, appeared at the trial and she found herself fascinated by him. When the trial finishes she has a short conversation with him and then finds herself with a new acting job in Sedikhan and heads out there - only to discover that she's actually been almost kidnapped by Sabin. He think she owes her six months as his mistress, she hasn't the faintest what he's talking about.

The bulk of the book consists of the interactions between Sabin and Mallory and their power-struggle (if it can be called that) as they learn about each other. Mallory was appealing in some ways although a bit vapid in others, Sabin's 1990s bullying male persona is less attractive in 2012.

There was nothing wrong with this story but it was also rather devoid, for this reader at least, of believable characterisation, character growth, location description and more; oh, and the sub-plot including a baddie wasn't exactly hard to guess.

This is a reasonable quick read but nothing special.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2012
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a fluff April 21 2010
By Duane E. Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always looked forward to Iris Johansen's books but was disappointed in this one - she usually writes a good mystery/romance with some depth to the story but this was a lot of fluff! Sorry - you can do better, Iris. Too much money for a little story! I would not buy it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
False advertising Jan. 2 2012
By Julie's Bookshelf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I got fooled by another Johannson book that you claimed on your "look inside" page that it was published in 2011. When I got the book I found it had been originally published in 1985! She is an excellent writer, but in 1985 she was clearly just getting her style going, and the book was just a romance with a little danger thrown in. Her later books have much more action and mystery. I deleted this book "Notorious" from my wish list because I re-checked. Sure enough, you claim a 2010 pub date, when it was actually published in 1990. Shame on you!

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