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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (July 24 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416523324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416523321
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. A sultry noir in contemporary clothes, this tight new thriller from Brown plays like measured chaos. The plot is twisting, the characters are well shaded, and Brown manipulates each string with a skilled hand, creating a story that will keep listeners puzzled and rapt. Narrator Boutsikaris is a perfect complement to the material. He lends the characters just enough twang to betray their Southern heritage but not so much as to make protagonist Duncan Hatcher seem anything less than a shrewd and hard-edged detective. And for Elise, the gorgeous but married damsel in distress who ties Duncan's libido and loyalties into knots, Boutsikaris employs a lilting tone that simultaneously suggests sweetness, sin and mystery. Did Elise's husband, a distinguished judge, hire someone to kill her, or is she involved in a plot with a drug dealer? Is Duncan making a mistake mistrusting Elise, or is his wariness the one thing that will save him? With Brown's skill for creating rich, layered characters and Boutsikaris's talent for embodying them, this audio doesn't disappoint.
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Detective Duncan Hatcher has no reason to like Cato Laird, the judge who let Robert Savich, a Savannah crime lord, slip through the cracks by declaring a mistrial over a juror conflict. But Duncan is all business when he and his partner DeeDee Bowen are called to Laird's house one night to find Laird's beautiful wife, Elise, has fatally shot an intruder. Duncan and DeeDee are immediately suspicious of Elise, who managed to kill the man, Gary Ray Trotter, with a single, precise shot. Elise denies knowing Trotter, but Duncan isn't comfortable dismissing the case as self-defense. When Elise comes to him with the seemingly preposterous assertion that her adoring husband actually wants her dead, Duncan is more suspicious of her, even as his attraction to her grows. He continues to pursue the investigation, despite the fact that Cato himself clearly considers the case closed. But when Elise's car is discovered on a bridge with a dead man in it and no sign of Elise herself, Duncan realizes he may have misjudged Elise and fears it might be too late to help her. Gripping and absorbing, this is Brown's best thriller in years and a must-read for her many devotees. Kristine Huntley
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 28 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed this suspense, the plot has lots of surprising twists and turns and is carefully crafted, you don’t know whom to believe as the story unfolds and you are kept guessing till the last pages. I found it was a perfect combination of mystery and romance, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Gadj on Sept. 29 2008
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I can't say what exactly grabbed me in this book, but I never put it down till the end. Maybe it is everything: from Duncan's unusual reaction to Elise, to her unusual masterplan, to the great backgound plot, to the hot, lustful and dangerous romance....strongly recommended.
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By Lynne on Nov. 15 2013
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Very compelling novel with well developed characters. The plot development was strong. The suspense built to the end of the novel.
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This was a fantastic read, couldnt put it down. Sandra Brown once again does a fantastic job of keeping your interest.
This is one of her best.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Sandra Brown is back!! Sept. 8 2006
By iheartjackbauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After her last two books, White Hot and Chill Factor, I had little hope that I would like Ricochet. I am so glad that I picked this book up because it restored my faith in Sandra Brown.

Detective Duncan Hatcher's mission in live is to put drug lord Robert Savich behind bars for the rest of his life. During Savich's second murder trial, Judge Cato Laird declares a mistrial on a technicality. Duncan is incensed and more determined than ever to put Savich behind bars for good.

A few days later, Duncan and his partner are called to the scene of a burglary gone wrong. Duncan is shocked to find himself at the house of Judge Cato Laird, where his wife Elise, shot and killed an intruder. Though Cato is very attentive to his wife's needs, Duncan knows something is off. On top of that, he is battling his attraction to Elise Laird. Soon Duncan finds himself putting everything that was important to him in jeopardy...his ethics, his loyalty, and his self respect. Never had he found himself attracted to a suspect before.

When Elise Laird approaches him with an outrageous claim, Duncan doesn't believe her. He feels that Elise is using his attraction against him and refuses to give her the time of day.

When Elise goes missing, he tortures himself by thinking about how he could have prevented it. When bodies start turning up and Elise still isn't found, Duncan starts questioning if what Elise told him had any truth to it.

This book has so many twists and turns, it's hard to put it down. With the perfect combination of mystery and romance, I believe that lovers of Brown's older works (Envy, The Switch, Mirror Image) will love this book.
37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Believe Her or Not? Sept. 12 2006
By L. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors and with her emergence into the mystery/romance combination; her books usually keep me turning pages as fast as I can read them. However, RICOCHET seemed to miss the mark for me and only fell to the average range. That was a huge disappointment to me - Sandra Brown does not write average books.

RICOCHET focuses on Duncan Hatcher, a hunky police detective, who is bent on putting away a ruthless killer, Robert Savich. However, Savich's trial is declared a mistrial by Superior Court Judge Cato Laird on a technicality and Hatcher is determined to bring the man to justice at any cost which lands Hatcher in jail for two days on a contempt of court charge.

A strange twist of events soon puts Hatcher and his partner, DeeDee Brown, as primary investigators when the honorable judge's wife, Elise, kills an intruder at her home. Things don't add up for Hatcher and he leaves the case open until all of his questions can be answered instead of deciding it a simple case of self defense. The suspicions aren't all that are piqued with Hatcher; Elise gets under his skin like no woman has ever done before. Doesn't matter that she's married to the man who set his archenemy free, Hatcher can't get Elise out of his mind.

When Elise secretly meets Duncan and tells him that her husband is trying to kill her, it only adds more suspicion to the list. Nothing is adding up for Duncan with this beautiful woman and the judge seems too perfect to not be believed. Add into the mix another killing and the disappearance of Elise, and the reader isn't sure what the outcome will be.

The term "RICOCHET" doesn't have anything to do with the actual story - it's what happens to the reader as he/she is tossed back and forth. I went from believing Elise, to not believing her, to maybe believing her, and back again. Talk about a rollercoaster ride... but it wasn't thrilling and instead left me with a bit of motion sickness. I was tossed back and forth a few too many times to feel comfortable. In fact, at the end I was to the point of actually saying, "Who cares... just end it and tell me." That's not how I like feeling during the climax of a well thought out story.

Character development was hit and miss. Duncan Hatcher was well developed and we could see the angst his actions had on his emotional state - he was the son of a preacher and being involved with a married woman wreaked havoc on his mind. DeeDee Brown was fairly well developed - tough, opinionated and strong. In fact, I'd like to see a follow-up book with her as the main character! Elise was not well developed but that was intentional. The reader couldn't grasp whether she was a con artist or a poor soul with tragedy striking at every turn. Savich was not as well developed as he could have been, even though the reader was definitely left with the feeling of dislike. Judge Cato Laird was the one who got too much page time. The numerous emotional scenes we endured when his wife was missing and presumed dead was overkill.

Overall RICOCHET was a decent book but not one of my favorites written by Sandra Brown. I much preferred her previous works, WHITE HOT [...]
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Somebody Shoot Me May 5 2007
By Bonnie Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got a little over halfway through and I had to stop. I am a big Sandra Brown fan but this reads nothing like her. The plot is juvenille and just plain boring. I kept thinking that even I could write a better book. I found nothing enticing about the characters or what was happening to them. I can't believe this made it past the publisher's desk! Here is what you need to know. There are long, drawn-out conversations and sequences that go into heights of unecessary detail that I have never seen from Sandra Brown before. I found myself in agony trying to get through them, thinking, "WHO CARES???" This is one of the most SLOW MOVING books I have ever read. I could barely bring myself to pick it up. Do your self a favor and skip this one. Pick up "Chill Factor" and "Where There's Smoke" instead.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly dull Feb. 1 2008
By Charlene Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sandra Brown's books are usually very engrossing and enjoyable. However, this was the one exception. Except for the opening scene, there was very little in the way of drama or action. It was mainly police interrogations followed by the "he said...she said" type of stuff. And I grew weary of reading about Detective Hatcher's hard-ons for the victim/suspect (who happens to be married) on every other page. I normally finish a good book within 4-5 days and I had reached the point where I was dreading having to pick this one up. It took two weeks for me to make it only halfway through the book before I decided to put it down for good.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2 ½ stars. It was not fun. I was angry at Elise for more than half the book. Jan. 14 2013
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
RICOCHET by Sandra Brown.

Elise asks Duncan for help and says her husband wants to kill her. When Duncan asks what her husband's motive is, she won't tell him. Therefore, he has no reason to believe or help her. Finally at about the 3/4 mark, she tells him "why." Then Duncan helps her and the story becomes interesting. I would cut a lot of the first 2/3 or so of the book. There was too much hypothesizing, pondering, and wondering. I did enjoy the last part. I enjoyed what happened to the bad guys at the end. There was a happy ending with a little romance. But the first 2/3 or so made it not worth recommending.

A similar thing happened when Duncan asked Elise about her meetings in hotel rooms with Coleman. She said they were "friends" about 20 times. But she never clarified or gave details to Duncan. Duncan did some investigating and got a different opinion, and by the end of the book, I was still unclear. I can assume something, but I wish the author had been clearer. I was annoyed that again Elise never gave details about this to Duncan when she was asking for his trust and help.

The narrator was Dennis Boutsikaris. I did not like his southern accent and tone of voice. He says too many words with a down-tone in the last syllable like: no-oo, ha-rd to sa-ay. I could take a little of it, but after a while it irritated me.

There were about four sex scenes, briefly done. One was very pleasant, passionate, and nicely done.

DATA:
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 12 hrs and 40 mins. Swearing language: moderate but rarely used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: about 4 briefly done. Setting: current day Georgia. Book copyright: 2006. Genre: mystery suspense with a little romance.


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