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The Crush Paperback – Large Print, Dec 2002


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  • Paperback: 627 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (December 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786243481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786243488
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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When Dr. Rennie Newton's jury duty on a case involving a contract killer ends in an acquittal for Ricky Lozada, her carefully composed and very private life begins to unravel. First, someone breaks into her house to leave her an anonymous dozen red roses. Then her colleague and one-time rival for the chief of surgery job is murdered in the parking lot of her hospital, which makes her a prime suspect, especially when the police learn that she's killed a man once before. None of that stops Detective Wick Threadgill from falling in love with her; unlike his partner, he's sure that Lozada, not Rennie, is behind Howell's murder. And it soon becomes clear that the killer is so obsessed with Rennie that he'll do anything to have her--including killing again. Brown, master of the romantic mystery, goes into darker territory here, but she handles it with her usual deftness and turns in a well-paced if not particularly heart-stopping thriller with the requisite happy ending for Rennie and Wick. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brown's latest thriller pits the infamous Ricky Lozada, an unscrupulous killer for hire, against Wick Threadgill, a wily, disgruntled detective on leave from the force. Threadgill's former partner, Oren Wesley, lures him back with the news that Lozada-against whom Threadgill has a personal vendetta-has murdered a respected doctor. The author ups the stakes by giving Threadgill and the killer the same love interest: Dr. Rennie Newton, a no-nonsense surgeon who unwittingly attracts Lozada's obsessive attention while serving on a jury that acquits him for murder. Newton's secret past raises doubts about where exactly her loyalties lie, and Brown deftly builds suspense around the romantic aspect of her story. She also scores points for her insight into the sociopath's mind, despite a rather facile explanation of how he went bad. (Not everyone with a handicapped younger sibling who gets all the parents' attention ends up a ruthless killer.) Similarly, the underlying reason for Dr. Newton's startling transformation from a young adult who lived on the wild side to a cold, controlled professional is too pat. Worst of all, Brown's prose seems aimed at an audience of eighth-graders, padded throughout with a slew of adjectives, useless descriptions and catch phrases ("Is that your final answer?"). But once things get rolling, the plot crackles with tension moving toward the final showdown between Lozada and Wick. Brown fans will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 29 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sandra Brown is a favorite author--I always buy her books as soon as they are released. I wish I had waited on this one. The plot is old and tired (A criminal fixates on a juror at his trial--haven't they made a movie or two with this plot line?), the heroine is unlikable and unbelievable and I am sick to death of maverick cops. Can someone write a book where the hero isn't a tortured loner? Ms. Brown is far more talented than this book. Take a pass, borrow it from a friend or the library if you must, but save your money for her next book. I'm sure it will be better.
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Although this Brown outing is not up to the calibre of her "Envy," nevertheless, it delivers the goods--as only Brown can.
The plot concerns a very buttoned-up, brilliant surgeon, Dr. Rennie Newton, as unapproachable as she is a genius. Young and beautiful, she saves lives on a daily basis with a cool efficiency in the operating room that belies her inner, carefully controlled compassion. But her nerves are about to be tested to the max. For Rennie was the forewoman on the jury at the trial of the cold and spooky Lozada, a hitman par excellence. And the jury acquitted. Now, Lozada is stalking Rennie in the vile belief that she is his soulmate.
Maverick ex-copy Wick Threadgill (Brown is always so good with names--where does she get them?) has had his own brush with Lozada, more than once. When we meet him, he's lost in Margaritaville--in this case, a seedy apartment on the Gulf in Galveston, Texas. Sexy Wick is one moody, volatile guy. He's lost his only brother to Lozada, and it has thrown him into a tailspin that has forced his temporary suspension from the force.
When Wick is asked by his close friend and fellow cop Oren Wesley to investigate the murder of a surgeon who practiced at Rennie's hospital, the stage is set for a deadly triangle: Bad boy Wick, Rennie, who may or may not have murdered her colleague, and Lozada--who definitely may have had something to do with it.
The sparks fly, the sexual tension strains to the breaking point, and distrust abounds as Wick and Rennie, polar opposites in every way, reluctantly join forces to trap Lozada. And the reader is along for every step of the way.
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By Desmond Chan on April 4 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Rennie Newton unwittingly becomes a suspect for the murder of Howell when FWPD detective Oren Wesley smells a motive of eliminating her competition. Could she be collaborating with psychopath Lozaro? Seems likely when Oren engages best friend Wick Threadgill to investigate and keep tabs on Rennie, discovering her blemished past of committing self-defense murder on one of her father's associate. Even the townspeople says she was a hellfire back then.
Wick however finds himself attracted to Rennie in the midst of protecting her from the stalking Lozaro. Obsession can deadly when Lozaro invades her privacy and Wick becomes the defender of the woman he loves, while settling a personal vendetta with the menacing killer.
Sandra Brown's perennial suspense offering lacks the stylistic prose in her last book Envy but remains fast and engrossing with its frenetic pacing and dramatic turns of a cat-and-mouse game. The romance cripples with much of the pages devoted to suspense and Rennie's unbelievable past. Yet like the unfurling of a soap opera, the pages just fly by with Ms. Brown's tight narration.
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By Desmond Chan on April 1 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Rennie Newton unwittingly becomes a suspect for the murder of Howell when FWPD detective Oren Wesley smells a motive of eliminating her competition. Could she be collaborating with psychopath Lozaro? Seems likely when Oren engages best friend Wick Threadgill to investigate and keep tabs on Rennie, discovering her blemished past of committing self-defense murder on one of her father's associate. Even the townspeople says she was a hellfire back then.
Wick however finds himself attracted to Rennie in the midst of protecting her from the stalking Lozaro. Obsession can deadly when Lozaro invades her privacy and Wick becomes the defender of the woman he loves, while settling a personal vendetta with the menacing killer.
Sandra Brown's perennial suspense offering lacks the stylistic prose in her last book Envy but remains fast and engrossing with its frenetic pacing and dramatic turns of a cat-and-mouse game. The romance cripples with much of the pages devoted to suspense and Rennie's unbelievable past. Yet like the unfurling of a soap opera, the pages just fly by with Ms. Brown's tight narration.
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Ricky Roy Lozada is and has always been a killer, yet when Dr. Rennie Newton served as jurywoman on his trial for manslaughter, she felt conscience-bound to press for his acquittal. All through that trial he stared at her and now, only a short time later, Rennie's rival for the job of chief of surgeons at her hospital is silently and brutally murdered in the parking lot, a vase of red roses mysteriously appears in Rennie's locked apartment, and Lozada himself is calling ... and following her. Seems he has a crush on her.
Cop-on-leave Wick Threadgill has had his own run-ins with Lozada over the death of Wick's brother Joe and would like nothing better than a piece of this psychopath. That's the only reason Wick accepts his partner, Oren's, plea to come back to Fort Worth as a favor and help out on this case, surveiling Rennie from afar since Oren can't believe she didn't hire Lozada herself to bump off her competition. It isn't long before Wick too is watching Rennie, then following her, then calling on her. Seems he too has a crush on her. And Lozada won't stand for that.
If THE CRUSH was about a hundred pages shorter (it's 474), and if Lozada was less of your stereotypical monster (who keeps scorpions in his apartment, has been killing playmates since childhood, and stays scrupulously clean), it would be a four star novel. The romance is well done and neatly woven into the suspense of catching Lozada, and the characters are interesting enough to carry the story. Still ...
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