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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; 1 edition (March 25 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743454324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743454322
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 526 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,097,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Romance veteran Johnston makes her hardcover debut with another Bitter Creek novel (The Loner, etc.), in which Houston lawyer Luke Creed tracks down unethical businessmen in between joy rides on his Harley and attempts to woo his old high school sweetheart. Is the wonder drug D-Free a lifesaver for young diabetics or a dangerous cash cow for Hyland Pharmaceuticals? The mother of a child who died while using D-Free is suing Hyland, and Luke is part of the company's defense team. But he has an even greater stake in the case: one of his two daughters, eight-year-old Brynne, is diabetic and takes D-Free. To complicate matters further, his love interest, Amy, is representing the plaintiff. The hale Texan (who has a ranch and still calls his women "baby") is not afraid to face corporate bullies, even when they include his workaholic female boss. On the romantic front, Luke has his work cut out for him when the lonely yet stubbornly independent Amy rebuffs him. Johnston's characters brim with humanity as they navigate law firm politics and drug approval procedures, child-raising and custody battles. The recycled subplots and soap opera dramatics are predictable, but Luke's position as Hyland's defense attorney adds moral complexity. Readers will find themselves turning the pages, if only for more glimpses of a modern cowboy as captivating in the courtroom as he is on his hog.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Back after The Loner, obsessive lawyer Luke Creed is about to pay The Price for serving corporate interests.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is my 1st book by JJ to read- the 1st of the Blackthornes and Creeds lasaga and I really enjoyed it. I am now in the process of looking for the other 3. I never was lost by not reading the other books first. The author did a great job of filling in what had taken place previously so I felt up on what was going on. There were several sub-characters and their stories but I didn't feel like they were taking away from the main characters. The story was great up to the end. I highly recommend it.
Now a little about the story itself... Luke Creed finds out during his first visit back at his mom's place that his old high school sweetheart, Amy Hazeltine Nash, is back in town. What a surprise since they have not seen each other since their break up 12 years ago. Both married others, had children, and are now back "licking wounds" from torn apart marriages. They are also both attorneys and are soon to find out that they are on opposing sides of a lawsuit. But Luke doesn't feel good about the pharmaceutical company's new drug that his firm is representing. There have been several deaths of children that have taken the drug (coincidental or cover-up?) and the fact that his oldest daughter is taking the drug complicates the matter even more. Just seeing Amy brings back all sorts of feelings and memories- Luke knows he has never gotten over his love for her and now that she is back and single during a stressful time of his life complicates things that much more but he is not going to throw-away a second chance for happiness. Now he just has to convince Amy of taking that second chance. Things get serious and even deadly for some as information is uncovered about the new drug for diabetes. A page turner for me... I hope you give it a try.
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The saga of the Blackthornes and Creeds continues in this highly anticipated book in the Bitter Creek series. This story focuses on Luke Creed, who has turned away from his family to pursue his career as an attorney for the prestigious firm of DeWitt and Blackthorne. He's on a hot career path, likely to make partner in the firm within the next year, but along the way has sacrificed all other things in his life, including his marriage. The one remaining bright spot is his personal life are daughters, Brynne and Midge, whom he manages to make time for on the weekends.
Luke's current assignment is to settle a wrongful death suit brought against Hyland Pharmaceutical, whom his company represents. The case involves a new miracle drug, D-Free, for Type I Juvenile Diabetes, something close to Luke's heart since daughter Brynne has this disease. Attorney for the opposition is Amy Nash, Luke's old high school sweetheart, also a divorcee raising her daughter Honor. Amy's client lost her child while taking D-Free for her diabetes, and Amy is passionate in her arguments to get this dangerous drug off the market. Amy is having a hard time accepting the fact that the once rebellious Luke is representing the corporate bad guys, along with the feelings that come back to life after not seeing Luke for many years.
As the investigation in to D-Free proceeds, Luke realizes the dangers of the drug that someone has been covering up. Luke also needs to find out for his own peace of mind what the real issues are, since Brynne is taking this drug, against Luke's wishes.
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Outside his professional life, Luke Creed feels he is a failure. He despises his stepfather, a Blackthorne, whom everyone else in Luke's Creed family seems to respect and love. He is a divorcee who rarely sees his two children, ten year old Brynne and six year old Midge. On the bright side his hard successful work at DeWitt and Blackthorne, one of the country's biggest law firms, is paying off as he expects partnership next year.
Luke is assigned to settle a wrongful death suit that Mrs. Anastacio filed against his client, Hyland Pharmaceutical. Apparently four children have died from "misuse" of D-Free, a pill that replaces needles for sufferers of Type I Juvenile Diabetes, a disease that Luke knows first hand because his oldest daughter suffers from it. His opposing attorney is his high school sweetheart Amy Nash, who left him because his heart was overflowing with hatred towards the Blackthornes. As he learns more about the real danger from the drug first hand and a colleague dies under mysterious conditions, Luke realizes he is on the wrong side of the table. He knows he still loves Amy and agrees that the deadly D-Free must be removed before other children including his Brynne dies.
The latest Creed tale stars the one person still holding a deep grudge Luke. He is an interesting lead protagonist and Amy is a delightful idealistic counterpart. The story line is very exciting and showcases the dangers of Juvenile Diabetes though the thrilling conspiracy subplot starring the "Evil Empire" takes away from the prime theme. Still, fans will enjoy Joan Johnston's latest Blackthorne-Creed novel and simply want more.
Harriet Klausner
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