The Price: A Novel Hardcover – Mar 25 2003
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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.
From Library Journal
Back after The Loner, obsessive lawyer Luke Creed is about to pay The Price for serving corporate interests.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I liked the secondary stories and am looking forward to the next book to see how they resolve. I have to agree with someone else who said the romance is lacking, but the drama was... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by mahikahn
This was my first Joan Johnston book, and while I didn't need to read the first 3 or 4 books in the series to understand the plot itself, I felt like I was coming in on an ongoing... Read morePublished on March 8 2004
I forced myself to read the first 100 pages; I could not continue. The main character, Luke, comes across as a belligerent adolescent, with the articulation (read lack of) to... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004
This is Luke's story. Not as much of a romance as some of the others, but it is still very good. Love that Ms. Johnston interacts with other characters that we have already met! Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2003
This is basically the 4th in the Creed/Blackthorne family books. This is Luke's story and picks up 12 years after the last one (Summer's) story ends. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2003 by TSchlaack
Although I am a big fan and avid reader of all Joan Johnston's books, this one seemed to lack the pizzaz of the previous three Blackthorne-Creed novels. Read morePublished on April 17 2003