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Play Dirty | [Sandra Brown]

Play Dirty

Griff Burkett has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But at the end of his football career, deep in debt, a crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks into an FBI sting. After serving time, he finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned by eccentric millionaire Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. Deadly consequences ensue when he hires Burkett to impregnate his wife.
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Publisher's Summary

Deadly consequences ensue when an eccentric millionaire, crippled in a tragic accident, hires a fallen football hero (and ex-con) to impregnate his wife.

Griff Burkett was a school-of-hard-knocks kid, abandoned by his mother, adopted by his high-school football coach. Under his tutelage, Griff earned a scholarship to play college ball and then a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Griff had a good heart, but his Achilles heel was his arrogance, and his gambling. At the end of his career, deep in debt, a local organized-crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks straight into an FBI sting.

After serving time, Griff finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned to the mansion of eccentric millionaire airline owner Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. He offers Griff half a million dollars to impregnate his wife Laura, discreetly, and with manifold rules. One of which is, if Griff succeeds, he will leave town and never see his child as long as he lives.

Griff has few options. He's still hounded by Detective Stanley Rodarte, who organized the gambling sting, and seems set upon ruining Griff's life. Griff has little means of earning a living, no family, and few friends. So he agrees - only to quickly realize he's been set up.

©2007 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc

What the Critics Say

"The tension builds as lust, greed, pride, wrath and envy threaten to undo everyone in this tightly told tale of modern temptation." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Deborah D. Craggs 08-27-07 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying life by the sea in St. Augustine FL. Started listening to books on cassette and in 1995 over the radio, hooked ever since!

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    "Summer Fun"

    Enjoyed this entertaining read with a football twist. Current events feature fallen QB's in the news, you would think Ms. Brown ahead of the game. Escape and enjoy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Norman, OK, United States 05-07-09
    Derek Norman, OK, United States 05-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I should have known better...."

    than to buy a book by a female author with a football star as one of the main characters. Not to say it can't be done. But with the title, I just don't know what I was thinking. I'm guessing high school and college girls might enjoy this one.

    I got it because of the Dallas location and thought it might be interesting from that perspective because of the Dallas Cowboys and Southwest Airlines. But it was incredibly predictable and written, it seemed, at a high school level.

    But I do admit, I listened to the end with a lot of fast-forwarding.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 06-28-14
    Karen CA, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Whew, Hot"

    Victor Slezak is the best reader for SB books, but he is not inexpensive, but worth every penny. I own ALL of his SB reads. Do NOT miss out on his talented reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    QueenofKenway Canada 06-15-13
    QueenofKenway Canada 06-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    ""Money talks"...Greed is the downfall"
    If you could sum up Play Dirty in three words, what would they be?

    You'll get caught.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story could be a life lesson to many star athletes, corporate executives, anyone in power who are arrogant enough to think they are invincible.


    What does Victor Slezak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Victor has a very expressive tone to his voice. He kept my attention throughout the book. Sometimes when reading, my mind tends to wonder about place described. With a great narrator, like Victor, they bring the story to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "You are not bullet proof"


    Any additional comments?

    Sandra Brown's novels never disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim chino, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Kim chino, CA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery and Thriller reader sometimes a touch of romance doesn't hurt.

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    "Awesome"
    Where does Play Dirty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks right up there in the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Griff- I like bad guy misunderstood gone good characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene between Griff and Laura


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NIcole Chelmsford, United Kingdom 02-26-13
    NIcole Chelmsford, United Kingdom 02-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it. Sandra Brown in fine form"
    What made the experience of listening to Play Dirty the most enjoyable?

    Story makes you think about some things differently. And it was a most enjoyable yarn - sure it was far-fetched - but that's what makes it entertaining.:-)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Griff - right proper lad!


    Have you listened to any of Victor Slezak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What choices would you make?


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the other reviews which helped me choose this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica HOUMA, Lao People's Democratic Republic 01-08-13
    Jessica HOUMA, Lao People's Democratic Republic 01-08-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a 40 year old physical therapist. I can remember when I was 12 I thought Stephen King was the only author in the world and I read any of his books...... Now my love for reading has grown...I love to listen and now... To about anything.....

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    "Average story, but not overwhelming"
    Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Victor Slezak?

    Definitely yes. I am a big fan of S.B., but this book just was not a favorite of mine..


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I just did not feel much for any of the characters.... Maybe the characters needed to be built up more.... Even the romance was just well... There.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Do you think Play Dirty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I just really would not be that interested


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Androula Limassol, Cyprus 08-04-12
    Androula Limassol, Cyprus 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting book"
    What made the experience of listening to Play Dirty the most enjoyable?

    It was very interesting from the beginning to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Play Dirty?

    The fact that her husband forced her to have a child with a prisoner.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished it in one night

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Niota, TN, United States 03-28-12
    Renee Niota, TN, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Exciting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it has it all. Love, passion, betrayal, action and drama!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could barely put it down! It kept me intrigued.


    Have you listened to any of Victor Slezak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to this author before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheba LANCASTER, TX, United States 02-01-12
    Sheba LANCASTER, TX, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2011

    AVID READER!!!!

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    "Good Read"

    I enjoyed this book as I always do enjoy most Sandra Brown's books. There's always some romance wrapped up in a good story filled with suspense. And that's what really keeps me coming back to her books. I don't just want to read a romance story. I like suspense and thrillers and when there's a good romance involved, oh well you've got me. I just want to read all of her books...and I will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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