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Ricochet | [Sandra Brown]

Ricochet

New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown is back with a spine-tingling story of murder and betrayal, and a homicide detective's struggle with his own rules of conduct. When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the home of Judge Cato Laird in the middle of the night to investigate a fatal shooting, he knows that discretion and kid-glove treatment are the key to staying in the judge's good graces and keeping his job.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown is back with a spine-tingling story of murder and betrayal, and a homicide detective's struggle with his own rules of conduct.

When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the home of Judge Cato Laird in the middle of the night to investigate a fatal shooting, he knows that discretion and kid-glove treatment are the key to staying in the judge's good graces and keeping his job.

At first glance, the case appears open-and-shut: Elise, the judge's trophy wife, interrupted a burglary in progress and killed the intruder in self-defense. But Duncan is immediately suspicious of Elise's innocent act. And further investigation quickly puts Duncan's career in jeopardy because he can't deny his increasing attraction to Elisa Laird, even if she is a married woman, a proven liar, and a murder suspect.

Ricochet's plot twists, as only Sandra Brown can write them, make this a gripping thriller, in which a decent cop's worst enemy may be his own conscience...and trusting the wrong person could mean the difference between life and death.

©2006 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Gripping and absorbing, this is Brown's best thriller in years and a must-read for her many devotees." (Booklist)
"Tight plotting, a hot love story with some nice twists, and a credible ending help make this a stand-out thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    MC 08-03-15
    MC 08-03-15

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    "It's Sandra at her best"
    What made the experience of listening to Ricochet the most enjoyable?

    I just love her books. Narrator was bad, but you forget that quite quickly once you get into the story. The ending was abrupt. Wish that had been extended a bit.


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    Susan Columbia, MO, United States 03-09-15
    Susan Columbia, MO, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story!"

    Excellent story of complex characters and good cops and bad criminals but with a few interesting twists -- corruption where you don't expect it and courage in the least expected character. Well written story that holds your interest. Narrator is a man who reads the woman's parts - which is odd - but he does the best he can. Overall the story is excellent and worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-11-14

    Grandma who spends too much time in her car. The books keep me happy and sane!

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    "There's more to Savannah that the bridge"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first time I listened I was so angry about the poor representation of Savannah that I honestly could not concentrate on the substance. Once I resigned myself to the fact that Ms. Brown knows very little about our beautiful city, I enjoyed the story.


    Has Ricochet turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Genre? Definitely not. Author? Definitely.


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

    Nothing really. His female characters vocalization is painful at time, but his voice is easy to listen to, his diction is better than most and I enjoy listening to him.


    Was Ricochet worth the listening time?

    After the first listen, yes. It is a quite intriguing plot and the characters have more than just superficial personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book specifically because it is set in Savannah. The only thing she goes into any detail by name about is the Talmadge Bridge. She briefly mentions the old police station, but completely ignores the many squares and historical aspects of the city. No, they don't contribute to the plot, but they make it more believable to those of us who know the city. It would be like writing a novel set in NYC and not mentioning Central Park or the Empire State building.

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    "Richochet"

    Very good read- I would say it is worth your time and you will enjoy it. Not the greatest but good.

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    Janet Fort Wayne, IN, USA 12-06-08
    Janet Fort Wayne, IN, USA 12-06-08
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    "Ricochet"

    Worth Reading

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    Dawn Glendale, AZ, United States 08-01-08
    Dawn Glendale, AZ, United States 08-01-08 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "It's not her best"

    I usually love her books. This one is not one of my favorites. I was very intrigued at times, however, Elise was simply an unrealistic character. There is no way that anyone in their right mind would marry someone for the reasons that she did. Also, the romantic relationship between the detective and Elise was just weird and overly lustful. The narrator was fine, I didn't mind him, but I think I would've enjoyed it more if I read it myself. Give it a chance.

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    Kathe Fairbanks, AK, USA 04-19-08
    Kathe Fairbanks, AK, USA 04-19-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Narrator, Lousy Book"

    Waste of time.

    Unlike a lot of the reviews, I thought the narrator was good. The book however was not. If this guy is supposed to be some crackerjack detective, he's got a funny way of showing it.

    I've never met a man who is so given to all the supposedly deep thoughts (of course they're all about the icky main female character, Elise)he has. I think maybe he's supposed to be a tortured conflicted detective, but it just doesn't work. He sounds like a woman, not a man. Sandra Brown should have just had a female detective, however then she wouldn't have had all those weird out of place sex scenes in the book.

    This is the second book of Sandra Brown's I have listened to (what was I thinking?), and while this one was better than the other one I listened to, it wasn't by much.

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    10-07-06
    10-07-06 Member Since 2007
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    "Thank you Sandra Brown"

    Ricohet maybe the most touching, entertaining romantic mystery listen of my experience. Outstanding reading, audio reproduction quality, intense character development, magnificant plot fill me with joy and appreication for living in a world where such art florishes. Sandra Brown's grasp of human nature, and creativity in interuptating this nature in her characters simply holds me in awe. For me, this was a wonderful experience.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauri Allen, TX, United States 12-02-07
    Lauri Allen, TX, United States 12-02-07
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    "Pretty darn fun."

    Great plot.

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    katwalk La Mesa, CA 11-24-06
    katwalk La Mesa, CA 11-24-06 Member Since 2000
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    "Really liked it !"

    I really enjoyed this book ! Could hardly wait to get back in the car and turn the ipod on! Yes, narration wasn't the best, but not bad enough to spoil it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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