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Ricochet | [Sandra Brown]

Ricochet

New York Times bestselling 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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    08-29-06
    08-29-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing At Best"

    I can't believe this book was actually written by the same Sandra Brown that I have enjoyed for many years. I have listened to most of her novels but this one is a "bust". Her main character, disguised as a Detective Sargeant, is so utterly lacking in skills as a law enforcement officer that it was laughable.The rest of the charactors are equally frustrating, stupid, and unbelieveable. I know that fiction is fiction but this was ridiculously presented as a romantic/thriller/mystery, etc. and came off looking like a quickie novel with very little thought put into it. I actually gave some thought to abandoning this book half way through but continued on hoping it would redeem itself......didn't happen. Take a pass on this one and I'm sorry I didn't.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lu Johns Creek, GA, United States 08-24-06
    Lu Johns Creek, GA, United States 08-24-06
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    "Ricochet - Trouble bonding with characters"

    Sandra Brown is by far my favorite author, and I always look forward to her novels. I will say I listened to this audiobook almost non-stop, so it gripped me to the point where I had trouble shutting it off. However, I kept looking for the book to pull me in and it never quite made it. Mostly, I had trouble bonding with the heroine, Elise. This was most likely because very little of the book came from her person. Also, I think the narrator made her sound like a dumb nimcumpoop. I enjoy and expect strong heroines from Sandra Brown and I don't think we got one here. She worked so hard to keep the intrigue with the character, that I think this took away from really appreciating her. In the end, I couldn't quite feel the love story. Oh, yes, they fell in love, but I read it and didn't feel it. Overall, the story was good and I did enjoy it...just not one of my favorites from Sandra Brown.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 10-27-06
    Sandra Kansas City, MO, USA 10-27-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Dumb Detective"

    The main character is supposed to be a skilled veteran police detective but he is just dumb. The story would have been better if this detective had some skills. This is the first book I've read by this author and I won't go out of my way to look for others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Pleasant Hill, CA, USA 09-17-06
    Howard Pleasant Hill, CA, USA 09-17-06
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    "ricochet"

    Got about half way through before I gave up. Tried to figure out which was worse, the narration or the book. I decided the narration was worse, but not by much.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna B. Pinneo Longmont, CO USA 08-27-06
    Joanna B. Pinneo Longmont, CO USA 08-27-06
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    "Not what I thought"

    It is not Sandra Brown's fault that I thought I was buying a true detective story rather than a romance genre plot (with a detective in it). I am only 4 hours into the audio book and I hope to finish it just to see how the detective part turns out. I am not criticizing those who enjoy the romance genre but personally I don't care for all the heaving chests and swooning, the breathiness and palpitating hearts. To me it is simply distracting from what might be a decent detective novel. I bought the book bargaining for a good detective story which I read a lot of and enjoy. I also agree with the earlier reviewer in that it is hard to like or identify with the heroine. The best character so far is the lady detective. Oh well. Just move it to the Romance section.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-14-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 01-14-13
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    "2 ½ stars. It was not fun."

    I was angry at Elise for more than half the book. She asks Duncan for help and says her husband wants to kill her. When Duncan asks what her husband’s motive is, she won’t tell him. Therefore, he has no reason to believe or help her. Finally at about the 3/4 mark, she tells him “why.” Then Duncan helps her and the story becomes interesting. I would cut a lot of the first 2/3 or so of the book. There was too much hypothesizing, pondering, and wondering. I did enjoy the last part. I enjoyed what happened to the bad guys at the end. There was a happy ending with a little romance. But the first 2/3 or so made it not worth recommending.

    A similar thing happened when Duncan asked Elise about her meetings in hotel rooms with Coleman. She said they were “friends” about 20 times. But she never clarified or gave details to Duncan. Duncan did some investigating and got a different opinion, and by the end of the book, I was still unclear. I can assume something, but I wish the author had been clearer. I was annoyed that again Elise never gave details about this to Duncan when she was asking for his trust and help.

    The narrator was Dennis Boutsikaris. I did not like his southern accent and tone of voice. He says too many words with a down-tone in the last syllable like: no-oo, ha-rd to sa-ay. I could take a little of it, but after a while it irritated me.

    There were about four sex scenes, briefly done. One was very pleasant, passionate, and nicely done.

    Genre: mystery suspense with a little romance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Brentwood, CA, USA 03-09-07
    Sandra Brentwood, CA, USA 03-09-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Book"

    I would recommend this book as the story keeps you wondering what is around the next corner and I could not put it down. I did, however, not even like the main female character, Elise, and I think this was due mostly to the narrator. I found the voice of Elise very irritating. In spite of this I enjoyed it for the most part. Wish the other female character (Dede) had been developed more - we hardly got to know her.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rogers Fairfield, IA, USA 08-27-06
    Rogers Fairfield, IA, USA 08-27-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Ricochet"

    Gripping but not fulfilling. The plot moved right along with many twists and turns. However, there was somewhat of a soap opera element and the romance element never quite clicked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammi North Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-15-06
    Tammi North Vancouver, BC, Canada 09-15-06
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    "Good but not as good as Envy"

    I love the narrator. The story is good. The romance is ok. Envy is still the best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bea United States 04-11-14
    Bea United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2002

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "So-so romantic suspense."

    I've really enjoyed other books by this author, but this one didn't particularly grab me I'm afraid.

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