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Tough Customer: A Novel | [Sandra Brown]

Tough Customer: A Novel

From acclaimed best-selling author Sandra Brown, Tough Customer is a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.
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Publisher's Summary

Colleagues, friends, and lovers know Dodge Hanley as a private investigator who doesn't let rules get in his way—in his private life as well as his professional one. If he breaks a heart, or bends the law in order to catch a criminal, he does so without hesitation or apology.

That's why he's the first person Caroline King—who after a 30-year separation continues to haunt his dreams—asks for help when a deranged stalker attempts to murder their daughter...the daughter Dodge has never met. He has a whole bagful of grudging excuses for wishing to ignore Caroline's call, and one compelling reason to drop everything and fly down to Texas: guilt.

Dodge's mind may be a haze of disturbing memories and bad decisions, but he arrives in Houston knowing with perfect clarity that his daughter, Berry, is in danger. She has become the object of desire of a co-worker, a madman and genius with a penchant for puzzles and games who has spent the past year making Berry's life hell, and who now has vowed to kill her.

Dodge joins forces with local deputy sheriff Ski Nyland, but the alarming situation goes from bad to worse when the stalker begins to claim other victims and leaves an ominous trail of clues as he lethally works his way toward Berry. Sensing the killer drawing nearer, Dodge, who's survived vicious criminals and his own self-destructive impulses, realizes that this time he's in for the fight of his life.

From acclaimed best-selling author Sandra Brown, Tough Customer is a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.

©2010 Sandra Brown Management Ltd. All rights reserved. (P)2010 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    rose 02-26-11
    rose 02-26-11
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    "Read smash cut first. Good read."

    I liked the book quite a bit. You should read smash cut first. Shares the same characters. It is a romance but the story line is good. starts off slow but picks up to a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Elkhorn, NE, United States 11-10-10
    Kristi Elkhorn, NE, United States 11-10-10
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    "Tried, tried and tried again to listen"

    Usually I can't wait to put on the headphones and hear what comes next. But I can't find myself caring what happens and I'm a third of the way through. First disappointing novel by Sandra Brown I've encountered and I've read almost all of her stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    09-18-10
    09-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Just so-so"

    I will listen to anything Victor Slezak narrates, but this was a weak plot from Sandra. I have all of her books on Audible (which I listen to over and over again), but not sure I'll listen to this a second time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita San Antonio, TX, United States 08-19-10
    Juanita San Antonio, TX, United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed Customer"

    I really, really hate it when I waste a credit. I've tried twice to get into this story and characters, but it just isn't happening. Taking way too long to hook any interest and the narrator falls short, too. Maybe I shouldn't have listened to this one so soon after The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Can I have my credit back?

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 08-25-10
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 08-25-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Not one of her best..."

    This book didn't have the normal flare that I'm used to finding in Sandra Brown novels. I don't consider it a waste of a credit, but it seemed to ramble on and on in places without holding my interest. I like the fact that it is a sequel to Smash Cut and we are able to catch up with some of those characters, as well as get to hear Dodge's story, but I just couldn't warm up to the story as a whole.

    The narration wasn't great either, which did not help matters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    valihugs Mesa, AZ USA 12-31-14
    valihugs Mesa, AZ USA 12-31-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved the complexity"

    The narrator did an excellent job bringing to life this complex story of human emotion and intrigue. I appreciated the read. Kept me in the edge of my seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 08-06-14
    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 08-06-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A good one!"
    If you could sum up Tough Customer in three words, what would they be?

    "Page turner!"


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fleshed out characters


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

    Yes; and this performance was just as good as the others.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to go after the bad guy, myself!


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this audiobook in record time because I couldn't put it down. Thank goodness for the Audible app on my iPhone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Saraland, AL, United States 10-21-13
    Tania Saraland, AL, United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "BORING"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story needs to pop! I have listened to many other Sandra Brown books that have been read by Victor Slezak and this one just doesn't get it. The story line is boring and does not captivate me as her others have done.


    What could Sandra Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Since, I didn't finish it, I cannot give a fair opinion.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Victor Slezak?

    I love Victor Slezak!! I think it was just the story line that made it such a bummer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 01-14-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Suspenseful and Engaging"
    Any additional comments?

    Great suspense with a dash of romance novel. Dodge Henley's true love and the one who got away, Caroline asks for his help after a 30 year absence. Dodge now starts to develop a relationship with the daughter he has not seen since her birth. Throw in a whack job stalker determined to murder Dodge's daughter Berry, and Dodge's vow to protect the love of his life and his daughter makes for quite a thrilling and suspenseful novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loy 10-05-12
    Loy 10-05-12

    Born to read

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    "I really enjoyed it"

    I have had this book for 2 years, and just now decided to listen. -- I read all the reviews and they were not very good.
    Now I do not know why, it is a great book -- just like Sandra Brown.

    the going back and forth to the past to tell part of the story is a trademark for her. I really liked this book, and wonder why it took me so long ..
    on a side note, Envy by Sandra Brown is one of my all time favorites, this is almost as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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