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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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Engaging

I read constantly and this is only my second or third review. I had to share the value of this book. Great plot, characters with style, surprises galore. Even thought the narrator was great. I cannot say enough positive things loved it.

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Not awful but not her best

Would you be willing to try another book from Sandra Brown? Why or why not?

yes. I've liked other books that she's written

What aspect of Victor Slezak’s performance would you have changed?

He's usually better than this. His southern drawl was rather annoying on some characters.

Was Tough Customer worth the listening time?

Still unsure

Any additional comments?

It was a slow start and not the most realistic ending (she fell back on an old standard twist). Plus the narrator made it difficult to like the main character at all. I wonder if the author wanted him to be portrayed as THAT crotchety.

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togh love

liked the story and the readers voice and cadence . lots of turns and a little love story involved

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Simply horrible

This was probably the worst book I've encountered. I can't decide which is worse...the narrator or the story line.

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Great!

Great story!
Loved the characters!
Searching for the next one now.
Glad I found her!

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Another great story

I love Sandra brown books. The stories are good and this one was very suspenseful
Nice job. Enjoyable read.

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Great performance and book.

I thought the performance was great. He was amazing. I usually hate when a male narrator speaks in female dialogue but he was great. Really made me enjoy the book.

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Book Rating System

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It wasn't the best time I have had listening on Audible and it wasn't the worst. It usually only takes me 2-3 chapters in when I realize this is or is not the book for me. I wanted to stick this one out to the end. Maybe it was the characters, maybe it was the narrator, and by 3 chapters I couldn't decide if I would end up liking it or not.<br/><br/>I have returned many books and felt I owed it to Audible to stick this one out to the end. Besides I couldn't honestly and completely rate a book by just a few chapters.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

By the time I'd finished listening nothing would have surprised me. What kind of surprised me was Berry swimming in the lake and then what happened,,,

Which scene was your favorite?

There was no one favorite scene.

Could you see Tough Customer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A movie, yes, and it would be rated X. There is freedom of speech and there is "freedom of the people, for the people.." We, the people, have a right to know what we are about to hear or see, make up our own minds if we want to pursue, and buy. A book rating system has to happen, not to stop freedom of speech, just give the consumer a choice.<br/><br/>In a movie it is quite simple who the stars would be: Dodge, Berry, Caroline, Ski, Orin<br/>

Any additional comments?

Having said books need a rating system, doesn't preclude me from choosing an X rated Audio Book. It just lets me know what I am in for. I am a Christian and probably wouldn't choose this. The rating would have to tell me why it is rated X; sex, language, violence, etc.

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Great book

awesome read or listen. I loved the twists and turns as well as the surprises. great narrator too!

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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.