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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty books, of which forty were New York Times bestsellers, including the number one New York Times bestsellers The Alibi, Unspeakable, Fat Tuesday, Exclusive, The Witness, Charade, Where There's Smoke and French Kiss. Her novels have been published in thirty languages. She and her husband divide their time between homes in Texas and South Carolina.

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Texas late-night radio DJ Paris Gibson plays love songs, takes requests, and sometimes doles out love life advice to her listeners. One night a man named "Valentino" calls and blames Paris for the demise of his latest relationship. He says Paris told his girlfriend to dump him, and now he's holding her captive and will kill her in three days. Of course, he also threatens Paris, leading her to call the police and become part of a tangled web that includes men from her past, coworkers, a judge's teenaged daughter, and a "sex club." Best-selling author Brown (The Crush) has penned a taut thriller that keeps readers guessing until the very end. Gritty and compelling, this is sure to satisfy Brown's loyal readers while impressing new ones. Highly recommended for most public libraries.-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Cue another run up the charts for bestselling Brown (The Crush), who knows just the right mix to spin: a second-chance-at-love theme rocked by the rhythms of families-in-jeopardy and the hip-hop beat of an at-risk teen subplot sure to alarm the most jaded of parents. Her latest thriller, set during a steamy Austin, Tex., summer, revolves around Paris Gibson, host of a late night radio show that dispenses classic love songs along with advice for the lovelorn that turns deadly after a caller takes Paris's on-air advice to dump a possessive boyfriend who turns out to be another regular caller, "Valentino." Refusing to be dumped, "Valentino" makes the girl his captive, phones Paris that he will kill her in 72 hours ("...her death will be on your conscience") and implies Paris may die next. Paris contacts the Austin police and reunites with one-time lover, Dean Malloy, a police psychologist who was also her dead fiance's best friend. "Valentino" 's victim, Janey Kemp, is the missing 17-year-old daughter of a prominent judge and a founder of a Sex Club Web site that arranges illicit parties that Dean's son, Gavin, also frequents, connecting him to Janey's disappearance. Paris and Dean's romance is almost trivial beside Janey's dehumanizing captivity, although Brown's shallow characterizations of Janey and other Sex Club teens registers the only off note in this fast-reading thriller. The adult suspects are better developed: Lancy, an ex-con/janitor/former porn star trying to make good; Stan, a radio employee whose family connections are the only reason he has a job; John, a cop who sees nothing wrong with "hands on" undercover work; and Brad, a sex-addicted dentist. The unmasking of the killer comes with a riveting finale that will leave fans begging for an encore. Agent, Maria Carvainis. Major ad/promo; 5-city author tour. (Oct. 7) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Brown's novels define the term "page-turner" - BooklistThe plot [of The Crush] crackles with tension ... Brown fans will not be disappointed - Publishers WeeklyA masterful storyteller - USA TodayMillions of readers clamour for the compelling novels of Sandra Brown. And no wonder! She fires your imagination with irresistible characters, unexpected plot twists, scandalous secrets ... so electric you feel the zing! - Literary GuildPerfectly plotted ... sin-tillating suspense - People magazineFast fun - CosmopolitanGet your page-turning finger ready for Sandra Brown's latest - New Woman

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