Lethal – Sandra Brown

LethalI love Sandra Brown. I have read countless books by her running the gamut from her schlocky downright saccharine classic romance Above and Beyond to my all time favorite of hers,  Envy. Lethal had me right up until the last sentence when I said to myself “Is that it?” Well, that is not precisely correct, what I truly thought was more profane but I am sure you know what I mean.

Truly, I am going to have to check a print edition to verify that there wasn’t some colossal error and two or three sentences were somehow missing from the audio version that I downloaded from the public library. It goes to show that a book can still go to pot right up to the last minute or sentence as it were.

When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that “sick” man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won’t be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

But Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can’t be trusted. Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn is there to retrieve it — at any cost. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them, but the fabric of our society.

When Honor rushes out to administer to the injured man she finds that it has been a red herring to gain access to her home. Coburn, like most of Brown’s heroes, is hard bitten, crass and somehow vastly appealing despite it all.

There is something about Victor Slezak’s voice, he has narrated dozens of Sandra’s novels. He can somehow elevate even an ordinary story to something greater just by lending his unique pitch and intonation to the audio-book narration. Without descending into fawning detail of the minute nuances of his voice and the inexplicable appeal it has for me suffice it to say that I will happily listen to just about anything narrated by Mr. Slezak.

Well I did finally locate a print version and flipped to the last page to verify my suspicions that Sandra had indeed left the ending open to interpretation. Perhaps it is just my preference but I like my endings definitive unless it is part of a series. Even then I have been known to hoard episodes on my PVR of The Walking Dead to be watched en mass to avoid the mid-season cliffhanger and whose idea was it in the first place to come up with such a notion?

Regardless of my peak with the author for experimenting with my emotions Lethal was an enjoyable read that kept you guessing. There is no doubt I will be searching the library for an audio version of Deadline if not to listen to the narrator then to enjoy getting to know Ms Brown’s next unique anti-hero.

AUTHOR: Sandra Brown

RATING: 3 1/2  Stars

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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