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White Hot

Posted - Sep. 27, 2004 at 7:17 a.m.



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This was my first Sandra Brown novel, and now I want to read everything she’s written. She reminds me of a cross between Nora Roberts and Patricia Cornwell. Her characters are vivid and edgy, especially her criminals, and the delightful part is you aren’t always sure which characters are wearing the white and which the black hats.

White Hot is the story of Sayre Lynch who returns to the small town in Louisiana where she grew up in order to attend her brother’s funeral. She had run from this little town, named Destiny, ten years earlier vowing never to return, but the news of her brother’s supposed suicide takes her back to that painful, familiar place. Her struggles with her father, who is a great evil big daddy, her surviving brother who is the spittin’ image of his father, and the new consigliore for the family are larger than life, which is what you want from a meaty blockbuster of a novel.

Sandra Brown fans tell me this is not her best. They preferred Envy, which I will now look forward to reading. I have no complaints. The book is well written. The plot kept me from skipping ahead. And there was a genuine unexpected twist in the end that had me gasping out loud. But be forewarned, Brown has some pretty steamy romance scenes. The bulk of the book is not about that, but the ones in there will curl your toes.

I give a strong recommendation to Sandra Brown’s latest bestseller in hardback, White Hot. On the Book Beat for KSL News radio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.

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