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Domestic terrorism provides the backdrop for this uneven romantic thriller from bestseller Brown (Low Pressure). Dawson Scott, a veteran journalist traumatized by his work in Afghanistan, rejects the fluff piece his editor urges him to write, and instead travels to Georgia to cover the trial of Willard Strong, accused of murdering his wife and her lover, Jeremy Wessum, and feeding them to his fighting dogs. Dawson can't resist reporting on the case after his godfather, a former FBI agent, tips him off that Wessum might be the son of a pair of famous terrorists. The journalist comes prepared for some courtroom drama, but what he's unprepared for is falling in love with Wessum's former wife, Amelia. The death of the nanny of Amelia's two young sons suggests that a murderer may still be on the loose. Dawson and Amelia's contrived, torrid love affair undermines an otherwise straightforward whodunit. Readers should be prepared for some cringe-worthy dialogue before reaching the propulsive final scenes. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Sept.)

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"...deft characterizations and eye for detail make this a winner...Satisfying, vintage Brown storytelling."
Kirkus on DEADLINE

"Sandra Brown meticulously develops a stellar cast of characters, weaving them into a tense, gritty thriller that offers numerous plot twists leading to stunning revelations and a nail-biting conclusion....I'm now wondering why I waited so long to enjoy this talented author's work. I highly recommend Brown's Low Pressure. Its multilayered, intricate and suspenseful storyline is enriched with vivid descriptions and crisp dialogue. If you enjoy romantic suspense, Low Pressure is a book you'll want to read in one sitting."—USA Today on LOW PRESSURE

"A good old-fashioned thriller, and a winner..."—Kirkus on LOW PRESSURE

"Sexual tension fueled by mistrust between brash Denton and shy Bellamy smolders and sparks in teasing fashion throughout."—Publishers Weekly on LOW PRESSURE

"Hair-raising . . . a perfect mix of thriller and romantic suspense."—USA Today on LETHAL

"Pulse-pounding . . . a relentless pace and clever plot."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on LETHAL
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455501514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455501519
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (950 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), RAINWATER (2010), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008) & PLAY DIRTY (2007).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program "PM Magazine."

She is much in demand as a speaker and guest television hostess. Her episode on truTV's "Murder by the Book" premiered the series in 2008 and she was one of the launch authors for Investigation Discovery's new series, "Hardcover Mysteries."

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer's Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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The characters are developed well.
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I could not put the book down until I was finished reading.
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Twists and turns until the very end.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By BeMa on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I own and have read every one of Sandra's books. Okay, some I have read numerous times. I read this one in a day and didn't get a thing done except the book. Loved it. Her characters are so real. I'm not going to do a byplay of the book, I think others have done that quite nicely. This book has a twist that I didn't see coming. I know some did. I loose myself in Sandra's books and don't 'look' for twists...I just snuggle in and enjoy. I will read this one again.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By gpangel on September 24, 2013
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Deadline by Sandra Brown is a Grand Central Publication and will be released on September 24, 2013. Amelia is a widow with two children. She has removed herself from public life as much as possible. Her deceased husband, Jeremy, was murdered by his lover's husband and now Amelia is having to testify at his trial. This has brought out reporters and other media, causing Amelia to attempt to keep a low profile. However, she never suspects someone would go so far as to move in right next door and break in to her home and spy on her. Which is exactly what Dawson did, and he got he caught- by Amelia. Dawson, like Amelia's former husband, is suffering for PTSD. Dawson was a reporter covering the war effort. He came home with horrible nightmares and has resorted to popping pills and drinking too much. When he gets a phone call about covering this trial, he has other reasons for agreeing to it. He never expected to be so drawn to Amelia or her two boys. Amelia is furious at being spied on, so she and Dawson get off to a rather rocky start. But, Amelia's boys just love Dawson and before long, Amelia grudgingly opens up to Dawson a little. However, there have been some rather odd occurrences going on around Amelia's home. She suspects Dawson at first, but he swears he knows nothing about it. Then during a storm, when Amelia's nanny goes into to town for some supplies and never comes back, the investigation opens up the possibility that Jeremy may not have been murdered by his lover's husband after all. While we are pondering on all that, we are given excepts into Jeremy's childhood through a diary his mother kept. Jeremy's parents were vigilantes and his father was particularly cruel. Jeremy didn't fit in with that lifestyle so his parents gave him to a friend to raise.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By retired to read on September 25, 2013
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I've been waiting for Ms. Brown's Deadline for many weeks, but it falls a little short of good. I wasn't impressed with this mystery/thriller, in my estimation no romance involved. The plot was overlaid and overlaid and overlaid, but I still had the mystery solved almost from the beginning.

Dawson Scott an investigative reporter returns from Afghanistan with PTSD. He goes to Savannah at the request of FBI Agent Headly, his godfather, to check out the trial of a man accused of killing Jeremy Wesson, the son of Carl Wingert, the criminal who got away from him decades ago. Agent Headly has hunted this man for decades and wants the case solved before he retires. Dawson sees Amelia, Jeremy Wesson's ex wife; falls in lust kind of. Although the prosecutor did not have a body, it appears he had a good case that Jeremy had been murdered. Following starts a story of murder, stalking, snipers, and bumbling local police with over large egos getting in the way of apprehending Carl Wingert, a megalomaniac sociopath with thoughts to destroy anything and anyone who gets in his way. I'll not go into any further description of the story because I don't want to ruin it for others.

The book was well written with a lot of twist and turns, but I did not see a great connection/chemistry between Dawson and Amelia, the supposed heroine. All the characters were good, but none was outstanding. I was disappointed in the ending because I didn't really see a HEA but maybe others might.

Good reading all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Williams on September 30, 2013
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I couldn't put this book down. Great story, lots of suspense, romance and fast moving. She always has great books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ems on September 30, 2013
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One of her best.... What I enjoy about Sandra is her novels are always so different from each other. This is a real page turner, many twists and turns. Many times I thought I had it figured out and Boy was I wrong... A great mystery and romance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Parnham on September 30, 2013
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great twists and turns! well done sandra and cant wait for the next one, donf make us wait too long,
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Monica Poling on August 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
I usually find Sandra Brown to be a decent writer. Although her books can lean toward clichéd plot devices and dialog ("I can't let you love me, I'm not worthy."), she usually writes enough suspense to keep my attention,

But this book was so disappointing, I felt compelled to write a review. Obviously by the sheer volume of 5-star reviews, I'm in a minority here, but as much as I love a "surprise ending" now and again, this book was written to be so deliberately misleading that it was an insult to my time as a reader. Hey I'm okay if the characters are as surprised by the ending of the book as I am. But when a character has essential information that drives the plot and never shares it strictly for the purpose of trying to trick the reader, that's just bad writing.

A small example: When the lead character, journalist Dawson Scott is questioned by the police about his relationship with a local drug dealer, he tells the police he's never heard of the guy. Scott is then arrested (here we return to cliche, because the police are apparently so bad at what they do, they can't find enough reason to arrest him on suspicion of murder, so they have to resort to arresting him for a smaller charge), leaving the reader with sputtering outrage at the police incompetence. Later, however, Scott admits to his godfather that he did in fact know the drug dealer. But what's never addressed is if Scott deliberately lied to the police, or just forget the dealer's name when being questioned.

Another such moment: When Scott considers contacting the Supreme Bad Guy for an interview, he recalls that the terrorist had once before granted an audience to a journalist, who later won a Pulitzer prize for the interview.
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