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Fatal Error [Kindle Edition]

Colleen Thompson
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Book Description

When a woman’s husband disappears with all of her money, she turns to his brother—who is also her former lover—to help track down the missing man and prove to the authorities she is not a murderer.

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High-school science teacher Susan Maddox is at the mercy of her small hometown of Clementine, Texas, after her popular husband runs away with the banker's wife and embezzled money from his car dealership and the bank. The school board, headed by her vindictive mother-in-law, wants to fire Susan, and the only person willing to help her is her renegade brother-in-law, Luke. He has a successful computer business, but in the eyes of the town and his mother he will never be more than the reckless wild youth he was in high school when Susan shared one night of passion with him. She now needs him to help her retrieve data from her husband's crashed hard drive because she doesn't trust the police and has nowhere else to turn as it becomes clear that she may lose more than her job. Luke desperately wants to help her and prove that he has changed. Thompson has written a first-class work of romantic suspense. Patty Engelmann
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". . .brilliantly told story of murder and love that will set your heart to pounding and your toes to tingling." -- Romance at Heart

"A chilling story. . . suspense second to none. I loved it!" -- Sharon Sala, NYT Bestselling Author

"A perfect 10...a suspenseful tale that kept this reader enthralled from the first to the last." -- Romance Reviews Today

"Fast-paced, chilling, and sexy, this gripping tale nicely launches Leisure's new romantic suspense line." -- The Library Journal

"Hang on to your seats and get ready for a wild ride with this excellent romantic suspense..." -- The Best Reviews

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  • File Size: 2902 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (October 27, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00317G75G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Suspense at its best November 15, 2004
By Jo Anne
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Susan Maddox is madder than hell. A normal reaction considering her husband of six years, Brian, has run off with the local banker's wife, a fortune in false loans, and stolen enough from the family business to ruin it. On top of that, the gossip surrounding the sordid mess in her small West Texas hometown has her high school teaching job on the line. Eight months after her soon-to-be ex's betrayal, the job's the only thing keeping her and her ailing mother from destitution. The career loss would also mean the end of the ecology club she's organized, her pet project, which has proved to make a difference in the lives of several hard line kids. The mortgage on her home is already being called. How much more does she have to lose?

Even knowing it's foolish, the only person she can look to for help is her brother-in-law, Luke Maddox.

Luke is madder than hell, too. He's lived in the shadow of his football hero brother for a lifetime, never quite measuring up in his socially prideful mother's eyes. After years of playing second fiddle in the family, while his brother side-stepped responsibility for his actions with good `ole boy charm, Luke has to come home to clean up Brian's biggest mess. Even now, with the avalanche of proof, his mother will not accept that Brian has screwed up big time.

Neither Luke nor Susan will admit to the feelings each has buried from that one fateful night, back in high school, when passion reigned and a bond was forged that connects them as much more than in-laws.

Although Luke thinks Susan's been put in an unfair situation, he's got his hands full closing down the family car dealership his deceased father worked all his life to build. But when danger threatens, Luke can't let Susan face it alone.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No surprises - but an engaging story September 6, 2006
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After suffering a miscarriage, Susan Maddox finds herself hated by residents of her small west Texas town when her golden-boy husband disappears without a trace with the banker's wife and a cache of ill-gotten gains. Many suspect that Susan has murdered the duplicitous duo. Now without a child, a husband, unable to make her mortgage, and her job as a high school teacher in jeopardy, she discovers a hard drive that her husband left behind. With trepidation, she enlists the help of his ne'er-do-well brother Luke (who also happens to be her former high school beau) to pull the data from the disk in hopes that it will clear her of any wrongdoing. She doesn't count on old feelings resurfacing for them both.

Thompson's story is a fast-paced thriller with few surprises, but a charismatic couple and interesting subplots (infidelity, identity theft, obsession) make up for a compelling story (thankfully with no paranormal devices!)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! December 11, 2004
By Holly F
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fatal error has it all, and then some!

Susan Maddox's husband has disappeared with another woman and a whole lot of money. She's losing her house, about to lose her job...but she'd have sworn she wasn't losing her mind until she found herself taking up with her husband's brother, Luke Maddox. Once upon a time, she and Luke had been a thing, but that was long ago. Now, she only wanted his computer least that's what she tells herself. Unfortunately, her heart's not listening.

Colleen Thompson's Fatal Error is a page-turning story full of twists and turns...and a whole lot of love.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting romantic suspense October 27, 2004
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Though her husband Brian ran off with the banker's wife Jessica Beecher, everyone in the small southwest Texas community blames schoolteacher Susan Maddox while providing casseroles and sympathy for the other cuckolded person, Hal. Some feel she killed her spouse although the runaways were sighted in New Mexico. Even his mother spreads rumors that Susan is at fault for her favorite son vanishing.

Being fired from her teaching job and thinking the sheriff is an idiot, Susan asks the enemy for help. She wants Brian's brother, Luke to break into a hard drive that her husband used to see if there is any evidence on it to exonerate her. Luke and Susan were attracted to one another back in high school, but her mother interfered and she ended up married to his sibling, whom she remained faithful to although she never forgot her first love. As someone tries to kill her to stop her from looking into the disappearances, Luke steps in to keep the woman he loves safe.

This is an exciting romantic suspense with an intriguing twist that will surprise readers although it is obvious Colleen Thompson does a terrific job of hiding the truth. The lead couple is a fine pairing as she seeks to clear her name while he has no choice but to help her. Adding depth is the powerful look at small town living where innuendos and rumors can ruin a successful career as happened to Susan, teacher of the year last year and unemployed this year though no proof exists that she did any wrong. FATAL ERROR is a fine tale that sub-genre fans will take pleasure in reading.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Get Much Better Than This! August 17, 2005
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How impressed I was with this author's voice....intelligently written with the perfect blend of romance, suspense, mystery, thrills, and lots of twists to keep me on the edge of my seat! This book didn't give any clues away to allow us readers to determine the true villain(s)....quite a feat, in my humble opinion....

A small west Texan town setting....a worried, yet determined, heroine, Susan Maddox, who is fighting for her teaching job which was going to be terminated.....who was trying desperately to clear her name from being a suspect in her husband Brian's disappearance eight months before, when he ran off with the banker's wife...and his family's car dealership funds...

An ex-brother-in-law, Luke, a tech whiz, and the fellow who, back in highschool, took her virginity one night in the back of his caddy...A high-faluting, bitter ex-mother-in-law who is helping the fingers to be pointed in Susan's ailing mother who needs assurance and understanding...the local banker,husband of the woman who ran away with Brian, left to be the caretaker of their young son....the local old-fashioned sheriff....these are just a few of the complex characters whose lives are intertwined.....

A crashed hard drive from Brian's puter might just exonerate Susan.....IF Luke could break into it and obtain any information on it...

House intruders.....hang-up phone calls..... a sinister watcher...Susan has these, and more, to contend with.....while fighting her inner desires towards Luke!

Watching how this mystery enfolded, made me tune out all other distractions around me.....I couldn't put the book down until it was finished..many twists and turns had me thinking first "this person is involved" then later on thinking it was someone else.......This author is a truly talented lady, and one whose books I will now glom......I'm clammering for more already!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading this book
Susan asks her brother-in-law Lucas to help her after her husband Brian disappears. They live in a small town and Brian has been gone 8 months. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Rose M Venticinque
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This was a new author for me but I liked the way she developed the story line. I think I will try other books by Colleen Thompson!
Published 27 days ago by DORIS BARNES
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the story line. I could follow it pretty well.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Simonds
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery with a little Romance
The story is a well written mystery and you really aren't sure who the bad guy is until the very end. The characters are well written and interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Litwiler
4.0 out of 5 stars No Error In picking this
Well done mixing romance with murder. She keeps you guessing as to good & bad characters. Good luck in guessing.
Published 1 month ago by SueAnn Schoonmaker
4.0 out of 5 stars That it was great! It kept me guessing till the very end
That it was great! It kept me guessing till the very end. I thought the writing was a little weird at times, but overall, a fantastic book
Published 1 month ago by Erin D. Miller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this author. It's always a good read
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Slow start but pretty good overall
Published 1 month ago by Erika Rossignol
4.0 out of 5 stars Choices.
Wrong choices abound in a setting different than most places in America.I would have enjoyed more regional character building. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Garbe
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RITA-nominated, bestselling author Colleen Thompson writes stories that explore how love can kill, and how it can also empower us to seek healing and justice. From her fast-paced contemporary romantic thrillers to her sweeping historical romances (written under the pseudonym Gwyneth Atlee) she puts the reader in the heart of the story... when she's not busy exploring remote corners of her adopted home state of Texas, working with her rescue dogs, or speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

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