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Ricochet: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“If you want romantic suspense that has teeth...Sandra Brown is your gal.” ―Stephen King

From the bestselling author of Hello, Darkness and Smash Cut comes another steamy thriller of murder, love, and betrayal featuring a Savannah homicide detective fighting attraction in the heat of the South.

When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the home of Judge Cato Laird in the middle of the night to investigate a fatal shooting, he knows discretion and kid-glove treatment will be key to staying in the judge’s good graces and keeping his job.

It’s an open-and-shut case: Elise, the judge’s beautiful trophy wife, interrupted a burglary and killed the intruder in self-defense. Yet Duncan is suspicious of the beautiful woman’s story of innocence and his gut tells him her account of the shooting is only partially true.

Determined to learn the dead man’s connection to the Lairds, Duncan investigates further but soon finds his career, and integrity, in jeopardy. Despite his suspicions, Duncan is increasingly drawn to Elise―even if she is a married woman, a proven liar, and a murder suspect.

When Elise seeks Duncan out privately, he initially dismisses her incredible allegation as the manipulative lie of a guilty woman. But if she’s telling the truth, then that single fatal gunshot at her home takes on even more sinister significance, possibly involving Duncan’s nemesis, the brutal crime lord Robert Savich.

And then Elise goes missing...

With plot twists and palpable suspense as only Sandra Brown can write, Ricochet is a gripping thriller of a decent cop’s worst enemy may be his own conscience, and placing trust in the wrong person could mean the difference between life and death.

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A sultry noir in contemporary clothes, this tight new thriller from Brown plays like measured chaos. The plot is twisting, the characters are well shaded, and Brown manipulates each string with a skilled hand, creating a story that will keep listeners puzzled and rapt. Narrator Boutsikaris is a perfect complement to the material. He lends the characters just enough twang to betray their Southern heritage but not so much as to make protagonist Duncan Hatcher seem anything less than a shrewd and hard-edged detective. And for Elise, the gorgeous but married damsel in distress who ties Duncan's libido and loyalties into knots, Boutsikaris employs a lilting tone that simultaneously suggests sweetness, sin and mystery. Did Elise's husband, a distinguished judge, hire someone to kill her, or is she involved in a plot with a drug dealer? Is Duncan making a mistake mistrusting Elise, or is his wariness the one thing that will save him? With Brown's skill for creating rich, layered characters and Boutsikaris's talent for embodying them, this audio doesn't disappoint.
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From Booklist

Detective Duncan Hatcher has no reason to like Cato Laird, the judge who let Robert Savich, a Savannah crime lord, slip through the cracks by declaring a mistrial over a juror conflict. But Duncan is all business when he and his partner DeeDee Bowen are called to Laird's house one night to find Laird's beautiful wife, Elise, has fatally shot an intruder. Duncan and DeeDee are immediately suspicious of Elise, who managed to kill the man, Gary Ray Trotter, with a single, precise shot. Elise denies knowing Trotter, but Duncan isn't comfortable dismissing the case as self-defense. When Elise comes to him with the seemingly preposterous assertion that her adoring husband actually wants her dead, Duncan is more suspicious of her, even as his attraction to her grows. He continues to pursue the investigation, despite the fact that Cato himself clearly considers the case closed. But when Elise's car is discovered on a bridge with a dead man in it and no sign of Elise herself, Duncan realizes he may have misjudged Elise and fears it might be too late to help her. Gripping and absorbing, this is Brown's best thriller in years and a must-read for her many devotees. Kristine Huntley
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  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743289331
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 15, 2006)
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  • Language: English
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandra Brown is back!! September 8, 2006
Format:Hardcover
After her last two books, White Hot and Chill Factor, I had little hope that I would like Ricochet. I am so glad that I picked this book up because it restored my faith in Sandra Brown.

Detective Duncan Hatcher's mission in live is to put drug lord Robert Savich behind bars for the rest of his life. During Savich's second murder trial, Judge Cato Laird declares a mistrial on a technicality. Duncan is incensed and more determined than ever to put Savich behind bars for good.

A few days later, Duncan and his partner are called to the scene of a burglary gone wrong. Duncan is shocked to find himself at the house of Judge Cato Laird, where his wife Elise, shot and killed an intruder. Though Cato is very attentive to his wife's needs, Duncan knows something is off. On top of that, he is battling his attraction to Elise Laird. Soon Duncan finds himself putting everything that was important to him in jeopardy...his ethics, his loyalty, and his self respect. Never had he found himself attracted to a suspect before.

When Elise Laird approaches him with an outrageous claim, Duncan doesn't believe her. He feels that Elise is using his attraction against him and refuses to give her the time of day.

When Elise goes missing, he tortures himself by thinking about how he could have prevented it. When bodies start turning up and Elise still isn't found, Duncan starts questioning if what Elise told him had any truth to it.

This book has so many twists and turns, it's hard to put it down. With the perfect combination of mystery and romance, I believe that lovers of Brown's older works (Envy, The Switch, Mirror Image) will love this book.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Believe Her or Not? September 12, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors and with her emergence into the mystery/romance combination; her books usually keep me turning pages as fast as I can read them. However, RICOCHET seemed to miss the mark for me and only fell to the average range. That was a huge disappointment to me - Sandra Brown does not write average books.

RICOCHET focuses on Duncan Hatcher, a hunky police detective, who is bent on putting away a ruthless killer, Robert Savich. However, Savich's trial is declared a mistrial by Superior Court Judge Cato Laird on a technicality and Hatcher is determined to bring the man to justice at any cost which lands Hatcher in jail for two days on a contempt of court charge.

A strange twist of events soon puts Hatcher and his partner, DeeDee Brown, as primary investigators when the honorable judge's wife, Elise, kills an intruder at her home. Things don't add up for Hatcher and he leaves the case open until all of his questions can be answered instead of deciding it a simple case of self defense. The suspicions aren't all that are piqued with Hatcher; Elise gets under his skin like no woman has ever done before. Doesn't matter that she's married to the man who set his archenemy free, Hatcher can't get Elise out of his mind.

When Elise secretly meets Duncan and tells him that her husband is trying to kill her, it only adds more suspicion to the list. Nothing is adding up for Duncan with this beautiful woman and the judge seems too perfect to not be believed. Add into the mix another killing and the disappearance of Elise, and the reader isn't sure what the outcome will be.

The term "RICOCHET" doesn't have anything to do with the actual story - it's what happens to the reader as he/she is tossed back and forth.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh. December 21, 2006
Format:Hardcover
In general, this was a good story. While I wasn't really "wowed" by this book, I was curious about Elise's relationships with the other major characters in the book. One problem is that I don't buy the romance. It didn't make sense to me. Lust at first sight I can understand. A deep lasting love between two people who have about three conversations in the book? Not so much.

Another problem is that this book is pretty much Sandra Brown's FAT TUESDAY warmed over. Charmingly unique Southern town? Check. Rugged cop with integrity who has a grudge against a flamboyant and deadly criminal? Check. Exquisitely beautiful trophy wife with mysterious and painful past who is married to a legal professional? Check. There are other similarities, but I don't want to give away too much. If you've read FAT TUESDAY, you can pretty much figure RICOCHET out.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and unbelievable October 18, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read at least 3 mysteries and/or general fiction each month. I skipped over the last few chapters of this book because the characters and situation were completely unbelievable. The cops would never compromise themselves this way. The primary female character was a perfect barbie-doll, dead-eye shot, topless waitress concubine who's motivation was obscure and actions reprehensible. When I read that "she looked wistfully at the little kids on the playground" after getting a selfless tubal ligation, I gave up. The novel's climax was ridiculous. I usually like Sandra Brown, but this was awful.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ricochet March 2, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was a disappointment. I couldn't get drawn in because I didn't like the main characters. Duncan Hatcher was especially hideous. I don't know which was more disturbing, his involvement with suspect Elise, or his total disregard of police procedure. The story never seemed to end, and didn't have the expected drama and suspense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A nice read.
Published 55 minutes ago by Brian Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Spellbinding, captures characters eloquently, great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thought it was very good.
Published 3 days ago by Diane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love Sandra Brown's books..
Published 10 days ago by shaze
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Loved it. couldn't put it down!!!
Published 13 days ago by j.patsy george
1.0 out of 5 stars Careless ending
The story starts of well, hooking the reader with deepening mysteries. The last third of the book is a disaster, with completely unbelievable explanations for the mysteries and... Read more
Published 16 days ago by James Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Entertaining and would certainly purchase more of her novels
Published 22 days ago by Leland Little
5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery with more turns than a county swing dance
This a week written mystery with a main character who is a cop's cop, and characters you can love to hate. I would recommend this book to any mystery lover.
Published 28 days ago by Terry Cropp
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong start sappy ending
Not one of Sandra Brown's best. What I thought was a thriller turned out to be a romance. I'm ok with a little romance but not when it over takes the story.
Published 1 month ago by Rita Kolenic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!
One of my favorite books ever. I read it in 2 days!! At work & at home! Loved it lots
Published 1 month ago by Dawn
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More About the Author

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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