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Ricochet: A Novel Hardcover – August 15, 2006
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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.
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.Read more ›
Also I was in the Idaho mountains with no internet access and I couldn't download anything better, like Nancy Drew or the Bobbsey Twins.
The plot was ludicrous, the characters all spoke in the same voice, and the pages and pages of hot sex made me laugh out loud.
The most unbelievable crime/mystery I've read in at least 30 years.
Save yourself the agony.
If I could have picked a zero instead of a one, I would have.
Elise asks Duncan for help and says her husband wants to kill her. When Duncan asks what her husband's motive is, she won't tell him. Therefore, he has no reason to believe or help her. Finally at about the 3/4 mark, she tells him "why." Then Duncan helps her and the story becomes interesting. I would cut a lot of the first 2/3 or so of the book. There was too much hypothesizing, pondering, and wondering. I did enjoy the last part. I enjoyed what happened to the bad guys at the end. There was a happy ending with a little romance. But the first 2/3 or so made it not worth recommending.
A similar thing happened when Duncan asked Elise about her meetings in hotel rooms with Coleman. She said they were "friends" about 20 times. But she never clarified or gave details to Duncan. Duncan did some investigating and got a different opinion, and by the end of the book, I was still unclear. I can assume something, but I wish the author had been clearer. I was annoyed that again Elise never gave details about this to Duncan when she was asking for his trust and help.
The narrator was Dennis Boutsikaris. I did not like his southern accent and tone of voice. He says too many words with a down-tone in the last syllable like: no-oo, ha-rd to sa-ay. I could take a little of it, but after a while it irritated me.
There were about four sex scenes, briefly done. One was very pleasant, passionate, and nicely done.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Unabridged audiobook length: 12 hrs and 40 mins. Swearing language: moderate but rarely used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: about 4 briefly done. Setting: current day Georgia. Book copyright: 2006. Genre: mystery suspense with a little romance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too many words in certain places and taking too long to make a pointPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book. Have to pay attention. So many characters so pay attention.Published 2 months ago by Lisa Sellers
Sandra Brown always delivers. Easy read and holds interest to the end.Published 3 months ago by Laurel Anderson