Judith D Collins
By: Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central
Publication Date: 8/15/2017
My Rating: 4 Stars #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers her trademark nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in this thriller about tainted heroism, cold fury, and vengeance without mercy. Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she's hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews--until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to the Major--even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.
Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra's sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there's more to the story rouse Trapper's interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry--with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra--Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he's going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing.
Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas--and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
From the queen of romantic suspense, Sandra Brown returns following, (2016) Sting, (2015) Friction, making my 2015 Top 50 Books, and (2014) Mean Streak with “prime” movie-worthy SEEING RED. From the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas, a 1992 historic event killing hundreds twenty-five years ago, to the present. Kerra Bailey is a hungry TV journalist. She wants an interview with the legendary Major Franklin Trapper. After all, he was a hero of the bombing of the Hotel. The 25th Anniversary of the event, Kerra is determined to land the story. The Major became a national hero after an award-winning picture was captured of him rescuing a group of people, including an innocent 5-year-old little girl, in the aftermath of a hotel bombing. Kerra’s life was spared. She was the little girl which is now revealed. Why is he a recluse now, after being famous for so long? Why problems between father and son? Everyone has secrets and motives . . . She must go through his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper. John wants no part of the Major. What were the motives behind Major's heroism? Enter a tension-filled relationship between John and Kerra. (of course, who does romantic tension) better than Brown? Will Kerra (beautiful and savvy) and Trapper (rough, hot, sexy) wind up joining forces and risk their lives in order to expose a conspiracy and uncover the murderer of Major Trapper? From tension, murder, conspiracy, crimes, danger, betrayal, deceit, and lots of sizzle –Brown delivers another edgy twisty mystery suspense thriller, combined with hot romantic suspense and humor. SEEING RED will continue to keep Brown fans satisfied and longing for a movie. We can only imagine the cast of stars playing out on the big screen. I also purchased the audiobook narrated by Victor Slezak for an entertaining performance. A special thank you to Grand Central and NetGalley for an early reading copy. Review Links:
"Sting is Sandra Brown running on all cylinders."―Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Brown continues her transformation from the queen of romantic suspense to the queen of thriller form- eriod... Gritty, crime noir at its absolute best. Superb in all respects."―Providence Sunday Journal (Praise for Sting)
"Deft characterizations and eye for detail make this a winner...Satisfying, vintage Brown storytelling." ―Kirkus Reviews, praise for Deadline
"Hair-raising . . . a perfect mix of thriller and romantic suspense." ―USA Today, praise for Lethal
"Sandra Brown delivers a Hitchcockian thriller that reads like a bullet . . . No one is better in the genre than Brown, and she has written her best book to date."―Associated Press, praise for Lethal
About the Author
Sandra Brown is the author of sixty-seven New York Times bestsellers, including Friction, Mean Streak, Deadline, Low Pressure, Lethal, Rainwater, Tough Customer, Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, and Play Dirty.
Writing professionally since 1981, Brown has published over seventy novels and has upwards of eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.
Her episode on truTV’s “Murder by the Book” premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery’s series, “Hardcover Mysteries.” Television movies have been made of her novels French Silk, Smoke Screen, and Ricochet.
Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University, where she and her husband Michael Brown, have instituted the ELF, a scholarship awarded annually. She has served as president of Mystery Writers of America, and in 2008 she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other honors include the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 she went on a USO tour to Afghanistan. Read More