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Sandra Brown
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18 Aug 2003

When Dr Rennie Newton is summoned to jury duty, she brings to the courtroom the same degree of dedication and composure that she displays in the operating room. And it is this commitment to duty and precision that compels her to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of notorious killer, Ricky Lozada. But it might prove the most regrettable decision of her life ...

When a rival colleague is brutally slain, Rennie is cast as prime suspect even though Lozada's menacing shadow looms over the murder. Not only does Lozada seem to be insinuating himself into every aspect of her life, but the police also seem intent on invading her privacy - particularly Wick Threadgill, an embittered detective with vengeance on his mind and a point to prove. As the stakes continue to rise, Rennie and Wick decide to forge an uneasy alliance - but what they both have yet to realise is that when the killer strikes, they won't see it coming ...

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (18 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340827688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340827680
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-seven New York Times bestsellers, including SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published seventy-two novels, most of which remain in print. As of 1990, when Mirror Image made The New York Times bestseller list, each subsequent novel has become a Times bestsellers. In 1992 her novel French Silk was made into an ABC-TV movie. Brown now has seventy million copies of her books in print worldwide, and 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 has appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX, as well as charity functions throughout the year. TruTV (formerly Court TV) also sought Brown to host the 2007 premier of its popular series "Murder by the Book."

Brown was recently given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature, the American Business Women's Association's Distinguished Circle of Success, B'nai B'rith's Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, and the A.C. Greene Award. In 2008 Sandra was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer's Association. In addition, Sandra is a member of Author's Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Literacy Partners, and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.

Sandra and her husband Michael Brown live in Arlington, Texas.

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A masterful storyteller, carefully crafting tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats (USA Today)

Perfectly plotted ... sin-tillating suspense (People magazine)

Millions of readers clamour for the compelling novels of Sandra Brown. And no wonder! She fires your imagination with irresistible characters, unexpected plot twists, scandalous secrets ... so electric you feel the zing! (Literary Guild)

Get your page-turning finger ready for Sandra Brown's latest (New Woman)

Fast fun (Cosmopolitan)

The Crush delivers a menacing villain and page-turning suspense (Booklist)

A pulse-quickening novel in every sense - a fun page-turning read (Han Ismail, Marketing)

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An exhilarating blockbuster brimming with suspense, lust and revenge . . . find out why Sandra Brown's army of fans worldwide can't resist her romantic thrillers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crush 12 Oct 2005
I have only read two of Sandra Brown's novels, 'THE CRUSH' and 'ENVY' but already I would say that she is one of the few authors whose novels I would rush to buy as soon as it came out. Brown combines romance and suspense in a way that very few authors before her have been able to.
In 'THE CRUSH' Dr. Rennie Newton has just come off a lengthy trial in which hired hit man "Ricky Roy" Lozada was acquitted for the murder of a wealthy businessman. Lozada, who had not hidden his fixation on Rennie throughout his trial, would now like to show her his appreciation for having been forewoman on the jury and the main advocate for his acquittal, . So when one of Dr. Newton's colleagues, who had just won the position of chief of surgery, a position that Rennie had also been up for, turns up dead, Detective Oren Wesley automatically suspects that Rennie hired Lozada to take out the competition.
Once Detective Wesley's suspicions of Lozada's involvement in the murder are pretty much confirmed he enlists the help of former partner and long time friend Wick Threadgill. Threadgill, who has taken an extended leave of absence from the police force, is enticed back into the line of duty having his own personal score to settle with Lozada. However, Wick is not prepared for the strong attraction he feels toward the reticent Rennie Newton, who's damaged past causes her to hold her privacy to the utmost and has allowed no one to get close to her in twenty years.
'THE CRUSH' is a very fast paced story with a good mix of suspense and romance without being overly maudlin. I would highly recommend 'THE CRUSH' to anyone who likes reading a good suspense novel. 4 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must read!!!! 7 Aug 2005
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This was the first Sandra Brown novel I have ever read and I could not put it down!! I am now a dedicated fan! It provided the perfect mix of thrill and romance and had my heart racing in many places! After reading this book and discovering that Sandra Brown's territory is typically romance novels, I can only commend her on her excellent skill of crime writing. She writes very convincingly through the eyes of psychopath killer Lozada. The romantic element of the novel was, in a word, breathtaking! I love how she portrays Wick's desperate desire for Rennie and she writes the love scenes between them beautifully. It left my heart melting and wishing I had a lover like him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars her best book 16 Sep 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this story as it's one of her few books where the plot, characters (hero, heroine and supporting cast) and suspense were awesome.

The suspense is perfect, the chill factor is there without being exaggerated. The "villain" has the requisite amount of twisted evilness and the protagonists are well matched. I love the fact that we have a heroine who is a top surgeon (Women Power) and a hero who is hilarious. The romance is sizzling, the witty banter is perfect and the story is engrossing.

If you love Ms Brown's books, her strong heroines, and her hot funny heros than you will love this book.

Notorious contract killer Ricky Lozada is on trial and Dr. Rennie Newton is on his jury. Bringing the same dedication she displays as a surgeon to this job, she delivers a verdict of not guilty--and discovers she has a new admirer. Days after Lozada's release, one of Rennie's professional rivals is brutally murdered. Although Lozada's dark shadow looms over the case, Rennie becomes the prime suspect ... while Lozada stalks her and grows more and more obsessed with having her. She forms an uneasy alliance with Wick Threadgill, a rogue detective with his own personal vendetta against Lozada. Wick has nothing to lose by confronting a hit man, who, like the prize scorpions he treasures, strikes so quickly Rennie may never see it coming
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans will love it 10 Feb 2003
Excellent book, exciting stroyline, keeps you in suspense even though you know who the villain is from the beginning. A must for Sandra Brown fans. Has just the right mixture of suspense, romance and a few twists along the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining thriller 12 Mar 2010
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This is the first Sandra Brown novel I've read and apparently she has written a lot. I will certaily read more of her books. I really enjoyed this page turner. The story is very gripping and it doesn't ramble on. This is not literature; the characters are stereotypical and the plot unbelievable but nonetheless, it is very enjoyable indeed. What I really hated was the unnecessary sex scenes; I found them embarrassing and had to skip over them as they were so cringey but that was only a very small part of what otherwise was a hugely entertaining, light read.
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