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To Trust a Stranger [Hardcover]

Karen Robards
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26 Dec 2001
Karen Robards, who delivered "a racy read" (Cosmopolitan) in her acclaimed besteller Paradise County, once again electriPes the page with hardwired passion and thrilling suspense in this heart-pounding new novel. Suspicion. It burned through every nerve and Pber of Julie Carlson -- the heartbreaking, infuriating suspicion that her husband was having an affair. To the rest of the world, Sid Carlson was a wealthy contractor with friends in highly inPuential places. But to Julie, he was a man who had cheated on their marriage vow -- and she knew she had to take desperate measures. Who can she trust? Heartbroken by her husband, Julie turns to a handsome stranger. Mac McQuarry knew better than to mix women and work: the private detective had tracked enough cheating spouses to know unbridled desire usually has no good end. And he had enough trouble of his own: the disgraced former cop had been bumped way down to his current status after an explosive shakedown of the Charleston police department. But when Julie Carlson hires him, Mac can't resist. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but her husband, a longtime enemy, was a player in Mac's inglorious downfall -- and he'd love nothing more than to catch the corrupt jerk with his pants down, so to speak. But what begins as a run-of-the-mill assignment spiced by a Pery Pirtation with beautiful Julie suddenly spirals into a harrowing race for survival. Tracking the Carlsons' car down a lonely road one night, Mac witnesses an incredible hit that targeted Julie -- and suddenly Mac and Julie have become the hunted. With the mob and the police in hot pursuit, they can rely only on each other as they crash their way through a maze of buried secrets and deadly deceptions.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (26 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671786539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671786533
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,364,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Robards is the internationally bestselling author of over forty romantic suspense novels, which have regularly appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others. She is the mother of three boys and lives with her family in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

You can find out more at www.karenrobards.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorKarenRobards or follow her on Twitter @TheKarenRobards.

Author photograph © Stephen Driver.

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"Booklist" A top-notch romantic suspense writer...[A] steamy novel. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Karen Robards 8 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A gripping read from the very first pages. Karen Robards is an author with 'real' insight into the human dynamics that make up families and relationships. She has used the struggle of single parenthood, with the added tension of raising a rebellious teenager and bound it with the clash and subsequent romance with a detective. Even if the roles of the judge and detective are somewhat 'lightweight' this is a book written with a plot guarenteed to keep the reader turning the pages. Ms Robards is a worthy mix of Nora Roberts and LaVyrle Spencer. If you like those two authors you should love this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner 31 Dec 2001
By L. Ponder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Julie Carlson decides to follow her husband one night, as he leaves their home. She believes he's been cheating on her. That night, Mac, dressed as a transvestite, will meet Julie, as her car crashes into his. Coincidentally, Mac is in an investigation business. And, he knows Julie's husband.
As Julie has Mac investigate her husband, she will not know Mac's hidden agenda. That agenda will cause problems between them, as both Julie's and Mac's lives are threatened.
TO TRUST A STRANGER has one of the best prologues I've ever read. And, the relationship between Julie and Mac is believable, and very tempestuous and sexy. There's some interesting secondary characters, and some really scary bad guys. The story moves very quickly, and made this book a real page-turner. Oh yes, and before I forget, there's a dog, Josephine, who is a real scene-stealer.
There's only a couple of things that keep this book from being a 5-star read, for me. The book seemed a little too short, the romantic relationship between Julie and Mac, a little too quick. Still, it's very much worth reading, and maybe rereading.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Suspense 30 Dec 2001
By Sheri Melnick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Suspenseful and sexy, Ms. Robards' read is a thriller with non-stop action providing hours of glued-to-the-pages entertainment.
Former South Carolina beauty queen Julie Carlson suspects that her mega-bucks husband, Sid, is cheating on her. As she follows him one night, a farcical set of circumstances leave her clad in skimpy pajamas, stranded in Charleston's red light district without a car and with a transvestite named Debbie as her only companion.
Debbie is really Mac McQuarry, a P.I. who went undercover to locate a client's cheating husband. When Mac aids Julie out of the jam she is in, Julie discovers that Debbie is really a man, but she assumes that he is gay. Not bothering to correct her, Mac lets Julie think what she will, adding an element of humor to this intense read as Julie finds herself fantasizing about Debbie aka Mac.
Soon, Julie discovers that her life may be in danger, and Mac is probably the only one that she can trust. Swallowing her pride, Julie tries to overlook the fact that Mac omitted the truth about his sexuality and his previous association with Sid. In a heart-stopping race for their lives, Julie and Mac are on the run from the police, the mob, and a hit man. Can they find safety before they both end up dead?
Combining the excitement of a mystery with the spice of a romance, Ms. Robards has, once again, firmly established her position in the genre of romantic suspense. And all the characters, most especially Mac and Julie, are so realistically written, thereby increasing the credibility of this read. A MUST READ!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUST THIS STRANGER! 13 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Karen Robards latest is a great escape. Think Linda Howard's MR. PERFECT or Janet Evanovich's series with Stephanie Plum. . . What do these books have in common with TO TRUST A STRANGER? Humor! Humor! I love it. Oh, don't worry. You'll get the handsome hero and the beautiful heroine in danger, the bad guys, the steamy sex, etc. But you also get a large does of humor. I love authors whose characters are funny as well as sexy. I'm not sure why this book didn't get a solid 5 stars in the ratings, but I for one urge you to give it a read. A keeper!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read! 7 Jan 2002
By A. Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
To Trust A Stranger by Karen Robards is absolutely wonderful.
This is the first book that I have read by the author. The book is a combination of mystery and romance. It is simply amazing how the author had a seemingly perfect family involved with so many secrets. Julie Carlson and Sid Carlson marriage was based on a lie from the beginning. Julie ended up trusting a total stranger, Mac, who was a private investigator. One of the best parts in this story was about the love for Mac's dog named, Josephine. If you love a good story, you just have to read this book. The reader plans to go back and read Mrs. Robards previous novels. Recommend her to your friends!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read!!! 5 Mar 2002
By Christine Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It took Julie eight years to realize that her marriage to Sid Carlson was a sham. Convinced that Sid was cheating on her, she followed him late one night into Charleston's red light district. It wasn't a smart thing to do and she realized this after her car was stolen and she was left in a parking lot of a seedy bar dressed only in her nighties and running shoes. Someone does come to her rescue and that someone is a drag queen named Debbie.
Private Investigator Mac McQuarry was on a case--a case that required him to dress as a drag queen. When he encountered Julie Carlson in the parking lot of the bar he just exited, he thought his luck was about to change. Here is the wife of a man he tried to put behind bars when he was on the police force years earlier. His effort cost him his job. Mac is convinced that Sid Carlson is involved with the MOB and knows what happened to his brother, Daniel, who disappeared fifteen years ago. With Julie's help, maybe he would succeed this time investigating Sid.
Mac eventually convinces Julie to hire him to tail Sid but soon he becomes her bodyguard because someone is trying to kill her.
Robard's latest effort is not as dark as some of her previous novels. In this book, she has left behind the psycho killer in favor of a hit man and instead of having animals tortured she includes a poodle who is bad but adorable.
After reading the prologue, I think you will agree that you just have to continue on. The suspense is good; Mac's stint as a drag queen is amusing; the sex is steamy; the pacing is well done. I really enjoyed Mac's character. He is simply loyal and so protective of Julie especially after discovering her life is in danger. He refuses to leave her side and thanks to his vigilance, he saves her life more than once. I have to say that I think this is one of the best romantic suspense books I've read so far this year. I hope you will enjoy it also.
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