The Resource Lethal, Sandra Brown

Lethal, Sandra Brown

Label
Lethal
Title
Lethal
Statement of responsibility
Sandra Brown
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Language
eng
Summary
When Honor Gillette's four-year-old daughter, Emily, informs her that a sick man is lying in their front yard, Honor rushes from her house to help him. But the "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, accused of murdering seven men in cold blood the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word. But everything changes when Honor witnesses a shocking act of brutality -- and makes the terrifying discovery that even those closest to her can't be trusted
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  • Lee Coburn is lethal. A trained killer suspected of murdering seven men in a trucking company warehouse in coastal Louisiana, he is the object of an area-wide manhunt when he feigns injury to get into the home of widow Honor Gillette and her four-year-old, Emily. The Gillette house isn’t just a refuge for Coburn. He’s after something valuable left by Honor’s late husband, Eddie, a cop who died in an apparent accident two years ago. As the terrorized Honor fears for Emily’s safety and expects to be raped or murdered, it becomes clear that things aren’t what they seem. Everything revolves around the Bookkeeper, shadowy head of a scheme for illegally trafficking guns, drugs, and girls, who brooks no deviation from orders given. Though it’s fairly obvious early on that Honor is drawn to Coburn’s laser blue eyes, Brown keeps the plot twisting and turning, the body count rising, and the action accelerating to a satisfying climax. Brown knows how to write romantic suspense and once again has produced a satisfying page-turner. -- Leber, Michele (Reviewed 08-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 22, p29)
  • /* Starred Review */ At the start of this pulse-pounding thriller from bestseller Brown (Tough Customer), Honor Gillette is baking cupcakes in the kitchen of her Tambour, La., home when her four-year-old daughter, Emily, tells her a bloodied man is outside in the yard. Lee Coburn is on the run, the object of a manhunt for the cold-blooded murder of seven people, including one of Tambour's most prominent citizens. Promising not to harm Emily, Lee takes Honor hostage, but only because she may have the key to solving an even bigger puzzle: the identity of the Bookkeeper, a criminal mastermind with power over local law enforcement and government. Honor's policeman husband, Eddie, who died in an accident two years earlier, may have had information about the mysterious and malicious Bookkeeper. When it becomes apparent that the mass murders and Eddie's death might be connected, trying to prove the link could cost Lee and Honor their lives. A relentless pace and clever plot twists keep the pages turning. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 11, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 28, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Honor Gillette, the widow of a coastal Louisiana police officer, goes from frosting cupcakes to being held hostage when armed, accused murderer Lee Coburn invades the home where she lives with her four-year-old daughter, Emily. Lee says he's looking for something important that was kept by her late husband, but Honor can't imagine what it is or why a dangerous man like Lee wants something from her good cop husband. As her ordeal continues, Honor doesn't know whom to believe or trust but only that she needs to do whatever is necessary to keep Emily and herself alive. VERDICT Fast paced and full of surprises, this taut thriller, marking the author's return to Grand Central, features a large cast of superbly drawn characters and the perfect amounts of realistic dialog and descriptive prose. Brown (Tough Customer ), who began her career writing romance novels, also adds palpable romantic tension to the proceedings. Public libraries should expect high demand. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/11.]— Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY --Samantha J. Gust (Reviewed July 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 12, p69)
  • An FBI agent, deep undercover, is the prime suspect in a mass murder and must uncover the corrupt forces behind the killings to clear his name. When 4-year-old Emily tells her mother, Honor, that there's a strange man in their backyard in Tambour, a small Louisiana bayou town, Honor is skeptical. But when she goes to check, the man, Coburn, accosts her. Holding her at gunpoint, Coburn ransacks her home, looking for something he won't divulge—but it involves her late husband Eddie, a Tambour police officer killed in a suspicious car accident. Meanwhile, Tambour police, deputy sheriffs and twin brothers Doral and Fred, who were Eddie's best friends, are searching for Coburn, a warehouse employee who allegedly shot his employer and six others and is now on the run. When Stan, Eddie's father, grows suspicious, he directs the posse to Honor's remote house. Finding nothing on Eddie, Coburn finally leaves, only to double back in time to shoot Fred, who has just arrived to check on Honor. Fred was ordered to kill Honor, Coburn claims, because the twins (and possibly Eddie before them) are in the employ of a sinister figure known only as the Bookkeeper who "facilitates" trans-border trafficking in humans, drugs and weapons. Now it's unsafe for Honor and Emily to stay put—Doral will hunt her down. Still unwilling to believe that her husband, a decorated cop, was implicated in such depravity, Honor nevertheless flees with Coburn, Emily in tow. As they hide out on a deserted shrimp boat, Coburn bucks his Washington boss's directive that he come in from the cold, and Honor fights her attraction to him (without success, naturally). Subplots involving a street thug who is the Bookkeeper's chief enforcer, Honor's brassy girlfriend Tori and her serial marriages, and an honest but ineffectual FBI officer and his wife, whose lives revolve around their severely disabled son, add some interest to a story line which is otherwise pat and predictable. Standard Brown fare.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10003077
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1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brown, Sandra
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Murderers
  • Malicious accusation
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Fugitives from justice
  • Hostages
  • Witnesses
  • Cruelty
  • Corruption
  • Trust
  • Alliances
  • Investigations
  • Louisiana
Target audience
adult
Label
Lethal, Sandra Brown
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
472 pages
Isbn
9781455501472
Lccn
2011010210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Lethal, Sandra Brown
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
472 pages
Isbn
9781455501472
Lccn
2011010210
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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