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New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him. Her trip to Georgia to meet the mysterious author takes her to an eerie, ruined cotton plantation, where Maris finds Parker Evans, a man confined to a wheelchair who carefully hides his past. Coaxing his novel from him chaper by chapter, Maris becomes caught up in his tale of two friends who rent a boat with a young woman for a night of sex and drinking. Only one person will return from that trip.
Disturbed about her sexual attraction to Parker and worried about her marriage to author and her co-publisher Noah Reed, Maris returns to New York, where the delivery of Parker's newest chapters convince her they are more than fiction. She wonders how well she knows her husband and begins a harrowing search for a truth that ties back to a terrifying crime and a man who will use her, or anyone, to get his revenge.
©2001 Sandra Brown Management, Ltd (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.
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By Molly on 09-18-08

You won't be disappointed!

What can I say about this spectacular piece of writing? It is one of the most satisfying reads I have had in a long time and I have read over 600 books in the past two years. It has a many layered plot riddled with well developed, complex yet believable characters. Back story is revealed in a tantalizing and veiled manner that has you guessing about nearly everyone's motives throughout. The author has an ingenious knack for keeping you wondering while drawing you inexorably into the story and the characters before you can even decide who you like and who you fear. I love the author's development of a main character who is disabled and sexy as all get out.
The narrator is terrific, too. Fantastic!

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By R. Pontiflet on 04-10-15

A Plot Within A Plot

I am a Sandra Brown fan... this is the third listen (Play Dirty and Mean Streak) by SB and overall this one is the best so far and with the most complex plot. It's a story within a story that's well developed with lots of mystery that kept me listening and wanting to know what's going to happen next. As far as flaws in the story are concerned, I didn't like how Daniel ignored his common sense and put his safety in jeopardy. To me that was a stretch that most 70-something year olds would not do.

Sure, there are a couple of flaws but who cares, the story is good and entertaining. I liked how the two stories were weaved together and especially liked the ending. The characters are likeable and I could not have disliked the main villain more.

This is a story about revenge for a murder triggered by "envy", one of the deadly sins. It's a story about an elaborate plan of revenge for a murder that happened 14 years ago and that story is the catalyst for this story. While the link between the two stories is evident early on, it does not take away from the other mysterious elements as the story develops. There are sex scenes which I think were well done and not over-the-top.

Victor Slezak is an excellent narrator. I really have come to enjoy his voice which is sort of laid back and relaxed but with serious acting skills that fit this story very well.

Highly recommend

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By Pamela on 03-12-15

Sweet Love

A lovable unexpected twist. Recommend and you will be gripped into this world

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By Terry on 04-13-13


If you like Sandra Brown, then this book will certainly not disappoint. Once again, it has all the ingredients of a great audio book. It will keep you listening at every opportunity and if you are listening while driving, you will wish the journey to outlast the book. I really enjoyed the way the book within the book slowly unfolded with the story, and how the characters of both books became one. Afterwards, thinking back over it, I saw how I new and liked Parker because I knew and liked Rourke. And as usual, Sandra Brown keeps some surprises till the very end! If you haven't read this one, don't wait for a rainy day. Read it now!

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