Tough Customer by Sandra Brown
A Novel

71%

7 Critic Reviews

Brown’s ear for Texas dialect and her earnest characterizations of cynical lawmen with stout hearts make for an enjoyable summer read.
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Synopsis

When a hardened cop turned Private Investigator gets a call about a woman he hasn’t seen in thirty years, he must race to Texas to stop the stalker terrorizing her. A blistering new thriller from the bestselling author of Smash Cut.

Colleagues, friends, and lovers know Dodge Hanley as a private investigator who doesn’t let rules get in his way—in his private life as well as his professional one. If he breaks a heart, or bends the law in order to catch a criminal, he does so without hesitation or apology.

That’s why he’s the first person Caroline King—who after a thirty-year separation continues to haunt his dreams—asks for help when a deranged stalker attempts to murder their daughter…the daughter Dodge has never met. He has a whole bagful of grudging excuses for wishing to ignore Caroline’s call, and one compelling reason to drop everything and fly down to Texas: guilt.

Dodge’s mind may be a haze of disturbing memories and bad decisions, but he arrives in Houston knowing with perfect clarity that his daughter, Berry, is in danger. She has become the object of desire of a coworker, a madman, and genius with a penchant for puzzles and games who has spent the past year making Berry’s life hell, and who now has vowed to kill her.

Dodge joins forces with local deputy sheriff Ski Nyland, but the alarming situation goes from bad to worse when the stalker begins to claim other victims and leaves an ominous trail of clues as he lethally works his way toward Berry. Sensing the killer drawing nearer, Dodge, who’s survived vicious criminals and his own self-destructive impulses, realizes that this time he’s in for the fight of his life.

From acclaimed bestselling author Sandra Brown, Tough Customer is a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.
 

About Sandra Brown

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Sandra Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers - including most recently Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, Play Dirty, Ricochet, Chill Factor, White Hot, Hello, Darkness, The Crush, and Envy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Thriller Master Award from International Thriller Writers, Inc. She and her husband live in Arlington, Texas.
 
Published August 10, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 516 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for Tough Customer
All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good

Brown’s ear for Texas dialect and her earnest characterizations of cynical lawmen with stout hearts make for an enjoyable summer read.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Feb 22 2016

...the relentlessly ruthless Dodge plays the most crucial role in the effort to stop the bad guy. Brown fans will want to see more of the irresistible Dodge.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Oct 03 2011

From strong, interesting and real characters to a story loaded with romance and humor, with many twists and turns, a surprise ending was revealed that brought it all together.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 23 2011

Brown is well known for incorporating interesting and suspenseful plot twists into her novels; that being said, she outdoes herself here.

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Dallas News

Above average
on Aug 15 2010

You'll never have to run to the dictionary while reading Sandra Brown.

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Bestsellersworld

Good
on Jun 21 2011

...a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.

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I'd So Rather Be Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Kelli on Sep 26 2010

It took me days to get to page 133, and I don't know if it was me or this book, or a combination of the two, but I just couldn't read any more of it.

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