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Masterful New York Times bestselling storyteller Sandra Brown returns with her unique style of suspenseful page-turner.

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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty books, of which fifty were New York Times bestsellers, including the number one New York Times bestsellers The Alibi, Unspeakable, Fat Tuesday, Exclusive, The Witness, Charade, Where There's Smoke and French Silk. Her novels have been published in thirty languages. She and her husband divide their time between homes in Texas and South Carolina.


At first glance, Griff Burkett appears to have no redeeming features except for physical strength and an outstanding arm. The former NFL star quarterback has just finished a five-year prison stint for gambling and throwing a game and has returned to the outside world stripped of everything: money, home, respect, and friends. According to the conditions of his parole, he must get a job, an impossible task in Houston, where he is considered the lowest type of scum. His only option is to answer a mysterious summons from millionaire Foster Speakman, who has a bizarre proposal. Since Speakman is a paraplegic, he cannot father a child, a task he wants Griff to perform personally, not by artificial insemination. Griff will be paid extremely well for as long as the child lives but must keep this contract secret and disappear after the child is born. Victor Slezak is an excellent reader who makes the characters come alive. Even when the hero is behaving foolishly, Slezak manages to make one care about what happens to this clueless individual. Foster's wife, Laura, comes across as a strong woman who loves her husband dearly. Highly recommended for adult fiction in all libraries where Brown is a favorite.--Nancy Reed, Immanuel Baptist Church Lib., Paducah, KY Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Sandra Brown -- : 'It's a great, entertaining read, with lots of surprising twists and turns, credibly flawed characters and a love affair that's as steamy as a Savannah summer.' -- Lisa Scottoline, Washington Post on RICOCHET 'Perfectly plotted' -- People Magazine 'Brown's novels define the term page turner' -- Booklist '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 'If you want romantic suspense that has teeth ... Sandra Brown is your gal.' -- Stephen King 'An edge-of-seat thriller that's full of twists ... Top stuff!' -- Star 'A masterful storyteller, carefully crafting tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats' -- USA Today 'Fast fun' -- Cosmopolitan

The seven deadly sins help propel this provocative, sex-fueled thriller from bestseller Brown (Ricochet). Foster Speakman, an eccentric Texas paraplegic millionaire, offers $500,000 to Griff Burkett, a disgraced former NFL quarterback fresh out of prison after serving a five-year sentence for racketeering, to impregnate Foster's wife, Laura. Foster insists the child be conceived naturally ("The way God intended"). Broke with no prospects, Griff takes the job. Meanwhile, Stanley Rodarte, the crooked detective behind Griff's arrest, is bent on pinning an unsolved murder on him and takes to terrorizing Griff and those close to him in the hopes of nailing him when he self-destructs. After Griff's stint as stud takes a bad turn, the ex-footballer must track down the one man who can secure his freedom. The tension builds as lust, greed, pride, wrath and envy threaten to undo everyone in this tightly told tale of modern temptation. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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