Sunday, February 10, 2008

2008 Book 11: Fat Tuesday

Book #:11
Book Title:Fat Tuesday
Author:Sandra Brown
Publisher:Warner Books
Pub. Date:1997
Started:February 6, 2008
Finished:February 9, 2008
Time to Read:4 Days
Back Cover / Inside Flap:"Sandra Brown's acclaim and popularity continue to soar. With 50 million copies of her books in print worldwide, and 27 New York Times bestsellers in a row, Brown mesmerizes us with plots infused with passionate, brilliantly drawn characters. In her new blockbuster, she captures a seething world of corruption and desire in New Orleans, where a desperate man and a lonely woman are caught in a haunting drama that will reach its climax on...Fat Tuesday.

It's the day of sin, when sexuality explodes on the streets and no one is who they seem. For a cop turned outlaw, and for a beautiful woman held captive in a loveless marriage, New Orleans's Mardi Gras will offer them their last chance for freedom - and each other.

Burke Basile is the hard-bitten cop whose world shattered when a fellow officer died from a bullet fired from Burke's own handgun. When his unhappy marriage crumbles, and he has nothing left to lose, Burke focuses his rage on his nemesis: Pinkie Duvall, a sinister, flamboyant defense attorney who has just helped a known killer get away with another murder. Determined to bring the powerful Duvall down, Burke strikes at the attorney's most vulnerable spot: the gorgeous wife Duvall pampers but keeps prisoner, a woman whose love Pinkie will never have.

Remy Duvall was destitute and at the mercy of New Orleans's streets before Duvall made her his trophy. When Burke strikes, taking Remy as his captive, it sets off a duel between the criminal lawyer and the ex-cop that explodes from the streets of the French Quarter and intensifies in the steamy swamps.

For Burke, who is struggling with his own anguished spirit, his fight with Duvall is a matter of honor. But the one thing he could never have imagined is the passion that erupts between himself and Duvall's wife. AS dozens of players - from the innocent to the corrupt - are drawn into the drama, Burke and Remy have one way out: through a desperate confrontation in the middle of Mardi Gras madness.

A novel of wrenching emotion and relentless action, FAT TUESDAY is Sandra Brown's most powerful novel to date - and a work that secures her palce as an important contemporary fiction writer."

Review:Ironically, I read this book only just shortly before Fat Tuesday! Sandra Brown amazes me - for as fast as she puts out new books, no quality is ever lost in production. Her characters have wonderful depth, the storyline is well thought out, and the ending is always unexpected but anxiously anticipated.

In Fat Tuesday, Burke is a character who is hard to love and but easy to feel sorry for. Remy is built as sympathetic as they come...even in a horrible situation. And the story? It's hard to control your anger at times while reading this book...the story line is that believable and that easy to get into.

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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