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"Lethal" by Sandra Brown is a nonstop rollercoaster ride of suspense complete with abrupt turns and unexpected highs and lows. Widow Honor Gillette is raising her four-year-old daughter Emily to the best of her ability when her life is turned upside down by a desperate fugitive. Lee Coburn is being hunted due to a mass murder at his place of employment which is somehow connected to a person known as the Bookkeeper. A network of contacts ties together the law enforcement agencies of the region but it seems to be riddled with corruption as each attempt to pinpoint the Bookkeeper's minions results in more casualties. Honor's life is turned upside down when she discovers that her husband's death may not have been an accident and Coburn believes that she somehow has a clue to what her husband may have been working on at the time of his death. The violence escalates as Honor reluctantly begins to assist in the search and she begins to question all that she has been told but her reluctant cooperation fails to provide Coburn with the answers that he seeks. Little Emily provides both a lever and a bridge as Coburn continues to seek answers despite the rising body count. Will they be able to solve the mystery before those pursuing are able to apprehend the fugitive or will the Bookkeeper rise triumphant again?

An excellent tale that provides plenty of chills and surprises yet gives a underlying love story with depth and texture. Lee Coburn is a hard individual who is unused to the domesticity inherent in having a young child to care for and his reluctant attraction to the widow in the midst of the chaos that surrounds his search confounds him. The interesting secondary characters and the pathos that surrounds their lives give sometimes chilling insight into the motivations behind their actions. Not a read for the faint of heart as some of the scenes are full of grisly violence but a gripping and enthralling story.

Book Blurb for Lethal

When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people 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 Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can't be trusted. Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn is there to retrieve it -- at any cost. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them, but the fabric of our society

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2011 5.00