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The alibi
Brown, Sandra, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, [1999]

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5 audio discs (6 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact discs.

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Audiobook on CD


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Central Library 50E Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Kenmore Library X V.5 Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
Central Library X C.5 Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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Born into a fine old Charleston family, Hammond Cross is determined to be the city's next district attorney-without sacrificing his integrity. Prosecuting the sensational murder of real estate magnate Lute Pettijohn could be his ticket into the office. Yet while Hammond anticipates his success, someone near him is plotting his downfall-- Steffi Mundell, colleague, ex-lover, and rival for the DA's office--Rory Smilow, the homicide detective without equal and Hammond's avowed enemy--the wily and beautiful Davee Pettijohn, Lute's widow and Hammond's lifelong friend, who's too honest to mourn the husband she despised--and Hammond's prime suspect, the mysterious woman who shares the secret that would be fatal to Hammond's ambitions. For the first time in his career, he's bending the rules in favor of the suspect. All clues point to her guilt. Yet she holds in reserve the perfect alibi-Hammond Cross.

Author Notes

Sandra Brown began her writing career in 1980. After selling her first book, she wrote a succession of romance novels under several pseudonyms, most of which remain in print. She has become one of the country's most popular novelists, earning the notice of Hollywood and of the critics. More than 60 of her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. There are eighty million copies of her books in print, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. Prior to writing, she worked in commercial television as an on-air personality for PM Magazine and local news in Dallas. The parents of two, she and her husband now divide their time between homes in Texas and South Carolina.

(Publisher Provided) Sandra Lynn Brown (born 12 March 1948 in Waco, Texas) is an American bestselling author of romantic novels and thriller suspense novels. Brown has also published works under the pen names of Rachel Ryan, Laura Jordan, and Erin St. Claire. Brown began her writing career in 1980. After selling her first book, Love's Encore, she wrote a succession of romance novels under several pseudonyms, most of which remain in print. Prior to writing, she worked in commercial television as an on-air personality for PM Magazine and local news in Dallas.

Brown has written over 70 books including Mirror Image; French Silk; The Switch; The Crush; Hello, Darkness; Chill Factor; Play Dirty; Smoke Screen; and Smash Cut. She has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Circle of Success from the American Business Women's Association in 1992, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the romance Writers of America in 1998, and the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature in 2007. Sandra Brown frequently appears on the bestseller lists. Recently she's appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List with Deadline, Chill Factor and Mean Streak (2014), Friction (2015) and Tough Customer (2016).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Brown's fans will find The Alibi to be an entertaining and satisfying addition to her list of previous works. Set in Charleston, South Carolina, the novel offers the southern location and attitude for which Brown is known. The climate is steamy and so is the chance meeting and sexual encounter of District Attorney Hammond Cross and a mysterious but irresistible woman. How could he know that she would be the prime suspect in the murder of one of the city's leading citizens? How could he know that he would be able to provide her with an airtight alibi for the time of the murder? Suspicion of her motives and fear for his own reputation and political future stop him from coming forward but don't prevent him from working to solve the crime himself. His search for the truth is complicated by a sultry, ambitious woman colleague who is after his job; a politically crafty father with shady connections to the murdered man; a stiffly proper and tightly controlled police investigator; and a whole pile of other supporting characters, all with their own crooked, violent, promiscuous, and otherwise unsavory but interesting quirks. As you might expect, love and justice triumph, and all the bad guys get their due. This is a fun and quick read, and it is probably safe to assume that Brown has produced another best-seller. --Danise Hoover

Publisher's Weekly Review

The prolific Brown (Unspeakable) undoubtedly has another bestseller in her latest suspense novel, which catches its protagonist in a tricky ethical situation. When Charleston real estate developer Lute Pettijohn is murdered in the penthouse suite of the posh hotel he recently built, there is no shortage of likely suspects; Pettijohn is one of the most hated men in town. On the same night that the murder occurs, assistant district attorney Hammond Cross attends a county fair, where he meets a mysterious woman who refuses to tell him her name. But Cross is so smitten he cajoles her into spending the night with him in his country cabin. Later, when a witness places the woman, now identified as respected psychologist Dr. Alex Ladd, at the scene of the crime, she becomes the number one suspect. Hammond, the prosecutor on the case, finds himself furious at, suspicious of and in love with the beautiful Ladd. Her alibi, obviously, is that she was with him when the crime was committed, but it turns out that she could have shot Pettijohn and still managed to turn up at the fair. Hammond believes her innocent, however, and in spite of his ambitions for higher office, he risks his career to find the real killer. Brown's gift for taut pacing compresses the time frame of the book into one short week, and she mixes the suspense with steamy romance. A web of labyrinthine relationships becomes ever more intricate until the identity of the killer is revealed, a shock that would be implausible in a less carefully constructed tale. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Only the skimpiest plot detailsÄa prosecuting attorney turns out to be the alibi in a murder caseÄbut unquestionably a big purchase. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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