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Brown, Sandra, 1948-
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New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2000]

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6 audio discs (approximately 6.5 hrs) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
While following a story TV reporter Tiel McCoy learns why two young runaways fear a wealthy father more than the FBI, and why she must defend them at all costs.
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TV reporter Tiel McCoy is driving down Interstate 20 on her way to New Mexico for a well-earned vacation. But her itinerary is rewritten when she hears on the radio that the teenage daughter of a well-known Fort Worth multi-millionaire has been kidnapped, at least that's the official report. In truth, she is pregnant and has run away with her boyfriend. After calling her editor, Tiel abandons her holiday plans in favor of pursuing the story.

During an innocuous visit to a convenience store in Rojo Flats, Tiel gets up close and personal with the barrel of a gun, two desperate young lovers -- and the scoop of a lifetime.

In the electrifying standoff that follows, she learns why the two young runaways fear the wealthy father of one of them even more than the FBI...and why she must defend them against a world bent on their destruction.

Poignant and riveting, "Standoff" is suspense at its best, as only Sandra Brown can create it.

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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)

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Booklist Review

Tiel McCoy is driven beyond ambition to the point where her television journalism career is her whole life, meant to compensate for loneliness and guilt about a failed marriage to a husband who died before they could get things straight. A long-postponed vacation is sidetracked when Tiel stops at a convenience store in a desolate part of Texas and gets caught up in a robbery attempt. The robbers are teenage runaways. Ronnie Davison is being sought on charges that he kidnapped his pregnant girlfriend, Sabra Dendy, daughter of a ruthless millionaire who will stop at nothing to separate the pair. Tiel sees the situation as a sure-fire ticket to the anchor position on the Dallas station's proposed prime-time news show. But Tiel finds herself gradually and genuinely engaged with the cast of characters at the store when the attempted robbery turns into a hostage drama. Tiel helps negotiate with the FBI agents who eventually converge on the scene. She gradually becomes just as focused on positioning a good story as on saving lives and keeping the young couple from honoring a desperate suicide pact. A fellow hostage is a ruggedly handsome rancher named Doc, who helps keep tempers calm and delivers Sabra's baby under tense and dangerous circumstances. Tiel recognizes Doc from a story she'd done several years earlier. As the hostage drama draws them closer, Tiel struggles with her ambitions and Doc with his visceral distrust of the media. Plot twists and cliff-hanging chapter endings will keep the best-selling Brown's fans coming back for more. --Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

Workaholic Dallas TV reporter Tiel McCoy thought she would take a well-earned vacation, but while driving to a secluded condo in New Mexico, she hears a radio report that changes her plans. Teenager Sabra Dendy, only daughter of Fort Worth multimillionaire Russ Dendy, has been kidnapped. Soon Tiel learns that Sabra, who's pregnant, has run away with her boyfriend, Ronnie Davison. Smelling a story, Tiel heads for the remote town of Hera to interview Ronnie's father, thinking the couple might go there for help. But when she stops at a convenience store for directions, Tiel encounters Ronnie and Sabra bungling a hold-up attempt. As Sabra goes into labor, Ronnie takes everyone in the store hostage, and Tiel and a handsome cowboy who seems to know a lot about medicine deliver Sabra's daughter. Tiel learns that the desperate young couple are fleeing to Mexico to escape Sabra's dictatorial father, who has vowed to separate them and put their baby up for adoption. He has even threatened to kill the child, and Sabra and Ronnie have vowed to commit suicide if they are thwarted. Bestselling author Brown (The Alibi) sets up believable conflicts (Ronnie once killed a puppy, rather than return it to an abusive owner). If the dialogue and sex scenes occasionally seem stilted, this popular author's tale still hits hard and keeps moving briskly to its satisfying conclusion. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In a series of coincidental events, reporter Tiel McCoy finds herself in the middle of a breaking news story just as she is about to start a much-needed vacation. She becomes an unwilling participant in a kidnapping and robbery when a teenage couple hold up a gas station. Sabra, the 17-year-old girl, is not only pregnant and a runaway, she is the daughter of wealthy Texas businessman Russell Dende, who despises Sabra's boyfriend, Ronnie. When Sabra goes into labor, Tiel is forced to play midwife and negotiator, always keeping her reporter's instincts alert. The other customers/hostages play minor roles, with the exception of the mysterious Doc, who increasingly commands Tiel's interest as he assists with the delivery. Full of stereotypical characters and, at best, an implausible plot, this is not one of the acclaimed Brown's best efforts. Reader Enid Graham finds a distinctive voice for each character without dramatically overdoing it. Although this will not achieve much literary applause, the author's large following will grab this one and find an entertaining escape.DSusan McCaffrey, Haslett H.S., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.