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A medical miracle gave TV personality Cat Delaney more than a new heart. It gave her a second chance at life. After leaving Hollywood to host a San Antonio TV show spotlighting children with special needs, Cat fights to gain respect as a newscaster. She meets Alex Pierce, an ex-cop turned crime writer, who regards her as a woman, not as a heart patient. When fatal "accidents" begin killing the other heart recipients, Alex may -- or may not -- be her most important ally.

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Overview

A medical miracle gave TV personality Cat Delaney more than a new heart. It gave her a second chance at life. After leaving Hollywood to host a San Antonio TV show spotlighting children with special needs, Cat fights to gain respect as a newscaster. She meets Alex Pierce, an ex-cop turned crime writer, who regards her as a woman, not as a heart patient. When fatal "accidents" begin killing the other heart recipients, Alex may -- or may not -- be her most important ally.

With her new world turning sinister and a mysterious stalker shadowing her every move, Cat is caught in a dark maze of betrayal and secrets...and perhaps sees too late the mask hiding a killer's face.

Shortly after undergoing a heart transplant, soap opera star Cat Delaney discovers that her life is threatened once again--only this time, the killer is all-too-human. Someone is systematically murdering every person who received a heart on the same day Cat did. Mystery writer Alex Pierce offers his help. But as their love deepens, so does the danger.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Soap opera star Cat Delaney gets a new heart--literally and figuratively speaking--in bestseller Brown's French Silk ; Where There's Smoke latest contemporary romance. The heart transplant that beautiful, arrogant Cat endures in the first chapter transforms her soul along with her cardiovascular system. If Brown had first established Cat's personality with some depth and credibility, that might have been the basis of an emotionally involving story. But since Cat is little more than a vessel for the concept, before we can blink, she is a good-hearted citizen who abandons stardom and Hollywood for San Antonio, Tex., where she hosts a local TV program featuring children up for adoption. Cat hardly has a chance to enjoy her change of heart and her new heartthrob, bad-boy crime novelist Alex Pierce, because a stalker is after her. Whatever suspense might have been activated by this scenario is immediately stymied as Brown rushes through events whereby three potential heart donors are knocked down like dominoes: obviously the stalker is a bereaved nut determined to kill all the transplant recipients who might have received his lover's heart. But Brown fails to develop even a modicum of tension, since the rushed pacing then slows to a crawl where nothing much happens except Cat's cliche-ridden romance with Alex. Too late in the novel, we finally get a more full and sympathetic characterization of Cat. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; major ad/promo; author tour. May
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RAVE REVIEWS FOR CHARADE:

"Heart-stopping!" —Los Angeles Daily News

"A page-turner...A compelling heroine...Brown has once again hit her mark."
People

"No doubt will increase her legion of fans."
Kirkus Reviews starred review

AND SANDRA BROWN:

"A masterful storyteller, carefully crafting tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats."
USA Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446516563
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers - including most recently Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, Play Dirty, Ricochet, Chill Factor, White Hot, Hello, Darkness, The Crush, and Envy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Thriller Master Award from International Thriller Writers, Inc. She and her husband live in Arlington, Texas.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

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  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 5, 2013

      Great

      This is my third book by this author and the best of all. The other two were great but this one takes the intrigue to the next level. The romance is also great, enough to heighten the characters' emotions but not so much that it distracts you from the thriller. And I was pleasantly surprised by the heart transplant theme. Somehow I went in thinking it would make a lame plot, but boy was I wrong.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 7, 2008

      Be still the Beating Heart

      On October 10, 1990 many families faced tragedies while some individuals were given a second chance at life. This story revolves around the murders of people who received a heart transplant on that day. Someone wants to stop their new hearts from beating. This is definitely Sandra Brown at her best. There are many plot twists and never a dull moment. I have read this book twice and will keep it to read again.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 9, 2004

      Exceptional !

      Couldn't put the book down. The twists and turns were amazing and kept me guessing until the very last few pages. Every time I had it figured out, a new angle was opened. I loved it. Sandra, Thank God you got out of romances and into mystery thrillers...

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 21, 2014

      Great

      I never get tired of her books. Her stories are always new

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 24, 2013

      Best book from sandra brown

      Love it from begining to end, a must read

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    • Posted June 14, 2013

      highly recommend

      I love all of her books, and have read most of them. Looking forward to more being published.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 3, 2013

      This was my first Sandra Brown novel and I'm hooked. I just ord

      This was my first Sandra Brown novel and I'm hooked. I just ordered another for my Nook HD+ So happy to have found this awesome novelist before the summer

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    • Posted August 13, 2011

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      "CHARADE" (REVIEW)

      "CHARADE" BY SANDRA BROWN

      A heart recipient patient finds herself tossed into a world of horror as other transplant patients start dying all around her. After meeting up with Alex Pierce she begins to fall in love and is stalked by a mysterious person.

      Both scary and intriguing this novel is one that is hard to put down and the ending is surprising!

      -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

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    • Posted December 16, 2010

      Great read!

      This was my first Sandra Brown novel and can't wait to read more! A page turner to the end. Full of suspense, twists and steamy scenes. What a great read!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 5, 2010

      Great Read

      Sandra Brown doesn't disappoint in this thriller about a former soap opera actress who receives a heart transplant and then has to deal with the killer looking to stop that heart from beating. I figured out who the killer was about half way through the book but it's still worth the read for the suspense and the romance.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 5, 2003

      THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ SO FAR

      THIS BOOK HAS KEPT ME IN SUSPENSE AND IN LOVE WITH THE CHARACTERS FROM THE FIRST CHAPTER

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 7, 2002

      Another winner

      A good mystery that has many turns and another credit to the author. Young heroins abound but this book and Dark Horses by John Russell are the best two mysteries in recent years.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 6, 2002

      Charade

      This was my first Sandra Brown book to read and it won't be my last! This book has everything a reader could ask for and is a definite page turner. The characters seem so real and the ending is something you won't expect. Great book! A must read!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 2, 2000

      Scary and sexy...

      The characters were so real it scared me out of my seat. I felt like crying through the story. Sandra Brown combined it all in this story sex, lies, secrets and an explosive ending that you'll love. I highly recommend this story to you.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 15, 2000

      Charade grips your imagination from the very first page and keeps you hopelessly intrigued until the very end!

      I read this book in three days! Each page seems to have it's own little mystery. Just when you think you've figured out what's going on, Sandra throws one hell of a curve ball. There are a lot of great twists in the plot that make it almost impossible to put this book down! Well worth the money spent! Buy it NOW! Read it!

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