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Overview

In this, her most ambitious novel yet, Sandra Brown weaves a tale of murder, passion and intrigue in the pristine corridors of the White House.

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BarnesandNoble.com Member Reviews Very enjoyable This was a very nice story about what could very possibly be going on in Washington DC now...corruption, murder, conspiracy. -esgoos I agree!! I belive this is her worst book. I got lost trying to keep up with all the characters pasts. I kept hoping it would get better . She should stick with her romance writing. -Chon Thank goodness I saved my money I've read several of Sandra Brown's books, so I feel I can justify my critique. Someone needs to tell her to go back to romance (which she can write) and leave the field of political thrillers (which she *can't* write). Brown commits the one cardinal sin a writer can do: absolutely none of the characters were likable. If every single person in this book had died in an airplane crash, then perhaps I would have tolerated the novel. The one character that had any personality was such a minor character she almost wasn't there, but she did have the best line of them all when she told the heroine "You're the stupidest gal the Good Lord ever gave breath to." I shouted out "Yes!" because I felt the same way. The heroine, Barrie Travis, is so self-centered, so weak, and so *stupid*, I kept hoping someone would off her. Unfortunately, she lives all the way up to the end. The hero, what little there is of him, is as bland as his name, Gray. There's no chemistry between the two, except for a hot encounter minutes (!) after they meet, and the only reason Barrie and Gray end up together in the end is because there's nothing else left to do. The book left me with plenty of breath, my nails entact,andcomfortably seated all the way back in my chair. I'm not knocking Sandra Brown, I enjoy her romances. I'm knocking this book. Thank goodness it was checked out of the libary for free. If I had spent good money on this tripe, I would have been really mad. -Sumrall Edge of your seat...or page....action A wonderful book that despite its length can be devoured in one or two days easily. The action kept me wanting for more and the chemistry between all of the characters, not just the hero and the heroine was amazing. I would not classify this as a romance and it is not typical of Sandra Brown's previous novels, but this woman is a brilliant author. It truly does keep you guessing until the end, even if you are someone like me who all but reads the entire last chapter before you read the second. -Mindyanne The high profile use of some of the world's most famous people. This is a fabulous book if you like romance books that are not the same as the next one or the one before. This book gives you a sense of real romance as well as danger and mystery. If you are squemish this book is not for you. If you are against violence this book is also not for you. If you love a good romance book that keeps you hanging right up to the last page this book should top your TO READ LIST. -Pachis
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The newborn son of the president and the first lady has died suddenly. Was his death a tragic consequence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)-or was it murder? Brown (The Witness) pulls out the stops in this nimbly plotted political thriller that pits a down-on-her-luck TV journalist against a popular chief executive. Barrie Travis is looking for her ticket out of a second-rate Washington, D.C., TV station, but she has a reputation as a screw-up with little credibility. When First Lady Vanessa Merritt hints to her that the baby's death may not have been due to SIDS after all, Barrie has the big story she needs-but who will believe her? Before Barrie can learn more from the First Lady, President David Merritt sends his wife "into seclusion," where she's heavily drugged and kept under close guard. Determined to uncover the truth, Barrie travels to Wyoming to question the man rumored to have been Vanessa's lover and possibly the father of her child, military hero Gray Bondurant. After a sexually charged meeting with the reclusive Gray, the reporter returns to Washington to find her townhouse bombed into rubble and the FBI asking too many questions. Can she, with Gray's help, rescue the First Lady and expose the president's secret? Despite merely serviceable prose, Brown's intricate weave of false leads, sinister motives and long-hidden truths is engrossing. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; author tour. (June) ~ FYI: Brown, 47, didn't publish her first novel until age 33. She's now written 60 novels, several under the pen names Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire. In the past five years, 24 of her books have made the New York Times bestseller lists.
School Library Journal
YA-Scandal strikes the First Family. How exactly did the President and First Lady's only child die? According to the White House, the baby died of sudden infant death syndrome. According to the ambitious female news reporter, Barrie Travis, their story veils the truth. Unfortunately, Barrie suffers from a tarnished reputation, because once she was too quick to report without checking her facts first. Joining with an enigmatic former presidential aide and a retired news editor, she uncovers the real story. It reveals the ugly side of too much ambition, too little moral character, and an overload of revenge. While chasing leads and villains, the reporterfalls in love with a man she believes is romantically involved with the First Lady. A very readable book in which the mystery lingers to the final sentence.-Linda Diane Townsend, formerly of Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Kirkus Reviews
A beach-bag shoo-in: With trademark zing and vigor, Brown (Charade, 1994, etc.) takes on the White House.

Television newswoman Barrie Travis is surprised by an out-of- the-blue call from First lady Vanessa Merritt (an old schoolmate) asking her to meet for lunch at an off-the-beaten-path Washington cafe. Even more surprising is Vanessa's strange manner and suggestive conversation at the rendezvous, leading Barrie to suspect that the recent death of Robert Rushton Merritt, the President and Vanessa's only son, may be more of a mystery than it seemed when it was splashed all over the evening news as a classic case of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Barrie knows for sure that she's on to something when the president's smarmy right-hand man, Spencer Martin, starts eliminating her sources and following her tracks; with the help of her best friend Daily, an ex-reporter, and Gray Bondurant, a war hero and former aide to the president who escaped the crooked administration for the wilds of Colorado, Barrie launches a full-scale investigation in search of the answer America doesn't even know it doesn't know: What really happened to the First Son, and just how corrupt are the dashing young president and his lovely, grieving wife? The search uncovers more dirt and danger than Barrie, Daily, or even Gray had imagined, and Barrie's sleazy boss Howie Fripp is more of a hindrance than a help. But, of course, it's not just the mystery that preoccupies Barrie, whose first encounter with the dashing Gray is unforgettable; in the final pages, Brown nails a clever plot twist that will surprise all but the most suspicious of readers.

A fine pick for an election year: Brown knows her terrain and has produced a lively, gripping read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446604239
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 192,568
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of sixty New York Times bestsellers, including TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot. Brown now has over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.

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."

Good To Know

  • "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 3, 2013

      I have read this before, but a long time ago. BN led me to belie

      I have read this before, but a long time ago. BN led me to believe it was a new Brown book. While I should have recalled the title, I did not. So, I paid for a book already read, and I am not happy with BN. Actually, I would like my money refunded.

      28 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 7, 2013

      Barnes and noble misleads again

      I am so tired of B&N hyping books as new releases and even sending emails exclaiming "new release" only to purchase favorite authors and learnung the book was published and released 14 years ago and many times in paperback kundle provides a publishing ng date AND an ebook release date Maybe that is why so many people are moving to Kindle and Nook is loosing marketshare

      20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 27, 2013

      If Exclusive was published 6/25/2013 - how are there comments

      If Exclusive was published 6/25/2013 - how are there comments below from 2000, 2002, 2009???? Is this a reprint????
      Thank you

      19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 10, 2000

      couldn't turn the pages fast enough..

      I was hooked from the very beginning..greed, lust, honor and revenge... this book has it all!! Absolutely the best book I've ever read. I find myself comparing every book I've read since and none can stand up to Exclusive. Sandra Brown out did herself with this one!!

      12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 1, 2013

      Fantastic thriller

      This is the first book I've read by Sandra Brown, but it certainly won't be the last. This book was intriguing and suspenseful. There were numerous twists right up to the last page. The thing that moved this book from rrally goid to excellent was the character development. The depth she added made the characters real. I highly recommend this book.

      8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 29, 2013

      Exclusive

      387 pages of a great book...love SB's books. Lots of white House lies and cover ups. Romance and murder.

      8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 4, 2012

      I believe that Exclusive is Sandra Browns best work of all time.

      I believe that Exclusive is Sandra Browns best work of all time. I loved her romances dearly but to be her first book (I believe) into the Mystery / Suspense was just over the wall. I do not think that Ms Brown has worte anything to equal this book. Couldn't put it down

      7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 17, 2002

      Grade A suspense!

      I literally could not put this book down. Once I thought I knew what is going on, Sandra Brown does a 180! What more could you ask in a great novel, suspense, lies, murder, romance¿ it was absolutely wonderful. This is the second book I have read from Ms. Brown and I recommend if you are CONSIDERING buying it, go out and get yourself a copy ASAP, but make sure you have a full day to read it cause once the book opens, the pages practically turn themselves!

      6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 14, 2008

      Outstanding

      This is the second time that I read this book and enjoyed it just as much the second time. This book was one of the novels that made Sandra Brown one of my favorite authors. She has a writing style that is easy to read and never dull. This plot is definitely not realistic but it is fast moving and exciting.

      4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 23, 2009

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      Not the greatest characters

      I am a HUGE fan of Sandra Brown and usually fall in love with the characters right at the beginning. I don't know if it is the leading lady's name (Barrie - isn't this a man's name?) that I couldn't get used to or what, but I just didn't "care" about the characters as I usually do. But other than that it was an excellent plot and WoW what an ending. Worth the read!

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 23, 2003

      'Exclusively' Boring!

      It took me about THREE WEEKS to get through this terribly boring story! There was way too much 'Stuff' that was unnecessarily written about, and could have been left out. Sandra Brown is a great writer, but she really needs to stick with the stuff that makes the story ... not useless material just to fill up space. This could have been a great romance book, but it was way too 'Cluttered'!!

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 19, 2002

      One of My Favorite S. Brown Books

      After reading Exclusive I went and out got all of her books from the library. I don't want to give anything away, but the twists and turns were very satisfying and I'm a touch critic.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 6, 2001

      OH MY GOD!!!

      This book was SOOOOOO good! I could not put it down. I was dissapointed as the book slowed at the end, but then --BAM!-- Sandra Brown slams into you with a conclusion that will leave you speachless! (literally!) I couldn't believe it! It totally blew me away! Ü!!!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2000

      A very surprising discovery

      I totally enjoyed this book, it has humor, suspense, romance and action all tied up. I was shocked when I got to the first meeting of Barry and Grey, I even went back and started again 'cause I couldn't believe it!!! I loved the ending, it literally left me with my mouth opened! I also liked that the heroine was not a total knockout, she was real. I would really recommend this book to all readers who enjoy goood surprises and are a bit tired of the typical Hollywood endings.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 22, 2013

      Must read!

      The first few chapters were very slow moving, it was difficult reading, boring, then I could not put down. The story line kept you on your toes. Highly recommend!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 27, 2013

      Not happy

      I see I'm not the only one to think this was a new book. After reading so many books you forget titles. I'm disapointed that I spent money on a book that was not marketed correctly. BN needs to fix this and a refund would be nice but we know that won't happen!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 12, 2014

      Highly recommended

      Another great book, enjoyed reading this book as well.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 16, 2014

      Don't waste your time or money

      If you are REALLY bored and have nothing and I mean nothing else to read then this book is for you. The last 2 chapters aren't bad. The rest of the book will having you wishing for time and money back!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 11, 2014

      Excellent!

      Loved this book! One of Brown's best!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 29, 2013

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