Serpent's Dance

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FIND HIM. Bernadette Kane never believed that her sister committed suicide. And what she heard about her sister’s mysterious—and sadistic—lover, Wesley Edwards, made her suspect the worst. With his good looks, private jet, and successful career, he could turn a girl’s head. And get away with murder.

SEDUCE HIM. Bernadette’s plan: use her body to seduce Wesley, use her wits to gain his confidence, and use the evidence she finds to bring him down. First, Bernadette will have to ...

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FIND HIM. Bernadette Kane never believed that her sister committed suicide. And what she heard about her sister’s mysterious—and sadistic—lover, Wesley Edwards, made her suspect the worst. With his good looks, private jet, and successful career, he could turn a girl’s head. And get away with murder.

SEDUCE HIM. Bernadette’s plan: use her body to seduce Wesley, use her wits to gain his confidence, and use the evidence she finds to bring him down. First, Bernadette will have to submit to whatever Wesley wants and become a willing pawn in his twisted games.

MAKE HIM PAY. But buried inside the millionaire’s inner sanctum are secrets that go farther than Bernadette ever imagined. They’re plunging her into the same nightmare that trapped her sister. And now the choice between revenge and survival will decide the outcome of Bernadette’s final—and most dangerous—game.

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“A master of terror and suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

“The novels of Larry Brooks are clever, twisted, bone-chilling.” —Danielle Girard, bestselling author of Savage Art and Chasing Darkness

"An absolute must read, Deadly Faux is guaranteed entertainment. In Wolfgang Schmitt, Larry Brooks has created a wise-cracking protagonist who is witty, resourceful, intelligent, and, most surprisingly, vulnerable. Brooks plunges Wolf into a seemingly unwinnable caldron involving Las Vegas casinos, the mob, and femme fatales, then turns the heat up high. I finished Deadly Faux in one sitting, couldn’t put it down, and can’t wait to read the next book. Step aside Nelson DeMille and Stuart Woods—Schmitt happens!" —Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master, for Deadly Faux

“Crime novelist Raymond Chandler was widely acknowledged in his day as the Poet Laureate of The Dark Side (he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food cake). He died in 1959 and ever since there have been many pretenders to his throne. Among the best are James M. Cain, Elmore Leonard, Robert B. Parker, James Lee Burke—all masters of the craft, all wordsmiths of the first order, but none of them had Chandler’s gifts. After half a century of being on the lookout for a crime fiction writer with a voice that rivals Chandler’s, one has finally appeared, quietly chugging his way up the bestseller lists with Darkness Bound, Whisper of the Seventh Thunder, Serpent’s Dance, and Bait and Switch. His name is Larry Brooks. The guy has a slick tone and a crackling, cynical wit with lots of vivid descriptions (of both interior and exterior landscapes), and the sparkling figures of speech dance off the page and explode in your inner ear. Though as modern as an iPad 5S, he is truly and remarkably Chandleresque. He’s dazzling. Check out his new one, Deadly Faux—it’s sexy, complex, intelligent; a truly delightful novel with more plot twists than a plate of linguine swimming in olive oil.” —James N. Frey, author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel, for Deadly Faux

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620454572
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 510
  • Sales rank: 899,842
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Brooks is the author of four critically-praised novels, including USA Today bestseller Darkness Bound, and the bestselling writing book Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing. Brooks teaches writers’ conferences throughout the nation and is the creator of, named two years running to the Writers Digest “101 Best Websites for Writers” list. He lives in Arizona.

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Sometimes I am possessed by the thought of killing him. I visualize every delicious moment of it, his expression of surprise as he recognizes my intention, the way his eyes evolve toward fear and then, as doubt becomes expectation, into utter terror, the salty flavor of his tears, and then the slow bleeding of his awareness, the last moment of which is consumed with me, and by me. I smile as I kiss him good-bye. The kiss is cold, as dead as the smile, tasting of bitter memories built on sweet but unfulfilled possibility.

And then he dies. And I am free.

This thought and the vision it paints consume me. I wonder when it is that thought becomes temptation, at what point sin is rendered mortal. After all that has happened, I should know by now.

As I drive to meet him I am reminded of these things, past and future suddenly inseparable, and I wonder which is the more damning to my soul. Then again, I haven’t given my soul a second thought since he and / began. What a strange and funny time to yearn for grace.

My lover has summoned me, and I must go to him.

I go not to forgive or even to kill, but to listen. Closure does not discriminate between the betrayer and the betrayed This I know because I am both, and the thirst for closure torments me from both sides of that judgment I can’t imagine why he wants to see me now, after the time that has passed After what he did. A part of me continues to hope that his desire has smothered his pride, that he has discovered he cannot live without me after all. Ah, the eternal deceit of the fallen ego. Of course, there is always the chance that he simply wants one final taste of the fruit he has forever rendered forbidden, on that final night when the music died, to borrow a phrase.

I am sick as I drive to the place. Our place, it was. How fitting for this final dance. I have been sick now for months—has it really been months?—perhaps tonight the book will at last be closed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    Keep Your eye on the ball!

    I really didn't know what to expect, but what I found is a writer that is far better than James Patterson. This appeared to be a simple revenge tale, but it is so much more. Take Bernadette Kane - the vengeful sister out to get even with the murderer of her sister. Bernie identifies the bad guy and goes after him. Then there is Eric who is married to Shannon and probably still in love at some level with Bernie. We see him in the prologue and bit in the early chapters. Just keep him in mind, because it is easy to take your eye off loyal Eric. Of course, who could forget Wesley (the weasel) and chief chump. Bernie pursues him with a vengeance. But is he reallly as bad as everyone thinks. Then there is the really twisted pair of Paul and Vicki (or should I say Diana and Damien?) These are really messed up and evil people. Into this mix, Brooks drops a clue every so often, and makes you keep turning pages right to the end. One caution, I would not recommend this book for children. Give it a spin if you dare. There are enough twists and false pathes to keep you guessing for a long time. Douglas De Bono Author of ROGUE STATE and the upcoming Terror Wars Series

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    passionate suspense thriller

    Sisters Bernie and Peggy Kane remain very close in spite of distance and that Peggy married a loser. Thus, when Peggy¿s father-in-law calls to inform Bernie that her younger sister committed suicide she cannot believe it, Bernie knows that her sibling seemed happy with an upcoming divorce and an affair with computer CEO Wesley and his airplane. When the police decide it is suicide due to a broken love affair as the cause of death, Bernie asks childhood friend Eric Killen to help her learn why Peggy jumped from the hotel window. Eric obtains information on Peggy¿s lover Wesley Edwards of Oar Research in Scottsdale, Arizona that enables Bernie to gains work as a contractor for the firm. She begins a sexual game of cat and mouse with Wesley. Initially thinking that she is the predator seeking vengeance, Bernie soon realizes she is the rodent caught in a deadly trap in which survival is all she can hope to achieve. Few writers of passionate suspense thrillers can provide the complexities of plot that Larry Brooks achieves. SERPENT¿S DEATH is an exciting tale of seductive vengeance that quickly turns into a deadlier affair. Bernie is a great heroine, but do not let her spot your weights for you while Wesley is an enigmatic charismatic opponent, not aware that he is the enemy. The support cast enables the audience to understand Bernie¿s demons and propels the story line forward. Most intriguing is the Sacramento chapters that at first seem as if they provide only shock value and are out of place, but ultimately contribute the full scope to an invigorating dark tale. Harriet Klausner

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