The Silken Web

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Originally published in paperback, The Silken Web was revised and reissued as a Warner hardcover--and landed on the New York Times bestseller list. Now comes the paperback debut of this saga by the author of French Silk and Where There's Smoke. A fashion buyer must choose between a wealthy man and the father of her unborn child.
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Overview

Originally published in paperback, The Silken Web was revised and reissued as a Warner hardcover--and landed on the New York Times bestseller list. Now comes the paperback debut of this saga by the author of French Silk and Where There's Smoke. A fashion buyer must choose between a wealthy man and the father of her unborn child.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446364799
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 393,654
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (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 January 2, 2014

      Great book

      Read it

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    • Posted December 1, 2011

      more from this reviewer

      super

      the silken web by sandra brown
      a woman, who had been orphaned now works at a camp where
      other orphans go to during the summer. she resigned her fashion job
      when a married man wouldn't leave her alone.

      She is in the same situation when a photographer comes to the camp,
      a disaster happens and he's in the hospital and she can't get in to
      see him, his wife shows up so she leaves the camp and nobody can find her.
      she gets a new fashion job and a new apartment in a brand new city across
      the US.

      abortion, birth, new job, new location, death, someone out to destroy her by
      signing her name to papers. confrontations, exotic places for photo shoots
      find them together again.

      through tribulations one is shown how strong they have grown to
      overcome and triumph.

      i rate this book a 5, strong characters and details and scenes this book
      brought me to new places and new things occurred.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 31, 2004

      Outstanding!

      This is a great book! I love the characters, especially Kathleen and Erik. I highly recommend it!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 8, 2003

      So beautiful written

      I adore this book! I heard about it from a friend that this book was a wonderful love story. It's very cute and i really couldn't put it down. I give a warning though..have tissues around. I cried alot. :)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 14, 2002

      a tresure in reading

      this book was one of the first books by sandra brown that i have read and i would recomend it to any one who asks me what they should read

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 5, 2002

      Was so good

      I could not put this book down. It captures your heart. You want more and more. I could not wait to get to the end to see what happened.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 23, 2000

      This book kept me on the edge of my seat!!!

      The characters were great, It kept me wanting more and made me wish it wouldn't end. It kept me intrigued, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen between the two main characters.

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