Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

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by Sandra Brown
     
 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown stuns readers with the breathtaking tale of a powerful oil company and the incredible lengths they'll go to keep their secrets hidden . . . No one knows why Dr. Lara Mallory came back home to Eden Pass, Texas to open up her medical practice after all these years. But everyone remembers her role in the

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown stuns readers with the breathtaking tale of a powerful oil company and the incredible lengths they'll go to keep their secrets hidden . . . No one knows why Dr. Lara Mallory came back home to Eden Pass, Texas to open up her medical practice after all these years. But everyone remembers her role in the well-publicized scandal that caused the downfall of White House hopeful Senator Clark Tackett. So when the iron-fisted matriarch of Tackett Oil uses every weapon in her arsenal to drive her out of town, Lara refuses to go quietly. Yet in this corruption-riddled town, nothing is as it seems. An explosive secret lurks beneath the surface, threatening Lara at every turn. Her unlikely ally: Key, the hell-raising youngest Tackett son. Thrown together, they're on a dangerous quest to expose the one secret that can destroy the Tackett empire-and anyone who dares to challenge its power.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brown's 16-year-old romance novel delivers a fair amount of heavy-breathing, which might be enough to satisfy her fans in spite of a contrived plot that includes, near the end, an unbelievable action-adventure sequence set in the Caribbean. The heroine is a feisty doctor, Lara Mallory, whose infamous affair with Sen. Clark Tackett aborted his presidential campaign and may have prompted his suicide. Mallory, who has set up her medical practice in the small Texas town run by Tackett's oil-rich family, is vilified by the stern Tackett matriarch, who vows to destroy her, and by the late senator's hell-raising brother, who makes it his business to insult and degrade her. But darn if that old boy don't jus' feel an attraction growin'. Anyone assuming that there is only one basic accent spoken in the Lone Star state will change their mind after sampling reader Ross's variety of voices—from socially prominent grand dames to unassuming oil field workers. Both she and the author are native Texans—and, as is the case with the romantic leads, both are on much firmer ground on their native soil than struggling through a bogus Caribbean battlefield. A Grand Central hardcover. (Nov.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown's fast-paced melodrama portrays a family oil empire in East Texas. Literary Guild main selection in cloth . (May)
Kirkus Reviews
More frustrated passion, political scandal, and true Texas grit from Brown—this featuring the simmering love-hate bond between cool, beautiful Dr. Laura Mallory and the savage blue-eyed younger brother of the politician whose life she reputedly destroyed. The mystery is why Dr. Mallory set up practice in Eden Pass, Texas, in the first place. The focus of a national scandal when she was photographed years before being escorted in her nightgown from young Senator Clark Tackett's Virginia home by her husband, Ambassador Randall Porter, Mallory and Porter were summarily banished to the no-account Caribbean nation of Montesangre—where Porter and their baby daughter were murdered in a rebel ambush, while Tackett drowned in a Texas fishing accident that may have been a suicide. Mallory returned to the States to find her professional name permanently sullied and, in desperation, accepted the modest doctor's home and office that a remorseful Tackett had deeded her in his tiny hometown of Eden Pass. Predictably, Mallory is shunned by a community ruled by Tackett's mother, Jody, the iron-willed widowed dowager of Tackett Oil and Gas. But the beautiful doctor accepts the situation, living meekly off her savings until Tackett's reckless, handsome younger brother, Key, returns from the Middle East. Then she goes to work to convince Key—who is, naturally, torn between loathing the good doctor and wanting to tear off her clothes—to fly her to Montesangre to locate the site of her daughter's grave. Murder, terror, dark hints of concealed homosexuality, and the shocking resurrection of husband Porter follow as the backdrop to Mallory and Key's romance ("I don't want to be one of KeyTackett's women." "Yes, you do. Tonight you do"), making for an unusually perilous and gruesome journey toward marriage and a house on the lake. More sophisticated than Brown's Texas! books, this mainstream romance could well expand her already enormous readership. (First printing of 250,000; Literary Guild Dual Selection for Spring)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446600347
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
128,914
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Arlington, TX
Date of Birth:
March 12, 1948
Place of Birth:
Waco, Texas
Education:
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
Website:
http://www.sandrabrown.net/

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Where There's Smoke 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic thriller that keeps you on edge from beginning to end. The sexual tension and budding romance between the two main characters intertwines beautifully with the suspenseful plot and makes this book a page-turner. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The answer is simple...nothing! This is the first Sandra Brown book that I have read and was absolutely in love with it. The suspense kept me up at night and I just couldn't put it down. I am a huge fan of romance novels as well as mystery and this was just great!! I think I found myself a new fave author!!
jdogjojo04061956 More than 1 year ago
I JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK & ALL I CAN SAY IS OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST COULD NOT NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRYED TO WALK  AWAY & GET THINGS DONE ,I KEEP GOING BACK TILL I FINISHED THE BOOK & BOY WAS IT WORTH IT.   IT WAS JUST A REAL PAGE  TURNER FROM BEGINNING TO THE END.  U WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK AS MUCH AS I DID .  SO JUST BUT YOUR HOUSE WORK ON  HOLD FOR ABOUT 2 DAYS CAUSE IT WILL BE THERE LATER.  SO HAPPY READING & ENOY YOUR SELF. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
you'll love the characters and the plot. well balanced strong female and male characters. sub-characters equally interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sandra Brown has the talent to do it all, from her earliest work to her latest thriller. I have all of her novels...but this one is special. You are drawn into the story and taken for an exciting, heart thumping ride. I have a shelf of 'keepers' and this is one I've re-read yearly since it was first published. Can't give it a better recommendation than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Sandra Brown's books, but this one really had me going. I truly couldn't put it down. Some nights I would be up reading until one a.m.! This isn't recommended for people like me who get up at six a.m., but I just had to know what happened next. This would be good for a book club because there would be many things to discuss. I always try to figure out the ending but this one had three possible conclusions. Loved it!
Shilo2 More than 1 year ago
This Sandra at her best. It was a fine read. Her characters are always fully developed. If you are looking for a good decent read and an intro to Sandra Brown try this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great Sandra Brown book. Well written and a great read. Loved it. What a suprise. Usually, I can see the end of the book coming...who woulda guessed who really had the affair...HELLO!!!! Caught me completely off guard. Really great book :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not much of a reader. During one long trip to the Beach, I decided to pick one up, and see what it was about. The one I happened to pick up was Where theres smoke. I couldnt put it down for days. I read it in just a few short days, and wanted more. This was my first Sandra Brown book. I am looking for more!
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A great story that I could not put down. I love this author's stories.
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Enjoyed reading this. Great story line.
jef71 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book very much. She always keeps me going until the end. Was will written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another one of my favorite by Sandra. Read it! Worth every penny.
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One of the best Sandra Brown's books I ever read. Don't miss this one !
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I wanted to keep reading page after page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get passed page 6 (too sexually graphic for me) and wish I could delete it from my Nook library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever. It sucked me in and did not let me go. I read it in one sitting all 400 pages on my nook. Get this book now it was so suspenceful and fact paced. I wish i had a key in my life what a hunk