Where There's Smoke [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Where There's Smoke

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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.

The phenomenal Sandra Brown weaves intrigue and mystery into the latest and most suspenseful of her 13 NYT bestsellers since 1990. Set against the background of a Texas oil empire. Dr. Lara Mallory takes over a medical practice left to her by a scion of the oil dynasty--a recent suicide. To offset community hostility, Lara seeks help from a man who may do her more harm than good. Advertising ties in with Brown's simultaneous new hardcover release, Charade.

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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: 9781455546466
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 7,093
  • File size: 2 MB

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."

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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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    Average Rating 4.5
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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 16, 2006

      One of the Best

      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.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 4, 2006

      Suspense. Passion. What more could you ask for?

      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!!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 30, 2013

      I JUST FINISHED THIS BOOK & ALL I CAN SAY IS OMG !!!!!!!!!!!

      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. 

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 9, 2013

      Great

      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.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 31, 2013

      more from this reviewer

      Sandra Brown fans and newbies

      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.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 5, 2006

      excellent romantic suspense

      you'll love the characters and the plot. well balanced strong female and male characters. sub-characters equally interesting.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 26, 2006

      Great Book

      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 :)

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 29, 2005

      Absolutely Amazing!

      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!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 30, 2014

      Another Sandra Brown hit.

      Enjoyed reading this. Great story line.

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    • Posted March 23, 2014

      Enjoyed the book very much. She always keeps me going until the

      Enjoyed the book very much. She always keeps me going until the end. Was will written.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 11, 2014

      Great story

      This is another one of my favorite by Sandra. Read it! Worth every penny.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 15, 2013

      Anonymous

      One of the best Sandra Brown's books I ever read. Don't miss this one !

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 27, 2013

      Loved this book

      I wanted to keep reading page after page

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 3, 2013

      Can't rate.(I couldn't erase the 1-star rating.)

      I couldn't get passed page 6 (too sexually graphic for me) and wish I could delete it from my Nook library.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 3, 2013

      Wow

      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

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 22, 2013

      Excellent story!

      A mixture of everything! Lara is a dotor who has been searching for true love. Has a couple of encounters with two who are not as committed as she thinks at first. Moves to a small town and uncovers secrets of the powerful family of a man she loved for a time. Then she meets a man who may be just what she needs, but there are a lot of problems ahead. very good story !

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    • Posted June 17, 2013

      Great story

      Lots of unexpected twists in this story. Hard to put down!

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    • Posted June 1, 2013

      I am a long time reader of Ms. Brown. Prior to Nook and its sist

      I am a long time reader of Ms. Brown. Prior to Nook and its sister, I collected hard bound books and then paperbacks from this author. I have
      been a loyal fan and reader for many years, but this work, I found to be so poor, I could not even get started with it. I went back to it several times, but could never find an entrance to her characters or their stories. I was quite disappointed as I have enjoyed the material for many years. But this piece is so, so, something, not sure what, I could not deal with it. It is a republished piece from the 70's so maybe that is the problem but I do not find this an issue when I read classics form hundreds of years ago. Will await more recent material and hope to return to her folds.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 31, 2013

      If you like twists and turns in your mystery, this book has it all!

      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!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 31, 2013

      great book

      great book. I had a hard time putting it down

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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