by Sandra Brown


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#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown jolts the reader from the first page of this heart-pounding story of corruption, treachery, and ceaseless deception . . . where nothing is what it seems and every truth brought to light exposes a darker lie.

When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn't belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is . . . and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her.

As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother's ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits-and each other-to stay alive.

Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie's only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn't entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother's scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers-and for each other-this unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last.

With nonstop plot twists and the tantalizing sexual tension that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors, STING will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the final pages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

★ 06/27/2016
This exceptional romantic thriller from bestseller Brown (Friction) pairs Shaw Kinnard, a handsome hired killer, and his beautiful target, Jordie Bennett, the owner of a New Orleans event-planning business, in a spirited contest of wills and wiles. Rather than kill Jordie, Shaw kidnaps her from a bar in the boondocks of Louisiana, hoping for a bigger slice of money. Jordie’s crooked brother, Josh Bennett, helped his boss, Billy Panella, defraud investors of some $30 million, and Jordie may be the key for Shaw to get a share of the loot. No one knows the whereabouts of Billy—or Josh since he escaped from federal protective custody. Brown doesn’t neglect other key figures, such as the two FBI agents searching for Billy and Josh, but the principal focus never strays far from the sexual tension between Shaw and Jordie: her aim to stay alive and his to squeeze from her the information he needs. Brown handles the romance with her usual panache and adds some nifty plot twists that will keep readers guessing. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Aug.)

Library Journal

When Shaw Kinnard encounters the incongruously elegant Jordie Bennet in a seen-better-days bayou bar, it's not love at first sight. He's there to kill her. Instead, he abducts her, eager to get hold of the $30 million her brother has pocketed from his badly bent boss. Now they are on the run from said boss—and the FBI. Brown's last title, 2015's Friction, debuted at the top of the New York Times best sellers list, which explains the 400,000-copy first printing.

Kirkus Reviews

A rock-jawed bad guy and a sexy entrepreneur feel the mutual heat in Brown’s latest story of a damsel in distress and her tarnished knight.Jordie Bennett is having a bad night. One minute, the gorgeous woman sits nursing a drink in a run-down Louisiana bar, and the next, she’s been kidnapped by a murderous hit man. The hit man in question, Shaw Kinnard, shoots his partner, fellow killer for hire Mickey Bolden, before Bolden has a chance to kill Jordie, then abducts her and drives around and finally holes up with her still a hostage. Her abduction isn’t random, though. Seems Jordie’s brother, Josh, worked for a famous criminal named Billy Panella. Panella is at the top of law enforcement’s fugitive list after he swindled millions out of their nest eggs, like a more modest Bernie Madoff. Now, Shaw’s in a race to find Josh—an escaped federal witness—before the FBI or Panella can beat him to it. And everyone, including FBI agents Wiley and Hickam, who are hot on Josh's trail, believes that his sister, Jordie, holds the key. Although Brown is an excellent and almost effortless writer, over the years her plots have devolved into paint-by-numbers efforts: a hunky, distant bad boy ends up in reluctant contact with a beautiful-beyond-belief woman in peril. The chemistry is undeniable, and much heat ensues. The woman struggles with the bad boy’s past while the bad boy struggles with his feelings for the beautiful lady. Readers won’t have to be prescient to figure out what happens in this typical entry into the Brown playbook because the outcome is as predictable as the humidity and mosquitoes that plague the Louisiana bayous in the summertime. Brown moves her besieged female characters around to different locations but persists in employing the same tired trope over and over in books saved only by her smooth writing and savvy dialogue chops.

From the Publisher

"STING is Sandra Brown running on all cylinders."—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Brown continues her transformation from the queen of romantic suspense to the queen of thriller form- eriod... Gritty, crime noir at its absolute best. Superb in all respects." —Providence Sunday Journal

"Brown is an excellent and almost effortless writer...The chemistry is undeniable."—Kirkus Reviews

"Brown crafts facets and depths of characters in a taut novel full of surprises."—Booklist

"[An] exceptional romantic thriller... Brown handles the romance with her usual panache and adds some nifty plot twists that will keep readers guessing."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455581207
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 766,907
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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