|Publish Date:||Jul 2008|
|Number of Pages:||533|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.8|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.5 x 7.5 x 1.25|
Sandra Brown was born in Waco, Texas and studied English at Texas Christian University. After leaving college, she worked in many different fields including performing in live theatre. She also appeared in television commercials, which led to jobs in weather forecasting and feature reporting on PM Magazine. After being let go from a part-time job, she attended a writers' conference at the University of Houston and decided to become a full-time fiction writer.
Her first two books Love's Encore and Love Beyond Reason were published in 1981. She has written over 70 books including Mirror Image; French Silk; The Switch; The Crush; Hello, Darkness; Chill Factor; Play Dirty; Smoke Screen; and Smash Cut. She has also written under the names of Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan, and Erin St. Claire. She has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Circle of Success from the American Business Women's Association in 1992, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the romance Writers of America in 1998, and the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature in 2007.
At first glance, Griff Burkett appears to have no redeeming features except for physical strength and an outstanding arm. The former NFL star quarterback has just finished a five-year prison stint for gambling and throwing a game and has returned to the outside world stripped of everything: money, home, respect, and friends. According to the conditions of his parole, he must get a job, an impossible task in Houston, where he is considered the lowest type of scum.
His only option is to answer a mysterious summons from millionaire Foster Speakman, who has a bizarre proposal. Since Speakman is a paraplegic, he cannot father a child, a task he wants Griff to perform personally, not by artificial insemination. Griff will be paid extremely well for as long as the child lives but must keep this contract secret and disappear after the child is born. Victor Slezak is an excellent reader who makes the characters come alive.
Even when the hero is behaving foolishly, Slezak manages to make one care about what happens to this clueless individual. Foster's wife, Laura, comes across as a strong woman who loves her husband dearly. Highly recommended for adult fiction in all libraries where Brown is a favorite.
-Nancy Reed, Immanuel Baptist Church Lib., Paducah, KY
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown is back with a gripping story of obsession and its deadly consequences.
After five long years in federal prison, Griff Burkett is a free man. But the disgraced Cowboys quarterback can never return to life as he knew it before he was caught cheating. In a place where football is practically a religion, Griff committed a cardinal sin, and no one is forgiving.
Foster Speakman, owner and CEO of SunSouth Airlines, and his wife, Laura, are a golden couple. Successful and wealthy, they lived a charmed life before fate cruelly intervened and denied them the one thing they wanted most -- a child. It's said that money can't buy everything. But it can buy a disgraced football player fresh out of prison and out of prospects.
The job Griff agrees to do for the Speakmans demands secrecy. But he soon finds himself once again in the spotlight of suspicion. An unsolved murder comes back to haunt him in the form of his nemesis, Stanley Rodarte, who has made Griff's destruction his life's mission. While safeguarding his new enterprise, Griff must also protect those around him, especially Laura Speakman, from Rodarte's ruthlessness. Griff stands to gain the highest payoff he could ever imagine, but cashing in on it will require him to forfeit his only chance for redemption... and love.
Griff is now playing a high-stakes game, and at the final whistle, one player will be dead.
Play Dirty is Sandra Brown's wildest ride yet, with hairpin turns of plot all along the way. The clock is ticking down on a fallen football star, who lost everything because of the way he played the game. Now his future -- his life -- hinges on one last play.
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