Tough Customer: A Novel

Tough Customer: A Novel

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Overview

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seeing Red “charges her characters and their relationships with electricity” (San Francisco Book Review) in this sizzling, sleep-with-the-lights-on novel of suspense.

When a deranged stalker attempts to murder her daughter Berry, Caroline King has no doubts who to contact for help: Berry’s father, the cagey private investigator Dodge Hanley. It’s been thirty years since Dodge last saw Caroline, but the savvy real estate mogul still haunts his dreams. He has a whole bagful of grudging excuses for ignoring Caroline’s call—and one compelling reason to drop everything and fly down to Texas to protect the daughter he’s never met: guilt. As always, Dodge’s perseverance knows no bounds as he teams with a small-town sheriff, but the alarming situation worsens when the stalker claims other victims, leaving a trail of clues lethally pointing toward Berry. And Dodge—a street-smart fighter who has always put his life on the line—realizes that this time, he’s risking his heart as well...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508293828
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Mitchell & Associates Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 934,343
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sandra Brown is the author of sixty-eight New York Times bestsellers, including Mean Streak, Deadline, Low Pressure, and Smoke Screen. Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, most of which remain in print. Sandra and her husband, Michael Brown, live in Arlington, Texas.

Victor Slezak is an audiobook narrator and actor whose films include The Siege, Just Cause, The Bridges of Madison County, and Beyond Rangoon. On television, he appeared in PBS’s The Ponder Heart and HBO’s Path to War. His Broadway performances include Salome, with Al Pacino, Jackie: An American Life, and The Graduate, opposite Kathleen Turner.

Hometown:

Arlington, TX

Date of Birth:

March 12, 1948

Place of Birth:

Waco, Texas

Education:

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008

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Tough Customer 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 515 reviews.
Florry More than 1 year ago
Okay I am going to try and help Sandra out here, b/c though I have rated this book low, some of her earlier work (i.e. anything from 2001 or before)is absolutely incredible and is why I have such a low opinion of some of her most recent works. If you have never read a book by Sandra Brown, don't bother with this book at all...Don't look at it, don't even flip through it, to be honest its crap and I have no idea what in the world has happened to Sandra Brown's writings in the past few years. Now no more negative...lets talk about books of hers that you SHOULD read, b/c they have some of the richest character developments and some of the best twists I have ever read. My favorite is Envy!!! This, to me, was her last amazing book! Other novels of hers that are fantastic are French Silk, Fat Tuesday, Mirror Image, The Alibi, and basicly anything before 2001. For those of us avid fans that have read every piece of work by her and now pray each October for the newest novel to be more like her older work and less like her water downed, predictable, blah work that she has put out in the last few years, we just need to hold on and hope that she sees the light :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Sandra Brown novels, and I've real all of them, including her early works done under a different name. This book was a huge disappointment! The main character was poorly drawn and not particularly likable. The dialogue was dull and not what one would expect from such an accomplished author. I can't help but have a a sneaking suspicion that this book was written by someone else. Or perhaps Ms. Brown was distracted by "Rainwater" and not able to concentrate on her character development properly. The reasons why people behaved the way they did seemed to be thrown in when the editor or reader required an explanation. I do hope we get to read more Sandra Brown stories, but I also hope that they are the type of novels that her loyal readers look forward to and expect from her. This was not a page turner and it definitely was not worth the price paid to download to my Nook! Wait until you can get it at your local library.
spinspinnsuga More than 1 year ago
"Tough Customer" is not one of Brown's finest creative productions. Is there a point that every author arrives at where they look to cliché, overused endings as their own? I was bitterly disappointed with her ending. I felt cheated and Brown honestly insulted my intelligence. As part of the reading audience, shouldn't we be given the chance to solve the mystery with hints that the writer drops throughout the book? As far as I can recall, Brown didn't give the reader any such chance to figure out the ending. What kept "Tough Customer" from bombing completely was the story behind Dodge and Caroline. It gave the book its only pulse. There was more action going on in the flashbacks then there were during the entire novel. Throughout the story I became more and more exasperated with Berry, who kept back a plethora of details from the police and made her less credible throughout the novel. I'm very disappointed in this book, as I am an avid Brown fan. This was not one of her best - but personally, it's a slight step up from "Smash Cut", which was absolutely terrible.
SimonsGrandma More than 1 year ago
I am a enthusiastic reader of Sandra Brown and really enjoyed Smash Cut. So, I was looking forward to reading Tough Customer. I was so disappointed with the book that I took it back to my local Barnes & Noble. The writing was extremely choppy. For example, Brown has the younger female character (Dodge's daughter) suddenly confess to several "mistakes" that were critical to subsequent events without even inviting the reader into the thought process. She tells her mother that she has figured out that Dodge is her real father even though we again have not been invited into her thinking. There is no real character development and I was not invested emotionally into who they are - I didn't like them. Brown's editor did her a disservice by not doing the job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy Sandra Brown's book but this one made me crazy. One of the main characters of the book is a rough-around-the edges kind of guy named Dodge. He smokes.....okay we get that. Ms. Brown mentions this at least 100 times throughout the book. Every other page she has Dodge going outside for a cigarette or fishing in his pocket wishing he could smoke. Because she mentioned cigarettes, smoking cigarettes or the fact that Dodge was about to have a fit because he couldn't smoke so often throughout the book it makes me wonder how much the tobacco companies paid her for "product placement".
harstan More than 1 year ago
Dodge Henley is an investigator for a defense attorney. He and real estate manager Caroline King had a child together, but Dodge betrayed her so she turned her back on him. The last time he saw his daughter was when she was born thirty years ago. Dodge never expected to see either of them again. One night Caroline calls him to come home because Berry desperately needs him as she is being stalked by Oren Starks. The psychopath entered her house while she was in the shower and aimed a gun at her. Her co-worker ran inside when he heard her scream; but Oren shoots him and yells at Berry he will return to kill her. While in hiding Oren kills an elderly man and a young woman so the pressure is on the sheriff to apprehend him before someone else dies at the hands of this lunatic. Dodge knows he still loves Caroline and adores his daughter. He teams up with Merritt County Sheriff's Deputy Ski Nylander to go after the maniac as each vows to never quit until they either die, or Oren is stopped and captured alive or dead. The lead in Smash Cuts, Dodge returns, but remains a loner who is unable to allow any woman get close to her since he never moved passed his love for Caroline who in spite of the decades still rocks his world while the scars of their break-up haunts him today. Even with that emotional hang-up, this is a fantastic non stop action thriller with an underlying second chance romance as Sandra Brown will rock the reader's world. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holds my undivided attention every time, all are "must read"'s
B-Ann More than 1 year ago
I have loved everything I read by Sandra Brown and this was no exception. It was a great read!!
bgwyn34 More than 1 year ago
Sandra Brown is a new author for me and will definately become another one of my favorites. I loved this book and the Character of Dodge Hanley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have probably read everything Sandra Brown has written, starting with her romance paperbacks, and enjoyed them for what they were at that time. I am still wishing she would leave out all of the graphic sex details because she has grown beyond that as a writer - or I thought she had in the past years with her wonderful hardback thrillers. This was a good book when I started it, but I actually had to wonder if she wrote it because there were parts that didn't flow. Then there was all the references to cigarette cravings. Parts in it that seemed to just be misplaced. I still could have recommended it until I reached the end of the book, and then I wanted to throw it down and stomp it. The story stopped. It didn't end. I kept wondering if there were pages missing. I even looked to see if there was a note that said something about "look for Part 2 coming out in October"! When I invest my money on a hardback book, and my time reading it, I certainly expect it to have an ending. The characters may continue in another book, but this story should have ended in this book. Am totally surprised that Ms. Brown's editor didn't do a better job for her with this book. Don't know if I'll spend my money on another Brown book.
mlb58 More than 1 year ago
Sandra Brown never dissapoints
MirandaAnnRose More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Sandra Brown's romances early on and when she switche to mystery I kept reading with mixed reactions. Tough Customer follows "Smash Cut" with some of the same characters, however, it's not nearly as entertaining. Ms. Brown resorts some some trite overdone plot developments especially at the end. I was disgusted that I had wasted so much time when the end was so disappointing. Don't bother.
LadySilhouette More than 1 year ago
This was an okay book, considering what I usually see from Sandra Brown. I read all types of books and I have been a fan of SB for a while, the writing style was classic SB, but it was still missing the little extra something Sandr Brown has become famous for.
Sweetbabyj58 More than 1 year ago
One of the worst Sandra Brown books I've read. Really enjoyed Smash Cut but barely remembered the characters from it since it was so long ago. The characters were weak and didn't enjoy any of this book.
Books007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dodge goes to Houston to help his old flame Caroline and his daughter, Berry. Berry was the sole witness of a murder by, whom they assume, a man who has been stalking her. Romance develops with Berry and a law enforcement officer, Ski as well as with her parents as the murder invest. unfolds.Many different story lines unfold in this book. Find myself hard to relate to Caroline's attraction to Dodge but overall, decent book.
rdh123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
P.I. Dodge Hanley receives a call one night from Caroline asking him to come to Small Town, Texas, (where she and her daughter Berry live) because Berry needs his assistance. Berry is the daughter that Caroline and Dodge had together, although Dodge hasn't seen Berry since the day she was born.Dodge now lives in Atlanta, where he is an investigator for a law firm, and has been married (and divorced) twice. He's a bit of the stereotypical P.I. - he doesn't care much for rules and it really bother him if he breaks a few hearts. Good stuff, right? But of course, there's one woman who has never really left his mind.Berry needs his help because she's the victim of a stalker who has managed to strike uncomfortably close to home. Of course Dodge drops everything to go to Texas. In an odd turn of events, he manages to strike an alliance with local law enforcement, particularly Deputy Ski Nyland.As usual, Sandra Brown manages to deftly balance romance, suspense, and intrigue. She weaves together the story of the present day and the past showing how Caroline and Dodge met and how it all went wrong (and who, if anyone, is to blame). I was tempted to give this four stars, but I just couldn't. On one hand, I really was kept guessing as to what was going on (there was a wicked twist at the end!), but the ridiculousness of the names prevent me from giving this four stars. When I'm reading a sentence about Dodge and Ski talking about how they're going to protect Berry, it's just difficult to take a book seriously. And it's unfortunate, because the book was actually good. ( )
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although this was a book that I read through quickly and one that held my interest, I don't think it was one of Sandra Brown's best books.Intertwined in this story is a love affair of the past making its way to the present, a daughter meeting a father she never knew, and a psycho ex co-worker of the daughter's who threatens them all.Sorry, just not too excited about this one.
minjung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
P.I. Dodge Hanley receives a call one night from Caroline asking him to come to Small Town, Texas, (where she and her daughter Berry live) because Berry needs his assistance. Berry is the daughter that Caroline and Dodge had together, although Dodge hasn't seen Berry since the day she was born.Dodge now lives in Atlanta, where he is an investigator for a law firm, and has been married (and divorced) twice. He's a bit of the stereotypical P.I. - he doesn't care much for rules and it really bother him if he breaks a few hearts. Good stuff, right? But of course, there's one woman who has never really left his mind.Berry needs his help because she's the victim of a stalker who has managed to strike uncomfortably close to home. Of course Dodge drops everything to go to Texas. In an odd turn of events, he manages to strike an alliance with local law enforcement, particularly Deputy Ski Nyland.As usual, Sandra Brown manages to deftly balance romance, suspense, and intrigue. She weaves together the story of the present day and the past showing how Caroline and Dodge met and how it all went wrong (and who, if anyone, is to blame). I was tempted to give this four stars, but I just couldn't. On one hand, I really was kept guessing as to what was going on (there was a wicked twist at the end!), but the ridiculousness of the names prevent me from giving this four stars. When I'm reading a sentence about Dodge and Ski talking about how they're going to protect Berry, it's just difficult to take a book seriously. And it's unfortunate, because the book was actually good.
silversurfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This author always fashions a good book, with strong characters and plot twists that keep you guessing. Liked everything about it, except the Title...which I don't get.
bitsy08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
REALLY enjoyed this one. I'm finding that every time I read a Sandra Brown, I really enjoy them. Recommend it highly.
PatrickJIV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ingredients of crime, romance, and a lot of guess work makes this book a 5 star read! I was fooled until the last 15/20 pages before getting the reason for all the confusion. Think Ms Brown has a hit on her hands!
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dodge Henry is a former cop who now works as a private investigator for his friend, attorney, Derek Mitchell.Dodge has been divorced from Caroline King for thirty years but still has strong feelings for her. He's taken by surprise when he gets a call from Caroline, asking for his help. Before he can answer, she tells him that it's about his daughter, Berry, who was almost killed by a mad stalker.When Dodge arrives in Houston, Caroline introduces him to Berry as an old friend who is a private investigator. Then, they tell him what prompted the call for help.Orin Starks, a former co-worker of Berry's, entered her home and confronted her while she was in the shower. He informed her that he was going to kill her. Her screams brought Ben Lofland to her assistance. Ben had been in another part of the house. When Ben arrives, Starks is surprised. He shoots Ben, wounding him and then flees the house.Dodge is a no nonesense, chain smoking tough guy in the Clint Eastwood-Dirty Harry image. He begins working with a local deputy sheriff, Sky Nyland, an Afghanistan War vet.As the men search, Starks goes on a rampage. He kills a number of people and one of whom is another of Berry's co-workers who also had a problem with Starks.I wanted to like this novel more but felt that the characters were stereotypical. Other than Ski Nyland, I found no interesting characters and by the time the novel ended I found that I couldn't care less what happened.Sandra Brown is a legend in mystery writing but this novel disappointed.
PennyTinapple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alway a fun quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Though at times I wanted to inflict harm on Dodge I came to understand some of the reasons why he made the choices he made. The writer does a marvelous job grabbing and keeping your attention.