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New York Times bestselling Sandra Brown proves herself the Queen of Suspense with this unputdownable page-turner.

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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty books, of which fifty were New York Times bestsellers, including the number one New York Times bestsellers THE ALIBI and UNSPEAKABLE. Her novels have been published in thirty languages. She and her husband divide their time between homes in Texas and South Carolina.


Workaholic Dallas TV reporter Tiel McCoy thought she would take a well-earned vacation, but while driving to a secluded condo in New Mexico, she hears a radio report that changes her plans. Teenager Sabra Dendy, only daughter of Fort Worth multimillionaire Russ Dendy, has been kidnapped. Soon Tiel learns that Sabra, who's pregnant, has run away with her boyfriend, Ronnie Davison. Smelling a story, Tiel heads for the remote town of Hera to interview Ronnie's father, thinking the couple might go there for help. But when she stops at a convenience store for directions, Tiel encounters Ronnie and Sabra bungling a hold-up attempt. As Sabra goes into labor, Ronnie takes everyone in the store hostage, and Tiel and a handsome cowboy who seems to know a lot about medicine deliver Sabra's daughter. Tiel learns that the desperate young couple are fleeing to Mexico to escape Sabra's dictatorial father, who has vowed to separate them and put their baby up for adoption. He has even threatened to kill the child, and Sabra and Ronnie have vowed to commit suicide if they are thwarted. Bestselling author Brown (The Alibi) sets up believable conflicts (Ronnie once killed a puppy, rather than return it to an abusive owner). If the dialogue and sex scenes occasionally seem stilted, this popular author's tale still hits hard and keeps moving briskly to its satisfying conclusion. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

'If you want romantic suspense that has teeth ... Sandra Brown is your gal.' -- Stephen King Praise for Sandra Brown: 'A masterful storyteller, carefully crafting tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats' -- USA Today 'Brown's novels define the term "page-turner"' -- Booklist 'Get your page-turning finger ready for Sandra Brown's latest' -- New Woman on CHILL FACTOR 'THE CRUSH delivers a menacing villain and page-turning suspense' -- Booklist 'If youwant romantic suspense that's got teeth ... Sandra Brown is your gal' -- Stephen King

Hardworking TV reporter Tiel McCoy is on her way to a much-needed vacation when she hears that Ronnie Davison has allegedly kidnapped Sabra Dendy, Texas millionaire Russell Dendy's teenage daughter. Tiel immediately contacts her editor and happily accepts an assignment to follow up the story, hoping it will help her get the promotion she desires. When none other than Ronnie and Sabra, who is actually his very pregnant girlfriend, hold up the convenience store where Tiel stops, she and the other customers become hostages in an unusual and emotional standoff. The two teenagers are fleeing Sabra's ruthless father, who has threatened to separate the lovers permanently and put their baby up for adoption, and they would rather die than live apart. Tiel will have the news story of her career--if she survives. At just over 200 pages, Standoff is much shorter than recent Brown novels and is also a departure for the author because most of the story takes place over several hours instead of spanning days, weeks, or months. A gripping tale featuring the characterizations, suspense, and sexual tension that Brown's readers expect, it is destined for best seller status. Highly recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/00.]--Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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