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2013
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  Library Journal Review

Brown (Low Pressure) offers up a real treat for listeners with this dark look at how people can never truly escape their past. War-weary journalist Dawson Scott has returned from Afghanistan damaged in spirit. As a favor to his godfather, he goes to Savannah to cover the sensational trial of a murdered former marine, Jeremy Wesson, who happens to be the secret biological son of one of the FBI's most wanted criminals. Dawson finds himself drawn to the victim's ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons, but when her nanny is killed, Dawson becomes a suspect. The story is well written, fast paced, and full of plot twists. Stephen Lang's narration is masterly both in accents and cadence and is an immense asset to the listening experience. Verdict Highly Recommended.-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Domestic terrorism provides the backdrop for this uneven romantic thriller from bestseller Brown (Low Pressure). Dawson Scott, a veteran journalist traumatized by his work in Afghanistan, rejects the fluff piece his editor urges him to write, and instead travels to Georgia to cover the trial of Willard Strong, accused of murdering his wife and her lover, Jeremy Wessum, and feeding them to his fighting dogs. Dawson can't resist reporting on the case after his godfather, a former FBI agent, tips him off that Wessum might be the son of a pair of famous terrorists. The journalist comes prepared for some courtroom drama, but what he's unprepared for is falling in love with Wessum's former wife, Amelia. The death of the nanny of Amelia's two young sons suggests that a murderer may still be on the loose. Dawson and Amelia's contrived, torrid love affair undermines an otherwise straightforward whodunit. Readers should be prepared for some cringe-worthy dialogue before reaching the propulsive final scenes. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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