FAT TUESDAY

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FAT TUESDAY is another graphic example of the marvelous style and storytelling ability that has made author Sandra Brown a best seller. Gritty suspense and dangerous passion doesn't get much better than this.

Even before the jury handed in its verdict, New Orleans Police Lieutenant Burke Basile knew Wayne Bardo was going to get away with murder. With flamboyant defense attorney Pinkie Duvall representing him, Bardo has all the odds in his favor. Not only is Pinkie the best defense lawyer around, but he is also reputed to be the head of a large drug and criminal syndicate.

Emotionally, Burke is teetering on the edge. His marriage is over, and the guilt he feels over his partner's death gnaws away at him. Knowing there is no other way to get at Pinkie, Burke quits the force to exact his own revenge. Pinkie has one weakness-his obsession with his beautiful wife Remy. To get at Remy, Burke must engage in an elaborate charade.

For most of her life, Remy has been trapped in a nightmare. Sold as a child to Pinkie by her mother, Remy has been a well dressed puppet for years. Fear for her younger sister's safety has kept Remy from escaping. Her kidnapping forces Remy to make desperate choices-for she knows that Pinkie will now consider her spoiled goods, worthy only of elimination.

The tragic death of Police Officer Kevin Stuart has started a chain of events that will either help root out a corruption in the system, or cost Burke, Remy and others their lives.

FAT TUESDAY is another graphic example of the marvelous style and storytelling ability that has made author Sandra Brown a best seller. Gritty suspense and dangerous passion doesn't get much better than this. (June, 454 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith