Tough Customer (Mitchell & Associates #2)
Colleagues, friends, and lovers know Dodge Hanley as a private investigator who doesn't let rules get in his way--in his private life as well as his professional one. If he breaks a heart, or bends the law in order to catch a criminal, he does so without hesitation or apology.That's why he's the first person Caroline King--who after a thirty-year separ...more
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My favorite part of this was Dodge and Caroline’s story, revealed slowly via...more
Narrated by Victor Slezak
Glomming Sandra Brown’s romantic suspense audio backlist in 2010, I met Dodge Hanley, the hero of Tough Customer, in Smash Cut. It never dawned on me at the time that Dodge was a potential hero meant to carry his own book. He’s a middle aged, hard-talking, chain-smoking investigator for attorney Derek Mitchell (the hero of Smash Cut).
Thirty years ago, Dodge and the love of his life, Caroline, divorce...more
The story of Berry and the man stalking her was interrupted quite often by flashbacks of her parents affair 30 years ago. At first the flashbacks were a little disruptive and then you realized that the real story was happening in the flashbacks and becau...more
Dodge Hanley 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 feelings about her. He's taken by surprise when gets a call from Caroline asking for his help. Before he can answer, she tells him that their daughter, Berry, is being stalked by a madman and was almost killed.
When Dodge arrives in Houston, Caoroline introduces him as a friend who is a private investiga...more
I won this book from a GoodReads Giveaway - my first time ever to win any book! - and I really enjoyed it. Berry Malone's coworker is stalking her and now he's escalated to violence.
Caroline King, Berry's mother, calls in Dodge Hanley, a private investigator to ask him to help. she's been estranged from dodge for thirty years. Beery is their daughter, but Dodge has never met her.
Although I didn't feel it was very suspenseful, I will say that this novel is more...more
I really liked this book, particularly how it slowly told us Caroline and Dodge's story from the past and how everything went s...more
The book opens with Caroline King (a doppelganger of the author) calling private investigator Dodge Hanley for help. Dodge reminds me of NCIS's Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon)if Gibbs was a foul-mouthed chain smoker-- he's an older, acerbic, been there-done that former law en...more
First, Dodge Hanley, a middle-aged former detective, who is suddenly called to a small Texas town by the love of his live, Caroline King, hot-shot real estate agent, to assist their daughter Ber...more
First of all, I didn't like Berry, one of the main characters. She came across as selfish, kind of mean, and overall just not a very good person. But, most of the book revolved ar...more
I kept cringing at the awkward logic forcing the action and the odd word choices in dialogue that really didn't fit the character...the "F" bomb flying in from nowhere, and frankly, there is not enough sex in this book. Seriously. Nobody does the nasty til the last 100 pages....more
My main beef was that there's too much back story. Yes, some was necessary to let the reader know why the coupl...more
I really enjoy the way Sandra Brown writes her flashbacks into the story. It was like reading two stories at once. I did notice that there are some words she chooses to use often--sometimes that can pull a reader out of the story. She used innocuous a few times--and a few others that see...more
I didn't find the characters particularly sympathetic (Berry in particulary I found hard to like) and thought that the plot progession and the various twists and turns were quite clichéd. The big twist at the end of the book is a doozie, but one I've seen time and again in books and films, so it felt quite stale.
I also d...more
Caroline King, Berry’s mother, is a successful realtor with a troubled past. Part of that trouble is Berry’s father – no...more
30 years ago, Dodge Hanley was in love with Caroline King, who had their daughter and invited him out of h...more
Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE(2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004),...more