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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown is back with a gripping story of obsession and its deadly consequences.After five long years in federal prison, Griff Burkett is a free man. But the disgraced Cowboys quarterback can never return to life as he knew it before he was caught cheating. In a place where football is practically a religion, Griff committed a cardi...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jacqueline
May 27, 2011 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspence readers
I couldn't put this book down. I really liked it mostly I think because Griff was such a flawed person. I liked that he went bad after having been given such a new start on life with his high school coach. So many novels have them all turned around and on the straight and narrow never to stray again. I get tired of shiny perfect heros all the time. The only thing that bothered me is that he didn't seriously look for a job after getting out of prison. He basically talked to one guy about a job. I...more
Fani
Oh my, this was great! It's a 500 pages book and I read it in less than 3 days because I couldn't put it down. The action was non-stop, the hero gorgeous with a traumatic past to wake up the maternal instinct in me and there were no unecessary descriptions or deviations to drag you away from the plot. I loved that the plot started right away with the couple suggesting to the hero to father their baby, and I did not have to wait for introductions to the protagonists and their history before start...more
ElaineY

After staying away from Sandra Brown the last few years, I was pleasantly surprised by Ricochet last year. So when my bookstore handed me Play Dirty, I decided to buy it, hoping that SB had returned to her previous sensual romances.

Well, I was wrong about the sensual romance. There is hardly any between the H&H so don't go buying this book expecting a good ol' Sandra Brown of old - the one who gave us the unforgettable Slow Heat in Heaven, Where There's Smoke, etc.

Having said that, Play Dirt...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Review from Speaking of Audiobooks 12/31/10:
Narrated by Victor Slezak

The operative word here is narration. In print, I doubt I would have even read the last half of Play Dirty. Featuring a former NFL star quarterback who served time in prison for throwing a game, a wealthy, slightly mad CEO confined to a wheelchair who wants said former NFL star to impregnate his wife the old fashioned way, a dirty cop determined to hurt that former NFL star in whatever way he can, and the CEO’s mostly likeable...more
Lisa
Jun 24, 2008 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my friends or anyone
I love Sandra Brown and her Mirror Image book has by far been my favorite, that is until Play Dirty was released earlier this month. Play Dirty is the story of an ex-con football player who went to prison for fixing a game and served 5 years. He was also under suspicion for a murder he may/may not have committed (don't want to spoil it for anyone). Upon his release from prison, he is contacted by the CEO of a successful airline and asked to do something that goes against all that is morally comp...more
Darcy
Jun 24, 2008 Darcy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sandra Brown mystery
I really felt for Griff in this story. How messed up can life get for a guy down on his luck. I was glad to know I wouldn't be depressed at the end. It is definitely a tangled web of intrigue.
Jane Stewart
Subject did not appeal to me. It was not entertaining. It was unpleasant and depressing. I wanted it to be over.

S. Brown is a talented writer. I don’t know what she was thinking when she chose this subject. Maybe she wanted to try something different. The only value I see is for athletes to learn from someone else’s mistakes. The hero Griff is a pro quarterback. He makes stupid choices. He does stupid things. He goes to jail. Everyone (the public) hates Griff for what he did. An evil cop is stal...more
Lady Jaye
This book came as a bonus gift in a Goodreads giveaway that I won, so much thanks to Sandra Brown and Goodreads for that.

I most definitely enjoyed the book. I picked it up this morning and didn't stop until I was done. I thought the main character was drawn especially well. Griff is a former pro-NFLer who cheated, by intentionally throwing a SuperBowl game. His team lost, he got found out, he went to jail, and earned the undying hatred of NFL fans everywhere, but especially in his home state of...more
Davina D.
PLAY DIRTY hooked me from the first page and didnt let me go until well into the wee hours. Ended up having to work from home the next day, and even then not much work got done. Not much sleep for that matter either. I was so hooked I just had to continue after only a few hours of shut eye. That said, while I really enjoyed the first 3 quarters of the book, the last quarter left quite a bit to be desired.

Yes, Sandra Brown is not always among my top authors (her novels are more miss than hit for...more
Kari
I haven't read Brown's work before and if this is a good indicator - I will surely try another (and another)! I found this terribly difficult to put down. It was a well developed story. NO it wasn't entirely believable but then I don't think all stories have to be real to be GOOD. & I particularly LIKED that she didn't solve every issue in the end. & it wasn't the perfect ending - but it may have been JUST RIGHT for this book! I like this a lot...
Sannn~~~
Two thumbs up!
Bener2 bagus banget.. Walopun setebal ini tapi ga berasa boring..
Untungnya semua berakhir dgn bahagia bagi Griff krn bener2 nasibnya jelek bgt dr sejak lahir.. Sedih bgt bayangin kehidupan ky dia..
Berkali2 hmpr tercekat baca ceritanya..
Karakter Laura juga kuat banget..
Pokonya smuanya pas deh porsinya..
Top banget.. :D
Carrie
TBR Challenge: Personal Challenge-- Play Dirty was added to my tbr list in June 2010.
SOA Listening Challenge 2012--Surprise by Quarter (3rd Quarter): Listen to a book by an author with at least 10 audiobooks on her backlist.

Grade B

Playing Dirty was a bumpy ride for me at times because it took awhile to emotionally connect to any of the characters. The story is interesting and the narration by Viktor Slezak is excellent, as usual, but all the characters have major flaws, even Laura. Griff, the ex...more
Amy
PB/Suspense Fiction: This book is total fumble and totally insults any person is was adopted or has adopted. So a billionaire asks a ex-con/ex-pro football player to impregnate his wife "the old fashion way". There are so many problems with this book that it will probably make my worst list of 2011. The billionaire is trusting a guy with a gambling problem to keep a secret. The con takes an STD test and then has unprotected sex with a so-called "clean" hooker. The billionaire & his wife beli...more
Lynda
Sep 15, 2008 Lynda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romantic suspense
Recommended to Lynda by: my sister
I really enjoyed this compelling story. Couldn't stop listening to it, actually (I "read" it on audio). My one issue--and this has cropped up in the past several Sandra Brown books, much to my chagrin--is that the author seems to liberally use phrases like "the Mexican," and "the Salvadoran," and other ethnic generalities whenever referring to Latinos from any central or south American country. It bothers me a bit, sorry. Just because a character is from Mexico or El Salvador--wherever--doesn't...more
Jane Davis
This is not Sandra Brown's best novel but there is something about it that lead me to read it after listening to it in the car, and re-read it. Maybe it is because Griff Burkett is a dis-satisfied and rather sad and insecure man, probably always was despite the fame, and never knew it. Everything on the football field and career came easy. He either embarrassed or pushed away anyone who got too close emotionally.

Out of prison, for cheating of course, dead broke, no friends, no prospects he gets...more
Keith
Griff Burkett had reached the pinnacle of his football career. As the star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys everything was easy and available; wealth, wine, women and wagering and it was the gambling addition that began his long descent into the underworld and turned him into a pariah of the sports world. After serving five years in the Texas State Penitentiary he emerged as a reformed man in a new world but unfortunately a world that wouldn’t give him the chance to prove it. When Griff meets...more
K
This is the first book I've read by this author. The story primarily focuses on Griff and begins on his day of release from prison due to his crime of racketeering during his days as an NFL quarterback. He's summoned to the home of Foster Speakman: gazionaire, airline owner, and paraplegic. Because of an accident confining him to a wheelchair a few years prior, Foster can't father any children with his wife and offers Griff the job plus half a million dollars for conceiving the natural way. Yep,...more
Angelic Zaizai

Huii akhirnya baca SB lagi - seru deh yang ini

ceritanya si Griff itu pemain rugby jagoan, tapi terlibat mafia karena kecanduan judi dan utangnya numpuk, jadi ia bersepakat untuk mengatur hasil pertandingan agar timnya kalah
pas mo dibayar, eh malah ditangkap - dan dipenjara pula sampe 5 tahun
keluar-keluar penjara, Griff dikasi 'kerjaan' oleh seorang milyarder aneh
pekerjaan Griff - gampang-gampang susah loh..
menghamili istri si milyuner kyahahaha dibayar mahal pula
karena mereka ingin punya anak d...more
Jami
I really looked forward to reading this book. It combined one of my favorite authors (Sandra Brown with my favorite sport (football).

This book had a rocky start for me. I had a hard time liking the hero, a star quarterback that throws a game to pay off gambling debts. That just didn't make him great hero material for me. There is a twist at the end that redeems him, though. I wish it would have been revealed sooner.

The heroine was somewhat hard to love in the beginning also, but again by the end...more
Tina
I've always been a huge Sandra Brown fan. I started reading her books when I was in high school and haven't stopped since! I think her writing is wonderful and she really knows how to draw in readers. Play Dirty is a suspense novel with a very little bit of romance. However, that romance isn't the main part of the story, which I liked. Sandra Brown definitely knows how to write a romance, but what I really loved is that she also knows when its not really needed to make the story work. The last h...more
Evelyn
Griff Burkett was a gifted quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys but his career ended in disgrace when he was found guilty of fixing a game. After his release from jail, Griff finds himself virtually unemployable and in need of a large sum of money for a friend. The job Griff agrees to do for Foster and Laura Speakman makes him uncomfortable, but he can't see any better options. When the husband is murdered, Griff is targeted by a corrupt policeman as the prime suspect and goes on the run for his l...more
annisa belikov casillas
dah kelar bacanya cukup 2 hari saja...ceritanya bagus,,,suka sama griff-nya gile walaupun dah difitnah berkali-2 tetep bertahan aja,,,,benci banget sama detektif rodante damn....trnyata dia dalang dari semuanya....

recomended dech buku ini...
Mahareni Maldini
Sdkit sebel sm Griff yg gak cerdas2 bgt kyak hero2 SB lainnya+suka ragu2+gak trlalu pede sm dirinya sndri.Tp gue tetep kagum sm gaya pnceritaan SB yg sllu mnyimpan kejutan d akhir2 crita.So...still 5 stars!!
Talma Stormphoenix
Jun 24, 2008 Talma Stormphoenix rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
This book catches your attention from the beginning. It didn't start off as good as it's turning out. There are plot twists and double crosses and I'm glad I was given to me to check out! A very nice surprise!
Tiffany
Sandra Brown is hit or miss for me and this one is a big miss. The characters are unlikeable and the plot is unbelieveable to the point of laughability.
MiMi
I love anything Sandra Brown writes. There's always intrigue and suspense.
And then the bow chicka bow bow that you don't admit to liking. :)
Robin
Just when you thought you knew what was going on........then all of a sudden, it changes. I really enjoyed this one.
Clare
Jun 24, 2008 Clare rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I would not read another book by this author unless it was the only thing I had in the house and was truly desperate.
Tya
Loved this book. The plot just kept twisting and turning throughout the whole book.
Liza
There was so much going on I don't know where to begin. This is my first Sandra Brown book and I LOVED it!

After 5 years in prison, Griff, an ex-football player just released from prison back into the city where is despised by all football lovers. No job prospects, no friends, no one to welcome him home but his lawyer, and being followed by a detective with a vengeance.

Foster, a wealthy business owner, and his wife and business partner, Laura, are desperate for a child but Foster can't father the...more
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