Book Review: Tough Customer by Sandra Brown

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 separation continues to haunt his dreams—asks for help when a deranged stalker attempts to murder their daughter . . . the daughter Dodge has never met. He has a whole bag full of grudging excuses for wishing to ignore Caroline’s call, and one compelling reason to drop everything and fly down to Texas: guilt. Dodge’s mind may be a haze of disturbing memories and bad decisions, but he arrives in Houston knowing with perfect clarity that his daughter, Berry, is in danger. 
She has become the object of desire of a co-worker, a madman and genius with a penchant for puzzles and games who has spent the past year making Berry’s life hell, and who now has vowed to kill her. Dodge joins forces with local deputy sheriff Ski Nyland, but the alarming situation goes from bad to worse when the stalker begins to claim other victims and leaves an ominous trail of clues as he lethally works his way toward Berry. Sensing the killer drawing nearer, Dodge, who’s survived vicious criminals and his own self-destructive impulses, realizes that this time he’s in for the fight of his life. From acclaimed best-selling author Sandra Brown, Tough Customer is a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.

I've always said that if you've read one thriller, you've read them all.  However, I cut my adult fiction teeth on Sandra Brown, so I was excited to read her latest.  It took me days to get to page 133, and I don't know if it was me or this book, or a combination of the two, but I just couldn't read any more of it.  

It could be that I've been sick and in a major reading slump, the likes of which has my family very scared---since nothing usually keeps me from reading.  Or it could be that I've had my fill of thrillers.  Or it could be that I just didn't like any of the characters in Tough Customer.  At any rate, I gave up on this one---for now.  I may request it from the library later and try to finish it.  I think the problem is more me than it is Sandra Brown.  She is an excellent writer, and I've always enjoyed her smart, sexy thrillers. 


Did Not Finish


  1. I have also recently read a book by Sandra Brown that I didn't enjoy, but I will read more of her :)

  2. I know that feeling well.

    Great review :)


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