Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sandra Brown is great at creating a suspense thriller, and this book is no exception. Burke Basile is a cop that was already on the edge. When the man responsible for the death of his partner, Kev Stuart, beats a murder rap. All the things that he has set up in his life, start falling apart around him. This all happens before he even makes it home to find his wife in the shower with another man. I believe this is the tuning point for this character, he basically just jumped over the edge and didn't look back.
Pinkie is the slimy lawyer who got scumbag Wayne Bardo off when charged with Kev Stuart’s murder. Because the lawyer has his slimy little hand in just about every criminal element you can think of he is Almost as untouchable. Burke Basile starts to form a plan that involves kidnapping Pinkie's wife. As plans go this probably wasn't the best idea he ever had. Burke feels like he has nothing to live for. He vows to avenge his partners death, no matter if he dies or goes to prison in the process. This story started out a little slow but it picks up it's pace fast and next think you know your at the end. I started this book and finished it in almost one sitting. Sandra Brown has also created wonderful protagonists, people with deep flaws and personal demons who find redemption in each other. Their love affair comprises only a small portion of this story, but it is no less important for its minimal presence. Remy and Burke had lost hope of having joy in their lives, had even resigned themselves to death, but when they found each other, and this gives them both a very strong reason to live. I
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