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“There’s a man in the yard.”
The four-year-old came to stand at the corner of the kitchen table and gazed yearningly at the frosting her mother was applying to the top of the cupcake. “Can I have some, Mommy?”
“May I have some. When I’m done, you can lick the bowl.”
“You made chocolate.”
“Because chocolate is your favorite, and you’re my favorite girl,” she said, giving the child a wink. “And,” she added, drawing out the word, “I’ve got sprinkles to add as soon as I’m finished with the icing.”
Emily beamed, then her face puckered with concern. “He’s sick.”
“In the yard.”
Emily’s statements finally penetrated that innate mom-screen that filtered out unimportant chatter. “There’s really a man outside?” Honor placed the iced cupcake on the platter, returned the spatula to the bowl of frosting, and absently wiped her hands on a dishtowel as she stepped around the child.
“He’s lying down because he’s sick.”
Emily trailed her mother as she made her way from kitchen to living room. Honor looked through the front window, turning her head from one side to the other, but all she saw was the lawn of St. Augustine grass sloping gradually down to the dock.
Beyond the dock’s weathered wood planks the waters of the bayou moved indolently, a dragonfly skimming the surface and causing an occasional ripple. The stray cat, who refused to take Honor seriously when she told him that this was not his home, was stalking unseen prey in her bed of brightly colored zinnias.
“Em, there’s not—”
“By the bush with the white flowers,” Emily said stubbornly. “I saw him through the window in my room.”
Honor went to the door, unlocked it, slid the bolt, stepped out onto the porch, and looked in the direction of the rose of Sharon shrub.
And there he was, lying facedown, partially on his left side, his face turned away from her, his left arm outstretched above his head. He lay motionless. Honor didn’t even detect movement of his rib cage to indicate that he was breathing.
Quickly she turned and gently pushed Emily back through the door. “Sweetie, go into Mommy’s bedroom. My phone is on the nightstand. Bring it to me, please.” Not wanting to frighten her daughter, she kept her voice as calm as possible, but hurriedly took the steps down off the porch and ran across the dewy grass toward the prone figure.
When she got closer, she saw that his clothing was filthy, torn in places, and bloodstained. There were smears of blood on the exposed skin of his outstretched arm and hand. A clot of it had matted a whorl of dark hair on the crown of his head.
Honor knelt down and touched his shoulder. When he moaned, she exhaled with relief. “Sir? Can you hear me? You’re hurt. I’ll call for help.”
This is an excerpt of LETHAL by Sandra Brown. Copyright © 2011 by Sandra Brown Management, Ltd. Reprinted by permission of Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.
Hang on tight! Sandra Brown’s Lethal is the fast and furious story of a woman determined to learn whether her late husband was a saint…or sinner.
Honor Gillette should have thought twice before rushing out to help the “sick” man her 4-year-old daughter spotted in their yard. She didn’t. And now the “desperate, armed and dangerous” suspect—wanted by the police for allegedly murdering seven people the night before—has them in his grip. Lee Coburn promises Honor that if they do as he says they won’t be hurt, leaving her no choice but to take him at his word. But Honor soon discovers Coburn may be more trustworthy than the love of her life. Coburn claims Honor’s husband possessed something more valuable than she could possibly imagine—and the possibility of it being hidden in her midst has put Honor and her daughter in grave danger. His mission, he claims, is to retrieve it before others with criminal intent get there first. And he’s going to do what has to be done, no matter the cost.
From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in Louisiana, Coburn and Honor uncover a web of corruption and depravity as they run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them….
Hardcover Book : 480 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( September 20, 2011 )
Item #: 13-418604
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.08inches
Product Weight: 16.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
At first I thought it was going to be a very slow and dull book. The book kicked up a notch in the third chapter then just spirial upward to be a very good book.
Reviewer: Rosie W
Must read. Excellent book. Can't put it down.
Reviewer: M. K
This was my first book from this author. Very good read. Lots of twists to keep the reader interested.
I HAVE READ MANY OF SANDRA BROWN'S BOOKS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST EVER. VERY FAST PACED AND SUPRISE ENDING.LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE LIKE THIS. CONGRTATS SANDRA
This book was one of Sandra Browns Best. I am a fan of her books and this one far surpassed her others. I know she is aware of this. Like some have said I wish the ending would have been a bit more romantic. But this book was not a romance book and I do like that Sandra Brown decided to do what she did witht he ending. New and thought provoking ending. EXCELLENT BOOK. Should make this one into a movie!