Synopses & Reviews
When she hears that her younger brother Danny has committed suicide, Sayre Lynch relents from her vow never to return to Destiny, the small Louisiana town in which she grew up. She plans to leave immediately after the funeral, but instead soon finds herself drawn into the web cast by Huff Hoyle, her controlling and tyrannical father, the man who owns the town's sole industry, an iron foundry, and in effect runs the lives of everyone who lives there.
As she feared, Sayre learns that nothing has changed. Her father and older brother, Chris, are as devious as ever, and now they have a new partner-in-crime, a canny and disarming lawyer named Beck Merchant, who appears to be their equal in corruption.
Soon, Sayre is thrown in closer contact with Beck and becomes convinced that something more sinister is at play than her father's usual need to dominate people and events. As she sets out to learn just what did happen to Danny, she comes to realize that there are many secrets in Destiny -- secrets that hide decades of pain and anger, and that threaten at any moment to erupt and destroy not only her father and brother, but perhaps Sayre herself.
Underneath the rigid control that the Hoyles exert over the town, trouble is brewing. Old hatreds foster plans for revenge, past crimes resurface, and a maverick deputy sheriff determines that Danny Hoyle's death was not suicide, but murder.
As tensions mount, threatening to ignite a powder keg of long-held hostility, Sayre finds herself inextricably drawn into a struggle with striking laborers, her unscrupulous father, and her own emotions over the love/hate relationship that is growing with Beck, a man apparently with his own agenda, and mysteries of his own.
As she has shown in the dozens of bestselling novels in which she has combined hard-edged suspense with intense emotion, Sandra Brown is a master storyteller, and in her new novel she is at her very best.
"A masterful storyteller."
-- USA Today
"[Sandra Brown] carefully crafts tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats."andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;Iandgt;USA Todayandlt;/Iandgt;
"Ingenious storytelling...top-notch."andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;Iandgt;The Roanoke Timesandlt;/Iandgt;
"A masterful storyteller."andlt;BRandgt; -- andlt;Iandgt;USA Todayandlt;/Iandgt;
The suicide of Sayre Lynch's younger brother compels her to return to Destiny, the one-industry Louisiana town that her father, Huff Hoyle, controls with an iron fist. Sayre had escaped his manipulations ten years ago; now she must go back to bury her brother Danny--even though it will mean confronting her father. Sayre soon realizes that her brother might have been murdered, but complicating her attempts to learn exactly how he died is Beck Merchant, her father's shrewd yet charming attorney. As tension mounts between labor and management in Huff Hoyle's foundry another hotbed of lies and secrecy smolders and then ignites within his own family.
Set in sultry Louisiana, this latest novel by the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author combines hard-edged suspense with emotionally charged relationships and startling plot twists.
#1 bestselling author Sandra Brown ignites crackling suspense and fiery emotion in an unforgettable novel of passion and vengeance.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When her younger brother, Danny, commits suicide, Sayre Lynch breaks her vow never to return to her Louisiana hometown, and gets drawn back into her tyrannical father's web. He and her older brotherand#8212;who control the town's sole industry, an iron foundryand#8212;are as corrupt as ever. Worse, they have hired a shrewd and disarming new lawyer, Beck Merchantand#8230;a man with his own agenda. When the police determine that Danny's suicide was actually a homicide, Sayre must battle her familyand#8212;and her passionate feelings for Beckand#8212;as she confronts a powder keg of old hatreds, past crimes, and a surprising plan of revenge.
#1 bestselling author Sandra Brown ignites crackling suspense and fiery emotion in an unforgettable novel of passion and vengeance.
When her younger brother, Danny, commits suicide, Sayre Lynch breaks her vow never to return to her Louisiana hometown, and gets drawn back into her tyrannical father's web. He and her older brother -- who control the town's sole industry, an iron foundry -- are as corrupt as ever. Worse, they have hired a shrewd and disarming new lawyer, Beck Merchant...a man with his own agenda. When the police determine that Danny's suicide was actually a homicide, Sayre must battle her family -- and her passionate feelings for Beck -- as she confronts a powder keg of old hatreds, past crimes, and a surprising plan of revenge.
About the Author
Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-seven andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestsellers, including andlt;Iandgt;Smoke Screenandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;Iandgt; andlt;/Iandgt;Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, most of which remain in print. As of 1990, when andlt;Iandgt;Mirror Imageandlt;/Iandgt; made the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller list, each subsequent novel, including reprints of earlier books, have become andlt;Iandgt;Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestsellers. Sandra and her husband, Michael Brown, live in Arlington, Texas.