Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2015
THE ALIBI is my 24th Sandra Brown read. In my opinion, Alibi is Brown’s best; not only is it her best, it’s the best murder mystery thriller I have read this year. Hammond Cross, the protagonist, has been groomed all of his young legal life to become the country attorney general or solicitor general as they are called in Charleston, South Carolina. As a multi-generation descendant of a Deep South politically connected family, a man of integrity and impeccable moral fiber, Hammond Cross has the experience, attitude and drive to perform the difficult job of solicitor general. His investigation as assistant solicitor uncovers evidence of serious corruption in the business dealings of Luke Pettijohn, a well-known but shady entrepreneur and developer who turns up dead in his hotel suite with two bullet holes in his back. The investigation soon zeros in on a well-respected local psychologist, Dr Alex Ladd, who quickly becomes the number one suspect. Complications rear their ugly head when Alex’s alibi, and her life, hinge on a night of passion with solicitor Cross, the prosecutor of her case. Further complicating the investigation is the chief detective, Rory Smilow, who in his younger days was romantically involved with Davee Pattijohn, the murdered man’s wife who is still in love with Smilow. The primary and secondary characters are well developed and Brown’s dialogue is so enticing you sense you are right beside the talker. The intensity of the story grabbed me from the very first page and held me in a state of tension throughout. The story is intriguing with constant directional changes and with enough steamy sex to satisfy the most fervent romantic. I literally could not put this book down.
I give The Alibi a strong 5-star rating.
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