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Fat Tuesday: 10/22/09
I've read five Sandra Brown novels. Three of them I loved, one of them bothered me (Seduction by Design) and Fat Tuesday I could not finish.
As the title implies, the novel is set in New Orleans. It's supposedly a tale of love borne out of revenge but I didn't get far enough in the book for any of that to happen. I couldn't get past page sixty.
Officer Burke Basile is out for revenge after he mistakenly shoots his partner in the head. He sets out to destroy the life of Pinkie Duvall. He'll do this by kidnapping Duvall's wife and of course a romance will develop.
I didn't get far enough to see if the Stockholm syndrome played out as squicky as it sounds in the set up but some of the reviews I've read on Goodreads implies that it's as bad or worse than I could imagine. What made me stop were the clichés and the cardboard cut out characters. I didn't like the hero. I didn't like the heroine. Pinkie seemed ripped off from Dreamland by Clarence Budington Kelland and I didn't find Kelland's Pinkie all that believable either. A second iteration of him wasn't any sort of improvement.
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