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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jesse Kellerman Narrator: Annie Henk Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780786564095
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This blazingly original novel from the most exciting new voice in crime fiction today is a brilliantly crafted modern noir filled with secrets, heartbreak, and mordant humor.

Gloria Mendez is single and thirty-six and secretly somewhat hopelessly in love with her oblivious boss. He is both single and solitary and far too old for her, but she has worked for him, side by side, for ten oddly companionable years. But when he disappears on his annual trip to Mexico, the one aspect of his life to which she’s never been privy, Gloria’s sudden and impulsive search for him reveals the wreckage of a hidden past. Carl Perreira was not who Gloria thought he was, nor was he anything she could have imagined.

As Gloria travels this twisted road into Carl’s backstory, she realizes she might not have known him at all. Her investigation discloses as much about her own life as it does about her mysterious boss and leaves her fighting for her life. Sunstroke is everything a thriller should be: circuitous, thought provoking, and brimming with edge-of-the-seat suspense—and the start of a brilliant career.                                          

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devin | 2/11/2014

    " If you want a look into those dark parts of Mexico you would normally be best off avoiding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Su | 2/10/2014

    " This was different from a lot of mysteries I have read in that it actually kept me guessing about the ending until I had actually finished the book. I enjoyed reading it, but I couldn't quite wrap myself around the heroine and villain types in the cast of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Halloran | 1/24/2014

    " Nice beach read. Nothing to write home about but I enjoyed it. The end surprised me a little which is always nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/22/2014

    " I read this because it was the son of the Kellerman's overall a fairly good read - but it took a bad turn that was a little extreme. I thought it was kind of well written - I'd be willing to read the next book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 rachel | 1/16/2014

    " i read it quickly but in the end i was disappointed. there were several loose ends that were never tied up or explained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laren | 1/13/2014

    " This was sort of an odd book. The protagonist's boss goes missing while on vacation in Mexico and it seems no one else misses him or cares what happened. Obviously that is a mystery to solve, but this book seems to care more about the main character's journey than solving the mystery, since so many ends are left untied. It is a testament to the writer's skill that I am not as cranky about that as I normally would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Radovich | 1/10/2014

    " WOW he shows promise! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marjorie Smith | 12/29/2013

    " I kept waiting for this book to get good, but it never really did. All of the dialogue with the small town Mexican police officials was especially tiresome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 10/16/2013

    " Not a bad effort for his first novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lynn | 9/30/2013

    " an interesting story/mystery, though a bit confusing to me at the end..who was who and who did what?? why??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunni | 9/15/2013

    " This one surprised me. I didn't expect much and it turned out to have a lot of engaging twists and turns. Not the best writing and occasionally goes off on long, pointless bits of dialog but I enjoyed listening to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenna | 9/8/2013

    " Didn't really get into the book. The ending was blah. I thought he would be more like his parents writings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonna Doughty | 8/20/2013

    " As a fan of the Kellerman family writers (Jonathan & Faye are Jesse's parents), I'd hoped his novel would reflect some of the family talent. And it does, in a way...just not a talent for storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 7/18/2013

    " Book written by Jonathon Kellerman's 29-year-old son. Apparently he's going to continue in the Kellerman tradition. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 7/15/2013

    " D; didn't get past 2nd CD. Not sure if it was the story or the writing style I couldn't get into. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deena Scintilla | 3/29/2013

    " Definitely not in the same class as his parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Rocks | 3/4/2013

    " This was a really easy read and had a lot of surprising twists... plus got me ready for Mexico :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Boyd | 2/15/2013

    " This book had interesting parts, which made me want to continue reading. I wanted Gloria to find out what happened to Carl. The author took the long way around. I didn't enjoy the end, I think the author left us hanging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/15/2012

    " Not bad, decent plot, though I could see the end coming a mile away. No surprises. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 4/23/2012

    " Another Jesse Kellerman book, that I was prepared to read. Although I finished it, it was a very far fetched book. A secretary chasing after a sketchy message she received from her boss...All in all, it was a good time killer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 4/10/2012

    " Would save my money for the paperback version in a thrift store. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/21/2012

    " A real page-turner. I hope this kid writes more books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 10/27/2011

    " while this book had a surprising twist at one point, it took me awhile to get into, and I was surprised I kept reading it. [spoiler:] i think it was the part where she was staying at his house for days on end that really got to me.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 7/31/2011

    " Written by the son of two talented writers, this book was a quick read, though lacking the depth his folks have in their writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 5/16/2011

    " Great writing, great suspense, great twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerjonji | 3/15/2011

    " A good read- a bit confusing and people don't act in predictable ways, but at the end, you think- that was worth the time. As a first book, it was a very good read. The hardest part was that I didn't like any of the However, the ending was spot on- nearly perfect! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Villager | 2/17/2011

    " I was disappointed in how this book ended. I won't give any spoilers ... but, I don't think that I can recommend this book for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/9/2011

    " Great writing, great suspense, great twists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenna | 9/11/2010

    " Didn't really get into the book. The ending was blah. I thought he would be more like his parents writings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 12/15/2009

    " Not a bad effort for his first novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 7/13/2009

    " Would save my money for the paperback version in a thrift store. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerjonji | 6/15/2009

    " A good read- a bit confusing and people don't act in predictable ways, but at the end, you think- that was worth the time. As a first book, it was a very good read. The hardest part was that I didn't like any of the However, the ending was spot on- nearly perfect! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen B | 5/8/2009

    " A few too many loose ends, and a few too many tangents. But overall an enjoyable audiobook to listen to on my commute. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deena | 5/6/2009

    " Definitely not in the same class as his parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 4/17/2009

    " Very different style from his father... plots more intiguing and characters more complex "

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About the Author

Jesse Kellerman is the international bestselling author of The Executor, The Genius, Trouble, and Sunstroke. His books and plays have won several awards. He lives in La Jolla, California.

About the Narrator

Annie Henk is an active bilingual voice-over artist and actress who has worked on several educational projects such as, Voces and ¿Como se Dice?.  She has been seen in various productions such as Branches and X & Y Stories in Songs from Coconut Hill Festival. Her film career includes Quejios, which premiered at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and screened internationally at the Inside Out Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, the MIX Mexico Film Festival, and the New Festival. She is a member of the Present Tense Theater Project.