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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Brown Narrator: Victor Slezak Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780743572361
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Colleagues, friends, and lovers know Dodge Hanley as a private investigator who doesn’t let rules get in his way—in his private life as well as his professional one. If he breaks a heart or bends the law in order to catch a criminal, he does so without hesitation or apology. That’s why he’s the first person Caroline King—who after a thirty-year separation continues to haunt his dreams—asks for help when a deranged stalker attempts to murder their daughter … the daughter Dodge has never met. He has a whole bagful of grudging excuses for wishing to ignore Caroline’s call, and one compelling reason to drop everything and fly down to Texas: guilt.

Dodge’s mind may be a haze of disturbing memories and bad decisions, but he arrives in Houston knowing with perfect clarity that his daughter, Berry, is in danger. She has become the object of desire of a coworker, a madman and genius with a penchant for puzzles and games who has spent the past year making Berry’s life hell, and who now has vowed to kill her. Dodge joins forces with local deputy sheriff Ski Nyland, but the alarming situation goes from bad to worse when the stalker begins to claim other victims and leaves an ominous trail of clues as he lethally works his way toward Berry. Sensing the killer drawing nearer, Dodge, who’s survived vicious criminals and his own self-destructive impulses, realizes that this time he’s in for the fight of his life.

From acclaimed bestselling author Sandra Brown, Tough Customer is a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[This] romantic-suspense novel...doesn’t disappoint.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “[An] entertaining...thriller.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Victor Slezak does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. He approaches one of the key characters, tough-talking, tough-living Atlanta investigator Dodge Handley, with particular relish. Slezak successfully portrays the female characters as well, using a more gentle reading style. Given the substantial portion of romance in the story, Slezak’s ability to switch seamlessly between the pursuit of an unstable killer and the romantic plotlines helps to ensure a credible listen.”

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  • “Brown’s ear for Texas dialect and her earnest characterizations of cynical lawmen with stout hearts make for an enjoyable...read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 2/18/2014

    " Fun to read. Had a great twist ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 2/17/2014

    " I loved the story of Dodge and Caroline. I enjoyed the novel for the most part and there were some great twists and turns. I really hope this isn't the last Dodge novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Humphreydunn | 2/16/2014

    " It was ok. I found some of the main characters objectionable and was kind of hoping something bad would happen to them! Is that bad? If o had to read it again, I wouldn't, but I usually like Sandra Brown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tera | 2/16/2014

    " Great book! Loved the plot twist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/6/2014

    " wow is all I can say "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/4/2014

    " Nice fast afternoon, Sandra Brown always has some mystery, some romance, some murder,some past and some future story, I like that the book ends in one , and everything is tied closly at the end of her books, her characters are always interesting, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nan Williams | 1/24/2014

    " Dodge Hanley "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 1/20/2014

    " It was ok. I find myself not liking her characters. They just aren't relatable to me. The ending was good, and unexpected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora Edgell wolfe | 1/20/2014

    " Sandra Brown is my favorite author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 1/1/2014

    " Fun quick read with bit of a twist..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillian | 12/30/2013

    " Romance and suspense. Nicely written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara O'Neal | 12/29/2013

    " I enjoyed this book a lot better than her last two.I like the idea of exploring Dodge's past, his chance at redemption and meeting his significant women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/20/2013

    " Good quick vacation read. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. A good little mystery/romance however it's mostly predictable and the character development isn't great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cassie | 10/30/2013

    " Not up to her usual quality, in my opinion. The plot "twist" was pretty ridiculous, the plot itself was too contrived, the characters weren't well developed, and I have no idea what the title even references. Overall, a waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/10/2013

    " One of the best books I have read in awhile. It had suspense, crime, romance and left me hanging on until the end! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 5/13/2013

    " Have not read anything by Ms Brown in quite awhile and this was refreshing. I just hope she does a sequel or continuation (SOON) so we see what happens to Dodge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Hill | 12/21/2012

    " Pretty good book. I had it figured out but probably because I've read too many murder mystery books. Still, this one has you guessing until the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/17/2012

    " Hallelujah, my reading drought is over!! Although why I chose to finish this book is beyond me. I'd maybe go 2.5 stars, but that would be the best I could do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JackieK | 10/4/2012

    " What made this book most enjoyable was Dodge and the back story between Dodge and Caroline being revealed in bits and pieces. I think the twist at the end of this book as a bit of a cop out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed the story and all the twists turns in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Academicsupport | 4/8/2012

    " This is a character-driven thriller with complicated romances and family interactions. All protagonists are flawed but very likable. Just what I needed to take my mind off other events in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Dornberger | 2/4/2012

    " Wow and Wow....this book was so good didn't want it to end...I was like amazing. When I was done I was thinking to myself too bad they don't make a series on tv on future events ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Michot | 11/23/2011

    " I actually "read" this by listening to the audio version while taking a trip. I really liked it, but the language was not appropriate for audio with kids in the car! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 6/14/2011

    " A great little read! As Brown often does she has a surprise at the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 5/27/2011

    " May 2011
    This character, Dodge Hanley, is tough guy but in the end gets the mission accomplished. I enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 5/15/2011

    " She always has good story lines. Too much swearing and guessed some of the plot this time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 5/6/2011

    " How can you go wrong with a Sandra Brown book; good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selena | 4/28/2011

    " Good book to listen to in the car. It was suspenseful, but not as much as I would have liked. I easily guessed the Plot twist that came at the end - could see it coming about 3/4 of the way through the book. But enjoyable to listen to and easily enough left to the next day to continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 4/11/2011

    " mystery suspence.. three and a half stars... this is a very good read interesting characters a good story with a quircky ending.. i liked the ins and outs of this book and how it jumped from from one place to another still leaving you in the dark as to solving the mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 4/7/2011

    " Nope. She tells a pretty good story actually. But I was going for a quick light read and it went on just a little too long. I don't want to give a spoiler but I found one twist in the plot to be just silly.

    I skimmed the last half. Not great.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 4/4/2011

    " Pretty non-descript for a Brown novel. At one point, I had 3 CDs left and couldn't believe there could possibly be enough story remaining to fill them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jim | 4/1/2011

    " one of the worst books I've read in years. the main character is totally unbelievable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 3/30/2011

    " Pretty good, I'm glad I stumbled on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 3/28/2011

    " A story with twists and turns in this tale of obsession, murder and the fragile nature of relationships.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 3/15/2011

    " This was an awesome suspense novel. "

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About the Author
Author Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, many of which have ranked in the number one to five slots, with over eighty million copies of her books in print. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.