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Romance Suspense | Mystery Police Procedural
Born into a fine old Charleston family, Hammond Cross is
determined to be the city's next district attorney-without
sacrificing his integrity. Prosecuting the sensational
murder of real estate magnate Lute Pettijohn could be his
ticket into the office. Yet while Hammond anticipates his
success, someone near him is plotting his downfall.Ö
Steffi Mundell, colleague, ex-lover, and rival for the
DA's office, Rory Smilow, the homicide detective without
equal and Hammond's avowed enemy, the wily and beautiful
Davee Pettijohn, Lute's widow and Hammond's lifelong
friend who's too honest to mourn the husband she despised,
and Hammond's prime suspect, the mysterious woman who
shares the secret that would be fatal to Hammond's
ambitions. For the first time in his career, he's bending
the rules in favor of the suspect. All clues point to her
guilt. Yet she holds in reserve the perfect alibi-Hammond
Cross. Is she a master manipulator who set him up? Or an
innocent victim? As her past is revealed with startling
repercussions, links between Hammond's own father and the
dead man also surface, forcing him to weigh family loyalty
against his desire for full disclosure, no matter how
shattering the truth might be. His reputation as a tough
prosecutor is placed on the line, and he's torn between
protecting the woman he's come to love against false
prosecution, and a killer bent on eliminating all possible
witnesses. Written in a narrative that grabs and doesn't
let go, The Alibi is a top-notch crime novelóand more.
With sensitivity and insight into the human condition,
Sandra Brown also creates a forceful psychological
portrait of a man in moral turmoil, who must make
difficult choices between his personal passions and the
demands of his conscience.
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