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 ... 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 novel--and 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.
No alibi . . . Alex Ladd sashays into Hammond Cross's life on a sultry Charleston night and he pursues her with a predator's determination in Sandra Brown's steamy new suspense novel, The Alibi (BDD Audio, $39.95, 055350231X; BDD Audio, abridged, $25.95, 0553478273).
When Lute Pettijohn is found murdered in his luxury hotel suite, Alex is the prime suspect. Hammond Cross is the only alibi she has, but if he supports her story, he puts at risk a lifetime of political ambitions. His colleague, Steffi Mundell, would be only too happy to eliminate Hammond as a competitor in the County Solicitor's office.
Too many people have motives to kill Lute Pettijohn, including his wife, Davee, and even the investigating detective, Rory Smilow, Davee's long-ago lover. Davee insists that her childhood friend, Hammond, should be the prosecutor, but Steffi tries to undermine his case. Even as he deals with competing allegiances, Hammond stays silent while Alex is being interrogated, investigated and hounded. Hammond must finally decide between ambition and honor in this riveting tale of conflicting loyalties.
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