The Crush Author:Sandra Brown Dr. Rennie Newton is. A regimented, highly talented surgeon, she lives an isolated life, with few friends and few contacts beyond those she works with. There's no one in her life who could have possibly sent her the roses. Forewoman for the jury of a newsworthy murder-for-hire case, Rennie's trademark composure and self-assurance in the courtroo... more »m compels her jury mates to deliver a not guilty verdict, and, at the same time, unbeknownst to her, has caught the eye of an unwanted admirer.contract killer (excuse me, alleged contract killer) Ricky Lozada. Lozada is repulsive --- kudos to Brown for creating a slimy, dislikable villain packaged like eye candy. And for throwing in his coveted pets, adding just a bit more of a chill to the story.
Five days after the close of the trial, Rennie's colleague is brutally murdered in the hospital parking lot where they worked together. The murder is hallmark Lozada. Could he have done it? And why would he?
Enter Wick Threadgill, temporarily retired detective, and Oren Wesley, his former partner, each with a bone to pick with Lozada. Suspecting Rennie is somehow culpable in the murder, the police stake out her house and keep track of her comings and goings.
The investigation uncovers the secret past of the good Dr. Newton, surprising everyone, including her persistent suitor and Wick, who is developing a crush of his own. Insinuating himself into every aspect of her life, Lozada, now obsessed, becomes all the more unpredictable and dangerous. Rennie and Wick, wary of each other, are forced to work together to bring him in, or bring him down.
Thrillers are often driven by the reader's desire "to know" who is responsible for the thread of action throughout the plot. THE CRUSH is character driven. In THE CRUSH, we know from the beginning who the murderer is, and yet we read on because Brown has developed compelling characters. We want to see her ice maiden Dr. Newton thaw. We want to see Detective Threadgill comfortable in his own skin again. And, most of all, we want to see Lozada, snake that he is, get what's coming to him ---finally« less