Notorious contract killer Ricky Lozada is on trial and Dr. Newton is on his trial jury. Lozada becomes obsessed with having her. Dr. Newton forms an uneasy alliance with Wick Threadgill, who is "out to get" Lozada. Wick has nothing to lose, but trying to "put" Lozada in his place.
This report prepared by Kimberly
As a surgeon, Dr. Rennie Newton is the consummate professional. When she's summoned to jury duty, she brings to the courtroom the same level of competence and composure that she displays in the operating room. It is this commitment to precision that compels her to deliver a not guilty verdict in the murder case against notorious contract killer, Ricky Lozada.
It will be a decision Rennie regrets. Because it doesn't end here-Lozada is obsessed with having Rennie.
Her carefully structured life begins to crumble when a rival colleague is brutally murdered. Lozada's menacing shadow looms over the murder, but it's Rennie the investigators focus on as the prime suspect. The privacy she has cultivated and protected at all costs is violated by the police as well as Lozada. And when her begins an earnest courtship, insinuating himself into every aspect of her life, it becomes terrifingly clear that he will get to her no matter what.
When Wick Threadgill, a detective on indefinite leave from the Fort Worth PD, enters the picture here, he has an agenda toi capture Lozada any way he can. And in the meantime, he protects Rennie.
This report prepared by Boppy
Warner, Oct 2002, 26.95, 474 pp.
When surgeon Dr. Rennie Newton is picked for jury duty she does not try to get out of it because she believes it is her civic duty to serve. She ends up being the jury foreman hearing the case of Ricky Roy Lozada, a high priced free-lance hit man on trial for murder. Even though Rennie believes Lozada is guilty, there is not enough evidence, in her opinion, to convict him and she convinces the other jury members to acquit.
During the trial Lozada looks at Rennie constantly, so much so that the Fort Worth police thinks the two of them have some kind of relationship. They set up a surveillance on her house and one of the team members is Wick Threadgill, the brother of the police officer Lozada killed. During the course of the observation, Wick gets to know Rennie (think Stakeout) and concludes she is not guilty of collaboration with the killer. Both are attracted to the other.
One of Sandra Brown's trademarks is that she can draw out the suspense in her romantic thrillers until the readers is eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next. Both protagonists are broken personally but the way they heal each other is a beautiful thing to behold. THE CRUSH is a chilling work about obsession taken to the ultimate limit.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner