My rating: 5 of 5 stars
OK, it is Sandra Brown, so what do you expect? Romance, YES; Suspense, of course, that is what she excels at but BLIND TIGER offers more, it goes back into the history of Texas during the Prohibition Act of 1920. Ever since I had read the heart-warming RAINWATER, I had been waiting for Sandra Brown to return to historical fiction and BLIND TIGER is a marvelous work of beauty.
This book made me laugh,
Made me sigh,
Made me dream,
Made me angry,
Made me sad, and
Made my heart go wild with that ‘All hell breaks loose” scene in the end!
They don’t make men like Thatcher anymore, his integrity and honor so much on the surface that people meeting him have no choice but to trust him at his word. OK, Sandra Brown does not need any validation from me, but it is such an amazing feat to have your main character utter the bare minimum words and yet convey that streak of righteous honesty inside him. His first scene with Laurel was pure gold, the silent communication that evokes feelings without too many words and in a setting that conveys the bleakness of the surroundings, it was simply the most outstanding piece of writing by the author.
But it is not just Laurel and Thatcher that captures the hearts of the reader in this story of bootlegging and moonshining, it is Irv, with his irascible temperament, it is Ernie, the chemist who loves the rugged terrain, it is Corrine whose grit is enough to slay a hundred monsters, it is Bill whose heart grieves for his lost son and bleeds for his alcoholic wife, it is Mike and Davy, the rambunctious twins whose joie de vivre is enough to light up the world, it is even Mr. Hobson whose minor presence in the story is plentiful to show the heart of gold he possesses, it is these whole hosts of characters that make BLIND TIGER one of my favorite read of this year.
Suspense, intrigue, murder, greed, desire, romance, danger, gunfights interwoven thru a time of rich history, there’s a bit of everything in this novel and Sandra Brown has just outclassed herself.
If you are a fan of Sandra Brown, believe me, she’s switched genre brilliantly after the latest bestseller Thick as Thieves (My review here) but if you are a first-time reader, pick out any of her works, The Envy, The Switch, Rainwater, Tailspin, Outfox, just naming a few here but each book of hers is a joyride to oblivion.
Exhilarating 5 stars⛈️⛈️⛈️⛈️⛈️
The year 1920 comes in with a roar in this rousing and suspenseful novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown. Prohibition is the new law of the land, but murder, mayhem, lust, and greed are already institutions in the Moonshine Capitol of Texas.
Thatcher Hutton, a war-weary soldier on the way back to his cowboy life, jumps from a moving freight train to avoid trouble . . . and lands in more than he bargained for. On the day he arrives in Foley, Texas, a local woman goes missing. Thatcher, the only stranger in town, is suspected of her abduction, and worse. Standing between him and exoneration are a corrupt mayor, a crooked sheriff, a notorious cathouse madam, a sly bootlegger, feuding moonshiners . . . and a young widow whose soft features conceal an iron will.
What was supposed to be a fresh start for Laurel Plummer turns to tragedy. Left destitute but determined to dictate her own future, Laurel plunges into the lucrative regional industry, much to the dislike of the good ol’ boys, who have ruled supreme. Her success quickly makes her a target for cutthroat competitors, whose only code of law is reprisal. As violence erupts, Laurel and—now deputy—Thatcher find themselves on opposite sides of a moonshine war, where blood flows as freely as whiskey.
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