Lee, Rachel


Lee, Rachel - Florida Authors
Before I Sleep (1999)
From Publishers Weekly
In Lee's contemporary romantic suspense novel set in Tampa Bay, Fla., former prosecutor Carissa Stover is now radio talk-show host Carey Justice, a syndicated success with left-of-center leanings. Learning that John Otis, a man she once prosecuted for murder, is set to die in three weeks, and unsure about his guilt, she begins a crusade to prove his innocence and save his life. For help, she turns to her ex-lover Detective Seamus Rourke. Will they be able to save Otis? Is the maniac who's now stalking those involved in Otis's conviction the real killer? Will Carey and Seamus get beyond their problems and build a new life together? Readers will likely have closed the book before these questions are answered. The romance becomes mired in excessive introspection about the ex-lovers' painful pasts, and pacing problems mar the suspense angleAthe few days left to save Otis seem an eternity. The novel's only saving grace is Otis himself, a man able to make beautiful poetry out of a lifetime of sorrow. Lee is the author of the Conard County series and also writes and publishes as Sue Civil-Brown. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Lee, Rachel - Florida Authors
After I Dream (2000)
From Publishers Weekly
Psychologist Callie Carlson's family made its Key West livelihood from the ocean for generations. When her fisherman father is lost at sea, and her brother, Jeff, is arrested for murder after a salvaging job goes wrong, Callie becomes embittered and angry--and trying to get over the breakup with her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. But then she meets her new next-door neighbor, Chase Mattingly, a handsome ex-Navy SEAL recuperating from a serious diving accident. Chase is sorting out his own demons from the deep, and the further he gets involved with Callie, the stranger his life becomes. Is he truly hallucinating from narcosis-induced paranoia, or is someone out to get him? As Chase is drawn into Callie's life, it becomes evident that solving Jeff's problem may also give him some answers. Lee (Before I Sleep) skillfully constructs a suspenseful story--with romance in all the right places--and never loses control of her clean, tight plot. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Lee, Rachel - Florida Authors
When I Wake (2000)
From Publishers Weekly
Life is good for archeologist Veronica Coleridge, until a car accident damages her hearing, kills her unborn child and destroys her marriage. She sinks into a profound depression, broken only by her need to continue her late mother's quest to find a rare tribal mask lost in the wreck of a Spanish ship centuries before. Veronica goes to Key West and hires a boat and diving help from Dugan Gallagher, a dropout from the business fast lane who is now content to run a modest dive company and enjoy la dolce vita. Reluctant to give up three months to what looks like a fruitless quest, Dugan nevertheless agrees to the plan, spurred by a protectiveness he doesn't quite understand. After several months of mingled boredom and sexual tension, the two discover the treasure they're seekingAonly to find out that another, more sinister collector wants it, and is prepared to stop at nothing to get it. Though crucial detailsAthe cause of Veronica's hearing loss, the tribe from which the mask comesAare too thinly explained, Lee (Before I Sleep) pleasantly evokes both the joys and the perils of life in and off of the Keys. The book is energized by the evocation of the frustrations of the heroine's hearing lossAmaterial with an unusual edge for an otherwise traditional, even tame, novel of romantic suspense. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Lee, Rachel - Florida Authors
With Malice (2003)
From Publishers Weekly
Veteran romance author Lee (aka Sue Civil-Brown) dishes up a messy platter of sex, lies and politics in her latest tale (after July Thunder), involving a double murder at the Tampa, Fla., home of Senator Grant Lawrence, a single dad and presidential hopeful. One victim is an exotic dancer who was romantically involved with Grant a few months earlier; the other is the senator's devoted 75-year-old nanny. Before the crime can be reported to the authorities, Grant's well-meaning aide removes the dancer's body, hoping to protect the senator from scandal. To homicide detective Karen Sweeney, the murder appears to be an interrupted burglary of the senator's files, which contain information on a controversial bill. Lots of folks would like to see the bill fail since it would have a negative financial impact on sugar cane growers in the Everglades, and it's up to Karen to find out who has the most to lose. Karen and Grant cruise the Washington, D.C., social scene, their attraction growing with every clue uncovered, but the situation escalates when Grant's two young daughters are kidnapped. The investigation takes a while to build up steam, and most of the secondary characters are merely fillers. Nevertheless, the protagonists are nicely delineated, and Lee succeeds in turning a dry topic-the creation of Senate bills-into a compelling source of conflict.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.



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