Maris Matherly-Reed is one of New York's most respected editors working for her father's firm Matherly Press. Matherly Press is very much a family concern: her father owns the company, her husband is President and publisher. Maris herself is an Executive Vice-President but she still enjoys the thrill of finding and nurturing new talent. Envy, the ...
Maris Matherly-Reed is one of New York's most respected editors working for her father's firm Matherly Press. Matherly Press is very much a family concern: her father owns the company, her husband is President and publisher. Maris herself is an Executive Vice-President but she still enjoys the thrill of finding and nurturing new talent. Envy, the story of a destructive jealous rivalry and revenge between two friends that leads to murder, is one of the most exciting finds that Maris has come across in recent years. Intrigued enough by the opening chapter to offer a contract she finds herself longing to meet the mysterious PME. Parker Evans is not what she expected at all. Confined to a wheelchair and obsessively protective of his privacy, he is, however, happy to work with his new editor to finish his book. But as Maris confronts the knowledge that her seemingly perfect husband is having an affair, she finds herself falling under Parker's brooding spell. But like most first novels, there is more than a little of Parker's own story in Envy. And his plans extend far beyond literary success...
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Like a lot of Sandra Brown?s books, this one also has some twists and turns. The writing was almost like a story within a story which I found very interesting, because it is not easy to do, but she does it very well. I highly recommend this book.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-16 Style and form are usually the least of prolific bestselling romance/thriller writer Brown's concerns, but in her latest effort she takes on an unusual challenge, setting out to craft a novel within a novel within a novel. The onion begins to peel when editor Maris Matherly-Reed plucks a prologue from the slush pile and finds herself hooked by the steamy prose. The author has furthermore titillated her by breaking the rules: no SASE, no cover letter. Maris knows only that his initials are P.M.E. and he lives on St. Anne Island in Georgia. (How does she know P.M.E. is a man? She... knows.) Gutsy, idealistic, deliciously sexy, Maris is married to philandering sociopath Noah Reed, who runs Matherly Press with Maris and her father, Daniel, last of the silver-maned gentleman publishers. As for P(arker) M(ackensie) E(vans), he's a bitter, wheelchair-bound, first-time novelist or is he? Is he using Maris to avenge himself against Noah, or does he love her madly or can the answer be all of the above? Cutting back and forth between the ubernovel and Parker's autobiographical novel about a purloined novel, Brown stages one dramatic scene after another. The narrative voices don't change much (although the typefaces do), but Brown's loyal legions frankly won't give a damn. (Aug. 28) Forecast: Brown could probably write a novel in blank verse and still hit the bestseller lists, so her experimentation here (mild, in any case) won't throw readers. The book is a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection and a BOMC alternate, and major TV, radio and print media ad campaigns (plus New York transit ads) will blanket the country. Expect the expected: a blockbuster. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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