Seeing Red: Sandra Brown
Have you ever been so angry, so annoyed, so bothered, so irritated wanting to wring the neck of someone who created so much ire in you? The psychological state of being irritated or annoyed is labeled as SEEING RED! Kerra Bailey is a television journalist that we meet in the prologue of this book. Her goal is to get an exclusive interview with Major Franklin Trapper to talk about the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel that occurred 25 years ago. But, there’s more. Many people were killed as a result of this bombing but one five-year-old child, a girl, was handed over to the Major who saved her life. As a result of his many heroic deeds that day the major became a national hero but decided to recues himself from the world not wanting to be the center of attention or wanting to talk about more than just the Pegasus but his own part in the bombing.
Enter John Trapper who is tenacious, annoying, handsome, loathsome at times and is definitely a match for Kerra Bailey who is persistent and insists that he help he get that interview with his father, the Major. But, John and his father are estranged over his obsession with the bombing and the fact that he senses and realizes that there is much more behind the causes, who gave the word to bomb the hotel and who would profit from its demise. Fired from his position at the ATF, where he worked tirelessly working cases until he found the answers and could close them, but let go because of insubordination and not for the fact that he was an outstanding investigator. Carson Rime is his lawyer and source and someone that Trapper can count on to find out things that no one else would dare to tackle. Information needed to dig into Kerra’s life, find out more about her career and when these two are together you can feel the heat. Every ATR agent studies the Pegasus bombing and it is a textbook case. Six bombs that were set off at the same time but managed to be staggered by several seconds. Kerra relieves the fact that her mother was alive at the time, but her chest was crushed and she died in the hospital but her father was lived but in a facility for the rest of his life. 197 people died that day but when Kerra finally gets the interview of her life someone wanted to make sure that she and the Major were silenced. Franklin is shot and winds up in a coma in the hospital and Kerra jumps out of a window hoping to save herself but is injured too. Two killers escape but someone knew she was hiding in the bathroom, tried to open the door but she manages to escape but is still in danger. Trapper finds himself obsessed with this attempted murder, wants to protect her and hopes to find out more about who was behind this and does it link back to the bombing, if so how and why?
Sheriff Glen Addison is heading this investigation at the start and questions Kerra about what she remembers about it but when Trapper comes to see him he notices that Glenn is drinking on the job and he’s wondering what is behind it as he speaks with his son Hank who is a minister. The Texas Rangers also join in the investigation, as does her news team headed by Gracie who insists that the interview be broadcasted and that she gives the station an exclusive. Although Trapper does not want her interview to occur thinking that what has already happened he sort of foretold, leaving his father out of the limelight where he preferred to be. But, Kerra needed to be protected, his father guarded in the hospital where Office Jenks takes center stage for making sure he is okay and safe but who can be trusted?
Trapper is relentless and senses that when Kerra is released she will need even more protection from those who set off the bomb. Each meeting between these two is hot, electric and yet at times you want to shake them both loose. Major Trapper is a strong character but until he can speak or remember what happened no one will know who the third person was in that house and how did they get in knowing that the doors were locked and no windows were broken?
When Kerra was finally going to be released from the hospital Trapper decided to take her in hand, kidnap her and bring her to what he thought would be safety. The Major who saved Kerra Bailey was now in the spotlight even more and should they notify the sheriff to be on the alert for the TV crew and the excitement that would reverberate throughout Loda? But, flashing back to the past and then the present they realize that the Major was shot with a nine millimeter gun but something bigger than a pistol shattered the door lock. She jumped out of the window of the bathroom and fell in a rock pile as they recounted the events in her room but the Sheriff would have to wait his turn to question her. But, Trapper decided to make Kerra his main concern and even though she wanted him gone and not wanting to talk about anything he was relentless and persisted. So, what happened to her expensive purse? Listening to the guy that was sent to kill Kerra and the Major his reaction to being questioned leads them to know that someone leaked the information and might be a mole but on whose side?
Thomas Wilcox is a multi-billionaire who was so powerful and definitely related to the bombing. His name keeps coming up but why? Was he behind the bombing and Berkeley Johnson was executed and worked for him but why because he was the eyewitness that Trapper needed to confirm who was behind the bombing instead he was killed in a car jacking leaving his family in financial ruin. There was also the factory fire and Trapper wanted to open the investigation into the Pegasus bombing having to justify how it could be traced back to Wilcox. Told to back off and that what he was doing was ridiculous and preposterous, Wilcox managed to skirt it all. The Pegasus would be the hub of an entertainment complex he wanted to develop. Bombing, killing people didn’t matter would allow him to replace it with something bigger and better. Wilcox claimed he did not detonate the bomb but maybe he hired someone else to do his dirty work? But, there was a serious threat as Wilcox had several of his own henchmen watching Kerra and threatening to kill her if she did not make a single call and making a deal with him for immunity for all of his crimes. Wilcox wanted revenge for those that killed his own daughter. Justice for his daughter and agreeing to the interview with Kerra was to make her killers nervous. His daughter, Tiffany calling she would be late for dinner and she was found dead in the driver’s seat of her car. Supposedly either in drugs and the heroin and toxins found in her bloodstream he swears his daughter never did drugs. Berkeley Johnson was his new recruit and he was now dead.
Wilcox wanted immunity for the Pegasus bombing and finger the men who tried to kill the Major. Until the men are arrested Kerra is in danger and if Wilcox was implicated at the time the ending and backlash would have been horrific. Thinking he’s immune to any punishment and his money would talk to get him freed even if arrested. But, Trapper’s office was ransacked and what the killers think they found on the flash drive that he left there will bring a definite smile to the reader’s face. The humor in it won’t be lost. But, when Kerra learns who has the real flash drive and the link to someone close to Trapper wills she continue to believe in him and will she realize that there is or was someone else in his life? How will this affect her feelings for him? With the Sheriff on their tail hoping to find them and an unknown caller making sure Addison stays the course, someone else comes into the picture but what is his role? Frustrated, angry one person is definitely in the wrong mix and Petey Moss one of the men involved in trying to kill the Major might be a casualty of this war. Glenn Addison claimed to be a close friend of the Major and after the bombing we learn that Wilcox obtained the property. Hank Addison defended his father and claimed that his mother would monitor his father’s health issues. But, whose fault was it that the Major got shot and why does Kerra feel responsible?
Five year old Kerra set this story in motion as someone was following her footsteps from the moment her picture became public knowledge. Someone agreed to the interview to test what she remembered and if that person was linked to the bombing would she finger him? When the Major is released from the hospital and decides to leave on his own and then learning who was going to drive him home the ending will change the complexion of the story and the final outcome will be a shock to readers. An ending that will tie up loose ends, put Kerra, Trapper and the Major in danger as one man stands to gain from their deaths and someone close to the investigation is not what he seems. An ending that will allow readers to want more of both Kerra and Trapper but who lives, who dies and who at the very end will reveal the truth behind why the Major wanted Trapper to drop the investigation. Truths, lies, betrayals, deceits, greed and power are all brought to light as families will never be the same as author Sandra Brown sets the stage for an ending that is so shocking, so well crafted and definitely unexpected. Kerra vs. Trapper: Polar opposites, constantly at each other’s throats, so infuriating and combative that when they are together most of the times both will be SEEING RED!