Mystery Books

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

seeing red


Title: Seeing Red
Author: Sandra Brown
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Genre: Mystery
Where I got it: Public library

Goodreads Summary

Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she’s hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, The Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews–until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to The Major–even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.

Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra’s sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry–with unknown assailants targeting not only The Major, but also Kerra–Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing.

Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.


I was in between ARC’s and decided to do something crazy and read a mystery. I haven’t read much other than romance for LONG time, so this was a change for me.

Kerra Bailey is an up and coming journalist in Dallas. She’s trying to snag an interview with Major Franklin Trapper, a man who was hailed a hero 25 years before when he carried a young child out of the Pegasus Hotel in Dallas after it had been bombed. She has her reasons for wanting the interview, which just added to the mystery. So she goes to the one person she thinks may help her – the Major’s son, John Trapper.

Kerra doesn’t realize that Trapper (the son, as he’s called throughout the book) has had a falling out with the Major and they don’t speak.  Kerra gives Trapper something that makes him change his mind and deciding to help – and it’s juicy!

I forgot that mystery books are LONG. This book kind of dragged in few spots. But the mystery itself was good, if not a bit far fetched.

I liked both the main characters. Trapper especially. He’s was whip smart and very clever. Kerra was a woman was had a lot of integrity and wanted to do what right and ethical. The Major was an interesting character, as was his best friend, and Sheriff Glenn Addison.

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend it.

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