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Before I Sleep

(1999)
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Lesley Dunlap - The Mystery Reader.com
The author has successfully presented the arguments opposing the death penalty. Many readers will find themselves reassessing their attitudes on this controversial subject. In fact, she's more successful developing the philosophical foundation of the story than developing the romance. Some readers may decide that the usual happy ending doesn't concern Carey's and Seamus's future but rather the abolition of capital punishment.

Publisher's 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 angle--the 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 Cahners Business Information.

Lesley Dunlap - The Mystery Reader.com
The author has successfully presented the arguments opposing the death penalty. Many readers will find themselves reassessing their attitudes on this controversial subject. In fact, she's more successful developing the philosophical foundation of the story than developing the romance. Some readers may decide that the usual happy ending doesn't concern Carey's and Seamus's future but rather the abolition of capital punishment.

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Hardback Editions

December 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Before I Sleep
Author(s): Rachel Lee
ISBN: 1-57490-302-0 / 978-1-57490-302-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas t Beeler
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Paperback Editions

January 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Before I Sleep
Author(s): Rachel Lee
ISBN: 0-446-60653-7 / 978-0-446-60653-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forever
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Kindle Editions

October 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Before I Sleep
Author(s): Rachel Lee
Publisher: Forever
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