FAT TUESDAY, by Sandra Brown

One of the megastars of the romance genre brings on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday to us non-francofones) as the do-or-die deadline for the clash between a grief-stricken, nothing-to-lose cop, a corrupt legal kingpin, and a beautiful woman held captive in a bizarre relationship. And a swamp, an evil henchman, and lashings of sex. Well, that tells you all you need to know. You can adore Sandra Brown or not, but with nearly thirty best-sellers under her belt and millions of books in print, she is almost a force of nature. Try her out, see if she's for you. It's a 3.5; you may give her a 5.