Contribution

(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

After Sandra Brown’s suspense thriller Mirror Image (1991) made The New York Times best-seller list, she became one of America’s most prolific and popular authors, with a large and dedicated fan base. She has published more than sixty-five novels, many of them New York Times best sellers. Her works have been translated into more than thirty languages, and millions of copies of her novels have been sold in audio formats. Brown began her writing career as a romance novelist, but in the early 1990’s, her novels became increasingly more complex and suspense filled as she steadily moved into the mystery, crime, and thriller genres. It was her ability to combine two popular genres—romance and suspense—that not only placed her novels in the popular subgenre known as romantic suspense but also positioned her as one of America’s top mystery writers. Brown is highly regarded by fans for her engaging, suspenseful plots, which feature false leads, sinister motives, positioned and highly detailed characters, and unpredictable endings. The Crush (2002) became Brown’s fiftieth New York Times best seller. Her 1992 novel French Silk was made into an American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television film starring Susan Lucci in 1994.

Brown’s awards include the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success, the B’nai B’rith’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, the A. C. Greene Award, and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.