Arlington writer Sandra Brown, who’s one of the best-known romantic suspense writers, will be reading from her latest, "Friction," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Brown has had 67 New York Times best-sellers, with more than 80 million copies of her books in print.

"Friction" focuses on Crawford Hunt, a Texas Ranger who wants his daughter back after losing custody.

Crawford went into a spiral after his wife’s death four years ago, but wants to get custody of 5-year-old Georgia back from her grandparents.

Judge Holly Spencer will rule on the custody battle. And Holly is wary of Crawford’s past. But when a gunman storms into the courtroom during the custody hearing, Crawford saves Holly from a bullet.

But the gunman escapes and Crawford tries to catch the person. Complications ensue, endangering Crawford’s custody hearing.

Wristbands are required to join the BookPeople signing line and are available at BookPeople beginning 9 a.m. Aug. 20.