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Smoke Screen Paperback – 22 Jan 2009
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Praise for Sandra Brown (:)
'It's a great, entertaining read, with lots of surprising twists and turns, credibly flawed characters and a love affair that's as steamy as a Savannah summer.' (Lisa Scottoline, Washington Post on RICOCHET)
'Brown's novels define the term page turner' (Booklist)
Millions of readers clamour for the compelling novels of Sandra Brown. And no wonder! She fires your imagination with irresistible characters, unexpected plot twists, scandalous secrets . . . so electric you feel the zing (Literary Guild)
'A masterful storyteller, carefully crafting tales that keep readers on the edge of their seats' (USA Today)
'If you want romantic suspense that has teeth . . . Sandra Brown is your gal.' (Stephen King)
'An edge-of-seat thriller that's full of twists . . . Top stuff!' (Star)
'Fast fun' (Cosmopolitan)
'Perfectly plotted' (People Magazine)
New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown's thrillers for women are described by Stephen King as 'Suspense that has teeth'.See all Product description
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Bitt Shelley and Raley Gannon make for excellent lead characters, both flawed with complex personalities. The inevitable thaw and direction of their relationship was nevertheless believably executed and they are each, in their own way, brilliant.
The remaining cast is made up of a colourful, exciting array of individuals, each with their own past, secrets and motivations. Brown has put a lot of effort into making every single character an enigma, and the richness of the supporting cast adds to the story big time.
The plot moves quickly and the dialogue is sharp. There's no "saggy middle" at all, the story just keeps racing forward, albeit to a somewhat predictable conclusion. The identity of the villain/s can be seen a mile off, but the ride is so great it's doesn't really matter if you've already worked out the destination.
(On a side note, Sandra Brown's website is possibly the best author website I have ever visited and I'd recommend you pop along!)
Now, one of them has called Britt Shelley, a hotshot newswoman, offering her the scoop of her career, and asks her to meet him. The next morning she wakes up naked in his bed to find him lying beside her - dead.
She remembers nothing of the evening before but, to her horror,the police don't believe her. As the finger of blame points to her, she realises that she is the next intended victim . . .
I always know what to expect when I read Sandra Brown. The formula is the same, a crime to be solved, a cat and mouse relationship between hero and heroine and some sex. This book like all her others is a pacy thriller with all the twists and turns for good measure.
I like to make sure that I always have this type of book on my shelf so that if I go through a bland patch of reading or just don’t know what I fancy I can always pick up one of these books. For me they are my comfort books because whatever the plot I know I am going to reasonably enjoy it.
Just another pacy thriller with the romance element to it too and will appeal to anybody who likes these type of books. Very much in the same vain as Erica Spindler/ Tami Hoag/ and Karen Rose.
When newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a rising star detective in the Charleston PD, she remembers nothing of how she got there...or of how Jay wound up dead.
Handsome and hard-partying, Jay was a hero of the disastrous fire that five years earlier had destroyed Charleston's police headquarters. The blaze left seven people dead, but the death toll would have been much higher if not for the bravery of Jay and three other city officials who risked their lives to lead others to safety.
Firefighter Raley Gannon, Jay's lifelong friend, was off-duty that day. Though he might not have been a front-line hero, he was assigned to lead the investigation into the cause of the fire. It was an investigation he never got to complete. Because on one calamitous night, Raley's world was shattered.
Scandalized, wronged by the people he trusted most, Raley was forced to surrender the woman he loved and the work to which he'd dedicated his life. For five years his resentment against the men who exploited their hero status to further their careers -- and ruin his -- had festered, but he was helpless to set things right.
That changes when he learns of Jay Burgess's shocking death and Britt Shelley's claim that she has no memory of her night with him. As the investigation into Jay's death intensifies, and suspicion against Britt Shelley mounts, Raley realizes that the newswoman, Jay's last sexual conquest, might be his only chance to get personal vindication -- and justice for the seven victims of the police station fire.
But there are powerful men who don't want to address unanswered questions about the fire and who will go to any lengths to protect their reputations. As Raley and Britt discover more about what happened that fateful day, the more perilous their situation becomes, until they're not only chasing after the truth but running for their lives.
Friends are exposed as foes, heroes take on the taint of criminals, and no one can be trusted completely. A tale about audacious corruption -- and those with the courage to expose it -- Smoke Screen is Sandra Brown's most searing and intense novel yet
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