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Starred Review. This superlative romantic thriller from bestseller Brown (Smoke Screen) features a particularly memorable villain, sociopath Creighton Wheeler, who's obsessed with re-enacting scenes from films like Strangers on a Train and Frenzy. When Creighton's wealthy uncle, Paul Wheeler, is shot dead in an apparent robbery at an Atlanta hotel, Paul's close friend, gallery owner Julie Rutledge, attempts to persuade the police that Creighton ordered the hit. Creighton's father asks Derek Mitchell, a criminal lawyer, to represent the accused Creighton, but Derek declines because he had a plane tryst en route to Paris with Julie after Paul's murder. Angered by Derek's refusal, Creighton stalks Julie; targets Derek's dog, Maggie; and plots to kill the ex-girlfriend of his henchman, Billy Duke, after Billy has second thoughts about helping Creighton. Brown skillfully charts Julie and Derek's quest to catch the slippery fiend. Multiple smash cuts (abrupt scene shifts) lead to a wonderfully frenzied finish. (Aug.)
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"This superlative romantic thriller from bestseller Brown (Smoke Screen) features a particularly memorable villain, sociopath Creighton Wheeler, who's obsessed with re-enacting scenes from films like Strangers on a Train and Frenzy.... Multiple smash cuts (abrupt scene shifts) lead to a wonderfully frenzied finish." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Brown delivers more than a few thrills and surprises in this taut, satisfying page-turner." -- Booklist

"Packed with surprises and the kind of propulsive plot for which Brown (Smoke Screen, 2008, etc.) is justly famous, this effort will not disappoint her readers." -- Kirkus

"Most crime thrillers come from male authors. But with Smash Cut, Sandra Brown shows that she's right up with the best of the boys.... [Brown's] dialogue snaps, crackles and pops, and her characters rise above cliché. Smash Cut deserves to be this summer's blockbuster thriller." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 Poc Rep edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416563091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416563099
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), RAINWATER (2010), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008) & PLAY DIRTY (2007).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program "PM Magazine."

She is much in demand as a speaker and guest television hostess. Her episode on truTV's "Murder by the Book" premiered the series in 2008 and she was one of the launch authors for Investigation Discovery's new series, "Hardcover Mysteries."

In 2009 Brown detoured from her thrillers to write Rainwater, a much acclaimed, powerfully moving story about honor and sacrifice during the Great Depression.

Brown recently was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She was named Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer's Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Lace Merlinds on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sandra Brown is among the best writers that adds suspense-filled overtones to an underlining romantic plotline. Her newest book, Smash Cut, is just another example of her brilliant pen work. The book begins with the murder of a highly successful, well-recognizable CEO, Paul Wheeler. What at first seems like a simple robbery, however, is proving to be anything but.

The Atlanta businessman had romantic entanglements with one of the most successful art dealers in the Southern US, Julie Rutledge, may be the only viable witness alive.

As this case dominates the headlines, the world renown defense lawyer, Derek Mitchell, is hired by the family to defend, Creighton Wheeler, the nephew of Paul, whom has yet to be charged with the crime.

This is a bold move from the family and it raises all sorts of red flags. But laying in wait is Julie, who is committed to bringing justice to Paul, and is willing to do all she can to see that it happens -- and her first task is to prevent the incredibly handsome, Derek Mitchell, from defending the case.

This latest book by Ms. Brown moves along at a blinding pace. The book starts fast and only gains momentum. The twist and turns are so unpredictable, that you cannot see them coming. For instance: Creighton Wheeler is the primary suspect, yet has an alibi for the night of the crime. But if he is not guilty, then why did the family rush and hire the best defense lawyer in the business? And what role did, Julie Rutledge, truly play in all this? Remember, she is the viable witness?

The characters are brilliantly constructed and mesmerize the reader by inviting them into this world of sordid lust and carnal desires. I highly recommend it. Another book I would highly recommend is GE0 TIN'S masterful novel SIRENS: Sirens (Enchanted Song) it is another incredibly crafted novel the features the dual genre.
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68 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Jill Marie on August 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lately it seems a few of my favorite authors are not writing as well as they used to. I guess after so many novels you either run out of ideas or just get lazy.

This book was OK. I skimmed a lot of it. The dialogue was sort of dumb. Just in the first chapter alone the word "culprit" was used half dozen times to describe the bad guy. In Chapter 18, Sharon Wheeler was referred to as Susan more than once. Where's the editing? The movie references with the nephew were pointless. And if Uncle Paul disliked him so much why would he (Creighton) have been the heir to the fortune?

I really had to force myself to finish this book. I would go into more detail but I don't want to spoil the story. I'm just glad I bought it at Wal-Mart for cheaper price. I should've gone to the library instead.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sandra Brown is one of the few authors who is able to guarantee an enviable level of book sales with the presence of her name on the cover. And with SMASH CUT, her latest novel, Brown gives her readers their money's worth by delivering what may be her best work to date, blending characters, plot and memorable vignettes into a rapidly readable mix.

SMASH CUT begins with a murder. A daring robbery carried out on an elevator at the Moultrie Hotel in Atlanta by a ski-masked bandit ends with the murder of Paul Wheeler, the CEO of Wheeler Enterprises. A widower who is a well-regarded pillar of Atlanta society, Paul was also a highly successful businessman. And it had been his practice to meet weekly at the Moultrie with Julie Rutledge, who, despite the disparity in age between herself and Paul, had been his companion for almost two years. Julie, the owner of Atlanta's most successful art gallery, had just concluded her weekly meeting with Paul when he was murdered. The police initially have no significant leads as to the identity of the killer, although Creighton Wheeler, a thoroughly unsympathetic character, has the most to gain from his death, given that he is Paul's nephew and testamentary heir.

Despite the best efforts of Creighton's father, Doug, the 28-year-old waste of skin has absolutely no interest in the family business other than the extent to which it can be a cash cow to feed the maw of his own interests: call girls, fast cars, designer clothes, and --- most of all --- films, which he watches obsessively. When the police investigating Paul's murder begin paying close attention to Creighton's affairs, Doug looks to Derek Mitchell, Atlanta's pre-eminent defense attorney, for representation.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Annette Rodig on July 29, 2010
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Sandra Brown is one of the few authors who can combine action, thriller, suspense, murder, crime, and romance, and can do it marvelously. I've developed an insatiable taste for her books, reading them as soon as they come out and impatiently waiting for more. Brown has superb talent in making the readers connect with her characters, making them so real that I mourn their end when I finish each book. Her writing, wording, and style are always beyond five stars.

While "Smash Cut" was somewhat suspenseful with a nice little twist in the end, I felt this was not one of her best. The constant movie references were annoying and, for lack of a better work, corny. Julie's motive for sleeping with Derek in the beginning was incredibly outlandish and immediately made me dislike her. It seems as though Julie was this evil character in the beginning, with her remark to Derek, "You've been had", but then completely does a 180 and is now someone loved and respectable. I found it incredibly hard to sympathize with her and like her. Creighton seemed too fake of a person and rather childish with copying movie scenes and spitting out movie quotes. There was a lack of passion between Derek and Julie, and passion is supposed to be Brown's writing specialty. When I put this book down in the end, it reminded me of the movie "Scream", although I felt "Scream" was actually a little better than this book. Her plot was just lacking the usual sophistication I have come to expect from her novels.

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