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Smoke Screen Mass Market Paperback – July 21, 2009
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"Excellent indeed." -- The Dallas Morning News
"GRIPPING AND ELEGANTLY STRUCTURED... A TRUE MASTER OF SUSPENSE." -- THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL (RI)
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Britt Shelley is a news reporter for a TV station in Charleston. She made her first big break on a story about the Charleston PD and Fire Dept. An arson specialist with the Fire Dept was found in bed with a dead woman at Jay Burgess's apartment. That was five yrs ago and she and Jay had a short liasion. Jay's friend who was found in bed with the dead woman left town and has not been heard from in all that time. She is not surprised when Jay calls and invites her out for drinks. He has been one of her informants in the PD since the day she met him. She knows he is a player but now they just are friends.
She meets Jay and has a drink while he tells her he has a big story to tell her. He also tells her he has cancer and only a few weeks to live. They go to his apt for some privacy to talk, and imagine her horror to wake up in bed with Jay and he is dead.
Raley Gannon was the friend of Jay's who was found with the dead woman. He not only was disgraced and lost his job he lost his fiance. He has not forgotten the experience. When he hears about Britt's experience it sounds alot like his, because he does not remember anything about how he wound up in bed with the dead woman, when he went to a party at Jay's. He was engaged at the time and very much in love with his fiance. Britt is insisting she has no memories of going to bed with Jay.
Raley kidnaps her and interrogates her about Jay. Finally he tells her what really happened to him.Read more ›
While this is a huge step up from the last novel by Brown, I am still on the fence from an overall standpoint and felt like she phoned this one in. I liked the suspense and the way the rest of the plot unfolded. Although well written, her once signature formula for romance was sadly missing and never really developed; these two started off disliking each other, then suddenly disrobed. I never got the feeling that there was a connection between the characters. As surprised as I was by the revelation of the culprit, I hate the plot device of a killer unveiling their master scheme as they prepare kill someone - after telling why they did what they did, unsuccessfully killing their prey and getting caught, I expected them to say "and I would have gotten away with it had it not been for you meddlesome kids" like the Scooby gang always heard when they caught their baddie.
© Tracy Vest, September 2008
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Ok.I hAve read so many of Browns novels they are all starting to be the same. Need to take a breakPublished 9 days ago by Dusty1216
Wasn't a bad read a little slow for me Sandra Brown has done a lot better.Published 20 days ago by John Tumbaga
I love everything Sandra Brown (that I have read). After waking up next to a dead hero, Brit Shelley is suspected of murder. Read morePublished 24 days ago by P wells
I was a little Leary about reading this novel after reading through some of the reviews. But I guess to each their own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel
A mixture of suspense, love and mystery. Sandra Brown kept you guessing to the very end on the story line. It was hard to put down.Published 3 months ago by Milton Parker
Who but Sandra Brown could envision such a premise behind a bunch of murder and mayhem? Another great story from her. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MBreader