Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen

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Baker & Taylor
A latest work by the author of Play Dirty and Richochet follows a theme of role reversal and the abuse of power, in a tale in which corruption and betrayals turn friends against one another and force criminals to become heroes. 650,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

The themes of role reversal and the abuse of power figure prominently in a tale in which corruption and betrayals turn friends against one another and force criminals to become heroes.

Simon and Schuster

New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown returns with a tale of corruption and betrayal, revenge and reversal - where friends become foes, and heroes become criminals in the ultimate abuse of power.

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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008
ISBN: 9781416563068
Branch Call Number: FIC Brown
Characteristics: 398 p.

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GeneKathol
Dec 01, 2016

While the story line is interesting and the conclusion is completed, much of the novel is a guide to premarital sex and is from the point of view of a woman who is a slave to her carnal desires. I suppose a welcome companion and love story for a sex-starved woman, but hardly a mystery, which was what I was hoping for. Perhaps this is because it was one of her earlier novels...I had heard that she might be on the level of Alex Kava as a mystery writer...I was very disappointed.

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hotshot246
Sep 14, 2012

Excellent book!! Very suspenseful!

jng30s Jan 22, 2012

I really enjoyed this book I read it in 2 days. The story had so many twists and turns and is very suspenseful.

debbiem001 Jan 04, 2012

great book! sandra brown is a great writer

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Eclectic1
Mar 16, 2010

BEST Sandra Brown ever!!!! I REALLY enjoyed this book! Well-written; terrific, sympathetic characters; intricate plot with lots of twists and turns and a satisfying ending.
Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with a dead man, cop Jay Burgess. She has no recollection of how she got there or if she had anything to do with his death. She is "kidnapped" by Raley Gannon, a friend of the dead man. The same thing happened to him 5 years ago - he woke up in bed with a dead woman after one of Jay's famous parties. He couldn't remember anythin either and his life was ruined. Together they try to figure out what happened then and now before someone killls them!
Fast-paced and very exciting! I had a great time with it!

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