Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown
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Bestselling author of Ricochet delivers another searing thriller packed with betrayal, corruption, and revenge. Five years ago arson made heroes of Charleston city officials. When one hero is murdered, a disgraced firefighter must search through the lies and mystery for the truth. Another blistering novel of romantic suspense.

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 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 will go to any lengths to keep questions about the fire unanswered. 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.
 

About Sandra Brown

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Sandra Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers - including most recently Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, Play Dirty, Ricochet, Chill Factor, White Hot, Hello, Darkness, The Crush, and Envy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Thriller Master Award from International Thriller Writers, Inc. She and her husband live in Arlington, Texas.
 
Published August 12, 2008 by Simon & Schuster. 561 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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At the start of this scorching if somewhat formulaic thriller from bestseller Brown (Play Dirty ), Charleston, S.C., TV reporter Britt Shelley wakes up in bed nex

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Now Dr. Lara Mallory, the woman involved in Clark's downfall, moves into town to take over the retiring doctor's practice, which Clark bought before his death and willed to her.

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Shelley, who had just started her career in Charleston at the time, began an investigation into the woman’s death, one that cast suspicion on Gannon and ultimately ruined his life and career, and, indirectly, his friendship with Burgess.

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Sandra Brown's novel Smoke Screen comes to life on the Lifetime Movie Channel this Sunday night.

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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.

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