Sunday, November 9, 2008

Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen: A Novel by Sandra Brown ~~

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.

This book is vintage Sandra Brown. One of her best I've read in years. When TV reporter Britt wakes up next to the dead body of a detective she has no idea what happened. She can't remember anything from the night before except meeting Jay at a bar for drinks ~ and the scoop of a lifetime. Five years before a fire at the police station made hero's out of 5 men. But was the fire all it seemed to be? Are people getting to close to the truth? Britt finds herself working with (ok at first kidnapped by) Raley ~ the original fire inspector who had a similar experience. One night he woke up next to the body of a dead girl with no memory of the night before. They must work together to find out the truth about the fire and who wants them both dead now. Secrets are told ~ old frienships are questioned ~ new love is found. Ms. Brown does an amazing job of drawing you into the lives of her characters. She makes you see what they're seeing and what they're feeling. I found myself unable to put this book down - and that's the sure sign of a winner for me! A


Brenda said...

I’m from MA too and stumbled across your blog. I read like crazy on my train commute everyday so hopefully I can get some ideas from you! Thanks and keep up the good reads!

goddessani said...

I haven't read Sandra Brown in quite awhile but I think I may enjoy this one!

Thanks for posting it!

lorisreadingcorner said...

Ani ~~ this was VINTAGE Sandra Brown :)

Brenda ~~ waving to a fellow MA resident.

Kaye said...

I just read this one not too long ago either.We have similar tastes it seems. And I used to live in MA before the snow and cold got to us and migrated to FL. Great blog, Lori. I am enjoying your posts.