Smoke Screen: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 12, 2008 - Fiction - 416 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - tina1969 - LibraryThing

Five years ago a disastrous fire gutted the police headquarters. Seven people died in the flames but thanks to four brave men, most of those inside were rescued. The next day, and forever after, they ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathy89 - LibraryThing

Couldn't finish this book. Woman reporter is drugged and framed for the murder of a dying detective and then is kidnapped from her bed by a mean, bullying, threatening recluse and taken to a cabin in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
15
Section 4
31
Section 5
44
Section 6
59
Section 7
71
Section 8
89
Section 21
334
Section 22
350
Section 23
365
Section 24
388
Section 25
404
Section 26
421
Section 27
436
Section 28
462

Section 9
104
Section 10
117
Section 11
136
Section 12
157
Section 13
174
Section 14
196
Section 15
216
Section 16
239
Section 17
257
Section 18
276
Section 19
296
Section 20
315
Section 29
475
Section 30
495
Section 31
512
Section 32
527
Section 33
535
Section 34
536
Section 35
539
Section 36
543
Section 37
552
Section 38
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About the author (2008)

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including Mean Streak, Deadline, Low Pressure, and Smoke Screen. Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, most of which remain in print. Sandra and her husband, Michael Brown, live in Arlington, Texas.

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