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Smash Cut (Mitchell & Associates #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  8,631 Ratings  ·  711 Reviews
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes this thrilling new novel full of jarring, cinematic twists and breathless suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat.

When millionaire Paul Wheeler is murdered, his family retains renowned lawyer Derek Mitchell to defend the victim’s nephew Creighton— although the police have not charged the young man wi
Paperback, 568 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 2008)
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Mar 15, 2015 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I’m running out of opening lines for my Sandra Brown reviews. I keep saying the same things over and over. I Loved it. It was fantastic. My love affair continues. This was another remarkable book. But I guess if the shoe fits wear it right.

Smash Cut was a bit different. For me it was like going to dinner and starting with the dessert. SB treats us to some sexy, Mile High Club moments right from the get go.

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The story also unfolds kind of ass backwards too. Early in the story you can start to pu
Jan 26, 2015 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok. I think it is widely known now that I love SB. Most of the books I have read by her have been 4 and 5 stars. And even her "bad" books are good.

When Paul Wheeler is shot dead during an armed robbery, his lover Julie Rutledge is convinced that Paul's prodigal nephew, Creighton, is responsible for the murder. Creighton has a passion for movies and Paul's murder has all the elements of a blockbuster: family rivalries, incalculable wealth, and a prominent man dying in the arms of his beautiful
Written July 25, 2015

4 Stars - Solid good quality suspense - I'm happy!

I just finished the 12:45 hrs audiobook edition of Smash Cut narrated by Victor Slezak.

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A suspense filled with Hitchcock references
As so often with Sandra Brown's novels, a really well told suspense romance. Not her best book but without doubt "good enough" (...for very rainy Swedish summer days).


A well known millionaire is murdered in a hotel elevator:

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Another gripping tale, with a twist I could have never seen coming, brought by the same absolute master of the romantic-suspense genre, making me happy since 1995. God, I love this lady! Though I didn't completely bought the premise (the one night stand turning into a healthy lasting relationship - which seems to be a close to the heart subject for Ms. Brown), I still loved this couple. But, concerning this sexual premise, I shall be quoting the ladies from Sex and the City: "Urban myth. Never h
3.5 Stars
Jun 29, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, another "smash" from Sandra Brown - excuse the pun! Sigh!!

Derek is a high profile defence attorney who is hired by the wealthy Doug Wheeler after Dougs brother Paul is shot to death at a hotel. Who did it? Suspicion leans on Julie, the young mistress who is convinced it was Paul's nephew, the film loving Creighton Wheeler. Derek finds himself in a difficult position as he tries to catch a killer, when he may be falling for one.

I have one thing to say about Sandra Brow
Aug 17, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! I can always count on Sandra Brown to write a book that keeps me guessing and my heart pounding! I loved the hero of the book, Derek Mitchell. He was very sexy (in my mind anyway, I pictured him as being played by Matthew McConaughey!) and I loved the way he would take charge of the situation. And I loved how smart he was!

The villain of the story, Creighton Wheeler, was just creepy! He is one of the worst kind of bad-guys, the kind that knows how to turn on the charm in just t
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Narrated by Victor Slezak
I first listened to Smash Cut immediately after discovering Sandra Brown’s Envy – my first of her romantic suspense audios. As I listened to one Sandra Brown/Victor Slezak combination after another searching for another Envy, I discovered there simply isn’t another one. It stands alone as Brown’s best and my favorite romantic suspense of all time. But that doesn’t mean Smash Cut isn’t an excellent listen as well. When I listened the first time around, I graded it a B+. A
I feel like a sicko. Speeding through, interested only in the violence

I actually felt like a frustrated reader, speeding through, interested only in getting to the end.

Paul Wheeler, a wealthy man, is shot and killed in an elevator full of people. He is the only casualty of what at first appears to be a senseless act of violence during a run-of-the-mill robbery. The woman, Julie Rutledge, with whom he shared a standing Tuesday afternoon tryst at the hotel where the robbery/murder occurs, is conv
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
Boring. Main characters were not likable or unique or developed. The character with the most development was the bad guy, who I didn't care about and found boring. There was WAY too much of Creighton. The plot was stupid and drawn out into a book when it could have been a five-page short story.

I liked Derek, mostly because he loved his dog so much...and then SB had to go and ruin that, of course. As for Julie...she was strange and annoying. Irrational, too. She wasn't likable, and I wasn't sure
May 05, 2012 willaful rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The identity of the culprit is never much of a secret in this story, but Brown makes it fantastically suspenseful anyway. The romance element is pretty hot, but unfortunately (view spoiler). Slezak's reading is sexy as hell, as always, though I found myself confused between the voices of the two main characters at times.

El millonario Paul Wheeler es asesinado brutalmente en el ascensor de un hotel, Julie Rutledge estaba con él y Paul muere en sus brazos; una relación une a Paul y Julie así que cuando la investigación por muerte de Paul comienza ella es una de las principales sospechosas a pesar de que obviamente ella no fue quien apretó el gatillo. Doug, el hermano de Paul, está devastado y tanto él como su esposa nunca entendieron la relación entre Paul y Julie. Creighton Wheeler, el hijo de Paul, es un ser d
Aug 08, 2010 Annabelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I was at an airport, facing 3 hours of flying and a couple of hours wait time in the Phoenix airport. Plus they have this new airport bookstore benefit, where you get 50% refund when you bring the book back. This is a horrible book. A wealthy man is murdered in an elevator with his supposed mistress Julie, and Derek, a defense attorney becomes involved with the elite family which includes the murdered man’s nephew. Creighton, a narcissist who just might be a psychopath. No cares ...more
Alexa Ayana
Mar 13, 2016 Alexa Ayana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, lagi-lagi heroine cerdas, kuat dan manipulatif. Walau awal perkenalan mereka anti mainstream tapi Julie sudah menancapkan kesan yang mendalam pada Derek. Dan pengacara gigih, cerdas dan super hot ini jelas worming his way to my heart di sepanjang buku. Awalnya dia nampak opportunis, matre dan egois. Tapi perjalanan panjang buku ini membuktikan sisi lain yang mengagumkan darinya. Relasi Julie dan Derek hot and cold, dan twist akhir yang merekatkan semua konflik akan menjadi kejutan.

Seperti C
Katherine 黄爱芬
Apa yg akan kamu lakukan jika memiliki keponakan yg culas, spoiled brat ass, hedonis dan kecenderungan kriminal sbg pewaris kekayaanmu yg luar biasa besarnya?

Tentu saja sbg Paul Wheeler, paman yg baik dan tegas, memarahi habis2an. Tapi bgmn kalau Creighton, keponakan semata wayang ini merancang suatu skenario utk menghabisi pamannya based on film-film mystery kesayangannya?

Saya benar2 bersimpati pada Julie, kekasih Paul. Dia mjd subjek kebencian Creighton, bajingan tampan yg super duper licik. T
Feb 07, 2015 GeekInPink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come soon but SB as usual blows your frigging mind.
Melinda VanLone
Jan 11, 2012 Melinda VanLone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I selected this book for #2 on my list because it had a movie theme which I thought was highly appropriate given my 50/50 challenge. Plus, I had the privilege of hearing Sandra Brown speak at DFWCon last year. I was so impressed by her that day that I rushed out of the auditorium, bought the book (yes, actual hard copy!) and stood in a really long line to have her autograph it. She is an amazing public speaker, and all around very nice person. If you get the chance, go meet her.

The story starts
Oct 12, 2011 Wieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, romance, s-brown
I love this book!
Setelah lama tidak membaca genre thriller nya Sandra Brown, buku ini mengingatkan aku kembali mengapa aku menjadi fans beratnya untuk genre tsb. Buku pertama yg aku baca judulnya 'Mirror Image' dan sejak saat itu hampir seluruh buku S.Brown sudah aku baca.

For 'Smash Cut", I could not put down this book. The story was strong built and interesting from the beginning to the end.

Julie Rutledge bersama Paul Wheeler, seorang milliuner mengalami perampokan di lift hotel yang mengakiba
Jun 03, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another super book by Sandra Brown in "Smash Cut."This book kept you glued to the chair, to see what was going to happen.Love the characters that Sandra Brown brings to this story. The character of Creighton Wheeler starts out creepy and just keeps getting more psychotic as the story progresses. On the surface, the character of Derek Mitchell was just another defense attorney looking for fame and forturne. But as the story progressed you started to see the personal side of Derek and realize that ...more
Judy Hall
In a robbery gone horribly wrong, Paul Wheeler is gunned down before the horrified eyes of his girlfriend Julie. Julie does her best to convince the police to look at Paul's nephew Creighton, which they do. This prompts Creighton's family to approach famous defense attorney Derek Mitchell.

This plot is so full of twists, turns and surprises that to discuss any more would just be spoiler after spoiler. There is a difficult, even brutal moment in the middle that will be hard for many readers. Plea
Mar 30, 2015 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two-haiku review:

Her man friend murdered
Is she being framed for it?
Can hot lawyer help?

Real psycho bad guy
Psychological thriller
Great shocker ending
Mar 12, 2012 Shelvy rated it it was amazing
Ga pernah kecewa dgn novel2 Sandra Brown ^^
I won this book from Goodreads' giveaways, so I was so excited about reading since the time I took it in my hand, since this is the first time I ever won a book. So finally almost 3 months later I got through the exams period and I picked it up!
Smash cut is a novel full of mystery, suspense and unexpectable plot. A handsome tough lawyer, a beautiful owner of a gallery, a breathtaking good-looking and rich movie freak and a murder are the keys of a book that you can't let of your hands.
The sto
Wonderful Read! But, what Sandra Brown book isn't?

I'm a huge lover of all Sandra Brown books that I've read. She's a wonderful author who knows how to capture one's attention and keep you hanging on until the last line of the book. Which, in this case, the last line was a completely SHOCKER.

This story is about Julie Rutledge dealing with the murder of her beloved, Paul Wheeler. Paul was a millionaire and with money, there's always someone behind it causing problems. Paul's family, they are just
Dec 31, 2013 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being partial to Sandra Brown thrillers, I found that this book, in its conclusion, was rather disappointing, as compared to her other thrillers that I have read. But, to be fair, I must admit that I enjoyed the book up until the end. The ending was okay, just not up to the usual punch that she has provided in other books. Our protagonist is a defense attorney who falls for a woman who seduces him on an airplane. She, we are led to believe, has just recently lost her "lover" in a murder disguise ...more
Amber Ditullio
This is a book that's been sitting on my shelf for awhile, one that I won through GoodReads. Like many of the other books on my shelves, I'd been meaning to get through it for some time. It took a badly sprained ankle to do so and I wondered why I'd waited.

Julie Rutledge stands by helplessly while her companion, Paul Wheeler, is murdered in what seems to be a hold-up in the elevator of a hotel. But she knows that robbery wasn't the motive. Murder was. And the person responsible, Paul's nephew Cr
Yuli Pritania
Wow... I have to admit that Sandra Brown is the queen of twist. She always shocks me. Every time. Learn so much from her books. To keep the secret until the last page. I read so many books in this genre, but it's only Brown who never fails to make everything out of expectation. I think I knew, until she turns everything up and down.

Thank you for the brilliant writing, Brown.
If you love great thrillers with lots of drama and some romance, Sandra Brown's Smash Cut, the first book in the Mitchell and Associates thriller series, is the one of you. When millionaire Paul Wheeler was murdered, his family retrained Derek Mitchell to represent his nephew Creighton, although he haven't been charged with the murder. Wheeler's mistress, Julie Rutledge, who was also a suspect, had believed he was the killer in spite of his rock-solid alibi, and would do anything to prove his gu ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Johanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, mystery
Lomalukemisena Sandra Brown toimii aina. Jälleen sujuvaa jännitystä sopivalla määrällä lovea ja yllättäviä juonenkäänteitä. Tietty oli jenkkihöysteet mukana, mutta niiden ei kannata antaa häiritä.
Apr 10, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww-f-book-club
This was a good bit of escapism for a change of pace. I never quite warmed up to Julie, but I certainly had lots of hate for Creighton. And I did get caught up in the story, especially towards the end, as it was reaching the climax. I could have done without the plot twist at the end, which, in hindsight, raised some questions about a few earlier points in the book.
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