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Smoke Screen

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  7,946 ratings  ·  531 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown's thrillers for women are described by Stephen King as 'Suspense that has teeth'
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Smoke Screen was the best Sandra Brown book that I have read in quite some time. It is a terrific romantic suspense novel that focuses more on the suspense, but still manages to have a quite satisfying romance. The romance isn't given a lot of time in the book, but the hero and heroine spend most of the story in the company of one another, and there is plenty of tension and interaction between them. I found both the hero and heroine to be very likeable characters, although the actions of the her...more
I'm surprised I finished this. The plot didn't justify the length (560 pages!) but I have to hand it to SB's talent and experience that kept me turning the pages.

I liked both the protagonists even though Raley isn't portrayed as the typical romance hero. Much of the attributes I'd read in other romantic suspenses or erotic ones are downplayed here. I don't know if he's good-looking, how tall he is exactly but I did get to know that Britt found him attractive at some point though at said point, i...more

Jesu, never had a book pissed me of so much, and it’s not because it sucked, but because it was totally awesome. The characters are so vile I wanted to roast them over my fire pit of hatred. Sandra Brown has true talent when it comes to writing and it is no wonder I have been a fan of hers for over 12 years. I am talking reading them at the age of thirteen, I blame her books for creating my perve personality, high praise I tell ya.

So this book is clouded i...more
Jane Stewart
I enjoyed much of it, but toward the end I realized things were missing or weak.

Raley was an arson investigator. He was drugged and set up for something that caused him to lose his job. Five years later Britt, a TV news reporter, was drugged and framed for murder. Both events had something to do with Jay. Raley contacts Britt and together they try to figure out what’s going on, as hit men are after them.

I prefer discovering clues throughout the story to uncover the mystery. In this book, almost...more
Paced too slowly. Nothing really happened for 350 pages and then *poof* a confession and it was over. The "romance" scenes were typical rather than sexy. The ending was not shocking at all. I dragged myself through this read. Two things that bothered me: (view spoiler)...more
A very nice, fast paced suspense which had a couple of unexpected twists, especially near the end, to keep me on my toes. The romance part was nice, even though it took little space, and the hero wonderful. I'm glad I read it.
Another pretty good one from Sandra Brown, though I made the mistake of reading this too closely to the poorly done Standoff, which also featured a reporter and the man she (inadvertently?) harmed. There’s generally not a lot to be surprised about in these sorts of books — you know the male and female leads (Raley and Britt, in this case) are going to eventually join together both for their crusade and for their libidos — but I still enjoy the journey we’re taken on. Though I had some suspicions...more
When I was asked to join GoodReads by my sister, I told her I don't tend to read 'lofty' material, nor do I like to get a 'brain strain' while I'm reading for fun. So...

Smoke Screen isn't intellectually challenging. However, I have always loved Brown. (My favorite is still Chill Factor.)

This book has everything I enjoy reading - a murder, a mystery, a cast of characters, great protagonists and a little romance all wrapped together.

My first Sandra Brown book ~ This romantic/suspense was easy to read and nice for light reading and a contemporary murder mystery. Will probably read more of her books.
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Aug 18, 2009 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: mystery fans, romantic mystery fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author's writing.
TV newswoman Britt Shelly wakes up in bed with heroic detective Jay Burgess. She doesn't remember going to bed with him and when she tries to awaken him, he's dead.
Britt got her first big break in a story of a fire at the Charleston P.D. and the heroic rescue that occurred there. Jay Burgess and three other city employees resued others to safety.
Firefighter Raley Gannon kidnaps Britt and tries to make her tell him what went on at his friend Jay's apartment but Britt can't remember anything. Then...more
"Smoke Screen" was an excellent read. Real page turner. Newswoman Britt Shelley woke up to find herself in bed with Charleston PD detective Jay Burgess, though she remembers nothing of how she got there or how he wound up dead. Burgess was one of four heroic city officials who risked their lives five years earlier leading others safely from a catastrophic fire. Raley Gannon, a lifelong friend of Burgess, was later assigned to investigate but never finished his inquiry because in one night his ca...more
Carolyn F.
Audiobook - playaway - from library.

Britt meets with a friend for a story she might be interested in and wakes up the next morning not remembering anything with him lying dead beside her. They think she's the killer. She's kidnapped by Raley who 5 years earlier had a similar thing happen to him, which she reported on. Now they have to figure out who killed Jay and set both of them up.

I really didn't care for this book, they seemed to be constantly trying to shock the bad people into a confession...more
This was an ok read.
I found the reason behind it all a bit weak and unoriginal, to be honest.
I also found that those FBI agents were way too smart, almost miracle men. They almost figured it out before the main characters did. I mean, really?
Then, it was the romance. Way too weak and unconvincing. I could have done without it.
All in all, this was alright. The story was decent and I sympathized with the characters but it didn't grab me. It felt more like a story waiting to become a Hollywood b...more
Smoke Screen ini ceritanya tentang Britt Shelley, wanita reporter yang tiba-tiba menjadi pembunuh Jay Burgess. Britt disangka menjadi pembunuh Jay hanya karena kebetulan dia orang terakhir yang bertemu Jay, dan kebetulan pagi itu dia bangun disamping Jay yang kebetulan sudah mati. Lalu kebetulan pula hasil autopsi mengatakan Jay mati karena sesak napas akibat dibekep sama bantal yang kebetulan ditemukan tak jauh dari jasad Jay yang kebetulan lagi terdapat sidik jari Britt di bantal itu. Haha.. y...more
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I absolutely love crime thrillers - both books and TV shows. I really liked the story in this book, lots of twists and turns, but I have to give it a negative review because of the cussing and sexual references. Other than that, I found no fault with it.
Jill Demarco
Great suspense novel...the author always keeps you wondering what will happen next. Not sure I'm crazy about all the "sexual details" described in her books, but the general plots are very good.
A very good, classic Sandra Brown novel. Had me guessing all the way to the end, of course! I really enjoyed all the twists and turns and of course the heated tension between Raley and Britt!
Ms. Brown really knows how to tell a story. Couldn't put it down till I finished the book. Loved it!
Won the signed English Edition. Thanks, Sandra Brown!
(No need to buy the translation version then :P)
ternyata Smoke Screen ini ada filmnya, tp bentuk film tv :P ky serial nora robert
Kathy Martin
Britt Shelley is not having a good week. When Jay Burgess, an old hook-up, calls and says he has something to share with her, TV reporter Britt is eager. What she doesn't expect is to wake up the next morning without her memory and with Jay Burgess' dead body next to her. Given that he is a homicide detective and one of the four heroes of the police station fire some years earlier, the police are very suspicious about Britt's story.

Before she can convince the police that she is also a victim, sh...more
Sie Fung
Kelar dalam sehari.. Tumben bisa cepat bacanya..
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 dest...more
Fünf Jahren zuvor wurden vier Männer beim Brand des Charlestoner Polizeipräsidiums zu Helden, die eine Menge Menschen aus den Flammen retteten. Trotzdem gab es auch Tote bei dem Brand.
Nun meldet sich Jay Burgess, einer dieser Helden bei der prominenten Reporterin Britt Shelley und verspricht ihr eine Wahnsinnsstory.
Die beiden treffen sich in einer Bar. Am nächsten Tag wacht Britt neben der Leiche von Jay auf und kann sich an nichts mehr erinnern. Sie wird zur Hauptverdächtigen der Polizei. Doch...more
Katherine St. Vincent 黄爱芬
Britt terbangun dgn keadaan tidak sadar dan mendapatkan Jay Burgess telah tewas disisinya. Britt pun menjadi tersangka satu2nya pembunuhan tersebut.
Tak dinyana tiba2 Britt diculik oleh Raley Gannon, eks penyelidik kebakaran 5 thn yg lalu pd saat kebakaran kantor polisi yg menyebabkan Jay dkk sontak menjadi pahlawan.
Ternyata kondisi pd saat Britt terbangun mirip pd saat Raley jg terbangun dr mimpi buruk dan mendapati Suzi Malone tewas disampingnya. Akhirnya mrk berdua bekerjasama, menanyakan kesa...more
When TV newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up next to the dead body of police detective Jay Burgess, she has no memory of the events of the previous night, except that she had met Jay at a local bar, and then went to his condo when he told her he had something to reveal...a secret that would change many people's lives.

But now she doesn't know if he even told her the secret. She believes she was drugged with a substance that erased her memory. But nobody is buying her story, and soon she is suspected...more
Lady Jaye
All the romantic suspense by Sandra Brown (that I've read at any rate) seem to follow a very particular stylistic pattern. That is all well and good, but once you begin to notice the pattern, it is quite annoying.

Anyways, Britt wakes up next to a dead police officer, who happens to be something of a local treasure in their city, along with three other fellow police officers (for their heroic actions in a fire 5 years before). She has no memory of the previous night, although she knew he'd meant...more
Jane Davis
I admit I like Sandra Brown books. I liked Raley Gannon, the protagonist in this novel, but not too sure I care much for Britt Shelley, the reporter he kidnaps just so he can talk to her and verify her experience was similar to his. She does seem to mature as she gets involved deeper in a confusing situation. It gives nothing away to say that she woke to find she was sleeping next to a dead man and had no memory of how it came about.

Britt and Raley set out to unravel why they both had no memory...more
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Sandra Brown is the author of sixty-one New York Times bestsellers, including LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), a...more
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