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Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown
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Aug 18, 09

bookshelves: read-in-2009, reviewed, thriller, hardboiled
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author's writing.
Recommended for: mystery fans, romantic mystery fans.
Read in August, 2009, read count: 1

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 the cause of death is announced as suffication and Britt is a suspect.

Raley amazes Britt by telling her that the same thing happened to him five years before. He met a girl at one of Jay's parties. She got him a drink and he woke up next to her corpse with condoms under the bed. When the police investigated the case, Raley was removed as chief investigator of the fire at the police department. Later, Britt brought out the story and made the victim more sympathetic and the fire commander fired Raley. All this was going on as Raley felt that there was something strange about the fire and that all of the casualties didn't die from the fire, one was already dead.

Once they realize that they had both been set up, Raley and Britt join forces. Raley believes that the victim who didn't die from smoke inhalation, was killed and the fire set to cover it up. Could one of the heroes really be the murderer?

This is a wonderful romantic mystery. Well written with momentum growing throughout. The characters were sympathetic and likable and the reader really wants to root for their success.
Highly recommended.
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08/17/2009 page 346
86.93% "The guard "...was in Jays house that night,...I recognized him instantly. I remember, Raley! I remember.""

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Jennifer Chase Great review Mike! Thanks for the recommendation.


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