Paul Wheeler. CEO of the Wheeler Enterprises empire. At age 52, he's a pillar of Atlanta society and a brilliant businessman. But Paul is out of the picture even before the opening credits -- shot dead during an armed robbery.
Julie Rutledge. A savvy, cultured, and attractive Southern woman, seasoned by a stint of study and romance in Paris. She owns the city's most successful and sophisticated art gallery on Peachtree Street. She was also Paul Wheeler's weekly companion at the hotel where he was murdered and was hand in hand with him at the time of his death.
Derek Mitchell. A defense lawyer of renown. Successful, handsome, and despised by the Atlanta PD for his courtroom victories, he goes to the mat to make a case for every client - and headlines for himself. A guilty verdict is not an option. Yet he's not entirely without a conscience, as proven when his life takes a terrible turn toward the cinematic.
Creighton Wheeler. The prodigal nephew of Paul. With movie-star looks and guileless blue eyes, the 28-year-old playboy has a penchant for call girls, fast cars, and designer clothes. But his passion is movies. He studies them, quotes them...and lives them. Even those closest to Creighton can't be sure when he exits reality and enters the fantasy world of films.
The murder of Paul Wheeler has all the elements of a blockbuster: family rivalries, incalculable wealth, and a prominent man dying in the arms of his beautiful mistress. It's a case that could earn Derek Mitchell even greater star power. When the Wheeler family approaches him about defending Creighton for his uncle's murder -- even before he's charged -- he jumps at the chance.
But Derek soon discovers that Julie will stop at nothing to secure justice for Paul...
©2009 Simon & Schuster; (P)2009 Sandra Brown Management Ltd
This is the first Sandra Brown book I've read and doubt that I would purchase another if they are all like this. I thought the book was a mystery thriller, but it is a romance novel,and unfortunately, sounds like the it was written by a teenage girl with a teenage girl's view of romance. Very predictable with many cliches. I agree with the reviewer that said the women characters lacked depth, but the main male character is just as light. Not my type of book.
Lehua of Pacifica
I found it difficult to stick with this one. It's one of those where the good guys fail and fail, and the superhuman bad guy wins and wins, all the way to the end.
It's also extremely violent and gruesome. The plot is interesting but improbable; likewise the characters. There are bits of porn here and there, but not a huge amount. There is good pacing and interesting clues.
The narrator has an attractive voice, and is a reasonably good actor, but he can't do female voices so it's sometimes hard to tell who's speaking.
I love Sandra Brown's novels. She has a way of writing a story that includes everything from suspense, humor, romance and best of all Victor Slezak's narration tops it off.
This book has all of the above and the ending has a few "I didn't see that coming at all" twists. I loved this book and well worth the credit.
I have read this book once before and it was amazing. And it was great the second time around too. I love Sandra Brown's books.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
Audible, please bring White Hot unabridged with Victor Slezak, this is his all time best.
Smoke Screen is not to be missed. This is a great lead in to a 2nd book. Our hero is just plain hot in this one, and he breaks your heart when....
No. Some of the scene were to gruesome for my taste. They were also drawn out too much for impact.
James Patterson's Swimsuit novel about a swimsuit model who was kidnapped. Listened one chapter of that book and returned it to the library.
Mr Slezak has a very expressive voice.
A TV movie. A Brad Pitt look may portray the main character
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