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Smash Cut: A Novel | [Sandra Brown]

Smash Cut: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

THE PRINCIPALS

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.

STORYBOARD

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

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    Mary Killen 08-18-09
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    "Smashing!"

    Loved this book! Sandra Brown at her best! I look forward to her next book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. 06-09-15
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    "Another great read/listen!"

    Sandra Brown's character development is unmatched. Loved them and the story. The twists and turns kept me engrossed.

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    iQueenYoshi AR 05-08-15
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    "Awesome Read"

    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.

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    Karen 06-28-14
    Karen 06-28-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Maggie will break your Heart"

    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....

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    QueenofKenway Canada 08-05-13
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    "Another James Patterson novel"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. Some of the scene were to gruesome for my taste. They were also drawn out too much for impact.


    What other book might you compare Smash Cut to and why?

    James Patterson's Swimsuit novel about a swimsuit model who was kidnapped. Listened one chapter of that book and returned it to the library.


    What about Victor Slezak’s performance did you like?

    Mr Slezak has a very expressive voice.


    Could you see Smash Cut being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A TV movie. A Brad Pitt look may portray the main character


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    Donna Renton, WA, United States 08-10-12
    Donna Renton, WA, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end because it came out of no where


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    definitely! I couldn't wait to get back to each time


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Dodge & Derek books. Great charaters, I hope there are more! Fast paced and an ending that you don't see coming. Reallyloved this book!

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    L.G.G. Pittsburgh, PA 04-03-12
    L.G.G. Pittsburgh, PA 04-03-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Good Listening"

    Some of the reviews stated there was too much romance in the book but I thought there was less romance in this particular Brown book and more drama and suspense. In any case, it is one of my favorite Brown books. I wish I hadn't listened to it so recently so that I could listen to it again!

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    cynthia 11-13-11
    cynthia 11-13-11
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    "GREAT STORY!!!"

    I loved this book by Sandra Brown. I thought the plot was headed in one direction-only for it to twist-and twist-and twist again. It will keep you guessing and surprised all the way through. Brown also sheds light on the privileged parts of our society that seem to forever escape the law when they break the rules. This is a great book that leaves you feeling good after you finish.

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    Nancywin Three Rivers, CA, United States 04-24-11
    Nancywin Three Rivers, CA, United States 04-24-11 Member Since 2007

    I have a half hour commute to work each way. I love listening to audiobooks on the drive. It makes me look forward to the commute!

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    "Smash Cut is a smash!"

    OK, the title is a little corny, but the book is really good. Just finished listening to it over the last 2 days. Great murder story by Sandra Brown. There is some gore and one of the main characters has a despicable attitude that makes you just want to slap him. It's not really a "who-done-it" since you find out early on who it is, but it does keep you riveted and there are some surprises at the end.

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    Nikki Katy, TX, United States 04-04-10
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    Very well written; tense, entertaining and unpredictable!

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