Five years earlier, Jay was a hero of a disastrous fire at Charleston's police headquarters, which would have been even deadlier if not for the bravery of Jay and three other city officials who led others to safety.
Firefighter Raley Gannon, Jay's lifelong friend, had been assigned to investigate the fire, but the investigation ended in a scandal that shattered Raley's world, and forced him to surrender the woman he loved and the work to which he'd dedicated his life. For five years his resentment has festered, but he was helpless to set things right. That changes when he learns of Jay's shocking death.
As suspicion against Britt Shelley mounts, Raley realizes that the newswoman might be his only chance to get personal vindication - and justice for the seven victims of the police station fire. But there are powerful men who don't want to address unanswered questions about the fire, and will go to any lengths to protect their reputations.
As Raley and Britt discover more about what happened that fateful day, they realize that they're not only chasing after the truth but running for their lives.
Smoke Screen is Sandra Brown's most intense novel yet.
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This is a well crafted story that moves fast. My only complaint is the narrator. Slezak has a good voice and does the secondary characters well. However the H/h both sound just alike. Several times it was hard to know which character was speaking. Dick Hill narrates other books by Brown and does such an awesome job, it makes Slezak's limitations all the more prominent
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 nothing is learned until the end when bad guys confess. 95% of the book is hiding, fleeing, and wondering. They have no proof and get no proof. Then all of a sudden we have confessions and it’s over. In each case a bad guy is going to do something bad but does a tell-all to someone first. Both of these were too convenient to the plot. That was disappointing. I want to be intrigued or impressed. I wasn’t. But the author is a talent.
The bad guys were one dimensional - could have been better.
This is romantic suspense, but don’t expect emotion inducing romance. The romance needed something. There were a few sex scenes, mildly done, not much detail.
In fiction, I usually don’t mind an author making up technical things, but this was too obvious. Removing stem caps from tires does not cause flat tires.
The narrator Victor Slezak was very good.
Genre: romantic suspense.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I almost did not get this book because of some of the reviews but I am glad I did get it. I love the combination of Sandra Brown and Victor Slezak plus I thought the characters in this book were very believable and very likeable. True - it is not on the same level as Envy but then not many are.
I loved this story. Although I usually try to take my audiobooks off of my IPOD after listening to them to save space, I just can't get rid of this one because I keep go back to listen to it over and over again. It has your betrayal, cover ups, romance, fights, but there is so much you just don't see coming. The ending was great and completely unpredictable. I loved the characters, the story and as always, another great narrating job by Victor Slezak.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
Sandra Brown always manages to captivate me with her story telling. She is a wonderfully creative writer and did not disappoint in the delivery of Smoke Screen. As usual she leaves me wanting to read more of her books. Very well done!
Mystery/detective thrillers are my "go-to" genre. What makes Smoke Screen a good read is the seamless interweaving of plot with rich and fully realized characters. This was my first Sandra Brown listen (a suggestion from a friend) but she is now on my favorite author list. I'm already on my second Brown title and will continue till I have read or listened to every title on the Brown list.
Sandra Brown spends too much time having her two heroes run from the same people over and over and over again. The plot is too simple to keep your interest for this many pages. She needed to wrap up the ending of her book a little faster. It dragged on...and that was WITH me organizing my garage while listening.
Sandra Brown is a true wordsmith. I was hooked on this story from the beginning. Victor Slezak has such a pleasant voice and is a great actor. He could have used a higher pitch when narrating the women's voices but he did a great job. Speakers in the Carolinas do have a pronounced accent. I loved listening to him. I'm pretty picky and I was impressed with the whole production.
So nice to pick up a romance type story with a really good plot. I could guess some of it but other parts kept me guessing.
For so many years, I have been a fan of Sandra Brown - at one point, she was my favorite author. However, her last couple of books have been disappointments. I barely made it through Smoke Screen. I felt like I was listening to a Harlequin Romance with enough trash talk to give it an R rating. I kept looking at the time to find out when it would end. It was predictable and boring. Although I usually like this narrator, his southern accent made the hero seem like a redneck.
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