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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,522 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Brown Narrator: Victor Slezak Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780743572309
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THE PRINCIPALS

Paul Wheeler. CEO of the Wheeler Enterprises empire. At age fifty-two, 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 twenty-eight-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 -- and that includes preventing Derek from defending Creighton. Infuriated, Derek realizes that his hands have been tied in a way that could not only cost him the case, but ruin his entire career.

Although Creighton has a rock-solid alibi, Julie is convinced that he is responsible for Paul's murder. But the homicide detectives have another theory. Caught in several lies, and keeping secrets from Derek and the police, Julie is suspected of casting blame on Creighton to cover her own crime. Meanwhile, Derek fears he's once again being duped...yet he burns with jealousy when he thinks of Julie with her late lover.

But the more Derek learns about Creighton and his darker side, the more he doubts the young man's innocence.

And hiding in a squalid motel under an assumed name is the one man, a career criminal, a killer, who knows the truth.

The clock ticks down toward a shocking ending as Derek and Julie seek to learn whether Creighton's fascination with movie murders is merely a bizarre hobby or depravity. Has he begun reenacting cinema's goriest scenes...and, if so, who will be his unwitting costars? They won't know until the final SMASH CUT.

From "masterful storyteller" Sandra Brown (USA Today) comes this thrilling new novel full of jarring twists and breathless suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Most crime thrillers come from male authors. But with Smash Cut, Sandra Brown shows that she's right up with the best of the boys…[Brown's] dialogue snaps, crackles and pops, and her characters rise above cliché. Smash Cut deserves to be this summer's blockbuster thriller.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “This superlative romantic thriller from bestseller Brown features a particularly memorable villain, sociopath Creighton Wheeler, who's obsessed with re-enacting scenes from films like Strangers on a Train and Frenzy…Multiple smash cuts (abrupt scene shifts) lead to a wonderfully frenzied finish.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • “Brown delivers more than a few thrills and surprises in this taut, satisfying page-turner.”

    Booklist

  • “Packed with surprises and the kind of propulsive plot for which Brown is justly famous, this effort will not disappoint her readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/12/2014

    " Sometimes I love an SB novel, sometimes I'm only lukewarm on them and sometimes I don't care for them at all. This one is one of her best to date!!! The mystery/ conspiracy element was top notch- right until the end I was still guessing how these two characters were going to get themselves out of the crazy set-up that was being so elaborately staged by the novel's creepy villian. I will say that Ms. Brown did throw in a surprise twist right at the end that unfortunately I did see a mile away (It wasn't a shock and may have been better if she 'revealed' the twist earlier). But overall it was a SOLID effort, the characters were likeable (and in some cases despicable) and it had a great steady pace for me- definitely a page turner. I'd say for me it ties with 'White Hot' as her best book to date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelvy | 1/31/2014

    " Ga pernah kecewa dgn novel2 Sandra Brown ^^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pegysue | 1/19/2014

    " Another great book!! I have not read a Sandra Brown thriller I haven't loved!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/15/2014

    " Plot was good but too much language "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camandwmm | 1/11/2014

    " Murder of Paul Wheeler is not the typical murder mystery because we know "who dun it"; we are just waiting for the police and detectives etc to figure it out. You sure do get to hate the killer; he was creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 June | 12/31/2013

    " Kept me reading and wondering. Easy read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keely | 12/19/2013

    " Ending was not one i wasn't expecting, but not one of my favorites from her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Swearingen | 12/17/2013

    " Kept my attention to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sillylittlefishey | 12/17/2013

    " I absolutely LOVED this book. There was never a dull moment and more twists and turns then I ever saw coming!! And I loved Derek from the moment he went into Julie's gallery with all his sexual innuendos--too funny:) Sandra Smith sure knows how to spin a story and drawn you in!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Artha | 12/15/2013

    " Really good read!! Kept my interest and moved right along. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/22/2013

    " Couldn't put it down. Love the surprise at the end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tena Hall | 11/22/2013

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time, the ending is one that you will never see coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley O | 10/19/2013

    " Awesome! Totally didn't see it coming like I usually can. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Schapman | 10/19/2013

    " If you are a fan of Sandra Brown you will enjoy this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 8/30/2013

    " This was another pretty good thriller book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Demetria | 2/14/2013

    " It was a fast paced romantic suspense. A few of the twists and turns managed to catch me off guard. However, I wasn't a fan of some of the characters. At times, their actions seemed implausible and their motives were underdeveloped. I would still recommend taking this book for a day on the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naviana | 11/8/2012

    " Loved it! Kept me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 9/23/2012

    " I was somewhat disappointed in this book. Sandra Brown's books usually capture me right from the get-go. Smash Cut was a very slow starting book but finally picked up pace almost half-way thru. The book had some twists & turns I didn't expect, so that's why I gave it 3 stars instead of two stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 9/21/2012

    " Good introduction to a new author (for me). Page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Doellinger | 7/20/2012

    " This book just got better and better as it went on. You could see some of the stuff coming from the story line but the author did a great job of holding the secrets until the end. I really enjoyed this book and it was a great fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merceda | 6/30/2012

    " Excellent book. Did not want to put it down. Incredible the way that Creighton managed to trick everyone except Julie. He was one very sick puppy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Bender | 6/15/2012

    " It's starting out explosive (literally). Enjoying it so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope McCormick | 2/7/2012

    " Good story. The female lead character was a bit annoying. I don't LOVE Sandra Brown enough to run out and read everything she's done, but she stays on my list for when I need a change of pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxine | 5/16/2011

    " Fantastic thriller. Movie buffs will enjoy the famous quotes with Hitchcock lovers having the most fun.
    Could not put this book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/6/2011

    " Action-packed, well-written and researched, this was a great read on a rainy day. There were some surprises and twists along the way which helped make this a real page-turner. I think this could be one of Sandra Brown's best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 4/9/2011

    " I always enjoy Sandra Brown's writing style. Her stories flow perfectly and her use of language is always just right. I usually like her books and I did enjoy the characters in "Smashcut." Unfortunately, I had the plot pretty much figured out about half-way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 4/6/2011

    " The end surprised me! I love when that happens :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 3/7/2011

    " I liked this book but it has so many plot lines that's it's tough to keep up but she pulled it together nicely. I always like it when I learn something new about a different job or lifestyle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 3/4/2011

    " I loved this book! I was on the edge of my seat and never guessed the ending! Quite a thrilling book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tena | 2/27/2011

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time, the ending is one that you will never see coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/17/2011

    " It was refreshing to read a mystery where we were pretty sure who the villian was through most of the book, if only they could persuade the Police to consider him as the culpret. I found Maggie's death particularly upsetting. I didin't see the final twist coming at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/14/2011

    " Fast read, perfect book for a beach day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/10/2011

    " I liked this book. Sandra Brown's books are entertaining and easy to read. This was a really good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 2/8/2011

    " Stephen King was 100% right, when he said: "If you want romantic suspense that has teeth...Sandra Brown's your gal."

    Great author. Great book.
    I could never choose a favorite Sandra Brown book...but let's just say if you're a fan...this book does not dissappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veeta | 2/8/2011

    " baguuuus....seru...penjahatnya psikopat abis...ketebak sih dari awal kalo dia yang jahat cuman yang ga nyangka itu korban terakhirnya...
    ga nyangka kalo yang bakal jadi korban selanjutnya tu dia.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 2/6/2011

    " Definitely a favorite. This book had so many chilling and thrilling twists and turns; hard to put down. Sandra Brown at her finest! "

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