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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780743572323
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The latest thriller from "masterful storyteller" (USA Today) Sandra Brown

THE PRINCIPALS: Paul Wheeler: CEO of the Wheeler Enterprises empire, is shot dead during an armed robbery. Julie Rutledge: A savvy, cultured, and attractive Southern woman, was hand-inhand with Paul Wheeler at the time of his death. Derek Mitchell: A defense lawyer of renown, he goes to the mat to make a case for every client -- and headlines for himself. Creighton Wheeler: The prodigal nephew of Paul and a playboy with a passion for movies. 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.

Although Creighton has a rock-solid alibi, Julie is convinced that he is responsible for Paul's murder. 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 being duped...yet he burns with jealousy when he thinks of Julie with her late lover. But the more Derek learns about Creighton, 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 that can't be known until the final SMASH CUT.

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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 reenacting 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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naviana | 2/6/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/20/2014

    " This was the first book I read of hers and loved it keeps you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/20/2014

    " Good read, entertaining... little twisted (but not in a bad way). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Martel | 1/19/2014

    " I don't choose mysteries as a genre to read...but I must admit it seems whenever I pick up a Sandra Brown novel...I gobble it up in a couple of days...the same here...couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shu | 1/17/2014

    " This mystery/romance read well. The conclusion was a little contrived, however. A good book for S. Brown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Frederick | 1/12/2014

    " A typical Sandra Brown--quick read, a few twists and turns, enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/6/2014

    " You can't call this book a mystery since you know the villain almost from the beginning. However, there is a surprise at the end that I didn't see coming. The characters were great and the plot was superb. I felt it was a totally enjoyable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josephine | 12/27/2013

    " I don't know. Maybe I've read too many of her books. I guessed a major plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/25/2013

    " Good read with a little twist at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 12/23/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 12/16/2013

    " Another great book--it was surprising all the way up until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Swearingen | 12/16/2013

    " Kept my attention to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pegysue | 12/9/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rpierson | 12/2/2013

    " Slow, tedious start, almost put it down but Derek Mitchell kept me intrigued. Good dialogue, predictable plot, but overall worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mendy | 11/1/2013

    " A good suspense novel. Nothing deep or challenging ... just an entertaining read. I"ll likely try another one of Sandra Brown's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 8/20/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M.R. Cornelius | 7/7/2013

    " This may be my last Sandra Brown book. I like her writing style, the thriller/romance genre, but the 'shocking ending' was so bogus on this one, I just couldn't buy it. No 'spoiler' here, just disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Arnsdorf | 5/3/2013

    " The plot is clear. There are a couple of twists. This is not compelling but an easy entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lweslock | 4/7/2013

    " This was a good easy read. Sandra Brown is slightly predictable, but always fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sillylittlefishey | 2/1/2013

    " 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!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryHelen | 11/20/2012

    " I liked this book and would give it a 3.5 if I could. She's an author who can keep your interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy W. | 10/10/2012

    " A fun read. Lot's of action. Recommend it for the adventure. It's hard to go wrong with Sandra Brown if you're looking for an escape book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Donahoe | 5/21/2012

    " Pretty good one..... really liked the twist at the very end..only thing i wouldve liked better would be if it hadnt been so obvious from fairly early on who the villain was "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tena Hall | 3/26/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blake | 2/1/2012

    " Not bad, nice plot. too much sex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hope McCormick | 10/6/2011

    " 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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Author Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, many of which have ranked in the number one to five slots, with over eighty million copies of her books in print. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.