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By Sandra Brown

New York Times bestselling writer Sandra Brown returns with a story of corruption and betrayal, revenge and reversal - the place acquaintances develop into foes, and heroes turn into criminals within the final abuse of energy.

When newswoman Britt Shelley wakes as much as locate herself in mattress with Jay Burgess, a emerging big name detective within the Charleston PD, she recollects not anything of ways she acquired there...or of ways Jay wound up useless.

Handsome and hard-partying, Jay was once a hero of the disastrous hearth that 5 years past had destroyed Charleston's police headquarters. The blaze left seven humans useless, however the dying toll could were a lot larger if now not for the bravery of Jay and 3 different urban officers who risked their lives to guide others to safeguard.

Firefighter Raley Gannon, Jay's lifelong good friend, used to be off-duty that day. although he will possibly not were a front-line hero, he used to be assigned to guide the research into the reason for the hearth. It used to be an research he by no means obtained to accomplish. simply because on one calamitous evening, Raley's international used to be shattered.

Scandalized, wronged through the folks he relied on such a lot, Raley was once compelled to give up the girl he enjoyed and the paintings to which he'd committed his lifestyles. for 5 years his resentment opposed to the boys who exploited their hero prestige to extra their careers -- and wreck his -- had festered, yet he used to be helpless to set issues correct.

That adjustments while he learns of Jay Burgess's surprising demise and Britt Shelley's declare that she has no reminiscence of her evening with him. because the research into Jay's dying intensifies, and suspicion opposed to Britt Shelley mounts, Raley realizes that the newswoman, Jay's final sexual conquest, can be his purely probability to get own vindication -- and justice for the seven sufferers of the police station fireplace.

But there are strong males who don't are looking to handle unanswered questions on the hearth and who will visit any lengths to guard their reputations. As Raley and Britt observe extra approximately what occurred that fateful day, the extra perilous their state of affairs turns into, till they're not just chasing after the reality yet working for his or her lives.

Friends are uncovered as foes, heroes tackle the taint of criminals, and not anyone might be relied on thoroughly. A story approximately audacious corruption -- and people with the braveness to reveal it -- Smoke Screen is Sandra Brown's such a lot searing and extreme novel but.

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He picked up the photograph of my father in my study, and it was all over. ” “Oh, God,” she said. ” “Everybody’s very impressed with him, especially his maturity,” Stone said. “I know, I know. He taught himself to read at three, and by four he was speaking like an adult, in complete paragraphs. ” “I haven’t seen a single sign of that,” Stone said. ” “I apologize; that was a lapse on my part. ” “Oh, good. ” “Yes, with Dino and Ben. ” “I’ll have Joan book it. ” “All right. ” She hung up. Stone gave Joan her instructions.

Stone raised a finger and picked up the phone. “Get me Seth Keener,” he said to Joan. “Keener,” the voice said. “Seth, it’s Stone Barrington. ” “I thought we had a deal,” Keener said. “This is an easy one: Mr. ” “Mr. Fisher has already experienced an encounter on a yacht in New York Harbor that required him to choose between being knifed by two thugs or taking a swim in December. ” “I have no knowledge of anything like that,” Keener said. “That’s what I would say, too, in the circumstances. Would you be kind enough to mention the situation to Mrs.

Stone thought for a minute. ” “Your father’s name, as I recall. ” “Correct. ” Eggers wrote it down, along with Peter’s new birth date. “I’ll get on it,” he said. “Will Peter need any help with getting into the school? ” “Thank you, yes. ” “I can get half a dozen letters to back him there. ” SON OF STONE “I’ll call you when I have a grip on this,” Eggers said. The two men shook hands and Stone headed for home, a ten-minute walk. ” Stone went to his desk and picked up the phone. ” “No. I spoke to Carling Steadman.

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