Smoke Screen ) features a particularly memorable villain, sociopath Creighton Wheeler, who’s obses"/>
 

Smash Cut

Sandra Brown, Author
Sandra Brown, Author . Simon & Schuster $26.95 (367p) ISBN 978-1-4165-6308-2
Reviewed on: 06/22/2009
Release date: 08/01/2009

This superlative romantic thriller from bestseller Brown (Smoke Screen ) features a particularly memorable villain, sociopath Creighton Wheeler, who’s obsessed with re-enacting scenes from films like Strangers on a Train and Frenzy . When Creighton’s wealthy uncle, Paul Wheeler, is shot dead in an apparent robbery at an Atlanta hotel, Paul’s close friend, gallery owner Julie Rutledge, attempts to persuade the police that Creighton ordered the hit. Creighton’s father asks Derek Mitchell, a criminal lawyer, to represent the accused Creighton, but Derek declines because he had a plane tryst en route to Paris with Julie after Paul’s murder. Angered by Derek’s refusal, Creighton stalks Julie; targets Derek’s dog, Maggie; and plots to kill the ex-girlfriend of his henchman, Billy Duke, after Billy has second thoughts about helping Creighton. Brown skillfully charts Julie and Derek’s quest to catch the slippery fiend. Multiple smash cuts (abrupt scene shifts) lead to a wonderfully frenzied finish. (Aug.)

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