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THE PRINCIPALS Paul Wheeler. CEO of the Wheeler Enterprises empire. At age 52, 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 28-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.
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...
©2009 Simon & Schuster (P)2009 Sandra Brown Management Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Pontiflet on 04-17-16

Great Mystery/Thriller... One of SB's Best

I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. Sandra Brown read by Victor Slezak is a match made in heaven for me. Mostly it's SB's writing skills that provide the meat that Victor turns into a mouth watering meal... If you like thrillers that are not overwhelmingly filled with "blood and guts" then you will most likely like this one. It's memorable.

This story is about a murder. Two mostly likely culprits are suspicioned early on, but SB's clever writing keep you guessing. Not many sex scenes or bad language in this one. But an early chapter offers a romantic encounter involving an airplane bathroom! but it is not overly descriptive.

The bad guy in this novel is a movie buff. He loved using popular movie lines that have found a life of their own and are used frequently in everyday life. Movie lines such as: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" which was not used in this novel but is an example of the kind of lines that this bad boy liked and used often. I loved the subtle way SB weaved the dialog from movies into the story. The characters were unique and intriguing. The twists and turns during the last few chapters of the story are superb.
The bad guy is really mentally disturbed. In this novel, he is called a sociopath but I think that he is a psychopath.

Sociopath: Any crimes committed by a sociopath, including murder, will tend to be haphazard, disorganized and spontaneous rather than planned. Psychopaths, on the other hand, carefully plans out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous. Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue.

I wrote all the above to help explain why the bad boy in this story is a psychopath. He is clever, charming, and he planned his diabolical doings very carefully. I am a huge Sandra Brown fan and have enjoyed quite a few of her novels.... I highly recommend this one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dave on 04-10-10

A pleasant surprise

When I read the description of this novel, I wondered if it would hold my interest. What tipped the scales to buy it was Victor Slezak. I thoroughly enjoy his story telling. He reminds me of Humphrey Bower of Bryce Courtenay fame.
Smash Cut is a fast paced novel with the central evil character as real and well-defined as those of James Lee Burke. I also like the way Sandra Brown paints the background, the small, insignificant details of life often omitted in other books. Not surprising, there are many surprises as is the norm with Brown.
I also believe the inclusion of the dog, Maggie, was a brilliant stroke. The movie motif was quite creative.
This is well worth downloading.

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