Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Smash Cut-Sandra Brown

Smash Cut
Sandra Brown
Simon & Schuster, Aug 2009, $26.95
ISBN 9781416563082

When wealthy Paul Wheeler is murdered in an Atlanta hotel, the police assume a robbery has gone bad. His close friend, gallery owner Julie Rutledge, believes otherwise as she tries to convince the police that Paul’s nephew Creighton ordered the hit.

Creighton’s father asks criminal lawyer Derek Mitchell to represent his son, but the attorney refuses because he is going with Julie to Paris. Outraged by Derek’s rejection, Creighton goes after his loved ones. He stalks Julie and Derek’s dog Maggie. He plans to kill the girlfriend of his cowardly former partner Billy Duke as a punishment for his backing out of the murder scheme. Creighton plots to stage a triumphant final scene straight out of a classic Hitchcock movie like Frenzy that will leave Billy, Julie and Derek joining his Uncle Paul.

This is a super thriller that is fast-paced with rapid changing scenes that add tension as the audience increasingly and avidly anticipates High Noon. The cast is powerful especially the beleaguered Derek and Julie, but SMASH CUT is owned by Creighton who we meet when a servant Rose interrupts his tennis game. With terrific twists especially a late one and homage to great mystery films, fans will enjoy this cat and mouse tale as Creighton worships death scenes from the classics.

Harriet Klausner

2 comments:

Kristin said...

Ms. Klausner, I noticed several discrepancies in your review. Corrections are as follows:

Derek does not refuse to represent Creighton because "he is going with Julie to Paris." They met on the plane departing from Paris. He refused because he genuinely hated Creighton upon their first meeting and, of course, was compromised by Julie on the plane.

Creighton has his own reasons for stalking Julie--it does not derive from Derek's rejection, although the incident with Maggie does.

Billy Duke did not back out of the murder scheme whatsoever.

Creighton did not have plans to kill Julie or Derek.

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