Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen

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Penguin Putnam
The Firm meets the tobacco industry in this wildly compelling corporate thriller.

Through a series of unwanted promotions, Trevor Barnett has become the lead spokesman for the tobacco industry just as it's on the verge of extinction. Plaintiffs' attorneys have finally found the weakness they'd been searching for and have filed a $200 billion lawsuit that the industry will be unable to appeal. America's tobacco companies react by doing the unthinkable-they close their plants and recall their products from retailers' shelves. The message is clear: Not another cigarette will be manufactured or sold until the industry is given ironclad protection from the courts.

As the economy falters and chaos takes hold, Trevor finds himself the target of enraged smokers, gun-toting cigarette smugglers, and a government that has been cut off from one of its largest sources of revenue. Soon it becomes clear that this had always been his function-to take the brunt of the backlash and shield the men in power from the maelstrom they've created. As he is slowly abandoned by an industry that his own ancestors helped to create, he begins to hatch a plan to fight back.

Kyle Mills continues to explore the controversial subjects that have won him legions of fans and accolades around the globe. Fascinating in concept, rich in characters, and broad in appeal, Smoke Screen has all the trademark flair of his previous novels.

Baker & Taylor
Unwillingly promoted to the tobacco industry's lead spokesperson, Trevor Barnett oversees the industry's economy-staggering production freeze in the wake of a high-stakes lawsuit, placing him in a tenacious position.

Blackwell North Amer
Through an inexplicable series of unwanted promotions, Trevor Barnett has become the lead spokesman for the tobacco industry just as it's on the verge of extinction. Plaintiff's attorneys have finally found the weakness they've been searching for, and filed a $200 billion lawsuit that the industry will be unable to appeal.
America's tobacco companies react by doing the unthinkable - they close their plants and recall their products from retailers' shelves. Trevor is charged with the task of going on national television and making the announcement: Not another cigarette will be manufactured or sold until the industry is given ironclad protection from the courts.
As the economy falters and chaos takes hold, Trevor becomes the target of enraged smokers, gun-toting cigarette smugglers, and a government that has been cut off from one of its largest sources of revenue. Soon it becomes clear that this has always been his function - to take the brunt of the backlash and shield the men in power from the maelstrom they've created.
Abandoned by friends, family, and the industry his own ancestors helped build, Trevor finds an unlikely ally in a beautiful anti-tobacco lobbyist with whom he's secretly been in love with for years. Together they hatch a plan to fight back.

Baker
& Taylor

Unwillingly promoted to the tobacco industry's lead spokesperson, Trevor Barnett oversees the industry's economy-staggering production freeze in the wake of a high-stakes lawsuit, placing Trevor in a tenacious position with angry smokers, murderous smugglers, and threatening government forces. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Putnam, 2003
ISBN: 9780399150982
0399150986
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 24 cm

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Jun 11, 2016

This book took off from the get go. Was hard to put down.

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