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North of Montana

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April Smith is the author of North of Montana, Be the One, and Good Morning, Killer. She is also a television screenwriter and producer. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and children.


Smith follows up a noteworthy career as a television writer/producer with this thriller about ambitious FBI agent Ana Grey, whose latest case involves a fading movie star, a celebrity doctor, and a murdered woman who is Grey's distant cousin.

Set in L.A., Smith's debut thriller presents an ambitious young FBI agent who's personal life becomes increasingly tangled with her most recent case. (Jan.)

YA‘Santa Monica, north of Montana Avenue, is ``the land of the newly rich,'' a place where FBI agent Ana Grey definitely feels out of place. It is to these households that she must go when she is assigned to investigate a drug case involving a handsome doctor and a has-been film star. And it is to the working-class household of her own childhood, just a few blocks to the south, that she must go to solve a mystery concerning her family. Both stories intersect when a poor, young Hispanic woman who claimed to be a relative of Ana's long-dead father is brutally murdered. In addition, there is the problem of the dead woman's two young children left in the care of a neighbor who cannot afford to keep them for very long. Two other threads enliven this tale: one centers on Ana's career struggles as a female agent proving herself to her male bosses and the guys in the ``bullpen.'' The other is her coming to terms with a growing romantic attraction to her partner, Mike Donnato. Ana Grey is an interesting addition to the growing ranks of independent-minded fictional female detectives. YAs who enjoy rich characterization and unexpected plot twists will appreciate the complications in her life. At the end of the novel enough threads are left hanging to make a sequel most welcome.‘Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA

"A breathless read from the very first sentence. . . . This baby zips along with all the jolt of a double espresso." --USA Today "Finely written. . . . Full of surprises. . . . North of Montana [is] a pleasure to read." --The Wall Street Journal "Absorbing. . . . Ana is an engaging heroine. . . . Smith writes in the forceful style of a true literary maverick." --The New York Times Book Review "A page-turner." --The Washington Post Book World

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