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North of Montana

By April Smith

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Format: Paperback, 293 pages
Published In: India, 01 February 2009
FBI Special Agent Ana Grey debuts in this electrifying thriller marked by psychological acuity and unfaltering suspense. After Ana Grey pulls off -the most amazing arrest of the year, - the squad supervisor--who doesn't like irreverent, tough-minded young women--gives her a reprimand instead of the promotion she deserves. As a test, she is assigned a high-profile case involving a beloved Hollywood movie star and an illegal supply of prescription drugs. It doesn't take Ana and her partner, Mike Donnato, long to realize -this is not a case- but -a political situation waiting to explode---and they're holding the bomb. As the boundary between her private and professional lives begins to blur, Ana's own world collides with her investigation, and she is forced to confront the searing truth about the nature of power and identity, and the mystery of her past.

About the Author

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.

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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 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""

EAN: 9780307390653
ISBN: 0307390659
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Dimensions: 20.07 x 13.21 x 1.78 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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