"POWERFUL...A PAGE-TURNER OF SUBSTANCE...
When [F.B.I. agent] Ana Grey is given a high-profile case involving a Hollywood actress who claims that her doctor has hooked her on illegal drugs, Ana's own puzzling history collides with her investigation and she must face an uncomfortable truth about her family and herself."
A notably literate crime novel about all manner of social dividing lines--race, gender, age, class--in the rude stew of L.A.'s human melting pot."
--New York Newsday
"FINELY WRITTEN...FULL OF SURPRISES...
Smith brings an expert sense of pace to this first novel. But it is her engaging style, which blends lyric descriptions with crackling dialogue, that makes NORTH OF MONTANA such a pleasure to read."
--The Wall Street Journal
"A BREATHLESS READ FROM THE VERY FIRST SENTENCE...
This baby zips along with all the jolt of a double espresso."
"ABSORBING...ANA IS AN ENGAGING HEROINE
whose blend of gutsiness, humor and vulnerability may bring to mind another California crime specialist, Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone."
--The New York Times Book Review
A MAIN SELECTION OF THE LITERARY GUILD(c)
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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.
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In a stunningly assured debut, Smith has produced a crime thriller distinguished by an unflagging pace, authoritative use of detail and an appealing heroine. In vigorous, literate prose, Smith delivers characters of depth and dimension who inhabit the wildly diverse worlds of Southern California, each rendered with a cinematic eye. Her protagonist is Ana Grey, an ambitious, brash young FBI agent. With seven years in the L.A. field office and a recent "perfect bust" of a bank robber, Ana is ready to move up. A resentful superior stands in the way, however, and instead of getting transferred, Ana is assigned to a high-profile case involving a megawatt movie star of a certain age who has brought charges against a local doctor for addicting her to drugs. At the same time, Ana receives a phone call asking her to help the two young children of a recent street-shooting victim in Santa Monica--an immigrant from El Salvador who told friends that Ana was her cousin. Ana insists it's a hoax: abandoned as an infant by her father, a migrant worker from Mexico, she was raised by her mother, now deceased, and her beloved grandfather, a retired Santa Monica cop. Then Ana learns that the Salvadoran woman had worked for the physician charged in the drug case and finds herself tangled in events that lace together both personal and professional aspects of her life and trigger a troubling series of forgotten memories of her childhood. Moving through an array of settings--L.A.'s crowded Latino section, El Piojilla; the blue-collar Santa Monica neighborhood of her youth; the modern elegance of the "overbuilt upscale enclave" known as "north of Montana"--Ana grapples with more death, Hollywood politics, personal betrayal and her own seething desires. Wisely leaving some ends untied, Smith resolves the central themes of this seamless narrative in this smashing story. 200,000 first printing; Literary Guild selection; Random House AudioBook.
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Book Description London: Hutchinson, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0091784999