A mystery/suspense novel with a human interest twist for the heroine. I will read other books by this author.
Fast moving story of an FBI agent confronted with her past.
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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
FBI Agent, Ana Grey is assigned to a case involving a high profile actress who is accusing her doctor of getting her hooked on drugs. After Ana investigates the doctor thoroughly, she can find no wrong-doing on his part but the pressure from above to convict him is relentless and has her doubting herself. To make her life even more unbearable, she is contacted about a long lost cousin who has been murdered and she is expected to not only solve her murder, but take responsibility for what will happen to the cousin's children.
debut novel, very good and better unfortunately than her second book. FBI agent Ana Grey. based in Los Angeles
An electrifying suspense novel...
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
North of Montana is a righteously spirited cruise through present day LA - a deft and witty journey illuminated by wild sparkles of humor and heart tugging ruminations of what happens when love goes south. Ana Grey, the heroine-narrator, is a provocative protagonist, something like a hybrid of Carole Lombard and Batwoman. She may well become a major crime series mainstay.
Ana Grey is an FBI agent who is given a high profile case that involves a well connected Hollywood actress who says her doctor has hooked her on drugs. Interwoven into this story, is Ana coming to grips with something about her family too. Great Read.
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."
This book was gave to me and I have not read it, and figured someone else would love to have it.