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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A tragedy built on accumulating misunderstandings between people of different political persuasions should be riveting in this political season, but flat prose and a self-righteous tone make for a dreary read."
In 1950, an idealistic New York couple and their two kids resettle on a cattle ranch in South Dakota only to find their initial success undermined and destroyed by right-wing fanatics in a novel based loosely on the actual case of a family victimized by anti-Communist hysteria in Okanogan, Washington, during the McCarthy era. Read full book review >
A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE by April Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"While the line-by-line writing is engaging, this take on historic events is made shallow by broad brush strokes and lots of heartstring pulling."
During the early 1930s, the U.S. government arranged for grieving "Gold Star Mothers" to visit the French burial sites of their sons killed during World War I. This historical fiction by mystery author Smith (White Shotgun, 2011, etc.) concerns a woman named Cora Blake and her travel companions. Read full book review >
WHITE SHOTGUN by April Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2011

"Though the Tuscan setting, now glowing, now rife with criminal activity, makes the horrors of Judas Horse (2008) seem both more picturesque and more normal, the FBI tradecraft summoned by the kidnapping rings true."
The latest undercover assignment for the FBI's Ana Grey cuts uncomfortably close to the bone. Read full book review >
JUDAS HORSE by April Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2008

"Smith creates an undercover training regime for Ana that the FBI might do well to emulate. She's so expert at implanting stress that you could become bipolar just from reading one chapter. Feisty, disturbing and exceptionally well done."
A demonic ride through undercover terrain with FBI agent Ana Grey. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, KILLER by April Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2003

"Smith knows how to make the heart race. With better plotting, she'll be formidable."
Ana Grey (North of Montana, 1994), FBI agent, returns to track down a sadistic kidnapper while navigating a stormy relationship with her cop boyfriend; the storylines are interwoven in what is, for the most part, a crackerjack suspenser. Read full book review >
BE THE ONE by April Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2000

"Smith certainly knows baseball, and she's created a full-dimensioned, interesting character in Cassidy. In the end, though, despite her breezy, almost screenplay-like style, the story falls disappointingly flat."
The author of North of Montana (1994) uses the world of baseball, as seen through the eyes of a female scout whose career depends on finding hidden talent for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, as the backdrop for this mystery thriller. Read full book review >
NORTH OF MONTANA by April Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Transcends all conventions. (First printing of 125,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
Smith comes out swinging and never lets up in her knockout debut novel. Read full book review >