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 Miami never lets up--certainly not for crime reporter Britt Montero (Miami, It's Murder, 1994, etc.), who gets no more home- cooked meals or eight-hour sleeps than any of the cops on her beat. The main event this time is a series of carjackings masterminded by underage Gilberto Sanchez--self-baptized ``FMJ,'' for Full Metal Jacket--who likes to take the fight out of his victims by shooting them in the leg before he takes their wheels. Following a tip on Howie, a.k.a. Cornflake, a milder member of FMJ's gang, Britt manages to tie FMJ to a car theft that left a mother crippled and her son dead. Promising immunity for Howie, Britt persuades him to surrender to the law--and then the real trouble begins, for Britt as well as Howie. His calls for help don't get through; she starts to arrive too late to cover stories that instead go to Trish Tierney, the ambitious new kid she helped to the newsroom. Midway through this tour of America's meanest streets, it becomes obvious that Trish, not Howie, is the real story. This sweetie, who steals Britt's sources and risks lives to make stories happen, is one slick piece of work. It's almost a letdown to learn that, hours after a very public catfight with Britt outside the police station, Trish has been found murdered--with Britt the obvious suspect. Perfect. Sadly, it's all downhill from there, with nothing much to do but watch Britt languish until she can get bailed out and nab the real perp, who's nowhere near as much fun to watch as Trish. But the first half of this story, with its reeking background, is a scorcher: Even on deadline, Buchanan couldn't write a boring page. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection)

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1995
ISBN: 0-7868-6047-2
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1994


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