RIDING GAIN by Joyce Krieg


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Is the queen of Sacramento Talk Radio eyeing greener pastures? Quick, send in the corpses!

When iconic Captain Mikey, Sacramento Talk’s long-term helicopter traffic pilot, falls victim to outsourcing, Shauna J. Bogart goes a little crazy. Though still on the sunny side of 40, she’s convinced she sees the writing on the wall spelling out “approaching old age.” And now there’s a staggeringly lucrative offer from Radio Land in L.A., tempting her within an inch of her life. Clearly, what Shauna J. needs at this crossroads moment is a couple of hot-story murders to distract her as usual (Slip Cue, 2004, etc). Presto! The first dead body to surface belongs to Travis Ikeda-Nyland, a sort of protégé of Shauna J.’s who 18 months earlier had worked as an intern at Sacramento Talk. Travis is the only son of Sapphire Ikeda, an immensely popular TV anchorwoman who throws a lot of weight around. Next comes (or goes) the unfortunate Brenda Driscoll, silenced because certain shadowy electronics security wizards will stop at nothing to remain sub rosa. Soon, bouncy Shauna J. is restored to form and up to her pretty eyeballs in clues, motives and suspects, while thinking that greener pastures may be, after all, only a matter of perspective.

Shauna J. continues to charm. But can anyone out there help with a plot?

Pub Date: Nov. 7th, 2005
ISBN: 0-312-32738-2
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Dunne/Minotaur
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005


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