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.
FBI special agent Ana Grey rides in from North of Montana, working undercover to snag the anarchist group that murdered a fellow agent. With a five-city tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
At the start of Smith's superb third thriller to feature Ana Grey (after 2003's Good Morning, Killer), the FBI special agent, who's still recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder after shooting "a crazed detective on a suicide mission" seven months earlier, learns that the skeletal remains of her missing onetime fiance, fellow special agent Steve Crawford, have turned up in Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Ana later finds out Steve was murdered by members of an anarchist group with a penchant for homemade bombs. After training at the FBI's undercover school, Ana uses an alias to penetrate the group, which includes a former FBI agent gone bad, Dan Stone. As "Allfather" Stone plots a terrorist act he calls "the Big One," Ana must burrow through layers of paranoia to discover the precise threat the FBI is dealing with. Ana's nuanced and coolly observational narrative voice perfectly complements the well-paced action, which builds to a satisfying conclusion that leaves open the next chapter of Ana's story. 5-city author tour. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"A feverishly pitched adventure . . . that thunders right off the page."--The New York Times Book Review"A pulse-pounding thriller."--USA Today "Fast, harrowing, and breathtaking."--The New York Sun"A genuinely scarifying thriller . . . has the momentum of a theme-park ride."--Los Angeles Times"Why does the FBI still seem so sexy? Part of the reason is murder mysteries like April Smith's Judas Horse . . . It's creepy, chest-thumping stuff, with snitches and loyalty tests and the good guys and villains constantly in flux."--Los Angeles Magazine"Smith's superb third thriller to feature Ana Grey . . . Ana's nuanced and coolly observational narrative voice perfectly complements the well-paced action, which builds to a satisfying conclusion that leaves open the next chapter of Ana's story."--Publishers Weekly (starred)"Smith does a convincing job of conveying the trials of maintaining a dual identity . . . The narrative is fast-paced without becoming frantic, and the intertwining story lines are deftly handled. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred)"A demonic ride through undercover terrain . . . 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." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)