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Montana

Montana

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Foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is pissed. Downsized from her Kabul posting, her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns. Arriving in Montana for some R&R at a friend's cabin, her friend is nowhere in sight.

Anger turns to terror when Lola discovers her friend shot dead. She can't get out of Montana fast enough, but finds that she can't leave as she's held as a potential witness, thwarting her plan to return to Afghanistan on her own and have her editors change their minds. Her best hope lies in solving the case herself. But this surefooted journalist who deftly negotiated Afghanistans deadly terrain finds herself frighteningly off-balance in this forgotten corner of her own country, plagued by tensions between the locals and citizens of the nearby Blackfeet Nation.

Lola's lone-wolf styledoesn'twork in a place where the harsh landscape and extreme isolation compel people to rely upon each other in ways she finds unsettling. In her awkward attempts at connection, she forms a reluctant alliance with a local reporter, succumbs to the romantic attentions of a wealthy rancher, and fences warily with the state's first Indian candidate for governor, the subject of her friend's final stories. Ultimately she comes to truly care about the people she meets in Montana, only to miss the warning signals that her own life is in danger.

While unraveling her friend's terrible fate, Lola joins many Americans in learning the hard lessons of a fraught economythat circumstances change in a flash, that formerly overlooked places and people can hold deep value, and that human bonds matter more than fleeting career success.

"Breathless pacing, strong characterizations, and a nuanced plot blend into an unforgettable read. Florio knows her stuff." --Library Journal, starred review (named DEBUT OF THE MONTH)

"Outstanding... Believable action complements razor-sharp observations of people and scenery." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Florio does a great job of writing a book thats both evocative of the Montana countryside and a satisfying, hair-raising ride. A promising debut." --Kirkus

"Gwen Florios brisk first novel draws you in right away, and keeps you close during the speedy 256 pages...Nothing is quite as expected...Lola lives and breathes on the page, and youll be glad you met her."
--Mystery Scene Magazine

Veteran journalist GWEN FLORIO has covered stories ranging from the shootings at Columbine High School, the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the glitz of the Miss America pageant, and the more practical Miss Navajo contest whose participants slaughter a sheep. Reporting from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population: three), her journalism has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and her short fiction for the Pushcart Prize.

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