Fiction & Suspense Jenny Siler Shot: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780805072037

Shot: A Novel

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9780805072037: Shot: A Novel

Trying to find out the truth about her husband's death, headstrong Lucy Greene stumbles on dangerous secrets about a government-sponsored biological warfare program that has maimed her past and threatens her future

The story is that Lucy Greene's husband, Carl, died in a car accident. But why did Carl contact Lucy's high-school sweetheart Kevin, a recently discredited TV journalist, just a few days before he died with promises of a big story? Why does an intruder break into Carl's home office after the funeral? And what does any of this have to do with a rash of prison TB, their baby's encephalocele, or Lucy's brother's post-Gulf War illness?

Lucy wants some answers, and before she knows it she's careening across the western landscape with a hired killer on her trail, warned that she's messing with some very big players. She's not alone-in helping her, Kevin wants to resuscitate his career and ex-con Darcy wants to protect her junkie sister who's still on the inside. But with her loved ones dead and a Glock for a new best friend, Lucy is the one who will do whatever it takes to uncover the real story behind her husband's death.

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Right after he contacts an investigative journalist, hinting at a big story, biotech executive Carl Greene dies in an accident on a lonely Northwest road. A series of troubling events follow his funeral: two burglaries, the removal of Carl's files by his former colleagues, an attempt on his widow Lucy's life, and the murder of her brother Chick, a Gulf War veteran suffering from a mysterious illness. What's the connection between the break-ins, the murder, Chick's illness, an epidemic of TB in a nearby prison, the neural tube defect that killed Carl and Lucy's infant, and an ex-con named Darcy who's being blackmailed by the warden of the women's prison where her sister is an inmate? This incisive thriller lays out an all-too-believable conspiracy scenario involving biological weapons and government cover-ups; Siler's hard-edged prose, tough but believable female characters, and fast-paced narrative make her third mystery (after Easy Money and Iced) a standout. --Jane Adams

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Praise For Jenny Siler's Shot

"Quirky characters, a quicksilver plot, and chase scenes aplenty...in Siler's dirty but redeemable universe, everyone ends up on higher ground."-Publishers Weekly

"A sizzling nail-biter, ratcheting up the suspense with each page, keeping the reader guessing during the entire tension-filled trip."-Mary Ann Tirone-Smith, author of Love Her Madly

For Iced
"Poetry with attitude."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Siler's first book, Easy Money, was a huge critical success and put the author on the literary map. Iced will keep her there."--Denver Post

"Gardner's unshakable moral foundation gives her depth and likability as she untangles a knot of murder and mayhem with roots in a plane crash decades ago. It's a bleak, intricate story. And Meg Gardner's a keeper."--Baltimore Sun

"One of the new talents in tough gal crime fiction....She handles the hard-boiled writing style with a natural grace, never sounding forced or stagy....It effectively reveals Gardner as a complex soul, faithless and dour, as rugged as the Montana wilderness."-Publishers Weekly

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"A wild ride, and Meg is a gutsy heroine, a tough ex-con and a loner who bends the law as she maintains her own code of justice."-Library Journal

"Ms. Siler writes like a hard-boiled angel-prose as dazzling as cut stones, characters as polished and complex as diamond facets and a plot as compelling as unbridled greed. What a fine piece of work." -James Crumley, author of Bordersnakes and The Last Good Kiss

"With a voice of authority as crisp and cutting as the Montana winter she so vividly evokes, Siler gives us Meg Gardner, a hard woman faced with hard choices, a heroine who has failed, but who never disappoints. Gardner-and Siler-is the real thing."-Laurie R. King, author of Night Work

For Easy Money
A New York Times Notable Book

"Once in a blue moon, a new writer speaks up in a voice that gets your attention like a rifle shot. Jenny Siler ... has that kind of voice...clean, direct and a little dangerous...an intensely vivid piece of writing...."--The New York Times Book Review

"In her first novel, 27-year-old author Jenny Siler has shown tough-guy thriller writers how a woman does it. And she packs some punch...a terrific thriller."--The Wall Street Journal

"A triumphant debut....Siler's persuasive take on the underground world of deviant behavior, and her ability to channel that world through an introspective female protagonist, mesmerizes as it thrills." --Publisher's Weekly

"Breezy, cool violent action debut featuring a two-fisted, pistol-packing tough gal courier chased by bad guys across a shattered, washed-up-and-left-for-dead American heartland...A bumpy, bloody road trip into a dark past and darker present from a writer who may have what it takes to be a genre star."--Kirkus Reviews

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