An FBI Special Agent Ana Grey Novel
Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307270139, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Special Agent Ana Grey—intense, unpredictable, brilliant—returns in an electrifying new novel of suspense.
Even on leave from the FBI, Ana can’t kick old habits: when she witnesses a drive-by shooting at an Italian restaurant in London, she helps the injured and gives testimony to the police. Still, it comes as a shock when, soon after, the Bureau contacts her—not because they want her to investigate the shooting, but because they want her to investigate the half sister she never knew she had, Cecilia, who lives in Siena and is married to Nicosa, a coffee mogul with some suspicious connections. Settling into their home under false pretenses is the least of the complications Ana encounters. The entire city of Siena is gearing up for its legendary horse race, the Palio—the dazzling annual culmination of ancient rivalries between the city’s many wards. But when her nephew is stabbed and her sister goes missing, Ana understands with painful clarity that there’s more than a horse race at stake here. And for Ana herself, it will mean an almost impossible choice between duty and family.
“April Smith’s White Shotgun will haunt you. . . . She is one of the finest, smartest, most gifted writers working in crime fiction today.” —Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of Taken
“The adrenaline is nicely balanced by [Ana’s] grappling with loyalties to both blood and Bureau.” —People
“A satisfying thriller, but what’s even more impressive is the crisp, spare writing.” —Los Angeles Times
“It left me hungry for more—more Italy, more fun and more drama.” —Mark Davis, Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Smith tells one heck of a crime story with tightly woven, suspenseful plots and lovable but terribly mixed-up protagonists.” —USA Today
“Smith is a writer with a laser eye that can record with cold precision the details of the daily life of her crime-solving subjects.” —Chicago Tribune
“April Smith writes in the forceful style of a true literary maverick, someone who has earned the right to break a few rules.” —The New York Times
“Smith has created a vibrant, intriguing cast of characters and has a superb eye for detail, as evidenced by her vivid descriptions of the Italian landscape. . . . Her true forte is storytelling.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“Ana Grey is a credible, fascinating heroine, both worldly and rueful about her unsettled life. . . . Tight suspense and fascinating background.” —Booklist (starred review)