Silencing Sam (Mass Market Paperbound)
Pocket Books, 9781439178003, 403pp.
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
IN THIS TOWN, GOSSIP KILLS . . .
When a widely despised gossip columnist is found shot to death, Riley Spartz must secretly investigate a case in which she becomes the prime suspect. In the wake of the brutal murder, our heroine discovers that news and gossip have more in common than she ever imagined. Trouble begins when Riley publicly clashes with newspaper gossip writer Sam Pierce, throwing a drink in his face after he implies in his popular column that she cheated on her husband. When clues to the homicide lead to her, Riley is charged with the crime. The police seem unwilling to look any further for perpetrators, although numerous local news- makers have reason for revenge--even a motive for killing. Meanwhile, competition in the Channel 3 newsroom is just as murderous. While Riley struggles to interest her boss in a story about rural wind farm bombings and dead bats, a new reporter spikes the station ratings with exclusive stories about the headless homicide of an unknown woman whose decapitated body is found in a city park. Maybe murder isn't such a bad idea after all? Riley must fight to stay out of jail, ahead in the ratings, and even alive in a killer showdown not fit for television audiences.
Praise For Silencing Sam…
“This brisk mystery, in which homicide is leavened with deadpan humor, makes a worthy entry in a winning series.” —Booklist
“Silencing Sam has a sexy protagonist, a sinister plot, and delivers another delightful read in this smart series.” —Linda Fairstein
“Best-selling author Kramer has delivered her finest Spartz novel to date; fiction readers will love this riveting, action-packed journey into television news investigations.” —Library Journal, starred review
“The plot zips along . . . the dialogue is right on.” -- St. Paul Pioneer Press
“The third Riley Spartz book has a smart, independent heroine, clever dialogue, a well-paced plot and an ending that wraps everything up without feeling too pat or clichéd. A perfect summer vacation read, whether readers are familiar with the first two books or not (if not, be sure to rectify that as soon as possible).” -- Romantic Times