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Shot : a novel
Jenny Siller
Adult Fiction SILER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Silers third novel continues in the vein of Iced, a kind of light feminista mystery. Lucy Greene, living in the small Colorado town in which she grew up, knows that she is unhappy (despite the pool, the cars, the house), but is unable to break free of the suburban mold. After husband Carls accidental death, she is mired in depression. A not-so-random break-in and the strange demands of Bioflux, Carls biotech employers, lead Lucy to the burning question asked by so many amateur sleuths: What if it wasnt an accident? Aiding in her search for the truth are Kevin Burns, disgraced journalist and Lucys old flame, and Darcy Williams, an ex-con protecting her junkie sister. This task force of three ferrets out a secret that (as the novels version of Deep Throat says) is bad shit. Deep and high. Youre gonna make some powerful enemies if youre not careful. Bioflux is responsible in some way for several biological phenomena dating from 1970 (when U.S. germ warfare was officially banned), among them the neural tube disorders that killed Lucys child, Gulf War syndrome and a strange and fatal illness that ravaged the Colorado prison system in the 1990s. Equipped with quirky characters, a quicksilver plot and chase scenes aplenty (especially when the government becomes involved), this novel makes up in spunk what it lacks in credibility. The biological weapons angle is patently unbelievable, as is the survival of this shaky triumvirate as they simultaneously challenge big business and government. In the real world theyd be dead in ditches or rotting in prison, but in Silers dirty but redeemable universe, everyone ends up on higher ground. Agents, Nat Sobel and Judith Weber. Author tour. (Sept. 3) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Three years ago, Siler burst onto the scene with her first novel, the thriller Easy Money, which was followed in 2001 with Iced. Readers who have waited anxiously for her latest will not be disappointed. After Lucy Greene's husband, Carl, dies in a car accident while on a business trip, someone breaks into their house, turning Carl's study upside down and causing her to question the cause of his death. Lucy also discovers that a few days before his death Carl had contacted Kevin, her old high-school sweetheart and a recently disgraced reporter. Lucy's quest to piece together the puzzle results in a frantic, nail-biting journey. Accompanied by Kevin and an ex-convict named Darcy, she is chased by someone hired to kill her before she discovers the truth. Like Siler's previous heroines, Allie Kerry and Meg Gardner, Lucy is a smart, strong, easily likeable character. This tightly woven suspense novel is recommended for all popular fiction collections. - Nanci Milone Hil, Lucius Beebe Memorial Lib., Wakefield, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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