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White Shotgun

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White Shotgun

Ana Grey Mystery Series, Book 4
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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.
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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.
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    It was only another good-bye. Sterling McCord was lying on his back, staring at the lace-curtained window that looked out on the sidewalk. I was up on an elbow, studying the green in his eyes. Rainy light fl oated around us like the aftertaste of a kiss.

    “Hello, cupcake,” he murmured.

    “Don’t go,” I said.

    We had been camping out in a borrowed flat in South Kensington while I was on vacation status from the Bureau. The place had
    belonged to the deceased relative of a friend—four rooms in the basement of a Georgian mews house just off Old Brompton Road. The air smelled of mildew and face powder, and we found frilly candy wrappers balled up on the dresser. Sterling called it “the old-lady hooch.”

    We’d had to push two narrow cots together, along with their wobbly headboards of padded roses, but we managed. After a couple of weeks of coming and going, it was starting to feel less like a tomb and more like a place to live. Keys on the table. Eggs in the refrigerator. Then Sterling got the call.

    Do you want to do something interesting?”

    That was the way it always began. The voice on the phone. A deep Welsh accent. Sly, as if the reason he was calling wasn’t all that
    interesting. An hour later, Sterling would disappear on a mission he couldn’t discuss.

    Sterling McCord worked for a private security fi rm called Oryx. His gear was stowed in a corner of the bedroom, laid out for quick
    departure, the black rucksack hanging from a doorknob. He did not travel with a weapon, preferring to improvise when he arrived. His first stop would be to purchase a Leatherman multi-tool—he must have left dozens in the field. With not much more than a canteen, a poncho, and GPS, it would take less than five minutes to dump his stuff in the rucksack and be gone.

    “Is there at least time for a good-bye drink?” I asked, drawing my toes along his leg. Even at rest, his calf muscle felt like a knot of hardwood.

    He played with the bracelet on my wrist. “We’ll have time.”

    Sterling liked to say the only thing that made sense in the world was horses. He grew up in Kerrville, Texas, and learned the cowboy arts from his dad—how to train a cutting horse and weave tack, like the fine leather bracelet he had made for me, an eternity knot that would never come off. I had no intention of taking it off. Things were different with Sterling. It was the peaceful way we went to sleep together; deep conversations at three in the morning, someone always willing to rub the kink out of someone’s hip. I knew I had fallen in love when I woke up one morning in a white sun-drenched hotel room in Madrid to the scent of baking chocolate. Sterling had ordered his idea of breakfast in bed: two cafés con leche and one fresh, sweet-smelling dish of molten chocolate cake with powdered sugar on top. We laid against the pillows feeding each other spoonfuls of bittersweet chocolate. That was it.

    Oryx is a type of antelope, but also a helicopter, and Sterling’s aircraft of choice. He piloted an Oryx during the war in Sierra Leone, after he left Delta Force, where he learned how to blow a door open without waking the cat. But the most essential skill in the top echelon of Special Forces is the ability to work in absolute secrecy, below the radar of the Pentagon and the FBI. The invisible warrior without boundaries is essential to our security—and a pain in the ass if he happens to be your lover.

    I didn’t even know to which continent Oryx was sending him, but it was a familiar trek: the...
About the Author-
  • April Smith is the author of Judas Horse, North of Montana, Be the One, and Good Morning, Killer. She is also a television screenwriter and producer. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and children.
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  • Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of Taken

    "April Smith's White Shotgun will haunt you. . . . She is one of the finest, smartest, most gifted writers working in crime fiction today."

  • People "The adrenaline is nicely balanced by [Ana's] grappling with loyalties to both blood and Bureau."
  • Los Angeles Times "A satisfying thriller, but what's even more impressive is the crisp, spare writing."
  • Mark Davis, Las Vegas Review-Journal "It left me hungry for more--more Italy, more fun and more drama."
  • USA Today "Smith tells one heck of a crime story with tightly woven, suspenseful plots and lovable but terribly mixed-up protagonists."
  • Chicago Tribune "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."
  • The New York Times "April Smith writes in the forceful style of a true literary maverick, someone who has earned the right to break a few rules."
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "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."
  • Booklist (starred review) "Ana Grey is a credible, fascinating heroine, both worldly and rueful about her unsettled life. . . . Tight suspense and fascinating background."
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