Montana / Gwen Florio.

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      Summary: "Foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is pissed. Downsized from her Kabul posting, her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns. Arriving in Montana for some R&R at a friend's cabin, her friend is nowhere in sight. Anger turns to terror when Lola discovers her friend shot dead. She can't get out of Montana fast enough, but finds that she can't as she's held as a potential witness, thwarting her plan to return to Afghanistan on her own and have her editors change their minds. Her best hope lies in solving the case herself. But this surefooted journalist who deftly negotiated Afghanistan's deadly terrain finds herself frighteningly off-balance in this forgotten corner of her own country, plagued by tensions between the locals and citizens of the nearby Blackfeet Nation. Lola's lone-wolf style doesn't work in a place where the harsh landscape and extreme isolation compel people to rely upon each other in ways she finds unsettling. In her awkward attempts at connection, she forms a reluctant alliance with a local reporter, succumbs to the romantic attentions of a wealthy rancher, and fences warily with the state's first Indian candidate for governor, the subject of her friend's final stories. Ultimately she comes to truly care about the people she meets in Montana, only to miss the warning signals that her own life is in danger. While unraveling her friend's terrible fate, Lola joins many Americans in learning the hard lessons of a fraught economy - that circumstances change in a flash, that formerly overlooked places and people can hold deep value, and that human bonds matter more than fleeting career success" -- Provided by publisher.
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      FLORIO, G. Montana. [s. l.]: The Permanent Press, 2013. ISBN 9781579623364. Disponível em: Acesso em: 17 fev. 2020.
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      Florio G. Montana. The Permanent Press; 2013. Accessed February 17, 2020.
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      Florio, G. (2013). Montana. The Permanent Press.
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      Florio, Gwen. 2013. Montana. The Permanent Press.
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      Florio, G. (2013) Montana. The Permanent Press. Available at: (Accessed: 17 February 2020).
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      Florio, G 2013, Montana, The Permanent Press, viewed 17 February 2020, .
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      Florio, Gwen. Montana. The Permanent Press, 2013. EBSCOhost,
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      Florio, Gwen. Montana. The Permanent Press, 2013.
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      Florio G. Montana [Internet]. The Permanent Press; 2013 [cited 2020 Feb 17]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2013 October #1

Returning from assignment in Afghanistan, foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is looking forward to a restful reentry at a friend's Montana cabin. Instead, she's greeted by her former colleague's corpse. Lola learns that Mary Alice had been writing for the local paper, digging into the past of Native American gubernatorial candidate Johnny Running Wolf. Lola doesn't trust that the local sheriff has the skills to find Mary Alice's killer, so she extends her stay and uses her investigative expertise to reconstruct Mary Alice's last days. She learns that there's a lot more than meets the eye going on in Magpie, Montana. Beyond the unemployment and the anti-meth billboards, there's big money to be made in the mountains—enough to kill for. The sparsely populated Big Sky setting will be one of the major sources of appeal for readers of this gripping debut mystery. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2013 October #1

Downsized by her Baltimore newspaper, war correspondent Lola Wicks heads west to northern Montana for a much-needed reunion with fellow journalist and longtime friend, Mary Alice. A searing prolog tells readers that Mary Alice has just died violently, and, needless to say, Lola is stunned when she finds her friend's body. Obviously, Mary Alice was on to something so dangerous it cost her her life. Lola's first instinct is to suspect Johnny Running Wolf, a slick Native American gubernatorial candidate who runs an intense campaign. The killer might think he snagged all of Mary Alice's latest research, but Lola knows her friend's tricks, and she haphazardly deciphers Mary Alice's clues until she unearths a startling long-held secret so implausible that it sounds almost laughable. But if it's so farfetched, maybe someone can explain why Lola's life is seriously on the line. VERDICT Breathless pacing, strong characterizations, and a nuanced plot blend into an unforgettable read. With its strong sense of place and an intriguing ethnic character mix, consider for fans of Lori Armstrong, C.J. Box, and Wayne Arthurson. Florio is a veteran journalist, so she knows her stuff. [Dakota, the second volume in the series, is scheduled for a 2014 publication date.—Ed.]

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PW Reviews 2013 August #1

Journalist Florio's outstanding first novel introduces foreign correspondent Lola Wicks. When Lola's newspaper pulls her out of Afghanistan and assigns her to irrelevant suburbia, she plans to sneak back to Kabul, but first she decides to visit Mary Alice Carr, a friendly former colleague who's settled happily in the Montana boondocks. After stumbling on Mary Alice's corpse, Lola soon encounters a fledgling sheriff who labels her a material witness, a glad-handing Blackfoot candidate for governor with murky campaign finances, and a studly rancher who's only too happy to make her feel welcome. She begins pursuing the leads Mary Alice was working on as a local reporter, discovering that the major corruption and mortal danger she became used to overseas are just somewhat better hidden in the peaceful American countryside. Quirky and cantankerous, Lola is grudgingly willing to learn from experience. Believable action complements razor-sharp observations of people and scenery. Agent: Barbara Braun, Barbara Braun Associates. (Oct.)

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