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I could smell the gunpowder. The dream was that real. Just as Miami suffers the aftereffects of the devastating hurricane that ravaged the city at the time of her fatal encounter, Britt suffers the effects of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Into this scenario strides a major Hollywood star about to film an action movie, the first to be shot on location in the city since the storm. The character he portrays, that of a government agent under deep cover as a reporter, brings him into the newsroom and into Britt's ...
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I could smell the gunpowder. The dream was that real. Just as Miami suffers the aftereffects of the devastating hurricane that ravaged the city at the time of her fatal encounter, Britt suffers the effects of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Into this scenario strides a major Hollywood star about to film an action movie, the first to be shot on location in the city since the storm. The character he portrays, that of a government agent under deep cover as a reporter, brings him into the newsroom and into Britt's life, to research his role. The film's plot is reflected in real life as danger lurks - on the set, in the newsroom, and on the streets. An obsessed madwoman stalks the star, and mysterious accidents, mishaps, and deaths push the production dangerously over budget. The magic of twenty-four frames a second rivals real life for excitement. While the rich, beautiful, and indulged cavort at South Beach foam parties and night spots, Miami's mean streets are never meaner. A baby apparently starves to death, a welfare mother is targeted for murder, and a serial killer is stealing hookers' hearts - literally. Britt and the star become so close that both are now menaced by the obsessed fan. Is she the only one, or is someone else also determine to sabotage the film and murder the star? Their search for the truth takes them from the bright lights of a major movie premiere to the dark bowels of the newspaper's vast press room. From Hollywood-style high life to low life on the street, Miami, with all its vivid contrasts, has never been more beautiful - or deadly.
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It's lights, camera, action as Miami becomes a movie set and crime reporter Britt Montero falls for a Hollywood hunk in the fast-paced Margin of Error. Buchanan, of course, was a prize-winning crime reporter before she became a novelist, and her experiences with crooks and cops tether the series to reality (although one doubts that Buchanan was ever chased by a killer through the Miami Herald's cavernous press room. Here, though, Montero discovers that it's not just the movies that deal in illusion, and appearances can indeed deceive.

—Nancy Pate

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To another fine mix of murder and South Florida atmosphere, Buchanan adds a dash of romance as tough-as-nails Miami crime reporter Britt Montero Acts of Betrayal, etc. goes gaga for a Hollywood hunk. When superstar Lance Westfell arrives in Miami to play a reporter in his new movie, he tags along with Britt her boss's orders to learn about the job. Resentful at first, Britt soon succumbs to Lance's legendary charm. She also learns the nasty downside of stardom, for Lance is being stalked by a delusional fan named Stephanie. Despite the best efforts of Britt, Lance and Niko, the actor's bodyguard, Stephanie always tracks them down and wreaks creative havoc on anyone in her way. Stephanie's viciousness sets Lance's movie far behind schedule and overbudget. And then deadly disasters start plaguing the set. Britt, meanwhile, narrowly escapes death in a drive-by shooting aimed at a mother charged with child abuse. Buchanan's Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's eye doesn't miss much in Miami. She knows its poshest precincts, its poorest projects and the troubles lurking in both. She also knows how to reveal the vulnerable heart beating within Britt's tough exterior. Audio rights to Brilliance. June
Library Journal
In Miami to shoot a movie about a crime reporter, a sexy Hollywood leading man consults series starand crime reporterBritt Montero. The pair soon find themselves stalked by a murderer. A necessary purchase. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/91.]
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There's a new man in Britt Montero's life—handsome, sexy, glamorous, endlessly attentive Lance Westfell. From the moment they meet, Lance follows Britt everywhere, and no wonder: She's been assigned to feed him background for his starring role (government agent turned undercover reporter) in the new film Margin of Error. So Britt gets to squeeze this beefcake puppy dog in along with Darnell Oliver, the divorced dad who wants to get custody of his kids before his wife starves any more of them to death; Monica Atwater, the anti-gun head of the Tourist Development Association whose own AK-47 has been stolen by burglars; Randall Fairborn, the dead Metrorail security guard whose story Britt is determined to uncover; and the anonymous sicko with the shoe fetish who's been heating up her phone lines. It's only a matter of time before Britt falls for Lance, of course, and can add some of the star's rival fans to her reporter's notebook as suspects in the outbreak of sabotage and murder on the movie set: Stephanie Carrollton, who stalks him armed with the fairy tale of being his fiancée; Karen Sawyer, who sprays him with a blinding love potion; Lexie Duran, the supermodel who's come back to costar with him despite their recent divorce. With fans like these, who needs enemies?

So many felonies you may need a map. But Britt (Act of Betrayal, 1996, etc.) stays on her supercharged caseload long enough to winnow the sheep from the goats, pluck a surprising killer from the cast, and even come to warmly convincing terms with her Hollywood hunk.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568955636
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Britt Montero Series, #5
  • Pages: 387
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter, Edna Buchanan has used her twenty-plus years of experience to bring a dynamic and deadly Miami vividly alive in each of her novels through the fiercely intense eyes of tough newspaperwoman Britt Montero. The author of twelve books, Buchanan has spent time behind bars - with two serial killers. She lives in Miami, Florida.

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Before the live bn.com chat, Edna Buchanan agreed to answer some of our questions:

Q:  Who are some of your favorite mystery writers out there today?

A:  Some of my favorite mystery writers are Donald Westlake, Evan Hunter, William Lashner, Sue Grafton, and Ruth Rendell.

Q:  You contributed to the collaborative book Naked Came the Manatee. Describe the process involved in pulling together so many different mystery voices. Did you have fun doing this book?

A:  Writing fiction is a lonely occupation, especially after enjoying years of newsroom camaraderie, so working on Manatee was swell. Even though we didn't see each other, a spirit of conviviality surrounded the entire project. The book was written in round-robin fashion. Each writer was sent the preceding chapters and given a one-week deadline to add his or her own. I wrote chapter four and was horrified to find out that Paul Levine, who wrote chapter three, had left me to deal with the head of Fidel Castro. It was a lot of fun, especially our manic mass book signing, which drew a thousand people. The money goes to charity, and my share so far has spayed or neutered more than a thousand Miami street cats and fed some hungry rescued pelicans.

Q:  What would you consider your greatest accomplishment to date?

A:  Surviving. The Pulitzer Prize was nice, too. So was finishing ten books. So was being nominated for two Edgars. So was uncovering the truth and reporting that Arthur McDuffie was not a traffic accident victim, that he had been fatally beaten by bad cops who then faked a motorcycle accident to cover their crime.

Q:  While working for The Miami Herald and covering the police beat, what was the craziest crime you witnessed?

A:  There were so many. A leading contender would be the naked man strolling down a quiet residential street at dawn, carrying the severed head of a woman. He then threw it at the first cop to arrive. The cop, a green young rookie, did what came naturally. He threw it back.

Q:  Do you prefer writing for a newspaper or writing novels?

A:  I loved journalism. More than ever, I realize how lucky I was to be a journalist. There is something noble and exciting about venturing out each day to seek the truth. I spent half my life doing that, and every day was an adventure. However, it's impossible to do both, and when I was four years old I said that I planned to write books someday. I couldn't read yet, but my mother read to me and I was already hooked on stories. I still am. I think it's been a lifelong addiction. I'm truly blessed. How many of us ever get to do exactly what we dreamed of as tots? If it happened more often, we'd have a lot more cops and firemen and astronauts. I'm so lucky to live out the dream.

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