"A feverishly pitched adventure . . . that thunders right off the page."—The New York Times Book Review“A pulse-pounding thriller.”—USA Today “Fast, harrowing, and breathtaking.”—The New York Sun"A genuinely scarifying thriller . . . has the momentum of a theme-park ride."—Los Angeles Times“Why does the FBI still seem so sexy? Part of the reason is murder mysteries like April Smith’s Judas Horse . . . It’s creepy, chest-thumping stuff, with snitches and loyalty tests and the good guys and villains constantly in flux.”—Los Angeles Magazine“Smith’s superb third thriller to feature Ana Grey . . . Ana’s nuanced and coolly observational narrative voice perfectly complements the well-paced action, which builds to a satisfying conclusion that leaves open the next chapter of Ana’s story.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)“Smith does a convincing job of conveying the trials of maintaining a dual identity . . . The narrative is fast-paced without becoming frantic, and the intertwining story lines are deftly handled. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred)“A demonic ride through undercover terrain . . . Smith creates an undercover training regime for Ana that the FBI might do well to emulate. She’s so expert at implanting stress that you could become bipolar just from reading one chapter. Feisty, disturbing and exceptionally well done.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
Smith…writes too well to settle for the mindless shootouts of a plot geared to summon armed-to-the-teeth SWAT teams at the least provocation. With every dynamic scene, including a wild mustang roundup that thunders right off the page, the reader, like Ana, is reminded of the lost ideals and divided loyalties that make these mortal conflicts so bloodyand so sad.
The New York Times
At the start of Smith's superb third thriller to feature Ana Grey (after 2003's Good Morning, Killer), the FBI special agent, who's still recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder after shooting "a crazed detective on a suicide mission" seven months earlier, learns that the skeletal remains of her missing onetime fiancé, fellow special agent Steve Crawford, have turned up in Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Ana later finds out Steve was murdered by members of an anarchist group with a penchant for homemade bombs. After training at the FBI's undercover school, Ana uses an alias to penetrate the group, which includes a former FBI agent gone bad, Dan Stone. As "Allfather" Stone plots a terrorist act he calls "the Big One," Ana must burrow through layers of paranoia to discover the precise threat the FBI is dealing with. Ana's nuanced and coolly observational narrative voice perfectly complements the well-paced action, which builds to a satisfying conclusion that leaves open the next chapter of Ana's story. 5-city author tour. (Feb.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
In this sequel to Good Morning, Killer, FBI Agent Ana Grey has just returned to the job from enforced time off when she is selected to go deep undercover to infiltrate a violent ecoterrorist group suspected of murdering a fellow agent. Although barely recovered psychologically from her previous mission, Ana eagerly takes on the very difficult task of being someone else completely while surrounded by people who will kill her if they discover the truth. Smith does a convincing job of conveying the trials of maintaining a dual identity-is she Ana, or is she "Darcy," her undercover persona? As the story progresses, the border between the two blurs, and Ana's loyalties waver as she comes to understand the motivations of the various players. Thanks to a layer of informants and snitches among the agents handling Ana's assignment, things nearly blow apart both literally and figuratively. The narrative is fast-paced without becoming frantic, and the intertwining story lines are deftly handled. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ10/1/07.]
A demonic ride through undercover terrain with FBI agent Ana Grey. When bits of agent Steve Crawford are found by a hiker in the Cascades, Ana Grey, newly reassigned to active duty after a post-shootout hiatus (Good Morning, Killer, 2003), is sent undercover as Darcy DeGuzman to infiltrate Free Animals Now, the domestic terrorist cell Crawford had been watching. She connects with hazelnut farmers/activists Megan Tewsbury and Julius Emerson Phelps, whose fingerprints identify them as a former '70s Berkley professor demonized by the FBI and rogue agent Dick Stone, who loved her enough to switch sides. Stone is planning what he calls the Big One, but before she can uncover what that means, Ana must decide whom to trust. The two street kids helping on the farm seem like loose cannons; the itinerant cowboy may not be what he seems; and Ana even has doubts about the higher-ups at the Bureau, including her minder Donnato and bigwig politico Peter Abbott. Ana and Stone, undercover for different reasons, must sidestep treachery from every direction. At length a Waco-flavored standoff leaves a despairing Ana to fly away with the slimmest of support systems. Smith creates an undercover training regime for Ana that the FBI might do well to emulate. She's so expert at implanting stress that you could become bipolar just from reading one chapter. Feisty, disturbing and exceptionally well done. First printing of 50,000