Silencing Sam : a novel / Julie Kramer.

"When a widely despised gossip columnist is found shot to death, Riley Spartz must secretly investigate a case in which she becomes the prime suspect. In the wake of the brutal murder, our heroine discovers that news and gossip have more in common than she ever imagined. Trouble begins when Riley pu...

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Main Author: Kramer, Julie.
Published: New York : Atria Books, c2010.
Series: Kramer, Julie. Riley Spartz novels ; 3.
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Review by Booklist Review

Competition with a new hire becomes the least of Minneapolis TV investigative reporter Riley Spartz's worries in her third outing, following Missing Mark (2009). She becomes a murder suspect when sleazy newspaper gossip columnist Sam Pierce is shot shortly after they have a well-witnessed encounter in a bar, during which Riley throws her wine at Sam. Incriminating evidence found on his body doesn't help the situation. Meanwhile, with Riley relegated to covering dead-end stories, hotshot new reporter Clay Burrel seems to have inside information about a high-profile case involving the discovery of a woman's headless body. With her reputation and freedom at stake, Riley pursues both murders despite being told by her boss to stay away from them. Using information from gun records, floral arrangements with mysterious messages, and tips from a Facebook friend, she puts herself in extreme peril. This brisk mystery, in which homicide is leavened with deadpan humor, makes a worthy entry in a winning series.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Cartoonish characters and thin prose mar Kramer's third media-savvy thriller featuring Minneapolis, Minn., TV reporter Riley Spartz (after Missing Mark). When someone shoots to death newspaper gossip columnist Sam Pierce, who recently raised questions in his column about Riley's relationship with a former cop, Nick Garnett, so soon after her husband's death, Riley becomes a murder suspect. Another thorn in Riley's side is showboating Texan Clay Burrel, a fellow Channel 3 investigative journalist, who will stop at nothing to bury the competition, including Riley, with stories about such topics as a decapitated female corpse, Sam's murder, and the hijinks surrounding a wind turbine farm disrupted by explosive protests. Clay's corny, over-the-top John Wayne manner and an unconvincing subplot about Sam's personal life weigh down the action, though Kramer registers some sharp observations regarding the changes rocking the journalism industry. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

Trouble erupts for television reporter Riley Spartz as she becomes the latest victim of Sam Pierce, an unscrupulous gossip columnist. After Sam publishes slanderous information about her in his "Piercing Eyes" newspaper column, Riley retaliates publicly. When Sam turns up dead, Riley is number one on the suspect list. Has Riley snapped? Is she guilty as charged? Will this be the move that destroys her career? As Riley struggles to save her good name, she must also contend with a cocky new reporter who seems to be jockeying for her job. Refusing to allow her fractured personal life to distract from active investigations, Riley seeks the identity of a headless victim and ardently attempts to uncover a possible plot behind local wind turbine explosions. VERDICT Best-selling author Kramer (Stalking Susan; Missing Mark) has delivered her finest Spartz novel to date; fiction readers will love this riveting, action-packed journey into television news investigations. [Ebook ISBN 978-1-4391-7803-4.]-Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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