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Van Wormer, Laura, 1955-
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Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA Books, [1999]

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376 pages ; 25 cm
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The bestselling author of Just for the Summer dishes up a sensational thriller set in the New York publishing scene, bringing back characters from her hit novel Talk as the subject of a sizzling expos that has nothing to do with journalistic integrity.

Author Notes

Laura Van Wormer was born on November 11, 1955. She attended S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she studied to become a television writer, anchorwoman, and talk show host. After receiving a B.S. degree in 1978, she worked as the secretary to the editor-in-chief of Doubleday and was promoted up to the rank of editor. She became a freelance book author in 1984 and wrote books based on the television shows Dynasty, Dallas, and Knots Landing. Her first book as a romance novelist, Riverside Drive, was published in 1988. Her other books include West End, Benedict Canyon, Any Given Moment, Jury Duty, Just for the Summer, Talk, and Expose.

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Booklist Review

Lighthearted and amusing, suspenseful and romantic, and told with wit and insight, this is a fast-paced story of a smart young journalist struggling to find her place in the world. Sally Harrington was a magazine writer in Los Angeles before returning to her hometown of Castleford, Connecticut, when her mother became ill with cancer. Now that her mother is well, Sally is beginning to find her small-town life a bit stifling. She dates her high-school sweetheart and writes for the local paper, where one of her primary assignments is working with local conspiracy theorist and UFO fanatic Pete Sabatino. When she stumbles on an opportunity to write a profile of the high-powered TV executive Cassy Cochran for Expectations, a glamorous New York magazine, she jumps at the chance. As Sally attempts to balance her two lives, she finds that the excitement of New York (and her hot new boyfriend) may not be all that she'd hoped for and that life is starting to get interesting back in Castleford. She did, after all, discover a dead body and break the murder story for her paper. As Sally unravels the mystery in her hometown, negotiates high-society in New York, and tries to straighten out her love life, she maintains her enthusiasm and good-natured outlook, which are shared by her appreciative audience. VanWormer has put together a hip contemporary tale that is sure to be a hit with her fans as well as anyone looking for a pleasurable summer read. --Catherine Sias

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers of Van Wormer's romantic suspense tale Just for the Summer will find themselves on familiar turf here. Once again, an appealing heroine who stands at romantic and professional crossroads ends up playing Nancy Drew in a dangerous mystery connected to her family's past. Here, too, the background is East Coast upper crust, with a sprinkling of cameo appearances by real-life movers and shakers. Van Wormer may be formulaic, but she's very good at what she does. Her 30-year-old protagonist, journalist Sally Harrington, is an appealing mix of brains and folly. She has the moral courage to join a sandbag brigade when there's a fire in her hometown, Castleford, Conn., but she's not beyond tumbling into bed with Manhattan book editor Spencer Hawes even though she's officially in love with her high school beau, Assistant District Attorney Doug Wrentham. In lively prose generously spiked with believable dialogue, Van Wormer weaves Sally's romantic dilemma through a thick plot centered around her plummy assignment from tabloid magazine Expectations: to profile Cassy Cochran, the beautiful and beloved president of the Darenbrook Broadcasting System. But is the assignment what it seems? Or does Expectations's venal publisher, Verity Rhodes, have a hidden agendaÄand will Sally's ambitions lead her to play Verity's game? Meanwhile, can Sally find the connection between the murder victim she discovers under a railroad trestle and her own father's death in a flood two decades ago? Though the answers are never in doubt, Van Wormer does keep the reader guessing on the romantic front and entertained by Sally's outspoken mother, Belle, a New England classic. Agent, Loretta Barrett. Author tour. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved