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Margin of error
Buchanan, Edna.
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Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, [1997]

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9 audio discs (10 hr., 45 min.) : bdigital ; c4 3/4 in.
Britt Montero is joined by film superstar Lance Westfell to investigate a murder on the set of his latest movie, Margin of Error.
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In container (16 cm.).

"A Britt Montero Mystery."--Cover

"Unabridged Fiction."--Cover.

"With tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking."--Cover.

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Margin of Error

Author Notes

Edna Rydzik Buchanan was born in 1939 near Paterson, New Jersey. She attended creative writing classes at Montclair State Teacher's College.

Buchanan was one of the first female crime reporters in Miami. Her police reporting for the Miami Herald won her a Pulitzer Prize in 1986.

In 1979, Buchanan produced her first book, Carr: Five Years of Rape and Murder; From the Personal Account of Robert Frederick Car III. This nonfiction book recounts the story of a convicted rapist and murderer. In 1987, she published her memoirs, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face: Covering Miami, America's Hottest Beat. That book was followed in 1991 by Never Let Them See You Cry: More From Miami's Hottest Beat.

Buchanan's crime novels include Nobody Lives Forever and Pulse. She is perhaps best known, however, for her mystery novels featuring a Cuban American crime reporter, Britt Montero. These titles include Contents Under Pressure; Miami, It's Murder; Suitable for Framing; Margin of Error, and Act of Betrayal. She has been a contributor to several magazines, including Fame, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone.

Buchanan has received awards from the American Bar Association, National Newspaper Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Years of covering murders in Miami didn't prepare reporter Britt Montero for the lingering depression she felt after being forced to kill someone herself. Her editor decides the perfect antidote would be some "light" duty--showing movie star Lance Westfell, in town for a film, what being an investigative reporter is all about. The "light" duty merits hazard pay. The film is cursed from the start: ex-wives, botched stunts, and an obsessive fan all cause problems, and the growing relationship between Britt and Lance only exacerbates matters. Despite the show-biz flash, this fifth Montero mystery is mildly disappointing. The plot is slow to unfold, and there are too many sidebar excursions into unrelated Miami mayhem. On the positive side is Britt's continued growth as a character. She reveals a sensual side in her relationship with Lance, and she uses that life-connection to work through the guilt that led to her "light" assignment. On balance, this is an enjoyable enough novel but not quite up to the lofty standards Buchanan has set for herself and Britt. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In Miami to shoot a movie about a crime reporter, a sexy Hollywood leading man consults series star‘and crime reporter‘Britt Montero. The pair soon find themselves stalked by a murderer. A necessary purchase. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/91.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.