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The bad witness
Van Wormer, Laura, 1955-
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Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, 2002.
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344 pages ; 25 cm
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From the author the "New York Times Book Review" called "a master of suspense" comes the fourth title to feature Sally Harrington, the smart, spunky heroine who just can't seem to keep out of trouble.

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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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Publisher's Weekly Review

Van Wormer's patented blend of romance and courtroom drama wears a little thin in her 11th novel, her fourth featuring broadcast journalist Sally Harrington (The Last Lover; Expos; Trouble Becomes Her). Sally is a headstrong, risk-taking, sexy woman who thrives on fast action, danger and press attention. On temporary hiatus from New York, she's in Los Angeles, where she's the key defense witness for Hollywood producer Jonathan Small, accused of killing East Coast mobster Nick Arlenetta, who once tried to kill Sally herself. Because she wrote a documentary miniseries about the war between East Coast crime families, her testimony is crucial in the California case, so the Santa Monica police department assigns Paul Fitzwilliam as round-the-clock protection for Sally. Although he's six years her junior, the sexual attraction between them is palpable, but their budding romance is interrupted when a hit-and-run motorist slams into their motorcycle and they end up in the hospital. Subplots involving Hollywood stars and trendy issues like bisexuality abound, but the primary narrative proceeds with Sally on the witness stand in a cast. A shocking revelation from another witness livens up the mix, but as the trial increasingly takes over the story, the dull, repetitive testimony makes the second half of the novel read more like a court transcript than fiction. This isn't one of Van Wormer's better efforts, but as a Sally Harrington vehicle, it should satisfy diehard fans. (Nov. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved