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False profits
Smiley, Patricia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Mysterious Press, 2004.
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292 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library FICTION Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
Clearfield Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Grand Island Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Lancaster Library FICTION Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Featuring a fresh new voice and cast of characters, False Profits will appeal to fans of the novels by Janet Evanovich.

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Booklist Review

It's hard to believe that this clever and engaging adventure is Smiley's first novel; it reads like the latest in a well-established series. Smiley's heroine, 30-year-old divorcee Tucker Sinclair, works her tail off at a downtown L.A. financial-advising firm and relaxes at her Malibu-area beach cottage; that is, she would relax if her actress mother wasn't a current houseguest. When her mom goes off to a shamanic retreat, leaving her daughter to care for Muldoon, the wicked Westie, the tuckered Tucker relishes the quiet. But things don't stay quiet for long--a shake-up at work has Tucker in danger of losing the partnership she has worked hard to earn. After writing a business plan for Dr. Milton Polk, who wants to expand his radiology practice, Tucker is shocked to discover that a different, crazy plan has been presented to investors--one of whom wants to sue. To top it off, Polk is missing, and all the paperwork in his file has disappeared. Combing L.A. for clues, Tucker encounters a dead body--and a hot body belonging to a handsome police detective. Fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum will appreciate the gutsy and klutzy Tucker. --Jenny McLarin Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

An engaging, down-to-earth heroine-a successful L.A. management consultant with a charming weakness for her Porsche Boxster-more than compensates for a predictable story line in Smiley's first novel. When investors accuse Tucker Sinclair of doctoring a business plan, they approach Sinclair's boss and mentor, Gordon Aames, and demand their $11 million back. Sinclair goes in search of the plan's primary author, a brash neurologist, Milton Polk, and discovers not her elusive doctor but a policeman with a Polaroid of the dead Polk. In an unlikely scenario, Sinclair injects herself into a charity luncheon given by the highly suspicious Wade Covington, a powerful man connected both to Aames and the murder victim. Clarification of Covington's murky relationship to Polk and of a convoluted insurance scam take up most of Sinclair's energy, though she finds time for sparkless visits with her ex-husband and skirmishes with her Aunt Sylvia, who's determined to get her hands on Sinclair's beachfront cottage. A romantic interest appears on the horizon in the last few pages, a clear indicator that this book hopes to be the first in a series. With fresher devices and plot turns, it should be a pleasure to see Sinclair in action again. Agent, Scott Miller at Trident Media Group. (Nov. 22) Forecast: Blurbs from Janet Evanovich and Elizabeth George plus a California author tour should ensure a good start for this first-time author. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Tucker Sinclair must "sharpen all her skills to survive the deadly jungle of spreadsheets" and clear her name in the world of high-stakes business in this debut, which has already been praised by Janet Evanovich and Elizabeth George. Smiley lives in California. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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