Love her madly /

by Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2002Edition: 1st ed.Description: 307 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0805066489 (hb) :.Title notes: $25.00 1-2002Subject(s): Women detectives -- Texas -- Fiction | Government investigators -- Fiction | Death row inmates -- Fiction | Women prisoners -- Fiction | Washington (D.C.) -- Fiction | Texas -- Fiction | Mystery fiction
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A tense, death-row drama--meet brash FBI investigator Poppy Rice in the first of a winning new series<br> <br> Poppy Rice is home in her D.C. apartment with very little furniture and lots of boxes she still hasn't unpacked after five years. It's three a.m. and she's suffering from her usual insomnia. While polishing her nails, she watches a tape of the CBS Evening News- Dan Rather is interviewing convicted ax-murderer Rona Leigh Glueck. In ten days, Rona Leigh will be the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War. Poppy pauses the tape on a close-up of Rona Leigh's small, delicate hands. Okay, she thinks, so maybe it was a lightweight ax.<br> <br> Poppy digs out Rona Leigh's case file to find-along with the grisly crime-scene photos-a physician's testimony that glee, not muscle, gave her the strength to commit the crime. When her public defender asked the crime lab for help determining whether such a small woman could physically commit these murders, he was turned away for not filing the correct paperwork.<br> <br> With the reluctant support of her colleague and sometime lover, Joe Barnow, the relentless Poppy reopens the investigation to find out if Rona Leigh deserves to receive a certificate that will read: Death by Legal Homicide as Ordered by the State of Texas.<br> <br> Funny and fearless, Poppy Rice is just about unstoppable. In fact, she's already on to her next case-Smith is currently at work on the second novel in this smart new series.<br>

$25.00 1-2002

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In a fit of insomnia, FBI investigator Poppy Rice watches a videotape of Dan Rather interviewing self-confessed ax murderer Rona Leigh Glueck and realizes that her hands are too small and delicate to have wielded the weapon. A quick look through Rona Leigh's case file reveals that the FBI has refused a request from her attorney for forensic tests that may have helped her case. With only ten days to the execution, Poppy flies from Washington, DC, to Texas to ask the governor for a delay so that the courts can determine whether Rona Leigh received a fair trial. What strikes her is Rona Leigh's lack of enthusiasm for any reprieve; she insists that she has found God and is meant to die by lethal injection. When the execution goes awry, and the prisoner is liberated by members of a cult that believes she is the "Sister of Christ," Poppy must race against the clock to find Rona Leigh before the Texas Rangers do. This first in a series of Poppy Rice novels is gripping, unpredictable, and laugh-out-loud funny. Poppy is delightful, smart, sassy, tough, and unstoppable, and the supporting characters are all colorful. Smith (An American Killing) has written a winner. Highly recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/01.] Karen Anderson, Quarles & Brady/Streich Lang, Phoenix (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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